If you’re looking for a romantic onsen ryokan in Kyoto, look no further than Kurama Onsen.
Close to some of Kyoto's most popular landmarks, such as Jakkoin (2.6 mi) and Iwakura Jissoin (2.8 mi), Kurama Onsen is a great destination for tourists.
Kurama Onsen is a romantic onsen ryokan offering air conditioning and a refrigerator in the rooms, and it is easy to stay connected during your stay as free wifi is offered to guests.
The onsen ryokan features baggage storage. Plus, guests can enjoy a sauna and an on-site restaurant, which have made this a popular choice among travelers visiting Kyoto. For guests with a vehicle, free parking is available.
There is no shortage of things to do in the area: explore popular art galleries such as Kibune Gallery, Kyoto WaGlass Gion Gallery, and Usaginonedoko Kyoto Shop.
The staff at Kurama Onsen looks forward to serving you during your upcoming visit.
We caught the bus to the onsen in winter and came across such a beautiful winter landscape upon arrival. I would recommend the bus over train as it takes you directly there. I highly recommend venturing up on a day when it is snowing as it was an almost magical experience having the warm onsen with the cold snow wafting down from the mountain. The scenes around the onsen were also beautiful. The onsen itself was clean, private and well equipped with hair dryers, towel rentals and lockers. Would highly recommend going up if you have a few days in Kyoto !
It's a long walk from the JR station and a steep slope and many many steps to the temple, but man the sight you will be seeing there is worth every step of the way up. Went there during the winter period, the air is fresh and the view is spectacular.
We have 4 days in Kyoto, one day has to be onsen! Hotel front desk recommended Kurama. It took a us 1.5 hours to get there by bus to a rail train and a complimentary bus ride. We bought a package deal - indoor/outdoor onsen plus dinner for $4800pp. Nice facility - man and woman separate bath- clean and comfortable. Dinner was very good - we had the package meal - they have full menu so you can select what you’d like.
If you don’t have time to visit Hakone or another onsen town while you’re in Japan, this is a great way to get the experience for a couple hours not far from Kyoto. Recent reports say that they allow tattoos too so that is a big plus for many foreigners. The town where it is located in Kyoto is really quaint and lovely and it is easy to get to by train but a walk uphill for about 10 minutes to the facility. Great value, inexpensive and good for families. Highly recommended if you’re short on time and you want a very authentic experience of a Japanese onsen in nature.
We stopped in Kurama for the fire festival held on October 22. I tired to book some rooms during the festival. No reservations can be made during the festival so we booked a few days after. When we arrived with our luggage around 11am they assisted us in storing our luggage as check in was at 1pm. When we came back all of our luggage was in our rooms. We had 8 people and got two rooms. Along with the little Japanese I speak and the little English they do it all worked out perfectly. The indoor pool is simple, and looks like any other you would find else where. There is a cold pool next to the hot pool. A sauna is also located in the same room. Both are at very high temps. The water is naturally heated geothermically. The outside pool is where the beauty is at. The overlook of the mountains while sitting in the hot springs pool can't be done justice with words. It is pricey but being from Colorado with lots of mountain towns; I understand because they have to truck up all of the supplies for everything. The staff was super hospitable for almost all of our needs. After we checked in they ran through the pool rules and asked when we wanted to have dinner. We picked the wild chicken hotpot which was delicious. During dinner they setup our futons in the other room. The onsen is right next to a river, which you can hear from the room. When morning came, we planned to leave when the first shuttle left at 9:15 and get an extra taxi as one shuttle would not fit our group. They used both shuttles as our group was pretty big, which I did not expect. I'm use to most shuttles in America where if you fill up on shuttle you have to wait for the next one, and split up a big group. They used both shuttles for our group, which I did not expect. They had setup breakfast for us when I had told them I wanted to leave on the first shuttle. As we were carrying out luggage out of the rooms, the moment they saw us come down the stairs they rushed up and took out bags from our hands and started loading the shuttles as we finalized the check out and paid the bill. I would highly recommend this onsen if you want the traditional experience. Their service and professionalism is unparalleled.…