Heihachi Tea House Inn

Well, to be honest, I wouldn’t recommend the ryokan, but if you want to experience a very authentic ryokan adventure, or if you are really keen on Japanese culture, history, and architecture, I really think you should stay at Heihachi Tea House Inn.  Perhaps if you are a connoisseur of Kyoto, the property may be amazing for you.  Otherwise, I would recommend staying at others.  Surprisingly it seems that the property is popular and it’s not easy to book a room in the spring and the fall season.  We stayed here to join my friend’s wedding ceremony in-house.  The venue is one of the well-known for special occasions among local people.  I like the well-maintained peaceful garden, the traditional building,  the Japanese-style sauna, and Kaiseki food in a tranquil atmosphere.  Obviously Heihachi Tea House Inn retains its old character even now.  Once we entered the gate, we felt that we were being pulled into old-Japan with the room and the garden all being perfectly Japanese, but facilities tend to be worn out.  The ryokan would need a renovation to make it more comfortable.  This is Kyoto even though the location is out of the way, near Shugakuin Imperial Villa.  It’s difficult to figure out why it hasn’t made an investment in renovations yet.  Anyway if you are going to stay here, I would highly recommend booking a room called Ronoma which is specious than others.  All of the amenities are taken care of including minimum toiletries, yukatas, and a Japanese tea set in a room.  Then there is no convenience store nearby.  You might want to buy your necessities before coming here.  Also, don’t forget to try the Japanese-style sauna in-house.  The temperature is set low, around fifty-five degrees and you can relax more than 30min in the sauna.   There are small communal baths in-house.  They are not hot spring, though.  Then if you feel awful when you sleep on Japanese-style mattresses in tatami rooms, you might want to request two mattress layers in advance to avoid having a backache.  If you have specific requests, you might want to inform staff in advance by e-mail  info@heihachi.co.jp   Then the ryokan is not universal design and there are some steps.  I wouldn’t recommend it if you bring people with weak feet.  Then authentic Kyoto-style Kaiseki food was great.  Heihachi Tea House Inn is one of auberge but I don’t think it’s worth it unless you are an adventurous eater.  Unluckily there wouldn’t be fine restaurants around the property.  That’s why, it would be a bit hard to stay here, especially international visitors.  All meals are served in each room.  Dinner time is from 17:00-21:00.  Breakfast is from 8:00-9:00.  Then all staff tends to be friendly, helpful, and attentive.  They welcomed us with warmth but don’t forget “when in Rome, do as the Romans do” as it’s a very traditional ryokan.  If you are thinking of booking the property, I would rather recommend Seikoro Ryokan located near Kyoto Station.  Nevertheless, if you are keen on the Heihachi Tea House Inn, I would highly recommend staying here in May or Nov.  You can see breathtaking views when you are taking a walk in the large garden.  The weather is just nice, not so hot, and not so cold.  On the other hand, I wouldn’t recommend staying here in the summer and the winter season.  Facilities tend to be old fashioned.  You may feel uncomfortable during your stay.  It’s extremely hot in summer, and it’s pretty cold in winter in Kyoto.  Have a nice trip!  Welcome to receive any questions about the property from the below space.  *All information is as of the date that I posted on my blog.  Check Availability and Pricing for the ryokan on Booking.com or Agoda

Info about Heihachi Tea House Inn

Style Historical Japanese Ryokan
Guest Rating Wonderful 8.9
Estimated Price 50,000 JPY for 2 adults per room
Contact info@heihachi.co.jp
Internet Connection Free wifi in the ryokan
Facility Information Wheelchairs are not available
Pets are not allowed
The free parking lot is available
Location Heihachi Tea House Inn’s MAP
Access 20min by TAXI from Kyoto Station
Address and TEL 8-1 Yamabanakawagishichō, Sakyō-Ku, Kyōto-shi
Kyōto-fu 606-8005 
Tel +81 75-781-5008
Official Homepage Heihachi Tea House Inn’s HP  *Japanese only