Kyoto is known for its ryokans, or traditional Japanese inns. Ryokans are definitely a splurge, but the more you spend, the more you get. We splurged for one night at Tamahan in Kyoto, and it was more than worth it.
Upon arrival at the ryokan, you’re greeted by pleasant ladies in kimonos who take your things and show you to your room. They provide you with tea and a traditional Japanese sweet as you take in the lovely room. With sliding washi doors, tatami-mat floors, and an air of serenity, the surroundings transport you back to a simpler time. Be sure to request a room with a garden view; the garden is spectacular, even in the rain.
Splurge on the kaiseki dinner, a tradition in Kyoto and absolutely delicious. The entire multi-course meal is served in the comfort of your room, and each course is expertly prepared and exquisite to behold. The menu changes each season, and our summer fare included lots of fresh fish.
Breakfast is a choice between Japanese and Western style, and I highly recommend the Japanese breakfast. Similar to the kaiseki dinner, breakfast is served in multiple courses in your room.
Despite the short duration, our stay at Tamahan was a wonderful, relaxing experience. We’ll be sure to spend more time at Tamahan on a future trip.