8 Best Ryokans in Kyoto
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8 Best Ryokans in Kyoto – From Budget to Luxury

If you are going to Japan, you must stay in a traditional Ryokan for at least 1 or 2 nights.

Ryokan is a traditional style Japanese inn.

Stay in a Ryokan is a great way to understand Japanese architecture, culture, and sometimes a long and deep history.

Kyoto, you can say this is the capital of Ryokan as it used to be the capital of Japan.

No matter whether you are a foodie or adventurer, don’t miss out Kyoto.

In this post, we are going to see 8 best Ryokans in Kyoto.


1. Yadoya Kikokuso

Yadoya Kikokuso, KyotoYadoya Kikokuso, KyotoPhoto Credit: Booking.com

Star Rating: ★★★

Kikosuko located in a historical environment and with lots of popular restaurants.
It is operated by a warm family and you will experience exceptional hospitality here.
This place is best if you would like to immerse yourself into a traditional Japanese lifestyle.

Features:

  • 10 minutes walk from JR Kyoto station
  • 5 minutes walk from Shichijo Station
  • Located in a historical area where features lots of Japanese temples
  • All the guests are treated as their family member
  • Excellent breakfast
  • The hospitality is one of the best-rated among all ryokans in Kyoto.
  • The average rating is 9.6 out of 10 and 9.9 for the services.

Price range from about USD185~/Per room ( For 2 people ) ➔➔ Book with Booking.com, Agoda


2. Kyomachiya Ryokan Sakura Honganji

Kyomachiya Ryokan Sakura Hongan-G

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Star Rating: ★★★

You can enjoy the traditional wooden townhouse as well as modern life.

The location is just right in the heart of the city so that you can discover this beautiful old capital whenever you like.

Stay in a traditional ryokan means that you will sleep in a traditional futon bedding on a tatami. This is also one of my favorite part of staying in Ryokan.

Features:

  • Located right in front of Nishihongan-ji temple.
  • Provide traditional clothes in the room.
  • Ryokan located in the most popular part of Kyoto.
  • Breakfast is fabulous
  • 3 minutes walking to Kyoto tower.
  • 15 minutes walking to Kyoto station.
  • Great value for the price

Price range from about USD150 ~/per room ( Twin room) ➔➔ Book with Booking.com, Agoda


3. Ryokan Mugen

Ryokan Mugen

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Star Rating: ★★★

This property was built 160 years ago. This Ryokan full of thoughtful touches that you can only feel it when you stay here.

One of the popular things to do is take a bike ride from this ryokan, so you can enjoy some most beautiful attractions in Kyoto.

Features:

  • Exceptional breakfast
  • A Ryokan with beautiful garden and bar
  • Only 1km to Nijo Castle
  • 1.1km to Kyoto Imperial Palace
  • FREE wifi is available throughout the entire property
  • Customer reviews are 9.7 out of 10

Note: This ryokan is for ADULTS ONLY.

Price range from about USD150 ~/per room ( Twin room) ➔➔ Book with Booking.com, Agoda


4. Gion Hatanaka

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Star Rating: ★★★★

Located in the heart Gion, this is where you can find the deepest history and culture. It is also well know for Geisha.

You will have a true Japanese experience in comfort here. You can also enjoy the 5 courses Kaiseki meal (懐石料理) in your room when you stay. This is a luxury level ryokan, but the experience would be unforgettable.

Features:

  • Located in the heart of Gion district where is a must-visit area in Kyoto.
  • A public bath overlooking a zen garden.
  • Offers Japanese traditional in-room Kaiseki multi-course.
  • Offers Massage in the room.
  • It can also arrange Japanese Geisha dance performances and Kyoto tours.
  • Average customer reviews are 9.5 out of 10.

Price range from about USD450 ~/per room ( For 2 people ) ➔➔ Book with Booking.com, Agoda


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5. Seikoro Ryokan

Seikoro Ryokan, Kyoto

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Star Rating: ★★★★

Even this 4 starts Ryokan located in the heart of Kyoto, it is still incredibly quiet. The building itself is a masterpiece of art. The peaceful environment will warm your heart.

If you would like to have a luxury and also a unique, unforgettable experience staying Ryokan, this would be it.

Features:

Even this 4-start Ryokan located in the heart of Kyoto, it is still incredibly quiet. The building itself is a masterpiece of art. The peaceful environment will warm your heart.

