Established in 1818, Hiiragiya is a traditional Japanese inn located in Nakagyo. Hiiragiya is a renowned inn that is considered to be the oldest ryokan and belonging to the category as one of the most precious traditional accommodations in Japan.

It has been a favorite and host of local and international figures, notably the imperial family, novelists, authors, writers, scientists, and other recognized icons. Two of these renowned international figures were actors Charlie Chaplin and Elizabeth Taylor.

The exterior of the ryokan is often described as going back in its past. The rooms of the ryokan are based on traditional Japanese design and are known to be preserved architecture dating back to the Edo and Showa period.

Though other rooms have been splashed with modern elements, each style and concept of the inn still echoes the ancient atmosphere, which the rooms also resound. Hiiragiya has a total of 28 rooms, which cost around 60,000 to 100,000 JPY per night.

The ryokan is also commended for its Okami which is known to take good care of its guests as a mother would. The inn also features the famed kaiseki meal with its dishes depending on the change of seasons.

After meals, guests can walk around the ryokan and see mini gardens. For a larger garden view, guests can easily see it from their rooms. Hiiragiya also has baths made of wood for a relaxing soak.

The location is near to tourist attractions like the Nijo Castle and the Imperial Palace Park.

The ryokan can be reached by car or bus coming from JR Kyoto Station. Due to the coronavirus, children in primary school age and under are not permitted in the ryokan.

  • New Building | Room Introduction | Hiiragiya
    New Building | Room Introduction | Hiiragiya
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  • Old Building | Introduction of Rooms | Hiiragiya
    Old Building | Introduction of Rooms | Hiiragiya
    Old Building | Introduction of Rooms | Hiiragiya - Pinned on : Jan 20, 2021
  • Hiiragiya, a long-established inn in Kyoto
    Hiiragiya, a long-established inn in Kyoto
    Hiiragiya, a long-established inn in Kyoto - Pinned on : Jan 20, 2021
  • Hiiragiya, a long-established inn in Kyoto
    Hiiragiya, a long-established inn in Kyoto
    Hiiragiya, a long-established inn in Kyoto - Pinned on : Jan 20, 2021
  • Hiiragiya, a long-established inn in Kyoto
    Hiiragiya, a long-established inn in Kyoto
    Hiiragiya, a long-established inn in Kyoto - Pinned on : Jan 20, 2021

Is this place ryokan only or ryokan with an onsen?
Ryokan

Does this ryokan have private onsen (hot spring)?
Yes

Is there a communal shared public bath?
No

In or near
Kyoto

Price range (yen)
60,000-100,000

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Hiiragiya

Total rating: 4.5
avatarSekok
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A must
Well, we somehow had to come back. This time we booked two rooms as my daughter was visiting Japan with us, celebrating her 30th anniversary . We stayed in rooms 31 & 34, both located on the ground floor. After 5 years we still enjoyed that magic atmosphere I did describe in my original 2015 review. Top class, top service, top staff, top food. Shortly: a must.

avatarRezzy
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The Best Rokyan
This is the best Ryokan I have ever stayed in Japan. It is expansive, but do not be scared by the price, this is worthy. In China, I always heard that the top three Ryokan in Kyoto and Hiiragiya is one of them. I have long admired it and always want to stay there once. After I went this January, I will say, This is the best Ryokan I have ever stayed in Japan (Yes, what I have said in the beginning). I stayed in the old building in this Ryokan, which you can feel is old but they have redecorated it inside so it is amazing. They have really good service. For example, in the old building, because there is no elevator, which is hard for you to move your luggage. However, you do not need to move your luggage when you check-in and check-out as the staff will help you. Moreover, after you check-out, they will stand in front of the door until they cannot see you anymore. For the room, after you enter, you will first see a folding screen like furniture (in fact, I don't know if calling it furniture is appropriate). Behind it, you will find your luggage. They have an individual bathroom in the room and it is a very Japanese style one. They do have a big public onsen but you have to reserve it. You can eat dinner and breakfast in your room, which is very rare for Ryokan. However, it means that you need to get up early in the morning since they need to get everything ready before breakfast and it is not good news for someone like me like to wake up late in the morning. The dish is very delicious. After dinner, they will provide some snacks and tea for you. Overall, it is a Luxury Ryokan but is really worthy. I will recommend everyone who has enough money to try to stay here for one night or more.

avatarpkstockton
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Amazing experience
Hiiragiya provided an unforgettable evening! Check-in was smooth and efficient. We received lots of advice and maps of recommended walking tours. Maho took care of us all evening and in the morning--she was amazing. The dinner and breakfast meals are also unforgettable. It was a wonderful stay and without hesitation the highlight of our Kyoto visit.

avatarWoody
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House of Holly
Unforgettable experience - worth every penny! Even for one day - beautiful elegance without unnecessary modern trendy objects! We are vegetarian; food was so delicious and new! We highly recommend staying there!

avatarDavid M
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A marvelous inn!
My wife and I wanted to spend two nights in a traditional 'ryoken' in Kyoto and chose Hiiragiya. What an amazingly, wonderful experience. From the moment we arrived we were welcomed in a manner which made us feel at ease and 'at home'--the stated goal of the wonderful innkeeper who told us she is in the 10th generation of her family to run the inn. The facilities were marvelous and our room with private bath, lovely and quiet with a garden view and deep soaking tub. The food was traditional, plentiful, and excellent. The service was warm, prompt, dependable. In all, this is an inn whose people and facilities provide a gracious, peaceful experience. We could not have found a better place!

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