Arashiyama Benkei

What kind of onsen ryokan is Arashiyama Benkei?

This is an authentic luxury onsen ryokan in Arashiyama.  The experience is pure Japan and should definitely be tried.  You can get much of an immersive “Arashiyama view” experience as you expect.  Perhaps if you are a connoisseur of Japan, you should stay here.  On the other hand, if this is your first visit to Kyoto, I wouldn’t recommend it.  Arashiyama is a little far away from Kyoto city.   It takes 30min by train from Kyoto Station.  You should stay in the Center of Kyoto or the Higashiyama area.  Arashiyama Benkei would be great for couples, families, small groups, or solo travelers.  The ambiance is serene, charming, and quaint.  There are 10 rooms only.   Absolutely the ryokan completely emphasizes private experiences for each guest.  The surrounding neighborhood would be quiet even though there are so many tourists on the main street during the day.  Once we entered the property, we felt the luxury and authenticity at the same time.
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Is the location easy to access?

The property is located near Togetsu Bridge.  It takes 15min on foot from Saga Arashiyama Station or Arashiyama Station.  A free shuttle service from each of the stations is available.
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Rooms I would recommend?

If you are going to stay here, I would recommend rooms with river views, or rooms with views of the traditional garden on 1F.  The rooms are cozy, well-maintained, and Japan minimalistic.  It seems that each room has a Japanese cypress wooden bathtub.  Then there is no room with western beds.  If you don’t want to sleep on Japanese-style mattresses called futon in tatami rooms, you should find others. 

How about toiletries & in-room amenities?

All of the amenities are taken care of including enough toiletries, yukatas, samue outfits, and a Japanese tea set, etc.  Also, there are some colorful yukatas which you can choose.  Room service is not available.  Free Wifi reception was good in the property.

How about In-house Facilities?

There are small indoor and outdoor communal hot springs.  Also, there is a private family hot spring.  You need to book in advance if you want to use it.  It costs 3,240JPY for 45min.  *First come, first served.  All of them are open from 6:00-9:00, 16:00-24:00.  The spring quality is wonderful but there is no view from the baths.  Also, they tend to be cramped.  For the location, I can’t complain more.  *Please note that if you have tattoos and want to use the communal hot springs, book a room with a private one, or use reserved private family one.  Then Arashiyama Benkei is not a universal design.  There is no lift in the wooden building.  There are some steps.  If you bring people with weak feet, you may want to request a room on 1F in advance.  Then there is a vending machine in-house.  There is a convenience store within walking distance.  There is no bar, no library, and no lounge, etc.
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How about meals?

The authentic Kyoto-style kaiseki food experience was good.  The portion tends to be average.  It may be challenging for western palates.  Dinner is served in a private room or your room.  Breakfast is served in a dining area.  After breakfast, coffee and baked cake were served in our room.  *Please note that inform the staff when you book a room with meals if you have any food allergies.  They probably wouldn’t be able to prepare alternative food if you request on that day.  Then if you have dinner in the property, you need to check-in by 19:00.  If not, you need to check-in by 21:00.  Then if you go out for dinner, you need to book a table in advance.  Most of the restaurants for dinner in the Arashiyama area are reservation-only.

My impressions

All staff tends to be professional, helpful, and elegant.  They are so welcoming, but, be mindful and respectful of the Japanese traditions here as it’s a very traditional accommodation.  Overall, the price range tends to be high because this is Arashiyama, but it’s well worth it if you love Kyoto.  The ambiance is very special.  It’s hard to put into words, but I was moved.  Anyway, the best season to stay here would be in spring or fall.  The weather is just nice during the seasons.  You can hang out around the property while viewing peaceful landscapes.  Then don’t forget to take a walk around the property before breakfast and after dinner.  Actually there are many tourists in the daytime in Arashiyama, especially the spring and the fall season.  You may feel a bit disappointed.  However, there would be few people in the early morning and at night.  You can see true Kyoto.  It couldn’t be better.  Have a nice trip!  Welcome to receive any questions about the property from the below space.  If you check-in after 19:00, you need to inform the staff in advance.   Check Availability and Pricing for the onsen ryokan on Booking.com or Agoda

Info about Arashiyama Benkei

Style Traditional Ryokan
Check-in and out times
16:00/10:00
Estimated Price 60,000 JPY for 2 adults per room
Contact  Fill out the form
Internet Connection Free wifi in the ryokan
Facility information Wheelchairs are not available
Pets are not allowed
The free Parking lot is available
*You need to book it in advance
Location Arashiyama Benkei’s MAP
Access 15min walk from Saga Arashiyama Station or
Arashiyama Station
Free shuttle service is available
You need to book it in advance
Address and TEL 〒616-8385 Kyoto Ukyo-Ku,
Sagatenryujisusukinobaba-cho 34
Tel +81 75-872-3355
Official Homepage Arashiyama Benkei’s HP

*All information above is as of the date that I posted on my blog.