Yasaka Yutone Kyokoyado

Yasaka Yutone Kyokoyado

What kind of small ryokan is Yasaka Yutone Kyokoyado?

The ryokan is popular all year round, but with only seven rooms, it is difficult to book a room. Especially in spring and fall. I’d really like to keep it a secret, but I’ll tell you :)) The small ryokan is like a hideaway for adults. It is located in a corner of a stone-paved narrow street that is typical of Kyoto, and if you are not careful, the entrance to the ryokan may seem like it would be easy to pass by, but once you enter the ryokan, you will find yourself in a quiet and calm space, away from the noise of the outside world.

Whenever I visit, I am always greeted by the lovely proprietress and staff with warm smiles. It makes me feel happy to be able to stay here again. It’s an ideal place for solo travelers and couples who want to spend a quiet time. Yasaka Yutone Kyokoyado emphasizes private experiences for each guest. *The property has a minimum age requirement of 6 applies.

The inside is gently decorated with Japanese accessories and flowers, creating a simple but relaxing ambiance. In the hallway, the floor is covered with Japanese straw mats called tatami, which makes it easy to walk on and feels like it gently wraps your tired feet.

Then the location is very much Kyoto. You won’t need to use public transportation here and there during your stay. The area around the ryokan is dotted with many attractive tourist spots within walking distance. Walking along the traditional houses and narrow alleys will make you feel excited. You’ll feel like you’ve gone back in time and become a samurai.

Then this is one of the popular gourmet ryokans. If you like Japanese food, I would recommend having dinner here. Very sophisticated Japanese food is served here. I’m always amazed at the originality of the dishes.

At night, the surrounding temples and gardens are lit up, creating a mysterious and solemn atmosphere. After dinner, be sure to go for a walk. You can see Kyoto in a different light than during the day.

If I had to pick a drawback, it would be the small size of the inn and the small rooms. Also, it is a traditional two-story wooden building, so the view from the window will not be anything special. If you prefer a hotel with a large, open space and a good view, this is not the place for you.
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Is the location easy to access?

The location is not great access to public transportation, but if you take a taxi, it’s easy from Kyoto Station.  It takes less than 10min and costs around JPY1,000.

Most of the cab drivers wouldn’t know about this ryokan. Please show the address and TEL No. in the below Japanese as they can enter the phone number into the car navigation system to confirm the destination.

京小宿 八坂 ゆとね
〒605-0824 京都府京都市東山区南町413
075 533 6226

It takes 20 to 25min on foot from Kiyomizu-Gojo Station, Gion-Shijo Station, or Kyoto-Kawaramachi Station.

Then there is no parking lot. You will have to park at a nearby coin-operated parking lot. It costs around JPY3,000 per day. If you are visiting by car, it is best to let the staff know in advance. They will be able to reserve a parking space for you.

Rooms I would recommend?

If you are going to stay here, I would recommend a room with a small traditional garden called KURUMI on 1F.  It’s truly tasteful.

Then when we stayed in 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, functional, and comfortable.  There is no nice view from the property.  For the location, I can’t complain more.

Then there is no communal bath in-house, but each room has a Japanese cypress wooden bathtub. The bath is a relaxing experience with the scent of cypress.

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.  There are L’Occitane bath amenities and POLA skincare products in the bathroom. There are two kinds of pillows available. On the bed, there was a bath set with a bathrobe and towel wrapped in traditional Japanese wrapping paper. It’s unique Japanese hospitality. Also, a humidifier is placed in each room.  Room service is not available.   The free WiFi reception was good on-site. There is a convenience store nearby.

How about In-house Facilities?

This is not a universal design.  If you bring someone with weak legs, you may want to request a room on 1F.  Unluckily there is no lift. The stairs to the second floor are narrow. I would recommend a room with a small garden or a room with a view of the Yasaka Tower.

Then there is a small cozy library lounge on B1.  Complimentary coffee, tea, and sweets, etc., are available.  You can chill out in the lounge while drinking and eating.
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How about meals?

The food would be equivalent to Michelin 1 or 2 stars. The dishes are beautiful to the eye and delicious to the taste buds, served in dishes that reflect the four seasons of Kyoto.

After an early morning stroll around the quiet Kiyomizu Temple, breakfast is even better when you return to the ryokan.

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 it on that day.

There are many restaurants if you go to the nearby Gion area but if you stay here, you may want to try dinner and breakfast.  It’s truly worth it.

*If you have dinner at the property, you need to check in by 20:00.
**Dinner is not offered on Wednesdays only.

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My impressions

The Kyoto machiya-style ryokan is warm and wonderful more than you expect. The hospitality, service, amenities, and Japanese food are excellent while retaining the qualities of a small ryokan. I’m sure you don’t want to tell anyone about this place either.

By the way, this ryokan has two sister inns in Kyoto Prefecture. One is called Muromachi Yutone Kyokoyado near Kyoto station and the second called Kyo Yunohana Resort Suisen is about 40 minutes away from Kyoto Station. The second is a ryokan with a hot spring in the countryside, so the atmosphere is so much different. If you are a hot spring lover, you may want to visit this onsen ryokan too.

At last, you can leave your luggage here before or after check-in. You can also arrange for your luggage to be delivered to Kyoto Station called Carry service if you ask before 10:00 AM, so you can go sightseeing without carrying your luggage.

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 machiya-style ryokan
Check-in and out times
Estimated Price 45,000 JPY for 2 adults per room
Contact to the ryokan Fill the form in
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.

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