Ohanabo

This is one of amazing cozy ryokans in Kyoto.  Actually Ohanabo is not luxury.  Facilities tend to be outdated.  The building is aged.  However it’s truly worth staying here.  If you want to experience signature Japanese hospitality with personal touch, I really think you should stay here.  Staff has plenty of heart.  They welcomed us with warmly and we didn’t feel like we were checking in a ryokan, it was like we were being welcome back home.  On the other hand, if you want to feel the luxury and authenticity at once, this is not.   The ambiance is very cozy, family-oriented, and friendly.  If you want to bring small kids, you need to inform staff in advance and it depends on negotiations.  *A minimum age requirement of 7 applies.  Ohanabo would be great for family, couples, small groups, business persons or solo travelers.  It seems that there are constantly some solo travelers staying here.  If you are going to stay here, you may want to book a spacious room as much as possible.  Some rooms tend to be cramped.  The décor is “Japan minimalistic” but truly relaxing.  Rooms tend to be outdated but very clean and well-maintained.  Japanese-style flower arrangements are decorated everywhere.  If this is your first time staying at ryokans, you may feel awful when you sleep on Japanese-style mattresses in tatami rooms.  If so, you may want to request two mattress layers in advance.  Then all of the amenities are taken care of including minimum toiletries, yukatas, and a Japanese tea set, etc.  Room service is not available.  There is a vending machine in-house.  There is a convenience store nearby.  Wifi reception was good in our room.  Then there are small communal baths in house.  They are not hot springs, though.  They are open from 6:30-8:30, 16:00-22:30.  *If you have tattoos, you may not be permitted to use the public bathing area.  Then the property is not universal design.  There is no lift in the building.  If you bring people with weak feet, I wouldn’t recommend the property.  Then Kyoto-style cuisine for dinner and breakfast was simply wonderful, especially Omi beef.  The portion tends to be big.  Don’t forget to bring your empty stomach.  Actually, there are many restaurants for dinner around the property but if you stay here, I would highly recommend booking a room with meals.  If you are gourmet, you should stay here.  *Please note that inform 3 days in advance if you want to have for dinner here.   Also 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.   All meals are served in a dining area or your room.  Dinner starts from 17:30-18:30.  Breakfast starts from 7:00-8:30. If you have dinner here, you need to check in by 18:30.  Then the property is located near Kyoto station, just 7min walk.  The location is not very much Kyoto.  Great access to public transportation, though.  It’s situated on a busy road with traffic noise but our room was very tranquil when we stayed.  The wooden traditional building has no latest soundproofing system, though.  Overall, Ohanabo has good value for money so there are many return guests all year round.  It wouldn’t be easy to book a room, especially in the spring and the fall season.  If you want to stay here, you may want to book a room few months in advance.  At last, if you want to chill out here in a tranquil atmosphere, you may want to avoid staying during Lunar New Year, early April, late April to early May, weekends in Nov, and the end of year and New Year holiday.  Have a nice trip!  Welcome to receive any questions about the property from the below space.  *Check in and out times 4:00PM/10:00AM  If you don’t have dinner here, you need to check in by 21:00.  **All information is as of the date that I posted on my blog.  ***If you use a parking lot, you need to inform staff in advance.  It costs 1,400JPY for per day.  Check Availability and Pricing for the ryokan on Booking.com or Agoda

Info about Ohanabo

Style Traditional Japanese Ryokan
Guest Rating Exceptional 9.6
Estimated Price 28,000 JPY for 2 adults per room
Contact       kyotoohanabo@gmail.com
Internet Connection Free wifi in the ryokan
Facility information Wheelchairs are not available
Pets are not allowed
Parking lot is available
Location Ohanabo’s MAP
Access 7min walk from Kyoto Station
Address and TEL 600-8158 Kyoto Shimogyo-ku Shakuya-cho 66-2
Tel +81 75-371-3688
Official Homepage Ohanabo’s HP