If you want to experience a country ryokan with private baths and excellent food, but don’t want to travel up until the Japan Alps etc, then take a close look at Sumiya Kihoan. It’s in Kameoka, which is about half an hour from Kyoto by train and they’ll pick you up at the station.
Sumiya Kihoan exterior
Ryokan Sumiya Kihoan At A Glance
- Great for: couples, families, those looking to escape the cities
- Strong points: great onsen baths, excellent food, close to Kyoto
- Sample rates: from US$300 to $800 per night
Sumiya Kihoan gate
Famous as the ryokan where John Lennon and Yoko Ono stayed during one of their Japan trips, Sumiya Kihoan is a lovely onsen ryokan located in the mountains outside Kameoka, a small city located on the other side of the mountains from Kyoto’s Arashiyama district. The real virtue here is that it allows you to escape the city without having to spend a day in transit.
Sumiya Kihoan dinner
Sumiya Kihoan has a variety of rooms that range from most Western-style to traditional Japanese style. Some rooms have private onsen baths on verandahs overlooking the forest. There’s also a beautiful onsen bath located in the forest near the ryokan, accessible by a short trail.
Japanese-style suite room private bath
The ryokan prides itself on food and since there’s not too much around here, you should definitely choose the breakfast/dinner option. The prices may look high for full board, but when you understand what you’d pay for meals like this in a restaurant, it all makes sense.
Japanese-style suite room bedroom
If you’re looking for a country ryokan with private baths and great food, take a very close look at Sumiya Kihoan.
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25 Hiedanocho-kakihana-miyanooku, Kameoka-shi, Kyoto, Japan 621-0036
Price range: moderate to luxury
Taxi or courtesy bus from Kameoka Station of JR Sagano Line
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