Hiiragiya Bekkan Ryokan

Kyoto, Japan

A stay in one of Japan’s ryokans is an immersion in the traditional Japanese way of life. The Hiiragiya Bekkan, a tranquil retreat in the heart of old Kyoto, reflects the serenity of a bygone era. With just 14 rooms, some overlooking a Japanese garden, it has an intimate feel—almost like a home stay. Shoji-screened, tatami-matted rooms offer futons, comforters, and private toilets; the three onsen (traditional Japanese bath) are shared (you can book for private use). In the evening the staff welcomes you back from an exhilarating day of touring with a wonderful feel-at-home hospitality.