From Hinoki Cypress Baths to Baths with Splendid Views: Top 20 Ryokan and Hotels in Kyoto Featuring Rooms with Private Baths
Onsen hot springs are one of the pleasures of visiting Japan. Ryokan (traditional Japanese inns) that offer rooms with private baths are recommended for families and couples who wish to enjoy the hot spring without worrying about other guests. Here are a selection of inns in Kyoto with such rooms.
- 1. Kiraku Kyoto Aneyakoji
- 2. Arashiyama Benkei
- 3. Shoenso Hozugawatei
- 4. Nazuna Kyoto Nijo-jo
- 5. Rangetsu
- 6. Ujo Soan
- 7. Ryokan Nenrinbo
- 8. Seryo
- 9. Saka Hotel Kyoto
- 10. Monjusou Hotel
- 11. Live Max, Kyotango Seafront
- 12. Hotel Kitanoya
- 13. Hotel WBF Gojo Omiya
- 14. Yusai Resort Hibiki
- 15. Suiran, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Kyoto
- 16. Kyoto Yunohana Hot Spring Resort Suisen
- 17. Keburikawa
- 18. Hanayashiki Ukifune en
- 19. Hanagozen
- 20. Kashoen Hanare Kai
1. Kiraku Kyoto Aneyakoji
At this inn, you can have an over 90-year-old traditional Kyo-machiya style house all to yourself. It is located in central Kyoto, near Nijo-jo Castle and Kyoto Imperial Palace. The interior is decorated with washi Japanese paper, giving it an at-home feel. There is even a traditional Japanese garden and a private open-air bath to enjoy. There are also opportunities to experience Japanese culture, such as preparing matcha green tea. There is free Wi-Fi access throughout the building and staff who speak English.
2. Arashiyama Benkei
This is a traditional ryokan just five minutes on foot from the Keifuku Arashiyama Station. It is in a quiet area away from the hustle and bustle of the city, with views of the beautiful nature of the popular tourist destination of Arashiyama. There are rooms with baths made with hinoki cypress and wonderful views where you can enjoy the soft natural onsen hot spring water in the privacy of your own space. You can even book one whole floor of the annex if you are looking for a particularly luxurious time. There is free Wi-Fi access throughout the building and staff who speak English, Chinese, and Korean.
3. Shoenso Hozugawatei
This is an onsen inn in Kameoka, an area of Kyoto famous for its open-air trains and boat rides on Hozu River. At this inn, you can enjoy quality natural hot spring water in large shared baths, medicated baths, open-air baths, and foot baths. There are six different types of guest rooms, all of which are warm, comfortable rooms made with an abundance of wood. Out of all the rooms, the most recommended is the Japanese-Style Room with Open-Air Bath, in which you can enjoy a bath with views of the surrounding seasonal nature. The meals include outstanding dishes made with carefully selected ingredients, such as Tamba Beef. There is free Wi-Fi access throughout the building and staff who speak English.
4. Nazuna Kyoto Nijo-jo
This is a luxurious ryokan where all rooms come with private open-air baths. There are five types of guest rooms, including Japanese-style rooms, maisonettes, and even whole machiya-style houses, all of which have an atmosphere unique to traditional wooden structures. The rooms are furnished with sophisticated wood furniture which can be purchased at the inn. The inn also offers "ocha-buro", with tea leaves floating in the bath. The ocha-buro are said to have whitening and beautifying effects on the skin. There is free Wi-Fi access throughout the building, and staff who speak English.
This is the only inn in the Arashiyama area with natural hot spring water that is constantly flowing from the source. It is a wonderful place to relax in the hot spring water that is gentle on the skin while enjoying views of seasonal nature. There are two room types - the Japanese-style Twin Rooms, which come with aromatic bathtubs made from hinoki cypress, and the Japanese-style Deluxe Twin Rooms, that feature open-air baths in which to enjoy the surrounding nature. This is an inn where you can have an extraordinary experience, away from everyday cares. Dinner is colorful kaiseki multi-course cuisine full of seasonal ingredients. There is free Wi-Fi access in the guest rooms and English-speaking staff on site.
6. Ujo Soan
This is an adult-only inn in Yuhigaura Onsen. The appeal of the hot spring water here is the soft texture that is said to be beneficial to the skin. All guest rooms are roomy, detached Japanese-style units. All rooms have open-air baths with decks where you can enjoy a view of the starry skies. Dinner is served in private rooms in the restaurant, Amatsumizu. Savor the flavors of freshly procured ingredients there. There is also a wide selection of local sake. There is free Wi-Fi access in the guest rooms.
