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Hiiragiya

At a Glance

    Pros

  • excellent location
  • multilingual staff
  • holly-infused soaps and bath oils

    Cons

  • meal plans not flexible
  • located on a busy street

Hiiragiya Review

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.

    Hotel Details

  • 28 Japanese-style rooms.
  • Rate includes some meals.
Updated: 09-20-2013

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