Yasaka Yutone Kyokoyado

What kind of small ryokan is Yasaka Yutone Kyokoyado?

This is my cup of tea.  If you want to get much of an immersive “Japanese traditional experience” as you expect, I would recommend it.  This is like a hideaway for adults.  The location is very much Kyoto.  There are only 7 rooms.  Yasaka Yutone Kyokoyado completely emphasizes private experiences for each guest.  Perhaps if this is your first time staying at ryokans, you should stay here.  Facilities tend to be the latest although the building is traditional.  The housekeeping is excellent.  The property would be great for couples, small groups, business persons, or solo travelers, but not family with small children.  *A minimum age requirement of 6 applies.  The ambiance is serene, tranquil, and relaxed.
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Is the location easy to access?

The location wouldn’t be a great access to public transportation, but if you take a taxi, it would be easy from Kyoto Station.  It takes 10min by car.  It costs around JPY1,000.  Alternatively, it takes 15min walk from Gion-Shijo Station or Kyoto-Kawaramachi Station.

Rooms I would recommend?

If you are going to stay here, I would recommend a room with an inner traditional small garden called KURUMI on 1F.  That’s truly tasteful.  Then when we stayed at the room on 1F, our ears sometimes caught footsteps from the upstairs.  It seems that the wooden traditional building has no latest soundproofing.  It was not a big issue, though.  If you are a light sleeper, you may want to request a room on 2F.   Then all rooms tend to be cramped but cozy, charming, and functional.  There is no nice view from the property.  For the location, I can’t complain more.  Also, there is no communal bath in-house, but each room has a Japanese cypress wooden bathtub.

How about toiletries & in-room amenities?

All of the amenities are taken care of including toiletries, yukatas, pajamas, bathrobes, a Japanese tea set, a coffee machine with capsules, and a complimentary minibar, etc.  Also, a humidifier is placed in each room.  Room service is not available.   The free WiFi reception was good on-site.

How about In-house Facilities?

Yasaka Yutone Kyokoyado is not a universal design.  If you bring people with weak feet, you may want to request a room on 1F.  Unluckily there is no lift.  Then there is a small cozy library lounge.  Complimentary coffee, tea, and sweets, etc., are available.  You can chill out at the lounge while drinking and eating.  That’s precious time.   Then there is a convenience store nearby.
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How about meals?

This is one of the gourmet ryokans in Kyoto.  Kyoto-style kaiseki food for dinner is surprisingly awesome.  The food would be equivalent to Michelin 1 or 2 stars.   All meals are served in a restaurant.  *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 prepare alternative food if you request on that day.  Actually, there are many restaurants around here but if you stay here, you should try dinner and breakfast in the property.  It’s truly worth it.  *If you have dinner in the property, you need to check-in by 20:00.  **Dinner is not offered on Wednesdays only.

My impressions

All staff tends to be friendly, warm, and proactive.  If you want to experience signature Japanese hospitality with a personal touch, you should stay here.  If you cannot find an English speaker at the reception, you might want to write on paper what you want to say.  Most of the staff would understand English sentences.  I hope you don’t mind.  Overall, the property would be reasonable.  The location is absolutely perfect if you love Kyoto.  There are many spots within walking distance, such as Gion, Kiyomizu Temple, Kodaiji Temple, and Maruyama Park, etc.  Also, there are many paved narrow stone paths around there that create a great historical atmosphere.  You wouldn’t need to travel far during your stay here.  You may feel like you travel back in time while taking a walk around here, or you may feel like being a SAMURAI!   Have a nice trip!  Welcome to receive any questions about the property from the below space.    Check Availability and Pricing for the ryokan on Booking.com or Agoda

Info about Yasaka Yutone Kyokoyado

Style Small Traditional Japanese Ryokan
Check-in and out times
14:00/11:00
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
The parking lot is not available
Location Yasaka Yutone Kyokoyado’s MAP
Access  10min 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

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