●HOME > What is a Ryokan > The Ryokan experience
What is a Ryokan
What is a Ryokan Ryokan and Japanese culture Why stay at a Ryokan when in Kyoto? The Ryokan experience How is it different from a hotel? Isn't it expensive?
The Ryokan experience

Let's see what you can experience in a Ryokan in Kyoto.

[ KIMONO ]

The Kimono represents traditional clothing of Japan.
In a Ryokan, the hard working staff are mostly dressed in traditional Japanese wear or a Kimono. Not only the staff, but Yukata is offered to accommodating guests as well. Since the war, western customs have influenced Japan greatly and daily life has drastically changed for most people in Japan. Even in Kyoto, where much effort is put into preserving the culture and old ways of life, western culture influences were too great. However, there are some occupations as Kyoto prospers in the industry of traditional arts, where you can see traditional Japanese Kimono worn. One of them of which is a Ryokan.

You can find the atmosphere of what Japan looked and felt like before the western influences spread. One step inside, and you can find all the staff from the managers to the maids, dressed in traditional Japanese wear. Even the accommodating guests can be seen wearing Yukata and enjoying a relaxing time. This is one of many attractions of staying in a Ryokan.

[ FOOD ]

Next is the Japanese food prepared in a Ryokan. All eyes are on the Japanese food served in Kyoto especially, for its colorful presentation and subtle, delicate flavors. The heart and effort of the chef is put into what has now grown to become a significant part of Japanese culture. Reined as the capital of Japan for over 1,200 years, Kyoto is a respected luxury for its entire people.
Let's not forget the quality brand of Kyoto's water, soil and people.
The water is a significant factor of the secret to delicious Japanese sake. Definitely worth a try. Kyo-ryori skillfully incorporates the changes in season, draws on the natural flavor of ingredients with a focus on simplicity, and expresses beauty through presentation select serving dishes. An experience unlike any other.

[ WASHITSU ] Traditional Japanese Interior


The architecture of Japan. You can enjoy the slow, subtle changes of every season through the structures of old Japan. For example, as the vibrant greenery of the bamboo shimmers as it was set in beginning of the year, the faded imperfection of it at the end of the year expresses, what the Japanese call wabi sabi (the art of finding beauty in imperfection and profundity in nature, of accepting the natural cycle of growth, decay, and death).
The sweet scent of the Tatami rooms may ease your soul, the soft glisten of light on the other side of the Shōji (paper door). The imperfectly placed flower on the display, all produce the delicate beauty of Japanese culture. You can kick back, relax and enjoy a rejuvenating experience. One foreign custom you can definitely get used to.

[ HOSPITALITY ]

The hospitality you can receive in a Ryokan is part of Japanese spirit. Making sure that a guest is treated well is part of the Japanese lifestyle. In a Ryokan in Kyoto, a representative wearing traditional Japanese attire will be in charge of one room during a guest's stay. They will be in charge of carrying the guest's baggage, guiding the guests to their room, delivering meals, setting up the bed and any other room service that may be required. However, this is just one small part of "Hospitality" in Japan. As you may have noticed, the watering and purifying of the entrance, seasonal greetings, staff in traditional attire smiling and greeting in a Kyoto dialect.
The “hospitality” of Kyoto's ryokan, are that of very subtle presence. Much like a part of Japanese people themselves. The warmness of the staff may be quiet and indirect, but always there. That is the true hospitality of Ryokan in Kyoto.