My family decided to give Ryokan a try so I booked Matsubaya Inn as per their review in Tripadvisor. When we stepped in, it is as per the photo shown in their website. The room is warmth and cozy as compared to hotel. I totally love sleeping on the thick futon. But be mindful not all places provided thick futon. The apartment I stayed in Tokyo provided thin futon which is not as comfortable. There is heater, free drinks & snacks. The toilet is small, as per Japan standard. But the worst is the room wall is rather thin. I can hear my siblings whom are resting at the next room. The journey from the Kyoto train station to the inn is around 15mins walk. We would shivering everytime we walked from the train station and back to the inn, Lucky there are vending machines around and we can buy hot drinks to warm us up.
Nearby the inn, there is a traditional japanese restaurant. You have to take off your shoes, hang your coats on the wall. People are drinking & smoking inside the restaurant. The mistress of the restaurant is very nice and friendly. Although her English is quite limited, we still enjoy ordering food from her. We are not frustrated at all. Food is nice, and price is reasonable.