Ratings based on 26 Verified Reviews
4.8 Room cleanliness
4.8 Service & staff
4.5 Room comfort
4.7 Hotel condition
Expedia Verified Reviews
for Everyoneby A verified traveler
unique experience in a traditional ryokanPosted Jun 2, 2017
we spent two nights here. Found the staff incredibly kind and helpful. They went out of their way to make sure everything went smoothly for us. One of them wrote out for us in Japanese all of the sights we wanted to go to so that we could show taxi drivers the Japanese names of the locations. It turned out to be incredibly helpful and made our brief stay very smooth. We also had the traditional Japanese dinner one of our nights at the ryokan. it was amazing. We had never had anything like it. The owner was lovely and introduced herself during our dinner. The room was very comfortable, decorated in the traditional Japanese style. We had big windows that opened up to a lovely garden view with the hills in the distance. We would highly recommend. It was a wonderful experience all around.
by Chris Piazza from New York
A gem in KyotoPosted Apr 5, 2017 on Hotels
If you are in Kyoto this is a must. The staff is friendly, the grounds are immaculate and the food is wonderful. The best accomidation in Kyoto by far!
for Couplesby A verified traveler from San Francisco
Japanese Cultural ExperiencePosted Mar 27, 2017
Pros: The authenticity. No nails were used in the building. The traditional design was like stepping back in time.
Location: There was a temple next door we did not visit and many others within walking distance, but w concentrated on the main sites.
We felt like guests in a bygone era. The food was authentic. Staff were very friendly. Sleeping on the futon bed was quite comfortable and the tub was welcome after a day of touring. It's in a quiet residential area a bit out of town. Taxis were called and arrived after a short wait.
for Everyoneby A verified traveler
Fantastic old Japanese style hotelPosted Oct 8, 2016
Pros: The gardens were lovely
Cons: Rattling windows, a few tired carpets and the furniture needed a wax and polish to retain its age.
Location: Lovely quiet place, near some temples. No shops nearby
I loved staying here. Having breakfast in a private room overlooking the lovely gardens was great. It was a little run down in places partly I assume to retain its older character. The staff were friendly but only one spoke much English. You will not have a private bathroom and toilet and must share. The windows of our room rattled when the wind blew and kept waking us up. When there you always feel the need to be quiet as the walls are thin. But all in all a lovely place.
by A verified traveler
One of the best hotel/inn experiences ever.Posted Sep 30, 2016 on Hotels
I have always wanted to stay in a Ryokan, and the experience exceeded my expectations. Hosts were warm, welcoming, and very helpful.
by yu mei from New Jersey , USA
To experience the traditional Japanese Life stylePosted Jun 10, 2016 on Hotels
Accommodations are traditional but perhaps could be updated. We stayed in the hanare, which is a separate building from the main house. The food was terrific and the people were wonderful. You are made to feel like either visiting family or royalty. The Japanese gardens are beautiful. The surrounding neighborhood is quiet. The property itself is serene.
Posted Jun 1, 2016 on Hotels
by Samantha from Chicago
Great Ryokan Experience!Posted Apr 2, 2016 on Hotels
We stayed at the Yoshida-Sanso for one night after spending 3 nights at the Westin in Kyoto. Obviously a very different experience from a Western hotel, but very happy we did it and highly recommend to others. We arrived in the evening around 6pm and immediately went to enjoy our multi-course dinner that was included in the price of our hotel room. My friend is a vegan and they were able to accommodate her with a delicious meal as well since we gave them advanced notice. Our room was spacious, and we shared a bathroom with another room that was on the same floor. It was not an issue at all, as we never seemed to need to use the bathroom at the same time. Breakfast the next morning was just as elaborate and delicious as dinner the night before. After breakfast we walked a short 10 minutes to the Philosopher’s Path and enjoyed the beautiful cherry blossoms that were blooming. We made a quick stop at the Silver Pavilion. The staff spoke relatively good English and one woman was almost fluent as she spent a few years in NYC. All were very attentive and helpful. Overall, the Yoshida-sanso was a great, unique experience and I would highly recommend for anyone who is looking to change up the traditional Western hotel stay.
by Quentin from New Jersey
Historic RyokanPosted Feb 1, 2016 on Hotels
This is a great opportunity to stay in a historically important and beautiful house/ryokan. The house is full of interesting original architectural details and the garden is excellent. The neighborhood is quiet but there are bus routes nearby and subway lines are also a (longish) walk away. They're happy to call taxis for you as well. We were the only guests there at the time and received great, attentive service.
by Maria from San Francisco
Fantastic experiencePosted Dec 23, 2015 on Hotels
Amazing once-in-a-lifetime experience in beautiful traditional Ryokan