English Reviews (Reviews Total Language : 29 reviews)
We strolled around the temples of the neighborhood and happened to find this magnificent restaurant with beautiful garden, great food and very friendly and professional staff. Wonderful atmosphere! Thanks
Visited July 2018
“Classic Japanese meal with a view!”
Had a classic Japanese kaiseki lunch a beautiful sunny day in November. The room we got had a lovely view over a beautiful garden with a koi fish pond. The lunch was good and beautifully plated, but the beauty of the room and view was the best.
Visited November 2016
“An excellent once in a life time experience”
This Ryokan is a real hidden gem, which should be used more often by people who really want to have a first hand experience of Traditional Japanese life style. The staff members were very friendly and showed genuine hospitality. The ambience is serene and beautiful...breakfasts were included in the ...lodging and we chose to have dinners included, which, when calculated separately, would amount to about $125 to $180 per guest per meal. So the package deal ($450 a night) we got is well worth it...the lodging is more japanese traditional than completely modern, but is definitely sufficient and convenient for the westerners. Additionally, they have common/family bath rooms that are huge and could be reserved for private use for the couples and, these bath rooms are so good that they could match some of the hot spring bathing resorts high in the reclusive mountain regions...the sleeping was very comfy...they made our beds on the tatami when we were still eating our dinners...and the mattresses and the down comforters are of very high quality...the food experiences would have to be ranked one of the highest in my life because every meal is different and every time, we were given a different room...through the huge glass walls, every room would show, from different angles, the very beautiful Japanese garden theme, which is the center of the whole Kikusui Ryokan...simply put, this lodging experience, unexpectedly, became the very highlight of my 12 day Japan tour. Highly recommended!!!
Visited October 2016
“Nice Quite Ryokan, Wonderful Service & Great Food”
This is our first Ryokan experience. It is just wonderful. We stayed for 5nights. We enjoyed it so much, and we had a deeper understanding of the Japanese culture. Kikusui is not in central Kyoto, it is located in the nice and quite Nanzanji temple area. They don't advertise much, but their service... and food is just great. Both breakfast and dinner are included in the stay. We had our meal in different private rooms, where we can enjoy the difference area of the garden views. We had tried their Kaiseki set dinner, Sukiyaki, Shabushabu, and Ookisuki (the seafood hot pot). The food quality and the cooking technique are superb! We just couldn't put down the chopsticks. There weren't many guests, it felt like staying in a private house.
Visited October 2016