Kyoto is an extremely popular sightseeing spot worldwide. If you visit, it is a good idea to stay over at a ryokan (Japanese inn), where you can experience Japanese culture. This article introduces 5 inns that are close to Kyoto Station, allowing for easy access to certain locations.
1. Matsubaya Ryokan
This is a well-established inn that has been operating since 1884. It is 10 minutes away from Kyoto Station on foot, and only a 10-minute walk from Gojo Subway Station. It has a wooden interior that is reminiscent of the time it was built, which adds to the relaxing atmosphere. They have several rooms, such as a compact Japanese-style room that can accommodate up to 2 people and a wide room that can fit up to 5 people. They even have a Japanese-Western room that includes aspects from both cultures, but has Western facilities. Most rooms have a shower or bath, but every room has a toilet. You can also use the communal bath! There is free Wi-Fi throughout the whole inn, and you can find staff that can speak English.
2. Kyomachiya Ryokan Sakura Honganji
This inn is 15 minutes by foot from Kyoto Station. Its appearance as a traditional Kyo-machiya (old Kyoto townhouse) is very inviting. You can choose several different types of rooms, such as rooms that come with a garden – where you may view the beauty of nature by the season – and Japanese-style rooms that have a tea ceremony room and study attached. You can even choose Western-Japanese rooms that come with a kitchen, which are perfect for long-term visitors! They serve both Japanese and Western meals for breakfast every morning at the lobby. There is free Wi-Fi throughout the whole inn. You may find staff that can speak English, Spanish, Indonesian, and/or Polish.
3. Nagomi Yado Towa
Nagomi Yado Towa is located 8 minutes by foot from Kyoto Station. You may pick from 3 types of rooms, depending on your budget and the number of people visiting. For example, they have Japanese-style rooms with 6 tatami mats or that are the width of 2 rooms. Of course, all rooms come with a bath and toilet attached. They also have small bathrooms within the inn that you may use 24/7. The dinner served here is cooked by the owner-chef, who undertook training at a well-established Japanese restaurant in the past. It is composed of traditional meals that have been passed on for generations. You can select kaiseki ryori (banquet meals) that make use of seasonal ingredients, as well as other dishes like sukiyaki, which uses Japanese black beef. They have a Machiya Suite – an entire Kyo-machiya (old Japanese townhouse) – that you may rent as well! All rooms come with free Wi-Fi, and you may find staff that can speak English.
4. Traditional Kyoto Inn serving Kyoto cuisine IZUYASU
IZUYASU is a 7-minute walk from Kyoto Station. It has been in business since 1839. The interior of the inn has been renovated, but it still maintains a retro atmosphere. The inn has a total of 8 rooms that are all unique from one another. You may choose from a Japanese-style room or a wide room that has a divider. You can also choose a room where you can gaze upon the garden from your window. They serve traditional Kyoto food for dinner that makes use of seasonal dishes. They also offer wine that matches the food they serve, such as red, white, and sparkling. However, you may also order alcohol made in Kyoto! There is free Wi-Fi in communal areas.
5. Daiya Ryokan
Even though Daiya Ryokan is located just 5 minutes by foot from Kyoto Station, it offers rooms at a very reasonable price. This inn has about 100 years of history, and offers an at-home atmosphere that starts from the sign-dog that guards the entrance. The rooms offered here are simple and Japanese-style. Each of these rooms comes with a bath and toilet. This inn is divided into the main annex, the new annex "Midori", and another annex called "Guest Inn Chita". The whole inn comes with free Wi-Fi. You can find staff who can speak English.
Each of the inns introduced in this article are close to sightseeing spots like the West and East Hongwangji Temples. You may find these temples north of Kyoto Station, where areas still maintain a traditional and quiet atmosphere.
*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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