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Hotels in Kyoto with Private Onsen

2024-04-02

Immersing yourself in an onsen, one of Japan’s famed hot springs, is more than a leisurely activity; it’s a cultural rite. If a soak in these geothermic waters isn’t part of your Japan journey, it’s time to rethink your itinerary.

For those who prefer to forgo the communal bathing experience or simply seek a more secluded sanctuary, Kyoto’s traditional inns (known as ryokans) offer the perfect solution. Many ryokans provide the luxury of booking rooms with their own private hot spring baths. 

For a serene and exclusive bathing experience in the cultural heart of Japan, here are the top hotels in Kyoto that feature hot spring baths in the rooms.

 

1. Kyo Yunohana Resort Suisen

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Set against the backdrop of Kyoto's serene landscape, Kyo Yunohana Resort Suisen is a Japanese ryokan that embodies the tranquil essence of Japanese hospitality. This retreat offers a selection of different room styles with private open-air baths, ensuring an intimate and restorative experience during your stay.

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The hotel's most impressive room type, the Suisen Suite, is an impressive 113 square meters and stands as the epitome of luxury within the resort, providing ample space for guests to unwind. This suite offers a unique opportunity to immerse oneself in nature with an open-air bath overlooking verdant greenery. Inside, the suite is divided into a relaxing Japanese-style living area designed for uninterrupted serenity.

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For those seeking something a little more affordable, the hotel's Japanese-style rooms are 56-square-meter spaces, perfect for couples desiring a peaceful retreat. Each of these rooms is adorned with beautiful traditional Japanese furnishings, complete with a private open-air bath.

No matter which room you choose, all come thoughtfully equipped with amenities such as TVs, electric kettles, tea sets, refrigerators, humidifiers, and a range of skin-care and shaving products.

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If you’re new to the ryokan experience, you're in for a culinary treat that aligns with Japan's reputation for world-class hospitality. Inclusive of the accommodation fee, Kyo Yunohana Resort Suisen offers its guests a delightful and artfully arranged kaiseki banquet meal for breakfast and dinner. To top it all off, the private dining room adds an exclusive touch to your dining experience, allowing you to savor both breakfast and dinner in a serene and intimate setting.

 

2. Suiran Luxury Collection Hotel Kyoto

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Within Kyoto’s enchanting Arashiyama district, Suiran Luxury Collection Hotel Kyoto offers a sanctuary of sophistication and serenity. This hotel, set by the tranquil Katsura River and against the backdrop of the picturesque Arashiyama hills, is a gateway to the past, situated amid sites steeped in Japan’s rich history and culture. The location is considered by many to be unparalleled.

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Suiran Luxury Collection Hotel Kyoto encapsulates the essence of Kyoto with 39 meticulously designed rooms; 17 of those feature private in-room hot spring baths. In contrast, a separate, privately reservable spa room with a more expansive open-air bath is available for those seeking a more indulgent experience.

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Dining at Suiran is a journey with a twist. The in-house Kyo-Suiran restaurant serves Japanese cuisine with a French infusion, all within a setting reminiscent of the historic Meiji era. Cafe Hassui offers guests a serene spot for afternoon tea with views of the Katsura River. As night falls, Teppanyaki Kansan invites guests to savor smoky beef and seafood dishes prepared right at the table. For those desiring seclusion and privacy, the hotel’s private in-room dining option offers a personally tailored culinary affair.

In every aspect, Suiran Luxury Collection Hotel Kyoto marries the ancient allure of Kyoto with the comforts of modern luxury, promising an escape as timeless as Kyoto itself.

 

3. Yuhigaura Onsen Ryokan Yuhigaura

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Yuhigaura Onsen Ryokan Yuhigaura is located in northern Kyoto, on the coast in Kyotango City. With its superb location, guests can enjoy the beautiful ocean view from various parts of the ryokan.

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Guests can choose from Japanese or Japanese-Western style rooms. The ocean view rooms allow guests to admire the blue ocean during the daytime, as well as the glowing orange-colored ocean during the sunset. The top floor suites were renovated in 2023 and includes a private onsen bath with a panoramic view of the ocean.

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They offer several dining options, and dishes change depending on the season. The seasonal kaiseki course includes around 8 dishes, and the crab course, available during the winter season, includes multiple crab dishes such as crab sashimi, grilled crab, and crab tempura.

 

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