Ishihara Ryokan is centrally located and is a great place to stay for your sightseeing time in Kyoto. The Ryokan (Japanese inn) is housed in an 80 year old building, which the current owners, the Ishiharas, bought 50 years ago when it was an antique shop.
Room prices include breakfast (western if you ask in advance) and the room we stayed in had a private toilet and bath.
Ishihara Ryokan was the favorite place for the famous film director, Akira Kurosawa, to stay in. Ask Mrs. Ishihara to show you the slippers he wore when he stayed there. At the time, they had to go out and find a pair big enough for his feet. He autographed the slippers and she keeps them under the steps.
Take not of all the lamps in the Ryokan. These were all handmade by Mr. Ishihara using kimono dying pattern material that he gets from some of the kimono makers.
Be sure to say hello to the 42 year old turtle who lives in the little concrete pond in the garden. He was hibernating while we were there.
Ask Mrs. Ishihara for recommendations to dinner. She knows of several places that are within walking distance. There are also several restaurants on the same street the Ryokan is located on.
The Ryokan is within walking distance of several interesting areas including the Nishiki Market, Gion, and the central heart of Kyoto. It's also a short walk from the subway line that runs directly to Kyoto train station.
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