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Kikokuso
Ranked #81 of 369 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence
Singapore, Singapore
Level 4 Contributor
19 reviews
16 hotel reviews
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“Awesome Ryokan”
Reviewed 17 May 2010

We chose Kikokuso because it charged half of other top notch Ryokans. We stayed one night and opted for Kaiseki dinner + Japanese break fast.

Service was impeccable, a little bit over the top but the owner and his family are very friendly, so you'll feel that they are really delighted & interested to have you there.

We took a bath in their Japanese bathroom, complete with rock. Dinner was prepared by the chef which was the owner's son, food was very good and beautifully prepared. Sleeping in futon is comfortable. The next day the owner drove us to the station. They also arrange takyu bin (spelling?) to delivery my luggages to Osaka.

There's free internet in the lobby. Keep in mind they only take cash.

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 May 2010

This was our first destination after arriving in Japan for the first time and I have to admit it was the most culturely different..... but thats why we went to Japan.
Our hoastess greeted us at the door with very reasonable English (and was pleased when we could say hello in Japanese) and guided us through the process of slippers and the yukata. We stayed for dinner on the first night which was lovely and was proceeded by 3 amazing breakfasts.
The futons were so comfortable and we had a good view of the traditional Japanses garden from our balcony.
We bathed in the 'comunal bath' however the door locked and we had it to ourselves (couples can use it together) for as long as we wanted, the whole bathing experience was amazing.
I can't really recomend this Ryokan enough as it gave us the cultural experience we were really looking for with a trip to Japan.

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 April 2010

My fiance and i made a trip around Japan for the first 3 weeks of April. We wanted to experience the best of Japan and it's truest historical culture and we certainly got that with our stay in this wonderful and charming Ryokan.
We arrived in the early afternoon and were greeted eagerly by our wonderful hosts who spoke very passable English.
Our luggage which we had forwarded on form KIX had already been carried up to our room which was located on the second floor. The room was already set out for night time with our beds made up and our table pressed against the wall. We were asked what time we would like breakfast and we chose 8:30.
At exactly 8:30 the following morning we received a call on the phone in our room from our host asking us if we were ready for them to bring the breakfast into our room. It was a western style breakfast with thick slice oas, some fresh fruits and eggs.
After breakfast had settled we chose to have a bath, it's a shared bath but you can book the time that you want to use it for you and your partner/family.
We came back that night for dinner, we opted for the Shabu-Shabu as i can't eat very much seafood, our hostess sat with us in the dining room and prepared the meal in front of us explaining what all the ingredients were and the process of the cooking. She also had a nice conversation with us asking us how we were enjoying Japan, what sights had we seen, etc. It was a very pleasant evening and an extremely well prepared and well cooked dinner.
We checked out the following morning but because we still had some sightseeing to accomplish our hosts graciously allowed us to keep our luggage at Kikokuso and we returned in the early afternoon after seeing some temples to collect our bags. Our host even then was gracious enough to drive us to Kyoto station and dropped us off at the Shinkansen entrance.
Kikokuso was such a wonderful experience, a truly cultural Japanese experience and the hospitality of our hosts, the beauty of the house and it's garden will all be things that we never forget. This was our one ryokan stay while in Japan and choosing Kikokuso was easily one of the best decisions that we could have made.

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
67 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2010

Spent alot of time and effort choosing a Ryokan for our trip to Japan as we wanted to have an authentic experience. This was certainly an expensive choice, but the reviews were so excellent we went for it. The ryokan was lovely and the hostess was very nice. I won't go through the details, it is as described by other reviews - welcoming tea, delicious dinner, hot bath, etc. The dining experience alone however was worth all the money it must be said, we really enjoyed the private dining room and the experience of each course being a surprise! We had both some of the most delicious and some of the most odd food we've ever eaten - a great experience!

The only issue we really had with this place was the cold. I don't think I have ever been as cold as I was the night we spent here. I know it was December and so Kyoto was cold, but we were indoors!! It was so cold I couldn't get up to go to the bathroom.

