Ohara Sanso
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Ohara Sanso

17 Ohara Kusaocho, Sakyo-Ku, Kyoto 601-1248 Kyoto Prefecture
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#57 of 191 ryokans in Kyoto
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Finding an ideal family-friendly ryokan in Kyoto does not have to be difficult. Welcome to Ohara Sanso, a nice option for travellers like you.

Rooms at Ohara Sanso offer air conditioning providing exceptional comfort and convenience, and guests can go online with free wifi.

An on-site restaurant will also help to make your stay even more special.

Given the close proximity of popular landmarks, such as Jorengein Temple (0.9 mi) and Daikokusan Kitadera Temple (1.5 mi), guests of Ohara Sanso can easily experience some of Kyoto's most well known attractions.

If you are looking for some good spots to eat nearby, you may want to check out Ohara Riverside Cafe Kirin (0.4 mi), Seryo Jaya (0.7 mi), or Sawada (0.5 mi), all of which are within walking distance of Ohara Sanso.

If you’re looking for something to do, Sanzen-in Temple (0.8 mi), Hosenin (0.7 mi), and Jakkoin (0.1 mi) are a nice way to spend some time, and they are all within walking distance of Ohara Sanso.

Ohara Sanso puts the best of Kyoto at your fingertips, making your stay both relaxing and enjoyable.

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17 Ohara Kusaocho, Sakyo-Ku, Kyoto 601-1248 Kyoto Prefecture
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ChristyNeale wrote a review Jun 2014
Arlington, Virginia7 contributions11 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
What a wonderful surprise... we loved our stay at this traditional Japanese inn!

The highlights of the Ohara Sanso are, in our opinion, its location in a quiet and serene valley outside of the the Kyoto big city bustle, as well as the food that was provided (breakfast and dinner).

The room was basic, but adequate and clean. Traditional Japanese style with tatami mats, futon bedding that comes out at night and low table with tea supplies.

The staff was very friendly and helpful, with plenty of basic English to help us westerners out. We even got plenty of help when we were looking a little helpless trying to figure out the traditional Japanese dinner, which you partially cook yourself, right at the table.

The bathroom facilities are shared/public:
- public mens/womens restrooms near the guest rooms
- public sinks (brushing teeth etc) in the hallway by the guest rooms
- public bath house, separate for men/women: Onsen/hot-springs bath (three different temperatures), partly indoors, partly outside, with communal adjacent showers. Be aware that these are the only showers available and are only open 6-8am and 4-10pm.
All facilities are well maintained and very clean.

Disclaimer: When we selected this Inn (via TripAdvisor search, booking through Agoda) we didn't pay attention to the map view and did not realize how far outside of Kyoto this location really is. In the "neighborhood search" this is listed together with Gion/Higashiyama, which is really 15km/10miles away. In the end we really loved the location, which is at the end of a rural valley, which is also home to a Buddhist temple that is frequented by many day-visitors. As a result there are many little tea shops and stands that sell traditional Japanese souvenirs.
You should be aware that the inn is a 20-40 minute bus ride from the north of Kyoto (for example Kokusaikaikan station on the subway or Demachiyanagi station), followed by a 15 minute walk. The buses run at a decent frequency (every 15-20 minutes) and until 10pm or so. I think the inn also offers a shuttle bus pick-up from the bus station, but we weren't aware of this beforehand and had no way of contacting them, so we enjoyed the walk instead.

Both breakfast and dinner were traditional Japanese and very delicious. Breakfast is from 8-8:30 am and dinner service is until 7:30 pm (so that everybody is finished no later than 8:30 pm). I believe they prefer for their guest to have their dinner earlier (by 6:30 pm) but were nice enough to make exceptions for us (we were always running late).
The view from the dining room is very enjoyable as well... a serene Japanese garden, with Koi pond and waterfall.

We would definitely recommend this inn. If you are looking for a very authentic experience and are looking to stay off the beaten path a bit, you will love this place!
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Date of stay: June 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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NesRobson wrote a review Apr 2015
Perth, Australia73 contributions106 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
As foreigners, a visit to a Japanese onsen is a must, and we were quite excited and nervous as well. Despite reading as much as we could about the do's and dont's, we still weren't sure if we will 'fit in'.

But, Ohara Sanso made us feel very welcomed and comfortable. There's so much foreigners there I think it is the perfect stepping stone into experiencing a proper Japanese inn. The staff were very polite, helpful and had the best command in English I've heard so far in our trip around Japan. They explained much to us, and even if you did not catch most of it, there is a folder in your room explaining things around too. I have a feeling it may not be the most authentic, traditional Japanese onsen that Japanese go, but for us gaijins, we are very satisfied about our 2 nights stay here.

