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Shiraume
Ranked #1 of 395 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 1, 2012

I don't know how Shiraume did it. I knew when we went there this past summer, all the rooms were all booked way ahead of time, and yet we felt like we were the only guests. All the services are above and beyond!

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 26, 2012

Staying in the Umechiin Room on the 2nd floor overlooking the canal was absolutely amazing. We would see the Geisha scurring past to their next appointment. Listening to Ms. Okuda stories about the home while sipping Sake and the service from "Satoko" our room attendant made us feel like rock-stars. The food was unbelievably exquisite and so simple in it's preparation. Passersby would stop to take photos of the home. The futons are extremely generous and comfortable. After Dinner we sunk into the cypress bath to soothe away the stress of the day. We ordered a Shiatsu message and were lulled into a deep slumber. The next day the american breakfast was the perfect touch. Upon check out a white gloved taxi was waiting to whisk us to the train station which was ordered by Ms. Okuda. She saw us off with a deep parting bow. I will never forget my experience there. It was totally worth the price and more.

Room Tip: Rooms in he front overlooking the canal are quite lovely
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank James N
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Reviewed October 23, 2012

the service, the food, the atmosphere -- everything about this place is perfect. it was such an unusual experience to stay in a ryokan and we are glad we chose this one! it was stunning, immaculately clean, charming, authentic without being cheesy, and so comfortable (we were worried about sleeping on the floor). the staff were so nice and really took the time to explain how everything works and what everything was in our room and on our plates (we did the kaseiki dinner in our room, which i highly recommend). i especially loved how much time, effort, and thought went into every detail of our stay, right down to the plum jelly on our fruit at breakfast that came from the plum trees right in front of the ryokan. our one-night stay at shiraume was the absolute highlight of our tokyo/kyoto trip!

Room Tip: the omesono room has a private cypress tub/shower room and a separate living room and bedroom. i hig...
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 15, 2012

If you are looking for a traditional Ryokan in Kyoto, Shiraume is the one. My parents and I stayed at Shiraume for two nights. Our room Umegae is on the second floor facing Shirakawa river, where we also enjoyed a nice view of the tree-line stone path, traditional Japanese wooden/tea houses and clear blue sky in the morning.

The room itself is gorgeous, spacious and comfortable. From the ceiling structure to tatami floor, the decorative setting in the corner, the lighting fixture, the shoji screen windows and doors, every part of the room is a piece of art. It's so much fun just to explore the room! We received warm hospitality during our stay at Shiraume. Tomoko san and Satoko san speaks excellent English, and the staffs were all very friendly and helpful.

The location is unbeatable. We arrived in the early afternoon, took a walk in the Gion district and visited Pontochō in the evening, all in the neighborhood around the corner! The next day we visited Kiyomizudera, then strolled in the Higashiyama-ku area. You could hop in a cab any time when you were tired and will only cost you about 640~680 yen(for 3 people) to get back to Shiraume.

Both mornings we chose traditional Japanese breakfast, considered them one of the best treat during our Kyoto visit. We had Kaiseki traditional full course for dinner the second night, which was beautifully served in our room. It's a big meal so remember to leave enough room in your tummy before dinner night.

I chose Shiraume for the amazing reviews here in tripadvisor, went with high expectation, yet Shiraume has managed to surpass them in every aspect.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank mochi-paws
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Reviewed October 8, 2012

To stay at Shiraume (which means "White Plum") is a fantastic and immersive experience. The owner Ms Okuda and her staff (for example Satoko) do everything they can to make sure that you get what you pay for - which is a lot and worth every penny. We stayed in the umekoyomi room on the ground floor, facing the water stream at the front of the property. Although very authentic and traditional in style, the rooms are fully equipped, and the hotel also has free wifi. The whole area is full of ambience and also recommended is for example the teppanyaki restaurant Itoh on the same street (but with the entrance from the back street). Shiraume serves a delicious Kaiseki dinner, which can be recommended, and also a great Japanese breakfast. They will help you find your way in Kyoto, and they manage to be both very friendly and accessible but never too intrusive. Despite being the ones who paid, we felt like our stay was a gift to us from Ms Okuda and her team.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 7, 2012

What an amazing experience! Once we had worked out what went on our feet and where we could put them we were fine. This was a first class treat. Our room was on the 1 st (ground) floor over looking the little stream, with a private bathroom including wooden bath. We took the Kobe beef dinner, ordered in advance, and what a banquet it turned out to be. This was traditional Japan at its best. It was costly, but worth every yen. An unforgettable experience, the staff could not have done more to please us.

Room Tip: First floor is the same as the ground floor
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Caroline E
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Reviewed October 6, 2012

We stayed here for 2 nights in the Umerichin room on the 2nd floor and loved the experience. Don't worry about the price - if you want to experience a real authentic ryokan this is the place. The room was huge and we felt like we had half of the house with a separate bath area and a private hallway overlooking a garden.

Tomoko - the manager - was amazing. Very enjoyable to talk to and helpful. The location of the ryokan is right in the middle of Gion on a very historic street (people take photos all day). We did Japanese and Western style breakfasts and they were both fantastic. As was the traditional kaiseki dinner that we had on the first night (food presentation was outstanding). There is wi-fi in the room too. Staying at this place was a very memorable and unique experience. 6 out of 5 :)

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Shiraume

Address: Shirakawa-hotori, Shinbashi-dori, Gionmachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > Gion
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Kyoto
Number of rooms: 8
Also Known As:
Shiraume Hotel Kyoto

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