10D9N Spring Japan Trip: Hanayashiki Ukifuneen, Uji

If you are looking for the best hotel to see cherry blossom in Kyoto, you may want to consider staying at Hanayashiki Ukifuneen in Uji. Kyoto is famous for its ryokan (re: staying at traditional Japanese hotel) experience and Hanayashiki Ukifuneen adopts this concept. From the first glance, the ryokan does not look fantastic. In fact, it kinda gives the run-down vibe. 

10D9N Spring Japan Trip: Hanayashiki Ukifuneen, Uji

Right inside the entrance, you are welcomed with Japanese culture of taking our your shoes and put on your slipper when you are entering someone else's house. It is quite fun to try to live in other country's culture when you are travelling.

Lobby at Hanayashiki Ukifuneen Uji Kyoto Japan

We did not get our key until much later in the evening. After a day of wandering Gion, Philosopher's Path and Ginkakuji Temple, our room is finally ready. Yup, no fancy access card given to us. It's just one key to our lovely Botan room at Hanayashiki Ukifuneen.

Key to Botan Room at Hanayashiki Ukifuneen Uji Kyoto Japan

We chose Botan room because it is advertised as the type of room with the best view of cherry blossom. But as you can see, the sakura trees are still pretty much dry because we came one week too soon. Nonetheless, there is no reason not to enjoy our lovely Botan room. The room is equipped with heater. 

Living room at Botan room in Hanayashiki Ukifuneen Uji Japan

A bathroom complete with the bathtub. I really enjoyed taking a hot bath here because they use fresh spring water from the mountain. The feeling of soaking yourself in a warm water after a day out in the cold is just priceless.

Bathroom of Botan room at Hanayashiki Ukifuneen at Uji Kyoto

You don't have to worry about toiletries here. 

Toiletries at Botan room in Hanayashiki Ukifuneen in Kyoto

This is the bedroom and the bed is facing the direction of the cherry blossom trees along the river too. The beddings are very comfortable. I don't feel like waking up so early the next day, really. 

Botan Room in Hanayashiki Ukifuneen Uji Kyoto Japan

Our comfortable stay at Hanayashiki Ukifuneen does not come cheap, obviously. We spent around $400 for one night stay in Botan room. But I guess it's perfectly fine to pamper yourself once in a while. 

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