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We were blessed to stay here during the best week of the year - the height of the Sakura season. Yes,we had to book a year in advance, yes, it’s not easy to secure a booking but we spent 5 nights here and it really...More
We loved staying at Mume- small, super friendly and right in the heart of Gion but quiet and secretive with a view onto the waterway. Happy hour drinks and nibbles in the beautiful downstairs parlour where we also received our breakfasts with the most amazing...More
As everyone else has noted, the service at Mume is absolutely incredible. Not only did they get us reservations in advance to all the restaurants we wanted to eat at and to special places like the Moss Temple, they went out of their way every...More
This hotel is beyond sweet. The women who work here go above and beyond and truly care for everyone who stays here. It’s almost like a hotel meets a travel agent/planning service because they helped with everything from reservations to directions with a level of...More
We have just got back from a trip to Japan and stayed in the Hotel Mume while in Kyoto. The hotel is a small, boutique hotel with beautiful rooms and decor. The warm welcome we received from the owner and her staff was fantastic and...More
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.