7. Ryokan Nenrinbo
This is an accommodation in a quiet area surrounded by mountains. It is an elegant, traditional ryokan with a beautiful garden where you can enjoy the passing of the seasons, as well as a gallery with a variety of artwork. Each of the 43 guest rooms that surround the garden is uniquely designed, such as the Japanese-Style Deluxe Room with Open-air Bath that offer fantastic views of the mountains from the bath, and the Japanese-Style Family Room with Terrace, a great room for appreciating the surrounding nature. There is free Wi-Fi access throughout the building and English-speaking staff on site.
At Seryo you can gaze upon a beautiful, traditional Japanese garden from all of the guest rooms. It is located a three minute drive from the JR Ohara Bus Terminal. As it is located in Ohara, which is slightly removed from the hustle and bustle of central Kyoto City, it leverages the abundant nature of its surroundings to bring a sense of peace and serenity to those who visit. The wealth of sodium ions and carbonated water ions in the onsen waters can help to maintain beautiful skin. At the Sakura no Ma and the Kaeda no Ma rooms, you can enjoy a relaxing soak in your own private onsen bath. Why not take the opportunity to unwind at Seryo after you have enjoyed your fill of exploring the city? You'll be able to enjoy views of a completely different Kyoto from here. Seryo also has English speakers available on staff.
9. Saka Hotel Kyoto
This relaxing hotel allows you to truly experience Japanese culture in a warm and inviting space. It is located about 12 minutes by taxi from JR Kyoto Station. When you take off your shoes, step on the tatami mat to feel the warmth and take in the aroma of the wood in each guest room - you'll surely feel that you are in a uniquely Japanese-style accommodation. At Saka Hotel, you also have the option of enjoying nihonshu onsen, a rare treat of an onsen bath with Japanese sake. While sake is usually thought of as a necessary accompaniment to Japanese cuisine, it is also said to be good for maintaining beautiful skin as well as helping to keep it moisturized. If you would like to enjoy a private sake onsen bath, then there are three plans that come recommended and allow you to do just that: the Hanrotenburo Tsuki Wafu Twin (w/ city view), the Rotenburo Tsuki Deluxe Twin, and the Rotenburo Grande Twin. Make sure to get your fill of the sake onsen in a large bathroom with the wondrous fragrance of cypress. There are English speaking staff at Saka Hotel as well.
10. Monjusou Hotel
At Monjusou, you can gaze out upon one of the three great sceneries in Japan, the Amanohashidate. It is located approximately 2 hours from Kyoto Station by train. Here, you can bath in the Amanohashidate Home Springs that shoot forth from a depth of 1,500m. These waters are said to be extremely good for the body and suitable for assisting in the cure of certain illnesses when bathed in for long periods of time. After you have finished bathing your skin it will feel soft and supple. If you are looking to enjoy a longer, relaxed soak, then you should check out the Kaze no Midori and Sora no Midori guest rooms.
11. Live Max, Kyotango Seafront
This hotel faces the beautiful Japanese Sea. It can be accessed by a combination of train and car, and takes approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes from Kyoto Station. Customers can look forward to a soak in the Yacchohama Obama Hot Springs, said to help in soothing the pain of neuralgia, muscle pain, and rejuvenation, all while gazing out across the Japanese Sea. There are six types of guest room available that offer private baths: Comfort Twin, Standard Twin, Deluxe Wayoshitsu, Superior Wayoshitsu, Compact Twin and Wayoshitsu (pets allowed). Why not take a trip to Live Max in order to ease your weary bones after a long day of traveling?
12. Hotel Kitanoya
This hotel looks out upon Amanohashidate and the Japan Sea. The closest station to Hotel Kitanoya is the Amanohashidate Station, which can be accessed via a 2 hour ride from Kyoto Station. When you disembark at Amanohashidate, it is a short 8 minute walk to the hotel. If you book the 'Rotenburo Tsuki Washitsu' room, you can enjoy your fill of soaking in the waters of the Amanohashidate Hot Springs in a private space, all as you gaze out upon the beautiful scenery. The bath tubs used here are made using granite (formed when the magma after a volcanic eruption cooled and hardened). Why not pay a trip to Hotel Kitanoya and experience some of the most beautiful scenery in Japan?
