"Fantastic Ryokan page" Kyoto Hotel Tip by j-san

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Unique Qualities: This website finally shows the difference between "modern ryokan" and "traditional ryokan". Since I live downtown, I see so many big concrete buildings called "Ryokan" and having looked at their websites, they will show a "traditional" interior, but it's completely artificial, an illusion of history in a concrete apartment-like block and I wonder if the western tourists emerging with hoards of Japanese students on tour of Kyoto, aren't just a little disappointed. To experience that "real" old Kyoto feeling, you need to stay in a "traditional" ryokan, ideally amid greenery ie. not downtown. And if you have the money a "luxury" ryokan, (btw. the super-famous Hiragiya, which I pass by on my bicycle all the time, is actually a tiny oasis of green in treeless downtown, just off the very busy Oike street. I have no idea what it's like to stay there and no doubt it's very high-class considering the price, but the location is nothing special Kyoto-wise.)
Check out the link below!

just glancing through, Motonago Ryokan looks wonderful:

Address: avoid anything in the middle of the map
Theme: Inn
Website: http://japaneseguesthouses.com/db/kyoto/

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Aug 28, 2005
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