Traditional Kyoto Inn Serving Kyoto Cuisine IZUYASU
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Traditional Kyoto Inn Serving Kyoto Cuisine IZUYASU

272 Sasayacho, Higashinotoin Shimojuzuyamachi Agaru, Shimogyo-Ku, Kyoto 600-8156 Kyoto Prefecture
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4.5
#31 of 190 ryokans in Kyoto
4.6 of 5 bubbles
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4.7 of 5 bubbles
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4.3 of 5 bubbles
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【180 th Anniversary Greeting】Thank you for favoring us for so many years Izuyasu have reached its 180th anniversary in 2019. We thank our 650,000 guests who have visited us since inauguration. It wasn’t easy for us to do business in Kyoto, We were established in the year of starvation in 1839, followed by the Meiji Restoration, the Pacific war, burst of Japan’s economic bubble, and the Bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers. We respect our ancestors who worked through those difficulties, and at the same time, we would like to thank our guests for supporting us during those times. We believe it is our role to create a space for the people from around the world of all ages to gather and communicate through our cultures. There are still much more to work on, but we would like to continue develop through the following years to expand our food, decorations and services. Please keep us, including the staffs and our family in favor through the coming year. IZUYASU
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Hot bath
Restaurant
Taxi service
Massage
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Paid public parking nearby
Secured parking
Wifi
Breakfast available
Complimentary welcome drink
Wine / champagne
Concierge
Non-smoking hotel
Shared bathroom
Shared lounge / TV area
First aid kit
Umbrella
Room features
Air conditioning
Dining area
Housekeeping
Room service
Safe
Seating area
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Clothes rack
Room types
City view
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Classic
Quaint
Languages Spoken
English, Japanese

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272 Sasayacho, Higashinotoin Shimojuzuyamachi Agaru, Shimogyo-Ku, Kyoto 600-8156 Kyoto Prefecture
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Andrew H wrote a review Jan 2020
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
My girlfriend and I spent our first night in Kyoto at Izuyasu. Neither of us have ever had the opportunity to stay in a traditional Japanese ryokan, and I can say that all our expectations were met and exceeded.

We felt warm and cared for from the minute we stepped out of the blustery Kyoto afternoon and through the sliding paper doors into the lobby. We were offered tea and a small sweet treat while we filled out arrival paperwork. A young man with very decent English gave us a tour of our accomodations, the dining area, and the private onsens (bath rooms). The ryokan has been in business since 1839 (?) and the place has a wonderful cozy feel with modern touches (decor, appliances). Other gestures in the amenities included our personal tea set in the room, with a Thermos of hot water. We were each provided with two sets of yukata, a comfortable cotton set for sleeping and bath, and a more formal set for wearing at meals.

Speaking of meals, although we only paid for the cheapest accomodations at Izuyasu, breakfast was included. In the Japanese style, it was light with assorted vegetables, rice, miso, and egg, but very filling! All vegetarian.

We snuck in a onsen soak before they were closed for the night at 11pm. The baths are shared with a few rooms on the same floor, but have a lock on the door so they can be enjoyed privately. Hot soak relaxed our weary muscles for sure!

Overall we think a traditional ryokan stay is a must when visiting Japan, and Izuyasu is a gem among them. The owners take great pride in continuing to provide a warm traditional experience to travelers, and it shows. The price of accomodations at Izuyasu were a leap above the Airbnbs we rented the rest of our time in Japan, but I believe it was well worth it.

PS. With regards to location: We came from Osaka, and Izuyasu was an easy 10 minute walk from the Keitan train line we took. The bustling shopping districts (Gion, Nishiki) were a pleasant 20 minute walk away. We were even able to leave our large luggage with the ryokan while we wandered Kyoto after checking out.
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Date of stay: January 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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4alexnyc wrote a review Mar 2020
New York City, New York1,670 contribution302 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We've never stayed at a Ryokan and this one was recommended by a friend.

