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Ryokan Inn Yoshida-sanso
606-8314 Kyoto, Kyoto, Sakyo-ku Yoshida Shimooji-cho 59-1, Japan – Excellent location – show map
Excellent location – rated 9.4/10! (score from 9 reviews)
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Formerly a royal residence, Ryokan Inn Yoshida-sanso features Japanese-style rooms with a prime view of the Daimonji festival’s mountain bonfires in summer (Gozan no Okuribi), free Wi-Fi and a dining room. The inn features a tea salon and Kyoto cuisine.
Rooms overlook Kyoto’s eastern mountains, and have a serene interior with sliding shoji paper screens, a tatami (woven-straw) floor and a seating area with a table and chairs. A variety of amenities include Japanese leisure wear and a skin moisturizer set. Guests sleep in traditional futon bedding, and shared bathroom facilities are for private use.
Guests at Japanese-style hotel Yoshida-sanso can relax in the soothing public bath, or reserve it for private use. They can take a stroll in the beautiful garden, or browse the souvenir shop for local products. Free parking is available.
A Japanese breakfast and fine Kyoto-style cuisine in a multi-course dinner are served in a private dining room, or the guest room’s dining room. Japanese tea and sweets can be enjoyed at Tea Salon Shinko-kan.
Ryokan Inn Yoshida-sanso is a 5-minute walk from Yoshida Jinja Shrine, a 10-minute walk from Kyoto University and a 17-minute walk from Heian Jinja Shrine. Nijo-jo Castle is a 15-minute drive, and Kyoto Train Station is a 19-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 9.2 for a two-person trip.
Your stay will include:
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4 reasons to choose Ryokan Inn Yoshida-sanso
Restaurant おめん 銀閣寺0.5 miles
Mountain 大文字山0.6 miles
Mountain 哲学の道0.4 miles
Mountain 銀閣寺0.5 miles
Itami Airport25.7 miles
Kobe Airport41.7 miles
Kansai International Airport50.9 miles
Open for: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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4:00 PM - 9:00 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 over 12 are welcome.
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Crib and extra bed policies
There's no capacity for cribs at this property.
This property doesn't offer extra beds.
No age restriction for check-in. (Only children 12 and up are allowed)
Ryokan Inn Yoshida-sanso 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
Only 2 or more guests allowed per room. Guests traveling alone cannot be accommodated.
Children under 13 years old cannot be accommodated.
Please make sure to bring your credit card that you used for the booking.
Mealtimes are fixed. Breakfast can be served from any time between 08:00 and 09:00. Dinner can be served from any time between 17:00 and 19:00.
An accommodation tax per person, per night is not included in the price and must be paid at the property.