Heart of Nishiyama
Heart of warm hospitality
Kyoto, the eternal ancient capital of Japan for over 1,000 years, has nurtured a wide range of culture in the rich natural surroundings. It is a great pleasure for the staff at Nishiyama to have our visitors to feel the beauty of the old capital. You may choose a sleek modern western style hotel when in Tokyo or Osaka. However, when in Kyoto, it would be foolish not to choose a Ryokan as you know what they can offer you - the heart of Japan. We provide our best hospitality every season: the fresh scent of Tatami mats, seasonal flowers and plants, the best ingredients of the day and much more.
Message from our chef
The most important factor of Japanese cuisine is how the cook makes the most of the real taste that ingredients naturally possess. I have been working as a Japanese chef for 19 years but I still learn something new every day and improve my skills as a cook. Another important factor is to create something that is adapted to the time trend. Of course it is essential to acquire all the basics of cooking, but on the other hand, it is also important to try something new. Everything I watch, see and hear can teach me something that I can use for my cooking.