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Ryokan Kyoraku is centrally located just a 7-minute walk from JR Kyoto Station's north exit. It's a 3-minute walk from Higashi Hongan-ji temple. Free Wi-Fi is available in all rooms.
All rooms have air conditioning and an LCD TV, while some are fitted with an attached bathroom.
Kyoraku Ryokan has a cosy lobby overlooking a small Japanese garden. Walls are graced with Japanese art. There is a curfew at 23:00.
Ryokan Kyoraku is a 7-minute walk from Kyoto Tower.
No meals are served at the property. There are many restaurants and convenience stores within a short walk.
Please note that rooms are cleaned from 10:00 until 15:00. Guests cannot enter their room during this time.
This property is a ryokan, which is a type of traditional Japanese Inn. Learn more
- What is a ryokan?
- A ryokan is a traditional Japanese inn. They usually feature public baths, multi-course 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 travellers has evolved into a popular destination for relaxation in therapeutic mineral springs.
- What are the major differences between a ryokan and a hotel?
- Unlike a hotel, where the guest room is simply a place to turn in for the night, a ryokan is more than just an accommodation place to sleep. In Japan, many travellers journey long distances solely for the purpose of relaxing in a hot spring bath and feasting on a traditional multi-course dinner – thus making staying at a ryokan an experience in and of itself. These ryokans typically have Japanese-style rooms with woven-straw flooring and futon beds, instead of Western beds and carpeting. In addition, you remove your shoes at the entrance of the accommodation, or before you enter the room. Modern ryokan may serve buffet-style meals in a dining area, while a more traditional ryokan serves in-room dinners. Some ryokan rooms may come with a private bathroom, while others will only have a shared public bathroom.
- What is a kaiseki meal?
- Kaiseki is the culinary highlight at a ryokan, embodied in beautifully presented dishes that delight both the palate and the eyes. Each of the 10 to 15 dishes that make up the multi-course Japanese dinner is prepared in such a way that highlights the unique textures, colours, and flavours of the featured seasonal ingredients and local specialties. Served most commonly at special restaurants and ryokan, a traditional kaiseki dinner usually consists of bite-sized appetizers, fresh sashimi (raw fish), soup, grilled fish or meat, a hot pot dish, rice with miso soup, and a small dessert.
- What is a yukata?
- Yukata is a casual summer kimono typically made of light cotton. Many ryokans offer guests yukata robes during their stay. In some areas, it is common to see guests strolling through the neighbourhood in their yukata. The loose-fitting garment is perfect for relaxing and sleeping in.
- How to wear a yukata
- First, put your arms through the sleeves like you would with a shirt. 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 levelled at your ankle. 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 is 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.
- Bathing procedures and etiquette
- At a public bath – onsen or not – guests are expected to shed all their clothes 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 must not put towels in the water.
- Why are tattoos not allowed?
- While tattoos have become more popular among the youth of Japan, many Japanese people still associate them with outlaws and organized crime. Nowadays, not all businesses ban customers with tattoos, but you may still be refused admission to public baths and swimming pools. Small tattoos may be covered up using waterproof plasters, but keep in mind that each property has the final say on what’s acceptable.
This is our guests' favourite part of Kyoto, according to independent reviews.
Couples particularly like the location — they rated it 9.4 for a two-person trip.
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- Free toiletries
- Electric kettle
- Socket near the bed
- Flat-screen TV
- Daily housekeeping
- Invoice provided
- Fire extinguishers
- CCTV outside property
- CCTV in common areas
- Smoke alarms
- Security alarm
- Key access
- 24-hour security
- Carbon monoxide detector
- Air conditioning
- Non-smoking throughout
- Upper floors accessible by elevator
15:00 - 21:00
06:30 - 10:00
Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodation type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check the conditions of your required room.
Entry to the property will be closed between the hours of 23:00 and 06:30
Children and beds
Children are not allowed.
Cot and extra bed policies
Cots and extra beds are not available at this property.
The minimum age for check-in is 18
Ryokan Kyoraku accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.
Smoking is not allowed.
Parties/events are not allowed
Guests must be quiet between 15:00 and 10:00.
Pets are not allowed.
The fine print
The hotel has a curfew at 23:00. Guests cannot enter or leave the hotel after this time.
Rooms are cleaned from 10:00 until 15:00. Guests cannot enter their room during this time.
The full amount of the reservation must be paid at check-in via credit card or cash (in Japanese Yen).
Please note that the maximum occupancy of the room cannot be exceeded under any circumstances.
Please note only staying guests are permitted entry into the guest room floor. Staying guests who lead non-staying persons into the guest room floor or any guest room will be immediately evicted from the property.
The name on the credit card used for the booking should correspond to the guest staying at the property. For reservations made by a third party, you will need to complete an authorisation form and present a copy of the person's ID and credit card.
Food & beverage services at this property may be limited or unavailable due to Coronavirus (COVID-19).
An accommodation tax per person per night is not included in the price and needs to be paid at the property.
This property will not accommodate hen, stag or similar parties.
Please inform Ryokan Kyoraku in advance of your expected arrival time. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly with the contact details provided in your confirmation.
FAQs about Ryokan Kyoraku
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Room options at Ryokan Kyoraku include:
Ryokan Kyoraku is 0.9 miles from the centre of Kyoto.
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Check-in at Ryokan Kyoraku is from 15:00, and check-out is until 10:00.