Great self contained apartment fully function kitchen with fridge and stove top. Washing marine and clothes line on balcony. Good access too east Kyoto and Gion shijo station and lots of sights close by if you have spare time. Staff are hiding as the hotel is automated but a quick email and immediately had a response, and offer to print out QR code for main door plus let us drop bags off before check in. And would very much recommend The full house cafe. next street over and handy shop very close. Love hotel next door though, at least taxis are regular. Good laugh
Nice room. Not too big, but good enough to sleep.conveniently located on top of a starbucks and a Tully's across the street. Bus stop infront of hotel and subway station one block away. Good location to see/dress up as Geisha.
"Close to everything- really in the middle of Gion"
Quiet- yet steps away the bustle of tourists on one of the most popular streets in Gion. we got a large room with a huge bathroom/bath and shower area and the beds were comfortable. My only complaint was the AC leaked on the carpet (luckily, where we did not walk) and the room would get hot and stuffy in the mornings despite the AC being on. Not a big deal though- everything else was great.
This ryokan, in the heart of Giin, was an excellent one. The staff were all pleasant and polite, especially if you can speak some Japanese. The rooms were in excellent condition an, and while I personally wasn't able to eat their breakfast or dinner while I was there, they looked delicious. The internet they offered was respectable: not fast but not slow either. Finally, the sento they had on the first floor was excellent.
As for the traditional aesthetics, I think this ryokan did very well. All the staff were wearing very nice spring kimono, which were appropriate for the season. The rooms each had three ikebana: one under the shoe box at the entrance, one in the tokonoma, and one on a side table. Of course, they had a yukata for each guest available as well as towels for the sent. It was all very nice.
As far as complaints go, the only one I have is that the futons were a little short for me. Of course I'm a big American guy so I find it hard to fault them for that.
The rooms were quite attractive, the Japanese breakfasts were excellent, the food was fresh and tasty and there was plenty of it. Some things I struggled with were, not having a bed to flop down on in the middle of the afternoon after a long walk in the heat. One had to wait until the beds were laid out at around 5 pm. After 4 days of sleeping on a thin futon
on the floor I was hanging out for a western bed. But I am 60 and not as flexible as I used to be. I really struggled with sitting on the floor for breakfast. I became so uncomfortable the second time round that I hardly ate any breakfast. I had to go and find a bakery. I feel a bit uncomfortable here as I do not wish to diss the hotel. The staff were very helpful. though some had rudimentary english. As a genuine Japanese ryokan the place was very good. as accommodation for a soft westerner it left quite a bit to be desired.