Sumiya Kihoan Ryokan

What kind of onsen ryokan is Sumiya Kihoan Ryokan?

This is a cozy ryokan with hot springs in Kyoto.  If you are looking for rooms with private hot springs in Kyoto, I would recommend it.  There are some wonderful rooms with private ones.  On the other hand, if this is your first visit to Kyoto, I wouldn’t recommend it.  The location is a little far away from central Kyoto.  It takes around 40min from Kyoto Station.  You might want to stay in Kyoto city.  Perhaps if you are not so keen on hot springs, this is not.  The property would be great for couples, families, solo travelers, or small groups.  The ambiance is tranquil, serene, and cozy.  There are 27 rooms only.
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Is the location easy to access?

Yes, it would be easy from Kyoto Station.  Free shuttle service is available from JR Kameoka Station or Torokko Kameoka Station.  You need to book it in advance.  It takes 20-30min by car.  Refer to the below time schedule.  Alternatively, you can take a taxi from JR Kameoka Station.  It costs around JPY2,000.
*From JR Kameoka Station at 14:50, 15:50, 16:50 or 17:50.
*From Torokko Kameoka Station on the Sagano Romantic Train at 15:35, 16:35 or 17:35.

Rooms I would recommend?

If you are going to stay here, I would recommend rooms with private outdoor hot springs.  The spring quality is simply wonderful.  The water temperature is a bit lukewarm.  You can chill out in your private bath whenever you like.  Then, it seems that some rooms are facing the road.  If you are a light sleeper, your ear may catch some noise at night.  You might want to request a quiet room in advance when you book.  If you don’t want to sleep on Japanese-mattresses in tatami rooms, you should book rooms with twin beds.

How about toiletries & in-room amenities?

All of the amenities are taken care of including enough toiletries, yukatas, a Japanese tea set, and herb tea bags, etc.  Also, a humidifier was placed in our room.  Room service is available.  Free Wifi reception was good in our room.  I noticed that there was a computer at the front desk to use someone.   Then Sumiya Kihoan Ryokan is child-friendly.   The staff provides meals, tableware, and yukatas for small children.

How about In-house Facilities?

There are wonderful outdoor and indoor communal hot springs.  They are open from 15:00 to 10:00 the following morning.  Also, there is a private family hot spring.  It’s open from 15:30-22:00.  It costs 3,240JPY for 45min.  You need to book it in advance.   It takes 5min on foot from the main building.  *Please note that if you have tattoos and want to use the communal baths, use the reserved private family bath, or book a room with a private hot spring.  Then Sumiya Kihoan Ryokan is not a universal design.  If you bring people with weak feet, you may want to find others.   Then there are vending machines for drinks in-house.  There is no convenience store nearby.  You may want to buy your necessities before coming here.  Also, there is a cozy library lounge, a spa treatment shop, and a souvenir shop.
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How about meals?

Kyoto style kaiseki food using lots of local fresh ingredients for dinner and breakfast was wonderful.  Basically all meals are served in a dining area.  If you bring small children, they are served in your room.  Also if you stay at rooms with private hot springs, you can request meals served in your room.  After dinner, some rice balls were offered for a night snack.  *Please note that inform the staff when you book a room with meals if you have any food allergies or dietary needs.  They probably wouldn’t be able to offer alternative food if you request on that day.  Then you may want to book a room with meals.  The location is out of the way.  There is no restaurant around the property.

My impressions

All staff was friendly, helpful, and proactive but they tend to be not sophisticated.  If you expect 5-star hotel service, this is not.  It seems that there is a shortage of staff during the busy seasons, such as Lunar New Year, late April to early May, weekend in Oct and Nov, and the end of the year and New Year holiday.  If you want to relax in a tranquil atmosphere, you may want to avoid staying during the above periods.  Overall, the price range would be reasonable.  If relaxation is your main purpose, the onsen ryokan would be one of the best.  Have a nice trip!  Welcome to receive any questions about the property from the below space.  Check Availability and Pricing for the onsen ryokan on Agoda

Info about Sumiya Kihoan Ryokan

Style Modern Japanese Ryokan
Check-in and out times
15:00/11:00
Estimated Price 34,644 JPY for 2 adults per room
Contact E-mail Fill the form in
Internet Connection Free wifi in the ryokan
Facility Information Wheelchairs are not available
Pets are not allowed
The free parking lot is available
Location Sumiya Kihoan Ryokan’s MAP
Access Free shuttle service from Kameoka Sta.
or Torokko Kameoka Sta.
Address and TEL   Yunohana Onsen, Kameoka city,
Kyoto 621-0036  Tel +81-771-22-7722   
Official Homepage Sumiya Kihoan Ryokan’s HP

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