My wife and I stayed at the Gion Fukuzumi for two nights. We opted for one of their traditional rooms, which had no bed. Instead, the room was cleared of furniture and futons were placed on the floor each night. I have to admit the futons were not the most comfortable sleeping accommodation, but they were authentic, and we were hoping to experience authentic.
The hotel serves a traditional Japanese meal in the room at dinner time. It was a multi course extravaganza, and was entirely different each night, except for the ubiquitous sticky rice. Dinner is served on a low table, and the diners sit on little legless chairs on the floor. The server was this incredibly nice kimono clad lady, who did her best to explain to us what we needed to do to consume the foods. The food itself was fresh, delicious, and beautiful.
Breakfast was served in a common room on the second floor, at conventional tables. This breakfast was actually very similar to dinner, except there was smoked or dried fish instead of raw. This was not a bacon and eggs breakfast, or corn flakes and milk! It was different (for us Americans), and delicious.
The hotel had two traditional public baths one for men and one for women. The gender of each bath alternated twice each day, so everybody gets to experience both baths. We were there at a hot and humid time of year, so after a day of looking at shrines or temples, I was ready for a bath. I took one in the morning too, just because. We liked the bath on the sixth floor better than the one on the first floor because the upper one had a view or was at least illuminated with natural light from outside.
The staff was uniformly delightful, from the front desk staff to our servers and room set-up personnel.
The building itself is not particularly interesting. It's just a six story building with a bunch of rooms in it. Some of those rooms are set up as traditional ryokan rooms and we stayed in one of those.
Overall, we enjoyed our stay, and we'd stay there again, but next time we'll opt for a western style room with a western bed.
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- Also Known As:
- Gion Fukuzumi Hotel Kyoto