Beautiful place, no doubt. Breakfast and dinner provided, both of which definately will not disappoint. The hot spring baths are lovely too. Two hot ones, one indoors and one outdoors. another small round bath outside with 27.9c water.

To get to Ohara, get to kyoto station. From there, take bus number 17 to Ohara bus station. Roughly an hour's journey, costing 600yen. From Ohara bus stop, take a 15min beautiful, easy walk to the onsen, the way to it is marked, but not in English.

Alternatively, you can take the subway from kyoto station to kakusaikaikan station (Karasuma line) costing 290yen, then from there take bus #19 to Ohara bus stop (20min), costs 350yen.

We took both routes, I will say bus #17 is less of a hassle, especially if you have quite a bit of luggage.

The onsen offers shuttle bus rides to and fro the Ohara bus station too.

Free wifi, works very well. TV in room, a big safe, ac/heating system and basic tea making facility. Japanese bed is comfy, though we used multiple layers. Bath has basic amenities, hair dryer. Coin operated laundry available and detergent sold at counter.

Nearby temples are beautiful. Lots of restaurants and shops to spend your day. All within walking distance.
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Date of stay: April 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Teresa S L wrote a review Oct 2013
12 contributions13 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I have serious doubt in my mind when I saw the beautiful pictures of the premise and the price tag of ¥17,905 for one person staying two nights, equivalent of US188 including 5% VAT. Bear in mind that breakfast and dinner are included in the price. The drawback is no bathroom or shower in the room but the public facilities are very clean and abundant. The hot spring are not as glamorous as most I have been as well as the money spent.
Service is seamless as the nice old lady who may be the owner would remember to give me a different kind of fish the second morning and checked what meat I liked that night. Their specialty is miso soup hot pot with free range chicken, excellent in taste. The sukiyaki beef i chose the second night was tender and abundant.
The location of the hotel is an hour by local bus from Kyoto Station, then about 15-20 minutes walk along a green path. Attractions nearby are shrines and cemetery of two Emperors. I am looking forward to return soon, a place that will not break your pocket book.
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Date of stay: October 2013
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: My room is on the second floor corner with windows on two sides, very green. Lovely!
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travelbug wrote a review Dec 2015
Singapore, Singapore47 contributions63 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at this ryokan for 2 nights. It is located in a peaceful and beautiful rural town 1 hr north from Kyoto.

The room was simple but cosy for us. The heater worked very well and they provided a tea set that was replenished in the morning.

The onsen is spacious and clean. We were able to make 4 visits to the onsen during our stay as it is open at convenient times ( 6-8am and 4-10pm).

Dinner and breakfast were delicious. Fresh produce was used and the layout of the food was done with great attention to detail.

The staff speak good English, so if you don't speak much Japanese, they will easily be able to answer your queries. The service is personalised and they are very kind. They even dropped us at the bus stn although it wasn't part of the package.

Overall, the stay was very relaxing and the warm staff made it even more pleasent for us.
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Date of stay: December 2015Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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LEC_Singapore wrote a review Sept 2016
Singapore163 contributions76 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Had a wonderful time during our 1 night stay.
Food was good.
Bath was really good experience.
The walk around the area was really nice too.
The room was rather basic Japanese style but its OK.
eception at the Ohara bus station, you need to put in many coins, otherwise its not enough & you wont even get a dial tone.
Many shops and restaurants on the other side of the road too, so do take time to explore.
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Date of stay: November 2015
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Melinda S wrote a review Jun 2016
Fort Walton Beach, Florida9 contributions7 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This place was awesome. You can ask to be picked up at the bus stop. We arrived in the afternoon after an her bus ride. Beautiful country side and welcoming people, we had a great dinner. Bath and rooms were wonderful. We had a room with extra futons so we doubled them up, since it was self serve. We liked making our beds and having extra futons. Would recommend anyone to go there. Wifi worked great. We are totoro fans and the country side was like the movie with the rice field. We walked downhill to the bus stop. ,y teen sons liked the country side more than the touristy Kyoto streets..
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Date of stay: June 2016
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Japanese breakfast and dinner. Vegetables and rice locally grown.
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Sangjun P wrote a review Sept 2015
2 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The town Ohara itself is quite and very relaxing area. It is very easy to go with bus from kyoto.
This ryokan was my first ryokan experience, and everything was just perfect. Here are why.
1. The place is totally affordable compare to other ryokans. I guess the only thing you don't get from this place other than other ryokans is room services(making bed, food in the room, etc). However, i don't need to eat in the room and i can make my own bed, so i didn't care.
2. The onsen(hot spring) was totally awesome. The water was slightly alkalescent (or basic). You can feel the change of your skin after the bath.
3. Ohara is a quiet, nice and authentic Japanese country town. Just walking around the town is enjoyable enough.
4. The food (i had chicken miso nabe) was really good and enough.

