Ryokan Sanki is a traditional Japanese guest house, tatami matting floors, futon sleeping arrangements and simple but lovely decor in the rooms and hallway. The stairs are steep to take your luggage up (I am 56, and was fine, but you wouldn't want dodgy knees).
Good free wifi. Buses and trains fairly close by. The bathroom is shared, and is clean and usable, but fairly rudimentary. I booked a double room as I thought that the double room had its own bath, but no. It was absolutely fine, but its good to know what to expect.
Sanki is in the original entertainment area, and there is an old geisha house just across the road that has been preserved as a museum. It is quite exquisite, and well worth a visit.
Upon arrival we were concerned as we could not make contact, and it seemed there was a problem with our online reservation. English-Japanese translation caused a bit of confusion, and once we worked out what was lost in translation we were brought into the Inn and shown our room.
The host was very hospitable, however she would turn the heater off which we purposely left on while we went out for dinner as it was very cold inside, especially being the middle of winter! The layout was a bit of a maze, however it was impeccably clean and well maintained.
The location was great - easy to get to food, transport, etc.
There is a little eatery on the other side of the street, just past the intersection after the bath house. It had a small light in the window. The host speaks good English and you get a lot of food, which is very nice for 10,000 yen. We went back the following night!
If you are after a cheap, traditional stay, I would definitely recommend this Inn.
This is my second time in ryokan Sanki, and I'll keep coming back whenever in Kyoto.
Grandmas who own this place are lovely and caring and will make sure you get the best from your stay.
The location is great, just a few steps from Tambaguchi station (one stop away to Kyoto central station), and surrounded by an old geisha district; there is an historical Sumiya house next door that has gorgeous paintings, there a the fish market, 2 onsens and there are plenty of very good small restaurant and bars around. Between them, even the winner of 2013 best lunch in Kyoto!
Just ask them the map for the laundry store and you'll receive a map of the whole area that will make a big difference.
The ryokan is a historical house in wood and tatami.
The shared bathrooms are kept spotless.
Every evening a clean hot bath is prepared in the small tub.
I was welcomed a fresh drink once arrived, the room was large, clean and nice, equipped with Yukata and all.
I have seen and been in almost all the rooms, and they are all nice.
The little courtyard is peaceful, and the place is quiet and safe.
I stayed for a long time and changed the dates more than once, and it was always smooth.
And I was given a gift when I left, once again!
I feel like home every time I go to Sanki and I will keep going back.
Ryokan Sanki was our first accomodation in Japan, and the best so far.
We are a family of five italians, with three 25 to 30 years old daughters.
We booked before by email, writing in english and copying the Google translator for the same in japanese too, as a courtesy to the lady of the Ryokan. The old lady who manages the Ryokan appreciated very much, and she did the same, she answered in japanese with google translation in english below.
She always answered very precisely and in time.
Communicating was never a problem even if she lady doesn't speak almost any english, she is simply a delightful person, asking help or informations is no worries at all.
The day before our arrival I sent a confirmation with all our flight details.
We arrived with a bus from Kansai International Airport in Kyoto station, and then we took a small local train to Tambaguchi station. At the station we just started to look at the map then a boy arrived and offered us to call the Ryokan for us with his own cell phone. In five minutes the lady arrived at the station to pick us - simply perfect.
When we arrived we couldn't believe how gracious it was. The entire building is made of wood and is like a japanese labyrinth. Very traditional and beautiful.
It is full of nice japanese decorations and has a small nice garden, but what's great is the atmosphere.
We had two rooms, one very big for 3 sisters and one smaller for the parents. On each room she already prepared the futon with a simple kimono to wear in the Ryokan, a tea set, towels and everything you may need for your staying.
The rooms were both traditional, perfect and clean, and one of them was very very big.
She also provided us maps and other useful papers in english and japanese both.
We payed in cash as we agree before, and we found it a good and right price (even cheap) for what we had - affordable and a good bargain for a quality staying.
The bathrooms are shared, but always clean. Shower is simple and asian style, but provided with what you need.
The location is good - not far from Kyoto station, which you can easily reach with buses and local trains, and allows you to easily take other transportations to any other interesting site of the city.
It is very easy to go around the city and it also has some interesting sites nearby. The area is peaceful, though is not very traditional (except in some very very nice spots) it gives anyway some kind of "little village" feeling; it may be worth to take some time to explore around.
Every day the lady cleaned and changed our blanketts and kimonos, everything seemed perfect and new. She was always very friendly and nice and she even gave us some little gifts when we left.
It was a very pleasant staying and a japanese experience that we will not forget.
Great traditional place in a quiet residential neighbourhood with character. 2 min walk to two Sento baths (1 cheap local small, and 1 larger modern - both are great). 10 min walk to JR Station Tamagushi, Bus Stop, convenience store & large supermarket. Free bottled water & green tea (as long as supplies last). Very nice Japanese speaking landlady. Small fridge in corridor. Quiet remote controlled AC.
I had large room to the front of the building. They also have smaller windowless as well as shared rooms.
No cooking or food facilities. Bad TV reception. No internet. Small shared bathroom only.