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Over Gion Yoshi-Ima
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Gelegen in de wijk Gion, op loopafstand van diverse bezienswaardigheden en het centrum van Kyoto.
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Kyoto is een voormalige hoofdstad van Japan, een bijzonder veelzijdige en gezellige stad met veel bezienswaardigheden. Het hoofdstation van Kyoto, waar de Shinkansen-treinen arriveren, ligt centraal in de stad en wordt omringd door winkels, restaurants en accommodaties. Net als Tokyo biedt ook Kyoto een behoorlijk uitgebreid metronetwerk, waarmee u gemakkelijk door de stad kunt reizen.
"Beautiful ryokan right in the heart of Kyoto"
We stayed at Yoshi-ima for four nights in September. It was a little slice of luxury for us after a 6 day walk on the Kumano Kodo trail. We were so looking forward to being right in the centre of one of the most famous and atmospheric areas of Kyoto and Yoshi-ima was certainly everything that we had hoped for. We had dinner on our first night, served in our beautiful tatami room by one of the lovely staff members. This dinner was one of the highlights of our whole trip to Japan - a kaiseki multi course dinner, beautifully presented by the lady who was dressed in a kimono. After dinner the lady came and made our futons for us which were the most comfortable of the whole trip. The next morning she came 15 minutes before the chosen breakfast time and packed away the futons and re-arranged the room for the day before serving us traditional Japanese breakfast (you can also choose western-style breakfast too). You can't help but learn some Japanese culture while you stay at Yoshi-imi - the constant changing of slippers between the inside and outside certainly takes some getting used to but we saw it as all part of the fun and the staff don't mind the odd 'slip-up' and will come after you with the appropriate slippers if you do! The front of house staff are all extremely helpful and they sell the day bus pass for Kyoto, which you will need for getting around the various shrines/World Heritage areas of which there are probably too many for one visit. In our rooms we had a lovely little Japanese wooden soak bath. Just big enough to sit in with your knees up, but quite deep. This was great each night before we either had dinner at home or went out somewhere local. This place is right in the middle of the Gion district which is so atmospheric and photogenic, you can't help but take good photos when you pull out your camera. If you are lucky you might even catch an elusive Geisha or two walking quickly on their way to an appointment somewhere nearby. Be careful not to intrude on them or shove a camera in their faces - most of my photos are just of their backs as I wasn't quick enough on the camera-draw! But basically try to be respectful and if you see one or two and don't get a photo you can just store it in your memory bank and know that you did. Anyway, back to Yoshi-imi, for us this place was a little bit more than we would normally spend on accommodation but considering that dinner was included on two nights and breakfast each day we thought that it was very good value for money. If you are expecting 5-star big-chain hotel type of service then it's probably not for you. We left feeling as if we had learned a little something about the culture and etiquette of Japan that we can build upon next time we visit. Hope you find this review helpful.
"This has the WOW factor to take you out of your comfort zone"
When I mean WOW, I mean different - amazing - surprising. I travelled with my mum and we felt like we were in Alice in Wonderland. Everything was small neat and petite and extremely beautiful. We felt like clumpy big westerners. The service was amazing and I would have to say that the meal was in my top 5 best meals ever tasted with about 30 dishes coming some of them too different to even know where to start. it was a big challenge for my mum ( in her 70's) to stay kneeling so when the staff left the room she would sneak a stretch or two. The staff thought it was really funny when we put a towel in between the traditional mats and the bathroom so that we didn't have to change into two sets of slippers. We decided that it would be better to just jump instead! The garden is so beautiful that you can be moved to tears. We travelled in the rainy season and for anyone who is considering not travelling then, I would ask you to reconsider as it is really quiet everywhere - you get extra service( and in Japan that is big as the service is good anyway) and the rain adds extra softness to the beautiful gardens. It only rained at the end of each day spa it was really easy. Bring a raincoat and enjoy. When you go to the shops they have a system where anyone can take an umbrella. in short, i loved it. Try it and go out of you comfort zone!
"Japanese-style guest house with great service"
This Japanese-style guest house is conveniently located - within easy walking distance to subway station, bus stops, popular tourist spots in Kyoto and shops. The hosts are very polite and helpful, and the Japanese cuisine served at dinner and breakfast was delicious. The room was quite spacious and clean, but the bathroom facilities are a little old. Overall it was a comfortable place to stay.
"Second stay even better"
I stayed at the Ryokan Yoshi-Ima in 2013 and already loved its traditional look and feel, the excellent location in the Gion district and delicious kaiseki dinner and breakfast. This time around, I noticed improvements like free wifi in all the rooms (in 2013, the free wifi was only in the common guest lounge), thoughtfully packed bath amenities in individual personal bags which could be reused to carry used clothing, and a most delicious tea sweet offered with the welcome tea served when we checked in (we got the address of the shop selling this tea sweet - a crisp ginger-flavoured biscuit - from the friendly reception staff). To enjoy yourself here, guests need to be open minded and be willing to immerse themselves in the spirit and practices of a traditional Japanese inn - for example, removing street footwear at the entrance to the ryokan, using indoor slippers throughout the ryokan except on tatami (no footwear at all) and in the courtyard garden (special outdoor slippers); sleeping on futons (mattresses) on the floor; sitting on the floor for meals etc. The futons are very comfortable and the meals delicious and authentic. Our ground-floor room had a little sitting area that looked out onto the courtyard garden and was a lovely, tranquil spot to relax in before breakfast and before dinner. The only thing to caution guests is that unlike many other ryokans, the onsen at this ryokan is not natural spring water fed. There is a tiny one-person rectangular wooded tub in each room that one can sit in to soak, or a larger 3-person wooden "family" bath that can be reserved by the hour in the common area. While natural spring water would be a bonus, I found soaking in my personal tub in hot tap water was just as relaxing yet invigorating. The ryokan is a short walk to the Kamogawa River on one side, and the Choin-in Temple on the other, and also a 10 minute walk to the main Shijodori Shopping Street. It is also a comfortable 20 minute walk to the Nishiki Market past lots of shops selling traditional Japanese goodies like green tea, sweets, pastries and souvenirs. All the staff were friendly and very helpful, which greatly added to our stay. I strongly recommend Ryokan Yoshi Ima!
"A truly Japanese experience"
we had a two night stay in Kyoto and were very happy at Gion Yoshi-Ima. The staff were friendly and helpful, the rooms were large and clean. It was a refreshing change of pace from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo. The moment you arrive it feels as though you have stepped back in time. The staff provide slippers as you enter and help you dress in kimonos. It's so lovely to sit and read a book and look out at the garden. The meals were all fantastic. We opted for the Japanese breakfast and I would definitely recommend that option. For dinner there were so many dishes that even a fussy eater like me could find things I liked. We had tempura, fish, salad and rice one night and a delicious sukiyaki on the second night. We enjoyed a traditional team ceremony, which was even more spectacular because of the pouring rain falling on the roof of the small team room. Another night we booked the family bath, which was still too small for my 1.9m tall husband, but I loved soaking in the hot water. The futon mattress was comfortable enough, although I was happy to return to a plush king size bed when we returned to Tokyo. The location is great, so close to the metro trains and a number of great antique stores and temples. I would definitely recommend this ryokan to anyone wanting to experience traditional Japanese culture and accommodation.
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