The hotel is historically tied to the city’s growth. Kyoto, the imperial city, served as the cultural epicenter of Japan for over a thousand years. In 794, the emperor constructed the city, named “Heian-Kyo,” known as the “Capital of Peace.” The entirety of Kyoto is filled with the marks of wars, and a millennium of daily life. Ryokan Higashiyama is taken from the same roots of the ancient city. At our hotel, guests uncover the history of Kyoto.
Ryokan Higashiyama offers a multitude of amenities in the midst of a lively city. Experience the best of Kyoto with an itinerary designed by a well-informed staff member and tailored to your interests. Or, take a look at our weekly bulletin for information on upcoming events both in and just outside the city. Guests can even experience the traditional nodate tea ceremony in the central garden or choose a book from the historic library just off the lobby.
Dine with Ryokan Higashiyama for breakfast and dinner in the Nakamura family's original dining room. Each morning, guests are invited to enjoy a variety of conventional Japanese food items and later, a traditional Japanese dinner. We aim to preserve as much of our storied tradition as possible, so our dinner menu resembles that which the ancient traveler would have seen when stopping at the Ryokan Higashiyama around the 9th Century C.E.
To the ownership and staff of the Ryokan Higashiyama: THANK YOU! My wife and I had doubts before booking here, but our three day stay provided the perfect haven for relaxation and education. This hotel truly yields the most well-rounded Japanese cultural experience with the authentic historical library, afternoon tea pageantry, and Kyoto city tour. My wife melted into the massage bed (I think she may still be in the gazebo). I can’t tell you how happy we have been with this experience. The service of the staff was top notch, food was delicious, rooms were wonderful, and the architecture was stunning! Kyoto is the fourth Japanese city we have visited in our country-wide tour, and this has been by far our favorite place to stay. Thanks for a great weekend!
The Ryokan Higashiyama is a wonderful place to stay. My family and I sought out a hotel that is in the heart of Kyoto and captures the culture of the city as well. We definitely found it in this hotel. The cultural tours, friendly services and enthralling history of the hotel significantly added to our travel experience. When we visit Kyoto again, we will be staying at Ryokan Higashiyama!