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We had a lovely stay in Yoshi-ima. We were well fed, expertly looked after, and got to see the heart of Gion around our living quarters. Our kids enjoyed the tea room experience and thought it was great fun sleeping on futons.
Everything from the welcome is very traditionally Japanese. We were served green tea in our room, were dressed in yukata before dinner. Dinner was 7 courses of delicious little dishes. One ciriticism – there was very little time between courses and therefore felt a bit...More
My husband and I stayed at this charming inn, set in the heart of the Geisha district. While it was a little difficult to find, it was conveniently located. We loved it. It was very traditional in appearance with a lovely tea house where we...More
First and foremost, if you have any issue with sleeping on a traditional futon on the tatami flooring then this ryokan is not for you. I've read a few reviews on various websites where people were surprised when it came to settling in for the...More
Nice inner japanese garden and great location in the center of Kyoto. But much too expensive considering the very ordinary quality of the meals and service and the very poor condition of the bath room (shabby unclean floor and walls, bath tub = OK). Lack...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.
Yes - there were electrical outlets available. I did not need a 3-to-2 converter. If you are concerned you could bring an extension cord or purchase on there. A large department store is a 10-15 minute walk from there.