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.
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.
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.
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.
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Facilities and Services
9 rooms all with private western-style bath and toilet
TV, air conditioner, refrigerator, and electric kettle equipped in all rooms
Towels, yukata gowns, soap, shampoo, conditioner, hair dryer, toothbrush set
Two 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 (700 yen + tax per day)
Please note we no longer serve meals (both dinner and breakfast). A nearby-restaurant map is available at the counter.