Yachiyo is in a great location. You really can't beat it. 5 min from the subway, within walking/cycling distance of many of the major temples and sights in east Kyoto.
The food was also excellent. Nothing original, but fresh, tasty, and a lot of it.
We know ryokans are traditional guesthouses, and we knew it would be more basic that your usual hotel, but there were many things they could improve on, starting with the service, which was slow and unhelpful.
We had issues with our local mobile phone and all the staff were seemingly completely unable to assist (in contrast our next Kyoto hotel fixed it straightaway). Checking in and out took a long time and every request seemed a chore.
The hotel itself was labyrinthine, dark, worn, damp and very dusty. Very little had changed since the 1960s. We understand that ryokans are traditional, but the 1960s seems an odd period in time to stop development. All it needs is a bit of refurbishing and it would be a much better place to stay.
The wifi was a welcome modern addition, but was incredibly complex to use. Each room had a different wifi network with a new password.
Staying in a ryokan is a quintessential experience for any traveller to Japan, particularly Kyoto. Sadly, this one did not live up to our expectations, and was exorbitantly priced for what it offered. We felt like we had wasted our money here and would not recommend staying at Yachiyo.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Descriptions of rooms and facilities, The "HONKAN"main building and the "BEKKAN"annex building. Kyoto Gaden Ryokan Yachiyo/Kyoto Inn,Hotel is located near the Nanzenji Temple in the Gion-Higashiyama area of Kyoto. It is just a short walk along a lane from the famous Nanzenji Temple. With a relaxing ambience, HONKAN 6 suite rooms and 2 rooms,BEKKAN 9rooms are fitted with TATAMI (woven-straw) flooring and FUTON bedding. A flat-screen TV and Apple TV is provided. Bicycle is lent free. "HONKAN" main building,rooms and restaurant have views of the garden. JR Kyoto Station is about a 25-minute drive or taxi ride away. Nanzenji Temple, Eikando Temple and Heian Jingu Shrine can be reached within a 5-minute walk from the property. Famous Kiyomizu-dera Temple is a 15 minute taxi ride away. Arashiyama area is about 40-minute Subway Keage Sta and Randen. Fushimiinari area is about 30-minute Subway Keage Sta and Keihan. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Yachiyo Hotel Kyoto