What kind of ryokan is Ohanabo?

This is one of the cozy ryokans in Kyoto.  Actually, Ohanabo is not luxurious.  Facilities tend to be outdated.  The building is aged.  But, it’s truly worth staying here.  If you want to experience signature Japanese hospitality with a personal touch, you should stay here.  The staff has plenty of heart.  They welcomed us with warmth and we didn’t feel like we were checking in a ryokan, it was like we were being welcomed 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 the staff in advance and it depends on negotiations.  *A minimum age requirement of 7 applies.  The property would be great for families, couples, small groups, business persons, or solo travelers.  It seems that there are constantly some solo travelers staying here.
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Is the location easy to access?

Yes, it is located near Kyoto station, just a 7min walk.
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Rooms I would recommend?

If you are going to stay here, you may want to book spacious rooms 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  Rooms tend to be outdated but very clean and well-maintained.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.  Then there is no room with western beds.  If you don’t want to sleep on Japanese-style mattresses called futon in tatami rooms, you may want to find others.

How about toiletries & in-room amenities?

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.  The wifi reception was good in our room.

How about In-house Facilities?

There are small communal baths.  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 a universal design.  There is no lift in the building.  If you bring people with weak feet, I wouldn’t recommend it.
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How about meals?

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 around the property but if you stay here, I would recommend having meals on the property.  If you are gourmet, you should stay here.  *Please note that inform 3 days in advance if you want to have dinner here.   Also, inform the 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 it 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.

My impressions

Only my issue that 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 rooms, especially in the spring and the fall season.  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.  *If you don’t have dinner here, you need to check-in by 21:00.  **If you use a parking lot, you need to inform the staff in advance.  It costs 1,400JPY per day.  Check Availability and Pricing for the ryokan on Booking.com or Agoda

Info about Ohanabo

Style Traditional Japanese Ryokan
Check-in and out
Estimated Price 28,000 JPY for 2 adults per room
Contact E-mail
Internet Connection Free wifi in the ryokan
Facility information Wheelchairs are not available
Pets are not allowed
The 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

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