Perfect as a Sightseeing Base in Northern Kyoto! Top 5 Popular Lodging Facilities in the Tamba Area
The northern part of Kyoto is surrounded by lush nature where you can soak in an idyllic countryside landscape. The lodging facilities in the Tamba area are the perfect spots for establishing a sightseeing base. There are various types of accommodations in the area, so you can choose according to the purpose of your trip and your preferences.
1. Guesthouse GOMA (Kyotamba City)
Located about an hour away from Kyoto City by train, Guesthouse GOMA boasts a prime location that is surrounded by nature-rich satoyama (undeveloped woodland). It is a small guesthouse with only two guestrooms, but guests are drawn to its homey atmosphere. The guestroom that can accommodate up to three guests is a traditional Japanese-style room. Aside from the shared shower, toilet and mini kitchen, there is also a community space with a large wood stove. It is an area famous for cycling, and there is a rent-a-cycle service at the guesthouse. You can also enjoy the sky that is full of stars in the evening. Wi-Fi is free in the guestrooms. There are staff who can speak English.
2. Ryokan Kigusuriya (Nantan City)
Founded in 1919, Ryokan Kigusuriya is a guesthouse that is about an hour and a half away from Kyoto City by car. It is located in Miyama Town, which is known for its rows of old Japanese-style houses with thatched roofs. This guesthouse has a homey vibe that is expected of an establishment that is run by a family, so you can relax and feel relieved in this space. When you stay here, you can taste various dishes that are made using local ingredients as its chefs create dishes based on the motto of local production for local consumption. They even use handmade rice and vegetables. The most popular room here is the one with a relaxing courtyard. Further, the annex building in a renovated old Japanese-style house that is more than 130 years old can be rented as a whole building. It has a garden, sunken hearth, furnace and kitchen. Wi-Fi is free throughout the property. There are staff who can speak English and Chinese.
3. Furumaya House (Fukuchiyama City)
Furumaya House is a guesthouse in a renovated farmhouse with thatched roof that is more than 210 years old. Located in an area that is characterized by tranquil countryside scenery, it is about 15 minutes away from JR Ayabe Station by bus, with the guesthouse even offering a free shuttle service. Its garden-facing guestrooms are Japanese-style rooms with tatami floors. The bathrooms and toilets are shared among guests, and there are laundry facilities, so it is recommended for those staying several nights in a row. At the dining room, which boasts a fireplace, you can enjoy dinner with dishes that use local ingredients. There is also a wooden deck overlooking a beautiful landscape where you can let loose and relax. Wi-Fi is free throughout the property. There are staff who can speak English and French.
4. Hotel Sunroute Fukuchiyama (Fukuchiyama City)
Hotel Sunroute Fukuchiyama is just a 3-minute walk from JR Fukuchiyama Station. The single rooms have double beds measuring at 140cm in width. The twin rooms come in two types, comprising the standard room and the deluxe type that can fit up to three guests. All rooms here have unit bathrooms with free bath amenities and air purifiers with humidifiers. The restaurant inside the guesthouse serves Japanese and Western breakfast courses. Wi-Fi is free in all guestrooms.
5. Satoyama no Kyujitsu Kyoto Keburikawa (Kameoka City)
Satoyama no Kyujitsu Kyoto Keburikawa is a guesthouse that is located in the Yunohana Onsen district, about a 15-minute drive from JR Kameoka Station. Here, there is a large bath that comes with an open-air bath where you can enjoy the hot springs – the pride of this guesthouse – so you can wipe away the exhaustion from your travel. There are 10 kinds of guestrooms to choose from, but the room with an open-air bath is highly recommended as it will let you enjoy the hot spring water in your own private space. As of the rooms with tatami floors, there are Japanese modern-type rooms with beds and basic Japanese-style rooms. For dinner, you will get to enjoy dishes that use fresh vegetables harvested from the guesthouse’s own farm. You can taste savory dishes in each season. Wi-Fi is free in all guestrooms.
The above list showcases a wide array of lodging facilities. Please select your accommodations based on the location, your budget and preferences.
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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