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This calm ryokan amid the bustle of Kyoto is a world apart. We stayed there based on the recommendation of friends who lived in Japan for over a decade. Our suite with its interior garden set the stage for an interlude from the real world....More
This hidden gem has it all. The friendliest and most welcoming staff ( some English is spoken) kindness and consideration all set in as tranquil Japanese setting.
This must be the pinnacle of traditional Japanese Ryokan hospitality with a calmness and civility that enchants. Worth...More
After much deliberation between Shiraume and Tawaraya I decided to go with the latter based off the history and reputation. Although I have no comparison I do wish I had chosen Shiraume. For starters Shiraume is in a much more appealing area. It is situated...More
It was a tough choice deciding which ryokan to go to for our wedding anniversary. We ended up at Tawaraya.
It is a simple ryokan with great service. It's very relaxing. Peace resonates and you completely feel away from everyone else.
The location is great...More
Tawaraya stands for ultimate refinement and elegance. A benchmark for quality and the best statement to prove that less is more. For someone with an appreciation for a Ryokan, Tawaraya is probably the best hotel on Earth (stayed in August 2014).
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.