Ryoso Chatani
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Ryoso Chatani

160 Ohara Kusaocho, Sakyo-Ku, Kyoto 601-1248 Kyoto Prefecture
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4.5
#77 of 191 ryokans in Kyoto
3.6 of 5 bubbles
Location
3.8 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.2 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.3 of 5 bubbles
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See why so many travellers make Chatani their ryokan of choice when visiting Sakyo. Providing an ideal mix of value, comfort and convenience, it offers a romantic setting with an array of amenities designed for travellers like you.

Nearby landmarks such as Yuki Shrine (3.1 mi) and Mt. Kurama (3.1 mi) make Chatani a great place to stay when visiting Sakyo.

Chatani is a romantic ryokan offering air conditioning in the rooms, and it is easy to stay connected during your stay as free wifi is offered to guests.

The ryokan features baggage storage. Plus, guests can enjoy a hot tub and an on-site restaurant, which have made this a popular choice among travellers visiting Sakyo. For guests with a vehicle, free parking is available.

If you are looking for a good spot to eat nearby, you may want to check out Kumoi Chaya (0.4 mi), which is within walking distance of Chatani.

If you’re looking for something to do, Oharano Sato (0.4 mi), Jikkoin (0.5 mi), and Raigo-in (0.6 mi) are a nice way to spend some time, and they are all within walking distance of Chatani.

At Chatani, your comfort and satisfaction come first, and they look forward to welcoming you to Sakyo.

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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Hot bath
Restaurant
Bicycles available
Bicycle tours
Books, DVDs, music for children
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Secured parking
Tennis court offsite
Meeting rooms
Hot spring bath
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Room features
Air conditioning
Room types
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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2.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Budget
Classic
Languages Spoken
English, Japanese

Location

160 Ohara Kusaocho, Sakyo-Ku, Kyoto 601-1248 Kyoto Prefecture
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Somewhat walkable
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Love SG wrote a review Oct 2023
Singapore, Singapore56 contributions27 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This family run Ryokan is authentic and has an onsite onsen. The food they served is home cooked and tastes delicious. we had the hotpot for dinner and it filled us up satisfactorily. All toiletries are provided for our onsen experience including robes for use during our stay. Do take a walk around the Ryokan because it is at the base of a mountain and breathe in the fresh air. Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: April 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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robtb88 wrote a review Jan 2015
Hertfordshire, United Kingdom2 contributions13 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I had the pleasure of spending the second half of my trip to Kyoto in the scenic surroundings of Ohara, a lovely little rural village just under an hour's bus ride north of the city. This small Ryokan guesthouse is very near to the bus station and I had little trouble finding it.

The couple who run the guesthouse were very friendly and accommodating throughout my stay. When I needed help on planning a day trip to Kibune and Kurama, the man was able to advise me on which bus and train to get. His English was slightly better than my Japanese so we managed to communicate ok!

The decor of the guesthouse was clean and modern while maintaining that traditional Japanese feeling (sliding doors, tatami mats, hot spring bath and a futon). The yakuta (traditional male gown) laid out in my bedroom was a nice touch. Each day when I returned to my room there was a heated flask of water, fresh green tea leaves along with a tea pot and kettle. The artificial hot spring bath was also a relaxing way to end a day of hiking and temple-seeing. It’s worth mentioning too that the toilets are western-style.

I think the highlight of my stay was the delicious home cooked breakfast and dinner I was treated to each day. This traditional Japanese cuisine included a lot of healthy and fresh locally grown vegetables and was a terrific experience. I enjoyed pork miso hot pot and a very special chicken sukiyaki dish. Even though I was the only Westerner there during my stay, I still enjoyed talking to a few of the other guests at dinner time and everyone I came across was very friendly.

