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Tawaraya Ryokan

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tawaraya stands for ultimate refinement and elegance. A benchmark for quality and the best statement to prove that less is more. For someone with an appreciation for a Ryokan, Tawaraya is probably the best hotel on Earth (stayed in August 2014).

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Santa Barbara, California
Reviewed 2 March 2017 via mobile

Service is beyond reproach. Room was spartan and authentic. Expensive, but an experience beyond the 5 star hotel. No furniture, no coffee maker. Superlative food but unapologetically Japanese. Wonderful memory. Would be fabulous honeymoon for the culturally literate.

1Thank Tom P
Hong Kong
Reviewed 28 January 2017

Stayed for two nights. This was the perfect introduction to traditional Kyoto culture. Understated with attention to each detail. Very traditional food, so be prepared for the unknown and for big, elaborate breakfasts. If staying two nights, recommend having second dinner at related restaurant down the street. Expensive but worth the splurge for a pure Kyoto experience.

2Thank tatahongkong
Leeds, United Kingdom
Reviewed 18 November 2016

It was with great sadness that we had to leave early to catch the plane ..everything was superb ...when we left , our lady in waiting got up extra early to say goodbye Andy treat us with such respect. Oh my word , this place , food and people are so so amazing ...if you need to ..remortgage to go...

3Thank foffle089
Ilkley, United Kingdom
Reviewed 31 October 2016

I have to agree with Conrad Hilton. It is the best hotel that I have ever stayed in over many years of travelling. No frills, just perfect service and attention to detail. Tranquility. A charming lady in waiting. Wonderful room, with private bathroom and garden.

1Thank Jens S
Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

This establishment has no online booking, it relies on its outstanding reputation. So here's my recommendation- go there, even if it's only for one night of your life. We booked this Ryokan way ahead of time as part of our honeymoon after reading about its reputation in the lonely plant guide. Or so we thought! When we were in Tokyo...

10Thank Mandy W
Newton, Massachusetts
Reviewed 8 October 2016

This 300-year-old inn is located on an unassuming street behind a simple facade that does not indicate you are about to enter a place of elegant serenity in the middle of Kyoto's hustle and bustle. You feel more like a house guest than a hotel guest because everything is provided to you in your room by a personal attendant --...

4Thank robertalan2016
Reviewed 14 September 2016

Staying at the Tawaraya Ryokan is an elegant experience. From the moment you enter you will be immersed in its beauty and history. Everything from the rooms to the food and service have all been maintained within their traditional heritage and that is simply the great joy of staying here. It almost felt wrong to log onto their free wifi...

4Thank GypsetStyle
Milan, Italy
Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

The authentic Japanese hospitality you always dreamed of is just behind this courtain in this little street in Kyoto. Everything is simply perfect, and it is perfect in its simplicity. Tradition is everywhere in the room, in the bathroom and in the garden. Dinner and breakfast are amazing. The service is fantastic.

2Thank MartyAntonio
Reviewed 10 September 2016

From the moment l remove my shoes l felt the outside world had no more use to me. As l turn to enter Tawaraya there were about 5 or 6 people saying kochira e douzo, I did not have break or pause my stride until I was at the desk inside my tatami room, seamless. (The seamless checkin is rare...

3Thank wazaaaa

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No district of Kyoto is quite as representative of its blended nature as the City Center. By day, the covered shopping arcades along Kawaramachi and Shijo Street bring deal hunters and fashionistas out in droves to peruse the clothing, accessories, gifts, and home goods offerings. When it grows dark, the City Center is a hip spot for nightlife, alive with bars and clubs. A trendy culinary scene and an abundance of local watering holes give the Center its youthful vibrancy. In contrast, the quieter areas of the City Center seem a world away, shielded from noise by the foliage of the public gardens and zen spaces surrounding the area's shrines, castles, and the Imperial Palace. These ancient and sacred spots are seamlessly folded into the scenery, providing a respite from the energy of the city, but close enough to put you directly back onto the pulse of the city when you're ready.
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Address: 278 Nakahakusancho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8094, Kyoto Prefecture
Region: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > City Center
Price Range: $628 - $1,383 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Tawaraya Ryokan 3.5*
Number of rooms: 18
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“The rooms on the groundfloor each have a private garden”
JensS507, 31 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Our room was named Fuji.”
robertalan2016, 8 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Choose the high end rooms they come with a matching high end menus, better value.”
wazaaaa, 10 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Use Japanican.com if you can't book through normal agency”
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377SG, 19 Mar 2016 | Read review
“All rooms are beautiful Enjoy the exerience e”
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