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Fantastic in every way - great location, beautiful view, charming and intimate ryokan with nice deco details in every corner, comfortable, delicious food, warm and helpful staffs, and the most wonderful host (ryokan owner), who took care of our every needs so well, from itinerary recommendation, history of places, to local touch (culture/custom), etc. Will definitely find another chance to... More 

Thank Amy-chian
Hong Kong, China
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

To truly complete the Kyoto trip, one must try to stay at least 2 nights at a Ryokan, experience to Japanese culture and hospitality, the tradition carry over for hundred of years and still remain, almost like step into time machine, royalty treatment long lost in the now generation, maybe this was the good old day in the old Japan,... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We are just back from a 3 week trip to Japan; we spent our last night at Shiraume, enjoying a wonderful first floor suite with the dining room overlooking a lovely canal; dinner and Japanese breakfast were lovely and further enhanced by Tomoko's careful explanations of the history and ingredients of each dish. The rooms were lovely and cool (as... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I am writing this review nine months late, and after I had experienced two more ryokans since my stay at Shiraume, I just feel the need to share and pay tribute to what an excellent ryokan the Shiraume is. Service is outstanding - efficient and caring and unhurried. The traditional kaiseki dinner is excellent, each dish lovingly explained and beautifully... More 

1 Thank gel c
Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

When researching for our trip to Japan, multiple sources said that we must experience a traditional Ryokan. After much reading, we decided to spend the night at Shiraume for our 10th wedding anniversary. By the time we arrived in Kyoto, we were already 2/3 through our trip and were a bit weary from all of the travel and walking. Shiraume... More 

1 Thank Sarahbean108
1 review
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place really opened my eyes to what top notch service is all about... all about the attention and the details... the staff bothers to remember your name, remember which are ur shoes and remember which are your bags... even though I did not introduce my accompanies, through the dinner service, they actually bothered to take note and could name... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2016

My wife, son and daughter-in-law had the great fortune to be able to book two rooms in this exquisite ryokan for one evening on October 20. There are only 5 rooms so luck and timing was certainly in our favor. The property is operated by the elegant and hospitable Tomoko Okuda, who is the 7th generation in a line of... More 

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Cambrdige, ON
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2016

My husband and I, son and daughter-in-law, stayed here for one night, part of our Asian trip. What an outstanding experience. Definitely the most interesting highlight of our Asian tour (Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau). Our 9-course dinner was a ceremony beyond words can ever describe. The owner and hostesses were amazing. Attention to every detail, and a story behind... More 

Thank gmbf
Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016

We booked this as our trip for a family of 4, my daughters are 4 & 6 and all of us thoroughly enjoyed our stay. the property is quaint, in a superb location, and the host (7th generation) Ms Tomoko Okuda, has some of the best stories to tell. She's genuine, sincere and has a sense of humor, and also... More 

Thank Stephanie L
Toronto, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

Sometimes in life you make a decision or a choice and upon reflection you give thanks for having made the call. Read all of the reviews. If you would like to try an authentic Kyoto experience then simply book this property and stop searching. I am not going to repeat the many excellent reviews of this hotel. I will simply... More 

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Staying in Gion

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Gion is Kyoto's famed Geisha District (called "Geiko" in Kyoto). Though Gion's many tea houses and entertainment restaurants are closed to foreigners, Geiko and Maiko in their traditional makeup with gilded hair in full kimono can be seen drifting the streets on their way to and from work, where they fan dance, sing, and play instruments for customers. Gion lights up at night, when the ancient-looking streets glow with lanterns along the river, where weeping willows catch the starlight and the air is warmed with conversation. Groups pass through to populate the restaurants and bars along the riverfront, but Gion still manages to be a mostly quiet district, due in large part to limited automotive traffic through many of its streets. Gion is a wonderful place to indulge in Kyoto's local and customary cuisines, and is best enjoyed after dark.
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Additional Information about Shiraume

Address: Shirakawa-hotori, Shinbashi-dori, Gionmachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
Region: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > Gion
Number of rooms: 8
Also Known As:
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“Facing the Creek”
 of 5 bubbles gmbf, 20 Oct 2016 | Read review
“There are only 5 rooms and I think all the rooms will be good.”
 of 5 bubbles Breezers2014, 8 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Second floor, top of stairs to the left...large, spacious, furo tub, grab a beer from the fridge and enjoy the view of the lazy river!”
 of 5 bubbles craigcH9297UA, 26 Aug 2016 | Read review
“Umeichirin room on 2nd floor is pretty great if you can swing it”
 of 5 bubbles sambW6709OM, 12 May 2016 | Read review
“Try to get a room overlooking the river or with Western chairs if possible”
 of 5 bubbles JamesC249, 12 Apr 2016 | Read review
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