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Luxury hotel SOWAKA

4-star4 stars
480 Kiyoi-cho, Kyoto, Kyoto, 605-0821, Japan

4-star ryokan with restaurant, near Kodaiji Temple
  • Free WiFi
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Restrictions related to your trip

Japan may have travel restrictions in place, including self-quarantine, due to COVID-19. Find out more

  • Very enjoyable stay. The staff were all very welcoming and helpful. Lovely room and great…Mar 8, 2020
  • The property itself is no doubt beautiful, but that is all i can say. The check in…Jan 2, 2020

Luxury hotel SOWAKA

from ¥34,648
  • 101:Deluxe Room with Private Garden, 1 Queen Bed(Main)
  • 102:Deluxe Room with Private Garden, Hollywood Twin(Main)
  • 103:Deluxe Room with Garden View, Hollywood Twin(Main)
  • 104:Deluxe Maisonette with Tea Ceremony Room, Hollywood Twin(Main)
  • 105:Superior Room with Garden View, Skip Floor, Queen Bed(Main)
  • 106:Deluxe Room with Higashiyama View, Twin Bed(Main)
  • 107: Deluxe Room with Naguri Wall, Twin Bed(Main)
  • 108:Suite Room HORAGAI NO MA with Garden View, Hollywood Twin(Main)
  • 109:Superior Room with City View, King Bed(Main)
  • 111:Superior Casita Room, Pet-friendly, Queen Bed(Main)
  • 201:Deluxe Room with Open-air Bath, Courtyard View, King Bed(Annex)
  • 202:Deluxe Room with Tatami Space, Courtyard View, King Bed(Annex)
  • 203:Deluxe Room with Open-air Bath and Tatami Space, Garden View, King Bed(Annex)
  • 204:Junior Suite with Tatami Space, Garden View, King Bed(Annex)
  • 205:Deluxe Room with Open-air Bath, Courtyard View, King Bed(Annex)
  • 206:Standard Room with Balcony, Courtyard View, Queen Bed(Annex)
  • 208:Deluxe Room with Balcony, Courtyard View, King Bed(Annex)
  • 207:Deluxe Room with Courtyard View Bath, King Bed(Annex)
  • 209:Superior Room with City View, King Bed(Annex)
  • 212:Superior Room with Garden View, King Bed(Annex)
  • 211:Deluxe Room with Courtyard View Bath, Higashiyama View, King Bed(Annex)
  • 210:Standard Room with City View, Queen Bed(Annex)

What’s around Luxury hotel SOWAKA


  • In Gion
  • Kawaramachi - 9 min walk
  • Nishiki Market - 15 min walk
  • Kiyomizu Temple - 15 min walk
  • Heian Shrine - 24 min walk
  • Kyoto Tower - 38 min walk
  • Nijō Castle - 44 min walk
  • Kodaiji Temple - 5 min walk

Getting around

  • Kansai Intl. Airport (KIX) - 80 min drive
  • Itami Airport (ITM) - 56 min drive
  • Kobe Airport (UKB) - 60 min drive
  • Gion-shijo Station - 8 min walk
  • Kawaramachi Station - 11 min walk
  • Sanjo Station - 15 min walk
  • Higashiyama Station - 12 min walk
  • Sanjo Keihan Station - 14 min walk
  • Shiyakusho-mae Station - 21 min walk

At a glance

Key facts


  • 23 rooms


  • Check-in time 3:00 PM-10:00 PM
  • Check-out time is 11:00 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Japan may have travel restrictions in place, including self-quarantine, due to COVID-19.
If you are planning to arrive after 6:00 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges

  • Government-issued photo ID may be required

Travelling with others


  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • No pets or service animals allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms



  • No onsite parking

Payment types at the property

  • Cash

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

At the property

Food and drink
  • Continental breakfast daily (surcharge)
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
Things to do
  • Spa services on site
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Laundry facilities
  • Free newspapers in lobby
  • Luggage storage
  • Elevator
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Handrails in stairways
Languages Spoken
  • English
  • Japanese

In the room

Home comforts
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning)
  • Minibar
  • Bathrobes
  • Slippers
Sleep well
  • Down comforter
  • Turndown service
  • Premium bedding
Things to enjoy
  • Individually decorated
  • Individually furnished
Freshen up
  • Private bathroom
  • Deep soaking bathtub
  • Rainfall showerhead
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
Be entertained
  • Tablet computer
Stay connected
  • Free WiFi
Food and drink
  • Refrigerator
  • Free bottled water
  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe

Special features


Guests can pamper themselves by indulging in the onsite spa services. Services include facials and body treatments.

