Hiiragiya Bekkan
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Hiiragiya Bekkan

431 Yamamotocho, Gokomachi Nijo Sagaru, Nakagyo-Ku, Kyoto 604-0933 Kyoto Prefecture
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431 Yamamotocho, Gokomachi Nijo Sagaru, Nakagyo-Ku, Kyoto 604-0933 Kyoto Prefecture
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RoadzLessTraveled wrote a review Jan 2023
Sydney, Australia368 contributions161 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We chose to stay at the Hiiragiya Bekkan Ryoken during our family vacation to Japan and were blown away by the experience. The hotel is a traditional Japanese Ryoken with communal bathing areas and separate living quarters for the guests.

As a family of four we had a single room (with our own separate bathroom) which was laid out as a dining room for our meals and then converted into a bedroom with four futon beds for sleeping. We were served a multi-course degustation menu for dinner and then a similarly elaborate breakfast comprising a range of traditional Japanese dishes, including some seasonal specialities. Our hostess was amazing and was able to attend to our every need - whether it was getting us checked in, fitting our yukatas / kimonos for dinner, or serving us the dozen or so course for dinner. The room was very private and included access to a beautiful formal garden area.

This visit is something we will remember for a long time. If you are travelling to Japan, I would highly recommend staying at least one night here.
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Date of stay: January 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Leave plenty of time for a leisurely pre-dinner bath and relaxation with a garden view.
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marcin k wrote a review Nov 2023
80 contributions65 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We are Americans who live in Tokyo several months a year and we took a family couple to Kyoto and tried to give them a representative ryokan experience in the old capital. We thoroughly enjoyed the ambiance of the one hundred year old plus building, the service of the wonderful staff members and the delicious cuisine presented, both in the elaborate evening meal and breakfast next morning. At current exchange rates, the one hundred thirty dollar per person tariff was an amazing bargain for what we received in accommodation, service, and food. Well located and accustomed to foreigners. Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: October 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Four choices for private family bathing
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rixbrown wrote a review Jun 2023
Rancho Santa Fe, California12 contributions7 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We first stayed here over 30 years ago and with kids in tow, we visited again for 3 days this year. The highlight is the service, specifically the room attendant in our case Aki I believe was her name. You are served a 6-7 course japanese meal every day in your room. Many things we do not consume in the US makes for a very interesting experience. The chef spends alot of time putting everything together, you can tell. We sampled and ate almost everything placed before us, the only exception was the octopus with suckers still attached, was too rubbery for everyone in our party. The attendants bring every course upstairs and its alot of work. Despite this Aki was personable and handled our english well enough. So memorable for our 17 yo twins. Our next to last day, Aki informed us she did not work the next day, and had taken the time to write in english a touching message for the family. Traditional Ryokan has community bath that has to be scheduled and sleeping directly on the floor are expected, so go with the flow, you will have a most memorable stay. The bekkan annex is smaller and more intimate than its big sister hiiragiya bekkan. We plan to return in another 30 years GOD willing.
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Date of stay: June 2023
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Chris wrote a review Dec 2023
Washington DC, District of Columbia3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Hiiragiya Bekkan was a completely charming ryokan stay in Kyoto! Location was perfect, close to everything. The place was gorgeous, our room faced the garden. The breakfasts and dinners were incredibly good, and we loved the private onsen! But most of all the service was superlative - our room attendant Haru-san was the nicest, most endearing person we encountered in Japan. Arigatou gozamashita!
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Date of stay: November 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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NYCtraveler62 wrote a review Dec 2014
NYC34 contributions41 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
I think no-one wants to give this ryokan a bad review because the people who work there are so nice but to be honest to other Tripadvisor users, I have to give them a poor review. We were very interested in experiencing an authentic ryokan during our recent trip to Japan and probably didn't plan far enough in advance to have a better choice.

The staff is lovely but the place is kind of rundown for the price and the dinner in our room while well presented really wasn't fresh. This type of meal is admittedly a challenge for most westerners but my companion and I were game for the experience and she eats everything. However, many of the dishes were purchased pre-cooked from the local market--we saw them on our walk the next day--and that really can't qualify as High cuisine.

