Nanzenji sando KIKUSUI

What kind of stylish ryokan is Nanzenji sando KIKUSUI?

What a magical place!  This is a spectacular venue in Kyoto, especially a beautiful traditional garden.  Recently we stayed at Nanzenji Sando KIKUSUI after renovation in June 2018.  If you are looking for luxury sophisticated ryokans in Kyoto, you should stay here.  I’m sure you won’t regret your decision.  Perhaps if this is your first time staying at ryokans, I would recommend it.  You wouldn’t feel any stress during your stay.  Facilities tend to be the latest.  The housekeeping was excellent.  Then the location would be definitely perfect if you love Kyoto.  The environment surrounding the property is truly amazing.  It’s not great access to public transportation, though.  Actually, you wouldn’t need to travel far during your stay as there are many spots within walking distance.  The ryokan would be great for couples, family, business persons, or solo travelers.  The ambiance is serene, elegant, and luxurious.  There are 5 rooms only.
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Is the location easy to access?

The location is near Nanzenji Temple.  It takes 10min walk from Keage Station.   Alternatively, it takes around 20min by TAXI from Kyoto Station.  It costs around 2,000JPY.

Where is the best accommodation for anniversary in Kyoto?

If you are looking for venues for special occasions, the property would be one of the best.  The staff arranges flowers and cakes to celebrate an anniversary at additional charges if you request in advance.
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Rooms I would recommend?

If you are going to stay here, I would recommend a room with a small terrace and a garden view on 1F.  *Room No.101  It is truly charming, comfortable, and luxurious.  You can chill out at the terrace while viewing an amazing garden.  Also, the garden illuminated at night creates a solemn and mysterious atmosphere.  Words cannot describe this place.

How about toiletries & in-room amenities?

All of the amenities are taken care of including enough toiletries, bathrobes, pajamas, yukatas, a complimentary mini-bar including beer and champagne, a Nespresso machine with capsules, chocolate, English tea bags, green tea bags, and bottled water, etc.  You can travel light.  Also, the free WiFi reception was good in our room.  Room service is available.  Also, Nanzenji Sando KIKUSUI is child-friendly.  Staff provides amenities, yukatas, and tableware, etc., for small children.

How about In-house Facilities?

The ryokan including the restaurant is almost universal design.  Wheelchairs are available for borrowing.  There is a lift.  If you bring people with weak feet, you may want to inform the staff in advance as they can arrange a room near the entrance.  There is no convenience store within 5min walking distance.  You may want to buy your necessities before coming here.  There is no communal bath, no vending machine, no spa treatment, and no library lounge, etc.
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How about meals?

The property is one of the auberge-style accommodations in Kyoto.  If you are a gourmet, you should try it.   French and Japanese kaiseki food is top-notch, one of the best in Kyoto.  I noticed that there were many local guests visiting the restaurant only.  The portion tends to be small.  You can choose either French or Kaiseki cuisine for dinner.  We fully enjoyed all dishes while seeing a magnificent garden illuminated at night.  After dinner, you can chill out at the dining bar.  Dinner time is from 17:00-23:00.  Breakfast time is from 7:00-10:00.  All meals are served in a dining area.  *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 there are few restaurants around here.  If you go out for meals, you need to get a taxi.  It takes just 10min to the Gion area.  It costs around JPY1000.
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My impressions

The staff tends to be not sophisticated.  If you want to experience signature Japanese-specific hospitality, I wouldn’t recommend it.  Overall the property has good value for money if compared to other luxury ryokans in Kyoto.  Anyway, the property has many events all year round, such as wedding parties, tea parties, season festivals, and banquets, etc.  If you are lucky, you may be able to see brides and grooms in Japanese-style bridal dresses on the weekend.  At last, the best season to stay here would be in spring or fall.  I’m sure that the property must leave a lasting impression.  Have a nice trip!  Welcome to receive any questions about Nanzenji sando KIKUSUI from the below space.  Check Availability and Pricing for the ryokan on Agoda or Booking.com

Info about Nanzenji sando KIKUSUI

Style Luxury Stylish Ryokan
Check-in and out times
15:00/12:00
Estimated Price 65,000 JPY for 2 adults per room
Contact E-mail
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Internet Connection Free wifi in the ryokan
Facility Information Wheelchairs are available
Pets are not allowed
The free parking lot is available 
Location Nanzenji sando KIKUSUI’s MAP
Access 20min by TAXI from Kyoto Station
10min walk from Keage Station
Address and TEL 31 Nanzenji Fukuchichō, Sakyō-Ku, Kyōto-shi
Kyōto-fu 606-8435 
Tel +81 75-771-4101
Official Homepage Nanzenji sando KIKUSUI’s HP

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