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“"A Food and Furniture duet"”
Review of Ryokan Ugenta

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Ryokan Ugenta
Ranked #192 of 379 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
Reviewed 2 March 2013

We booked the Western-style room and I - not having done any homework - was amazed to find original George Nakashima works being used as ordinary furniture: dining table and chairs, settee, coffee table, credenza...all beautifully kept, yet sporting the inevitable scratches and marks of daily use.

The room actually comprises the upper two stories of a 3-storey building. Large picture windows offer galllery-like views of the ryokan's carpark, adjoining road, river and the area beyond which slopes upwards to the ridge separating Kibune from the huge Kurama temple-complex. Walking back from the latter involves a picturesque 2-hour hike; in our case, it was snow-covered and uniquely enjoyable, almost spiritual.

Service is impeccable and the food is as good as a Michelin-starred (or two) restaurant's.

Room Tip: There are only two rooms to choose from. Each is self-contained and very private.
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  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 November 2012

Ugenta offers the best ryokan room that I have ever been to. Detailed design in the room and the gorgeous food, not to mention the breathtaking onsen tubs on the top of the building.

Kibune is definitely worth visiting, and don't miss out Ugenta if you happen to be in Kibune :)

Room Tip: There are only two rooms at Ugenta. Either one will give you a perfect ryokan experience.
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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 29 June 2010

This ryokan was the highlight of our Japan trip... We stayed at Four Seasons, Peninsulas etc, but this was truly an experience. we had the Japanese room (there are only two rooms - one traditional and one western style) -- and we enjoyed it sooo much.

The food was to die for - but I guess for food lovers of the Japanese cuisine! Not for beginners...

The service was more than amazing as we had it basically all to ourselves! I wish we could return to Japan and to Ugenta.

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank tkvu
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Reviewed 23 April 2009

This place is 45Mins Approx from Kyoto Train Station, Along the car journey to your destination you follow the path of the main river with beautiful tree's and other scenery which will change from city to rural as you get closer to this destination.

The Ryokan is set along side a riviene at is both calming and scenic.

Its a great place if you want to just get away from it all and relax.
There are 2 rooms there a western style room or tradional Japanese room.
We stayed in the traditional Japanese room and it was massive.
Over 2 Floors you have 2 Hot tubs (1 in and 1 outside)
A balcony that over looks the riviene and a bedroom with tatami mats and duvets (Very comfortable)

The ground floor has a sunken table as a centrepiece with heated floor for your feet.
The room has airconditioning and a state of the art electronic toilet (with seat warmer of course). Also a TV but dont expect to receive too many channels or CNN or BBC News etc. Its not that kind of place.

The top floor has a cd player and a computer although everything is in Japanese but they can convert some of it into english. But you can connect your laptop to the LAN cable.

You need to have a fairly good understanding of the Japaese language as the staff here do not speak too much english but are very very helpful. From the time you check in to when Breakfast and dinner is being served it is all done with great care and respect.

Breakfast and Dinner is included and breakfast can be Continental English or Traditional Japaese (Fish Rice Miso etc)

Dinner is a long 1-2 hour affair with approx 10 courses served individually.
Amazing presentation of food and amazing original Japaenese flavours of food. Thi is real Authentic Rural Japan.

Worth the money and worth the experience.

There is not much around the long hill side, a pottery shop at the bottom a few traditional restaurants and also a beautiful temple.

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 August 2017
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Room Tip: 川床料理を楽しむ会でしたので、宿泊はしていません。
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  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled with family
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1  Thank eishihara
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Address: 76 Kuramakibunecho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 601-1112, Kyoto Prefecture
Region: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto
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Ranked #192 of 379 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
Price Range: RM3,347 - RM4,628 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 2
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