Nanzenji Sando Kikusui is an exclusive ryokan providing guests with an authentic Japanese experience. The ryokan is situated in Sakyo, an area in Kyoto known for its mixture of historical sites like temples, traditional gardens, and waterfalls. Guests can enjoy their cultural experience paired with amazing views and relaxation.
Nanzenji Sando Kikusui Ryokan was founded 60 years ago and has undergone quite big changes. The inn has a garden that was made by a famous Japanese garden architect known as Ogawa Jihei VII or the seventh Ueji. His name was prominent during the Meiji and Taishō era of modern Japan.
Nanzenji Sando Kikusui Ryokan Amenities
Nanzenji Sando Kikusui Ryokan takes pride in its garden that was made by a famous Japanese garden architect. The “Garden with Five Senses” has a pond in the center, giving a peaceful and refreshing vibe. “ The Pond Wishing for the Future” displays an imitation of the shape of Lake Biwa. Lively carps can be seen swimming in the pond.
The ryokan features a four seasons terrace which is an open-aired outdoor terrace. This is where guests can witness the beauty of how seasons change. The inn also provides three annexes, exclusive rooms each having its design. It can be used as a tea room, private dining room, or a venue for a special event. Japanese cuisine and Kyoto-Western style can be enjoyed at their restaurant.
Nanzenji Sando Kikusui Ryokan offers guests five rooms each having its unique features, making it distinct from the other. Room 101 includes a small private terrace where visitors can view the Japanese Garden. Room 202 offers a view of the garden and has two separate rooms, one serving as the bedroom while the other serves for relaxation. Room 202 has fused Japanese and Western-style same as with room 204. Room 203 is a modern Japanese room with a view of the garden.
Nanzenji Sando Kikusui Ryokan Facilities
✓ Japanese Style
✓ Private Bath
✓ Air conditioning
✓ Room service
✓ Safe box
✓ Mini bar
✓ TV (flat screen)
✓ Hair dryer
✓ Dinner and Breakfast
✓ Breakfast only (available)
Based on the reviews of the customers, Nanzenji Sando Kikusui has a great location near the main sightseeing spots which made their travel more worth it. The rooms and amenities of the ryokan has also won the visitors’ approval. The inn was commended for being comfortable and clean.
Nanzenji Sando Kikusui Ryokan Location
Nanzenji Sando Kikusui is located in the Nanzen-ji area, in Kyoto’s northeastern area. It is a perfect location for the ryokan because it is close enough to the notable landmarks of the city, such as Ginkakuji Temple, Heian Shrine, and Kiyomizu Temple. Also, tourists can easily reach Gion, Nishiki Market, and Samurai & Ninja Museum.
Visited this hotel in November 2019 and stayed 2 nights there.
The room was spacious but the blanket provided was heavy and the blanket cover made my skin felt very itchy. I was unable to sleep well for 1st night until I requested for changing of blanket cover on 2nd day morning then able to sleep on 2nd night.
The 1st night Japanese dinner was very impressive and super tasty. The dinner was served in a private room. The atmosphere was relaxing and pleasant.
For 2nd night, the hotel staff offered us to change to eat French food and ended quite disappointed. The place for dinner is their restaurant “Dinning” which is the same place for breakfast. The male staff who served us was poor in English. We asked for menu list for our dinner details and he could not understand at all. The French food taste was far below our expectation and the service was very slow. We should not accept the change from Japanese dinner to French dinner.
However, the hotel garden was beautiful during Autumn time.
Great kids meals
We were going around Gion with the kids and looking for a comfy, non-smoking place for dinner when we saw this resto. Located at the corner right across the train station.
Comfortable ambiance with clean toilets.
A bit pricey but kids meal was really plenty and savory, especially the meatballs. I don't remember much about what we ate though.
The location is very close to the Nanzen-ji temple and a 5 minute walk from Keage station, which gives direct access to Gion. The setting is very tranquil. The garden is beautiful and the Ryokan itself is quiet. The staff were all very helpful and extremely nice. The food is absolutely great!!
