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Arashiyama BENKEI

34 Sagatenryuji Susukinobabacho, Ukyo-Ku, Kyoto 616-8385 Kyoto Prefecture
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#16 of 565 hotels in Kyoto
2020 Travelers' Choice Best of the Best
Welcome Arashiyama Benkei was established in 1969 on the historical and scenic land known as Arashiyama. Thriving spring cherry blossoms, red autumn leaves blanketing the mountains, and cultural and historic landmarks give Arashiyama the distinction of being one of Japan’s leading sightseeing destinations. Just upstream from (west of) the Togetsu-kyo Bridge, which marks the center of the area, and situated alongside the murmurs of the Oi River, is Arashiyama Benkei. Our ryokan accommodations, built in the traditional sukiya-zukuri architecture style reminiscent of antique tea houses, is not simply a place to rest and eat, but also houses facilities in which guests can enjoy Arashiyama onsen (hot springs) and indulge in traditional Kyoto cuisine. Please visit us to experience the utmost in comfort and relaxation. -Rooms- Arashiyama Benkei is honored to provide 10 guest rooms, each with their own individual charm. Each room is thoughtfully designed and furnished in the Japanese style, featuring views of the Arashiyama mountains or our lush garden. Cherry blossoms in spring, cormorant fishing in summer, cascading colors of maple leaves in autumn, and a dusting of snow in winter. Our guests are certain to enjoy a peaceful stay among the beauty and stillness of this unique Kyoto scenery. -Onsen- Arashiyama onsen (hot spring) water has a pH of 8.3 and provides an exceptionally smooth touch that is said to beautify skin and wash away any travel fatigue. Benkei has indoor and open-air baths; both are available for men and women and are separated by gender. Guests who prefer to enjoy a bath in private may reserve a secluded open-air bathtub (same-day reservation, \2,160/group/45 minutes). -Cuisine- Guests at Benkei indulge in traditional multi-course kaiseki fare that uses seasonal ingredients found not only in Kyoto, but sourced from all over Japan. We take care in creating cuisine that appeals to all palates, yet maintains respect for the tenets of traditional Kyoto cooking. -Day Trips- Day trip guests at Benkei may also opt to enjoy a relaxing bath in addition to a gourmet meal. Reservations are required for combined onsen and dining day trips. The facilities open at 11:30 a.m. We offer full plans that include meals in private room (2 hours for bento meals or 3 hours for full-course kaiseki meals), baths, towels, and yukata robe, as well as more informal plans that include a restaurant meal in the open space and onsen bath.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Hot tub
Free shuttle or taxi services
Banquet room
24-hour security
Secured parking
Breakfast available
Complimentary welcome drink
Kids' meals
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Vending machine
Shuttle bus service
Taxi service
Hot spring bath
Massage chair
Open-air bath
Baggage storage
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Shared bathroom
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Air conditioning
Room service
Seating area
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Wardrobe / closet
Private bathrooms
Hair dryer
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Mountain view
Landmark view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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River View
Languages Spoken
English, Chinese, Japanese


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kanacala wrote a review Mar 2020
1 contribution1 helpful vote
If you haven't stayed in a ryokan or other traditional Japanese space before, Arashiyama Benkei might be ok. However, we came to Arashiyama Benkei after staying in a machiya, and it was hard not to compare the two. The private bathroom we had in our room could definitely have used an update, and the room wasn't very cozy -- we knew upon seeing it that we weren't going to spend much time there. Additionally, the location of Arashiyama Benkei is far from the city center of Kyoto, so for those looking for easy access to the city, this might not be for you. It was convenient for visiting the bamboo forest and some nearby shrines, but restaurants close early in the area, so we would take the train into the city for dinner. We had higher expectations for this place, and perhaps it just didn't suit what we were looking for. The private onsen was enjoyable, and we'd look forward to that.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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hkjerry wrote a review Jan 2020
Hong Kong, China1 contribution
We stayed in modern residential suite which is remote from main lobby and other rooms, also from busy street. Huge private hot tub made with hinoki wood was the most exciting part of this room. Two rooms were in good size and beddings ,mattress and futons were in excellent condition. Staffs were very helpful and fluent in English as well. Great service, great breakfast (as we did not choose dinner option) and more than great bath.
