Arashiyama Benkei




If you are looking for an authentic ryokan adventure, I would highly recommend it. Perhaps, if you love Arashiyama, I really think you should stay here.  I’m sure you can get much of an immersive “Kyoto view” experience from your room.  On the other hand, if you are looking for modern ryokans, this is not.  Arashiyama Benkei would be great for couples, family, small groups, or solo travelers.  The ambience is serene, charming and quaint.  There are 10 rooms only.  If you are going to stay here, I would highly recommend booking a room with a view of Kamo River, a room with a view of the traditional garden on 1F, or a room with an outdoor private hot spring.  I wouldn’t recommend booking a room with a view of the garden 2F.  The room is cozy, well-maintained, and Japan minimalistic.  There is no room with beds.  If this is your first time staying at ryokans, you may feel awful when you sleep on Japanese-style mattresses in tatami rooms.  If so, you may want to request two mattress layers in advance.  Then 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 for women who can choose.  Room service is not available.  There is a vending machine in-house.  There is a convenience store within walking distance.  Then there is no bar, no library, and no lounge etc., to relax.  Wifi reception was good in the property.  Then there are public small hot springs in house.  Also there is a private family hot spring.  You need to book the private one in advance if you want to use.  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 nice view from the baths.  Also they tend to be cramped.  That’s too bad.  *Please note that if you have tattoos and want to use the public hot springs, book a room with a private one attached, or use reserved private family one.  Then the property is not universal design.  There is no lift in the building.  If you take people with weak feet, you may want to request a room on 1F in advance.  Then 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 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.  If you don’t like Japanese cuisine, you may want to go out for dinner as there are some restaurants around here.  Most of fine restaurants for dinner in Arashiyama are reservation-only.  You may want to book a table in advance.  Local papa-mama shops are closing early.  Then all staff tends to be professional, helpful and elegant.  They are so welcoming, however be mindful and respectful of the Japanese traditions here as it’s a very traditional accommodation.  Overall, the price range would be reasonable.  The experience was pure Japan and should definitely be tried.  Anyway the best season to stay here would be in spring or fall.  You can hang out around the property while viewing peaceful landscapes.  The weather is just nice during the seasons.  Then don’t forget to take a walk around the property before breakfast and after dinner.  Actually there are many tourists in daytime in Arashiyama, especially the spring and the fall season.  You may feel 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.  The property is located near Togetsu Bridge.  It takes 15min walk from Saga Arashiyama Station or Arashiyama Station.  Free shuttle service from each of the stations is available.  You need to book it in advance.  You need to book it in advance.  Have a nice trip!  Welcome to receive any questions about the property from the below space.  *Check in and out times 4:00PM/10:00AM  If you check in after 19:00, you need to inform staff of it in advance.   **All information is as of the date that I posted on my blog.  Check Availability and Pricing for the ryokan on or Agoda

Info about Arashiyama Benkei

Style Traditional Japanese Ryokan
Guest Rating Exceptional 9.6
Estimated Price 60,000 JPY for 2 adults per room
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Internet Connection Free wifi in the ryokan
Facility information Wheelchairs are not available
Pets are not allowed
Free Parking lot is available
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