Kikokuso is simply beautiful and encompasses everything we thought a ryokan (traditional Japanese inn) would look and feel like. It's a step back into old time Japan, and generations of this family run business is evident in the photos that are dotted around the inn.
kaiseki dinner and a traditional Japanese breakfast the following morning.
So as this would be our only honeymoon splash out, we could justify the price. A nice kaiseki meal in a restaurant would cost around £150-£200 anyway.
yukata - a traditional casual Japanese robe, as well as looking at all the details in our room. The tatami mats that are laid on the floor are so comfortable to walk on, and the paper filled windows of the sliding doors helped us to pretend we had gone back into time.
We're invited to have a bath first before dinner, which we found amusing. All the guests are given a 1 hr slot each to use the only bathroom at the inn, so that everyone gets sufficient time to enjoy the onsen. Once we're relaxed from the hot and steamy onsen, on goes the yutaka and time for our kaiseki dinner. I was looking forward to this part of our stay the most!
This little square is yuba. Yuba is formed when soya milk is boiled and a thin film forms on top. This film is extracted, folded and cooled down. In Japan, yuba is the fresh form of soya milk skin and in China, the skin is dried and then added to stews and soups, and known as tofu bamboo.
This yuba was sensational! Wow wow wow. Gentle soya bean flavour comes through in waves, and the texture is silky with a nice bite between all the layers of yuba. I can't believe it's the first time I've eaten it, what a beauty.
As the rest of the dishes were brought out, we pretty much ate the meal with audible moans throughout the dinner, the food was so incredible and such a work of art!
Being the fatties that we were though, we still could have ate some more! We didn't have any snacks on us and didn't want to venture out to the convenience store, so we made do with being slightly hungry still, haha.
Our kaiseki meal delighted the socks off us and I'd highly recommend this if you ever visit Kyoto.
We explored a little more of Kikokusu after dinner. Our room opened up to this wonderful little zen garden, and it was so peaceful just sitting by it and listen to the crickets chirp away.
We took an early night and had a restful night's sleep. We're sad that we are already departing, but we try and enjoy the zen garden view and our breakfast as much as possible.
It's time for us to say goodbye and the lovely owners bid us farewell with a souvenir of face towels and slippers! The 'granddad' of Kikokuso was so nice to offer and give us a lift to Kyoto station with our luggage.
It might have been an expensive night, but it was every penny worth spending. Thank you Kikokuso.