Yuzuya Ryokan
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Yuzuya Ryokan

545 Gionmachi Minamigawa, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0074 Kyoto Prefecture
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4.5
#30 of 191 ryokans in Kyoto
4.8 of 5 bubbles
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4.7 of 5 bubbles
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4.6 of 5 bubbles
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3.9 of 5 bubbles
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Looking for a place to stay in Kyoto? Then look no further than Yuzuya Ryokan, a charming ryokan that brings the best of Kyoto to your doorstep.

Guest rooms offer a flat screen TV, air conditioning, and a refrigerator, and Yuzuya Ryokan makes getting online easy as free wifi is available.

You can also take advantage of some of the amenities offered by the ryokan, including a concierge, a chapel, and newspaper. In addition, guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant during their visit.

Nearby landmarks such as Kodai-ji Temple (0.3 mi) and Philosopher's Walk (1.6 mi) make Yuzuya Ryokan a great place to stay when visiting Kyoto.

Kyoto has plenty of Asian restaurants. So when you’re here, be sure to check out popular spots like Kikunoi, Sushi no Musashi JR Kyoto Station 8-jo Entrance, and Guilo Guilo Hitoshina, which are serving up some great dishes.

Plus, during your trip, don't forget to check out a waterfall, such as Otonashi no Taki Fall.

We’re sure you’ll enjoy your stay at Yuzuya Ryokan as you experience everything Kyoto has to offer.

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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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Chapel / shrine
Shoeshine
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Non-smoking hotel
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Safe
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Refrigerator
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545 Gionmachi Minamigawa, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0074 Kyoto Prefecture
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Arman R wrote a review Oct 2023
Great Neck, New York118 contributions95 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is the first time me and my wife stayed in a Ryokan. Yuzuya Ryokan is a small traditional Japanese hotel next door to the Yasaka Jinja Honden Temple. The Ryokan is about 20 minute drive from the Shinkansen bullet train from Tokyo. Once we arrived the host welcomed us and took our luggage up the long rocky staircase. Our room was very private, they provided kimonos fir us to wear at the hotel. They encouraged us to wear our kimonos to breakfast and dinner. Our stay included breakfast and dinner which were both amazing traditional Japanese breakfast and dinner. Our room was also a traditional Japanese room with tatami mats. The room had no real bed. At night they would set up cushions on the tatami mats which were surprisingly very comfortable. The hotel also had a beautiful garden in the middle of it. They also had a his and hers hot bath/tub on the first floor. I highly recommend everyone to experience a Ryokan.
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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ElatiorG wrote a review Oct 2023
Singapore, Singapore87 contributions54 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The location of Yuzuya Ryokan was superb, which was strategically positioned right beside the Yasaka Shrine. As such, you could visit the Yasaka Shrine anytime, which looked exceptionally beautiful at night.

The staffs were helpful and great attention were paid to every single detail during the stay, from the daily floral arrangement in the room to the meal arrangement. The staffs displayed great professionalism and hospitality.
I enjoyed my stay tremendously and would definitely recommend my friends and family to stay with Yuzuya Ryokan should they be visiting Kyoto in the future.
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Date of stay: October 2023
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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DarcyVictoria wrote a review Feb 2020
Victoria, Canada93 contributions73 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This beautiful Ryokan is right in Kyoto’s Gion district. We wandered around and happened on incredible temples and shrines. There are restaurants everywhere!
We loved the workers- so incredibly friendly and helpful!
It is really difficult to find this place on your own because it’s just a sliding wooden door with only Japanese characters on the front. Open those doors to a tranquil rock staircase to another world!
This is what I picture the Japan of the past Rich in tradition.
We loved wearing our yakatas to meals, and just to lounge in. We found the futons very comfortable. Our wooden tub with the yuzu fruits to add scent was so peaceful and tranquil.
We did spring for a 9 course keiseki dinner- amazing! Beautiful! But also a little challenging for me to eat. So beautifully presented!
The breakfasts were also an experience. Loved them. But after the first day, I opted to only have a croissant and coffee. My husband had the Japanese breakfasts and they were delicious and beautiful. I just can’t eat that volume in the morning.
The Yuzuya was the highlight of our trip to Japan. Just wonderful!
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Marissa P wrote a review Nov 2022
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
It’s a prime location, right next to the Yasaka West Tower Gate. I think Google Maps lead me to a parking lot, so good to note. We got in early and checked in our bags to storage, and went to visit Nishiki Market and then Kiyomizu-dera before heading back around 3P.

