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Ohara Sanzeninhan, Sakyo-Ku, Kyoto 601-1241 Kyoto Prefecture
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#193 of 602 in Kyoto
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SERYO is a traditional Japanese accommodation "ryokan" located within the naturesque country side of Ohara, Kyoto which also provides fine Kyoto gourmet cuisine and hot springs. Spend a tranquil moment in the peaceful atmosphere of Ohara after sightseeing through the hustle and bustle of Kyoto City.
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Grade: 76 out of 100
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KI-NRT wrote a review Oct 2020
Ashiya, Japan1561 contributions307 helpful votes
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Seryo is an excellent ryokan that exceeded our expectations. It's situated in Ohara town, located about an hour north of Kyoto, which is an agricultural area known for its fine Kyoto vegetables, its rural beauty, as well as the renowned Sanzen-in and Jakko-in temples (as well as the picturesque Kurama & Kibune towns nearby.) We stayed 2 nights at Seryo.... our main purpose for being in the area was to do the hike from Kurama to Kibune (highly recommended!) While Seryo is not a stone's throw from Kurama or Kibune, it's not far, either - about 15 minutes by car. And, it's right next to Sanzen-in, and overlooks a beautiful valley and the mountains beyond, so the location is actually a plus in many respects. While it's a small, family-run establishment, it also charges luxury ryokan prices. In just about all respects, it delivers a level of comfort, luxury and service that matches the price. First, the room - we stayed at the best room at Seryo, the "Sakura no Ma Japanese Suite with open-air bath." I believe it to be the only room on premises that has its own private onsen hot springs bath, and it's pure bliss. if it's available, I'd recommend that you snag it quickly. The room itself was reasonably spacious (although not gargantuan by other luxury ryokan standards, and we would've gladly paid more if they offered an even higher category room), well appointed and came with all of the necessities - toiletries, yukata, free WiFi and even free minibar. It was a nice room to spend our down time in Ohara. And when we felt like taking a walk, not only was there Sanzen-in next door, but also Jikko-in, Hosen-in and and Shorin-in just a few minutes walking distance away - all worth visiting, and all with its own unique charm. The food was good. Not super gourmet like some of the top ryokans in Hakone or Kaga Onsen town, but they did a good job focusing their offerings relying on local ingredients - Ohara is renowned for its amazing produce, and many of Kyoto's finer restaurants (including Michelin 3-star Kitcho) procure many of their vegetables from Ohara. Of particular note was the local Jidori chicken - it was amazing. It was steamed (which is unusual, and doesn't strike me as the best way to cook chicken), but was done amazingly well. It was definitely a memorable dish. Breakfast, on the other hand, was a comparatively spartan affair - not much variety, and quantities were low. If you're hungry, be prepared to scarf down a healthy portion of rice. Service is typical ryokan-like. Courteous, helpful, and a bit inflexible in some areas, namely in terms of meal times. At Seryo, it's strictly 6PM for dinner and 8AM for breakfast. That said, they did make an exception, which gives us hope for Japan :) When we told them we might leave early and skip breakfast (to get a head start on our hike the next day), they said "how about 7:30 then?" For a small ryokan with rigid schedules (for understandable reasons, mind you), it was a surprisingly gracious gesture. Overall, we were very happy with our choice and would not hesitate to recommend Seryo for those that seek a great accommodation and dining experience to go along with a wonderful tour of Ohara, Kurama and Kibune's beautiful countryside, villages, temples and shrines - assuming you're prepared to pay for the privilege.
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Date of stay: October 2020
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Harempercussion wrote a review Dec 2019
千葉県299 contributions196 helpful votes
I visited there only for lunch. The place is in front of Sanzenin temple in Ohara. I liked Japanese traditinal Yuba lunch course with various small dishes.The taste was very good.The garden out of window was Japanese traditional style.I was able to relax well.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled
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RaiE wrote a review Jul 2019
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Spent 2 night here, the inn was very accommodating of my family's dietary needs and the family running the place are fantastic. The owner of the inn is a older lady and by the end of the first day I felt like she was my grandmother. The futons are comfy and food delicious and the onsen is fantastic
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Date of stay: July 2019Trip type: Travelled
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healanila wrote a review Nov 2018
Honolulu, Hawaii32 contributions5 helpful votes
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Where to I even begin. We took a 40 minute buss ride out of Kyoto in to the beautiful country side of Ohara. The Autum colors were in full display and the mountain sides were a bright orange with hints of gold. The walk up to the Ryokan is uphill and littered with cute little local shops and took us about 9 minutes. The Ryokan will be on your left right before the stone gray stairs. The staff was lovely and very accommodating. Dinner was kaiseki style and very pretty. And breakfast was Japanese style. Kyoto is known for making tofu and the Ryokan definitely served us an array of tofu which was delicious. The Onsens are not very big but are clean and still very nice. Make sure you take time to take in the koi ponds and gardens. Again the maple trees in Autum were in full display and beautiful. I would definitely visit here again to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
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Date of stay: November 2018Trip type: Travelled
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Le D wrote a review Oct 2018
12 contributions3 helpful votes
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We came to splurge on a night here after spending four nights in Tokyo. What a great way to unwind from the big city! The staff here is nothing short of excellent and ushered us in the front door and sat us down for tea time while they brought our bags to our room. When they showed us our room, we were amazed at how immaculate, orderly, and beautiful everything was. We got the private hot spring and really enjoyed the quietness of the surrounding mountains in each other’s company. The meal service here was also superb and probably one of the best meals I’ve had in Japan. I would highly recommend splurging a bit for at least one night here with the private hot spring!
