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Arashiyama Benkei

34 Sagatenryuji Susukinobabacho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8385, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-872-3355
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  • Excellent71%
  • Very good23%
  • Average0%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“lunch” (4 reviews)
“private bath” (2 reviews)
“onsen” (3 reviews)
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11:30 - 19:00All hours
Japanese, Vegetarian Friendly
34 Sagatenryuji Susukinobabacho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8385, Kyoto Prefecture
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Reviewed 31 May 2017

Benkei is my mimi spa and retreat. Kaiseki lunch was delicious, nicely prepared and presented. Private onsen provided relaxation and mineral wellness to body. Great spa and retreat for a few hours. Zen moment for mind, body, and soul!

Thank 808Sunshine
Reviewed 8 April 2017

We had a lovely peaceful stay in beautiful surroundings, nice open, and we were served with delicious treats. The staff is very gracious.

Thank SadSusan
Reviewed 7 April 2017

Arashiyama Benkei seems to be all about the details. Our room was spacious and beautiful, and looked onto a gorgeous traditional garden. There were so many thoughtful details for our comfort: the yukata of course (can request kids sizes too), tabi socks, small bags to...More

Thank 360Canada
Reviewed 11 February 2017

This review comes late as my girlfriend and I visited Arashiyama in December of 2015. Reservation was made by email and responses were prompt and courteous. Lunch was composed of delicate traditional Japanese dishes and the view of the river added to the experience. After...More

Thank NhanTri
Reviewed 20 December 2016

Let me begin by saying that I couldn't possibly imagine proposing to my fiancee any other way: a warm welcome, a dip in an authentic, fragrant hinoki routenburo in view of Arashiyama's mountains as the sun set, a riverside view of the mountains and the...More

Thank Marthy A
Reviewed 16 December 2016

We could not afford to stay a night in any of the top class Ryokan, so instead we booked lunch and a private bath here. It was a fabulous experience! We had the most incredible meal and felt so relaxed after soaking in the water....More

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Reviewed 10 August 2016

This was my second time to visit Arashiyama Benkei! Kyoto is always my top list in my travel plan and the scenic spot of Arashiyama is best of the best. The location of Arashiyama Benkei is very close to the major Arashiyama hotspots but a...More

Thank MQLiang
Reviewed 7 April 2016

I really don't have the words to describe how wonderful this Ryokan was. I have never had a more relaxing or luxurious experience in all my lfie. From the moment we arrived to the moment we left every single thing was perfect. The staff was...More

Thank Jenna E
Reviewed 29 March 2016

I had planned this trip to Arashiyama Benkei as a surprise to my fiancé. The Arashiyama Benkei team were great all along the way, from reservations to the actual visit. The team had helped me to reserve a dip in their outdoor onsen before our...More

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Thank Samantha C
Reviewed 29 January 2016

Apprecaite the reply from Bankei to my dissatisfaction. The room we had was not a river view but a garden view that we couldn't open the shaded windows as people from other rooms/buildings can see us! I stayed 3 different onsen ryokans this time in...More

Thank 428joycec
Western Kyoto
Western Kyoto is home to some of the city's best
eccentricities. Kyoto's Saga-Toriimoto Preserved
Street takes visitors back in time to the Meiji
Period, where old homes have been transformed into tea
houses and eateries. Pleasure boats drift down the
riverbank, under wooden bridges that beckon nature
lovers to hiking trails and botanical walks. The
area's famously tall bamboo groves, monkey park, and
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1 March 2017|
Response from benkei-staff | Property representative |
Dear Sunny_evie, We thank you very much for your inquiry and interest in our ryokan. Our Lunch or Dinner are available depending on the schedule. Please contact us through our official website with your requesting... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
US$27 - US$161
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Wifi
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Open Hours
11:30 - 19:00
11:30 - 19:00
11:30 - 19:00
11:30 - 19:00
11:30 - 19:00
11:30 - 19:00
11:30 - 19:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 34 Sagatenryuji Susukinobabacho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8385, Kyoto Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto>  > Western Kyoto
  • Neighbourhood: Western Kyoto
  • Phone Number: +81 75-872-3355
  • This restaurant is at Arashiyama Benkei
Welcome Arashiyama Benkei was established in 1969 on the historical and scenic land known as Arashiyama. . Guests at Benkei indulge in traditional multi-course kaiseki fare that uses seasonal ingredients found not only in Kyoto, but sourced from all over Japan. We take care in creating cuisine that appeals to all palates, yet maintains respect for the tenets of traditional Kyoto cooking. -The Soul of Kyoto Cuisine- Having prospered as Japan's capital city for over a millennium, Kyoto also developed its own gourmet culture as a prominent national culinary center. Most consider the origins of Kyoto cooking to be found in shōjin-ryōri, Buddhist vegetarian cuisine. This translates into a modern culinary tradition that is characterized by an emphasis on the flavors of the ingredients and what can be added to enhance those flavors. In addition to flavor, this custom values food presentation and dining atmosphere, inviting all 5 senses to indulge in the experience. The end result is an appreciation for nature's bounty, and an unparalleled sense of hospitality (omotenashi) toward the diner. -Enjoy a day trip of Kyoto cuisine and Arashiyama onsen- Day trip guests at Benkei may also opt to enjoy a relaxing bath in addition to a gourmet meal. The facilities open at 11:30 a.m. We offer full plans that include meals in private room (2 hours for bento meals or 3 hours for full-course kaiseki meals), baths, towels, and yukata robe, as well as more informal plans that include a restaurant meal in the open space and onsen bath.
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