Nazuna Kyoto Nijo jo

What kind of Machiya House is Nazuna Kyoto Nijo jo?

If this is your first visit to Kyoto, you should stay here.   Access to the property would be very easy.  It takes 5min on foot from Nijojo-Mae Station.  The location is definitely convenient to go sightseeing.  The neighborhood is not very much Kyoto, though.  Perhaps, if this is your first time staying at ryokans, I would recommend it.  Facilities tend to be the latest.  The housekeeping is excellent.  You wouldn’t feel any stress during your stay.  Nazuna Kyoto Nijo-jo would be great for couples, business persons, or solo travelers, but not family with small children.  *A minimum age requirement of 13 applies.  There are 5 rooms only.  It’s like a secret hideaway for adults.  The ambiance is serene, cozy, and tranquil.  After we checked in, the staff provided us with a tea ceremony by a lady staff as a welcome drink.
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Is the location easy to access?

Yes, the location is near Nijo Castle.   If you take a taxi from Kyoto Station,  it takes 15min.  It costs around 1,500JPY.  Most of the TAXI drivers wouldn’t know the property.  You might want to show a map where it is located.

Rooms I would recommend?

If you are going to stay here, I would highly recommend booking a room called “Matcha”.  The room has a small traditional inner garden.  It is functional, comfortable, and charming.  Then each room has an outdoor bath.  They are not hot springs, though.  You can chill out while soaking in an outdoor green tea bath.  Tea flavor makes you so relaxed while viewing the quaint garden.  That’s precious time.  Only my issue is that each room has no indoor bath.  There are outdoor baths and shower rooms only.  Basically we enjoy outdoor baths after warming up in indoor ones.  Therefore it would be a bit hard to use outdoor baths only in the winter season.  Kyoto city is bitterly cold in the season.

How about toiletries & in-room amenities?

All of the amenities are taken care of including enough toiletries, pajamas, and a Japanese tea set, etc.  A humidifier was placed in our room.  Free Wifi reception was good.  There is a convenience store nearby.  Also, room service for complimentary drinks is available for 24H.  You can request for free, such as coffee, English tea, green tea, and hoji tea, etc.  That’s a great service.

How about In-house Facilities?

Nazuna Kyoto Nijo-jo is not a universal design.  If you bring people with weak feet, you may want to book the room called “Matcha” on 1F which is located just next to the front desk.  There are a few steps in the room.  There is no lift.   Then there is no communal bath, no lounge, and no cafe, etc.
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How about meals?

The property can offer Kyoto-style breakfast at a dining area between 7:30 and 10:00.  The food was wonderful.  You should try it.  The portion tends to be big.  Don’t forget to bring your empty stomach.  *Please note that inform the staff when you book a room with breakfast if you have any food allergies.  They probably wouldn’t be able to prepare alternative food if you request on that day.  Then dinner is not offered.  If you are looking for restaurants for meals nearby, you should ask the staff.  They are very informative.  I’m sure that there would be some wonderful restaurants around the property.   JFYI, most of the restaurants in Kyoto city is open from 11:00 AM.

My impressions

All staff is very warm, helpful, and proactive.  You can experience signature Japanese hospitality with a personal touch.  Overall, you may feel a bit overpriced but you can get much of an immersive “Kyoto-style Machiya” experience as you expect.  It’s well worth it.  At last, the best season to stay at Nazuna Kyoto Nijo-jo would be in spring as Nijo Castle has the Sakura festival every year.  That’s truly amazing.  The castle is illuminated at night during the festival.  You should visit here between late March and mid April if you want to view amazing cherry blossoms.  Have a nice trip!  Welcome to receive any questions about the property from the below space.  If you check-in after 22:00, you need to inform the staff in advance.  Check Availability and Pricing for the property on Booking.com or Agoda

Info about Nazuna Kyoto Nijo-jo

Style Machiya House
Check-in and out times
15:00/11:00
Estimated Price  57,401 JPY for 2 adults per room
Contact E-mail nazuna@daiti.co.jp
Internet Connection Free wifi in the ryokan
Facility Information Wheelchairs are not available
Pets are not allowed
The parking lot is not available 
Location Nazuna Kyoto Nijo-jo’s MAP
Access Close to Nijo Castle
15min by TAXI from JR Kyoto Station.
Address and TEL 580, Kusuriyacho, Nakagyo-Ku Kyoto-shi,
Kyoto 604-0066  Tel +81 75-253-6877
Official Homepage Nazuna Kyoto Nijo-jo’s HP

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