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Ryokan Shimizu

646 Kagiya-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 600-8317, Japan
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Ryokan Shimizu
Ranked #5 of 192 Kyoto B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For something like US$120 a night for two people this is a great bargain. Traditional feel and warm, attentive hosts - they'll go out of their way to help even though their English is limited. The rooms are traditional and sparse but very comfortable. There's a common room down stairs, bikes for rent, an onsen and it's close to Kyoto... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

I've always been a fan of ryokan ever since my first visit to Japan, and Shimizu is a great example. Location is very convenient, and the staff very friendly. The private bath was great for winding down after a day of shrines and temples. Only thing I would say is that if you have any mobility issues (I have an... More

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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

A small ryokan tucked away on a narrow side street near Kyoto Station. Shimizu is quite plain, but lovely in so many ways. Rooms are traditional Japanese style, we stayed in a room called Nagano, which had a private toilet and shower. We felt comfortable, very warmly welcomed and safe. It was like coming home! Our hosts were courteous and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

We (me and my girlfriend)stayed here for one night but we wish that we could have stayed longer! As soon as we arrived we got the warmest welcome we've ever encountered. Satoshi, the owner of the hotel, always happy and cheerful, even provided us with some homemade drinks and made us feel at home. The staff was superfriendly and helpful... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

We were anxious and excited as we headed for Kyoto on the 3rd part of our vacation in Japan. We stayed in regular hotels prior to this and we wanted to experience a Japanese Ryokan. We were a family of five and we booked two rooms. Although we arrived in Ryokan Shimizu before the check in time, we were accomodated... More

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Hebburn, United Kingdom
16 reviews 16 reviews
3 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

Ryoken Shimizu is located a shirt 5 minute walk from Kyoto Station on the Kyoto tower side. We arrived a little early but were escorted to our upstairs room. The room was excellent and just what we hoped and very traditional with the modern twist of an on suite bathroom and shower. We stayed for 5 nights and our hosts... More

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London, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Possibly the best sleep we had in our whole two week trip to Japan. Three of us in a large room with ensuite facilities, all very clean and comfortable. Also very quiet in terms of noise from other guests, especially compared to other Ryokans we stayed in. Staff were very friendly, welcoming, helpful and also accommodating with leaving bags. We... More

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Honolulu, Hawaii
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

we were anxious about trying out a ryokan. But this was a great and easy transition from the western amenities. Easy waking distance from Kyoto station. Need to get specific directions, though. Very clean comfortable accommodations, courteous staff.. They speak english! Staff had an activities night .... origami, japanese calligraphy..... onsen was not crowded, gender specific, very private!

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New York City, New York
3 reviews 3 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

This place is not really a traditional ryokan. It's actually pretty westernized. However, it is a very decent place to stay in. It is super cheap, clean, and within walking distance from Kyoto Station, so that's great. Also, the staff speaks great English and are very helpful and friendly. There are too many rules than I could care for –... More

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59 reviews 59 reviews
12 hotel reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

The Ryokan Shimizu is a traditional Japanese inn. It is conveniently located on a quiet sidestreet not far from Kyoto Station - about a 10 minute walk. There is at least one grocery store along the suggested route. The front desk staff can communicate in English, which is great! They are uniformly friendly. Because it is a traditional inn, you... More

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Address: 646 Kagiya-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 600-8317, Japan
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Location: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Also Known As:
Ryokan Shimizu Hotel Kyoto

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