Ryokan Genhouin

 

 

We recently stayed at Ryokan Genhouin.  Everything, such as the traditional garden, architecture, and interior etc., is indescribably beautiful.  Once we entered the gate, it was like we were in another world.  The ambience is very charming, quaint, and serene.  The property would be great for couples, solo travelers, or family.  *A minimum age requirement of 12 applies.  If you are looking for an authentic ryokan adventure in Kyoto, you must stay there.  Perhaps, if you are a connoisseur of Kyoto, I would highly recommend it.  On the other hand, if this is your first visit Kyoto, I wouldn’t recommend it.  Probably you may feel it’s pricey for one night stay.  Anyway, if you are going to stay there, I would highly recommend booking a room with a garden view on 1F.  It’s truly worth it.  The room is not user-friendly but well-maintained, clean, and stylish.  The décor is Japan minimalistic but truly relaxing.  You can chill out at the room while seeing the wonderful garden.  You would never get tired of viewing it.  Actually, you wouldn’t need to travel far during your stay as there are many spots within walking distance.  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 convenience store nearby.  Wifi reception was good in our room.  Then the property is not universal design.  If you bring people with weak feet, you may want to book a room on 1F.  There are few steps in a room.  Then there is a small lounge and bar in-house.  When we stayed there, the bar was closed, though.  Also there are two private family baths in-house.  When you check in, you need to book it in advance.  They are open from 7:30-10:00, 15:00-23:00.  Then it seems that the latest soundproofing is not set up in the traditional wooden building.  My ear sometimes caught some footsteps.  Also there is no floor heating.  You may feel cold at night in the winter season even if you switch on the heater.  Then food for breakfast and dinner is not offered for guests who stay at the ryokan.  This is one of Kyoto-style customs.  It is located in a residential area.  There is no restaurant around there.  You may need to get a taxi and go to Gion or somewhere for dinner.  It takes just less than 10min to Gion by car.  Also I would recommend having for breakfast at The Westin Miyako Kyoto, just 10min walk from the property.  You might want to book a table in advance.  Then you also must take a walk around Nanzenji Temple before breakfast.  The atmosphere would be really special as there are few people there.  The location is just near the hotel.  Then all staff is sociable, welcoming, and graceful but if you expect signature Japanese hospitality with personal touch, or a 5-star hotel service, this is not.  Basically, those who live in Kyoto for long years tend to be reluctant to accept people coming from others.  No matter whether you are Japanese or non-Japanese.  I hope you would be respectful and mindful as it’s a very traditional ryokan.  Overall, the hardware of the property is incomparable.  The software tends to be just mediocre, though.  However, it’s well worth a visit.  I’m sure the property must leave a lasting impression.  At last, the best season to stay there would be in spring or fall.  You will be able to see the breathtaking garden while taking a walk.  You will feel the authenticity and luxury at once.   Have a nice trip!  Welcome to receive any questions about the ryokan from the below space.  *Please note that most of TAXI drivers may not know the property.  You might want to show a map where it’s located.  *All information is as of the date that I posted on my blog.  **Check in and out times 15:00/10:00   You need to inform 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
Guest Rating Wonderful 8.9
Estimated Price 100,000 JPY for 2 adults per room
Contact info@genhouin.co.jp
Internet Connection Free wifi in the ryokan
Facility Information Wheelchairs are not available
Pets are not allowed
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