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Shiraume

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Shirakawa-hotori, Shinbashi-dori, Gionmachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
Shiraume
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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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Australia
2 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I have only written one other review over the years (and it was a negative one), but I felt that Tomoko deserved even more praise for the beautiful ryokan that she has created. This place is something truly special. It is truly stunning and has been maintained to the highest order. It is in a beautiful part of old gion... More 

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New York
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69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I can't do more than agree with all the previous reviews. The location, the food, the room, the attention to every detail, was all just perfect and friendly and welcoming. The attention was personal without being overbearing. Just amazing. Recommended without caveat or hesitation. It's that good.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

There is a reason this is the No1 Ryokan in Kyoto! It is simply amazing, on every level. We stayed for one evening in May, just after Golden Week. The location is perfect for even strolls in Gion, and for the bush shopping street and drinks along the charming bars along the main river. The actual Ryokan is on a... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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43 reviews 43 reviews
11 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed one night and had a great experience! Everyone at the inn was friendly, polite, and truly seemed happy to have us there. We originally had requested a smaller room, but only a suite was available. In retrospect I am very happy we had the extra space. The room was exquisitely appointed and very welcoming. The dinner was a... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent one night in Shiraume in the Umekoyami room. Upon arrival, after tea and a snack, Tomoko greeted us and suggested a short walk in the neighborhood before dinner. Since this was our first time in Kyoto she suggested a number of things we should see during our stay. The room is large and there is a view of... More 

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Breda, The Netherlands
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101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent three nights in this wonderful Ryokan. First the planning and reservation was very pleasantly. When we arrived I had high expectations due to the great reviews and the number one ranking in Kyoto. And when we experienced the first day I knew all the reviews were right; this place is high up in every aspect leaving all other... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I and our 7 year old daughter stayed at Shiraume late last year and I feel bad that's it's taken me so long to make this review. However, I think about Shiraume with fondness all the time and my husband and I often remember the amazing experience we shared here. Tomoko is an incredible host. I felt... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I stayed here once about 3 years ago and had just the best time that when I came again in 2015 it was an easy choice to stay again. Little did I know, that Shiraume had just completed a renovation to the entire property that would make each room like small suite, complete with private bathing areas (a rarity among... More 

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Melbourne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

It was an incredible experience to stay at Shiraume for three nights. The beautiful Tomoko is an amazing host - generous with her time, incredibly thoughtful and a wealth of knowledge. We stayed in the surprisingly large second-story Umeichirin, which has a view of the stream and a living room as well as a bedroom. Breakfast each day in our... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

We stayed at Shiraume Ryokan in April 2015 for two nights. This was our first trip to a Ryokan, so I have nothing to compare with, but I can't imagine any other stay would be as wonderful. Shiraume-san is a gem. She explained that the place had been in her family for seven generations, passed down matrilineally. She makes you... More 

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