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Nanzenji Sando KIKUSUI

31 Fukuchicho Nanzenji, Sakyo, Kyoto 606-8435 Kyoto Prefecture
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Located in Kyoto's stunning Nanzen-ji area, Kikusui is a peaceful Kyoto-style inn surrounded by gardens filled with the changing beauty of the seasons. As inheritors of the cuisine traditions of Kyoto, we always welcome the patronage of our guests. Nearby destinations include Heian Shrine, Eikan-do, the Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, and the Kyoto City Zoo, and we invite you to come during your travels and enjoy a meal as you gaze out to the garden, designed by master garden architect Ogawa Jihei VII.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Non-smoking hotel
Free internet
Public wifi
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
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Non-smoking rooms
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No district of Kyoto is quite as representative of its blended nature as the City Center. By day, the covered shopping arcades along Kawaramachi and Shijo Street bring deal hunters and fashionistas out in droves to peruse the clothing, accessories, gifts, and home goods offerings. When it grows dark, the City Center is a hip spot for nightlife, alive with bars and clubs. A trendy culinary scene and an abundance of local watering holes give the Center its youthful vibrancy. In contrast, the quieter areas of the City Center seem a world away, shielded from noise by the foliage of the public gardens and zen spaces surrounding the area's shrines, castles, and the Imperial Palace. These ancient and sacred spots are seamlessly folded into the scenery, providing a respite from the energy of the city, but close enough to put you directly back onto the pulse of the city when you're ready.
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We were going around Gion with the kids and looking for a comfy, non-smoking place for dinner when we saw this resto. Located at the corner right across the train station. Comfortable ambiance with clean toilets. A bit pricey but kids meal was really plenty and savory, especially the meatballs. I don't remember much about what we ate though.
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The location is very close to the Nanzen-ji temple and a 5 minute walk from Keage station, which gives direct access to Gion. The setting is very tranquil. The garden is beautiful and the Ryokan itself is quiet. The staff were all very helpful and extremely nice. The food is absolutely great!!
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My wife and I stayed here for one night in early March 2017 -- just ahead of the cherry blossom season. This was our first stay in a ryokan and Kikusui made it a memorable experience. As this was tourist low season, we were literally the only guests in the ryokan. We had a delicious kaiseki meal and the whole bath to ourselves. Employees were wonderful. They held our bags the next day while we explored Kyoto on foot. The garden and environs were beautiful. I loved walking through the garden at night, listening to the carp in the little pond. They make a weird barking noise that I've never noticed before from fish. Sitting in front of the open window with the breeze coming in, drinking tea, after a hot soaking bath is a heavenly feeling. I hadn't felt that relaxed in ages. We would definitely come back here.
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In April 2016, a two-night pricey splurge in Kikusui proved that ryokan experience is indeed an absolute must on a trip to Japan. Luxury you expect in a high end boutique hotel, but personalized in a very special way. In Kikusui, attention was given to every minute detail of presentation and service. After a pleasant 10-minute walk from Keage subway station (not precisely shown on Google Maps' walking path... the ryokan is on a side street), we were warmly greeted at the entrance, our shoes taken and were escorted thru a maze of corridors to our room on the second floor. Our luggage had astonishingly arrived in the room by then. Timings for dinner and breakfast were agreed on (they tend to be early). This was followed by a welcome matcha service with sweets. Room was actually a suite that had a niche separated by sliding doors and with a set of chairs and table. The niche had beautiful garden view with some peeks of distant buildings and occasional traffic noise from a back alley. This is a lovely space to relax, read and have drinks. The room itself had a big table in the center with traditional floor seating on carpet. The table would be moved to the side and replaced by futons when you come back after dinner. The room would go back to "daytime setup" when you come back after breakfast. The en-suite toilet and bathroom were small and basic. WiFi worked very well in the room, even better than in some hotel rooms we stayed in. We also spent some time in the traditionally landscaped garden (outdoor slippers are provided). We also took bath in the onsen. Located on the first floor, it is a large and clean facility. The source of water is not natural hot spring. You have to be punctual with meal times. We would find an escort waiting outside the suite to take us to the dinning room (a different room for every meal!). We never shared dinning room with other guests. Also, they arranged meals in such a way that we never ran into other guests. We heard their murmurs though. Dinning rooms were big and elegant with traditional floor seating and garden views. The menu could be defined as "Kaiseki Ryori," i.e. traditional Japanese multi-course haute cuisine. Dinners had 8 courses (we counted), excluding rice, miso soup, pickles and fruits for dessert. Food was delicious but one has to appreciate Japanese food. Nothing wacky. We couldn't get more info about the dishes as our server spoke almost no English. Perhaps they sensed our keen interest in food and server of the next dinner spoke more English and we were able to get a few details. Every single plate was as beautiful as the food. Note that drinks are not included in the prepaid plan and have to be paid at check-out. Breakfast was traditional Japanese and very elaborate. I had the most perfectly poached egg of my life. A cup of coffee was provided when requested. Another gesture of finest hospitality: Staff didn't just say good bye at the check-out, they took us to the street entrance to send us off and one of them stood there until we had walked away for some distance. Try to to check-in at the earliest possible time and spend a good amount of time in the ryokan. Unlike for a routine hotel stay, you pay big money and should enjoy it to the fullest. We liked its slightly out of the way location as it compelled us to go only for local sightseeing and spend more time inside. While there, we visited major sights in north eastern Kyoto. Nanzen-ji Temple, right after breakfast -- when the temple complex was devoid of crowds and its gardens were serene, followed by a walk on the Philosopher's Path, ending up at the Ginkaku-ji Temple. In one of the afternoons, we visited the Kyoto Handicraft Center, which is 20 minutes walk away.
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traditional Ryokan... where very little english is spoken but go.. and be enchanted! Stayed in the main building, the only let-down was the onsen -traditional bath was very very modern. You are segregated in the bath although we went as a family. The kaiseki meal is a must.. why else will you come here. The breakfast is traditional Japanese and gi-normous! The service is impeccable and finally the environment within the ryokan -the gardens and nearby the shrine and other areas... just go and stay (one night at least)!
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JapanKinkiKyoto PrefectureKyotoSakyoCity Center
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