Momijiya Annex is a magical riverside retreat with private cabins and private outdoor bathtubs. It’s a fantastic choice for a one- or two-day retreat from the world.
About 20 minutes’ drive north of Kyoto in the mountain village of Takao, Momijiya Annex is a riverside ryokan surrounded by beautiful greenery. They have nice rooms in the central building, but you really should go for one of the private cabins – they’re truly special. They are surrounded by woods and have decks with private bathtubs in which you can soak while looking at the beautiful Kiyotaki-gawa River.
The staff of the ryokan can come down to Kyoto and pick you up at a train station in the city, which makes the journey quite painless. Once at the ryokan, you will be within walking distance of some great hiking and two sublime temples: Jingo-ji and Saimyo-ji. See our Takao page for more on the area.
So, if you’re looking for a place for a honeymoon, a proposal or just a few quiet and restorative days, this is a wonderful choice!
Name in English:
Momijiya Annex Kawa-no-iori
Name in Japanese:
Takao, Umegahata, Ukyo-ku
Internet: free wifi access
Non-smoking rooms: Yes
8min walk from Yamashiro Takao bus stop, West JR Bus, from Kyoto Station
Official site: (English)
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