Established in 1832, Seikoro Inn is a traditional ryokan that is located in Higashiyama. It first started as a lodging area for travelers who would come and go. It evolved to be a part of a building and has been run by a family since then.
The ryokan is a small building that welcomes people with a cozy ambiance. Guests will enjoy the touch of comfort and warmth the inn offers.
The rooms of Seikoro Inn are based on the traditional Japanese style and have also added modern touches since its renovation. The ryokan has a total of 31 rooms, which interestingly, some of these rooms date back to the 1900s. The rooms cost about 35,000 to 55,000 JPY per night, including a cypress bath and some overlooking the Seikoro garden. Guests can also try the communal bathtubs made from pine.
The Seikoro Inn gives its visitors the freedom to choose what they want to eat for there is no compulsory dinner in the inn. However, guests can book a plan for their stay, including the kaiseki meal.
Both dinner and breakfast of the ryokan are served in individual guest rooms due to the coronavirus.
The location of the inn is near historical sites like Kiyomizu, a temple that has been declared as a World Heritage Site.
The ryokan is accessible by boat ride from the Katsuura River and is also accessible by bus or taxi from the Kawaramachi-gojo bus stop.
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Staying here felt like visiting an old friend that you haven’t seen in years ☺️ This was the perfect example of Japanese hospitality. The rooms were spacious, and not only were they aesthetically pleasing, but they were luxuriously comfortable as well. We slept on futons on the ground, and it felt just as good as a western bed, if not better. Although our bathroom came with a private tub for bathing, the communal bathing areas were great as well, with a few jets in the tubs and the option to open the window to let cool air in. The meals (breakfast and dinner) were both delicious and creative, and the room attendants are there for you whenever you need anything. The next time I visit Kyoto, there’s truly nowhere else that I can imagine staying. Thank you Mui, our room attendant, for your kindness, care, and generosity!
Our stay at Seikoro was amazing. The place is very traditional and beautiful. The people are amazing and they offer a very high level of service. The people greet you from the moment you enter and you feel like you’ve arrived in a very safe and pleasant place. The bath was also great. The kaiseki dinner was beautiful - tastes were unique and often things we hadn’t tasted before - some not to our regular taste but it was still a really good experience.
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