By Peter Sidell
This hotel is converted from a 100-year old ryotei establishment (traditional Japanese restaurant) originally built with the "sukiya" style, based on tea house aesthetics with a modern Japanese style annex.
Unwind in ultimate luxury
Hotel SOWAKA infuses this 'suki' aesthetic, or 'refined taste', across all 23 rooms in the main building and new annex to provide the ultimate luxury in hospitality.
The main building evokes classic Japanese design, with gorgeous, warm interiors wrapped around an inner courtyard and Japanese garden. Each room offers a uniquely detailed but subtly different space that also showcases Kyoto's local craftsmanship.
Meanwhile, the New Annex, officially opened in March 2019, blends elements of modern Japanese design with minimalist touches — it's an exciting proposition that delivers the same luxury ryokan experience complete with picturesque Kyoto views.
Expect a tranquil, rewarding stay no matter which style appeals to you – each room is immaculately designed to offer supreme comfort to help you fully unwind.
La Bombance Gion
SOWAKA's La Bombance restaurant offers creative, impeccable cuisine enfusing traditional Japanese touches, across lunch, dinner and breakfast.
This Gion branch follows in the footsteps as a successor to the flagship location in Tokyo's Nishi-Azabu which has been Michelin-starred for ten consecutive years since 2008.
Exploring the area
Hotel SOWAKA's proximity to Yasaka Shrine makes a great destination to explore both day and night. The traditional quarter of Gion is just minutes away – popular with visitors looking to catch a glimpse of Kyoto's authentic geiko/geisha culture, as they hustle along Hanami-koji street between teahouses (ochaya), plying their trade.
Proximity to many of Kyoto's key sites, as well as the authentic stay experience on offer here, makes Hotel SOWAKA an attractive choice to travelers looking to enjoy Kyoto to their hearts' content.
SOWAKA can be reached within 20 minutes by train, bus (206) or taxi from Kyoto station. If going by train, board from Shijo Station (Karasuma line) and change at Karasuma Station (Hankyu-Kyoto line) bound for Kawaramachi station. It's a 12-minute walk east to the hotel.
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