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Kyoto Ryokans

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Yoshikawa Ryokan

Yoshikawa, a luxury ryokan in central Kyoto with a rich history reaching back as far as the mid Edo period during 17th century. This traditional ryokan was home to a wealthy merchant and is based on the ancient Sukiya-Zukuri style of architecture. This style was particularly prominent in the creation of edo period tea houses and the property has strong ties to feeling and vibe of traditional tea houses. Delightful and refined are two of the most important things in creating a magical tea ceremony and is the ethos behind the Yoshikawa ryokan.

Originally created as a private residence, enjoy an intimate environment with Yoshikawa as the property houses only 8 guestrooms. All rooms are individually designed and furnished in the traditional ryokan style, luxury futons laid out over some of the finest quality tatami matting. Clients rooms are serviced twice a day with a morning ritual of packing away the futons to maximise space and a turndown service in the evening to prepare your futon for the upcoming night.

Luxury accommodation requires properties to provide exemplary experiences to their clients, food has now become tantamount to the equation. Yoshikawa prides themselves on kaiseki, a multi course gastronomic journey. Their individual twist on kaiseki see’s an emphasis on the art of tenpura, highlighted by an excellent array of local produce. Another speciality of Yoshikawa is their in-room Shabu-Shabu, a hot pot with thinly sliced beef and vegetables.

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Arashiyama Benkei - Ryokan

Half an hour outside of central Kyoto is home to an area so rich in history and natural beauty, it has earned the distinction of being a pinnacle destination for travelers coming from all corners of the globe. Arashiyama. A cascade of wonderful pink cherry blossoms drifting in the wind during spring, the dynamic red and orange leaves blanketing the hills and river banks during autumn. Experiences and images that you might see only captured on the front of a postcard are part and parcel of staying at Arashiyama Benkei.

Designed as a Japanese tea house with adaptations of Sukiya-Zukuri style architecture, Arashiyama Benkei is a luxury ryokan that offers guests not just a place to rest and eat, but an experience that is as unique as the guests that walk through the doors. Enjoy a traditional stay by sleeping on luxury futons laid over exquisite tatami matting with turndown services in the morning and evening.

Historically, Arashiyama-sagano has been frequented for its hot springs which are high in mineral content and are surrounded by untouched nature. Arashiyama Benkei’s natural hot spring is classified as a hypotonic weak alkaline hot spring which is an excellent remedy for neuralgia, joint pain, efficacy, muscle pain and will also help with blood circulation. Enjoy a dip in the hot spring and relax after a day exploring the, highly coveted, local area.
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Hiiragiya Ryokan

Take a step back in time and experience a traditional stay in a Ryokan that was founded during the Edo period of Japan in 1818. Since its inception, Hiiragiya has been under the ownership of the Nishimura family for 6 generations and counting. In this time they have seen countless clientele through their doors including celebrities, politicians, nobel prize winners and even members of the imperial family. Steeped in tradition and rich in history has not taken away from their commitment to creating luxurious experiences for each and every one of their guests.
Considered one of the most traditional of Japanese Ryokan accommodations, experience a truly magnificent stay. All rooms have an unprecedented attention to detail, which sees them having been individually decorated and most come with a lovely view of a Japanese style garden. Enjoy a new experience by sleeping on comfortable futon bedding laid out of exquisite tatami matting.
Over its long history, Hiiragiya has created a restaurant worthy of high praise. Serving up a kaiseki style meal, which see’s guests partaking in a wide variety of dishes, which uses only the finest of ingredients of local ingredients and is served up on kyoto crafted ceramics.
Facilities:
Japanese Gardens
Restaurant

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Tawaraya Ryokan

With only 18 rooms, Tawaraya offers clientele an exclusive experience in central Kyoto. Listed as one of the finest traditional Japanese accommodations (Ryokan) in the country, it is a highly coveted stay by high ranking Japanese and international businessmen, celebrities and politicians alike. It has achieved this status by offering excellent experiences to every single guest that has walked through their door for more than 300 years.
Since its completion in the Edo period, Tawaraya has come to perfect the art of Japanese hospitality. This can be seen through all aspects of the property, from the beautiful Japanese gardens, to their guest relations. The culmination of this experience and attention to detail has created a ryokan that can only be regarded as the pinnacle of Japanese accommodation. Each room comes equipped with comfortable futon bedding laid out of exquisite tatami matting. Everything is absolutely of the highest quality and no expense has been spared as you will feel like royalty during your stay.
One of the truly marvellous aspects of staying at Tawaraya is its restaurants immeasurably delicious cuisine. The perfection of this food is not just in the cuisine itself, it is also about the experience in the service and the mastery of their craft. Enjoy one of the finest Kaiseki meals that Japan has to offer.
Facilities:
Japanese Garden
Restaurant
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Hoshinoya Ryokan

Located on a property that is centuries old, Hoshinoya has created a resort that has ingrained the heart and soul of Japan, and its culture, in every element of its design. Overlooking the katsura river in the magical setting of Arashiyama, take a step back in history and stay in this beautiful area which was an often frequented by some of the highest ranking officials during the Edo period of Japan. Hoshinoya aim to give you this exact experience, but with a modern twist.

A boutique property that offers only 25 guestrooms, clientele can expect a personal and intimate experience at Hoshinoya. Rooms come in a multitude of different styles and can feature Western or Japanese bedding. Enjoy superior comfort in a resort that was traditionally refurbished and upgraded to include modern facilities in a time-honored manner.

One of the most exciting and unique experience at Hoshinoya is getting to the resort. Enjoy a 10 minute river cruise along the banks of the katsura river and soak in the extraordinary setting of Arashiyama. This is particularly beautiful in the middle to end of November during the autumn foliage.   

Facilities:
Japanese Garden View
Restaurant

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