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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Reservation response after booking was pretty quick. Room name I believe was Totetsu, second floor, 15 tatami mat room with private onsen bath. The private bath is worth the extra cost for me since its a part of your room. I stayed one night and used it three times. Also, book through their website though and you can get access... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was our treat for our Japan holiday. And it didn't disappoint. We came from Tokyo and fell in love with the area and the premises. Whilst expensive it was in every respect. Totally worth it.Service and comfort abound. Beautiful employees beautiful rooms beautiful food. We travelled with our 6 and 9 year old and all details taken care of.... More 

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benkei-staff, 広報担当マネージャー at Arashiyama Benkei, responded to this review

Dear yayme, First of all, Thank you so much for your kind review. We are pleased to see that you have excellent moments while your stay at our ryokan. Your detailed review which explains simply most of your expression about our ryokan, it'll help us to keep up to provide the best hospitality to our guests, and surely helps the... More 

Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed one night and it was pleasant. The location is perfect its around a 5minute walk to the Main Street. We had a room overlooking the river. The rooms are are Japanese style and the staff offer a good explanation of the room and facilities. We tried the private bath which is great after a long day. Only have... More 

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benkei-staff, 広報担当マネージャー at Arashiyama Benkei, responded to this review

Dear MSGonella, First of all, Thank you very much for your time to review us. We are truly appreciated with your recent visit to Arashiyama Benkei. It is our honor that you have mentioned about coming back to our ryokan. We are really hoping to welcome you again on your next trip to Kyoto, Japan. Best regards, Arashiyama Benkei More 

Coral Springs, FL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Just an amazing and memorable stay at BenKei in Arashiyama. Benkei is a modern, yet traditional Ryokan. We were greeted and welcomed as we walked up with our names posted on the front porch and by staff. Not being Japanese, you need to open your mind and heart to a different stay. Our room was traditional and a very comfortable... More 

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benkei-staff, 広報担当マネージャー at Arashiyama Benkei, responded to this review

Dear PMB57, First of all, Thank you so much for your stay at Arashiyama Benkei. And, Thank you very much for give us such a heart-filled review, describing by real voice. We are really grateful that you have enjoyed and experienced Japanese Ryokan, Authentic cuisines. Thank you very much for making the memorable time here at Arashiyama Benkei. More 

Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Staying here was the highlight of my trip to Japan. The food was amazing, the staff so courteous. The room had an amazing view of the river. The only question I had was that I wasn't sure if the hot spring water was from there or brought in? It felt wonderful all the same. We requested a private bathing area.... More 

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benkei-staff, 広報担当マネージャー at Arashiyama Benkei, responded to this review

Dear annunes6700, First of all, Thank you for your visit to Arashiyama Benkei, and we are very pleased see your rating which is to prove our hospitality was approved. We always dedicate ourselves for the customer’s comfortable stay in Arashiyama. It is very simple but also, it’s difficult to maintain. We can keep our professionalism, it’s only because of customer’s... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2016

We arrived at about 11:30am - much to early to check in and dropped our bags off to do a little sightseeing. Arriving back at 4pm our bags were already waiting in our room and check-in was a simple process. We had selected the room without the private bath, so off we went to the public bath. We actually had... More 

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benkei-staff, 広報担当マネージャー at Arashiyama Benkei, responded to this review

Dear Npshaw, Thank you very much for your previous visit and stayed in Arashiayama Benkei. We are really grateful to see your review with the detail from your arrival to the next day breakfast. And more, you have even explained the fee for taxi back to station. Very very kind of you to describe in detail. We are truly appreciate.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2016

I will be checking into this ryokan on August 26. I wrote to them asking for direction from the train station to the ryokan 3 weeks ago and till now I have yet to hear from them. I read so many good reviews about them and decided to stay here - they are not the cheapest and I am now... More 

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benkei-staff, オーナー at Arashiyama Benkei, responded to this review

Dear Christine YfS, We are really sorry for not reply you over 3 weeks. We'll check the record and find out what happened. Really grateful that you have honestly clearly pointed out about the problem we had. We will seriously consider from your review and keep up. Best regards, Arashiyama Benkei More 

Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2016

Amazing experience!I travelled with my son.We had a very good time.The room is comfortable,the food is delicious,the location is perfect and the bath is so amazing.We all like it very very much.And I decide to come back again with my best friend this autumn.

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benkei-staff, 広報担当マネージャー at Arashiyama Benkei, responded to this review

Dear 942yvonne, First of all, thank you so much for select us to stay in you trip to Kyoto for the special occasion which is travelling with your son. Your review with very straight comment, it was our pleasure to welcome you here at Arashiyama Benkei. We are really looking forward to your visit in Autumn with your friend, Autumn... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2016

The personnel are very welcoming and polished. The ryokan atmosphere is colming and relaxing. The view is perfect looking up to mountain nad down to river. The upgraded dinner is just EXcellent!! Outstanding!

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benkei-staff, 広報担当マネージャー at Arashiyama Benkei, responded to this review

Dear andichen80, Thank you very much for giving us wonderful review. We are truly pleased to hear that you had great time with us, and simply evaluate our facility, food and hospitality, even mentioning about the location. Again, we are much appreciated. We hope you to come and visit us again for your next trip to JAPAN. Yours sincerely, Arashiyama... More 

Kyoto, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2016

Unique experience at Onsen in highly interesting arashiyama area. A must for Japanese trip. Nice welcoming great bath...strongly encourage Japanese cooking ! All members of family enjoyed the stay. Thank you

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benkei-staff, オーナー at Arashiyama Benkei, responded to this review

Dear Eric B, Thank you for your recent stay at Arashiyama Benkei!! We are much grateful to see your review and rating to our service. And also, your review will surely help our potential guest from all over the world. Our pleasure to hear that all of your family member had excellent time here at Arashiyama Benkei, and the area... More 

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Staying in Western Kyoto

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Western Kyoto
Western Kyoto is home to some of the city's best eccentricities. Kyoto's Saga-Toriimoto Preserved Street takes visitors back in time to the Meiji Period, where old homes have been transformed into tea houses and eateries. Pleasure boats drift down the riverbank, under wooden bridges that beckon nature lovers to hiking trails and botanical walks. The area's famously tall bamboo groves, monkey park, and impressive vistas during the Hanami cherry blossom viewing season mean that it is busiest in warmer months, though also gorgeous in the fall, when the mountains and hills along the banks turn multi-colored. Historic and engaging, even the rail cars in Western Kyoto seek to exemplify its traditional nature and scenic beauty. Many people, including natives, come to visit the 1,200 rakan statues at the Otagi Nenbutsuji Temple, which is still in use as a religious site.
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Arashiyama Benkei
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Cuisines: Japanese
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
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. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Arashiyama Benkei

Address: 34 Sagatenryuji Susukinobabacho Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8385, Kyoto Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > Western Kyoto
Price Range: $543 - $927 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Arashiyama Benkei 4*
Number of rooms: 10
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