Everyone says if you're going to Japan you should experience a ryokan and I totally agree. I would go back to Kikokuso for sure, I'd just wait until the summer!

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled as a couple
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Boston
Level 1 Contributor
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 April 2010

Based on numerous reviews on Tripadvisor, it was obvious that Kyoto had many highly rated ryokans. Since it was hard to distinguish one from the other, I chose Kikokuso based on the highly touted service and hospitality, and I must say, they did not disappoint. We stayed for three nights, and opted to do 3 breakfasts and 1 dinner (so we could explore the city at night). Food was very, very good, if you liked traditional Japanese cuisine (I would have said excellent, but our food at the Mikawaya Ryokan in Hakone could not be topped), and the staff even went out of their way to provide us with certain delicacies that we had inquired about. Rooms were comfortable (traditional tatami mat setup), and the shared bath was not a concern at all (you just need to reserve a time with the staff). The innkeeper's son even offered to drive us back to the train station, even though it is only a 10-15 minute walk. All in all, I highly recommend this ryokan to everyone and would not hesitate to stay there again. Even though it may be a little on the pricey side, the overall experience is definitely worth it.

  • Stayed September 2009
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Sydney
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 November 2009

Wanted a real ryokan experience (not just somewhere with Japanese decor) and chose Kikokuso after a lot of research.

Felt comfortable there from the moment we checked in - it's homey and the family who run the place are very warm and hospitable. We left our luggage and returned just before dinner was to be ready. Our luggage had been taken up to our room and we were served tea and Japanese sweets in our room, then went downstairs to a private dining room for our kaiseki dinner which was very fresh and delicious - lots of little courses which were as much fun to look at as to eat (including smoked duck, sashimi, yuba, tofu, crab, tempura, miso soup). The private dining room also looked straight out onto a picturesque Japanese garden with some large fish swimming about. Our futons had already been made up so we went back to our room to relax - it was a spacious, comfortable, nicely furnished room (with a large table and chairs during the day and futons at night) with a little mini sunroom area looking over the garden with its own little table, chairs and teaset. The shared bathroom's downstairs and you make a booking for the timeslot you want - it's a shower with a separate in-ground hot bath if you want to soak; there's a mini bathroom in terms of a vanity and basin only at the entrance of your room. Only downsides were the mattresses were too firm for me and you have to go downstairs to go to the toilet (there's one room I think which has its own bathroom).

The next morning we had a Japanese breakfast (there's a choice of Western and Japanese) which was excellent - the best miso soup we had in Japan and other little courses like black sesame tofu, beans, okra, pickles) - it was like a mini kaiseki all over again! Also nice to get a view of the garden in daylight as well.

Had developed a liking for the tea they served there, so the proprietoress very kindly scooped out a sample for me to take to the tea shop and marked it out on a map; when we went to check out she asked where we were going & I said to the tea shop, then to the station to catch the train (I thought she was just asking to see whether we wanted to leave our luggage there but we were just going to wheel it) - instead she offered that her husband give us a lift! He drove us to the tea shop where I thought he'd drop us off but after we'd quickly bought our tea he drove us to the station as well! They were so kind and really went out of their way.

I highly recommend Kikokuso for the Japanese ryokan experience - wonderful hospitality, lovely food and really good value for money (much better than staying somewhere that just LOOKS like a ryokan)! It was one of the highlights of our trip to Kyoto.

  • Stayed October 2009
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London
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2009

We stayed 1 night to experience ryokan in Japan and it was very pleasant stay. the room was clean and nice. the owners are very very nice. we even got a ride to Kyoto station in the morning from the owner. The dinner and breakfast were good. The bath was very good. the only problem was that the toilets werent in the room and we had to go down and up each time to go to the toilets. There was internet in the lobby and the place itself is very beautiful.
The location is great as well.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: Kikokuso
Address: Kawaramachi Shichijo Agaru Hitosujime Nishi Iru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8143, Kyoto Prefecture
Region: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > Shimogyo-ku
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#22 Top resorts Hotel in Kyoto
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Number of rooms: 5
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