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Shiraume

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Shirakawa-hotori, Shinbashi-dori, Gionmachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This beautiful ryokan is perfectly located at Shinbashi Dori, Kyoto’s most beautiful street. Everything is done perfectly from the service to the décor to the food. We will surely come back to this ryokan next time we visit Kyoto again.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

All the reviews are true BUT, you really have to go and experience it yourself to really comprehend what a true gem this place is..Its one of those special once-in-a life times(and hopefully more) experiences-and all made possible by the most gracious and beautiful proprietor Ms. Tomoko and her charming assistants..My best friend and I celebrated a special b-day by... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Superb street and location in Gion old town. Wonderful host in Tomoko Okuda. Beautiful house and rooms, complete with jacuzzi onsen bath. Kaiseki dinner was top class, as was Kobe beef dinner. We had dining room to ourselves, sitting at the bar overlooking the stream. For a special treat and to properly experience Ryokan hospitality, cannot go past Shiraume.

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Boynton Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent a couple nights at the Shiraume ryokan during our stay in Kyoto for our honeymoon. We wanted the "ultimate ryokan experience" and the Shiraume lived up to our hopes. This is an incredible property - from the moment you walk across the little bridge over the stream that leads to the front door - you are in ryokan... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After spending 2 nights at Shiraume ryokan in Kyoto, I feel like I need to revise all of my previous reviews. Shiraume is TRULY 5 star luxury. Nowhere else that I've ever stayed comes even close to the level of service and attention to detail that you will experience at this amazing ryokan. Arriving at Shiraume, you cross a little... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is definitely the best part of our trip to Kyoto. Our room was on the ground floor looking out onto a quiet stream. The room was very spacious (esp for Japan), with a tranquil and traditional feel. There is a separate bedroom, bathroom and toilet. The staff spoke very good English; in fact the best we have encountered in... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

I've tried to book a room in this hotel twice and this year I finally made it! It sits quietly at the heart district of the serene and beautiful Gion area, with Shirakawa running in front of it. The view from our room (うめこよみ) is amazing. I could even spot two white cranes in Shirakawa outside our windows in one... More 

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Redhill, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

We enjoyed a two-night stay here and it truly was the highlight of our visit to Japan. The place itself is stunning, beautifully appointed, spotlessly clean and so comfortable. What makes this truly stand out is the attention to detail from Tomoko and the way she and all the staff go out of their way to make you feel relaxed,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

昨年のクリスマスに家内と泊まりました。京都のもっともにぎやかな一帯ですが、道からは白川が隔てた反対側になるので、人声も気になりません。料理旅館なので晩御飯も素敵ですが、白川を見ながら食べられる食堂でいただける朝ごはんもすばらしいです。朝すぐ近くの鴨川をジョギングしましたが。よく整備されていてとても気持ちよかったです。 I enjoyed staying this ryokan last christmas with my wife. It is in Gion area, one of the most properous area of Kyoto, but becasue it stands across Shir2akawa creek from a streest, so we stayed comfortable quiet night. Becuasr it is a "Ryori Ryokan" that specialized in traditonal Japanese food, dineer was wonderful. Also Japanese style breakfast served... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015 via mobile

This Ryokan is beautiful, we stayed in the Umemi room with our own little garden by the stream. Tomoko and her staff go above and beyond to ensure you have an amazing experience. They truly make you feel special, we opted for the traditional dinner and both a Japanese and western style breakfast - all the food was presented beautifully... More 

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Staying in Gion

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Gion
Gion is Kyoto's famed Geisha District (called "Geiko" in Kyoto). Though Gion's many tea houses and entertainment restaurants are closed to foreigners, Geiko and Maiko in their traditional makeup with gilded hair in full kimono can be seen drifting the streets on their way to and from work, where they fan dance, sing, and play instruments for customers. Gion lights up at night, when the ancient-looking streets glow with lanterns along the river, where weeping willows catch the starlight and the air is warmed with conversation. Groups pass through to populate the restaurants and bars along the riverfront, but Gion still manages to be a mostly quiet district, due in large part to limited automotive traffic through many of its streets. Gion is a wonderful place to indulge in Kyoto's local and customary cuisines, and is best enjoyed after dark.
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