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Shiraume

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Ryokan 
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Reviewed 19 November 2014 via mobile

I'm Japanese but I write review in English so that foreigners can also read. You can enjoy all of the Japanese traditional culture in Shiraume. They offer superb Japanese cuisines, Japanese flower arrangement, calligraphy, art of ceramics and lacquer works, traditional architecture, relaxing sounds of river, garden, etc. It's almost like a Japanese culture museum. What's more, you can enjoy...

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8Thank Mashimo H
New Zealand
Reviewed 27 October 2014

My sister and I stayed here for one night after reading reviews here on Trip Advisor. What an incredible experience we had. From the moment we stepped through the purple fabric at the entrance, we knew we were in for something special. We arrived early and were offered a cool drink and a sit down, check in was in a...

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3Thank slowjocrow
Reviewed 17 October 2014 via mobile

This is one of the most expensive stay we have tried and it does live up to the expectation. Food was great, room was perfect with the private tub, tatami mats and awesome views. Some things that we were disappointed with, everything is about money here even if you have paid for the room, we wanted to ask for a...

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14Thank Jeryl N
London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 13 October 2014

Worth every penny! Tomoko San is just a very special lady and Shiraume is a very special place. I won't leave a long review because I think most people cover the sentiment here you can't put a place like this into words, it's simply out of a dream. You won't be disappointed and its a must to have the Kaiseki...

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2Thank Mariolla R
Miami, Florida
Reviewed 10 October 2014

If you, like me, read Memoirs of a Geisha and were transported back to that time of tradition, elegance, beauty and history then this is the Ryokan experience for you. The location brings you to the Shirakawa stream on what must be the prettiest street in Gion. The Shiraume was a Ochiya in its' former life and you can just...

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3Thank Miamiboys
Asia
Reviewed 2 October 2014

We absolutely love this ryokan! We had the Umesono room and it was an exquisite experience from the time we enter the hotel till we say goodbye to Tomoko-san. Snacks, dinner and breakfast were served privately in our room and Tomoko-san was the most wonderful host and she shared a lot with us about the Japanese culture and food in...

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1Thank mirror01
Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 21 September 2014

We recently visited Japan upon my request for my fortieth birthday and I have to say that staying at Shiraume absolutely made our visit and will remain a truly magical memory for us. Tomoko the owner is so wonderful and made us feel as if we were, as was remarked when we checked-in "in our own home". Although this home...

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3Thank Interblooming
United Kingdom
Reviewed 6 September 2014

I have really nothing to add to all the other reviews - a wonderful night with perfect hosts. A true once in a lifetime experience. We stayed on Fire mountain night - when bonfires mark out Kanji figures on the surrounding mountains, which only added to the exceptional impression nature of this place. An indicator of how special it is...

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Brooklyn, New York
Reviewed 1 September 2014 via mobile

Stayed for 2 nights and absolutely loved it. Tomoko is a wonderful host and a wealth of knowledge about Japanese culture. Breakfast is fantastic. Kaiseki dinner was a highlight. Awesome to stay in historic gion, set over a stream on one of the prettiest streets in Kyoto it feels like you are stepping back in time.

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4Thank Dob12381
London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 27 August 2014

Staying at this beautiful ryokan was the highlight of our trip to Japan. It is located in Kyoto's most picturesque street - some guidebooks say the loveliest street in all Asia - accessed by a little stone bridge across a crystal clear stream. From the moment we arrived we knew it was a special experience. The ryokan is a a...

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Staying in Gion

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Gion
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:
Shiraume Hotel Kyoto
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#1 Top resorts Hotel in Kyoto
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“Umekoyomi room is large and overlooks the creek.”
SenthaR, 14 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Room facing Shirakawa stream”
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“Second floor room overlooking the canal is really special.”
HS168, 6 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Facing the Creek”
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