They asked me during checkin what times I wanted to eat and if I had any food preferences. I was pleasantly surprised by this as I was planning to give anything I couldn’t eat to my boyfriend, but they made a menu just for my food preference and it was ALL delicious! Highly recommend the dinner (and allocate 2,5 hours for it since it’s multiple courses) and then visit the public bath on your way back to your room to sleep off the best meal ever. Wear the Yukata to dinner.

As we checked out, he was nice enough to walk my luggage down the stairs and even hailed us a taxi. GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE.
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Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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BeHappy wrote a review May 2023
Singapore, Singapore19 contributions2 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Lovely Ryokan with a great location in Gion. Excellent service from Kanji-san and the entire team. The staff were all so friendly and welcoming. We enjoyed the Keiseki dinner - delicious food with amazing presentation. And breakfast was such a delight - especially the Yuzu porridge. The ryokan is well maintained with nicely landscaped courtyard gardens and water features. Very charming place. Highly recommend if you are looking for a ryokan experience.
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Date of stay: May 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Patricia G wrote a review Jul 2023
12 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A lovely tucked away Ryokan next to Yasaka-jinja Shrine. The atmosphere is peaceful and traditional. It was truly and experience of old Japan. The meals were 5 star and served on beautiful antique dishes. I really appreciated a refreshing onsen experience with floating limes. Highly recommend. We rented kimono from Kimonorental Yumekyoto
for the day to make the experience all the more enjoyable.
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Date of stay: June 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Be very respectful of the traditional Japanese ways. Lean into the experience.
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FGTravelforlife wrote a review 2 Jun
Paris, France15 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
More traditional ryokan in an amazing location. Breakfasts were the best we had in Japan during our 10 day trip. Our room Tan was above a waterfall that really provided a nice sleep sound. Staff were also so helpful! Would stay again and a great value as well.
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Date of stay: May 2024
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Paul W wrote a review Jun 2013
Miami, Florida, United States1 contribution16 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
What can I say?

Let me start by advising that i am a very frequent business and leisure traveller.

Certainly the ryokan is 'peaceful', 'tranquil' and 'traditional'. I guess I stayed here for the same reason most people do - they are looking for an authentic experience, however I can honestly say that unless you want your experience to involve being fleeced with extortionate prices and receiving very little in return, you should look elsewhere.

The small lobby is quite attractive, with a nice view of a typical Japanese indoor garden and small waterfall, however the rooms are tiny, spartan bare and whilst traditional are uncomfortable and impractical. The fit out cost for the room was probably paid for by one month's occupancy as so little was actually in there. I was obviously expecting traditional decor, but to not even have one comfortable piece of furniture to relax after a day's walking, or even a comfortable common area isn't acceptable for the prices that are being charged.

A Japanese friend of mine told me that in Japan high prices usually run in tandem with high quality and service - I.e you get what you pay for. This seems to run true in other aspects of japan, but did not seem to be the case here. The service was no better or worse than any boutique hotel and certainly not worthy of $600 per night when so little in other amenities are on offer.

Now onto the food - i was hoping that this would make the experience something to remember, as Kyoto is known for great food in Japan. The food was really quite uninspiring and unexciting. The quality of the food was acceptable, but there were no courses that I would want to eat again and none that jump out at me when writing this a day later. Therefore we come back to the cost - $125 per head for average food - terrible value for money. We booked half board and the experience of the first night was enough for me to ask the manager for a refund on the second night's food in order for us to select a restaurant outside to eat. Initially they refused to do this, however after I had returned in the evening (around 6pm) they had agreed to refund the money for the second dinner.

Would I recommend this Ryokan? - absolutely not and only maybe if they halved the price of everything, and maybe then it may still be too much. However, I feel that you can get the same experience elsewhere at a place the fraction of the price, and save the money for some truly excellent meals in Kyoto.
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Date of stay: June 2013
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Paris M wrote a review Jun 2017
San Diego, California194 contributions67 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
This was a bit of shock to me. It was 10:30am when the beds were already removed, we have had our breakfast and there was no reason for the staff to come into our room. While my boyfriend and I were enjoying our time together, suddenly our room door were wide opened. He ran into the bathroom naked and I quickly put on a robe to investigate what the hell just had happend. I went out of the room and saw a cleaning lady in the room next door. I asked why she opened our door without a permission? she didn't make any eye contact with me nor responded to me, acted as if nothing had happened. I locked the door and began to wonder if she heard us and wanted us to stop?!!!!!

