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This is not something you will probably do twice but if you want to experience traditional Japanese hospitality at its best, and can afford the price, then this is the place to stay. Choose one of the rooms in the old part of the Ryokan,...More
The only downside with this ryokan is that any one you visit after will be a let down. The staff speaks English and are all incredibly friendly. When we would come back after a long day of site-seeing, it was like being welcomed home. They...More
We opted for the family suite (for 4 adults and 1 child) which opens up into a garden at the first floor of the ryokan. It was undoubtedly expensive, but all of us, including two old folks, gained an unforgettable experience. By the time we...More
With a lot of friends recommending the ryokan experience in Kyoto, we decided to splurge and stayed for one night at the Hiiragiya.
After being greeted at the front door by the hospitable staff, we removed our shoes and were given house slippers, then we...More
Fabulous place. Service exceptional. They tried to make 2 ‘old’ joint issue people feel very comfortable. Slept well Adding stacking futons worked great. Rooms beautiful. Highly recommended. Food exceptional. Calm and restful. Fantastic experience
No district of Kyoto is quite as representative of its blended nature as the City Center. By day, the covered shopping arcades along Kawaramachi and Shijo Street bring deal hunters and fashionistas out in droves to peruse the clothing, accessories, gifts, and home goods offerings. When it grows dark, the City Center is a hip spot for nightlife, alive with bars and clubs. A trendy culinary scene and an abundance of
local watering holes give the Center its youthful vibrancy. In contrast, the quieter areas of the City Center seem a world away, shielded from noise by the foliage of the public gardens and zen spaces surrounding the area's shrines, castles, and the Imperial Palace. These ancient and sacred spots are seamlessly folded into the scenery, providing a respite from the energy of the city, but close enough to put you directly back onto the pulse of the city when you're ready.
Your best bet is to email Hiiragiya directly and ask for the rates for the dates you plan to go. They vary based on the season and whether you're staying in the old or new wing. Rates are priced per person and usually... More
Your best bet is to email Hiiragiya directly and ask for the rates for the dates you plan to go. They vary based on the season and whether you're staying in the old or new wing. Rates are priced per person and usually include dinner and breakfast. Dinners are either kaiseki or shabu shabu. Breakfast can either be Japanese or Western. Book well in advanced because they only have 28 rooms and reservations go quickly. Good luck! I loved my stay here as well as the warm staff.