Yasaka Yutone Kyokoyado




If you want to get much of an immersive “Japanese traditional experience”, I would highly recommend this small ryokan.  The location is truly amazing.  There are only 7 rooms.  Perhaps if this is your first time staying at ryokans, you must stay there.  You won’t regret your decision.  On the other hand, if you are looking for modern hotels around there, I would rather recommend Saka Hotel Kyoto or Hotel The Celestine Kyoto Gion.  Yasaka Yutone would be great for couples or solo travelers, not family with small kids.  *A minimum age requirement of 6 applies.  The ambience is serene, tranquil, and relaxed.  All rooms tend to be cramped but cozy, charming, and functional.  Also there is no hot spring on-site but a Japanese cypress wood bathtub is installed in each room.  Then if you are going to stay here, I would highly recommend booking a room with an inner traditional small garden called KURUMI on 1F.  That’s truly tasteful.  When we stayed at the room on 1F, our ears sometimes caught footsteps from the upstairs.  The wooden traditional building wouldn’t have the latest soundproofing.   It was not so a big issue, though.  If you mind it, you may want to request a room on 2F.  Then the property is not universal design.  If you bring people with weak feet, you may want to request a room on 1F as you don’t need to go up the stairs.  Unluckily there is no lift.  Then all of the amenities are taken care of including toiletries, yukatas, pajamas, bathrobes, a Japanese tea set, a coffee machine with capsules, a complimentary minibar, etc.  Also a humidifier is placed in each room.  Room service is not available.  There is a convenience store nearby.  Wifi reception was good on-site.  Then there is a small cozy library lounge.  Complimentary coffee, tea, sweets etc., is available.  You can chill out there while drinking and eating.  That’s the precious time.  Then Kyoto-style authentic kaiseki food for dinner is surprisingly awesome.  The food would be equivalent of Michelin 1 or 2 stars.  If you are a gourmet, you must try it.  All meals are served in a restaurant.  *Please note that inform staff when you book a room with meals if you have any food allergies or dietary needs.  They probably wouldn’t be able to prepare it if you request on that day.  Actually, there are many restaurants around there but if you stay at the property, you must have dinner and breakfast.  It’s truly worth it.  *If you have dinner there, you need to check in by 20:00.  *Dinner is not offered on Wednesdays.  Then all staff tends to be sophisticated, warm, and proactive.  If you want to feel specific-Japanese hospitality with personal touch, you must stay here.  If you cannot find an English speaker at the front desk, you might want to write on paper what you want to say.  Most of staff would understand English sentences.  I hope you wouldn’t mind it.  I’m sure they would do their best.  Perhaps, if you have specific requests, you might want to inform staff of it in advance by e-mail.  Then the location is absolutory perfect within walking distance of Gion, Kiyomizu Temple, Kodaiji Temple, Maruyama Park etc.  You wouldn’t need to travel far during your stay there.  You would feel like you travel back in time when you are taking a walk around here.  You may feel like being a SAMURAI !  There are many paved narrow stone paths around the property which create a great historical atmosphere.  Then, the best season to stay there would be all year round.  Actually I wouldn’t recommend visiting Kyoto in the summer season only.  Because it’s much hotter and muggier than Tokyo.  However if you want to enjoy summer festivals in Gion in July, you must stay there.  At last, an access to the property wouldn’t be convenient if this is your first visit.  You may want to get a TAXI from Kyoto Station.  It takes 15min by car.  It costs around 1,000JPY. 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 Booking.com or Agoda

Info about Yasaka Yutone Kyokoyado

Style Modern Traditional Japanese Ryokan
Guest Rating Superb 9.0
Estimated Price 45,360 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
Parking lot is not available
Location Yasaka Yutone Kyokoyado’s MAP
Access  15min by TAXI from JR Kyoto Sation
Address and TEL Kodaiji Sagaru Minami-machi 413,
Shimokawahara-dori, Higashiyama-ku,
Kyoto 605-0824  Tel +81 75-533-6226
Official Homepage Yasaka Yutone Kyokoyado’s  HP

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