Almost 3 months ago (wow, time vanishes so quickly) Andy and I were in Kyoto at Kikokuso Ryokan.
The experience was amazing, and I definitely-super-totally-mega-recommend Kikokuso if you are planning a Kyoto trip in the future. (*you may remember I posted about my obsessive research HERE and HERE*)
The couple who own Kikokuso are the most darling people in the entire world. The matron, a woman about as big as my Yorkshire (she's actually about 4 feet tall) insisted on carrying my heavy luggage up a narrow staircase to our room. She poured us green tea and gave us little azuki soft candies, quietly gesturing to the room's amenities.
We opted not to get the set meal - our reasons being we wanted to be able to explore the city without having to be back by a certain time - Here is what we missed...
I used YADO web to book this and they were great, but you can also use Japanese Guest Houses.
They also have great reviews on Trip Advisor.
After we checked out, they saw us off, making sure we didn't need a ride (the owner will drive you himself!) to the train station. Kyoto Station is less than a 5 minute walk, so it was no problem - but they waved for a good 15 minutes as we walked away.
rouka 廊下 ろうか
our little hallway with the washroom on the outside
my little makeup/dressing table complete with laquer comb and jewelry boxes
snacks to go with your tea
pond in the center of the home