We were invited by our good Japanese friends to share their favourite Ryokan in Kyoto. This was saved for our last night in the city and was certainly a cultural experience. To be clear, this is a very elitist experience! You are greeted and waited on hand and foot. We had a large suite with a private garden to look out on. We had a massage in our room, provided by two expert elderly ladies. We joined our friends in their suite for a private dinner. We were all properly dressed in kimonos with warm Japanese jackets. We were served by one young lady with various others assisting her as necessary. The entire multi-course meal was served by this young lady arriving each time on her knees. The supply of saki was non-stop! We returned to our room were futons had been prepared and we slept soundly!
In the morning we were served an excellent European breakfast in our room with newspapers etc. there is also good WiFi along with the original antique artwork.
It was a very special experience but be aware, this is very expensive and you also have to be a bit prepared for the extreme level of service which some might find too subservient by today's standards - but of course, that is the whole point, this is a cultural and historic monument!More
- Free Wifi
- Free parking
- Room service