The Sowaka is a ryokan-style hotel right in the heart of the Southern Higashiyama sightseeing district. It’s a good choice for those who want a great location and a change from ordinary hotels.
Suite with garden view
Sowaka At A Glance
- Great for: couples, well-heeled travelers who want the convenience of a hotel with the feeling of a ryokan
- Strong points: location, location, location
- Sample rates: from US$700 to $2500 per night
Just steps from the southern gate of Yasaka-jinja Shrine and Maruyama-koen Park, the Sowaka lays claim to one of the most convenient locations in the city for sightseeing. If you want to walk out the front of your hotel and immediately be amongst the sights, this is a good choice. And for romantic evening walks once the crowds have gone home, it’s tops.
The Sowaka looks and feels like a ryokan and the building is very traditional. However, all the modern comforts are there, including Western beds and heated floors. Rooms are spacious and some look out over private gardens (just like at a luxury ryokan).
Deluxe Hollywood twin room with private garden
There’s a good restaurant here that serves a healthy breakfast and some good dinner choices.
It’s worth noting that the prices are sky-high here, so you really have to want the experience. But for those who crave this kind of traditional feeling and proximity to the sights, it’s a good choice.
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480 Kiyoi-cho, Shimogawara-dori-Yasakatoriimae-sagaru, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Japan 605-0821
Price range: luxury
5 minutes’ walk from Gion Bus Stop, Kyoto City Bus 206 from Kyoto Station
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