The highlight is the food. The chef is also the owner and you can feel the level of pride he has in making a great meal. Kaiseki style and everything was delicious. Breakfast was equally delicious if you enjoy a traditional Japanese (Kyoto style) breakfast.

The inn is 180 years old and while we knew what we were getting into it was a little challenging. The walls are thin and it was cold! Rooms are bit small even though we upgraded to the "Shin" room. There's an 11pm curfew because you could hear guests coming in at night so this limitation is understandable.

Overall a fun experience as long as your prepared for it.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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mmcnab585757 wrote a review Feb 2020
Tacoma, Washington1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband and I spend part of our honeymoon here and it was exceptional. Walking distance from Kyoto station, excellent restaurants, and the Kyoto market. The ryokan is included with a traditional Japanese breakfast each morning which was delicious!
We recommend for a romantic get away.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Kate J wrote a review Jan 2020
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Izuyasu was absolutely the highlight of our honeymoon in Japan. The hosts were incredibly welcoming and accommodating throughout our stay. The baths were a welcome calm after travelling from Hakata, and the room was comfortable and completely different from anywhere else we had stayed in Japan.
What can I say about the Kaiseki dinner? By far the best meal we ate in Japan, and honestly this may have been the best meal of my life. It was so expertly crafted and created with love, care and expertise. I don't know if I'll ever experience food like that again, truly once in a lifetime.
If you are a fan of design, the furniture and interior design is so beautiful, bespoke and crafted for the space. The courtyard is a lush little pocket and there are gorgeous green touches scattered through the building. I wanted to take photos of everything, it was all expertly curated.
Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: November 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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May h wrote a review Nov 2023
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
懐石料理を頼んだら遅くなくて嫌みを言われました。もう二度ときたくないです。
Don't eat the dinner.
I called the hotel to tell them we were gonna be late but the chef got upset and told us that time is important. But we had no choice with no taxi to get back. I understand but i called in advance so i didn't like that he snapped at us.
Don't be late for dinner lol
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Date of stay: November 2023
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Don't be late for dinnef especially if you're japanese lol
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rreina636231 wrote a review Jan 2020
Sydney, Australia1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A very relaxing stay; so quiet & peaceful. staff was very friendly, delicious breakfast & The bed is amazing! we really had a good night sleep! location not too far from kyoto st, only 7 mins walk. Will be back again someday for this!
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Yuki room is nice as it’s in corner location and very near to the bathroom & breakfast area.
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Mei Leng C wrote a review Feb 2016
Singapore, Singapore15 contributions14 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
My friend pre-paid for the rooms and dinners thro agoda.com.
An error was made for the dinner reservation on the 2nd night, whereby we will be returning late from a day trip/
Upon check-in, we informed that we needed to change the dinner for the 2nd night to the 3rd night.
We were informed that it cannot be done, nor can we have dinner or part of the dinner later than stipulated time of 7pm.
We were later informed shown an invoice for about USD 200 to 250 +/-, (can't recall the details) that we had to pay for the dinner that we have paid for and not consuming. We explained painfully to the owner cum chef that we have paid thro the booking engine. He then said, "This is Japan. The law is not the same as China"
Though we are not from China. Such remarks show the exact sentiments of the owner of the ryokan.
Knowing that Japan prides itself for the excellent customer service, the experience with the owner was shocking. This is an expensive ryokan and dinner is expensive. Would you pay USD 400 to 500 for food that you do not get to consume?
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Date of stay: November 2015
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from ryokanizuyasu, オーナー at Traditional Kyoto Inn Serving Kyoto Cuisine IZUYASU
Responded 28 Feb 2016
Dear Mr./ Mrs. Mei Leng C, Thank you for your stay. We mention on every booking website, of course agoda.com, that guests who want to have dinner in our Ryokan need to reserve it 3 days before you have. It means that we can not handle with a sudden cancel or a sudden date change. This is because we provide a dinner called "the Kaiseki Cuisine" which consists of approximately 8 courses, and take much time for guests to eat every course at it best. Therefore, we could not accept your offer to change the date, and charged 100% of the cancellation. Also, we have something to make an apology to you. It is that we make you feel shock because of the owner's breaking English. He is not a good English speaker, and sometimes gives some misunderstandings to guests. In order to prevent from misunderstandings, the staff usually translate his Japanese into English. We are sincerely sorry to have given you misunderstandings and made you feel disappointed in this time. We hope that you will stay our Ryokan again and then will have our dinner. Best Wishes,
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lazblue wrote a review Jan 2012
Greater Sydney, Australia37 contributions52 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed for one night in on Christmas Eve and were very happy with our experience. I stayed in a much bigger ryokan on a previous trip to Kyoto so this is was nice change as it was a small family-owned one which made it much more personal. It is close to Kyoto Station and is in a really nice traditional house with lovely gardens.

