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Reviewed August 9, 2018 via mobile

We stayed one night in the Botan room, it was massive! The space totally took us by surprise & the large floor to ceiling windows allowed lots of natural light into the room. We enjoyed having tea with full view of the Uji river. The onsen was good for relaxing. The male one was on G/F but the female one was on the 3/F so you can see the river view from there. We enjoyed wagyu beef teppanyaki dinner at their steak restaurant. Make sure you book before hand. The service was satisfactory but not that personal, staff’s English was limited. The room was also dusty in some areas. There was construction going on next to the hotel along the river at night so we could hear the noise even past mid-night. Besides that, it was a nice stay away from all the tourists. The hotel is 20-25min walk from Uji station. You can try to call ahead to arrange pick up service, they provide a free shuttle bus service between 9:00 - 10:10am, otherwise taxi from Uji station will cost ¥700. The Botan Room is quite expensive but expected due to its size & full river view. There are many smaller rooms at more affordable rates. However we feel they are slightly run down. The hotel seems old & worn yet some rooms have had recent renovation work done. So be careful when choosing room types.

Date of stay: August 2018
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
2  Thank ManChaTeas
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Reviewed July 14, 2018

This onsen ryokan is located right on the Uji River. We chose a modern Japanese room, which has a wonderful view of the river. Although it was not raining in Uji when we visited, the river was very high and flowing very swiftly due to the record rainfall in the mountains. Thus the pedestrian bridges to the islets were closed, and there was no cormorant fishing at night. But it was quite a view from the room.

The room was spacious and had very comfortable twin beds about 6 inches off the floor on a raised platform. There was a large table in the center of the room, which also has a comfortable rocking chair and small desk. The bathroom had a separate room for the toilet and a glassed in tub/shower room with a window looking out on the river. Soaking in the tub and gazing at the river might cause you to become water-logged, because it is very relaxing.

Carved into the wood floor of the room were small grooves that gave it visual and tactical appeal. One of the walls is stone, setting off the floor to ceiling windows. There was an easy chair and big screen TV if you are so inclined, however for us the TV could never compete with river.

Meals were served in the restaurant with a view of the river. Although it was typical ryokan style cuisine, the chef was very creative in the use of seasonal and regional delicacies. The person serving us was full of info on each dish. It was easily the most sophisticated and delicious food we had in Japan during this visit, and we highly recommend it to those who like ryokan style meals.

The hotel has 2 onsen baths, one on the first floor and one on the 3rd floor. They alternate between accommodating ladies and men in the morning and afternoons. The 3rd floor bath is partially outside and has a good view of the river.

We will be back next time we are in the area.

Date of stay: July 2018
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Thank joebbb
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Reviewed March 4, 2018 via mobile

I got a good weekday deal for two nights at this ryokan from Agoda. I read a lot of reviews prior to booking, so I did all the right things: asked about hotel shuttle and booked a Kaiseki dinner five days in advance.

The hotel is about a 10-minute walk from the Keihan station. We called the hotel when we arrived at the station, and it immediately sent a shuttle bus to pick us up for free. Although the service was not guaranteed, we were able to use it to go back and forth the JR/Keihan station for all three times without booking.

The hotel is a blend of traditional and modern elegance. It is not as intimidating as a small traditional ryokan and is easy enough for foreign guests to navigate. Although some of the staffers didn’t speak English, they were very polite and helpful, exactly what you’d expect from Japanese hospitality workers.

I highly recommend a Kaiseki dinner on the night you check in to fully take in the experience. I read that many Japanese go to ryokans for the fine dining experience! There are at least four different price points from 6000 to 10000+ yen. My partner and I each got the 8000 yen set. It was the most expensive meal we had on our trip, but it was worth it. We were surprised to be seated in our private room, served by our own kimono wearing hostess. The food was seasonal and amazing. My partner isn’t the most adventurous eater, but he enjoyed everything. I was worried that it wouldn’t be filling enough cuz each course was tiny, but by the end of the meal I was very satisfied. Fun fact: we were not sure if the last course had been served and waited around for 15 minutes or so after we finished eating to leave the room. Turns out a manager looking man had been waiting for us outside all along to thank us and say good bye.

We only booked the cheapest room, but it was more than what we had expected. The river view was beautiful. We loved the traditional experience, sleeping on a Japanese futon on the tatami floor and all that jazz. The free tea they offered in the room was really nice, living up to the reputation of Uji!

We also took advantage of the public onsen, which led to my only unpleasant experience at the hotel. One of the guests was using her phone and taking nudes when I walked in on my second night. It made me feel very uncomfortable and had to make a complaint to the front desk lady. Perhaps the hotel should put up signs at the changing room to teach foreign guests basic onsen etiquette.

All in all, I highly recommend this hotel if you can spare two days from your trip to Kyoto/Osaka. The tranquility of Uji is refreshing.

Date of stay: February 2018
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
2  Thank tiarabun
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Reviewed December 19, 2017

My father and me stayed 1 night in Uji in October 2016. We arrived in the evening just in time for dinner, followed by a relaxing bath at the onsen. The kaiseki dinner was superb, the bath was very relaxing as there was no one else in the onsen. They have separate baths for men and women and although it's very relaxing, on the other hand there may be a benefit of having other people in the baths to chat with. We were very tired after travelling all day hence fell to sleep rightaway. In the morning we woke up to a beautiful view of the river. Had the chance to walk around in the Uji river before breakfast. Uji is an interesting small town famous for green tea. A small dining place on the other side of the river offers green tea soba with fish. Overall a very enjoyable experience.

Date of stay: October 2017
Thank xandraJakarta
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Reviewed December 9, 2017 via mobile

This is the best place to stay in Uji. The rooms are big and somewhat modern.

The service is excellent and they do an excellent Japanese breakfast. They also have a kiseki dinner but do not you have to book it at least 2 days on advance.

There is a shuttle service but it's quite a walk from JR Uji station.

Date of stay: December 2017
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Thank Han M
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