You'll want to eat a good, substantial breakfast in order to fully enjoy a day of sightseeing, right? Here are 5 ryokan in Kyoto where you can eat traditional Japanese breakfasts to get ready for the day.
Nagomiyado Towa is an 8 minute walk from Kyoto Station in a quiet neighborhood surrounded by temples even though it has great access to the city. When you arrive they greet you with matcha green tea and a hand-made snack matched to the season. There are three types of Japanese-style, simple, and clean guestrooms to choose from. The real pleasure of a trip is, of course, the food, and the food prepared here is made by the owner and chef of a well-established traditional Japanese restaurant in Kyoto's Fushimi area. Among them, the home-made soft tofu, side dishes made with Kyoto vegetables, fluffy rolled egg, and more create an incredibly delicious Kyoto-style obanzai breakfast.
1. Nagomiyado Towa
Kyoryouri to Oniwa no Yado Yachiyo is a well-established ryokan with Nanzen-ji Temple to the east and Heianjingu Shrine to the west. The rooms were modeled after "souan"-style tea houses, which were made with materials like thatched roofs, logs, bamboo, and mud walls. Because of that you can experience a simple, old-style Kyoto atmosphere during your stay. Also, the garden that wraps around the building borrows the Higashiyama mountain range as a backdrop for its quiet space, and the sight will make you forget that you're within the city of Kyoto. The food uses seasonal ingredients prepared on various types of tableware including porcelain and lacquerware so you can feel the seasons throughout your meal. The menu is made to match with the five major festivals held throughout the year as well as smaller festivals held each month. Also, breakfast comes with the famous yudofu (boiled tofu) from Nanzen-ji Temple and a bento with four sections. They have an English-speaking concierge, so it's a popular ryokan that serves around 4,000 foreigners from around 60 countries every year.
2. Kyoryouri to Oniwa no Yado Yachiyo
Chion-in Wajun Kaikan is a ryokan in the quiet area around Kyoto's Higashiyama mountains where travelers can have a comfortable time. Each room in the facility is high-quality, and you don't just enjoy the feeling of the seasons but you can also enjoy exhibitions and hand-copied sutras in relation to Chion-ji and even participate in morning Buddhist services if you wish. It's convenient for people praying at Chion-in and tourists to Kyoto, but you'll also experience Kyoto culture first-hand just by staying there. This ryokan offers full relaxation for the body and soul that you can't get anywhere else. The breakfast is a delicious Japanese food and you can try three kinds of pickles.
3. Chion-in Wajun Kaikan
Hotel in Gion Maifukan is a ryokan that's within easy access of a lot of historical sightseeing spots in the center of the city. It's a 5 minute walk from Maruyama Park (a famous Japanese-style garden park), a twenty minute walk from the UNESCO Cultural Heritage spot Kiyomizu-dera, a three minute walk from the popular power spot Yasaka Shrine, and a 10 minute walk from Gion Shijo Station. Why not take a walk around Kyoto using this ryokan as a center? All rooms are non-smoking and come with air conditioners/heaters, LCD TVs, refrigerators, slippers, and pajamas. Those who chose to have breakfast included with their plan have been pleased by the restaurant on the first floor French restaurant Gion MAVO. The breakfast set allows you to enjoy a traditional Kyoto-style meal using French techniques.
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4. Hotel in Gion Maifukan
Kyo no Yado Watazen Ryokan is just an 8 minute walk away from Shijo Station on the subway Karasuma Line and from Karasuma Station on the Hankyu Line. You can enjoy "bubuzuke choshoku" for breakfast here. Bubuzuke is ochazuke, a dish where tea is poured over rice as a meal. The fresh, steaming rice is eaten with Kyoto pickles and Uji green tea rice. In Kyoto, pickles were developed as a way to preserve food, so there is a huge variety of pickles including some that are sour, salty, or even sweet-salty. They're very salty so please eat it with a mouthful of rice. If you're staying over a few days, the ingredients used in the bubuzuke changes. This ryokan continues to serve Kyoto's hospitable breakfast since it first opened in 1830.
5. Kyo no Yado Watazen Ryokan
In all these ryokan you can eat traditional Kyoto-style breakfasts. If you're going to stay in Kyoto, definitely try this sort of breakfast at least once! All of these ryokan serve quality that you will certainly enjoy.
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