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Ryokan Shimizu
Ranked #56 of 379 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 12, 2013

We enjoyed three nights at Ryokan Shimizu in March, 2013.

Pros:

Located close to central train and bus station, made it easy to get around the city
Front desk staff spoke excellent English, and provided good travel tips for the area, including a map with restaurants near the ryokan.
Onsite ofuro (soaking tub) that made all the difference after a long flight from California
Fun cultural events offered in the evenings, including calligraphy, origami and traditional dress

Cons:

Smallest room we stayed in during our trip, and it could have used more storage, especially near the bathroom (an upright cabinet in the corner would be great for storing toiletries)
Hard to find location, but that was mostly my fault. Should have used their map from their website!
Located away from the main areas of Gion and eastern Kyoto, which meant a bus ride everyday. As mentioned above, the location near the bus station solved this issue.

If we visited Kyoto again, we would stay in this ryokan - the value was good, the service was excellent and the experience worthwhile.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

This was the first time that we went to Kyoto, and knowing that Kyoto is an excellent and beautiful city with many nice ryokans (traditional inns). We did not regret choosing Ryokan Shimizu as the choice of our stay in Kyoto.

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Reviewed April 3, 2013 via mobile

We stayed at the Ryokan Shimizu for a week recently, It was a great change from a normal Hotel. The staff were very friendly and spoke great english. The room was very clean and everything was in it that we needed.

Overall was a fantastic experience in Kyoto! Thankyou. Will be staying at the Ryokan Shimizu next time for sure

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Reviewed April 1, 2013

If you are seeking to enhance your experience in wonderful Kyoto, then you really need to consider this Ryokan, which features one of the most amazing, pleasant and friendly atmosphere you can ever find in your path to an authentic life. I had one of the most fantastic experiences, full of warmth, attention and kind attitude thoughout. A great Easter weekend and a unique and personalized いらっしゃいませ. Do not forget to try out the Japanese culture classes at 8 pm and check out this blog: shimizukai.blog.fc2.com

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed March 31, 2013

This place isn't short of good reviews already and I'm not surprised! Spotlessly clean, totally charming and within striking distance from all the nearby temples and the station so ideal for day trips/ backpackers. Memorable parts of our stay included hiring bicycles to tour the city (recommend as it's really no hassle getting around) and being serenaded on my birthday with a banjo solo - v sweet! I know this ryokan will be popular for travellers for a good while to come.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 27, 2013

Everything was top! From the overwhelmingly nice and caring staff, over the delicious breakfast, most convenient location, super clean and original Japanese rooms to all the helpful tips! Service was perfect and we really enjoyed our stay! Hope to be back soon :)

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Reviewed March 26, 2013

Ryokan Shimizu is a very nice and friendly accommodation in Kyoto. Providing Japanese props and decorations, the ryokan room style is very cosy. Staffs are very helpful and good at English. Highly recommended.

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Address: 646 Kagiya-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8317, Kyoto Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > Shimogyo-ku
Hotel Style:
#8 Best Value Hotel in Kyoto
#14 Top resorts Hotel in Kyoto
Price Range: $82 - $333 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Ryokan Shimizu 2.5*
Number of rooms: 12
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