Join the ranks of celebrities, aristocrats, and royalty who have lodged under the holly-leaf crest of this elegant inn. Founded in 1818 to accommodate provincial lords visiting the capital, Hiiragiya is unmatched in its restrained opulence. The private hallway leading to your doorway makes every room feel like a suite. Rooms in the modern wing have luxuries like lacquerware accents, cozy sofas, and futons so cushy they might conceal box springs. The cedar baths (which
will be set for you when you return from a day's adventuring) open out to private garden patios. Rooms in the older wing are just as lavish, with exquisitely sculpted wooden details, gold-leaf sliding doors, and wooden wraparound verandas with extraordinary views. Guests in this wing bathe in the large family-style baths downstairs. Tea and extravagant meals are served in your room by a kimono-clad attendant. More extravagant rooms have features such as private gardens and koi ponds. A few blocks away the hotel's annex, Hiiragiya Bekkan, has slightly less-ornate rooms and more down-to-earth prices.
Apr 25, 2006
It's a once in a lifetime experience and a must-do. Special touches included being served green tea everytime we returned to our room after traipsing around Kyoto. Our room was spacious overlooking a beautiful garden. Sitting on tatami mats took a bit of getting used to.
Jul 27, 2004
To truely experience the Hiiragiya Ryokan, you need to familierize yourself in the customs of the Japanese Inns. Take advantage of the hot bat awaiting in your room. (Remember to shower before entering the clean tub.) Go for the Kaiseki (sp?) dinner served in your room. Enjoy the ceremonial quality green tea (Matcha) prepared upon arrival. Leave behind your Marriott expectations and experience the best night's sleep ever on a traditional futon bed.
I stayed in the corner room with private garden. It was pricey but worth the experience.
Jul 2, 2003
What a wonderful experience. Attentive service is the overriding memory of a truly relaxing stay. Great kaiseki style food, especially the beef, and the breakfast. Highly recommended to everyone.