Yuzuya Ryokan

What kind of accommodation is Yuzuya Ryokan?

If you are looking for an authentic Japanese ryokan adventure in Kyoto, you should stay at Yuzuya Ryokan.  Perhaps, if you are a connoisseur of Kyoto, I would recommend it.  The surrounding environment is very much Kyoto.  On the other hand, if this is your first time visiting Kyoto, I wouldn’t recommend it.  You may feel pricey for one night’s stay.  Yuzuya Ryokan would be great for couples, business persons, small groups, or solo travelers, but not family with small children.  *A minimum age requirement of 13 applies.  The ambiance is truly special.  Once we entered the property, yuzu flavor made us so relaxed.  It’s like another world.  We felt that we were being pulled into Old-Japan.  The property is amazingly charming, quaint, and serene.
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Is the location easy to access?

Yes, it would be easy if you take a taxi.   It takes 10min from Kyoto station.  It costs around 1,000JPY.  Alternatively, it takes 15min walk from Gion-Shijo Station or Kawaramachi Station.  Actually the location is not great access to public transportation.

Rooms I would recommend?

If you are going to stay here, I would recommend rooms with Japanese cypress wooden bathtubs.  We fully relaxed in the wooden bath with Yuzu after a long day out.  Most of the rooms tend to be cramped and dark.  Also, there is no nice view, but for the location, I can’t complain more.  Then there is no room with western beds.  If you don’t want to sleep on Japanese mattresses called futon in tatami rooms, you should find others.

How about toiletries & in-room amenities?

All of the amenities are taken care of including minimum toiletries, yukatas, and a Japanese tea set, etc.  Room service is not available.  There are some convenience stores nearby.   The free wifi reception was good in our room.

How about In-house Facilities?

Yuzuya Ryokan is not a universal design.  There are some steep steps and no lift.  If you bring people with weak feet, I wouldn’t recommend it.  Then it seems that the traditional wooden building has no soundproofing.  Also, some rooms are facing the busy street.  If you are a light sleeper, you should request a quiet room.  Then there are small communal yuzu baths.  They are not hot spring.  They are open from 15:00-24:00.  *If you have tattoos, you may not be permitted to use the public bathing area.
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How about meals?

This is one of the auberge-style ryokans in Kyoto.  Kyoto-kaiseki food experience was just divine.  It may be challenging for the western palate but it’s worth trying it if you are a gourmet.   All meals are served in a dining area.  Dinner starts from 17:00-19:00.  Breakfast starts from 7:00-8:30.  *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.  Alternatively, you can go out for meals as there are many restaurants around the property.
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My impressions

The staff tends to be patchy.  If you want to experience signature Japanese hospitality, this is not.  I hope that you would be respectful of the Kyoto traditions here as it’s a very traditional ryokan.  Then the location is amazingly perfect if you love Kyoto.  There are many well-known sightseeing spots within walking distance around here.  You wouldn’t need to travel far during your stay.  Overall, Yuzuya Ryokan is very unique.  Some people said that it would be pricey but this is Gion.  The Gion has still its own prices.  This is one of the Kyoto-style customs.  At last, the best season to stay here would be in the spring or fall season because some well-known temples in Gion are illuminated at night during the seasons.  That’s really amazing.  Have a nice trip!  Welcome to receive any questions about Yuzuya Ryokan from the below space.  *All information is as of the date that I posted on my blog.  Check-in and out times 15:00/11:00  If you check-in after 19:00, you need to inform the staff of it in advance.  Check Availability and Pricing for the property on Booking.com or Agoda

Info about Yuzuya Ryokan

Style Traditional Japanese Ryokan
Check-in and out times 15:00/11:00
Estimated Price 52,634 JPY for 2 adults per room 
 Contact E-mail
 Fill the form in or yuzuya@yuzuyaryokan.com
Internet Connection  Free wifi in the ryokan
Facility Information Wheelchairs are not available
Pets are not allowed
The parking lot is not available
Location Yuzuya Ryokan’s MAP
Access approx.15min TAXI  from Kyoto Station
Address and TEL 545 Gionmachi Minamigawa, Higashiyama-Ku,
Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 605-0074  Tel +81 75-533-6369
Official Homepage Yuzuya Ryokan’s HP