Ohara is surrounded by mountains and contains several beautiful and historic temples to be explored. There are several nice shops in which souvenirs can be purchased while the tranquil hamlet Kibune and the village of Kurama are just easily reached by transport. I would recommend spending a couple of nights in Ohara as it really does feel like ‘real Japan’ in its simplest and most beautiful rural form. And if you do stay then Chatani is the perfect place to do so.
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Date of stay: November 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Kip F wrote a review May 2016
Sacramento, California1,268 contribution370 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The bus from Kyoto station to Ohara isn't on JR passes, but wasn't really that expensive, and you paid when you got off the bus. The drive is into a rural area with peach blossoms and cherry blossoms, a nice break from the city. The tourist info at the bus station showed us the route to Chatani inn.
Run by a family, this inn is actually quite large. They have the main building with their residence, kitchen, dining room and a toilet area, and then an annex that is accessible by going outside and then back in. That is where the baths/showers are (separated by sex), as well as more toilets and rooms. Each area has 3 showers and the onsen, a heated dressing room with lots of complimentary toiletries and other articles for guest use, such as hair bands, combs, brushes, dryers, Qtips, and a massage chair. The towels for the onsen were hand towels, very tiny and worn out. Onsen was open 4-10 tho showers all 24 hours. The toilets in this building are in separate heated rooms and western. In our building, the unheated toilet area is one room with 3 stalls, a unisex western toilet stall, and two Japanese style toilets , one for each gender. There was also a sink area, with 2 sinks and plenty of counter space.
We stayed in a good-sized tatami room on the second floor with lovely mountain views the river, and their garden. The individual futons were thin, but with two on top of each other, it was nicely firm and comfy. Each room had an A/C/heater, which kept our room nice and cozy. Free wi-fi tho spotty at times, and nice yukata, obi, and haori for wearing inside.
Our first two dinners were miso soups where we got to drop in the veggies and meat ourselves. The first night was red miso soup with local veggies and pork and the second was white miso soup with local veggies and wild pig. The leaks came from their garden. The meals were at low tables, which was hard on our western bodies. We also got tempura veggies, rice, tea, fruit for dessert, pickled veggies, and some tofu. The 3rd dinner was sukiyaki that the host cooked at our table while chatting with us; he with his limited English and we with our limited Japanese. The first night we got a quick intro to what we were to do, and then left alone. All the other tables were having sukiyaki, where the owner was preparing the food, so we kind of got forgotten, until we got to order our drinks near the end. However the next two dinners we got our drinks right away and chatted a little with our host. The food was much more diverse and less meat oriented and heavy than at our previous inn. The meals were the best we had had so far in Japan, and turned out to be the best for our total trip. They had lots of veggies and fresh lean meat, with portions made for feeling satisfied but not heavy. Their b-fasts were also delicious.
This small family run place is really nicely done. They ran it with just one other person, and with such a large inn, they must work really hard esp at bfast and dinners, but they are always pleasant and patiently answer all your questions.
The inn is located in a nice quiet area that is away from the main road but very close to all the temples and the few stores in town. There are also hiking trails up in the hills near the temples, so we could wake up, eat and walk right to the temples or into the hills for hiking without any trouble. The trails had no one on them and great views down into the valley below. The trails meander all over, go up a few summits and there is actually a trail to Kurama, another area to visit but by the time we figured out which one it was, we had already been hiking all day. The temples have very few foreign tourists, most tourists were Japanese as it is a popular local area.
Lots of farmers working their fields, mountains in the background, cherry and peach tree blossoms, a rural area where you can go to get a feel for a different Japan, a quieter less touristy place. The people there greet you as you go by and we found it not only relaxing but extremely pleasant finding it a break from the cities.

We would stay here again with no hesitation. The owners are so friendly, helpful and they have a lovely inn in a lovely location. They even gave us a free drink one night and then two lovely fridge magnets with scenes of Japan.
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Date of stay: April 2016
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: second floor, annex area, facing back
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Pengapa wrote a review May 2017
184 contributions86 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We enjoyed our stay at Chatani very much. The setup is very basic (please note that this is not a Roykan but a Minshuku, which is a bit like B & B but with also dinner included) - there is only a shared bathroom and you lay your own futon. But the host was very friendly and helpful, and made our stay very enjoyable. Both the dinner (chicken sukiyaki) and the breakfast were very nice with fresh ingredients. The shared bath, although it is not a natural hot spring, was very soothing. They have rental bikes and I had a very nice ride before the breakfast. Ohara itself is a very nice place and I highly recommend to stay overnight in this village, rather than making a day trip from central Kyoto.
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Date of stay: May 2017
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Shmy D wrote a review Apr 2015
Singapore, Singapore54 contributions14 helpful votes
+1
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Decided on Chatani, located in the midway of 2 major sight seeing spots (Sanzen-in & Jakko-in) which is a 15 mins walk each way from Chantani. It is near to the bus terminal too. The room is clean & reasonably sized (not huge); stayed at the annex wing. The chicken miso hotpot dinner I had was good & filling. I recommend this place if you are visiting Ohara. And yes, Ohara is a nice place to have a night's stay if you have some time to spare. I visited this April during spring. Believed it will be even lovelier during autumn.
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Date of stay: April 2015
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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ramsinyacoob wrote a review Apr 2019
Los Angeles, California, United States4 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
First of all amazing service, everyone was so nice and helpf. Definitely recommend buying the breakfast and dinner they really went all out. This Ryokan is located a 10 min "hike" from multiple temples and a waterfall. They also let you rent from a variety of free bikes!

