We stayed here 3 nights and it was very pleasant. The staff are so lovely and friendly. You get a good taste of a ryokan but with a modern touch. The tatami beds and rooms were comfortable and all amenities were clean. There are washing facilities which are coin operated and free internet in the lobby. Also there is a fridge which you can use, there is a little Japanese supermarket up the road which you may want to visit and store some snacks in the fridge.
I had read previous reviews before booking and I did note that there is an expectation that you are quiet while staying here. In saying that, there is no curfew but most guests are back at a decent hour and respect the noise level. The hushed voices and lack of noice really do make the ryokan experience more traditional and enjoyable. This is a lovely place to stay to get a feel of a ryokan and somewhere relaxing to return after a long day of sightseeing around beautiful Kyoto!
The Ryokan is not in Central Kyoto and is a solid 10 minute walk from the train station (which is not a JR station). We didn't mind the walk but was a little bit of an effort with suitcases (well mine at least!). Not being in Central Kyoto does add to the feel that you are experiencing another side of Kyoto, however worth noting for the purposes of JR passes. It is only a 12-15 minute train trip from Kyoto on the local line and was 250 yen.
If you stay here, you must try Chabana - The Okonomiyaki restaurant down the road from the Ryokan. The staff at Rakucho will give you a map with local eateries, sights and so on - it appears on this map. Try a traditional okonomiyaki preferably with a glass of beer after a long day on your feet and you will be on top of the world! Also if you are after some cool bars in Central Kyoto - try A Bar and Bar This Way!
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