We came here on the advice of a friend, and so glad we did - the hospitality, accommodations, meals, location - everything was outstanding. While the in-room meals are a nice offer, definitely opt for the half-board and have your meal at the bar, while watching the chef/owner masterfully create works of edible art in front of your eyes. We will certainly recommend Izuyasu to our friends!
We've never stayed at a Ryokan and this one was recommended by a friend. The highlight is the food. The chef is also the owner and you can feel the level of pride he has in making a great meal. Kaiseki style and everything was delicious. Breakfast was equally delicious if you enjoy a traditional Japanese (Kyoto style) breakfast. The inn is 180 years old and while we knew what we were getting into it was a little challenging. The walls are thin and it was cold! Rooms are bit small even though we upgraded to the "Shin" room. There's an 11pm curfew because you could hear guests coming in at night so this limitation is understandable. Overall a fun experience as long as your prepared for it.
My husband and I spend part of our honeymoon here and it was exceptional. Walking distance from Kyoto station, excellent restaurants, and the Kyoto market. The ryokan is included with a traditional Japanese breakfast each morning which was delicious! We recommend for a romantic get away.
My girlfriend and I spent our first night in Kyoto at Izuyasu. Neither of us have ever had the opportunity to stay in a traditional Japanese ryokan, and I can say that all our expectations were met and exceeded. We felt warm and cared for from the minute we stepped out of the blustery Kyoto afternoon and through the sliding paper doors into the lobby. We were offered tea and a small sweet treat while we filled out arrival paperwork. A young man with very decent English gave us a tour of our accomodations, the dining area, and the private onsens (bath rooms). The ryokan has been in business since 1839 (?) and the place has a wonderful cozy feel with modern touches (decor, appliances). Other gestures in the amenities included our personal tea set in the room, with a Thermos of hot water. We were each provided with two sets of yukata, a comfortable cotton set for sleeping and bath, and a more formal set for wearing at meals. Speaking of meals, although we only paid for the cheapest accomodations at Izuyasu, breakfast was included. In the Japanese style, it was light with assorted vegetables, rice, miso, and egg, but very filling! All vegetarian. We snuck in a onsen soak before they were closed for the night at 11pm. The baths are shared with a few rooms on the same floor, but have a lock on the door so they can be enjoyed privately. Hot soak relaxed our weary muscles for sure! Overall we think a traditional ryokan stay is a must when visiting Japan, and Izuyasu is a gem among them. The owners take great pride in continuing to provide a warm traditional experience to travelers, and it shows. The price of accomodations at Izuyasu were a leap above the Airbnbs we rented the rest of our time in Japan, but I believe it was well worth it. PS. With regards to location: We came from Osaka, and Izuyasu was an easy 10 minute walk from the Keitan train line we took. The bustling shopping districts (Gion, Nishiki) were a pleasant 20 minute walk away. We were even able to leave our large luggage with the ryokan while we wandered Kyoto after checking out.…
Izuyasu was absolutely the highlight of our honeymoon in Japan. The hosts were incredibly welcoming and accommodating throughout our stay. The baths were a welcome calm after travelling from Hakata, and the room was comfortable and completely different from anywhere else we had stayed in Japan. What can I say about the Kaiseki dinner? By far the best meal we ate in Japan, and honestly this may have been the best meal of my life. It was so expertly crafted and created with love, care and expertise. I don't know if I'll ever experience food like that again, truly once in a lifetime. If you are a fan of design, the furniture and interior design is so beautiful, bespoke and crafted for the space. The courtyard is a lush little pocket and there are gorgeous green touches scattered through the building. I wanted to take photos of everything, it was all expertly curated. Highly recommended.…
A very relaxing stay; so quiet & peaceful. staff was very friendly, delicious breakfast & The bed is amazing! we really had a good night sleep! location not too far from kyoto st, only 7 mins walk. Will be back again someday for this!
I highly recommend Izuyasu for a one-night stay for anyone looking for a fairly authentic Ryokan experience, although I would not recommend it as a base for Kyoto sightseeing. If you stay here, do so to enjoy the Ryokan experience provided, and then move to a more conventional tourist hotel for your sight-seeing days. We arrived at Kyoto Station around 1:00PM by the Shinkansen from Tokyo. The Inn is located just a short walk from the station. It is easy to find, since you just keep the Kyoto tower to your left and walk a few blocks. We had no problem rolling our suitcases to the Inn, and were able to leave our luggage there to do a little local area sightseeing until the 3:00 PM check-in time. They had an English speaking young lady there at that time to assist with the check-in process. That was very helpful. My wife and I stayed in the Se room. The room was just big enough to fit two mattresses on Tatami mats and a small table with two chairs that essentially were the same as sitting on the floor. The room included a bathroom sink and toilet in a small separated area. All of it was exactly as described on the web site and we were fine with that. The room is located up a short flight of stairs, so it could present a challenge for someone with heavy luggage. The room includes use of a Yukata for guests (along with helpful directions on how to properly wear it!) After checking in and changing into the Yukata we enjoyed soaking in one of the three family baths on the first floor. Those are not quite the same experience as going to a community onsen, but it was relaxing never the less. The highlight of the stay was the traditional seven-course Kaiseki dinner that is prepared and served at the common kitchen counter. The owner-chef does a wonderful and artistic job with each tasty dish, and there was an English speaking young man who translated for the chef and explained what we were eating. There were four other guests at the counter. Part of the fun of the evening was getting to know the other guests and enjoying the experience with them over the two-hour meal. We chose to have the authentic Japanese style breakfast at the same counter in the morning, although some guests had the meal served in their room. In our case we appreciated sitting at the counter rather than on the floor in our room. I think you can confidently stay here for a night and know that it will meet or exceed your expectations.…
A warm welcome, filled with small attentions that make us feel comfortable immediately. The room is large, spacious and comfortable; we are surrounded by greenery thanks to two small Zen gardens close to our terraces. The bath experience is pleasant and can be shared in couple thanks to possible privatization of the bathroom. The dinner served in the room, with presentation of the dishes is a unique taste experience. The breakfast is also good and hearty. We would have stayed an extra night!
We had a wonderful experience at Izuyasu. The property is clean and updated with comfortable rooms and common spaces. The staff are very kind and welcoming and help maintain the charm of a ryokan stay. The bathing areas are private and clean, and the bedrooms each have a private toilet and sink. Our room was very large with an outdoor sitting area and traditional touches such as paper screens, low mattresses, and yukata for use. We had a traditional kaiseki dinner one night, which is served at a common kitchen counter as the owner is also a chef and likes to explain the meal to guests. Highly recommended!
Just a wonderful stay in a traditional Ryokan which openend itself up a bit more to foreign visitors. Food excellent and the house itself too... Good choice for a foreigner to enjoy some old school japanese customs.