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This place came a close to perfection as any hotel I have experienced. Beautiful space, terrific service. It was like being in a perfect world! The women assigned to us served our meals, prepared our sleeping mats and took great care of us.
On my last night in Kyoto, I was told by a Japanese that it was such an honour and luck to be able to get myself in Tawaraya 3 weeks before departure. I was lucky in that. Due to the fact that this hotel was...More
Traditional Japan lovers, this is the place for you, look no further! Situated only a short walk away from Yudanaka station, it is very easy to access. The place is an old traditional Ryokan Onsen run for 3 generations by the same family. As you...More
A hotel not so big but with long history -- it is said 300 years old.
The hotel and rooms are designed with Japan charactors: the Japanese garden, the Tatami (but there are some rooms offering bed if you are not willing to sleep on...More
Staying at the Tawaraya is like staying in a museum. The moment you walk into Tawaraya, you know you’ve come to a special place. The subtle yet relaxing smell of incense, dark aged wood, the dimly lit hallways, the gold painting hanging by the entrance,...More
No district of Kyoto is quite as representative of its blended nature as the City Center. By day, the covered shopping arcades along Kawaramachi and Shijo Street bring deal hunters and fashionistas out in droves to peruse the clothing, accessories, gifts, and home goods offerings. When it grows dark, the City Center is a hip spot for nightlife, alive with bars and clubs. A trendy culinary scene and an abundance of
local watering holes give the Center its youthful vibrancy. In contrast, the quieter areas of the City Center seem a world away, shielded from noise by the foliage of the public gardens and zen spaces surrounding the area's shrines, castles, and the Imperial Palace. These ancient and sacred spots are seamlessly folded into the scenery, providing a respite from the energy of the city, but close enough to put you directly back onto the pulse of the city when you're ready.