This is the ryokan that has truly understood the need for a mid- to introduce Japanese culture to Westerners. All staff spoke good English. The rooms, though Japanese style, has the amenities a Westerner would expect to see in a room. The room is also more spacious than usual and since we were here in the middle of winter, heat was also very adequate. There is also Japanese and Western breakfasts offered in the morning. Continental breakfast was offered free during our stay. This ryokan is steps away from the shopping district so it is very convenient also to anywhere else in Kyoto you would consider going. This ryokan truly gets that Westerners may want to experience traditional Japan, but maintain a bit of 'Western' in the amenities offered in a lodging. Good job Watazen!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- WATAZEN is a Classical Japanese Inn with modern amenities, located in the center of Kyoto. It has been a familiar inn for many travelers to Kyoto since [Tenpo Gannen](1830). Today, many people enjoy our traditional harmonious atmosphere in central Kyoto. We are confident that our excellent service and cuisine will make your visit to Kyoto a memorable one. Please enjoy Kyoto and relax at WATAZEN. The cost is from 6300JPY - per person. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Watazen Hotel Kyoto