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Date of stay: October 2018Trip type: Travelled
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Jinny O wrote a review Sep 2018
48 contributions16 helpful votes
We've stayed at super high end ryokan and also budget ryokan. This one sits towards the higher end, but is definitely nowhere near as refined as others we've stayed at. For example, dinner is served for all guests at the same time (6pm) at the restaurant (vs being served at a time we nominate , in a private room). And , as a previous reviewer mentioned, the futon were already laid out when we checked in at 4pm. But this wasn't a problem for us. I believe it just comes down to the fact that s is a small, family run business. They can't afford to hire masses of staff, and the price you pay is what it takes to maintain the gardens and facilities. The food was a bit of a let down. But I guess we had been having extremely high end amazing food up to this point. Some of the dishes were pre cooked and thus cold when served ( meant to be a hot dish), and the pace was indeed quite fast. But nevertheless we still enjoyed the food overall. I think what the highlight for us was (1) the amazing gardens; (2) the lovely old ladies who served us throughout our stay; and (3) the onsen (nice atmosphere, clean, good temperature). We stayed in two different rooms - shugetsu and Sakura. Shugetsu had an amazing view of the garden. Sakura was very spacious, and had the outdoor private bath. Was nice to be able to experience both, but the public bath was so nice that it's not necessary to pay more for a private bath unless bathing with your partner is a must for you.also the public baths are closed during the day, and also from midnight till ?6amish, so the private bath was good to give us freedom to bath whenever we wanted.
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Date of stay: September 2018Trip type: Travelled
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KP_Esther wrote a review Apr 2018
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia305 contributions50 helpful votes
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Staying at Seryo was a truly beautiful experience which offered us relaxation and an insight into Japanese traditions. Upon arriving at the ryokan we were offered green tea in the restaurant which overlooks the gorgeous gardens and carp filled pond. Following we were shown to our room which featured tatami mats and paper screening and opened onto the gorgeous water garden. We were presented with yutaka robes to wear for the duration of our stay, a symbol of relation and leisure. Seryo has communal baths, including outdoor hot spring baths which further usher in sense of unwind. Our dinner was amazing and my coeliac dietary requirements were easily accommodated. Breakfast was also divine. The ryokan is located just outside the Sanzenin temple gates, a popular attraction for tourists. In saying that I found the ryokan private and accomodating. This place is not cheap yet it was one of the definite highlights on our holiday.
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Date of stay: April 2018Trip type: Travelled
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Anders E. S wrote a review Jan 2018
Oslo, Norway80 contributions18 helpful votes
Beautifully located, you are immediately in Zen mode and staff are just fantastic. Thanks for a memorable stay, food and conversations. The onsennn in Kaede room is a must-try and come with the mindset of wanting to chill out.
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Date of stay: January 2018Trip type: Travelled
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HY Tay wrote a review Dec 2017
18 contributions34 helpful votes
This is a most excellent ryokan -we have been coming back year after year. The place is comfortable and set amidst a beautiful landscape. The meals are wonderful and the people very welcoming. Highly recommended (worth the price!)
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Date of stay: December 2017Trip type: Travelled
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Jeff Y wrote a review Sep 2017
4 contributions10 helpful votes
This is definitely the worst "ryokan" I've been. As a matter of fact, they should be ashamed to call their business ryokan because it really doesn't deserve the title. The reception was worse than some of the 3 star business hotels I've been and that's ludicrous for a place that cost 750 dollars a night. There was nobody at the reception at the time of arrival and my wife and I had to wonder around the premise for a while, yell for help, and eventually wonder into the building to find an old lady(who wasn't very welcoming by the way), for the check-in. The check-in procedure was also lackluster that ended in less than 5 minutes without any proper introduction in absence of nakai-san(a designated room maid that serves you throughout the stay). The room already had futon laid out, which should have been done after the dinner. We were on our own for the rest of the stay. Dinner was equally ridiculous. They couldn't even pace themselves when serving kaiseki so I had more than 3 dishes on my table at one point and was told to eat ice desert while I was having hot dish so it doesn't melt (come on, really??). With them chasing us to finish our meal, dinner ended in less than an hour which should really last for at least an hour and a half. Everything tells me that we weren't welcomed there and we certainly didn't enjoy staying there. The mere thought that we wasted more than 700 dollars on there ruined our trip. It's just a fancy (and overpriced) restaurant that serves mediocre food that should never call themselves ryokan.
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Date of stay: September 2017
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US$377 - US$543 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
JapanKinkiKyoto PrefectureKyotoOgoto Onsen
NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Seryo
Which popular attractions are close to Seryo?
Nearby attractions include Sanzen-in Temple (0.10 km), Hosenin (0.2 km), and Oharano Sato (0.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Seryo?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Seryo?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Seryo?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Seryo?
Conveniently located restaurants include Shibakyu, Kyoubijaya, and Seryo Jaya.
Are there any historical sites close to Seryo?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Shugakuin Imperial Villa (7.9 km), Hosenin (0.2 km), and Kifune Shrine (6.4 km).