Sumiya Kihoan Ryokan

If you are looking for ryokans with hot springs in Kyoto, I really think you should stay at Sumiya Kihoan Ryokan.  Perhaps if you are looking for secret hideaways for adults in Kyoto, I would highly recommend it.  On the other hand, if this is your first visit to Kyoto, I wouldn’t recommend it.  The location is a bit far 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.  Also, Sumiya Kihoan Ryokan is child-friendly.  Staff can provide meals, tableware, and yukatas for small children.  The ambiance is tranquil, serene, and cozy.  There are 27 rooms only.  If you are going to stay here, I would highly recommend booking a room with a private outdoor hot spring.  The spring quality is simply wonderful.  The water temperature is a bit lukewarm.  You can chill out at the hot spring whenever you like.  Also, 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.  Then if you feel awful when you sleep on Japanese-style mattresses in tatami rooms, you might want to request two mattress layers in advance or book a room with western beds on tatami mats.  Then 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.  There are vending machines for drinks in-house.  There is no convenience store nearby.  You may want to buy your necessities before coming here.  Free Wifi reception was good in our room.  I noticed that there was a computer at the front desk to use someone.  Also, there is a cozy library lounge.  Then there are communal hot springs in-house.  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.  It takes 5min on foot from the main building.  You need to book it in advance.  *Please note that if you have tattoos and want to use the communal baths, use the reserved private family baths, 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 might want to inform the staff in advance as they can arrange a room near the lift.   Also, you might want to book a room with a private hot spring.  You wouldn’t need to move around once you enter your room.  The communal hot springs and reserved family ones are some distance away.  Then Kyoto style kaiseki food using lots of local ingredients for dinner and breakfast was wonderful.  If you bring small children, all meals are served in your room.  Basically they are served in a dining area, though.  If you book a room with a private hot spring, you would be able to 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 the location is out of the way.  There is no restaurant around the property.  You may want to book a room with meals.  Then all staff was friendly, helpful, and proactive but they tend to be not sophisticated.  If you expect 5-star hotel service, this is not.  Also, it seems that there is a shortage of staff during the busy seasons, such as Lunar New Year, late April to early May, weekends in 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.  Then access to the property 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.  Have a nice trip!  Welcome to receive any questions about the property from the below space.  *All information is as of the date that I posted on my blog.  Check Availability and Pricing for the ryokan on Agoda
*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. 

Info about Sumiya Kihoan Ryokan

Style Modern Japanese Ryokan
Guest Rating Fabulous 8.7
Estimated Price 34,644 JPY for 2 adults per room
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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