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616-8385 Kyoto, Kyoto, Ukyo-ku Saga Tenryuji Susukinobaba-cho 34, Japan – Excellent location – show map
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Located along the Katsura River in the western part of Kyoto, Arashiyama Benkei offers traditional Japanese accommodations with indoor and outdoor natural hot spring baths. The rooms are fitted with tatami (woven-straw) flooring and futon bedding, and guests can enjoy in-room dinners while wearing yukata robes.
Japanese-style rooms feature a TV, a fridge and an electric kettle are provided in the room, along with free green tea bags.
Benkei Arashiyama is located a 5-minute walk from Keifuku Arashiyama Station and a 15-minute walk from JR Saga Arashiyama Station. JR Kyoto Station is a 25-minute train ride. Popular tourist attractions like Nijo-jo Castle and Kinkaku-ji Temple can be reached within a 20-minute train ride. Free shuttle buses to the nearest station run every morning.
Delicately prepared multi-course dinner is served in the guest room with a Nakai (personal attendant) service. Japanese breakfast can be enjoyed at the large dining room with other guests.
The ryokan offers karaoke and massage facilities at extra charge. Photocopiers and drink vending machines are available.
This property is a ryokan, which is a type of traditional Japanese Inn. Learn more
- What's a ryokan?
- A ryokan is a traditional Japanese inn. They usually feature bathhouses, multicourse dinners, communal spaces where guests can relax, and rooms with woven-straw flooring and futon mats. Like hotels, a range of ryokans (from budget to luxury) is available. What originated centuries ago as a free rest house for long-distance travelers has evolved into a popular destination for relaxation surrounded by therapeutic mineral springs.
- What are the big differences between a ryokan and a hotel?
- Unlike a hotel, where the guest room is just a place to turn in for the night, a ryokan is more than just a place to sleep. In Japan, many travelers journey long distances to relax in a hot spring bath and feast on a traditional multicourse dinner – staying in a ryokan is an experience in and of itself. These ryokans typically have Japanese-style rooms with woven-straw floors and futon beds (no Western beds and carpeting). You should also remove your shoes at the entrance of the room, or before you enter it. Modern ryokans might serve buffet-style meals in a dining area, while more traditional ryokans tend to serve in-room dinners. Some ryokan rooms have a private bathroom, and others might just have a shared bathroom.
- What's a kaiseki meal?
- Kaiseki is the culinary highlight at a ryokan, embodying beautifully presented dishes that delight both the palate and the eyes. Every one of the 10 to 15 dishes that make up the multicourse Japanese dinner is prepared in a way that highlights the unique textures, colors, and flavors of featured seasonal ingredients and local specialties. Most commonly served at special restaurants and ryokans, a traditional kaiseki dinner usually consists of bite-size appetizers, fresh sashimi (raw fish, like sushi), soup, grilled fish or meat, a hot-pot dish, rice with miso soup, and a small dessert.
- What's a yukata?
- A yukata is a casual summer kimono or robe, typically made of light cotton. Many ryokans provide guests with yukata robes during their stay. In some areas, it's common to see guests strolling through the neighborhood in their yukatas. The loose-fitting garment is perfect for sleeping and relaxing in.
- How should I wear a yukata?
- First, put your arms through the sleeves like you would with a robe. Take the right side of the yukata and wrap it across your body. Then, take the left side and wrap it over the right, making sure that the robe is level at your ankles. Pinning the yukata closed on the right side, wrap the sash around your waist a couple of times and then tie a bow. Generally, the bow is tied around the waist for women, and the hips for men.
- What's a Japanese hot spring (onsen)?
- Onsen (literally "hot spring") is a term often used to refer to both the mineral-rich hot springs and the bathing facilities that house them. Whether the bath is public or private, gender-segregated or mixed, indoor or outdoor, soaking and unwinding in the soothing geothermal waters at an onsen is a millennia-old custom deeply embedded in Japanese culture.
- What's standard bathing etiquette?
- At a bathhouse—onsen or not—guests are expected to remove all clothing in their respective changing rooms before entering the bathing area. As a common courtesy, once inside the bathing area, guests should wash and rinse their bodies thoroughly before quietly stepping into the hot water. Whether you relax in solitude or converse softly with others is up to you, but guests should always be mindful of others. Wash towels are often used to cover one’s private areas while walking around. However, note that you should not put towels in the water.
- Why are tattoos not allowed?
- While tattoos have become more popular among Japan's youth, many Japanese people still associate them with outlaws and organized crime. Nowadays, not all businesses ban customers with tattoos, but you might still be refused admission to bathhouses and swimming pools. Small tattoos can be covered up using waterproof bandaids, but keep in mind that each property has the final say on what’s acceptable.
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- What time are the communal baths available?The public baths are available from 15:00 right after the check-in time. The opening time is from 15:00 to 00:00 midnight and 06:00 to 10:00.Answered on June 25, 2020
- When it says pay for 2 people but includes 2 normal beds and 2 futons can 4 people stay the night?Unfortunately, if the plan says "for 2 people", only 2 people can stay.Answered on April 28, 2020
- Do you cater for any allergy or food preferences?We do make special meal arrangement for allergy and food restrictions on condition that the requests are made in advance (at least 3 days before).Answered on June 25, 2020
- What time do I have to arrive for dinner?The starting time for dinner can be chosen either 18:00 or 19:00. To prepare the dinner well for you, you are recommended to arrive by 18:30.Answered on June 25, 2020
- We have a family of 6. If we book for 1x Japanese Style Superior Room and 1x Family Suite... Is it possible for us to breakfast and dinner for 6 to b..We will serve meals in an another private room if you book 2 rooms more. Please note Japanese Style Room is in the main building, and Family Suite is ..Answered on February 12, 2021
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3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
7:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodations type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check what conditions apply to your preferred room.
Children & Beds
Children of all ages are welcome.
Children 18 and above are considered adults at this property.
To see correct prices and occupancy info, add the number and ages of children in your group to your search.
Crib and extra bed policies
Cribs and extra beds aren't available at this property.
No age restriction
There's no age requirement for check-in
Arashiyama Benkei accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.
Smoking is not allowed.
Pets are not allowed.
The fine print
Free shuttle busses to the nearest station leave the property at 09:00 and 09:30.
Guests with a tattoo may not be permitted to enter public bathing areas and other public facilities.
A private-use bath is available at an extra charge on a first-come first-served basis.
Please note that child rate applies to children between the ages of 5-12. Guests traveling with children must indicate the number of children in the special request box at the time of booking. For more information, please contact the property directly.
Guests arriving after check-in hours must inform the property in advance. If the property is not informed, the booking may be treated as a no show. Contact details can be found on the booking confirmation.
An accommodation tax per person, per night is not included in the price and must be paid at the property.
FAQs about Arashiyama Benkei
Arashiyama Benkei is 4.3 miles from the center of Kyoto.
Arashiyama Benkei offers the following activities/services (charges may apply):
- Hot spring bath
- Open-air bath
- Public Bath
Check-in at Arashiyama Benkei is from 3:00 PM, and check-out is until 11:00 AM.
The prices at Arashiyama Benkei may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates, hotel's policy etc.). To see prices, enter your dates.
Room options at Arashiyama Benkei include: