15 Best Ryokan to Stay in Kyoto

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Kyoto is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. What can complete the experience of staying in this town that feels so traditional? Staying in a traditional inn of course! In Japan, these kind of inns are called ryokan. And we’ve gathered the best 15 ryokan to choose from during your trip in Kyoto!

1. Yuzuya Ryokan

A luxurious ryokan located in the Gion area, just a few minutes from Yasaka Shrine. It features accommodation in Japanese style twin and triple rooms. All rooms have traditional furnishing: tatami flooring, futon bedding, low tables with pillows, screen doors. Guests can enjoy eating Japanese food or relax in a public bath. Other nearby attractions include: Chion-in Temple and Chorakuji Temple.

Information

  • Address:  605-0074 Kyoto, Kyoto, Higashiyama-ku Gion-cho Minamigawa 545 , Japan
  • Access: a 10 minute walk from Gion Shijo Station

2. Small Luxury Ryugin

This fancy ryokan offers accommodation is one bedroom or two bedroom suites. The suites include: a living room with a wooden floor, sofas, a TV and two single beds. Futons can be spread on the floor for a different experience. The ryokan’s own restaurant serves traditional Japanese dishes. The area is full of popular attractions like Yasaka Shrine, Chion-in Temple and Shoren-in Temple.

Information

  • Address:  605-0825 Kyoto, Kyoto, Higashiyama-ku Shimogawara 463-12, Japan
  • Access: a 10 minute walk from Shijo Station

3. Matsui Honkan

Matsui Honkan has beautiful Japanese style rooms and large public baths. Rooms include a number of facilities like a TV, a fridge, a telephone and toiletries in the bathroom. At check in, guests are served green matcha tea and Kyoto sweets. For an extra fee, facial and body massages can be enjoyed. They ryokan is conveniently located close to Nishiki Market, Ponto-cho Street and Nijo Castle.

Information

  • Address:  604-8113 Kyoto, Kyoto, Nakagyo-ku, Izutsuya cho 405, Japan
  • Access: a 10 minute walk from Shijo, Kawaramachi and Karasuma subway stations

4. Ryokan Inn Yoshida Sanso

Formerly a royal residence transformed into a ryokan, Yoshida Sanso offers accommodation in Japanese style twin rooms with a shared bathroom. All the amenities are Japanese style. Traditional breakfast and dinner can be served in a special private room or in the guest’s room. Tea and sweets can be enjoyed at the ryokan’s tea salon. The property is within walking distance from Yoshida Shrine and Heian Shrine. Nijo Castle is also in the area.

Information

  • Address: 606-8314 Kyoto, Kyoto, Sakyo-ku Yoshida Shimooji-cho 59-1, Japan
  • Access: a 20 minute drive from Kyoto Station

5.  Gion Maifukan

Gion Maifukan lets guest choose between western rooms and Japanese style ones. All rooms are equipped with air conditioning, a flat screen TV and a refrigerator. Traditional robes, tea and mineral water are provided. Guests can relax on the rooftop terrace or enjoy a body massage in their own room. There are several nearby attractions like Yasaka Shrine, Kiyomizudera Temple and Maruyama Park.

Information

  • Address:  605-0000 Kyoto, Kyoto, Higashiyama-ku Gion Yasaka Jinjya Minami-mon Mae, Japan
  • Access: a 10 minute walk from Gion Shijo Station

6. Ryokan Izuyasu

This historical ryokan was built in 1839 and renovated in 2013. Its rooms all are Japanese style and can accommodate from two to four people. Traditional breakfast and dinner can be served with prior reservation. Guests can unwind in a beautiful courtyard or enjoy a body massage. Izuyasu is within walking distance from Kyoto Tower and the JR Kyoto Station.

Information

  • Address: 600-8156 Kyoto, Kyoto, Shimogyo-ku Higashinotoin-dori Shimo Juzuyamachi-agaru Sasaya-cho 272 , Japan
  • Access: a 10 minute walk from Kyoto Station

7. Gion Hatanaka

Gion Hatanaka offers accommodation in standard and superior Japanese style rooms where two, three or four persons can stay. The rooms are extremely spacious and each come with a balcony and a flat TV. With an advance reservation, the ryokan can arrange special dance performances and guided Kyoto tours. The Gion area and Yasaka shrine can be reached on foot.

Information

  • Address:  605-0074 Kyoto, Kyoto, Higashiyama-ku Gion Yasaka Jinjya Minamimon Mae , Japan
  • Access: a 10 minute walk from Kawaramachi Station

8. Rangetsu

Located in the beautiful Arashiyama area, Rangetsu offers accommodation in Japanese style deluxe twin rooms or standard twin rooms. The ryokan also features a private wooden bath for guests to relax in. Traditional breakfast and dinner dishes are served. There are many nearby popular attractions: Arashiyama Monkey Park, Sagano Romantic Train and the famous Arashiyama bamboo grove.

