It's about a 15 mins taxi ride from Kyoto station, well "hidden" in some small streets. Within walking distance from Nishiki market.
It's a 4 storey building with traditional japanese rooms.
We took the 8+4 Tatami Mats guest room with private bath. It's big and spacious with a small balcony with a small desk and 2 chairs, perfect to enjoy the winter breeze and do some reading or surfing.
Futon beds are laid out after dinner.
Staff is always helpful. Despite the language barrier, they tried their best to understand and help.
Since the Ryokan is not near the main road, you could request them to call for a taxi for you at no extra charge. Alike most hotels in Japan, the check-out time is early. Upon checking with the front desk, they could help to arrange for luggage transfer + storage to Kyoto station for Y750 per luggage and that really save us the trouble of travelling to Kyoto station to store it before moving to other places.
The elderly lady owner make an effort to come to our room and wish us a pleasant stay in Kyoto!
2 meals everyday are included in our room package and we certainly enjoy and appreciate the opportunity to try a full Japanese course. Dinner is served in your room whilst breakfast is served in the dining room on the ground floor. We had Japanese traditional dinner on the first night and everything is so fresh especially the raw fish. 2nd night dinner was "Miyabi Nabe" which is Watazen Ryokan's original cuisine that is offered only during the winter season.
Breakfast is small pickled dishes with grilled fish which is really a wonderful experience trying their traditional food culture with a nice little garden as the background.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- WATAZEN is a Classical Japanese Inn with modern amenities, located in the center of Kyoto. It has been a familiar inn for many travelers to Kyoto since [Tenpo Gannen](1830). Today, many people enjoy our traditional harmonious atmosphere in central Kyoto. We are confident that our excellent service and cuisine will make your visit to Kyoto a memorable one. Please enjoy Kyoto and relax at WATAZEN. The cost is from 6300JPY - per person. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Watazen Hotel Kyoto