Genhouin is one of the most beautiful ryokan in Kyoto. It’s a classic Japanese structure surrounded by superb gardens. Best of all, it’s in a quiet neighborhood not far from the sights.
Genhouin exterior with garden
Ryokan Genhouin At A Glance
- Great for: couples, families with older children
- Strong points: architecture, gardens, quiet neighborhood
- Sample rates: from US$500 to $1000 per night
Genhouin family room garden view
Genhouin is a charming and largely unknown ryokan in a quiet residential neighborhood in the northern Higashiyama district, a short walk from the Path of Philosophy, Ginkaku-ji and the magical walking paths of Yoshida-yama.
Genhouin main common room
The ryokan is a bit of an oddity: It’s firmly in the luxury price bracket, but some of the rooms have shared bathrooms (it’s a small place so this isn’t really a problem). But some rooms have private hot tubs with garden views. A fine Japanese breakfast is served but not dinner.
Overall, for travelers who want to stay in an absolutely gorgeous property in a quiet area, this ryokan is hard to beat. Just note that children below the age of 13 are not permitted.
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Name in Japanese:
77 Okazaki-hosshoji-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan 606-8333
Price range: luxury
4 minutes’ walk from Okazaki Hosshojicho Bus Stop, Kyoto City Bus 5 from Kyoto Station
Website: genhouin.com (Japanese)
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