Our room was on the ground floor which was nicely decorated with a private garden and our own bathroom with a toilet and shower. Being in the middle of winter, we didn't really use our bathroom as it wasn't heated and used the communal bath instead which being a small ryokan, we were the only ones using it at the time. I noticed that one of the reviewers commented about the water in the bath not being warm - there is a panel above the bath which turns the heating on for the bath so make sure to press the button (although it's written in Japanese!).

Dinner and breakfast was very tasty, well presented and was like a feast with many courses. The tempura was amazing and the grilled fish was delicious and the egg served in the morning was soft and smooth. We're still talking about it almost a month after staying there.

Definitely recommend this ryokan if you want to experience traditional Japan whilst in Kyoto.
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Date of stay: December 2011
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from ryokanizuyasu, オーナー at Traditional Kyoto Inn Serving Kyoto Cuisine IZUYASU
Responded 23 Jul 2016
Thank you for a very kind remark. We are very proud to hear that you had a great Christmas Eve with us. We are sorry for not being kind by not showing how to warm the bath. After the renewal which we've had three years ago, we can keep the bath warmer without any particular process. It is very nice to hear that you liked our dinner and also breakfast. If you have a chance to come back, we would love to serve them with different dishes for more Japanese food experience. Thank you. From All Izuyasu Staffs
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Grmpmbl wrote a review Jul 2015
Oak Park, IL330 contributions207 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a delightful stay at Izuyasu.

We note, however, that there are some misperceptions about the facilities. First, our room did have its own ensuite half bath--that is, a toilet and sink. The "bathrooms" that people refer to are the shower and onsen (hot tub, sort of) rooms, which aren't private, but that wasn't a problem--we chose to bathe at night.

While some sites suggest that there is wifi only in public areas, there is free and very fast wifi (and an ipad for your use) in the room.

While we'd have preferred a slightly larger room with a view of the garden rather than the parking lot, the lot itself didn't present any difficulties or problems, and all was very quiet in the evening. (I believe we had the smallest room in the ryokan, but it is nicely located in a corner of the second floor.) Breakfast was served in a separate, private dining room near our room.

Reservations for dinner are usually required three days in advance. Fortunately, we were able to book a dinner for the next day, the second and last night of our stay. We are glad we did; it was phenomenal. It was lovely to watch the chef prepare some of the dishes, and everything was not only delicious, but also beautifully presented. The breakfasts were very good, too--but be warned that there is no coffee. (Starbucks, however, is everywhere, and a fairly short walk no matter the direction.)

This is a remarkable place when you consider that it has been a ryokan for over 100 years and that the family has operated it for seven generations! As the lovely exchange student working there explained to us as she showed us our room, the ryokan was here, and Kyoto grew up around it. Very true, indeed.

As others have noted, the ryokan is very close to the train station, but if the weather is threatening or if it is raining, we recommend a cab.

