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An elegant balance between old and new Sowaka is one of the newest additions to Kyoto’s boutique hotel and luxury ryokan scene, and opened in 2018. The Sowaka luxury ryokan is set in the heart of the ancient Geisha district, Gion, the beating heart of Kyoto’s cultural history. Much of Kyoto’s must-see cultural sights are on your doorstep when staying at Sowaka. The 23 rooms and suites are set within 2 buildings - the main building was a restaurant built at the end of the Taisho Period, about 100years ago, that has been expertly repurposed as a stunning luxury ryokan boutique hotel by the renowned architect Shigenori Uoya and has been artfully complemented with the addition of the newly built Annex, in a perfect melding of traditional and modern architectural styles.
Interiors, created by Masa, reflect the best of Japanese interior design with attention to detail both traditional and modern in use of décor, art and antiques, creating harmonious and restful spaces wherever you may rest your gaze. Elegant, pleasing, and comfortable spaces are the signature of Sowaka. This luxury ryokan includes a restaurant, La Bombance Gion, headed by a Michelin starred team from La Bombance restaurant in Tokyo, serving stunning Japanese cuisine created from the finest seasonal produce. Sowaka also shares a well-stocked bar, lobby lounge, beautiful manicured Japanese garden and a rooftop balcony. The professional hotel team also provide unique travel experiences with tours to unseen Kyoto, shrines and temples rarely opened to general visitors, exclusive for our guests staying at Sowaka Kyoto.

“Inspired by the Sanskrit blessing uttered in Buddhist mantras, ‘Sowaka’, this luxury ryokan embodies the meaning of the word, ‘happiness and well-being’, in the stay experience. Set in the iconic Gion district of Kyoto.”
Kim, the discoverer.




Rooms


The 23 rooms and suites at Sowaka Kyoto are divided between the Main building and the Annex, and set over 3 floors. The Main building houses 11 guestrooms over 4 room types – 1 Suite, 6 Deluxe Rooms, 3 Superior Rooms, and 1 Standard Room. The Annex building houses 12 guestrooms over 4 room types – 1 Junior Suite, 7 Deluxe Rooms, 3 Superior Rooms and 1 Standard Room. Rooms at Sowaka Kyoto comfortably accommodate from 1 to 2 guests, to 2 to 3 guests. All of the rooms and suites are unique and individually decorated, air-conditioned, and set with en-suite bathrooms with a separate shower and bathtubs. Some of the rooms’ bathrooms are set with cypress-wood bathtubs, some also include an open-air bath too. Beds are western style mattresses and bedding with a mix of Queen and King beds set in the 12 rooms of the Annex, and Hollywood Twins, Semi-Double Twins, Wide-Double, Queen and King beds set across the 11 guestrooms of the Main building. Spaces are graceful and elegant, with delicate touches to the interior design and every room ensured a view of green spaces or views of Kyoto.

All rooms are air-conditioned, have complimentary WiFi, and are set with an electric kettle, minibar, fridge, wardrobe, private en-suite bathrooms and including a hairdryer, bathrobe and nightwear.

Hotel Facilities and Highlights

Sowaka Kyoto highlight
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    WifiWifi
    Air ConditioningAir Conditioning
    Gay FriendlyGay Friendly
    Historic HouseHistoric House
    GardenGarden
    Spa/MassageSpa/Massage
    OnsenOnsen
    Bar/LoungeBar/Lounge
    RestaurantRestaurant

 

Useful Information

GENERAL
Time zone: (GMT+09:00) Tokyo
Currency accepted: JPY
Electricity voltage: 100V
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Transfers can be arranged from Kyoto Station by private car or taxi (15mins).
Airport: Osaka Kansai International Airport (KIX) - 105 km
Airport: Osaka Itami Airport (ITM) - 50 km
Train Station: JR Kyoto Station – 3.8km and 10mins by taxi. Or 10mins walk from Keihan Gion-Shijo Station.

CONTACT
480 Kiyoi-cho, Yasaka Toriimae-sagaru, Shimogawara-dori, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0821 , Japan
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