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Shimogyo-ku is centered around the busy train hub, Kyoto Station. A nexus for commerce, shopping, dining, and hotels, the Shimogyo-ku area is infused with tourists and local business travelers, making it a competitive location for ever-new commercial structures. The shops and cafes here are chic and trendy, as a result, with many recognizable chains. Commuters flood the Shimogyo-ku area twice a day, and with Kyoto Station itself being a modern mega-complex and an architectural marvel, this neighborhood is one of the most contemporary and energetic areas that the city has to offer. Buildings here look futuristic, and huge department stores, shopping arcades, and public meeting spaces provide every possible convenience. It is also nearly the only place in Kyoto where rooftop dining and socializing is available, completing its modern tone.
I was drawn to the Founder's Hall by the sound of male voices chanting and slipped inside to join the worshippers on the tatami mats. The monks, facing the shrine, chanted steadily with a few punctuations of gong strikes. It was a sound to put one at ease while admiring the great hall. Soon they finished and walked off, only...
"As Buddhist Temples go this is one for the record books"
reviewed 6 days ago by Safariholic
Apart from being prohibited from taking Photos and having to take your shoes off on pain of ..... , the whole experiences was surreal
The mystical inspiring properties were lost on me - I just dont get Relegions & Deities and all that stuff, So, for me, it was an architecural interest, and at that it is frankly a marvel,...
We were early for our tea ceremony and decided to take a stroll in the adjacent streets and came across Shosei-en Gardens what an of peace and quiet the entry fee is 500¥ but it's worth it unfortunately I didn't have my DSLR camera and had to use my phones camera which was disappointing as there are so many photo...
Would definitely recommend Hokuto to everyone. This was our first time eating sukiyaki. The staff was very friendly and explained the “how-to” very clear, so it’s a good restaurant for first-timers. The English of the staff was excellent. Best meat I’ve eaten in a while. We had a fun evening!
Amazing food and wonderfully welcoming and friendly staff. Vegan/vegetarian options are available and all delicious; the mash potato gyoza is a stroke of genius, and definitely finish off with the dessert gyoza (chocolate or apple pie). Thoroughly recommend.
This was such a different experience - each room is decorated in a unique arty style - picked the brightest, most fun one that I could fun and wasn't disappointed. Was given an ipad to read about the room before checking in, which was a nice touch. Great stuff on check-in and really good location near to a combini on...
I had only stayed for two days and a night, but I wish I stayed longer. It was a lovely time in a beautiful traditional ryokan, with many excellent amenities which craft a perfect experience. But what I can't emphasize enough is the service! The staff is super friendly and really made the experience! I can't recommend this place enough.
Wonderful experience for a true sense of Japanese hospitality - warm, cosy, airy feel made the space feel bigger than it was. Service was excellent and the breakfast spread - Two thumbs up. Proximity to bust stop and family mart was convenient.
What a swell spot.
The room was lovely.
We had a nice view of the river and would have our coffee in the morning watching people stroll by and the birds hopping around in the water.
Location was pretty ideal: Quiet but close to the metro, restaurants, and shopping.
Radiant heat in the floors. An almost fully equipped kitchen with...
"Awesome place to stay but check if you paid for it!!!"
reviewed 7 February 2020 by tsly280682
Amazing room and breakfast make sure to get the traditional Japanese bath room as well!!! But me and my gf didn’t realise we didn’t pay for it when we booked it through booking.com so some of our budget got eaten into but oh well. Overall was awesome!!