646 Kagiya-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, 600-8317, Japan
We stayed few days in this fantastic Ryokan Shimizu Hotel which is 5-10 minutes walk from the central station. The place itself is traditional Ryokan, very comfortable room and friendly stuff. On our day of arrival they served us ice tea to the room which was very nice on a hot July summer day :)
Cheap, comfortable hole-in-the-wall
This is a small, traditional ryokan with modern facilities. Rooms are small (6 tatami mats), with a closet, mini-cube-fridge, hot water maker, tea set, TV (with less than a dozen stations--but, face it: if you're going to another country to watch TV, you're wasting your time and money), western toilet, sink, shower and soaking tub. Shampoo, soap, razor, towels, yukata, and toothbrushes and paste were provided.
Unique Quality: Shiseido haircare products included in 5250 Yen room rate.
Newly built ryokan made mostly of Japanese cedar. About a five minute walk from the JR Kyoto station. Very nice! Unfortunetly, the fact that all the staff spoke pretty good English, made me lazy with my Japanese! The service here could not be beat! Thanks ***oshi! And there was a really nice bath that could be reserved privately, all rooms though, did have private baths and toilets. There is however a midnight curfew, so those looking exclusively for nightlife might want to consider a hotel. Oh, and they only accept yen.
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Hotel in Kyoto
Kyoto was the best place to take a Ryokan style hotel. We stayed few days in this fantastic Ryokan Shimizu Hotel which is 5-10 minutes walk from the central station. The place itself is traditional Ryokan, very comfortable room and friendly stuff. On our day of arrival they served us ice tea to the room which was very nice on a hot July summer day :)
Basic but homey
This is a traditional Japanese inn located quite centrally in Kyoto (next to Kamo river). It's about 10 minutes walk to JR Kyoto Station and there is a bus stop as well as subway stop (Shichijo Station) just 2 minutes away on the main road.
If you're looking for value for maney and a place to sleep as you'll be out all day, this place is pretty decent with
- free internet
- free coffee/tea and snacks
- free hot and cold drinking water (fill up your bottles before you go out)
- coin operated laundry
- comfy mattress and comforter to sleep on tatami mats in your room
- very clean place including the public bathrooms
- ask for an ensuite bathroom in your room for convenience
- there is a McDonald right at the corner just 2 minutes away
- located in a quiet street which is peaceful with very little traffic
- close to Sanjusangendo Hall
The downside :
- people operating the inn do not speak English or very little of it. You'll need to be pretty self sufficient in planning your trip as it will be hopeless asking them for any recommendation
- lots of stairs to climb. Come with a backpack
- no view
Would only recommend this place for its great location and affordable price. Our room for 2 pax cost Yen42000 (US$ 348.85) for 5 nights. Central location
Quiet and peaceful
Will definitely come back
My stay at the Ryokan Shimizu Inn was a wonderful experience to remember. The staff there was so friendly and the service was great. My girl friend and I were very impressed by the location, it was so close to central Kyoto, just a 5-10 min walk. The rooms were so beutiful and very comfortable. Our experience was so memorable and would be happy to recommended to anyone visiting Kyoto and we will return again.
Absolutelly wonderful place to stay!
Hubby and I stayed here 2 nights. The ryokan is sooo wonderful.
We loved it. We had our best night sleep at this place. The futons were very comfortable.
The shoes are left by the front desk and everybody can either walk in socks or take slippers which are provided.
We arrived early and on the last day went to visit Himeji castle and in both cases the stuff kept our luggage. They also organise the delivery service if one wants to send the luggage to the next place in advance. You just need to ask at the front desk. They will also help with filling out the form.
There are 2 laptops for use. 20 min is 100 yen but after using the pc twice, the staff told us we shouldn't pay anymore,we paid too much already. One evening we were sitting and talking with them and they brought us tea and white wine. Really nice.
We didn't take the breakfast, there are many places nearby where one can drink.
You can also buy your own food and eat in the room, the staff provided us with (free) chopsticks one evening. There are vending machines for drink in front of the ryokan and in the street.
