This traditional ryokan inn was the best place we stayed on our recent trip to Japan. The location is beautiful, perched on the side of a river bank is a very secluded area just outside Kyoto. So secluded you have to walk across a suspension bridge to get to the inn!
We choose to book the room with a private rotenburo (outdoor bath). We actually booked the 2nd most expensive type of room but got upgraded to the best villa they had when we arrived. I had read a few reviews were other people said the same thing happened to them. I guess if it's available you will get upgraded. Even though the villa had some very traditional features like the rotenburo and tatami-matted rooms, there were also a number of not-so-traditional amenities like a western style toilet and a TV. The ryokan has a public bath but it's pretty average by Japan standards so spend a little extra and get the room with a private bath.
The staff were great. When we arrived they carried all our gear to our room and made sure I had the correct size yukata (light-weight kimono worn in summer). I'm about 6'5" and there were about 2-3 staff scurrying about trying to find the XXL one that I imagine didn't get a lot of use! They speak limited English but with a lot of gesturing we figured out what they were trying to tell us when it was time for dinner, breakfast, etc.
The only recommendation I have is if you want to drink alcohol while you are there to bring it with you as the prices are a little steep.
In summary, if you are going to Kyoto and have the time and budget you will have an amazing experience if you choose to stay here. If I go back my wife and I would stay here again without a second thought.
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