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Ryokan Karatachi
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Ryokan Karatachi
Ranked #245 of 395 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
Reviewed April 20, 2014

This is a nice ryokan close the the famous Fushimi Inari Taisha which is run by a family and good for short trips. I have listed the review in points to help people who are looking into this ryokan for future stays.

Positives:
1. Very warm welcome from the hosts
2. The Ryokan is very well placed for transportation and sightseeing, being next to the Fushimi Inari station and 5 minutes away from the JR inari station, which so happens to be next to Fushimi Inari Taisha.
3. Tea is provided when you return from visits and sometimes snacks are provided as well.
4. The breakfast if you pay for it is very large and has lots to choose from.
5. Rooms are quite spacious.
6. The hosts enjoy talking and are very helpful in relation to finding places to visit.

Negatives:
1. The room that we stayed in did not have a lock, even though the hosts are there all day leaving valuables with people you don't know (such as other guests) can be a little disconcerting.
2. The pillows took some getting used too.
3. Shared toilet and bathroom - both were well kept but it was hard being able to schedule when you could use the facilities.
4. Sound proofing is minimal and you can hear what is going on outside/in other rooms.
5. No wireless internet in the rooms - there is free wifi at the cafe on the strip to inari taisha which you can use.
6. The area has many eateries but most close at around 8pm so can be hard if you feel you want to eat a bit later than usual.

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank gyunyu
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Reviewed April 23, 2013

We felt at home in this ryokan! From the minute we arrived, we were welcomed warmly and the level of hospitality and care continued throughout our 6 night stay.

Nothing was too much trouble for the two hostesses that looked after us! Following a 9 hour flight we were starving and one of the ladies helped us find a restaurant to eat at, as if it was no trouble at all. Also, each morning she would walk us to the Inari train station and buy our tickets for us.

The breakfast each morning was exuberant, with so many choices. I especially enjoyed the miso soup with the japanese breakfast, and the coffee with our 'American breakfast'.

I can't say enough good things about this beautiful Ryokan! It was a warm and easy transition for us into Japanese culture. First class!

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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2  Thank Lynda S
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Reviewed July 27, 2012

Positives:
Hosts very welcoming - it's a family business
They bring you tea and sweets upon your return after a hard day's sightseeing
Very spick and span, including the communal bathroom and toilets.
Feels and looks Japanese without being too far outside the doe-eyed Westerner's comfort zone
Breakfast is huge - since I don't like wasting food, it usually took me about an hour to eat most of it
Across the road from Fushimiinari Station (run by Keihian Railway) and 5 minute walk from Inari Station (JR)
5 minute train ride from Inari Station to Kyoto Station (for subway, JR and Shinkansen)
5 minute walk to Fushimiinari Shrine
Reverse cycle air-conditioning

Negatives:
Futon was a bit short for me - and I'm only 165cm tall. So I had to sleep diagonal to the futon with my legs slightly bent.
Communal bathrooms and toilets - yes they were well kept but still you have to compromise on privacy and convenience.
Dinner - they don't serve it here, and there's not many places open nearby (as far as I could tell). Worst comes to worst, there's the convenience store.
The English skills of the hosts is passable - but they're more than apologetic, particularly if you're apologetic about your Japanese.

Tips:
It's a residential suburb outside of Kyoto - so it's quiet.
Whilst it's not in Kyoto, it is close though - this of course means lower rates.
There is a curfew - but they let you return later than some other ryokans since they're not waiting to serve you dinner.
My preference was actually to stay somewhere within walking distance of Kyoto Station, but for a slightly different experience, this is a good safe alternative.

Unknowns (as I did not ask about it):
If the TV in the room works
Wireless internet access

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled solo
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5  Thank appleton1909
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Reviewed January 31, 2012

My mother and I visited Japan back in 2007 and the Karatachi was our first experience with a Ryokan. It is perfectly located near the beautiful Fushimi-Inari shrine and very close to the trains. I loved everything about our stay here, it was such a great experience that I'm hopefully bringing my mother and a few extras back in 2012. :)

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled with family
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2  Thank Jennica-Wennica
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Reviewed October 31, 2009

Didn't want to stay anywhere touristy, and chose this tiny family home near Inari Shrine, and conveniently located for the train to Uji, too. A bit tricky to find, but lovely neighbourhood and very welcoming family. The room was lovely, the breakfast was outstanding. Not so good for nightlife, as the family will stay awake waiting your return! Would stay there again.

  • Stayed: May 2008, traveled solo
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5  Thank Anja-Superlekker
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Reviewed June 9, 2008

This is a traditional ryokan located 3 train stops south of Kyoto Station. Due to Kyoto's excellent bus and train system, there isn't a bad location around town. This ryokan is next to the Keihan line and a 3 minute walk from the JR Inari station and the Fushimi Inari Shrine.

There are only 5 available guest rooms which makes it quiet and cozy, but also no private baths. This means you have to schedule your shower and bath times, this was never a problem.

Thr rooms are reasonably sized, very clean and comfortable. Mine was well insulated, as I could not hear the trains in the mornings at all. The bath and shower rooms were very clean and shampoo, conditioner, soap and pre-pasted toothbrushes were provided.

The hostesses were very friendly and accommodating, though English is very limited. Whenever I stopped in during the day, there was always hot tea and sweets brought out to me.

The futons were comfy enough, but the pillow was pretty hard. The Japanese breakfast was fantastic and far more food than I could eat.

There is an 11pm curfew so if you are the type to party all night, this isn't the place for your. However, if you're looking for a nice, clean comfortable stay in a ryokan, book this one.

  • Stayed: May 2008, traveled solo
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6  Thank sh0tzz99
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Reviewed October 1, 2016
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  • Stayed: September 2016, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank laetielegros
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Address: 20-6 Fukakusa Ichinotsubo-cho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto 612-0012, Kyoto Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > Southern Kyoto
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Ranked #245 of 395 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
Number of rooms: 5

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