Sunday, June 17, 2012

Japanese ryokan, Ohanabo

If you travel Japan, try staying at a ryokan, which is traditional Japanese style accommodation with tatami-mat rooms and futons instead of beds. 

In Kyoto, we stayed at a small but neat ryokan, Ohanabo.  This ryokan is just 7 minutes walk away from Kyoto station. 

Entrance. Take your shoes off here and check in the ryokan.
Lounge at the 2nd floor.  You can hang out here before dinner time, after bath time, or anytime. Wear yukata (Japanese robe) and relax.
We arrived at the ryokan in the morning before check in time, so we checked our bags here first.  The landlady was so kind to show us how to look around Kyoto city and asked us to time to go back.  You might be asked the time to come back for your dinner preparation or for you to notify the curfew. (Some ryokans have the curfew.)

By the way, you can see Higashi Honganji temple across the street of this ryokan. 

Here is the candle shop near the ryokan, it is about 3 minute walk away.  The Shop name is Tanjirenshodo.  This shop is the only shop which sells Japanese traditional candles in Kyoto.  The candles are mainly used for temples in Kyoto, but they are too cute to be used only for temples. 

The candles made here are all handmade and natural made.  The flame is not so light, but warm flame, and not much soot is out from.  Also, the shape of the candle is to hold the wax not to drip out from it.  The candle price is from JPY420, Sundays  and holidays are closed. 

So beautiful, aren't they?

When we came back to the ryokan after Kyoto sightseeing and ate outside (we chose not to eat at the inn this time), the futons are set up already in our room.  Usually, ryokan has the personal maids for each room and take care of you during stay.  And the next entertainment is taking bath.  Go to the big bath room and enjoy Japanese style bathing. 

In the morning, Japanese style breakfast is waiting for you.

At this ryokan, all staff are so kind to help you with their best hospitality from your arrival till you leaving.  Some ryokans are small but warm, some are huge and have lots of entertainments, some have hot springs, and some have private baths.  Find your favorite ryokan in Japan.

Ryokan Ohanabo
Check in 16:00 and check out 10:00.

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