Arashiyama Benkei was established in 1969 on the historical and scenic land known as Arashiyama.
Thriving spring cherry blossoms, red autumn leaves blanketing the mountains,
and cultural and historic landmarks give Arashiyama the distinction of being one of Japan’s leading sightseeing destinations.
Just upstream from (west of) the Togetsu-kyō Bridge, which marks the center of the area,
and situated alongside the murmurs of the Ōi River, is Arashiyama Benkei.
Our ryokan accommodations, built in the traditional sukiya-zukuri architecture style reminiscent of antique tea houses,
is not simply a place to rest and eat,
but also houses facilities in which guests can enjoy Arashiyama’s onsen (hot springs) and indulge in traditional Kyoto cuisine.
Please visit us to experience the utmost in comfort and relaxation.
Arashiyama Benkei is honored to provide 10 guest rooms, each with their own individual charm.
Each room is thoughtfully designed and furnished in the Japanese style,
featuring views of the Arashiyama mountains or our lush garden.
Cherry blossoms in spring, cormorant fishing in summer,
cascading colors of maple leaves in autumn, and a dusting of snow in winter.
Our guests are certain to enjoy a peaceful stay among the beauty and stillness of this unique Kyoto scenery.
Guests at Benkei indulge in traditional multi-course kaiseki fare that uses seasonal ingredients found not only in Kyoto,
but sourced from all over Japan.
We take care in creating cuisine that appeals to all palates,
yet maintains respect for the tenets of traditional Kyoto cooking.
Having prospered as Japan’s capital city for over a millennium,
Kyoto also developed its own gourmet culture as a prominent national culinary center.
Most consider the origins of Kyoto cooking to be found in shōjin-ryōri,
Buddhist vegetarian cuisine.
In addition to flavor, this custom values food presentation and dining atmosphere,
inviting all 5 senses to indulge in the experience.
The end result is an appreciation for nature’s bounty,
and an unparalleled sense of hospitality (omotenashi) toward the diner.
Arashiyama’s onsen (hot spring) water has a pH of 8.3 and provides an exceptionally smooth touch
that is said to beautify skin and wash away any travel fatigue.
Benkei has indoor and open-air baths; both are available for men and women and are separated by gender.
Guests who prefer to enjoy a bath in private may reserve a secluded open-air bathtub (same-day reservation, 2,160yen/group/45 minutes).
Arashiyama Benkei also offers dining-only reservations for lunch or dinner.
Reservations are required for both lunch and dinner.
Menus, dinnerware, etc. may vary depending on the season.
Please let us know over the phone if you would like to reserve a private room (2 hour limit, for dining only).
Please understand that depending on the season and availability, we may not be able to accommodate all reservation requests.
Day trip of Kyoto cuisine
and Arashiyama onsen
Day trip guests at Benkei may also opt to enjoy a relaxing bath in addition to a gourmet meal.
Reservations are required for combined onsen and dining day trips.
The facilities open at 11:30 a.m.
We offer full plans that include meals in private room (2 hours for bento meals or 3 hours for full-course kaiseki meals), baths, towels, and yukata robe, as well as more informal plans that include a restaurant meal in the open space and onsen bath.
For an additional 2,160yen per group (tax and service charge included), guests may reserve the private open-air bath (45 minutes/group).
Depending on the time of year, private room plans may be unavailable.
We are more than happy to take reservations over the phone.
Our kimono-clad staff members and superior customer service
will help you forget the fatigue of your travels–our staff are among Benkei’s most valued and highly praised assets.
Guests should never hesitate to ask about how their stay can be made even more memorable.
Our staff will also be honored to take a picture with you as a special memory of your time in Kyoto.
Arashiyama Benkei is a 15-minute walk from JR Saga-Arashiyama and Hankyu Arashiyama Stations,
please feel free to inquire by phone about a free shuttle bus to pick you up from the station.