We stayed at the Seikoro Inn during our recent trip to Japan. We wanted to spend a little bit more for a few days and experience some luxury (we'd been going budget for the most part), we also wanted something traditional and authentic, since we we're in Kyoto so we chose Seikoro Inn.
I have to say that staying there was a bit of a culture shock for us but not in a bad way. The staff were very polite, coureous and attentive. It was really a bit over the top for me, I felt like they were fussing over us everytime I walked out of my room or returned to the Inn.
They have a public bath that's apparently made of wood thats very old or something like that, but I didn't think much of it. I've been to other baths, onsens that are much better. To be fair those baths/onsens porbably have a better location, Seikoro is in the city so there's no view or anything special.
The rooms were roomy and nice but the fold the futons up in the morning so you can't relax in bed during the day time as they replace the futons with a table and some cushions. Which I guess is what every other Ryokan does?
Dinner and breakfast was very good, they serve you several courses and its well presented and tastes good. that said I found this over the top as well so we only had dinner once. It was too much to eat for me.
Also, I should mention that they don't do Laundry or have any laundry facilities. Must be another thing that all Ryokans don't do? It wasn't the first Ryokan I've been to that doesn't have laundry services.
Anyway, overall it was a nice and authentic experience. I would recommend doing something like this only if you've never done it before and want to try it. For myself, if I ever I spend this kind of money again, I'll pick a western style hotel, because it would be more convenient and I would feel more comfortable.
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