It's a decent Ryokan but I've seen better. If you are in Kyoto, you have to try the Ryokan experience at least once, just don't expect it to be comfortable. Yachiyo staff are very friendly and helpful, their English is very good. The rooms are old but give you the real experience of been in a Ryokan but expect to have the heater on and little sleep because it gets cold and sleeping on the ground doesn't help. Overall if you are looking to stay a few nights in a mid range Ryokan than this is for you, otherwise lash out and pay for a room at one of the luxury Ryokans.
Good location and good value for money.
The breakfast a little expensive for what it offers
The location is very good for visiting the east part of Kyoto.
Next to the hotel you can find a very good coffeeshop.
Gion is not far so you can go there for some drinks or dinner
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....... you'll love this place! Despite being sent instructions, to locate we found the house difficult to locate once we came out of the subway. Maybe our fault, but the details could be a little clearer. However, a friendly young man went out of his way to guide us. Typical Japanese friendliness that we found throughout our stay in Japan. We were also emailed a letter in Japanese to direct taxi drivers - a nice touch!
However, that's a minor point. The manager, Yumi, was waiting in the street, a little concerned that we were later than expected. She took great trouble in explaining how the house worked and left us to enjoy it - with contact available by mobile phone left in the kitchen.
The accommodation is a machiya with tatami, futons and Japanese style. The beds were on the floor, so hard but comfortable with warm duvets. The bathroom was a shower and deep bath, with good flow and stability of heat. A separate washbasin and toilet, all divided with wood and paper screens.
The living room had a low table with four low chairs. For westerners, these may provide a problem, but worth trying. There is nowhere to relax - we have suggested bean bags which could be kept in a cupboard until need, so as not to spoil the visual appearance of a delightful room.
A small kitchen with fridge/freezer, kettle and microwave was fine.
Wi-Fi was free and had a strong and stable signal.
Location is excellent with closeby useful bus routes and subway station.
This is a great hotel for couples, and is in a great location to explore Gion and central Kyoto. The breakfast in the morning is tasty and convenient and the amenities are really top notch. My boyfriend loved the huge TV (even though we didn't watch it) as well as the beautiful canopy bed and built-in music system.
The shuffling of Geisha echoes in this quiet ward between the Kamo River and leafy Higashiyama Mountains. Arthur Golden's Memoirs of a Geisha takes place here in the Gion entertainment district. Visit during July for the Gion Festival. To the east, the high wooden stage of the Kyomizu temple floats above the canopy while traditional shops line the stone steps of Ninzaka and Sannzaka avenues below.
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