Map & Directions

Just minutes' walk from Kyoto Station

Ryokan Shimizu is only about 7 minutes' walk from JR Kyoto Station, which is the gateway to Kyoto City, whether you come from Kansai or Osaka airports by train or bus or from Tokyo by the Bullet train.

Directions from JR Kyoto Station

Exit the Central Exit at Kyoto Station (Shiokoji Street–side), and turn left in the direction of the Central Post Office.
Once you reach the Central Post Office, turn right and head to Shiokoji Street. (You will see a Lawson convenience store on your left on the way).
Cross the Shiokoji Street at the traffic light (going north in the direction of Hotel Hankyu Kyoto), and then turn left (going west).
Turn right at the first corner (Shinmachi Street), and go straight until you reach the next traffic signal (Shichijo Street).
Cross Shichijo Street at the traffic light; then turn left (going west).
Turn right (going north) at the first corner (Wakamiya Street).
Walk along Wakamiya Street, which is a narrow road. Once you pass the first corner (at Kitakoji Street), you will see the sign for our inn on the left.


Ryokan Shimizu (Street address)
644 Kagiya-cho,
Shichijo dori Wakamiya agaru,
Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8317, Japan

Tel: +81-75-371-5538

 What's Nearby


Higashi Honganji Temple

Just a few blocks away from our inn along Karasuma Street, you cannot miss the large temple complex of Higashi Honganji, the head temple of the Otani sub-sect of Jodo Shinshu (the True Pure Land School) Buddhism. In fact, the temple's Goeido (Founder's Hall) is one of the largest wooden buildings in the world. On the temple premises, you can also find a unique fountain featuring a bronze dragon spouting water from its mouth.
─ 5 min. walk


Nishi Honganji Temple

Due west on the map from Higashi (East) Honganji is Nishi (West) Honganji, which is the head temple of the Honganji branch of Jodo Shinshu (the True Pure Land School). The temple is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The large temple complex contains many cultural assets, including buildings designated as National Treasures, such as the beautifully decorated Karamon gate and the exquisite Hiunkaku pavilion.
─ 5 min. walk


Toji Temple

The symbolic five-story pagoda is the highest (approx. 55 meters) of its kind in Japan. Literally meaning "East Temple," Toji was originally built on the east side of the capital's main Rajomon gateway in 796, just around the time Kyoto was designated as the capital of the nation. It was built to pray for the peace and security of the nation. In addition to its many treasured buildings and statues, the temple hosts Kyoto's largest flea market, held on the 21st of every month, attracting many tourists and locals alike.
─ 15 min. walk


Kyoto Station

The gateway to the city, JR (Japan Railway) Kyoto Station has large bus and taxi terminals, which provide convenient access to many tourist spots in town. The station is also connected to the Karasuma subway line and Kintestu Railway (for Nara). The huge station-building complex contains the JR Isetan Department Store, shopping malls, a variety of restaurants, a tourist information center, and even a museum and a theater. The futuristic structure of the station's Central Concourse, designed by architect Hiroshi Hara, is itself a must-see.
─ 7 min. walk


Kyoto Tower

When you walk out of Kyoto Station's central exit, the first thing that will come into view is a white candle-like tower sitting on the top of a nine-story building. This is Kyoto Tower. Get a ticket (770 yen for adults) and take the elevator to visit the 100-meter (330 ft)-high observation deck, from which you can enjoy a panoramic view of the city. Kyoto Tower is open from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
─ 6 min. walk


Sanjusangendo Temple

Officially named Rengeo-in, the temple is commonly knows as Sanjusangendo (meaning a hall with 33 spaces between columns)—getting its name from its surprisingly long wooden building. Even more astonishing, however, is the forest of life-size Kannon bodhisattva statues housed inside the hall. There are literally a thousand life-size Kannon statues each with 40 arms and 11 faces lined up from one end of the hall to the other.
─ 15 min. walk


Kyoto National Museum

Situated in front of Sanjusangendo Temple, this national museum has a magnificent French Renaissance–style main gate and hall built during the time of the Meiji imperial government. Both of these structures are designated as cultural assets. The museum houses a large collection of Japanese and East Asian Buddhist art, medieval drawings, and palaeography.

─ 15 min. walk


Shoseien Garden

Very closely located to Kyoto Station but not as popular as other sites (and therefore not as crowded) the Shoseien is a hidden gem. It is a wonderful spot to enjoy the atmosphere of a traditional Japanese garden. The site, which is also called Kikokutei and belongs to Higashi Honganji Temple, features a chisen-kaiyu-shiki (strolling-around-pond style) garden, which is said to be designed by the mid-17th Century poet, Ishikawa Jozan, who also created the current Shisendo garden. The garden is open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
─ 10 min. walk

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