Yuzuya Ryokan

If you are looking for an authentic Japanese ryokan adventure in Kyoto, I really think 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.  If you are going to stay here, I would highly recommend booking a room with a Japanese cypress wooden bathtub.  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 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.  Then there is no room with western beds on tatami mats.  If you feel awful when you sleep on Japanese-style mattresses in tatami rooms, you might want to request two mattress layers in advance.  Then the free wifi reception was good in our room.  Also, the building is not a universal design.  There are some steep steps and no lift.  If you bring people with weak feet, I wouldn’t recommend Yuzuya Ryokan.  Then it seems that the traditional wooden building has no latest facilities, no soundproofing, and no hot spring in-house.  Some rooms are facing the busy street.  If you close windows, it won’t be that much problem, though.  Then there are small communal yuzu baths in-house.  They are open from 15:00-24:00.  *If you have tattoos, you may not be permitted to use the public bathing area.   Then 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.  Then the staff tends to be patchy.  If you expect a 5-star hotel service, this is not.  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.  Then access to the property 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 it’s not great access to public transportation.  Overall, Yuzuya Ryokan tends to be very unique.  Then some people said that it would be pricey but this is Gion, a very special place with a long history in Japan.  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 as 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 the property 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
Guest Rating Superb 9.0
Estimated Price 52,634 JPY for 2 adults per room 
 Contact to the ryokan   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