We stayed at Shiraume for 2 nights during late December. It was INCREDIBLE. Words cannot describe the attention to detail at this ryokan - it surpasses any luxury hotel.
Tomoko, our host, was welcoming and knowledgable. She saw to our every need - even before we realised we needed it! This is the best way to experience real Japanese culture and I would do it again in a heartbeat. I would go so far as to say you are missing out if you don't experience something like this.
I would highly recommend having dinners (keiseki) at the ryokan, because it was the best food we have ever tasted, and Tomoko explained each and every dish to us, the ingredients, how it was prepared, and the history of the food or its cultural significance. The brief selection of a menu which Tomoko emailed to us when arranging the booking simply did not do the meal justice. This is a dining experience, not just a dinner! The Japanese breakfasts were similarly amazing. We would also recommend using the jacuzzis if they are available, as bathing in the traditional Japanese way is an experience in itself.
If you stay multiple nights, they redecorate your room each day - so we had the pleasure of enjoying different paintings, fans, vases etc over the days we were there. Fresh willow and pine branches were placed in our room in preparation for the New Year celebrations. We were given gifts as we left the ryokan, and we were able to take fabric toiletries bags with us, tabi socks, as well as the shiraume (plum blossom)-themed serviettes!
This ryokan was worth every penny and I would place it as my number 1 Japan experience.
- Also Known As:
- Shiraume Hotel Kyoto