Information

  • Address: 616-8385 Kyoto, Kyoto, Sakyo-ku Sagatenryuji Susukinobaba-cho 7, Japan
  • Access: a 10 minute walk from Keifuku Arashiyama Station

9. Arashiyama Benkei

Located along the Katsura river near the famous Togetsukyo Bridge, this beautiful ryokan has ten Japanese style rooms which can accommodate from two to five persons. All rooms have a TV, along with an electric kettle and free tea bags. Yukata robes are also provided. Traditional breakfast and dinner are served. The whole Arashiyama area can be enjoyed if staying at Benkei ryokan.

Information

  • Address: 616-8385 Kyoto, Kyoto, Ukyo-ku Saga Tenryuji Susukinobaba-cho 34, Japan
  • Access: a 5 minute walf from Keifuku Arashiyama Station

10. Nissho Besso

Nissho Besso offers accommodation in Japanese style rooms which can take in from two to eight guests. Facilities include a public bath (which can be reserved as private), a TV, a personal safe and a refrigerator. Breakfast and dinner is served in a dinner room or in the guest’s room. Attractions in the area are: Sento Imperial Palace, Maruyama Park, Yasaka Shrine, Heian Shrine and Nijo Castle.

Information

  • Address: 604-8083 Kyoto, Kyoto, Nakagyo-ku Sanjo-dori Tominokojinishi-iru Nakano-cho 13, Japan
  • Access: a 6 minute walk from Karasuma Oike Station

11. Kyoto Ryokan Kinoe

Located in central Kyoto, Ryokan Kinoe has Japanese style rooms which can accommodate from two to five people. Each room includes a seating area, a TV, a refrigerator and free tea bags. For an extra fee, dance performances or body massages can be booked. There are many nearby attractions like Kiyomizudera Temple, Yasaka Shrine or the Gion area.

Information

  • Address: 605-0812 Kyoto, Kyoto, Higashiyama-ku Yasuikado Higashioji, Japan
  • Access: a 10 minute drive from Kyoto Station

12. Seikoro Ryokan

This atmospheric ryokan has 22 Japanese style rooms which can take in up to four people each. Guests can unwind in a wooden public bath or relax during a massage. There is a gift shop inside the property with many wonderful souvenirs to buy. Western or Japanese traditional dishes are served for dinner. The ryokan is in the central area, close to Kyoto Station and Kyoto tower.

Information

  • Address: 605-0907 Kyoto, Kyoto, Higashiyama-ku Tonya-machidori-gojosagaru 3 Nishitachibana 467, Japan
  • Access: a 10 minute walk from Shichijo Station

13. Kurama Onsen

Perfect for those who want to enjoy a full Japanese experience, Kurama Onsen offers Japanese style accommodation and hot spring baths. The views outside the windows are simply amazing. Breakfast in served in the ryokan’s restaurant while dinner can be eaten in the guest’s own room. Guest can relax while visiting Mount Kurama, Kibune Shrine or Kurama Temple.

Information

  • Address: 601-1111 Kyoto, Kyoto, Sakyo-ku Kuramahonmachi 520, Japan 
  • Access: by free shuttle from Kurama Station

14. Ryokan Ryokufuso

Ryokan Ryokufuso offers accommodation in 25 Japanese style rooms. All rooms are air conditioned and come with a telephone and a TV. Souvenirs can be purchased at the ryokan’s own gift shop. For an extra fee, guests can enjoy amazing body massages. Traditional meals using local ingredients are served. Kiyomizudera Temple, Higashi Hongan-ji Temple and Kyoto Tower are in the area.

Information

  • Address: 600-8323 Kyoto, Kyoto, Shimogyo-ku, Kanayacho 490, Japan
  • Access: a 15 minute walk from Kyoto Station

15. Nishikiro

Nishikiro provides Japanese style rooms which can accommodate up to four people. Some rooms feature a private bathroom while others have a shared one.   A beautiful pond with koi fishes stands outside. Relaxing body massages can be booked. The area has many popular attractions including: Higashi Hongan-ji Temple, Nishi Hongan-ji Temple, Kiyomizudera Temple and Kyoto Tower.

Information

  • Address:  600-8216 Kyoto, Kyoto, Shimogyo-ku Higashishiokoji-cho 711-7 , Japan
  • Access: a 10 minute walk from Gojo Station

We hope you will have an amazing experience at the ryokan of your choice!
Have a good trip and travel!

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Asia, Japan, Kansai Region, Kyoto Prefecture