I am not familiar with japanies traditions so I am puzzled with what happed!
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Date of stay: June 2017
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zoedodger wrote a review Mar 2016
London, United Kingdom16 contributions39 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Trying to rate the Yuzuya Ryokan has been a bit of a challenge. It was my first ryokan experience, and therefore I don't feel like I have much frame of reference, but for all you ryokan neophytes out there, here was my experience.

Having come from a very (almost over-) friendly hotel, Yuzuya Ryokan presented much more of the reserved hospitality I expected to receive in Japan. The entrance is beautiful, and the common areas (reception area, dining room) are calm, tranquil and beautiful. The staff are formal but warm.

My room was perhaps less impressive. It was spacious and clean, but not necessarily comfortable (and this not only because it is very non-western, i.e., chairs on the floor, etc.). My room had a particularly poor view over a parking lot, but I suspect, as I'd got a reasonably good rate from booking.com, I undoubtedly "got what I paid for". Still, one doesn't want to think they got the dud room in an establishment. That, however, generally exhausts my negatives about Yuzuya.

On the positive side, the food was delicious, and they catered to my vegetarian status beautifully, both at breakfast and for the multi-course dinner I booked. And over the course of my stay (three nights), the staff became warmer and friendlier. Having unfortunately caught a cold during my travels, I was unexpectedly offered wonderful Yuzu infused tea twice, which was delicious and restorative, and much appreciated. Finally, the location is excellent, smack in the middle of Gion, and surrounded by some of the best sights in Kyoto.

Ryokan living is, I think, a stretch for westerners - but wonderful if you are open to it. If accommodations were animals, I think ryokans would be cats. You deal with them on their terms, not your own. They are not eager to please. But if you follow their rules, and do as you are instructed, you experience a way of living that is graceful and elegant and quite relaxing. If, however, you want endless love and catering to your own wishes, you should probably stick to dogs, and stay at the Hyatt.

Yuzuya Ryokan helped open a lovely, very Japanese, world to me, and I appreciate it. The service was gracious, the food was delicious, and location unbeatable. Just go with the flow and you'll have a lovely time.

Happy travels!
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Date of stay: March 2016Trip type: Travelled solo
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shelldashe asked a question Oct 2014
Sydney, Australia29 contributions28 helpful votes
Does anyone know if Yuzuya accepts credit card payment? (VISA and/or Mastercard?)
Answer from LaurenInTX
Austin, Texas3 contributions6 helpful votes
Yes, they accept credit cards. We had no issue at all, I believe we paid with a VISA card.
Answer from DarcyVictoria
Victoria, Canada93 contributions73 helpful votes
They are very accommodating with time but usually you reserve from 0700 to 0830. Keep in mind that breakfast is also part of an experience and can take a while, particularly the Japanese style.
そそど asked a question Oct 2016
Niigata, Japan
こちらのお宿はお部屋で喫煙できますか?
Patricia G wrote a tip Jul 2023
12 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Be very respectful of the traditional Japanese ways. Lean into the experience."
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DunTrotter wrote a tip Apr 2018
Bengaluru, India15 contributions17 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Not facing the street."
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SvdH wrote a tip Dec 2017
Frankfurt, Germany167 contributions45 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"definetely have a room in the back"
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Intheeventof wrote a tip Jul 2017
Dallas, Texas121 contributions59 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Room was quiet even though it faced the main intersection, very roomy. Room 201"
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Koray E wrote a tip Mar 2016
Fairfax, Virginia121 contributions42 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Unique breakfast experience"
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Frequently Asked Questions about Yuzuya Ryokan
Which popular attractions are close to Yuzuya Ryokan?
Nearby attractions include Geisha and Maiko Makeover Experience in Kyoto Gion Aya (0.1 miles), Kennin-ji Temple (0.3 miles), and Kodai-ji Temple (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Yuzuya Ryokan?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a concierge.
Which room amenities are available at Yuzuya Ryokan?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Yuzuya Ryokan?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Yuzuya Ryokan?
Conveniently located restaurants include Wagyu Ryotei Bungo Gion, Premium Pound Gion, and wakana.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Yuzuya Ryokan?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Japanese.
Are there any historical sites close to Yuzuya Ryokan?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine (2.5 miles), Kiyomizu-dera Temple (0.7 miles), and Sanjusangendo Temple (1.1 miles).
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