The Kyoto station is about 5-10 min walk. When you arrive in Kyoto, you should go out on the side where the bus station is (there are signs in the station building) and then cross the street on the corner where lawson stands (next to it is also the main post office if you need to withdraw money). When you cross the street,continue straight into the longish street (you will pass a fire fighting station). At the end of the street,pass the street,turn left for 20-30 meters and then right into a small street (across from the entrance to the street you'll see the guitar freaks shop) and then just continue walking straight.
When entering the room,there is a small corridor,on the left is the bathtub/shower room,on the right the toilet and straight is the room. Yukata,toothbrush,dryer,towels,etc are provided. There is also an empty fridge for your food.
There is also plenty of space to store the luggage in the room. But there are no safe deposit boxes in the rooms.
You shouldn't worry though,you can carry your money around with you in Japan without any problems.
They prefer that you are out of the room between 10am and 4pm.
The English skills of the staff are adequate,some even good. You can communicate with some better, and with some you have to speak a bit slower and clearer,but not too many problems.
Bikes can be rented from the ryokan. And there is also a community bath which you can have for an hour (we didn't use it).
Taxi's in Kyoto are very cheap. One of our sightseeing days was very cold so we took the taxi from the Kyoto station to the Sanjusangendo temple and then to Kiyomizoderu and then from Gion to Ginkakuji and from there to Gion again and then to the Kyoto station. For all this travelling around we haven't paid more than 30-40 euros.
We also visited the Osaka aquarium from Kyoto.It's great,you need about 1 hour to get around. But..don't count with at least 1 hour 20 min to get there from Kyoto.
We also picked up food in one of the Osaka's dept stores..What a selection! We were choosing for an hour.
I wouldn't stay there again
I'm quite puzzled by all the reviews of this Ryokan.
We stayed in quite a few Ryokan in Japan on our recent trip, and staying at the Shimizu was probably the low point.
The staff was generally unhelpful, the location wasn't that fantastic, and the rooms were just OK. The whole place felt a bit like a college dormitory.
It's located fairly closely (10 minutes or so) to the train station, so that might be OK, but why not stay at the train station if that is your goal.
If your goal is to experience a Ryokan, this isn't the place to do it. It's not a traditional inn.
Pleasant Experience of Modern Ryokan
My family and I chose to stayed in a modern ryokan whilst visiting Kyoto, as a cultural experience. Shimizu was choosen due to budget constraints and its location.
Shimizu is not a traditional ryokan, but has a great atmosphere. Prices are very reasonable for the amenities supplied and level of service received. As previous reviewers have stated the location is excellent, close to the train station, but in a quiet neighbourhood.
The atmosphere in the ryokan was warm, welcoming, peaceful and more personal than in a western hotel. We were up early each morning and back late each night and upon our return our futons would be laid out ready for us. Sleeping space for 4 people in the room was tight, we felt like we were camping but this just added to the novelty factor of the stay.
We did not eat breakfast here, but enjoyed inexpensive light breakfasts at cafes in and around Kyoto Station.
I would definitely stay here again if I was watching my budget, otherwise if money was not tight I would splurge on a more traditional ryokan in the older part of Kyoto.
Good place to stay, but not traditional ryokan.
I wanted to write a review about this location after I read the good reviews...
We stayed here after our stay at Park Hyatt Tokyo and a very traditional ryokan in Hakone. Since we were going to stay in Kyoto for 5 nights, we didn't want to stay at a high end place, however we wanted something low key and traditional... The place we wanted to stay was booked for our 1st night, so we stayed here...
This place is clean, cute and convenient. However, if you are a seasoned traveler, over 30 years old and looking for something traditional, this is NOT the place to stay. For example, the tatami mats were plastic not the real thing. Yes, the beds were on the floor, but instead of the traditional hay filler it was plastic again... Don't get me wrong, like I mentioned it is a very nice place and they are not cheating... Just wanted to write a review so people won't expect to have a ryokan experience.
I also agree with one of the other reviewers. The average age was about 20-25 years old. It would have been a perfect place to stay for me if I was traveling to Japan with 4-5 college friends. This is not the place to go for a charming honeymoon though.
Convenient districts to stay in Kyoto for tourists
Can I know which are the most convenient districts to stay in Kyoto for tourists with Ryokans? Easy to travel around to the tourist sights.
I'm considering Ryokan Shimizu. Is it convenient to visit the tourist sights?
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Address: 646 Kagiya-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, 600-8317, Japan