Built in 1899, Shikitei is a traditional Japanese inn located in a city of Japan named Nara. Nara was once known as an ancient capital of Japan. The area has nearby temples and artworks that date back to the 8th century.
Established more than a hundred years ago, Shikitei remains a structure of elegance and tradition resounded by its interior. Its aesthetic harmonizes with the calmness of its surroundings.
The rooms of Shikitei are based on traditional Japanese design that displays adequate spacing and an area dedicated to tatami mat flooring. The ryokan has a total of 9 rooms, which cost about 40,000 to 65,000 JPY per night, including windows where guests can appreciate the scenery surrounding the inn.
The cuisine of the kaiseki of Shikitei are arranged artistically, but what the inn highlights are the variety of the courses taken from cha kaiseki. Shikitei has conserved its practice of having a Tea ceremony in their tea room. This means that meals come first before a Tea ceremony. The ingredients are locally sourced for a rich taste and flavorful experience.
Shikitei takes pride in its communal bath made of cypress. Its bath flows off an aroma that enhances a relaxing experience, especially when taking a dip.
The ryokan has also the traditional Japanese landscaped garden allowed for viewing purposes only.
The location of the ryokan is near Nara Park, where deers can be seen, the Kofukuji Temple, which has been around for 600 years, and the Todaiji Temple, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site like the Kasuga Grand Shrine.
Shikitei is accessible by rides coming from Kyoto Station and Nara Station.
Is this place ryokan only or ryokan with an onsen?
Does this ryokan have private onsen (hot spring)?
Is there a communal shared public bath?
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Total rating: 4
Good Hot Spring for Refresh
I come 1st time to Shikitei.
Here is so calm area and there is good hot spring.
Their service is so kinds and each dishes are tasty.
There are also some Japanese local sake and wine.
I enjoyed and relaxed.
I want to visit again.
A little out of the way but well worth the effort. Proprietor speaks perfect English having lived in Seattle many yrs ago. Beautiful gardens, exquisite food, attentive staff. I took hot springs bath before breakfast and before dinner every night for 3 nights. Hot springs at Tsunagi discovered 900 yrs ago by Minamoto Yoshiie.
Classic Japanese inn (ryokan) with hot springs
This was my second stay and I really enjoyed my time at this hotel. It is relatively new, the rooms are roomy and the size of the hotel is relatively small, meaning more personalized, sincere service and enhanced privacy.
Traditional Japanese inns offer both dinner and breakfast, and the food here is definitely top notch. I had a Maezawa steak dinner, which is the regional (Iwate Prefecture) brand of beef which is highly regarded. Everything was delicious, and there was a amuse bouche plate of 5 dishes, followed by a sashimi assortment, then steamed fish, and finally the steak accompanied by a salad, rice, miso soup and assorted pickles. It was a bit much really, but everything was great. Breakfast was very Japanese, with a grilled salmon, assorted pickles, miso soup and a soup dish.
The hot spring bath are great and due to the relatively small size of the hotel, I had the baths to myself both times I used it, one is outside, and the other inside. These are very Japanese, so please be familiar with using them. The first I went, it was the middle of winter and sitting in the outdoor bath while snow falls nearby was heavenly. In summer, they have thoughtfully draped transparent netting around the outdoor bath to keep the bugs out.
Traditional Japanese hotel
Cosy and small hotel in Japanese style with traditional rooms. Not luxury in the common sense of the word but comfortable and reassuring. Excellent food as well.