The onsen wasn't well explained to us and we were scheduled to go at a weird time. The futon sleeping experience was pretty brutal. There definitely are more comfortable futon arrangements than what we received.

In sum, the staff is lovely, neither the food or sleeping arrangements are top-notch and the price is quite high. I suggest paying even more for a better experience or doing more research. This will not leave you loving the ryokan experience. Several reviewers mention a garden--we could look into a small manicured area from our room but it really isn't what most people would consider a lovely Japanese garden. It's not like you can walk around there or sit outside. I wish them well at this establishment but they need to upgrade the experience. I can't honestly give a good review just because they are nice.
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Date of stay: September 2014
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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DonnaSPDX wrote a review Dec 2013
Portland, Oregon144 contributions193 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I did quite a bit of research before booking my one night ryokan experience in Kyoto. This was to be my single splurge in Japan. I was infatuated with several of the top ryokans in the area, but could not bring myself to pay the money! I decided on the Hiiragiya Bekkan Annex, and was happy with my choice. As others have noted, the ryokan experience is not for everyone, and you need to be honest with yourself before you choose this experience. The intent is for you to spend a lot of time *in the ryokan*. This is not a hotel, where all you need is a lovely room to come back to. The room itself is the experience.

The Annex is very conveniently located in Kyoto, close to the Imperial Palace, subway and bus connections, main shopping districts, and the excellent Ippodo Tea shop. Like most things in Japan, I had just a little trouble locating it at first, and I would recommend trying to arrive in daylight. Should you arrive before check-in, they will gladly hold your luggage.

One person is assigned to look after you in your room during your stay, and you will be waited upon several times. In addition, there are two front desk personnel and a "keeper of the baths". Your first bath is scheduled after check-in, and you bathe a second time in the morning before check-out. Your stay includes a nine course, traditional Kaiseki meal for dinner, and a multi-course traditional breakfast. You are also provided tea, water, a small cup of sake with dinner, and a refreshing shiso tea after your first bath. Yukata and slippers are provided.

The room is a traditional tatami room. I had a private toilet. All bathing facilities are on the first floor, where there are two traditional bathrooms. As is customary throughout bathhouses in Japan, you sit on a low stool and shower first, then sink into the hot bath. You do not share your bath time with others at this ryokan, so your bath time must be scheduled. Meals are served in your room. Bedding is traditional futon.

The ryokan is quiet. There is a lovely courtyard, but it is very small. When I made my reservation, I asked for a garden view if possible, but I do not think there are any rooms with views at all due to how the house is situated. It is a 90 year old house, and the steep stairs and close neighbors prove it. A wooden blind screened the view out my window to the building three feet away.

Pros: A much more affordable ryokan experience than you could get in the fancier places. You still get the wonderful service and the traditional bath, as well as the traditional eating and sleeping arrangements. Staff are friendly, attentive, and helpful. Great location for visiting Kyoto. The nine course dinner was absolutely fantastic! Course after course of small plates that covered a range of flavors and textures. You will enjoy the meal more if you are already familiar with Japanese food, or have been in country for a few days already eating the local cuisine. Some of the foods may be unappetizing to the uninitiated. Trust me, though, it is excellent.

Cons: It might be a bit of a shock at first. It was for me. My room was quite small, and without any window views it felt a bit cell-like at first. I studied the room carefully to determine my discomfort. Normal wear and tear is visible, but overall, it is well-appointed in the Japanese fashion, and you have all modern comforts. I think a big part for me was no view. Without the view, the cell-like feeling was amplified. Additionally, I wish the proprietors used something other than compact fluorescents in the light fixtures. They put an ugly blue glow over everything that mars the care they have taken with the room. A small note, there is a transom window over the door to the room (number 28), and the hall light fixture shines directly through it. It was too bright to sleep. I solved this by putting my head at the other end of the futon. Slept just fine. If you get this room, just be aware of that and ask for the futon to be arranged the other way.

If you are uptight about communicating with people who do not speak your language, you will need to relax, or don't stay here. The front desk people spoke fine English, but my attendant didn't. I am a seasoned traveler, and this kind of thing does not disturb me. But if you are the type who will write a negative review because Japanese people in Japan don't speak English, stay somewhere else.

