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Ryokan Shimizu

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San Francisco, California
Reviewed 14 January 2010

What a beautiful place. Lots of traditional charm, but super-modern also (heated toilet so nice in winter!) Don't miss reserving the bath at least once. Can't wait to come back to stay again. Located in a good neighborhood with lots of good wandering opportunities. Having lived in Japan, we really enjoyed soaking up the ambiance of the place and city.

1Thank galapexplore
Reviewed 9 January 2010

This ryokan is a fantatic deal. I have stayed in various comparable places in Kyoto, but at double the price. I was impressed with the attention to detail and extra little touches. These included a hot cup of tea upon arrival and a handy hot pack to take with me as I went out into the cold winter evening. Book...

2Thank koberikku
Toronto, Canada
Reviewed 24 December 2009

My husband and I recently spent two nights at the Ryokan Shimizu. We chose this Ryokan mainly because of the reviews it received on Trip Advisor. I must say that all of the reviews I have read are quite accurate and we were very happy with our decision. The price was unbeatable for the location and I feel that it...

2Thank GingerNinja416
Reviewed 19 December 2009

My third ryokan stay in Japan and I would highly recommend this place for anyone looking for a ryokan experience. The staff could speak decent English - which is a relief from tongue-straining conversations the entire day, and were always thoughtful. The room was very clean, spacious and authentic. The ensuite bathroom was excellent, although in winter can get a...

2Thank Pistilily
Brooklyn, New York
Reviewed 13 December 2009

Clean, friendly, convenient, quiet, reasonably priced, and an outstanding Japanese breakfast served. The 12am curfew keeps things quiet, but night owls should look elsewhere!

1Thank DrSchnitzel
Reviewed 5 November 2009

We had a great time in Ryokan Shimizu The location is very good, near the Kyoto station. You can visit Tokyo walking from the ryokan,taking the bus or take a train to visit city near Kyoto. The team was very kind and helpful. They take time to answer to all our questions about Kyoto. They recommend us goods restaurants! The...

Thank EliSan13
Ottawa, Ontario
Reviewed 1 November 2009

Great Ryokan. Staff are very friendly. We rented bikes from the Ryokan and it was a great way to see the city. Staff brought cold tea to our room each day after we came back from sightseeing. Ryokan is in a good location for seeing the sites. There are 5 or 6 really good restaurants nearby (5-10 minute walk) just...

Thank mbellny
Reviewed 19 October 2009

This was by far my favourite place we stayed in whilst travelling in Japan. Beautiful building but a bit difficult to find - it's hidden away up a side street. We found the map provided on the website wasn't really very helpful! The staff here were really helpful, let us leave our bags when we arrived early, and we returned...

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North Yorkshire
Reviewed 18 October 2009

We arrived at Ryokan Shimizu after a very long journey and very bad rain. When we arrived we were informed that we could not check into the room until 4pm (it was 1pm). No drink of any type was offered and we left are bags and then had to leave. The room whilst clean, is very basic. The walls are...

5Thank Louell
Reviewed 11 October 2009

The high point of my lodging in Japan. The room could not have been more beautiful, with the traditional tatami and the futons. We could not stop smiling. The en suite bath is not traditional, true, but very much appreciated, as was the top-rate soap and shampoo. The staff was generally friendly and helpful -- we were impressed with the...

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Staying in Shimogyo-ku

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Shimogyo-ku is centered around the busy train hub, Kyoto Station. A nexus for commerce, shopping, dining, and hotels, the Shimogyo-ku area is infused with tourists and local business travelers, making it a competitive location for ever-new commercial structures. The shops and cafes here are chic and trendy, as a result, with many recognizable chains. Commuters flood the Shimogyo-ku area twice a day, and with Kyoto Station itself being a modern mega-complex and an architectural marvel, this neighborhood is one of the most contemporary and energetic areas that the city has to offer. Buildings here look futuristic, and huge department stores, shopping arcades, and public meeting spaces provide every possible convenience. It is also nearly the only place in Kyoto where rooftop dining and socializing is available, completing its modern tone.
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Address: 646 Kagiya-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8317, Kyoto Prefecture
Region: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > Shimogyo-ku
Price Range: $119 - $184 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Ryokan Shimizu 2*
Number of rooms: 12
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Ryokan Shimizu Hotel Kyoto
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#10 Top resorts Hotel in Kyoto
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“As with most ryokans, the walls are pretty thin so you will get some noise from your neighbours!”
 of 5 bubbles Australianwoman, 3 Mar 2015 | Read review
“Book early!”
 of 5 bubbles PeterR869, 11 Feb 2015 | Read review
“The rooms at the front of the ryokan have clear glass windows whereas the ones on the side are frosted. It didn't bother us but if you think having frosted windows will, I suggest asking for a room at the front.”
 of 5 bubbles Aussie111, 20 Dec 2014 | Read review
“Specify a western style toilet if you prefer to have one!”
 of 5 bubbles JadeK764, 29 Oct 2014 | Read review
“You have to book early to get a room. This Ryokan is always full.”
 of 5 bubbles epsManila, 3 May 2014 | Read review
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