Inakatei is a simple traditional ryokan located on the most atmospheric pedestrian-only lane in Kyoto. The rates are far below what you’d expect given the location and beautiful old structure.
Ryokan Inakatei At A Glance
- Great for: couples, solo travelers, ryokan first-timers
- Strong points: amazing location, low rates
- Sample rates: from US$150 to $400 per night
Inakatei guest room
Ishibei-koji lane is a quiet hidden world located just off the main sightseeing street in the southern Higashiyama district. Inakatei stands in the middle of Ishibei-koji, surrounded by other buildings of traditional beauty.
The ryokan itself is a simple budget ryokan, so don’t expect the service and decorations you might see at the famous places downtown. But the breakfast is great and the hosts are pleasant and the rates – well – they’re amazingly reasonable. I mean, you can stay here for about what it would cost you to stay at a cookie-cutter business hotel down near Kyoto Station.
Inaktatei traditional Japanese breakfast
If you want to spend one or two magical nights in a dreamlike location in Kyoto, this is a great choice.
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463 Shimokawara-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Japan 605-0825
Price range: budget to moderate
4 minutes’ walk from Higashiyama Yasui Bus Stop, Kyoto City Bus 206 from Kyoto Station
Website: inakatei.com (Japanese)
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