We paid for the breakfast and dinner kaiseki which was always served on time and fresh. You should be very open minded if you opt for the traditional kaiseki food as it was definately not for the classic north american pallet. Personally, we found the food exceptionally good as each new dish was an exciting new surprise which we looked forward to! You never know what was coming next.
The atmosphere was amazing with the traditional japanese paper walls, tatami floors in the bedroom and dining room, floor seats/table, traditional japanese shower (wooden soaking tub) and futon-like beds. The sheets were always clean and fresh as were the traditional japanese house robes that were supplied for us. No shoes were allowed in this ryokan. The geisha dressed staff/owner prepared our beds after serving dinner and removed the beds after serving breakfast. She asked permission before doing this.
Alcoholic drinks are not included in the price of the room and you don't know that you were charged extra until you check out. Small sake order is an extra Y1000.
A taxi from Kyoto Station to the Tamahan is Y1200 and relatively close to Gion (geisha district).
Pricey yes (Y90 000/2 nights/2 people/2 breakfast/2 dinner), the but price was reasonable in comparison to other ryokans.
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- Also Known As:
- Tamahan Hotel Kyoto