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We only spent one night here, but we wish we had spent more! This Ryokan feels really traditional and authentic in it's aesthetics and atmosphere. The owner is a very lovely man who makes great effort. He speaks little English and we speak little Japanese...More
A very nice experience. We liked the traditional Japanese ryokan style with tatami mats, the location (walking distance from some of the major temples and the geisha district) and the very helpful host.
We stayed here for three nights and used it as our base for exploring kyoto. We had a large room with Tatami mats, and a screen with seats and an en-suite behind it. The en-suite was chilly in March, but that's the only negative thing...More
My husband and I would like to try living in a Japanese house. We decided to choose ryokan Okuda in a very last minute. Beside its great location, we like it because the pics gave us more rustic and traditional feel :) Well it was...More
Warmly welcomed by the female owner and although she doesn't know how to speak English but she manage to show us what to do in the Ryokan patiently. It is located just opposite Kyoto hospital. So you have to bear with the siren in the...More
Gion is Kyoto's famed Geisha District (called "Geiko" in Kyoto). Though Gion's many tea houses and entertainment restaurants are closed to foreigners, Geiko and Maiko in their traditional makeup with gilded hair in full kimono can be seen drifting the streets on their way to and from work, where they fan dance, sing, and play instruments for customers. Gion lights up at night, when the ancient-looking streets
glow with lanterns along the river, where weeping willows catch the starlight and the air is warmed with conversation. Groups pass through to populate the restaurants and bars along the riverfront, but Gion still manages to be a mostly quiet district, due in large part to limited automotive traffic through many of its streets. Gion is a wonderful place to indulge in Kyoto's local and customary cuisines, and is best enjoyed after dark.