One note for couples, the onsen baths are not unisex so you will be separate for that portion.
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Date of stay: April 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Kwakaku wrote a review Oct 2018
Sakai, Japan2,186 contributions164 helpful votes
+1
4.0 of 5 bubbles
From Umenomiya-mae Bus Stop, I walked down the river bank, and crossed a low-water bridge. The bridge led to an unpaved farm road. As I strolled along the farm road between shiso patches westward, a bush approached me, whose name and legendary tragedy I came to know later. I kept walking until I bumped into a paved street and the bush, Otsu-ga-mori Forest. It was more a bush than a forest. I took the street on the right, and found Chatani shortly.
Chatani had such a nostalgic atmosphere that, during my stay there, it let me look into the eyes of my past.
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Date of stay: October 2018
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: I stayed on the first floor. Rooms on the second floor might be free from street noises.
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CaptainPooladore wrote a review Apr 2017
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom17 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A fantastic, affordable ryokan experience. The rooms are authentic but still have televisions (unnecessary I thought but others might like this) and the onsen is lovely and the bathroom facilities are fantastic - all the toiletries you can think of, hairdryers and a massage chair! Dinner and breakfast were both really authentic dining experiences. The staff are lovely and speak enough English so you can get by - really appreciated their efforts as our Japanese wasn't getting us very far.

Ohara itself is a beautiful mountain village with a river and a few beautiful shrines which are well worth a visit and you can borrow bikes from the ryokan (if your thighs are up for it!) or it's really easy to walk.

The ryokan is very easy to get to by bus from central Kyoto and well worth doing to experience rural Japan and escape the hustle and bustle.
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Date of stay: April 2017
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: We had big bulky suitcases due to being in Japan for a couple of weeks but this wasn't a problem
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Alana W wrote a review May 2023
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The most detail oriented, clean place I've ever stayed! The hosts are incredibly meticulous and helpful, the rooms are spacious and clean, and the food is incredible (and with huge portions, unlike a lot of Japan).

Free yukatas provided for your stay, along with a wonderful onsen complete with a massage chair, skincare, and rubber duckies :)

Beautiful plants up front, along with elegant & cute furnishings and artwork everywhere in the building. Could not recommend more!
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Date of stay: May 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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stkyn wrote a review Aug 2023
Minatomirai, Japan127 contributions70 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
It is a private lodging. It is not a hotel or inn, so if you are looking for that level of service, it would be wise to not choose this place.
The owners, an older man and woman, are very friendly. The rooms are spacious Japanese-style rooms with tatami mats, but there is no shoe rack or step-in wardrobe like in inns. You enter your room immediately after opening the sliding door, which is like a fusuma. The bath, washbasin, and toilet are shared. The toilet has multiple toilets, but like a normal house, there is no air conditioning, so you will sweat in the middle of summer.
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Frequently Asked Questions about Ryoso Chatani
Which popular attractions are close to Ryoso Chatani?
Nearby attractions include Motoshiro (0.2 miles), Umenomiya Shrine (0.2 miles), and Atelier Nori (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Ryoso Chatani?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Ryoso Chatani?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Ryoso Chatani?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Ryoso Chatani?
Conveniently located restaurants include Ohara Riverside Cafe Kirin, Wappado, and Shinoshomon.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Ryoso Chatani?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Japanese.
Are there any historical sites close to Ryoso Chatani?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Shugakuin Imperial Villa (4.8 miles), Kifune Shrine (3.6 miles), and Hosenin (0.5 miles).
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