There are various hotels in Kyoto, but if you come all the way to Kyoto, you should stay at a Kyoto-style ryokan at least once. I’ve visited several ryokans on business because I work in tourism in Kyoto. Following my visit to the Kyoto ryokan, I will introduce eight ryokans in Kyoto that I can confidently recommend.
Best ryokans in Kyoto
Yuno Yado Shoei
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Kyoto Ryokan Shoei is located near the Umekoji-Kyotonishi station, which is one train stop from Kyoto Station. It takes eight minutes to walk from there to Kyoto Ryokan Shoei.
Kyoto Station is a 20-minute walk away. Several temples, including the Toji Temple, are reachable on foot. It is easy to catch a bus nearby.
The traditional Japanese-style room is clean and well maintained.
Outdoor bathtubs, public baths (men’s and women’s rotate daily), and a sauna are available. After a long day of temples, shrines, and more sightseeing, the relaxing baths are unrivaled.
Kyoto Ryokan Shoei serves Kyo-Kaiseki for dinner. Kyo-Kaiseki is a set of high-quality Japanese dishes. Miso soup, fish, tofu, eggs, and other traditional Japanese fare are served during breakfast.
Kyoto Ryokan Ryokufuso won the Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best 2021.
Making everyone smile is Ryokufuso’s guiding ideology. This welcoming “Ryokan” (Japanese Inn) is full of visitors and locals having a wonderful time.
Kyoto Ryoan Ryokufuso is located around 15 minutes on foot north of Kyoto Station. Provide cozy Japanese-style guest rooms. Kyoto Ryokan Shoei serves Kyo-Kaiseki for dinner. Fresh, regional ingredients are used to prepare everything.
Aoi Hotel Kyoto
The Aoi Hotel Kyoto is a good choice, even though it’s not a ryokan.
The Aoi Hotel Kyoto is located in Central Kyoto, a walkable neighborhood with fantastic shopping and close to a train station. Cultural highlights in Kyoto include Gion Shirakawa Area and MINAMIZA Theatre.
Six distinctive guest rooms with a view of the Kamo River and Kyoto’s four seasons.
Seikoro was founded in 1831. Its name refers to “a splendid building on the banks of the Kamo River on a sunny day.”
Seikoro Ryokan is located in Higashiyama Ward, a neighborhood in Kyoto, and is near a metro station and the Kamo River. Sanjusangendo is reachable on foot. The Kiyomizu-dera Temple is also accessible on foot.
Depending on the level of attention to detail in the construction and furnishings of the Japanese-style rooms at Seikoro, each one has its own feel.
Dinner is Kyo-Kaiseki, which features seasonal ingredients. Seikoro’s Kyo-Kaiseki, which emphasizes the flavor and composition of soup stock with a Kyoto-like flavor without going overboard with beauty and skill.
Japanese Ryokan Seryo
The Japanese Ryokan Seryo, located in the luscious natural setting of Kyoto City’s northern Ohara region, offers Ohara Onsen.
Japanese Ryokan Seryo has both indoor and outdoor baths. The spring quality contains a lot of sodium ions and bicarbonate ions, which have the effect of making your skin smooth.
There are Western, Japanese-Western, and Japanese-style rooms available. Every room has a garden view.
You can enjoy a meal that focuses on veggies, such as Kyoto vegetables, vegetables from your own garden, wild vegetables, and Kyoto sake.
Nanzenji sando KIKUSUI
Nearly 130 years after its original construction in 1895, Ryu Kosaka, a renowned architect, refurbished the Kikusui, which welcomed Chef Matsuo of the renowned Michelin 3-star restaurant Kashiwaya as the director of cuisine. The Kikusui celebrated its grand reopening in June 2018.
Kikusui is located in Higashiyama Ward, about 3 minutes on foot from Nanzenji Temple.
Only five of the guest rooms are available for lodging. Exceptional Japanese and French cuisine prepared in a Japanese style is served to guests while they relax and take in the calm garden view from a private room.
Your stay in Kyoto will be quite pleasant thanks to their friendly hospitality and commitment to comfort.
Located in the center of Kyoto, it is close to both the Shijo-Kawaramachi shopping district and the grounds of the Imperial Palace. Their elegant, reasonably priced Japanese-style accommodations let you explore Japan in a laid-back, enjoyable way (no meal rates apply).
Yadoya Kikokuso is located in Kyoto, five minutes’ walk from Shichijo Station on the Keihan Line and ten minutes’ walk from JR Kyoto Station.
Yadoya Kikokuso is 1.2 miles away from Kiyomizu-dera Temple. The distances between the property and Higashi Honganji Temple and Sanjusangen-do Temple, respectively, are 5 and 10 minutes on foot.
A flat-screen TV is available in every room. There may be a seating area in certain units where you can unwind. A common bathroom is provided in each room. Slippers and free toiletries are provided as extras.
The fully nonsmoking Hokkaikan Ohanabo offers traditional Japanese accommodations with “Kaiseki” multi-course in-room dinners, massages, and a hot public bath, all within a 7-minute stroll of Kyoto Station. The lobby includes free Wi-Fi, and some rooms have private bathrooms.
Hokkaikan Ohanabo is a 4-minute stroll from Shosei-en Garden and is directly across the street from Higashi Hongan-ji Temple. Gojo Subway Station is 7 minutes’ walk away and is located 450 meters from Kyoto Tower.
From 7:00 to 8:30 a.m., a fixed menu of Japanese foods is offered in the dining room for breakfast. Dinner is provided from 17:30 to 18:30 and requires a reservation at the time of booking.
The Matsui Honkan is ideally situated within a 2-minute stroll from the bustling Nishiki Market and offers spacious public bathrooms and stylish Japanese-style rooms. Shijo, Karasuma, and Kawaramachi metro stations are all within a 10-minute stroll. There is free WiFi available in the public area.
Each room features traditional futon bedding and tatami (woven-straw) flooring, as well as amenities like a flat-screen TV, a fridge, and a phone. There are yukata robes and tea sets in the room. The private restroom includes free toiletries and a bathtub.
At the moment of check-in, visitors are welcomed with Kyoto sweets and matcha green tea. In April 2013, the entire property underwent renovations.