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Over Gion Yoshi-Ima
Insiders tipUw verblijf in de ryokan is op basis van halfpension.
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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.
"Not just a place to stay but a unique cultural experience"
We chose to spend a night in this ryokan for the cultural uniqueness it promised, and we were not disappointed. We arrived at the guest house by taxi, and were immediately asked to take off our shoes (standard in Japan) and were ushered into a waiting area, where we were served hot tea in a beautiful cup. The area overlooked their garden, which was somewhat small, but lovely. We were advised that the staff aimed to ensure that we had a wonderful experience and then explained about the wooden soaking tub that could be booked (which we did not avail ourselves of) and of the tea ceremony to be offered that evening, which we did. We were then asked to put on special shoes for walking in the garden and escorted to our room. The shoes were one size fit all, which meant that it was a little difficult to navigate the stone path to our room, but not impossible. The room was very spare, with a small tv, two bamboo stools and a lovely, low wooden table (for eating). We were poured more tea, given a small packaged snack and advised we had free time until dinner. Our room had traditional screens and overlooked the garden. Dinner was amazing. We were served multiple ( as in 7-8) courses of small amounts of interesting food in beautiful serving ware. Sashimi, multiple vegetable courses, soup, and tofu were among the offerings. Everything was explained and our server demonstrated how to eat each course. Later we were taken to a special area where the tea ceremony was held, which included a primer on the process. We were also given a tour of some of the treasures of the guesthouse including ceramics and a kimono from the 1800s. When we were ready for bed our server came to the room, moved our serving table to the edge of the room and laid out the bedding. We were a little concerned that the futon would not be comfortable, but it was exceedingly comfortable, as was the rice pillow we had. For breakfast we had a choice of western or Japanese style. We went with Japanese style and were not disappointed. This is an exceptionally unique experience that I recommend to everyone.
"A wonderful experience"
We stayed here for one night as part of a Riviera Tour. The staff are very helpful and friendly and work had to ensure that you have an enjoyable experience. As part of the experience we had a multi-course dinner whilst wearing a Yukata and Haori. The staff came to our rooms to assist us in wearing them correctly and explained each course of the multi-course dinner. For 'westerners' they do provide low level stools in your room and breakfast is served to your room but other than that its indoor camping. A good memory that will stay with us for ever
"Want a big, gleaming hotel? Look elsewhere. Want a truly special experience? Stay here."
When you first walk into this traditional ryokan you may be a little struck by its modesty. It is not all brand new and some parts definitely could benefit from refurbishment. If you must have your shiny Hilton amenities, this is not the place for you. However, this is the most special lodging experience I've ever had. Not only is staying in a traditional Japanese room, with tatami mats, a view of a Japanese garden, and sleeping on traditional futons a unique thing to do, but the personal service at this establishment is simply remarkable. When we arrived we were immediately treated to one of the most beautiful and delicious meals I've ever had, served at a low table in our room by a very warm and capable woman - I believe her name was Takaye. Each piece of food (there were several courses) was a work of art and enjoying it in this environment was a wonderful experience. You get to know your room attendant and form a little bit of a relationship with her, and Takaye was truly lovely. I had no problems with the futons, which are quite cushy and presented with fluffy, warm duvets. It was such a pleasure to enjoy a Japanese breakfast served in the room with a view of the garden in the morning. The shower was a bit of a challenge and you might ask for an explanation of how to use it, or just take a bath in the wooden soaking tub. The staff were always attentive and when one of our party fell sick (not from the food), Takaye actually walked us to the nearest clinic. The easiest thing the hotel could do to improve the experience would be to change the lighting, which is rather fluorescent and glaring, especially in contrast with the gentle ambiance of the place in every other way. It could certainly use some refurbishment in other areas as well, but after a few minutes I hardly noticed because the remarkable food, service and experience eclipsed everything else. The neighborhood is also very unique, in an older, high-class section of Kyoto with many tiny restaurants, exclusive Japanese clubs, and nightlife nearby. We even saw an apprentice geisha, a Maiko, walking down the street! In short, for location, service, and ambiance I wouldn't have traded this experience for anything, but you do have to know what you are getting and what you're not. If you're a Hilton person, look elsewhere, but if you want a special experience and are willing to overlook some superficial flaws, I would highly recommend this place. PS: DEFINITELY GET THE FOOD if it's an option. It is a big part of the experience.
"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.
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Tel. 020 - 398 93 98
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