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 a rejuvenating and refreshing oasis in Kyoto, I really think 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 highly 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 sophisticated.  It’s not great access to public transportation, though.  Actually you wouldn’t need to travel far during your stay here as there are many spots within walking distance.  Then the ryokan would be great for couples, family, business persons, or solo travelers.  Also, Nanzenji Sando KIKUSUI is child-friendly.  Staff can provide amenities, yukatas, and tableware, etc., for small children.  The ambiance is serene, elegant, and luxurious.  There are 5 rooms only.  If you are going to stay here, I would highly recommend booking 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.  Then 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.  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, and no library lounge, etc., in house.  Then Nanzenji Sando KIKUSUI 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 as much as possible.  Then 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.  You may want to book a room with meals.  If you go out for dinner, you would need to get a taxi.  It takes just 10min to the Gion area.  It costs around JPY1000.  Then the staff tends to be not sophisticated.  If you want to experience signature Japanese-specific hospitality, I wouldn’t recommend it.  Overall the price range would be reasonable.  The hardware is clearly outstanding but the software has a long way to go.  The problem would be insufficient for training and professionalism.  Anyway, the property has many events all year round, such as wedding parties, tea parties, season festivals, and banquets, etc.  The venue is very popular among local people.  If you are lucky, you may be able to see brides and grooms in Japanese-style bridal dresses on the weekend.  Then 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.  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 the property from the below space.  *All information is as of the date that I posted on my blog.  **Check-in and out times 3:00 PM/12:00 PM ***Free parking lot is available if you book in advance.  Check Availability and Pricing for the ryokan on Agoda or

Info about Nanzenji sando KIKUSUI

Style Modern Ryokan
Guest Rating Wonderful 9.0
Estimated Price 65,000 JPY for 2 adults per room
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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