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If you have a chance to visit Kyoto -which you should make time to - then this is the place to stay. I tried to make a reservation at another well regarded Ryokan but they were booked, they gave me a few recommendation and I...More
You literally change from a modern world to old time where all is refinement, details for your senses. In addition the food is a delight at any moment. I recommend the dinner which is an excitement not only for the palate but also for the...More
This was a bit of shock to me. It was 10:30am when the beds were already removed, we have had our breakfast and there was no reason for the staff to come into our room. While my boyfriend and I were enjoying our time together,...More
You should stay here, wear the robe (google on how to wear it), and even try the public bath. It is an wonderfully awkward experience. The 2.5 hour meal was wonderful, the presentation of each one was at times stunning and intimidating but worth it.
In 2013 I wasn't in Kyoto for very long, but this single meal was one of the major highlights of my solo trip to Japan. I had just hiked back down from getting lost in the trails of the Shinto Shrine and accidentally stumbled upon...More
Gion is Kyoto's famed Geisha District (called "Geiko" in Kyoto). Though Gion's many tea houses and entertainment restaurants are closed to foreigners, Geiko and Maiko in their traditional makeup with gilded hair in full kimono can be seen drifting the streets on their way to and from work, where they fan dance, sing, and play instruments for customers. Gion lights up at night, when the ancient-looking streets
glow with lanterns along the river, where weeping willows catch the starlight and the air is warmed with conversation. Groups pass through to populate the restaurants and bars along the riverfront, but Gion still manages to be a mostly quiet district, due in large part to limited automotive traffic through many of its streets. Gion is a wonderful place to indulge in Kyoto's local and customary cuisines, and is best enjoyed after dark.