Summary: For the price, I was very satisfied with my experience. If I could have spared the additional expense, I would have chosen a ryokan that could give me a garden view. Spending a lot of time in my room would have felt more nurturing if I could gaze on a lovely garden outside. That is really my only regret about this ryokan! Otherwise, it was lovely!
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Date of stay: December 2013
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled solo
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panipopos wrote a review Aug 2011
Tokushima27 contributions15 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We really enjoyed our one night stay at Hiiragiya Bekkan.

Booking the accommodation went smoothly as a member of the staff there communicated with me completely in English. Basic rooms are 15,000 yen plus tax, 2,000 yen extra for garden view. A basic room is big enough for a couple or individual. We reserved this room plus a bigger room.

A taxi from Kyoto station cost 1400 yen, and the drivers should recognise the destination simply by name.

We were greeted outside the ryokan as our taxi pulled in.
At the entrance gate, we noted that the stepping stones were wet having been hosed down in anticipation of your arrival. A staff member took our bags from there and we checked in. English is limited but sufficient.

We padded down the carpetted hallways to our rooms which were located side by side at the end of the building. The smaller room had a view of a Japanese stone garden feature, while the bigger room actually opened up into the main garden. Glad we didn't pay 2,000 extra for the view we got for free.

The receptionist served us some welcome tea with Kyoto sweets, then organised our bath time and dinner time. We then settled into the room.

An attendant came in to measure us for our yukata (light Japanese robes). She looked each of us up and down measuring us against the wood panelling. She was back with our perfect sized yukata - this for four adults from sizes M to XXXXL!

The baths were very nice. Very low water pressure in the showers, and the wooden seats are tiny, but the baths are great for soaking and everything you need soap-wise is in the bathroom.

After our baths, we slipped into the yukata and relaxed before dinner. Our room attendant Tomoko introduced herself to us, then started serving up our multi-course kaiseki meal. If you're not a fan of fish and seafood, then you probably won't enjoy kaiseki, as every dish bar the dessert has a seafood component.

We loved the meal. The portions seem very small, but you will be satisfied by the end of the meal. The visual presentation and flavour combinations are surprising and pleasant. Our only complaint was that the courses were brought out too quickly (before we had even touched one course, another would appear, with Tomoko urging us to eat "next, next"). When we mentioned that the meal was rushed, it seemed like they stopped serving us all together. Then we were told that when we were ready for rice and dessert, to call to the front.

Around the middle of the meal, Tomoko bought some toys for my two year old to play with. She also noticed that my daughter loved trying on the adult slippers to wear down the hall, so she brought her a kiddie sized pair. Later, she brought light towels for my baby to lie on so he'd be more comfortable on the cushions. So considerate!

After dinner, our beds were laid out, breakfast time was confirmed and we were left until the morning.

A light knock on the door, and Tomoko was in to put away the beds. She then brought in an English language newspaper (nice touch) with our breakfast trays. I had opted for the Japanese food, but next time would try the Western option as the Japanese food was too 'fishy' that early in the morning. We chatted with Tomoko a little about our plans in Kyoto, ate breakfast at a leisurely pace and then we checked out.

The staff kindly called taxis for us, and waited for us right until the taxi turned the last corner away from the ryokan, bowing deeply the whole time.

In Kyoto, I have stayed at Watazen, and Hiiragiya Bekkan is miles better than that in terms of the genuine and considerate service they offer. Their baths and bathing system are also superior (my sister was nervous about communal bathing so this was a great introduction to figure it out for herself in a low-pressure environment). Everything about this place was exemplary of Japanese hospitality and culture (except the dinner timing as mentioned). I would highly recommend this ryokan for a one-night peek into Japanese travel culture.

If you consider that a kaiseki meal in a restaurant costs upwards of 8,000 yen, then the money you spend to stay here is really quite reasonable. And if you're going to stay at a ryokan, do the whole dinner/breakfast option and luxuriate in the service. That's really what you are paying for at places like these.

Thank you Tomoko and all the staff at Hiiragiya Bekkan. This was an unforgetable experience, and hopefully one day, I can afford to stay at your Honkan!
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Date of stay: July 2011
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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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Alison S wrote a review Oct 2017
Brisbane, Australia12 contributions22 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Staying at Hiiragiya Bekkan is more than just for the accommodation. The service is exceptional, the building is charming and the food is amazing. You can't order food like this in a restaurant!

