The Izuyasu is a classic traditional ryokan within walking distance of Kyoto Station. It’s one of the best places to get the full ryokan experience without paying the rates of the more famous places downtown.
Izuyasu is an upper mid-range ryokan in a fine old wooden building on an attractive block not far from Kyoto Station. It’s not as famous as some of the high-end places in the center of the city, but it’s still a classic. They pride themselves on their traditional Japanese fare, and you’ll enjoy wonderful dinners and breakfasts here, served in the comfort of your room.
The location is decent: it’s close to Kyoto Station, and from there, you can easily get anywhere in the city.
As is typical in mid-range ryokan, the walls are relatively thin, so you’ll hear your neighbors if they’re noisy, but this place attracts a respectable clientele, so this isn’t a regular issue.
Overall, a night here would be a fantastic way to get the full ryokan experience in Kyoto.
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272 Sasaya-cho, Higashinotoin-dori-Shimojuzuyamachi-agaru, Shimogyo-ku
Moderate to Expensive
Internet: free wifi access
Non-smoking rooms: Yes
10min walk from Kyoto Station Central Exit
Official site: (English)
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