My wife and I stayed here for one night in early March 2017 -- just ahead of the cherry blossom season. This was our first stay in a ryokan and Kikusui made it a memorable experience.
As this was tourist low season, we were literally the only guests in the ryokan. We had a delicious kaiseki meal and the whole bath to ourselves.
Employees were wonderful. They held our bags the next day while we explored Kyoto on foot.
The garden and environs were beautiful. I loved walking through the garden at night, listening to the carp in the little pond. They make a weird barking noise that I've never noticed before from fish.
Sitting in front of the open window with the breeze coming in, drinking tea, after a hot soaking bath is a heavenly feeling. I hadn't felt that relaxed in ages.
We would definitely come back here.
Unique luxury experience of a life time!
In April 2016, a two-night pricey splurge in Kikusui proved that ryokan experience is indeed an absolute must on a trip to Japan. Luxury you expect in a high end boutique hotel, but personalized in a very special way. In Kikusui, attention was given to every minute detail of presentation and service. After a pleasant 10-minute walk from Keage subway station (not precisely shown on Google Maps' walking path... the ryokan is on a side street), we were warmly greeted at the entrance, our shoes taken and were escorted thru a maze of corridors to our room on the second floor. Our luggage had astonishingly arrived in the room by then. Timings for dinner and breakfast were agreed on (they tend to be early). This was followed by a welcome matcha service with sweets.
Room was actually a suite that had a niche separated by sliding doors and with a set of chairs and table. The niche had beautiful garden view with some peeks of distant buildings and occasional traffic noise from a back alley. This is a lovely space to relax, read and have drinks. The room itself had a big table in the center with traditional floor seating on carpet. The table would be moved to the side and replaced by futons when you come back after dinner. The room would go back to "daytime setup" when you come back after breakfast. The en-suite toilet and bathroom were small and basic. WiFi worked very well in the room, even better than in some hotel rooms we stayed in. We also spent some time in the traditionally landscaped garden (outdoor slippers are provided). We also took bath in the onsen. Located on the first floor, it is a large and clean facility. The source of water is not natural hot spring.
You have to be punctual with meal times. We would find an escort waiting outside the suite to take us to the dinning room (a different room for every meal!). We never shared dinning room with other guests. Also, they arranged meals in such a way that we never ran into other guests. We heard their murmurs though. Dinning rooms were big and elegant with traditional floor seating and garden views. The menu could be defined as "Kaiseki Ryori," i.e. traditional Japanese multi-course haute cuisine. Dinners had 8 courses (we counted), excluding rice, miso soup, pickles and fruits for dessert. Food was delicious but one has to appreciate Japanese food. Nothing wacky. We couldn't get more info about the dishes as our server spoke almost no English. Perhaps they sensed our keen interest in food and server of the next dinner spoke more English and we were able to get a few details. Every single plate was as beautiful as the food. Note that drinks are not included in the prepaid plan and have to be paid at check-out. Breakfast was traditional Japanese and very elaborate. I had the most perfectly poached egg of my life. A cup of coffee was provided when requested.
Another gesture of finest hospitality: Staff didn't just say good bye at the check-out, they took us to the street entrance to send us off and one of them stood there until we had walked away for some distance.
Try to to check-in at the earliest possible time and spend a good amount of time in the ryokan. Unlike for a routine hotel stay, you pay big money and should enjoy it to the fullest. We liked its slightly out of the way location as it compelled us to go only for local sightseeing and spend more time inside. While there, we visited major sights in north eastern Kyoto. Nanzen-ji Temple, right after breakfast -- when the temple complex was devoid of crowds and its gardens were serene, followed by a walk on the Philosopher's Path, ending up at the Ginkaku-ji Temple. In one of the afternoons, we visited the Kyoto Handicraft Center, which is 20 minutes walk away.