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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...More
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...More
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...More
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...More
Kikusui is a ryokan with a beautiful Japanese garden. That's perhaps the best thing about it. The staff are reasonably efficient , but have great difficulty understanding any request in English. They serve Japanese food mainly which is a fixed meal. I don't think they...More
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.