In the historical city of Kyoto, one of the must things to do is to stay at a Ryokan. A Ryokan is a traditional Japanese inn where rooms have tatami mat floors and futon beds. A special facility typically available in Ryokan inns are the Japanese style baths. Many Ryokan also offers Kaiseki, a traditional fine dining cuisine as part of the accommodation. Staying at a Ryokan provides an excellent way to appreciate the traditional and historical Japanese culture.
During our trip to Kyoto, we got a chance to stay at a Ryokan (The Izuyasu). And it was definitely the highlight of our trip.
There are many Ryokan inns around Kyoto, we chose our top favorites based on the quality, reviews, price and availability at that time.
Here’s the list we’ve created of the best Ryokan inns in Kyoto.
1. Nazuna Kyoto Nijo-tei (Cha no Yado)
The Nazuna Kyoto Nijo-tei (Cha no Yado) is located near the Nijo Castle. It has 5 different rooms each having its own theme. And open air baths are available in all rooms. It was also awarded The Michelin Guide Kyoto Osaka Award in 2017.
Location: 580 Kusuriyacho Aburanokoji Nijo Agaru Nakagyoku Kyoto
View Ryokan: Nazuna Kyoto Nijo-tei
Nazuna Kyoto Nijo-tei (Cha no Yado)
2. Arashiyama Benkei
Arashiyama is a district in Kyoto known for its beautiful nature sites.
The Arashiyama Benkei started in 1969. It’s located 15 minutes walk from the famous Togetsu-kyo bridge. It has 10 guests rooms. And there’s an onsen (hot spring) at the inn.
Arashiyama Benkei also has an annex, Arashiyama Premium Residential.
Location: 34 Susukinobanba-cho Saga-tenryuji Ukyo-ku Kyoto
View Ryokan: Arashiyama Benkei
3. Gion Hatanaka
Gion is a district in Kyoto located near the Yasaka Shrine. It is also a famous Geisha district.
The Gion Hatanaka is located near the Gion district. It has 21 rooms. And this Ryokan has a public bath with a zen garden view.
Location: 505 Yasaka Shrine Minamimonmae Gion Higashiyama-ku Kyoto
View Ryokan: Gion Hatanaka
Izuyasu Ryokan was established in 1839. This Ryokan is located 10 minute walk from the JR Kyoto train station. There are 8 different rooms for accommodation. And they offer seasonal Kyoto cuisine prepared by their 7th generation chef.
Location: 272 Sasaya-cho Shimogyo-ku Kyoto
View Ryokan: Traditional Kyoto Inn serving Kyoto cuisine Izuyasu
5. Hokkaikan Ohanabo
The Hokkaikan Ohanabo is located about 5 minute walk from the Kyoto Tower. This Ryokan has 12 guest rooms.
Location: 66-2 Shokuya-cho Shimo Juzuyamachi Agaru Akazu-dori Shimogyo-kyu Kyoto
View Ryokan: Hokkaikan Ohanabo
Motonago Ryokan is located 5 minute walk from the Yasaka Shrine. This Ryokan has won numerous awards and has been included on the Michelin Guide. There are 11 guest rooms in this inn.
Location: 511 Washio-cho Koudaijimichi Higashiyama-ku Kyoto
View Ryokan: Motonago Ryokan
7. Seikoro Ryokan
The Seikoro Ryokan was established in 1831. This Ryokan is located near the Kiyomizu Temple. There are 22 total guest rooms.
Location: 467 Nishitachibana-cho Higashiyama-ku Kyoto
View Ryokan: Seikoro Ryokan
Sakanoue is located in the Gion area. The nearest popular landmark is the Yasaka Shrine. This Ryokan has a total of 12 rooms.
Location: 502 Washio-cho Shimogawara Gion Kyoto
View Ryokan: Sakanoue
9. Ryokan Sumiya Kihoan
The Sumiya Kiho-an is a resort with full service spa, natural hot spring and a Ryokan. The Ryokan is 35 minutes ride from the JR Kyoto station.
The Sumiya Kiho-an also offers spa and lunch package.
Location: Yunohana Onsen Kameoka Kyoto
View Ryokan: Ryokan Sumiya Kihoan
Ryokan Sumiya Kihoan
10. Ryokan Kohro
The Ryokan Kohro is located at the Central Kyoto near the Nishiki Market. There are a total of 30 guestrooms. The Ryokan also features traditional Japanese cuisine.
Location: Rokkaku kita higashi kado Sakaimachi St. Nakagyo-ku Kyoto
View Ryokan: Ryokan Kohro
Note: Many Ryokans may require a minimum of 2 guests reservation.
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