I stayed with my husband and two young daughters. At first I was a bit worried my children would be too rowdy for a ryokan, but I wanted them to experience the tradition of staying in one.

They loved that when we arrived there were child sized slippers ready for them to wear. They loved trying the matcha green tea on arrival (although they didn't like the taste, they loved that they were treated like adults and served the same thing). They loved using the private bathroom down the hall and wearing the child sized yukata. They loved having dinner served in our room and the special child sized chopsticks that were brought in just for them. They loved the nooodles, sea urchin, sashimi, duck and rice with salmon roe. They loved "helping" to rearrange the room from a dining area to a sleeping space. Breakfast was a little too traditional for them, but my husband and I thought it was amazing.

We had a great experience at the Hiiragiya Bekka and hope to visit again.
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Date of stay: October 2017
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: We had a room on the ground floor in the corner. It was very quiet and had a nice view of the...
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SaultyDog wrote a review Apr 2015
Romford, United Kingdom35 contributions70 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
After a fraught and nerve racking taxi ride in two taxis from the station, where we as a family of four got split up and lost of the streets of Kyoto...and after arguing with the miserable old so and so taxi driver...and much shouting ...we all finally arrived at Hiiragiya Bekkan...

What a lovely place.

We left our Nikes at reception and shuffled along the tatami mats in ill fitting slippers to wait for our guide to show us the city. He arrived and then we shuffled back to reception...changed back into our Nikes to go sightseeing....Mad eh ?

Four hours later we are back at HB and we are shown to our room on the 1st floor. It's not very big...no beds.just a low table and 4 chairs...then an ante room with sink, toilet and mini bar and two chairs and a small table.

We then are asked if we'd like a bath before dinner...yes please ! So we're led to a bathroom downstairs where you crouch down on little wooden ikea looking stools shower and then climb into a boiling hot bath where u nearly pass out then come out looking like a lobster. Change into patterned kimono robes and then it's time for dinner !

And what a dinner it is...Nine courses in all...all served in your room on the low table...God knows what we ate , but it was lovely and all served personally by a lovely grandma who you could have taken home with you...She was old but boy was she fit...must have gone up and down those stairs about 20 times poor love, but every time she greeted us with a bow and a smile and just kept on bringing us lovely dishes to eat...What an amazing unique experience.

After dinner she clears away all the dinnerware and then lugs the thick oak table out the room and then brings in futons...she's then joined by two others from the grandma squad and they proceed to make up the futons for us to sleep on...Theyre not that comfortable tbh ...its like sleeping on a sack of potatoes but hey one night won't hurt...

In the morning we bathe again and the beds disappear and we re served a trad Japanese breakfast which was amazing.

This was an incredible stay...What a charming an unique stay.
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Date of stay: April 2015
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Ali H wrote a review Aug 2011
New York City, New York3 contributions12 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
If you can afford it, stay in the more expensive sister ryokan, the Hiiragiya.

That said, this is one of the nicer ryokans in this price range. Nicer than Montonago. Kaiseki dinner has many items that may not suit the western palette. Pretty traditional Japanese gardens. Make sure to ask for a room with an en suite bathroom, otherwise shared restrooms. Shared hot tub is nice and can be reserved for private use.
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Date of stay: September 2010
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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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Which popular attractions are close to Hiiragiya Bekkan?
Nearby attractions include GEAR Theatre (0.3 miles), Musubi Kyoto (0.3 miles), and Ippodo Tea Kyoto (0.1 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Hiiragiya Bekkan?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include room service, a hot tub, and internet access.
Is parking available at Hiiragiya Bekkan?
Yes, parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Hiiragiya Bekkan?
Conveniently located restaurants include Saishuan Shiraki, Hafuu Honten, and Katsukura, Sanjo Honten.
Is Hiiragiya Bekkan located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.5 miles away from the centre of Kyoto.
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Many travellers enjoy visiting Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine (3.2 miles), Kiyomizu-dera Temple (1.6 miles), and Sanjusangendo Temple (1.7 miles).
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