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Over Gion Yoshi-Ima
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Slaap- en zitgedeelte, televisie, badkamer met bad.
Slaap- en zitgedeelte, televisie, badkamer met bad. Ruimer dan Standard.
Gelegen in de wijk Gion, op loopafstand van diverse bezienswaardigheden en het centrum van Kyoto.
- Bad (voor publiek gebruik)
- Theeceremonies (half maart t/m december)
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.
"Japanese Quality in the middle of the Gion"
Right smack in the middle of Gion is this quaint classic hotel that promises the king's treatment in every aspect. Starting with the full service, the reception staff guides the guests to the rooms and prepares their slippers. Ladies arrange futon at night and the table for the meals and bring in food. The ladies speak very little english so best learn a few basic japanese words for the stuff you might need, like water or tea, please and thank you. Walking in the hotel grounds will definitely take you back a century specially while wearing the classic robes and walking in soft slippers. The room was spacious and show the super classic layout merged with a bit of modern comfort like air conditioning and wifi, and modern toilet. The futon was surprisingly soft and comfy. Meals are awesomely prepared in local kyoto-style set meals in seasonal styles and flavors; and served in-room, banquet style. There are days that the ryokan hosts tea ceremonies. Only a handful of people does this now so don't miss it! Such a beautiful experience from start to finish.
"A great way to finish our tour of Japan"
Stayed here as part of a guided tour of Japan. This was an optional extra over and above the tour but really worth it. We had a traditional room with tatami maps and a low table, proper toilet and wet room as well as a small balcony (almost) overlooking the garden. We all got dressed up in traditional garb and had the banquet for dinner (it was really good .. I was nervous of the raw tuna, but it was actually fantastic) and while we ate the rooms were transformed into bedrooms with futons and duvets ... probably one of the best nights sleep I have had in a long time. Slightly disappointed that we didn't get sake at dinner, but it's only 100m to the 7-11 for 'essential supplies'. Breakfast was booked for 08:00, at 07:45 there was a discreet knock on the door so that the room could be transformed again, and then breakfast was served to us in our room (we had a mixture of Japanese and Western). All in all a delightful stay and a real experience.
We stayed here for a night and had a traditional Japanese banquet dinner. The staff is helpful. Although they do not speak English very well, their service is good and it's a really enjoyable stay. The place does not serve alcohol but you are wlecome to bring a bottle to enjoy with the banquet meal. We also had a Japanese breakfast. It's lovely. The bed is comfortable - we had the traditional futon! There is wifi and television too.
"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!
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