Tawaraya Ryokan is, no doubt, one of the best ryokans in Kyoto, Japan. For years, this ryokan Kyoto inn has been luring travelers from all over the world with its top-notch service and cushy accommodations. As a matter of fact, the legendary and late Steve Jobs was once a guest of this ryokan in Kyoto.

The ryokan is renowned for its laid-back atmosphere, thanks to its tranquil Japanese style rooms, expertly maintained garden, and sumptuous seasonal meals. While there, make it a point to buy their popular original soap.

Tawaraya Ryokan

Tawaraya Ryokan, Ken L

As it can be seen, Tawaraya Ryokan is one of the most popular places to stay in for tourists. It has everything to be honored as the best ryokan in Kyoto. It provides a high quality of services including a hot tub, free breakfast, and other facilities.

Tawaraya Ryokan has a long history in the hospitality industry. That is why you can be absolutely sure of the quality of the services this ryokan offers. Being the oldest ryokan in Kyoto is an honor. It was founded in the Edo period and developed in the Meiji period by aristocrats and daimyo. 300 years of existence made the ryokan a symbol of a high reputation and thus, can assure its customers in high quality of services. 

Tawaraya Ryokan

Tawaraya Ryokan, Stephen Galazzo


Tawaraya Ryokan Amenities

Tawaraya Ryokan

Tawaraya Ryokan’s facilities, Ken L

Tawaraya Ryokan has traditional Japanese architecture with tatami floors and Japanese futon beds. This traditional Japanese style is an essential part of the authentic Japanese atmosphere. Each room at Tawaraya Ryokan has safety deposit boxes, refrigerators, and others. 

During your stay at Tawaraya Ryokan, you can enjoy a hot spring bath with a relaxing massage. The onsen experience is sure to make you feel relaxed and happy. 

Moreover, you can always satisfy your appetite with the delicious choices around Tawaraya Ryokan. While you stay in the ryokan, don’t forget to check out these amazingly tasty restaurants near Tawaraya Ryokan including Trattoria Macedonia Yuki (Italian cuisine) and Morimoto Kyoto (Japanese cuisine).


Tawaraya Ryokan Facilities


Room equipment

✓ Japanese Style

✓ Private Bath

✓ Toilet

✓ Towels

✓ Refrigerator

✓ Air-conditioned

✓ Room service


✓ Dinner and Breakfast

✓ Breakfast only (available)

Hotel services

✓ Free parking

✓ Free Wi-F

✓ Kid-friendly

✓ Non-smoking hotel

✓ Credit Card

✓ Near: restaurants and shops

✓ Rooms suites


Tawaraya Ryokan Cost

The starting price of the Ryokan is ¥40,000 (350 USD) per person during the slow season and costs up to  ¥90,000 (820 USD) during the peak seasons . The level of prices is a little lower than Hiiragiya Ryokan, which is situated just across the street. 


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Tawaraya Ryokan Reviews

Based on the reviews, Tawaraya Ryokan is considered to be a work of art. Guests emphasize the quality of the service. 

Tawaraya Ryokan Location

Tawaraya Ryokan has a perfect location. It’s situated in the heart of Nakagyo, Kyoto. It’s close enough to Nishiki Market Shopping District (670 m) and Gion (1.11 km) and Maikoya Tea House. 

It’s very convenient for guests to stay in this ryokan because visitors can experience several amusing attractions nearby the Ryokan including The Museum of Kyoto, Nijo Castle, Samurai & Ninja Museum, and others.

Tawaraya Ryokan

Address: 278 Nakahakusancho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, 604-8094, Japan (map)

Hours: Open 24 hours

Phone: +81752115566



During your amazing stay in Tawaraya Ryokan, don’t forget to visit outstanding tea ceremonies in Kyoto. If you want to have an unforgettable tea ceremony experience, then you should definitely visit Maikoya Kyoto Kimono Tea Ceremony

Tawaraya Ryokan

This is the most magical place I have ever been in my life. It's difficult to explain the level of attention to detail, service, and beauty of this place--it's just fundamentally different from any other hotel or ryokan I've experienced. The building itself has gorgeous architectural details, and is set up like a little jigsaw puzzle; each room is hidden away is such a way that you feel like you're the only person in the hotel. When you arrive, a hot bath is already drawn, waiting for you. Tea appears just when you might want it. The service is incredible, but never intrusive. Every detail of the experience, from the gorgeous meal to the beautiful woodwork to the light filtering through the leaves in the morning is just sublime.

For me, ryokan stays are all about service, and the staff here could not have been more helpful to us. They were so friendly and thoughtful throughout our stay. They gave us a lift to jigokudani (the snow monkey park) and even took us to the station by car at the end of our visit. The breakfast was delicious - including pork simmered in salted soya milk, egg with soy sauce, miso soup with clams and other delights. Contrary to some other reviews, our room was large - plenty of space for a family of four. The only minor negative points that I would mention are that (1) the bath isn't that nice here - flakes of black paint were peeling off and it just wasn't as good an experience as other onsens we have visited and (2) our room had no view at all - there wasn't even a way to see past the bamboo screen outside, making it all seem a bit claustrophobic at times. That said, I would recommend the place without hesitation due to the friendliness of the staff.

I actually tried to book with Shirume-which I stayed at my first trip to Kyoto and loved-but they were sadly booked up. The always friendly and helpful Tomoko actually recommended Tawaraya as the “most famous” ryokan in Kyoto whixh I found a bit surprising given how fantastic Shiraume was. The ryokan has no website or email. Reservations must be made via fax only. Given the time difference and language barrier this was not the easiest task to coordinate. But with some tenacity and follow-up I was able to schedule and confirm my 2 night stay at this lovely ryokan. Our first night was in the “older” section of the ryokan in a special suite. Everything from the outdoor garden, futon sleeping beds, the bamboo flooring and wooden bath (drawn by the staff) made the experience authentic and incredible. The Kaiseki dinner we ordered our first night was very good. Although not the best meal we head, it’s something to experience at least once in life. The second night we were moved to the “newer” annex of the ryokan, but again into a larger special suite. This also was incredible and did not disappoint. The second suite was a bit more “modern” but retained the same charm and comforts of the first. The ryokan is about an 8 minute walk from Nishiki Market and right down the street from a 300 year old soba restaurant. I would highly recommend Kobe Misono which is a 10 min walk from the ryokan and is quite simply the best teppanyaki I’ve ever experienced. Staff was helpful and incredibly accommodating. If you have the tenacity and the means, I would strongly recommend you book your Kyoto stay here. If I ever return to Kyoto for a 3rd visit I would certainly be torn between Tawaraya and Shiraume, but you cannot go wrong with either. Cheers!


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