Ryokan Shimizu is a modern style ryokan with a cozy feel. It’s a great base to do your sightseeing in Kyoto or do short day trips outside as it’s located near Kyoto station. Its only a short bicycle/taxi ride to downtown area full of shopping districts and restaurants. Guests rave about the staff and their ability to communicate in English!
12 rooms all with private western-style toilet and shower
Japanese bath with quality hot spa water (changed daily)
No dinner but optional breakfast
Free WIFI access
Rental bicycles (¥700/day)
Close-by: Super market, 24-hour convenience store, andvariety of restaurants-Sushi, noodle shops, etc.
Staff speak English well!!
There is also an indoor japanese shared bath that can be privately reserved. Reserve the Japanese bath, and make it a perfect end to a day of walking and sightseeing around Kyoto.
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.
From ¥5,000 (1 person)
Credit Cards Accepted
Phone 075-371-5538 (Japanese country code +81)
600-8317 Kyoto city, Kagiya-cho,
Shichijo dori Wakamiya agaru,
Shimogyo-ku. Japan 644
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