Kyomachiya Ryokan Sakura Urushitei is a pleasant ryokan-style hotel (hotel-style ryokan?) in central Kyoto, not far south of downtown. If you want Japanese style at budget hotel rates, give Urushitei a close look.
Kyomachiya Ryokan Sakura Urushitei At A Glance
- Great for: budget travelers, solo travelers, couples, families
- Strong points: good location, Japanese style, very low rates, concierge service
- Sample rates: from US$70 to $150 per night
Urushitei guest room
There are plenty of cheap budget hotels in Kyoto, but few have any real Kyoto style. Urushitei is an attempt to solve this problem. This budget ryokan is aimed squarely at foreign travelers and they do a good job at what they set out to do: provide a relatively authentic experience at a rate affordable to most travelers.
Urushitei lobby restaurant
Rooms have tatami mat flooring with raised beds, but futons are also available and work well for those traveling with children.
Best of all, Urushitei is just a short walk south of downtown, so it makes a good base for exploring Kyoto.
Name in English:
Kyomachiya Ryokan Sakura Urushitei
Name in Japanese:
425 Kichimonji-cho, Yanaginobamba-dori-Takatsuji-sagaru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan 600-8069
Price range: budget
7 minutes’ walk from Shijo Station (exit 5) of Subway Karasuma Line or Karasuma Station of Hankyu Kyoto Line
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