the True Hospitality of Kyoto


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Reasonable, cozy, and friendly

For travelers who want to experience an authentic yet casual Japanese-style inn in Kyoto, Ryokan Shimizu is the place to stay. It is very conveniently located within walking distance of Kyoto Station, which is both the gateway to the city and main subway station and bus terminal for visiting all the major tourist spots around town. The famous Gion district is only 20 minutes by bus from the station.

Guests can find a variety of restaurants as well as 24-hour convenience stores and supermarkets just a short walk away from the inn. Yet, because the inn sits along a quiet alleyway behind Higashi Honganji Temple, it has a surprisingly quiet and peaceful atmosphere.
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Learn a bit about Japanese culture

At Ryokan Shimizu, there are opportunities available for you to experience a bit of Japanese culture if you so desire. For example, upon request, one of the inn’s family members can offer a casual private calligraphy workshop. You may also take pictures of yourself in traditional kimono to remember your wonderful time in Kyoto. These are ways we pride ourselves in making guests feel welcome and are all complimentary. It is our hope that such experiences will become wonderful memories from your trip.



Sleep well on a feathery futon in a clean tatami room
All our guest rooms use clean and traditional Japanese-style tatami mats (woven-straw floors). Futon mattresses are laid out at night for a comfortable sleep. All rooms have a private bathroom and a separate toilet room for hygiene and privacy. The entire inn is free Wi-Fi equipped and is now smoke-free, with a limited smoking area available from 6:00 a.m. to midnight outside the building.


Large, onsen-style bath for private use

In addition to the private bath and showers in each guest room, we have two large Japanese onsen (hot spring)-style baths, which can be reserved for your family/group's private use. Each day, our staff prepares different types of aromatic baths, using seasonal fruits, flowers or hot spring minerals for use in these baths.



Healthy Japanese breakfast featuring carefully-selected local vegetables

For those wanting to try an authentic Japanese breakfast, we offer daily menu selections full of fresh, locally grown vegetables carefully chosen by the owner himself and purchased from local farmers and at local markets. Start your day afresh with our healthy breakfast featuring steamed brown rice, miso soup, and local delicacies. Reservations required by the day before.

Rent-a-cycle in Kyoto

Go by Bike!

One of the best ways to get around Kyoto is by bicycle. It is both time- and cost-efficient –not to mention healthy! At Ryokan Shimizu, rent-a-cycles are available for our guests.


1 day

700 yen (plus tax)

Pay a security deposit of 5,000 yen in advance. We'll return the balance amount when you return the bicycle.


  Regular rate Saturdays and day before holiday  Cherry blossom / autumn foliage seasons
 Dec - Feb 5,000 yen 6,000 yen + 500 yen
 Mar - Nov 6,000 yen 7,000 yen  + 500 yen
Reservation required by the day before

1,000 yen (All saesons)


Above room charges are for one person for one night. A 10% consumption tax will be charged to any of the above prices.

Check-In / Check-Out


Check-in:  4:00 p.m.
Check-out:  10:00 a.m.
Curfew:  Midnight

We can hold your luggage before check-in. Leave your luggage between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. A luggage delivery service to another hotel or a train station is also available (Charged). Ask our staff for details.

Facilities and Services


No. of rooms

9 rooms, all with private western-style bath and toilet

Room equipment

TV, air conditioner, refrigerator, and electric kettle


Towels, yukata gowns, soap, shampoo, conditioner, hair dryer, toothbrush set

Facilities and services

Two large private-use bathing rooms (reservation necessary), free WIFI


Available, up to 6 cars (1,000 yen + tax per night)

Rental bicycles

700 yen + tax, per day




Via Internet Booking Services

Using following Internet booking services is the easiest way to make a reservation at our inn.
Please be aware that we have recently experienced problems with fraud by fake travel agents. If you book a room other than through Booking.com, you may not be able to stay at our inn.

We recommend that you book through Booking.com, which we believe is the most trustworthy booking service.

 Via E-mail or Phone

Only for reservation on the day of arrival or 1 day before

Our facility is a traditional wooden architecture, which is structurally not necessarily perfect in terms of sound insulation, so that we ask our guests to be quite especially after 9:00 p.m. for other guests' convenience. We regard any person who makes a booking at our inn shall understand and accept this rule.