While this is not the most inexpensive option at which to stay, it is certainly the most wonderful.
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Date of stay: July 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
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5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from ryokanizuyasu, オーナー at Traditional Kyoto Inn Serving Kyoto Cuisine IZUYASU
Responded 27 Aug 2016
Thank you for your previous stay at our ryokan. It was very nice to be part of your Kyoto trip. Thank you for pointing out about the bathrooms--after our remodeling three years ago, the bathrooms that used to be part of some rooms are taken away and now we only have public baths with locks. Also thank you for complementing the staff. We are glad that you have enjoyed our dinner and the traditional ryokan experience here. Again, thank you for your comments. From All Izuyasu Staffs
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edm0n wrote a review Sept 2011
Dundee, United Kingdom241 contributions113 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Wholeheartedly agree with the very positive views reported by other recent reviewers of this excellent Kyoto ryokan especially the comment about 'being treated as guests in someone's home' rather than as tourists. Very accessible by foot for the main Kyoto train station and the bus and metro systems with very helpful and friendly staff in this central but very quiet, location which has been owned by the same family for several generations. Meals were consistently excellent with a wide variety of traditional Kyoto cuisine served for breakfast and dinner, all beautifully presented during our stay of one week. Accommodation came with full air conditioning with tv. Plan to return next year for another stay of at least one week.
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Date of stay: September 2011
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from ryokanizuyasu, マネージャー at Traditional Kyoto Inn Serving Kyoto Cuisine IZUYASU
Responded 7 Jul 2016
Thank you for your very kind comments. We are glad that you have enjoyed your stay with us at our ryokan. We are very pleasured to receive all you complements. If there is a chance, please do come back again to have your stay with us. From all Izuyasu staffs
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Answer from Ken N
Pukalani, Hawaii161 contributions13 helpful votes
Yes
Answer from ryokanizuyasu
Kyoto, Japan
Hello, Thank you for your question. Your breakfast time is set at 7:00 AM. Unfortunately, the room Yuki does not have an option of in-room dining. However, we do have a private room which we can show you later. Otherwise, we will have the counter seat reserved for you. Please let us hear your thoughts at check-in.
Answer from ryokanizuyasu
Kyoto, Japan
Hello, Thank you for your question. We apologize for the late response. Your dinner request has been received. Please accept in advance that dinner course will be an additional 9,288 JPY per person, and they have a set time at 7:00 PM. If you would like to confirm your dinner reservation, please contact us through the e-mail address below. info@izuyasu☆com (please change ☆to.) Also, if you have any food restrictions or allergies, please inform us in advance. Thank you.
May h wrote a tip Nov 2023
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Don't be late for dinnef especially if you're japanese lol"
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Edward C wrote a tip Oct 2023
North Attleboro, Massachusetts8 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Make dinner reservations in advance. "
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rreina636231 wrote a tip Jan 2020
Sydney, Australia1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Yuki room is nice as it’s in corner location and very near to the bathroom & breakfast area."
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jposen518465 wrote a tip Dec 2019
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The You room was lovely, spacious, and very comfortable"
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laureno650 wrote a tip Nov 2019
Washington DC, District of Columbia333 contributions97 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Yuki and Yuu were comfortable, but Yuu's sink had low water pressure."
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£242 - £339 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
8
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Nearby attractions include Higashi Hongan-ji Temple (0.1 miles), Shosei-en Garden (0.05 miles), and Kyoto Tower (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Traditional Kyoto Inn Serving Kyoto Cuisine IZUYASU?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and free parking.
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Top room amenities include air conditioning, a dining area, and a seating area.
What food & drink options are available at Traditional Kyoto Inn Serving Kyoto Cuisine IZUYASU?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, breakfast, and a free welcome drink during their stay.
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Yes, free parking, paid public parking nearby, and secured parking are available to guests.
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The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Japanese.
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Yes, guests often enjoy the city view available here.
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