Ryokan Inn Yoshida sanso

What kind of ryokan is Ryokan Inn Yoshida sanso?

If you are a connoisseur of Kyoto, you should stay at Ryokan Inn Yoshida-sanso.  This is a spectacular place to stay with attention to every detail.  It is like another world.  On the other hand, if you expect 5-star hotel service, or if this is your first time staying at ryokans, I wouldn’t recommend it.  You may feel overpriced for a one-night stay.  The atmosphere is sophisticated.  You wouldn’t need to travel far as there are many well-known spots within walking distance. The property would be great for couples, families, or small groups, but not family with small children.  *A minimum age requirement of 13 applies   Unluckily, the property wouldn’t accept solo travelers.  The ambiance is serene, tranquil, and elegant.  There are only 5 rooms.
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Is the location easy to access?

Yes, it would be easy if you take a taxi from Kyoto Station.  It takes 25min by car.  It costs around 2,500JPY.  The location is perfect if you love Kyoto.  It’s not great access to public transportation, though.  Then taxi drivers wouldn’t know the property.   You may want to show a map where it is located. 

Rooms I would recommend?

If you are going to stay here, I would recommend rooms on 1F as you can view an amazing traditional garden.  You may want to request a room with nice views of the garden.  Then each room in the main building has no bathroom.  You need to use a shared bathroom during your stay.  The room in the annex has a private bathroom.  Then there is no room with western beds.  If you don’t want to sleep on Japanese-mattresses 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.  Room service is not available.  The free WiFi reception was good in our room.  It seems that some rooms have no wifi reception.  If you need to connect to the internet, inform the staff when you book a room.

How about In-house Facilities?

There are 4 private family baths which you can use for free.  You need to book them in advance when you check-in.  They are open from 17:00-23:00.  Facilities tend to be outdated as this is an ancient building.  It seems that the owner wants to maintain the original condition as much as possible.  If you are the type of person who can enjoy inconveniences, you should stay here.  Then Ryokan Inn Yoshida-sanso is not a universal design.  If you bring people with weak feet, I wouldn’t recommend it.  There is no lift and there are some steps on-site.  Also, there is no vending machine for drinks.  There is no convenience store within 5min walking distance.  You might want to buy your necessities before coming here.
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How about meals?

This is one of the well-known auberge ryokans.  Kyoto-style kaiseki food experience for dinner and breakfast was good.  It may be challenging for the western palate.  The food tends to be very authentic.  The taste was mediocre though the food presentation was beautiful.  All meals are served in a banquet hall on 1F.  Dinner starts from 17:00-19:00.  Breakfast starts from 8:00-9:00.  *Please note that if you order meals, you need to inform staff by 5 days before.  Also, inform the staff when you book a room with meals if you have any food allergies.  Then, as far as I know, there is no restaurant within 10min walk distance around here so you need to go to the Gion area by taxi.  There are many options for meals around Gion.  It takes just 10min by car.  It costs around 1,000JPY.

My impressions

The landlady tends to be frank, elegant, and very sociable.  She welcomed us with warmth and we didn’t feel like we were checking in a ryokan, it’s like we were being welcome back home.  Overall, the property would be one of the most expensive in Kyoto, but if you want to experience “Pure Japan”, it well worth staying here.  Anyway, the property has a variety of events all year round, such as wedding parties, tea parties, and family gatherings, etc., among local people.  There are many visitors in the daytime during the busy season.  Then the best season to stay here would be in spring or fall.  You can view a stunning traditional garden while chilling out at a room.  It will be your best memory.  Have a nice trip!  Welcome to receive any questions about the ryokan from the below space.  Check Availability and Pricing for the ryokan on Booking.com or Agoda

Info about Ryokan Inn Yoshida-sanso

Style Historical Auberge Ryokan
Check-in and out times
16:00/10:00
Estimated Price 50,000 JPY for 2 adults per room
Contact E-mail
ask@yoshidasanso.com
Internet Connection Free wifi in some rooms
Facility Information Wheelchairs are not available
Pets are not allowed
The free parking lot is available
*Need to book it in advance 

Location Ryokan Inn Yoshida-sanso’s MAP
Access 25min by TAXI from Kyoto Station
Address and TEL 606-8314 Kyoto Sakyo-Ku Yoshida
Shimooji-cho 59-1  
Tel +81 75-771-6125
Official Homepage Ryokan Inn Yoshida-sanso’s HP

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