This celebrated 18-room ryokan in the center of the city has been owned by the same family for nearly 300 years. Evocative public areas encompass brightly polished walkways, sliding doors and manicured private gardens. Air-conditioned lodgings (only two with Western-style beds) feature views of the beautifully designed central garden and have tatami mats, shoji screens, wooden beams, period antiques, traditional artwork and a refined minimalist aesthetic. Some lodgings open onto small gardens with wooden verandas, carved water basins and moss-covered stone lanterns. Traditional kaiseki dinners, served solely in the privacy of guest quarters, can run to 20 artfully presented dishes. Stepping inside this inn feels like a form of time travel.
Editor’s Choice: Double Room for two, $1,200 (breakfast and dinner included).
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