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Momijiya of Takao Kyoto
616-8289 Kyoto, Kyoto, Ukyo-ku Umegahata Nishinohatamachi2 , Japan – Excellent location – show map
Excellent location – rated 9.2/10! (score from 24 reviews)
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A quiet traditional Japanese inn along the Kiyotakigawa River, Momojiya of Takao offers Japanese-style rooms with forest views, public baths with mountain views and free wired internet in public areas.
Rooms feature tatami-mat flooring and paper sliding doors. They are fitted with a TV and a fridge, and come with a seating area and a private bathroom.
Guests at Takao Momijiya inn can unwind in semi-outdoor baths with nature views, which can be reserved for private use. They can relax in the cafe of the souvenir shop.
The restaurant at Momijiya of Takao serves local cuisine, specializing in seasonal dishes. During the summer seasons, meals are offered at the kawadoko, an outdoor deck next to the river, where Maiko performance is available.
The Momojiya of Takao is a 4-minute walk away from Saimyo-ji Temple, and a 10-minute walk from Kozan-ji Temple. Hanazono Station is a 15-minute drive away while JR Kyoto Station is a 40-minute drive.
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.
Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 9.4 for a two-person trip.
Most popular amenities
3 reasons to choose Momijiya of Takao Kyoto
Jingo-ji Temple0.2 miles
Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple1.8 miles
Daikaku-ji Temple1.9 miles
Nonomiya Shrine2.6 miles
Arashiama Bamboo Grove2.7 miles
Tenryu-ji Temple2.8 miles
Ninna-ji Temple2.8 miles
Kinkaku-ji Temple3.3 miles
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine3.9 miles
Nijo Castle5.1 miles
Katsura Imperial Villa5.4 miles
Imperial Palace5.5 miles
Kyoto International Manga Museum5.7 miles
Kyoto Shigaku Kaikan Conference Hall6.1 miles
Old Rissei Elementary School6.5 miles
Samurai Kembu Kyoto6.6 miles
Gion Shijo Station6.6 miles
Train Saga Arashiyama Station2.6 miles
Train Torokko Arashiyama Station2.7 miles
Train Keifuku Arashiyama Station2.8 miles
Itami Airport23 miles
Kobe Airport38.8 miles
Kansai International Airport49.3 miles
Most popular amenities
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Until 10:00 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 not allowed.
Crib and extra bed policies
There's no capacity for cribs at this property.
This property doesn't offer extra beds.
The minimum age for check-in is 18
Momijiya of Takao Kyoto accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.
Pets are not allowed.
The fine print
Guests with meal plans must check in by 19:30 to eat dinner at the property. Guests who check in after this time may not be served dinner, and no refund will be given.
Please note meals are only offered at the kawadoko between 09 June and 23 September 2018.
Free shuttle service from the following stations to the hotel are available upon request. Operating hours are:
From JR Hanazono Station: 15:10, 16:10, 17:10
From Uzumasa Tenjingawa Subway Station (Exit 1): 15:00, 16:00, 17:00
Please inform Momijiya of Takao Kyoto of your expected arrival time in advance. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly using the contact details in your confirmation.
An accommodation tax per person, per night is not included in the price and must be paid at the property.