Experience the true hospitality of Kyoto
Ryokan Shimizu

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Reasonable, cozy, and friendly—A Japanese-style inn, Ryokan Shimizu is conveniently located in a quiet traditional Kyoto neighborhood only a few minutes' walk away from Kyoto Station.

Ryokan Shimizu entranceFor 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.


Rooms: 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.

Bath room

Baths: 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.

Family Hospitality: Opportunities to learn 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.


Dec. - Feb.
5,000 yen + tax (per person)
Mar. - Nov.
6,000 yen + tax (per person)
  • On Saturdays and day before any Japanese national holiday:
    • Rates are 1,000 yen (+ tax) higher than the above.
  • During peak seasons of cherry blossom in spring and autumn foliage:
    • Rates become 500 yen (+ tax) higher.

Check-In / Check-Out

Check-inCheck-in time: 4:00 p.m.
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.

Check-out time: 10:00 a.m.
We can hold your luggage after check-out until 4:00 p.m.

Curfew: Midnight

Facilities and Services

9 rooms all with private western-style bath and toilet

Room equipmentTV, air conditioner, refrigerator, and electric kettle equipped in all rooms

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

Large bathTwo large private-use bathing rooms (reservation necessary), featuring a Japanese lime bath, quality hot spa water, etc. (Changed daily),

Free WIFI access

Parking (Up to 6 cars; 1,000 yen + tax per night)

Rental bicycles
Rental bicycles (700 yen + tax per day)

MealPlease note we no longer serve meals (both dinner and breakfast). A nearby-restaurant map is available at the counter.

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What our guests have said...

Can't wait to go back some day!”

What a beautiful place! My boyfriend and I stayed here with our two friends for 4 nights and it was great. The staff were lovely, always chatting to us about our plans and giving us tips for what to see.
E.J., Melbourne, Australia

Great Ryokan and experience!”

Stayed for four nights at Ryokan Shimizu and we really loved our stay! The location is near Kyoto Station and Bus terminal which is great, our room was very nice, clean and cozy and the staff were really helpful and nice.
Jetri, Singapore

"Definitely the one to stay in Kyoto"

We stayed here for a few nights. I love it so much that I will definitely go back again in 2015. The location is within walking distance to Kyoto station and it is located on a small quite alley.The host was helpful.

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Go By Bike!
700 yen + tax / day

One of the best ways to get around Kyoto is by bicycle. It is both time- and cost-efficient –not to mention healthy!

Rent-a-cycles are available for our guests. (700 yen + tax / day; 5,000-yen deposit necessary)