This was my first experience at a ryokan and I would definitely go back. To me it was the experience of ultimate lux. The room was sizeable, spotless, and opened up to a little garden. I kept the doors open until it was dark to have the fresh air come in and did not feel disturbed by neighbors across the way. This ryokan may have a base expense that is higher than others, but unlike other inns you don't have to choose to add on dinner or breakfast; the meals are included. While I was expecting small portions of food, the dinner and breakfast that I received was ample and filling. It is served with your choice of hot green tea, cold green tea, water, as well as, a roasted tea during some portion of the meals. You can also add on other drinks. As many have said, it is traditional Japanese--high quality, excellently prepared and expertly served. It was pescatarian from end to end though I understand that if you spend multiple nights, they diversify the options for dinner. Unlike some other reviewers on this list, I was very impressed with the level of English that was spoken by those in service at the ryokan. They spoke English by default and were able to give me clear, concise, and accurate answers to all of my responses. The other special part of this place is that it's located on the most famous street in Gion. One can only imagine the entertainment in those wood-paneled homes; most non-Japanese are not let in. But the inn's location ensures you very easy access to the area temples, Gion's boutique shops, and lovely walking spots.
The private bathroom and deep wooden bath are lovely There are plenty of toiletries and other amenities if you need them. You provide a yakuta, or traditional Japanese robe, for you to lounge. In my case, they also arranged for a same day massage service. It's shiatsu, so not for everyone, but just what the doctor ordered. There is no onsen like some other ryokans, but the relaxation factor is still amazing.
This is a nice escape, even though you are in the heart of some of the most wonderful places within Kyoto.
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