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Shiraume

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Shirakawa-hotori, Shinbashi-dori, Gionmachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
Shiraume
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    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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Hong Kong, China
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104 reviews 104 reviews
19 hotel reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed at the Umeichirin room for 2 nights at the beginning of December 2014. It was our first ryokan experience and we love it. The Umeichirin room is very spacious, well equipped and exquisitely decorated. The view of the canal is great. The futons were very comfortable. We did’t have any problem with noise at night and we slept... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

This is the first review I've written despite my many years of using Tripadvisor. The experience my family and I had here was so incredible I couldn't help but sing the praises of Tomoko and her staff. I stayed here last August for two nights with my parents and sister. We had been to Tokyo before but never to Kyoto,... More 

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Weybridge, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

I've been to Japan 3 times, twice in the last 2 years and in both those recent trips have stayed here for 2 nights. For me, this is the perfect Ryokan; It's in Gion (in possibly the best location), it has history, it's small, all the "public" bathrooms are actually "private" (you book them for an hour), the rooms are... More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

This place sets an extremely high standard and deserves its number one position on trip advisor. Tomoko and all of the staff are friendly, helpful and treat you with excellent care. We were upgraded to the Umeichirin room as they had a last minute cancellation. The room is beautifully presented and has a view of the canal. Breakfast is included... More 

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boston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Spent one night at Shiraume last week. They were sold out the second night so stayed at the Ritz. It was a magical experience that took me back in time. The street is gorgeous, the home is impeccable and the service is outstanding. They took great pains to accommodate my dietary needs. We strolled around the neighborhood before and after... More 

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
13 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

I spent a long time travelling around Japan and no where came close to Tomoko-san's Ryokan. After taking a long bus journey and bullet train from Fuji-san to Kyoto, Tomoko-san greeted my boyfriend and I with freshly made juice and took our bags. We had arrived before our room was ready so we went and visited the Gion area on... More 

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Silicon Valley
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34 reviews 34 reviews
9 hotel reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

My husband enjoyed our best anniversary ever at Shiraume. The dinner and breakfast were both outstanding. Tomoko-san helped create the perfect experience for us. She had great recommendations for us about where to go when not at the ryokan. Go wherever she recommends! We stayed in the Umekoyomi room. The bath in the room was great and the Japanese bath... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

It is hard to fault this little gem of a ryokan as it's pretty much perfect in many ways. From the service, to the food, to the little things they do for you. I loved their futons so much, when I came home to Malaysia I went online in search of importing futons home (this never once occurred to me... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 hotel reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

I have been to Japan for 10 plus times, and this is by far the best hotel I have stayed at in Japan. When it comes to service, it is the best in the world. First of all, this is a ryokan and only has 6 rooms as it is built from two old houses. So one can't expect it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

I'm Japanese but I write review in English so that foreigners can also read. You can enjoy all of the Japanese traditional culture in Shiraume. They offer superb Japanese cuisines, Japanese flower arrangement, calligraphy, art of ceramics and lacquer works, traditional architecture, relaxing sounds of river, garden, etc. It's almost like a Japanese culture museum. What's more, you can enjoy... More 

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