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Reviewed 26 February 2014

Even though I was already very familiar with the high quality of service and courtesy the Japanese society demands, the ryokan still blew me away with their service. Originally wanted to stay for 3 nights but since it was fully booked (mind you this was 2.5 months prior to our arrival) we stayed for 1 night. But it was already... More 

2 Thank oneworld_dreamer
Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 23 February 2014

We have just returned today from our first trip to Japan and I felt it was wrong of me not to write this straight away! My sister stayed here last year and we had the luxurious pleasure of staying for 3 nights this week. I have never reviewed anything in my life but to not would be an injustice to... More 

2 Thank Maryiacobbe
new york
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Reviewed 7 February 2014

We had a wonderful two day trip to the Shiraume. I only wished it were longer but it appears that the vacancies fill up fast, so word to the wise: book sooner rather than later! Tomoko was a wonderful host, giving us fantastic advice about the history of Kyoto and what to do in the city. She was very knowledgeable... More 

2 Thank Lauren S
Surfers Paradise, Australia
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Reviewed 29 January 2014

I don’t think words can do justice how much we enjoyed our night at Shiraume Ryokan. From the minute we stepped in to the house we knew our splurge was a great decision. Tomoko is a wonderful host, taking the time to give us a tour and explain all the ornate features of the property to us. We enjoyed complementary... More 

2 Thank Geehee
Manila, Philippines
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2014

I rarely rave about a hotel / accommodation, but Shiraume is the rare exception. This 160 year old ryokan (traditional Japanese inn passed on from mother to daugher down the generations) in the heart of Gion, Kyoto is quaint, cozy and idyllic, situated along a quiet flowing river lined with the bare branches of sakura (cherry) trees in the winter.... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2014

We stayed at Shiraume in Kyoto after having spent a week at a ski ryokan in Hakuba. Shiraume was amazing and the level of detail provided by Tomoko and her staff was simply fantastic. As another reviewer has noted, the beds were the most comfortable beds (even though they were futons on the floor) we experienced during our 2wks in... More 

1 Thank Rossdurbs
Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 12 January 2014

We booked Shiraume based on the tripadvisor reviews and we were not disappointed - in fact, we were so keen to see what the fuss was about that we rearranged our travel plans in order to be able to stay at Shiraume on our last night in Japan (tip: book early!). From the moment we entered the ryokan, it was... More 

3 Thank Yan G
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Reviewed 7 January 2014 via mobile

We stayed at Shiraume 2 years ago and were keen to go back. Our second visit was just as perfect - the attention to detail never ceases to amaze. The kaiseki is incredible. Best accommodation I have ever stayed in in any country. Looking forward to a third visit in future!

2 Thank cksydney
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Reviewed 28 December 2013

When I went to Kyoto for the first time I also visited Gion and the Shirakawa and instantly fell in love with the nice traditional buildings there. Later I realized that the buildings belong to a ryokan so I decided to come back one day to spend a night here. So that's what I did with a friend. And my... More 

5 Thank Weltensurfer
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Reviewed 19 December 2013 via mobile

Everything was great about the place, we took the best room, Umezono and did not regret. However, we noticed that Tomoko was very money minded when it comes to little things, for example we requested for a few more candies to bring home, the pink ones. Tomoko charged us at 100yen per piece, excuse was that the delivery guy had... 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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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”
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“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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