Ryokan Genhouin

What kind of ryokan is Ryokan Genhouin?

We recently stayed at Ryokan Genhouin.  Everything, such as a traditional garden, architecture, and interior, etc., is indescribably beautiful.  It’s like you’re in another world.  The ambiance is very charming, quaint, and serene.  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.  The property would be for couples, solo travelers, small groups, or family.  *A minimum age requirement of 12 applies.
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Is the location easy to access?

Yes, if you take a taxi from Kyoto Station.  It takes 20min.  It costs around 2000JPY.  Please note that most of the TAXI drivers may not know the property.  You might want to show a map where it’s located.  Alternatively, it takes 15min on foot from Keage Station

Rooms I would recommend?

If you are going to stay here, I would recommend rooms with garden views on 1F.  It’s truly worth it.  The rooms are not user-friendly but well-maintained, clean, and stylish.  The décor is Japan minimalistic but truly relaxing.  You can chill out at the rooms while seeing a wonderful garden.  You would never get tired of viewing it.   Then there is no room with western beds.  If you don’t want to sleep on Japanese-mattresses called futon in tatami rooms, you should 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 convenience store nearby.  The free WiFi reception was good in our room.  Then it seems that the traditional wooden building has no latest soundproofing.  My ear sometimes caught some footsteps from 2F.  Also, there is no floor heating.  You may feel cold at night in the winter season even if you switch on the heater.

How about In-house Facilities?

Ryokan Genhouin is not a universal design.  If you bring people with weak feet, you may want to request rooms on 1F.  There are a few steps in a room.  Then there is a small lounge and bar in-house.  When we stayed here, the bar was closed, though.  Also, there are two private family baths that you can use for free.  When you check-in, you need to book it in advance.  They are open from 7:30-10:00, 15:00-23:00.  There is no communal bath.
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How about meals?

Food for breakfast and dinner is not offered for guests who stay here.  This is one of the Kyoto-style customs.  It is located in a residential area.  There is no restaurant around here.  You need to get a taxi and go to Gion or somewhere for meals.  It takes just less than 10min to Gion by car.  Alternatively, I would recommend having breakfast at The Westin Miyako Kyoto, just a 10min-walk from the property.  You might want to book a table in advance.  Then you should take a walk around Nanzenji Temple before breakfast.  Nanzenji Temple is always crowded in the daytime but there would be almost no people around there before 8: 00 AM.  You can see “true Kyoto”.  The atmosphere would be special.  The location is just near the property.

My impressions

All staff is sociable, welcoming, and graceful but if you expect signature Japanese hospitality with a personal touch, this is not.  I hope you would be respectful and mindful as it’s a very traditional ryokan.  Overall, the price range would be high for this service, but the hardware would be incomparable.  The software tends to be mediocre.  If you really want to get much of an immersive “Pure Japan” experience, I would recommend it.  At last, the best season to stay here would be in spring or fall.  You can see a breathtaking traditional garden while taking a walk.  You will have an unforgettable time in your life.  Have a nice trip!  Welcome to receive any questions about Ryokan Genhouin from the below space.   *You need to inform the staff of your expected arrival time in advance.  Check Availability and Pricing for the ryokan on Booking.com or Agoda

Info about Ryokan Genhouin

Style Historical Japanese Ryokan
Check-in and out times
15:00/10:00
Estimated Price 100,000 JPY for 2 adults per room
Contact E-mail
info@genhouin.co.jp
Internet Connection Free wifi in the ryokan
Facility Information Wheelchairs are not available
Pets are not allowed
The parking lot is available  2,000JPY for per day
Location Ryokan Genhouin’s MAP
Access 20min by TAXI from Kyoto Station
15min walk from Keage Station
Address and TEL 606-8333 Kyoto Sakyo-Ku Okazaki
Hoshojicho 77 
Tel +81 75-752-1110
Official Homepage Ryokan Genhouin’s HP  *Japanese only

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