This very centrally-located ryokan did not disappoint our first-time experience with traditional Japanese accommodation. Having been a bit of an armchair traveler when it came to ryokan-style accommodation, it was great experiencing it for real - the tatami mats, interior decor and most importantly - the luxurious breakfasts.
Go for the breakfast option if you get a chance - it was certainly a highlight of our experience with Japanese culture. Do note though, based on previous reviews on this site, it appears that there is no vegetarian option (or any other dietary customization, for that matter). However, if you do get to enjoy it, you will certainly appreciate the varying tastes gathered from the many mini courses splayed across your breakfast tray, along with a hot 'main' that changes daily.
The interiors were well appointed, and despite it's somewhat garish, yellow appearance from the outside, the inside could not have been more beguiling. The location was nothing short of excellent, right across Kyoto JR station and next to Kyoto Tower. There are many izakaya-style 'pubs' around the ryokan as well; ask the front desk.
There is a communal bath downstairs - great first experience if you haven't tried one before, but if you have experienced a proper, traditional onsen before than you will probably be disappointed. Nonetheless it's a great convenience, if you appreciate a hot bath ready for you when you arrive without having to go through the fuss of preparing one in the really tiny bath we had. Don't forget to bring a towel after wrapping up in your yukata!
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