Kyoto Watazen Ryokan, located in Nakagyoku, Kyoto, is a traditional Japanese inn situated in a shopping area in Nishiki Market and within close distance to tourist spots like the Nijo Castle and the Museum of Kyoto.

With 24 rooms, Kyoto Watazen Ryokan features traditional Japanese style accommodation –tatami mat flooring, and futon beds prepared by the staff at night. Guests are also provided with a yukata during their stay. One night may range from 10,000 to 35,000 JPY.

Kyoto Watazen offers a multi-course kaiseki cuisine and hot pot dishes that are unique to the area. A Japanese breakfast is also made available for guests at the banquet hall.

To get to Kyoto Watazen, travelers can take the stop at JR Kyoto Train Station and take a taxi.

The inn is operating normally with safety measures in place and limited acceptance to prevent the spread of infection.

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Is this place ryokan only or ryokan with an onsen?
Ryokan

Does this ryokan have private onsen (hot spring)?
No

Is there a communal shared public bath?
No

In or near
Kyoto

Price range (yen)
10,000 – 35,000

Watazen Ryokan

Total rating: 4.5
avatarMargaret M
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Touch of old
5 adults, 2 rooms. We were a little uncertain of what we would experience. Concerns unfounded. Staff were wonderful, courteous and very helpful. Also had good sense of humour. We had traditional dinner served in the room (4 ppl). Beautifully presented and dishes explained. Very filling and tasty. Staying here was definitely worthwhile. A little oasis, a pleasant calming change to usual rush of travel.

avatarAdventurePlus
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A nice experience but overpriced
We stayed in Watazen for a night during our stay in Kyoto to have a traditional Japanese experience. The ryokan is well located near the market in walking distance to Gion, the market and various other sights. The staff were lovely but limited English spoken. The tea ceremony on arrival is a lovely touch. The onsen was very clean although not very atmospheric. The room was cosy but loud as there is a pub over the road. I found the sleeping mats very uncomfortable but no doubt that is partly cultural and the purpose of our stay was to experience something different. We paid more for this one night at Watazen than we did staying in a suite at the Four Seasons in Seoul with a full buffet breakfast included. I had justified the very high price on the basis on the cultural experience and on the understanding that a traditional Japanese breakfast would be served for the four of us in our room. Instead breakfast was literally one boiled egg and on piece of bread each served in a communal room. While Watazen would be decent two star hostel/hotel (some rooms don’t even have their own bathroom) it definitely does not justify the high price we paid.

avatarRanga N
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Traditional Japanese experience
We came as part of a larger group of friends and families. We stayed there for two nights. The moment we arrived we were greeted and help was provided to get us into our rooms. The rooms were clean and they served us tea on arrival in our rooms. The bathrooms were also very clean. In the night they made our beds and it comfortably accommodated four in a room. We also tried on the kimono, fun to experience the culture. The front desk knew English well so we had no trouble getting details of the nearest market. We also took the in room cell phones as they were useful communicating with the larger group. For the price and the quality it is worth it.

avatarTravelingAmos
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Memorable experience
My family of 4 adults stayed in a family room for two nights. We were snug, but we managed not to step on one another too much. Having the table layout during the day and the futons set out at night makes you feel that we are normally very wasteful with space at home. We all found the futons to be very comfortable, probably more so than regular hotel beds. The staff at the front desk are very friendly and helpful. We did not purchase breakfast at the hotel but opted instead for the free breakfast provided, which was rather sufficient. The Japanese breakfast for purchase did look good, however, so if you are not planning on trying it elsewhere, then here is as good a place as any. While the inside of the inn seems rather modern, it is the tatami mats in the room that make the experience completely different from the usual hotel stay.

avatarhaggenm
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Warm hospitality, delicious food and a restful stay
Stayed at Watazen Ryokan for one night with my two teenage kids. We loved the traditional Japanese room, which was spacious, well appointed and well air conditioned (it was 100 degrees outside). Warm hospitality, we were greeted kindly, allowed early check-in, and our room attendant served tea on arrival. We had the foreigner Kaiseki dinner and Japanese breakfast, both of which were delicious. They even accommodated my vegan child, preparing a special vegan dinner and breakfast for her so she could experience the Japanese foods and unique in-room dining experience. Location is terrific, a short walk to Nishiki market and the Gion area. We would definitely come back again when in Kyoto.

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