You'll be transported to a simpler time when you visit the Shiraume Ryokan. Located in the Gion district, the hundred-year-old plum trees at its entrance are likely what will first draw your eye. In the late Edo period, this ryokan used to house geikos and maikos (like geishas, but called geikos and maikos in Kyoto) who studied, trained and worked in Kyoto. Inside this classic Gion ochaya building, each room has either a garden view or a view of the calming Shirakawa Stream. There are many different shrines, temples and antique shops within walking distance of the Shiraume Ryokan. You can find sophisticated meals at their excellent restaurants for every season, like bamboo shoots in the spring and guji fish in the winter.
- (+81) 75-561-1459
- Shirakawa-hotori, Shinbashi-dori, Gionmachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0085
- 3-minute walk from Keihan Gion Shijo Station; 5-minute walk from Keihan Sanjo Station; 5-minute walk from Tozai subway line, Sanjo Keihan Station (Three streets north from Shijo, east of Nawate; by Shirakawa Stream Gion Shinbashi Shirakawa Hotori, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto)