Sumiya Ryokan is located in the heart of Kyoto City. This relaxed and casual accommodation from the early Taisho period features sukiya style interiors and facade–”sukiya” meaning refined and elegant.

As an establishment built to accommodate guests who came to learn about the Japanese art of tea ceremony, Sumiya Ryokan still serves guests matcha green tea in the tea room on scheduled dates.

The ryokan has 23 rooms, with rates ranging from 65,000 to 105,000 JPY, all of which immerses the guests into the world of “wabi-sabi”, an aesthetic that focuses on asymmetry and harmony.

The rooms are fitted with tatami mats, traditional furniture, and windows overlooking the inner courtyard. The guests are served their kaiseki meals in the privacy of their own guest room, with the dishes coming at the pace of each guest.

Sumiya Ryokan can be accessed by car and public transportation. Travelers from JR Kyoto Station may take a 15-minute taxi ride to the ryokan, or take the Karasuma Line from Karasuma Oike Station.

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?
Onsen Ryokan

Does this ryokan have private onsen (hot spring)?

Is there a communal shared public bath?

In or near

Price range (yen)
65,000 – 105,000

Sumiya Ryokan

Total rating: 4
avatarmeiki w
Highlight of the trip!
I did a day trip here with my fiance, which includes an amazing 6 course lunch, 45 mins to your own private onsen, and access to the communal onsens. We booked/ pay in advance through their website, super easy. The package even includes a pick up /drop off from the nearby train station. The staff here is super friendly and thoughtful every step of the way. We were well taken care of the whole time there. I wish I asked what our host name was, she was exceptional. Ur experience would be incomplete without her kind and genuine hospitality. She went above and beyond to make our time here memorable. I highly recommend this onsen, as you’ll be guarantee to get an experience like no other. You also have the option to stay overnight, if a day trip is too short. Its not too difficult nor far to get here from Kyoto.

Great visit.
Wonderful place. Very friendly!! Free shuttle from train station and very responsive on email and phone. Food was excellent and lots of extra information so easy to understand everything. A bit far from Kyoto if that is important.

Amazing Stay in Sumiya Ryokan Kyoto
I will strongly recommend the SUMIYA RYOKAN in Kyoto . Very good location - close to Nishiki market - spacious room with big and confortable bed - very lovely and professional Team . Very good breakfast. I will come back to this « Zen Temple

avatarEmily F
Elegant cultural experience
The staff provided superior service for a luxurious stay. Sumiya Ryokan is traditional and will provide an introduction to a true Japanese Ryokan experience. The staff included English speakers, who helped introduce us to our room and Ryokan culture. We were greeted with our slippers, yukatas, and a green tea service. The staff also drew a hot bath. The reservation includes breakfast and dinner for each night of stay. The in room kiseiki, 10 course meal, was made with the freshest of ingredients. We chose the Japanese breakfast both days, however a western option is available. I was concerned the futon beds would be uncomfortable, but my mom and I were pleasantly surprised with the quality of our sleep. The location allowed easy access to bus and train lines, was walkable to Nishiki markets and Gion. The staff also called taxis for us to travel to farther locations. Sumiya provided a fantastic introduction to a traditional and historic family run Ryokan.

Best Ryokan in Kyoto!
This is by far the most hospitable Ryokan! It is a family business and it is now in its 7th generation. The hosts were very friendly, spoke conversational English, helped me as much as they can including standing outside the Ryokan and hailing a cab for us in winter because our bags were too heavy. The breakfast and dinner were excellent!

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