Sumiya Ryokan is considered to be one of the best ryokans in Kyoto, Japan. It was founded during the Taisho period to provide guests with a place to stay and experience the Japanese Tea ceremony. As a matter of fact, the place is not far from the Maikoya tea house which is the best rate tea house in Kyoto.
Once entering the inn you will see an inner courtyard with a beautiful garden. The garden is also faced by the authentic traditional Japanese restaurant that serves the kaiseki course meal with fresh vegetables changed every season.
Sumiya Ryokan has a very unique exclusive style of the ryokan. It has a long history of business (100 years). Moreover, the ryokan has the ultimate authentic atmosphere of traditional Japan.
Also, this ryokan is famous for its tea rooms. Its guests can try to make, serve, and drink Japanese tea. This service is a combo of an amazing world of “O-cha” Japanese tea and its techniques and customs. They improve the taste of the tea itself and increase the level of enjoyment.
You can always try matcha green tea in a tea room. The taste is fantastic!
Sumiya Ryokan Amenities
Sumiya Ryokan is one of the most attractive places to stay for tourists. It has everything to be honored as one of the best ryokans in Kyoto. It provides high-quality services, delicious meals, and comes with a small onsen.
Sumiya Ryokan Facilities
✓ Japanese Style
✓ Private Bath
✓ Room service
✓ Dinner and Breakfast
✓ Breakfast only (available)
✓ No Meal (available)
✓ Special Meal (request)
✓ Vegetarian Meals
✓ Western-style Breakfast
✓ Dinner Served (in room)
✓ Breakfast Served (in room)
✓ Free Wi-Fi
✓ Parking Paid
✓ Great service
✓ Great location
✓ Non-smoking hotel
✓ Single Guests
✓ Children under 12 Years allowed
✓ Credit Card
✓ Near: restaurants and shops
✓ Rooms suites
Sumiya Ryokan Cost
The starting range of accommodation is around ¥30,000 per person in the low season. During the busy season, however, the cost can increase up to ¥60,000 per person.
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Sumiya Ryokan Reviews
Based on the reviews of the Sumiya Ryokan, guests are delighted with the level of service quality. For example, a lot of tourists highlight friendly staff, great location, and comfortable facilities.
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Sumiya Ryokan Location
Sumiya Ryokan is situated in the heart of the main sightseeing spots, in the Nakagyo district. You can enjoy your stay at Sumiya Ryokan because the top landmarks of Kyoto are just nearby. For instance, you can walk around Nishiki Market Shopping District (470 m) or visit Gion (970 m). The unique 1928 Bldg. is a short distance from your place (70m). It has everything to be honored as one of the best ryokans in Kyoto.
Address: 431 31 Shirakabecho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, 604-8076, Japan (map)
Hours: Open 24 hours
During your amazing stay in Sumiya 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.
Visited Kyoto in 2016 and stayed there for one night. The staff is the most friendly ones I have ever encountered. I really love the back garden in our room and the lady who helped to serve our dinner and breakfast is very friendly and professional.
Expensive, but worth it for the experience if you can afford it. I've been struggling with how to describe this Ryokan. It's a hotel, but it's also someone's home that happens to have 10+ bedrooms in it. I was thrown by the location on Google maps, as it looks like it's simply in the middle of a normal block with nothing exciting around it, but it's actually in an excellent location - short walking distance from restaurants, shopping, and the subway. The owner and her staff were incredibly gracious and accommodating. This has been in her family for over 100 years, and they do the utmost to make sure you're happy and comfortable the entire time you're with them. Breakfast and dinner were served in my room and all were Japanese and excellent (they also had Western versions, but why eat that when you're in Japan?!). The owner came and sat with me for 30 minutes during my first dinner and an hour the next night. She was not imposing on me, but rather I was alone, spoke English which she wanted to practice, and we were both interested in each other's life stories. It was an amazing opportunity to learn much more about Japanese culture. Both nights I brought in a larger bottle of good sake and we took turns serving each other while talking about many different topics. As a Westerner I'm a bit uncomfortable with the level of service they wish to provide, but the owner and her staff put me at ease and helped make Kyoto my favorite city in Japan. If I get back to Kyoto some day, I would definitely stay here again and look forward to great dinners over good food talking about Japan while sipping sake. Oh - and take advantage of the Japanese bath tub! Shower first, then soak in the tub, then shower again (Japan does not have a water shortage 🙂
Hospitality is of the best. From the entrance you are treated with an authentic experience. The amenities are pristine and show a level of excellence not a lot of others have. The location is next to some of the best shopping arcades Kyoto has to offer. The staff are deffinately amazing and showed an interest in getting to know the kids as well. The whole country has show hospitality that is second to none. Sumiya Ryokan Kyoto is rich with it's Japanese culture and a must stay if you truly wish to experience Japanese heritage. For the experience please request the traditional Japanese dinner that will be served in your own private wing and consists of several courses, in fact a lot more than several, you will not be disappointed. If you or your children are not game to try the Japanese food they will cater what they call an American style to suit your taste buds Family highly recommends this as the best Ryokan.
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