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Ohara Sanzeninhan, Sakyo-Ku, Kyoto 601-1241 Kyoto Prefecture
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#187 of 598 hotels in Kyoto
SERYO is a traditional Japanese accommodation "ryokan" located within the naturesque country side of Ohara, Kyoto which also provides fine Kyoto gourmet cuisine and hot springs. Spend a tranquil moment in the peaceful atmosphere of Ohara after sightseeing through the hustle and bustle of Kyoto City.
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Free breakfast
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KI-NRT wrote a review Oct 2020
San Jose, California1369 contributions267 helpful votes
Seryo is an excellent ryokan that exceeded our expectations. It's situated in Ohara town, located about an hour north of Kyoto, which is an agricultural area known for its fine Kyoto vegetables, its rural beauty, as well as the renowned Sanzen-in and Jakko-in temples (as well as the picturesque Kurama & Kibune towns nearby.) We stayed 2 nights at Seryo.... our main purpose for being in the area was to do the hike from Kurama to Kibune (highly recommended!) While Seryo is not a stone's throw from Kurama or Kibune, it's not far, either - about 15 minutes by car. And, it's right next to Sanzen-in, and overlooks a beautiful valley and the mountains beyond, so the location is actually a plus in many respects. While it's a small, family-run establishment, it also charges luxury ryokan prices. In just about all respects, it delivers a level of comfort, luxury and service that matches the price. First, the room - we stayed at the best room at Seryo, the "Sakura no Ma Japanese Suite with open-air bath." I believe it to be the only room on premises that has its own private onsen hot springs bath, and it's pure bliss. if it's available, I'd recommend that you snag it quickly. The room itself was reasonably spacious (although not gargantuan by other luxury ryokan standards, and we would've gladly paid more if they offered an even higher category room), well appointed and came with all of the necessities - toiletries, yukata, free WiFi and even free minibar. It was a nice room to spend our down time in Ohara. And when we felt like taking a walk, not only was there Sanzen-in next door, but also Jikko-in, Hosen-in and and Shorin-in just a few minutes walking distance away - all worth visiting, and all with its own unique charm. The food was good. Not super gourmet like some of the top ryokans in Hakone or Kaga Onsen town, but they did a good job focusing their offerings relying on local ingredients - Ohara is renowned for its amazing produce, and many of Kyoto's finer restaurants (including Michelin 3-star Kitcho) procure many of their vegetables from Ohara. Of particular note was the local Jidori chicken - it was amazing. It was steamed (which is unusual, and doesn't strike me as the best way to cook chicken), but was done amazingly well. It was definitely a memorable dish. Breakfast, on the other hand, was a comparatively spartan affair - not much variety, and quantities were low. If you're hungry, be prepared to scarf down a healthy portion of rice. Service is typical ryokan-like. Courteous, helpful, and a bit inflexible in some areas, namely in terms of meal times. At Seryo, it's strictly 6PM for dinner and 8AM for breakfast. That said, they did make an exception, which gives us hope for Japan :) When we told them we might leave early and skip breakfast (to get a head start on our hike the next day), they said "how about 7:30 then?" For a small ryokan with rigid schedules (for understandable reasons, mind you), it was a surprisingly gracious gesture. Overall, we were very happy with our choice and would not hesitate to recommend Seryo for those that seek a great accommodation and dining experience to go along with a wonderful tour of Ohara, Kurama and Kibune's beautiful countryside, villages, temples and shrines - assuming you're prepared to pay for the privilege.
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Date of stay: October 2020
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Harempercussion wrote a review Dec 2019
千葉県299 contributions195 helpful votes
I visited there only for lunch. The place is in front of Sanzenin temple in Ohara. I liked Japanese traditinal Yuba lunch course with various small dishes.The taste was very good.The garden out of window was Japanese traditional style.I was able to relax well.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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RaiE wrote a review Jul 2019
Worldwide2 contributions
Spent 2 night here, the inn was very accommodating of my family's dietary needs and the family running the place are fantastic. The owner of the inn is a older lady and by the end of the first day I felt like she was my grandmother. The futons are comfy and food delicious and the onsen is fantastic
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Date of stay: July 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
healanila wrote a review Nov 2018
Honolulu, Hawaii32 contributions5 helpful votes
Where to I even begin. We took a 40 minute buss ride out of Kyoto in to the beautiful country side of Ohara. The Autum colors were in full display and the mountain sides were a bright orange with hints of gold. The walk up to the Ryokan is uphill and littered with cute little local shops and took us about 9 minutes. The Ryokan will be on your left right before the stone gray stairs. The staff was lovely and very accommodating. Dinner was kaiseki style and very pretty. And breakfast was Japanese style. Kyoto is known for making tofu and the Ryokan definitely served us an array of tofu which was delicious. The Onsens are not very big but are clean and still very nice. Make sure you take time to take in the koi ponds and gardens. Again the maple trees in Autum were in full display and beautiful. I would definitely visit here again to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
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Date of stay: November 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Le D wrote a review Oct 2018
12 contributions3 helpful votes
We came to splurge on a night here after spending four nights in Tokyo. What a great way to unwind from the big city! The staff here is nothing short of excellent and ushered us in the front door and sat us down for tea time while they brought our bags to our room. When they showed us our room, we were amazed at how immaculate, orderly, and beautiful everything was. We got the private hot spring and really enjoyed the quietness of the surrounding mountains in each other’s company. The meal service here was also superb and probably one of the best meals I’ve had in Japan. I would highly recommend splurging a bit for at least one night here with the private hot spring!
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Date of stay: October 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Frequently Asked Questions about Seryo
Which popular attractions are close to Seryo?
Nearby attractions include Sanzen-in Temple (0.10 km), Hosenin (0.2 km), and Oharano Sato (0.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Seryo?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Seryo?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Seryo?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Seryo?
Conveniently located restaurants include Shibakyu, Kyoubijaya, and Seryo Jaya.
Are there any historical sites close to Seryo?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Shugakuin Imperial Villa (7.9 km), Hosenin (0.2 km), and Kifune Shrine (6.4 km).