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Date of stay: January 2020
Room Tip: We were 3 in our family, but 2 rooms seem spacious enough up to 5 people.
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KaraMia2002 wrote a review Jan 2020
San Francisco, California79 contributions31 helpful votes
I wanted to experience traditional ryokan when visiting Kyoto and I’m glad I found this place. Firstly, I wouldn’t have visited Arashiyama area of Kyoto simply because it is on the other side of Kyoto from the regular tourist attractions are (Gion). This absolutely serene area has a lot to offer and by far succeeded my expectations of traditional Japan. Temples, gardens, bamboo forest, monkeys, shops and restaurants. I highly recommend visiting Arashiyama area and I greatly regret I didn’t buy a postcard with images of this beautiful area. The hotel itself is a luxury version of traditional bed and breakfast (ryokan). It is located at the end of the main strip with shops and restaurants, by the river with stunning views of the mountains, making it a perfect location to relax and at the same time close to the main area. The main strip of shops and restaurants are around the corner. I wanted a room with a private bath, which was the most expensive type of room they had. But there is no need for a bath here. They have an onsen - either communal or you can order a private one (for extra $20 or so). I didn’t use communal onsen (which I now regret), which looked amazing. I ordered a private onsen after dinner - absolutely loved it and highly recommend. It is truly a serene and relaxing experience. I had 12 course traditional dinner and traditional breakfast here. It’s not type of food a Westerner would eat every day, but as an experience it was worth every penny. From table service, food presentation and quality, to conversations with the server, amazing views out the window to overall experience - it was definitely worth it. They do have an option of Western breakfast, but scrambled eggs and a toast just don’t fit into this atmosphere. The room had garden view with a lovely sitting area on the den. Where I really got to understand and enjoy what Japanese call “Zen”. I had an exhausting day traveling from Tokyo and it all went away so quickly just by sitting on the den and looking at carefully made landscape of the garden. The only downside - it is very expensive. If I’m ever in Japan again - this is the place I would definitely want to visit again.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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raykuan wrote a review Jan 2020
Singapore19 contributions7 helpful votes
This homely ryokan exudes a warm welcoming feeling with its super comfortable futons, yummy breakfast and friendly staff. Prices are steep but worth every cent. We walked to all the major scenic spots in Arashimaya and enjoyed the crisp fresh morning air. Will most certainly come back here when we next visit Kyoto.
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Date of stay: February 2019
Elizabeth M wrote a review Jan 2020
Brooklyn, New York3 contributions
Food, hospitality, and location were incredible. The location could not have been better. We ate dinner over looking the mountains, river, and bridge. And the private onsen..... so relaxing. This was one of our most expensive excursions while in Japan but it was worth every penny to experience this traditional Japanese inn. We had SO MUCH food and were so relaxed. Thank you to the staff for this great night!
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Room Tip: Best views are river facing rooms
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$410 - $1,110 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Arashiyama BENKEI
Which popular attractions are close to Arashiyama BENKEI?
Nearby attractions include Monkey Park Iwatayama (0.2 miles), Arashiyama (0.2 miles), and Tenryuji Temple (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Arashiyama BENKEI?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a spa.
Which room amenities are available at Arashiyama BENKEI?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a view of a nearby landmark.
What food & drink options are available at Arashiyama BENKEI?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, breakfast, and a free welcome drink during their stay.
Is parking available at Arashiyama BENKEI?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Arashiyama BENKEI?
Conveniently located restaurants include Sushi Naritaya, Arashiyama Kijurou, and Unagiya Hirokawa.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Arashiyama BENKEI?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Chinese, and Japanese.
Are there any historical sites close to Arashiyama BENKEI?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Ninna-ji Temple (2.4 miles), Daikaku-ji Temple (1.0 miles), and Koryu-ji Temple (1.8 miles).
Does Arashiyama BENKEI have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbor view available here.