Shiraume is a charming ryokan, right in the old geisha district of Kyoto. There is a little river that runs right by it, and old cobblestone streets lead to it. It is surrounded by beautiful old wooden houses. Our family stayed there for two nights, and we all absolutely loved it! Our two daughters loved the kimono's we got to put on, and the toe socks provided were a constant source of amusement. One night we had the traditional kaiseki dinner in our room. Each course was beautiful and delicious, and had obviously been prepared with a lot of effort and eye for detail. The breakfast was served in our rooms as well, and both the japanese and western versions were delicious and beautifully served and presented. The rooms we had were beautifully furnished, we had the family apartment, which consist of two rooms which get turned into bedrooms at night, a large bathroom with a large cypress bath, a separate toilet, and all facilities you could ask for, like wifi, flatscreen tv, robes and pyamas provided. You can also book the ryokans cypress bathroom with extra large bath. You can enjoy that with two people to get a real feel for the traditional japanese bath ritual. Tomoko explained to us how to do this, and my daughter was delighted with it, she felt like a real japanese girl! The owner Tomoko clearly loves what she does: she is so welcoming, and she made us feel like we were the only guests staying at the ryokan. When you do go visit Kyoto, try and stay at Shiraume, it will give a you impression of japanese culture and cuisine!
- Also Known As:
- Shiraume Hotel Kyoto