13. Hotel WBF Gojo Omiya
Hotel WBF is located in the center of Kyoto City and is perfectly suited to acting as a base for those looking to tour the famous sites of the area. The closest station to the hotel is Omiya Station, which is accessed by a 14-minute train ride from Kyoto Station. From Omiya, you then proceed on foot for 10 minutes to reach your destination. The interior is designed in a modern Japanese style, giving rise to a space that is a little unique but still contemporary. In the Superior Twin Room Tsubo Furo Tsuki guest room, a unique, blue tsubo (pot shaped) bath filled with hot spring water can be enjoyed by patrons. After you have had your fill of a full day of touring Kyoto, nothing could be better than soothing your aching bones in a hot spring bath. English, Chinese, and Korean speakers are present on staff.
14. Yusai Resort Hibiki
Hibiki is an exclusive hotel that is limited to just 7 groups of patrons per day. The closest station to Hibiki is Yuhigaura Kitsu Station, located a 3-hour train ride from Kyoto Station. From there it takes approximately 5 minutes by car to Hibiki. Each room is fitted with a private open air bath from which you can look out upon the Japan Sea. There are so many different ways to enjoy these hot springs, from listening to the sounds of the wind and the sea, to watching the sun go down in the evening or gazing up at the starry skies. Experience ultimate relaxation in this mysterious space that seems to melt into the magnificent Japan Sea.
15. Suiran, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Kyoto
Suiran is located in the popular tourist destination of Arashiyama and finds itself nestled among the rich bountiful nature of the area. It takes a 30-minute train ride from Kyoto Station to Arashiyama Station (Randen), the nearest station to Suiran. It then takes a 6-minute walk from the station to the hotel. There are 39 rooms in the hotel, with 17 of them fitted with open-air baths, giving patrons the opportunity to experience natural hot springs in a private setting. Please enjoy this quintessentially warm and traditionally Japanese space that is also accented with modern touches for a luxurious and slightly opulent feel. There are English speakers available on staff.
16. Kyoto Yunohana Hot Spring Resort Suisen
Suisen is nestled in a peaceful valley in Kyoto. The closest station to the hotel is Kameoka Station, which can be accessed by a 20-minute train ride from Kyoto Station. From Kameoka, the hotel can be reached via a 15-minute ride on a shuttle bus. At Suisen, you can take a dip in the Yu no Hana Onsen, where it is said that in times long gone losing warriors in a battle came to bathe in order to heal their wounds. It ranks among the most famous hot springs in Kyoto and is so popular that it attracts visitors from all parts of the country. This is the kind of hot spring resort that you could only find in a city with as much living history as Kyoto. The clean and modern interior of this space will also soothe your spirit. There are people on staff who speak English.
Keburikawa is situated in Kameoka, an area with a deep and colorful history. It is 30 minutes by train from Kyoto station to the station nearest the hotel and then a 20-minute bus ride on the Keihan Kyoto Kotsu Bus to reach Keburikawa. There is also a free shuttle bus. Patrons have the opportunity to bathe in the Yu no Hana Onsen waters at this hotel, which have long been beloved for their disease curing properties. If you are looking to keep these waters all to yourself, then you should check out Rotenburo Tsuki Kyaku Shitsu - Botsuyama, a guest room in which you can enjoy a soak in an open air bath on your own personal terrace.
18. Hanayashiki Ukifune en
This is a historic ryokan patronized by many artists and writers. It is full of blooming flowers, giving it the name "hanayashiki" (flower residence). The elegant guest rooms decorated with tea flowers all have views of the beautiful Uji River. The Tokiwa and Akebono rooms have semi open-air baths. An added benefit of this inn is the easy access to the World Heritage Sites of Byodoin Temple and Ujigami Shrine. There is free Wi-Fi access throughout the building and staff who speak English and Spanish.
This is an onsen inn in Yuhigaura Onsen in Kyotango City that is famous for its sunsets. The baths are filled with hot spring water flowing directly from the source. The open-air baths are surrounded by Japanese gardens, and are wonderful for relaxing in. There are 29 guest rooms, 19 of which have private open-air baths, some even with gardens. The meals, which are all handmade by in-house chefs, are wonderful opportunities to thoroughly enjoy the flavors of local ingredients.
20. Kashoen Hanare Kai
This is an onsen inn in Yuhigaura Onsen. It is in a fantastic location facing the Sea of Japan, so you can enjoy the natural hot spring water while gazing across the horizon. The view of the sunset, when the rose-colored sky and ocean blend together, is fantastic. There are four different types of guest rooms. The Japanese-Style Room with Open-Air Bath, of which there are only five, are recommended, as they offer an opportunity to enjoy the beautiful seascape in the comfort of your own space while listening to the sounds of the waves and feeling the sea breeze. There is free Wi-Fi access throughout the building and staff who speak English.
These are all wonderful places where you can relax and rejuvenate yourself in a private space so that you can go out and enjoy your travels in Kyoto again the next day.
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