I just spend 2 nights in this Ryokan last week with my boyfriend, we totally like this place. It's a very good experience for us in Kyoto.
First, it's about the environment. Everywhere is nice, clean and new. The lobby is nice, esp like the delicate backyard garden. The rooms are more spacious than I expected because I thought it would be smaller as I picked a 8-tatami room instead of 10-tatami. But it's a 2-room place so we got plenty area to move around. It's my first experience staying in a tatami-room and I totally like it and would want to do it again. The toilet is a bit small but still very functional and clean and I like the separated sink at the door place so while one is having a shower, the other can still use the sink outside. The tatami-room is a very cozy place to stay.
Secondly, it's about the location. I like the location because it's the area surrounded by all the tourist must-go area, just the middle of everything. The streets of shops and restaurant are within walking distance like 15-20 minutes. It's not super convenient (while the busy shops are located downstairs) but I still enjoyed the peaceful neighborhood around. It's like 5-10minute walk from the subway station. But there are bus stops all around the Ryokan so it's still pretty convenient overall.
Finally, it's about the staff. They are very helpful. Every time before we go out we would ask for suggested directions, and they can always point out the easier transport to ease our travelling time. And I especially like the desert "Zhi Ji" they prepared in our rooms, I bought several boxes back home. :)
The only bad point I could think of is that, it's a pity that I couldn't enjoy the cycling experience in Kyoto. It's out of expectations that this ryokan provide rental bicycles services. But you can only rent it for a whole day but not several hours. We originally planned to use it for a short ride to the Garden at the north but we failed. It would be if the hotel can provide hourly rental service or even free rental service.
Don't worry about the size of the 8-tatami room! It's more than enough for 2 people :)
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9 December 2011
thank you for staying at nishiyama ryokan.
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and we are happy to hear you.
and we try our best for all travelers.
and we have information for our guests.
and we will have japanese culture(calligrafy and tea celemony and go games and so on) event in nishiyama lobby for free Dec 11th19th28th 2011 about18:00 to 19:00 .
if you have free time .please join it.
thank you in advance.
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