My family just returned from a wonderful initiation into the ryokan experience. On our first visit to Japan we decided to book a ryokan for one night preceding our hotel stay in Kyoto. Our criteria were price range, good reviews and proximity to our hotel. We couldn’t have made a better choice. We arrived early and the staff happily kept our bags till the 4 pm check in time. We spent that time walking in the nearby fascinating Nishki Food Market and the shopping promenades. Upon our return we were served green tea and cookies. In spite of limited English the staff was very friendly. The rooms and furnishings were tastefully decorated and the futons were comfortable. There were modern shower and lavoratory rooms in the entry area which were screened off from the eating/sleeping space. The kimonos, which were attractive and well-made, were worn down to the communal bath and to sleep. The bath and companion washing areas were a delight and we didn’t end up sharing them with anyone. Due to my daughters dietary restrictions we did not eat any meals in the ryokan but instead bought breakfast in the nearby grocery and stored it overnight in the refrigerator in the room. We all enjoyed this ryokan experience, felt it was worth the expense, and recommend the Matsui Honkon Ryokan.
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- Also Known As:
- Matsui Honkan Ryokan Kyoto
- Matsui Honkan Ryokan Hotel Kyoto