If this is your first visit Kyoto, I really think you should stay at Nazuna Kyoto Nijo-jo. An access to the property would be very easy. It takes 5min on foot from Nijojo-Mae Station. The location is definitely convenient to go for sightseeing. The neighborhood is not very much Kyoto, though. Perhaps, if this is your first time staying at ryokans, I would highly 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, staff provided us with a tea ceremony by a lady staff as a welcome drink. If you are going to stay here, I would highly recommend booking a room called “Matcha”. The room has a small traditional inner garden. Also 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 the precious time. Only my issue is that each room has no indoor bath. There are outdoor baths and shower rooms only. Basically we go to outdoor baths after warming up in indoor ones. Therefore it would be bit hard to use outdoor baths only in the winter season. Kyoto city is bitterly cold in the season. Also I wouldn’t recommend staying here in the summer season. Kyoto city is very hot in the season. You may feel reluctant to soak in an outdoor bath on muggy days. Then 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 in-house. 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. Then Nazuna Kyoto Nijo-jo is not 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 few steps in the room. There is no lift. Then all staff is very warm, helpful, and proactive. You can experience signature Japanese hospitality with personal touch. Then the ryokan 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 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 in the property. If you are looking for restaurants for dinner nearby, you should ask staff. They are very informative. I’m sure that there would be some wonderful restaurants around here. Overall, you may feel bit overpriced but you can get much of an immersive “Kyoto-style Machiya” experience as you expect. 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 might want to visit here between late March and mid April if you want to view cherry blossoms. 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 3:00PM/11:00AM If you check in after 22:00, you need to inform staff in advance. ***Most of TAXI drivers wouldn’t know the property. You might want to show a map where it is located. It costs 1,400JPY from Kyoto Station. It takes around 15min by car. Check Availability and Pricing for the property on Booking.com or Agoda
Info about Nazuna Kyoto Nijo-jo
|Style||Modern Japanese Ryokan|
|Guest Rating||Superb 9.4|
|Estimated Price||57,401 JPY for 2 adults per room|
|Internet Connection||Free wifi in the ryokan|
|Facility Information||Wheelchairs are not available
Pets are not allowed
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|
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