This is part 2 of our Takayama-Kyoto-Osaka Nov 2012 trip.
Having spent an earlier 4 nights in another ryokan in Takayama and 3 nites in Osaka after this stay (and also a previous trip 5 years back thru the same route), it may seem a little unfair for us to make comparison between our stay here & in Takayama/Osaka. However, I hope the inn's generous hospitality, great location and food, would be able to convince/overcome any doubts or naysaying from my posting.
First off, location wise it's a pretty nice neighbourhood, away from the city's vehicular & human traffic, but yet it is within walking distance to the Kyoto Central train station, accessible to the subway & buses, nearby laundromat, easy access to Kawaramachi area (food & shopping) & the Gion area.
Accomodation: Our family of 6 were very happy with the 1st floor large room with separate sleeping & dining area. The beds and comforters were great (much more comfortable than our Takayama stay :p). As mentioned by other reviewers, the shared toilet & bathroom facility takes a little getting used to (as well as some graciousness and understanding by fellow guests). The inn's 4-5 room capacity (some with ensuite) and a little sleep sacrifice goes a long way in the toilet/bathroom sharing. The bath area is actively looked after by the inn owner ensuring that it is well upkept & tidy for use by the next party.
We love the garden and koi pond. I had spent many quiet minutes sitting next to the glass panel (while waiting for my turn at the bath) admiring the quiet & tranquil landscape: seeking the zen-ness and appreciating the very peaceful lives of the 5-6 fat koi fishes ... ah .... what would I give to be able to do that again :)
Meals: we only had 2 nites of dinner, which we were lucky enough to be served in their private dining room. The Shabu Shabu dinner served on our last night was a lesson in the Japanese way of preparing & appreciating the fine art of Japanese dining. Together with local sake & wonderful local seasonal fruits, we had a wonderful hour & a half long session of family bonding, feasting and sharing stories with the host.
Breakfast was served in the room and again we had the chance to savour local pickles and dried fish. My daughter's only grumble was that they didn't have a rice pot on standby for extra servings .... I told her to watch her waistline.
The ryokan has been around for at least 7 generations and it is currently managed by the dedicated team of the elder couple with their son & daughter-in-law. Hopefully, the tradition will continue with the young couple's 2 children.
Thanks for the memory.
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