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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Staying at the Tawaraya Ryokan is an elegant experience. From the moment you enter you will be immersed in its beauty and history. Everything from the rooms to the food and service have all been maintained within their traditional heritage and that is simply the great joy of staying here. It almost felt wrong to log onto their free wifi... More 

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Milan, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The authentic Japanese hospitality you always dreamed of is just behind this courtain in this little street in Kyoto. Everything is simply perfect, and it is perfect in its simplicity. Tradition is everywhere in the room, in the bathroom and in the garden. Dinner and breakfast are amazing. The service is fantastic.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

From the moment l remove my shoes l felt the outside world had no more use to me. As l turn to enter Tawaraya there were about 5 or 6 people saying kochira e douzo, I did not have break or pause my stride until I was at the desk inside my tatami room, seamless. (The seamless checkin is rare... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016

I stayed here 45 years ago and was excited to come back because I remembered the whole experience as so miraculous. Not anymore. It began when I could not find an email for the place. I called (which is inconvenient given the time difference San Francisco-Kyoto) and they wanted my fax so they could send me a room list. Now... More 

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Boulder, CO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016 via mobile

This place lives up to its name and reputation: it is serene and wonderful, full of old world charm and history. There are lots of other reviews that can tell you about the ryokan. We stayed just one night and it was well worth the money. But here's why: it is a unique experience, more than a very nice hotel,... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

We (elderly German couple, well seasoned travellers) staid in that Ryo-kan two days in May 2016. The rooms (overpriced even for Japanese standards) are not really suitable for Westerners, who cannot find comfort in crouching the Japanese way.Already during breakfast the adjoining bedroom was made by a lovely and sweet lady who never cared about knocking on the door before... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2016

I used to travel with my family to ryokan when I was young. However, I am more of hotel person than ryokan. I booked Tawaraya for my husband, who is new to Kyoto & Ryokan hotels. I figured, if one has only one chance to visit ryokan, it has to be Tawaraya. Tawaraya is like visiting your rich grand mothers... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2016

This is the most beautiful ryokan with old world Japan in every inch of the place. I stayed there a a few occasions and although it has been more than 15 years ago, the memories are as clear as if it was yesterday. Nothing was too much for the people working there to do for you and done with the... More 

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Porto-Vecchio, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2016

Well known Ryokan. Absolutely wonderful and it fulfilled all our expectations. In this Ryokan everything was almost perfect , wonderful staff, wonderful spacious rooms and the kaiseki dinners were absolutely amazing (As well as the traditional Breakfast) Of course you get so many different dishes, that one item might not be your favourite. If you like fish then it's absolutely... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

We stayed at Tawaraya Ryokan in June 2015 and it was a mind-blowing experience. Ryokan living may not be comfortable enough for westerners (one sits and sleeps on the tatami floor), but for me (Asian woman) and my white boyfriend it was fine. The floor seating took some getting use to, but there was a love-seat in one of the... More 

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City Center
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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Address: 278 Nakahakusancho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8094, Kyoto Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > City Center
Price Range: $1,074 - $1,106 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Tawaraya Ryokan 2*
Number of rooms: 18
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