If you're looking for affordable and authentic ryokan experience, this is the place to be.
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Date of stay: August 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Sunpillar wrote a review Jun 2013
Bowie, Maryland453 contributions26 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I got there using a direct bus from the Kyoto International conference center. It took about 15min walk from bus the station. The part of path was lighted with lanterns. I enjoyed cosmos flowers and country side view of Ohara. It is located very close to Jakkou-in Temple, the place for final chapter of the Tale of Heike, Ohara Gokou. You can buy original shibazuke (pickled eggplant with shiso). Sanzen In Temple is located in other side of bus stop and about a little more than one mile away.

Accommodation is self service style with shared bathroom and hot springs. I paid a little less than 10000 yen ($100) per person with two meals. I found some English site are listing only price for two people in one room.

Dinner was Miso nabe (Ohara specialty, see picture ) and breakfast was Yudofu (see picture) Special home made Shiso-wine was served with a meal.

Two types of hot springs bath in open air; one with pine framed other was stone framed. Café with a hot spring foot bath (See Picture) in an annex building for pottery classes.

I saw some foreigners staying there. They seem to be willing to follow Japanese manner. The rooms are traditional Japanese style with tatami and futon bed. The safe was big enough for a laptop computer. Internet connection worked fine.

Due to long step to hot spring, this place may not be suitable for people with walking difficulty.  This is quiet place and may not be suitable for children.

Staffs were very good at explaining tourism around Ohara.

ここは静かなところで子供向きでもないし、バス停からも遠く階段も多いので障害者向きでもないと思います。子供ずれで騒ぎたいのなら他の旅館に泊まればよいことで何も腹いせに悪い評価を付けることはないと思います。「たびするひと」さんのような方はこれからもことわってほしい。
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Date of stay: October 2012
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled on business
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Hazel A wrote a review Nov 2016
19 contributions24 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Be warned that it is a very long travel going to this place. It may take you an hour or two to get here specially when you're planning to take bus and train. Good thing the path from ohara station to this onsen is breath taking. You can see the rural scenery of japan in this area. The place on the other hand is not that bad either. Food is great! First time to try the ryokan style and the onsen. The place is not crowded specially the bath area. You could really rest and relax peacefully since it is a private onsen.
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Date of stay: November 2016Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Berninatraveller wrote a review Sept 2016
Switzerland115 contributions65 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Yumoto Onsen OharaSansou is a place to be outside the tourist hordes of Kyoto and to visit the interesting temples in the (rural) Ohara area. Is not a place to visit Kyoto as you need one hour bus ride and 20' walk to reach the ryokan. Our room (with futons) was not small as claimed in some reviews. The food relatively simple and tasty. The onsen is nice and authentic. We enjoyed the time there very much.
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Date of stay: August 2016
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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blinku2pian asked a question Oct 2017
Los Angeles, California1 contribution
is it okay to wear a swimsuit in the onsen? private or not?
Answer from Pabi_8
London, United Kingdom58 contributions44 helpful votes
We only tried the private onsen, so I'm not sure if you can use a swimming suit otherwise.
Answer from Hazel A
19 contributions24 helpful votes
As far as I can remember, there are little shops/local restaurants on the way to this onsen from the bus station. Unfortunately, they were closed when we passed by. I think it's mid way to the hotel, about 5-10 mins walk. We booked our accommodation in agoda, luckily breakfast and dinner are included cause it is really quite a walk just to find local restaurants, which I'm not even sure what time they open. I must say, their food was really good. I hope that answers your question. :)
TinaMeetsWorld asked a question Oct 2016
New York City, New York13 contributions10 helpful votes
Can I stay on the resort or use the onsen facilities with multiple tattoos?
Answer from Melinda S
Fort Walton Beach, Florida9 contributions7 helpful votes
I do not know, but most likely, no tattooes. Small enough to have a band aid over it, Maybe? There is private onsen or times as well, i believe.
Melinda S wrote a tip Jun 2016
Fort Walton Beach, Florida9 contributions7 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Japanese breakfast and dinner. Vegetables and rice locally grown."
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Teresa S L wrote a tip Oct 2013
12 contributions13 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"My room is on the second floor corner with windows on two sides, very green. Lovely!"
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Frequently Asked Questions about Ohara Sanso
Which popular attractions are close to Ohara Sanso?
Nearby attractions include Hosenin (0.7 miles), Jakkoin (0.05 miles), and Oharano Sato (0.7 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Ohara Sanso?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, kids activities, and laundry service.
What food & drink options are available at Ohara Sanso?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Ohara Sanso?
Conveniently located restaurants include Ohara Riverside Cafe Kirin, Sanzen-In No Sato, and Shibakyu.
Are there any historical sites close to Ohara Sanso?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Kifune Shrine (3.3 miles), Hosenin (0.7 miles), and Oharano Sato (0.7 miles).
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