If you would like to have a luxury and also a unique, unforgettable experience staying Ryokan, this would be it.

  • Located in Higashiyama Ward where is the best for old town exploring.
  • Closer to ancient landmarks and architecture
  • 7 minutes drive from JR Kyoto station
  • Only 2 minutes walking from Kiyomizu Gojo Station
  • 9 minutes walking to Kyoto National Museum
  • Pets allowed ( which is rare )
  • Superb breakfast
  • Offers free parking
  • Average customer rating 9.1 out of 10 and 9.7 for the services

Price range from about USD470~ /per room ( For 2 people ) ➔➔ Book with Booking.com, Agoda


6. Yadoru Kyoto Matcha No Yado

YADORU KYOTO Matcha No Yado, Kyoto

YADORU KYOTO Matcha No Yado, KyotoPhoto Credit: Booking.com

Star Rating: ★★★★★

In this ryokan, you will find all the furniture are made of natural materials. It is very new but in an old house which makes a lot of people feel like going back home.

If you would like to try the combination of tradition and modern, come here.

Features:

  • Rooms are spacious and luxurious.
  • Located in the heart of Kyoto
  • 3-minute walk to Kyoto Railway Museum
  • 7-minute walk to Kyoto Aquarium
  • Exceptional equipment
  • Asian style breakfast
  • Rooms with garden view
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Customers rated 9.6 out of 10 and 9.7 for the service

Price range from about USD460~/Per room ( For 2 people )➔➔ Book with Booking.com, Agoda


7. Yuzuya Ryokan

Yuzuya Ryokan, KyotoYuzuya Ryokan, KyotoPhoto Credit: Booking.com

Star Rating: ★★★★★

Yuzuya Ryokan located in the old part of Kyoto, this Ryokan will give you a very intimate feeling.

You would feel like you are coming to a different once you enter.

As this ryokan is a traditional Japanese house, it is not very big.

Even the building is more than 100 years old, it is still very well looked after.

When you enter Yuzuya Ryokan, it is like you are entering from a busy road into a world of tranquillity.

They also have some of the best-rated meal among Ryokans.

Features:

  • Located in famous Gion district
  • Luxurious 5-star Ryokan
  • 10 minutes walking distance from Chion-in Temple
  • Also a 10-minute walk from Gion Shijo Train Station
  • All the rooms feature antique furnishings and seasonal wildflowers
  • Onsen bath with the scent of Japanese citron
  • One of the best-rated meal among Ryokans
  • Customers rated 9.4 out of 10 and 9.9 for services

Price range from about USD550~/ Per room ( For 2 people ) ➔➔ Book with Booking.com, Agoda

 


8. Momijiya Annex

Momijiya Annex, KyotoMomijiya Annex, KyotoPhoto Credit: Booking.com

Star Rating: ★★★★★

This ryokan is the most special to myself. It is about 1 hour away from the centre of Kyoto. If you are like me, love embracing nature then you will love it.

Along the Kiyotakigawa River, all the traditional rooms in Momojiya come with a private open-air bath and forest views. You can immerse yourself into the breathtaking moment and experience the true Japanese lifestyle.

Features:

  • Along the Kiyotakigawa River
  • Located in Ukyo Ward where is best for Japanese scenery, ambience and architecture.
  • World-Class Service
  • Private open-air bath and forest views
  • 4-minute walk away from Saimyo-ji Temple
  • 10-minute walk from Kozan-ji Temple
  • Specialising in seasonal dishes
  • This Ryokan serves local cuisine
  • In summer, guests can enjoy the meal overlooking the river and also the Maiko entertainment
  • Customers rated 9.2 out of 10

Price range from about USD405~/ Per room ( For 2 people ) ➔➔ Book with Booking.com

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Immerse Yourself into the Beauty of Kyoto

Kyoto is not a must-visit place when you go to Japan, it is a must-visit of a lifetime.

There are so many to discover and explore in Kyoto, you will only understand Japanese when you give yourself a go.

Stay in Ryokan is the best way to plan your trip while in Japan, and Kyoto is the heart of Ryokan.

There are also must-visit places in Kyoto, and if you want to plan better for your Japan trip, take a look at this post, it might help you!

Anyway, I hope this post gives you some ideas of which Ryokan to choose while in Kyoto. Any questions please drop them below, I’ll be more than happy to hear from you!

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Jamie

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