We stayed at Watazen ryokan during our trip to Kyoto and it was a marvelous experience to say the least. We arrived in the morning, so our luggage items were stowed while we explored the nearby Shijo shopping area and Nishiki market. Our luggage was delivered to our rooms by check-in time. At check-in, we were guided to our rooms and green tea was served, along with complimentary Yatsuhashi (a Kyoto specialty). Dinner was served at 19:00, and we opted for the Kame Kaiseki meal. A significant quantity of food was served, at a pace I was slightly unable to keep up with. Nevertheless, all dishes were of impeccable quality and I especially enjoyed the Kami Nabe (paper hotpot).
During our dining session, we were visited by the madam (owner) who, while does not speak a word of English, greeted us graciously. Once we had finished with our meals, our futons were laid out and we were subsequently given the opportunity to bathe downstairs. The futons were comfy and warm, which was welcomed at a time of chilly weather in Kyoto.
In the morning, we opted for the traditional style Japanese breakfast. This meal was also of exceptional quality. It was novel to see that the Yudofu dish was served in a Kami Nabe reminiscent of the meal from the previous night. When we checked out, we hired bikes that were offered at a competitive rate.
In summary, it is worth visiting Watazen for an authentic ryokan experience. Delicious cuisine is served that makes excellent use of local produce and exhibits the regional specialties of Kyoto. The staff are friendly, courteous and willing. It is an opportunity to enjoy yourself at an affordable expense.
- 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