Established in 1818, Hiiragiya Ryokan is one of Japan’s finest traditional inns. Located in the heart of Kyoto, Hiiragiya has been host to famous writers, politicians and members of the imperial family.
- High-speed (wired) Internet access is complimentary in public areas
- Hiiragiya Ryokan has 28 guestrooms divided into the Main Building and New Wing
- Main Building rooms are in traditional Japanese architecture of the late Edo to Showa period
New Wing rooms incorporate modern elements into a sophisticated style of traditional Japanese architecture
- Each room is uniquely designed with their own special motif. Some rooms feature lacquered bathrooms, marble or tile, painted folding screens on gold leaf. Rooms are in traditional Japanese style, with tatami mats, papered shoji windows, and sliding fusuma doors
- Kyoto-style kaiseki cuisine (haute-cuisine) served on Kiyomizuyaki (Kyoto ceramics) dishes and some of the finest lacquer ware and it seems a-la-carte is also possible
Ryokan are traditional style Japanese inns found throughout Japan. In Kyoto, there are a variety of inns, tending to differ according to size, cost, style and the history attached to the inn. Common elements to most inns will be tatami mat floors, futon (beds), yukata (thin style kimono), ofuro (Japanese bath) and Japanese style breakfast/dinner.
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Hospitality is a significant part of Japanese society and culture. In general, the hospitality and level of service at any accommodation in Japan will surpass most places. Depending on the quality of ryokan, it will take the concept of omotenashi (hospitality) to a whole other level.
The okami-san (head lady) or other staff of the inn will go to great lengths to ensure all the needs of their guests are met. For example, you may have your meals served to you in your room or other little personal touches. In some cases their insistence on telling them about the time you will wake, take a bath or return on a night out on the town may seem intrusive. However, keep in mind this is only to ensure staff are attuned to the guest and have everything ready just when you need it.
The food served at inns adds another integral layer to the whole ryokan experience. The type of breakfast can differ from ryokan to ryokan but dinners are typically kaiseki ryori (Japanese haute cuisine) served as a set meal featuring local and seasonal specialties.
At most ryokan, you will be provided with yukata. Learning to put on a yukata and using the ofuro can be daunting at first but these are not only unique aspects of a ryokan stay but Japanese culture in general.
A yukata is a casual version of the kimono made from cotton or other fabrics. It is worn like a robe, wrapped around the body and fastened with an obi (sash). Yukata literally means, “bathing cloth.” Usually, the garment is worn prior to and after bathing at a communal bath. You might also see people strolling around the streets in yukata and geta (wooden clogs). It offers a comfortable way to experience the ofuro (bath) as it quickly covers the body and absorbs any moisture your towel may have missed.
Ofuro (Japanese bath) are another mainstay of the ryokan stay. Some will be communal while others private. The biggest difference in bathing etiquette is that Japanese people wash and clean themselves off before they enter the bath.
Main Building ¥32,000-90,000 ( 2 persons)
New Wing ¥38,000-60,000 ( 2 persons)
Credit Cards Accepted
Bookings done online
Kyoto-shi, Nakagyoku, Fuyacho Anekoji-agaru, Nakahakusancho
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