Luxury hotel SOWAKA’s small print

Also known as

  • SOWAKA Hotel Kyoto
  • SOWAKA Hotel
  • SOWAKA Kyoto
  • Luxury hotel SOWAKA Kyoto
  • Luxury hotel SOWAKA Ryokan
  • Luxury hotel SOWAKA Ryokan Kyoto


The Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare requires all international visitors to submit their passport number and nationality when registering at any lodging facility (inns, hotels, motels, etc. ). Additionally, lodging proprietors are required to photocopy passports for all registering guests and keep the photocopy on file.

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property, and commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays.

Staff at the property wear personal protective equipment and guests are provided with hand sanitizer.

The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation.

This property accepts credit cards and cash.

Mandatory fees

You’ll be asked to pay the following charges at check-in or check-out:

  • A city tax may be collected at the property, effective October 1, 2018. The city tax ranges from JPY 200-1,000 per person, per night based on the nightly room rate. Please note that further exemptions may apply. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • A tax is imposed by the city: JPY 1000 per person, per night

Optional extras

Early check-in can be arranged for an extra charge (subject to availability, amount varies)

Continental breakfast is offered for an extra charge of JPY 4235 per person (approximately)

We have included all charges provided to us by this property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.

FAQs for Luxury hotel SOWAKA

  • Does Luxury hotel SOWAKA offer free cancellation for a full refund?
    Yes, Luxury hotel SOWAKA does have fully refundable rooms available to book on our site, which can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
  • What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Luxury hotel SOWAKA?
    This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitizer and requires staff to wear personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
  • Is parking offered on site at Luxury hotel SOWAKA?
    Sorry, there's no onsite parking at Luxury hotel SOWAKA.
  • Are pets allowed at Luxury hotel SOWAKA?
    Sorry, pets and service animals aren't allowed.
  • What are the check-in and check-out times at Luxury hotel SOWAKA?
    You can check in from 3:00 PM - 10:00 PM. There's a charge for early check-in (amount may vary, subject to availability). Check-out time is 11:00 AM.
  • Are there restaurants at or near Luxury hotel SOWAKA?
    Yes, there's an onsite restaurant. Nearby restaurants include Izuju Sushi (3-min walk), Tousuior Gion (4-min walk), and Gion gyuzen (4-min walk).
  • What is there to do at Luxury hotel SOWAKA and nearby?
    Luxury hotel SOWAKA has spa services and a garden.

Recent reviews

Exceptional 9.4 From 32 reviews

Exceptional 10.0
Stayed here to enhance our cultural experience and it did not disappoint. The property is immaculate and the staff is fantastic. Love the room setup and peaceful stay. Great location within walking distance of many good sites. Thank you!
us5 night romance trip
Exceptional 10.0
Honestly staying here has been the highlight of our trip to Japan. This hotel is amazing and the staff are wonderful. The proximity to Gion and temples is amazing. Love love love this hotel.
Gary, au2 night romance trip
Exceptional 10.0
That was such an enjoyable stay at Sowaka. The only thing needs to be improved is the food. I started my breakfast with a cup of instant coffee. It’s a little below the standard of luxury.
us1 night romance trip
Exceptional 10.0
The property is beautiful and well maintained. We felt at peace the moment we arrived. The staff are very helpful and accommodating.
Steph, us2 night romance trip
Exceptional 10.0
Easily the best hotel we have ever stayed. Authentic Japanese in a great location and amazing food
Bertus, ca2 night romance trip
Exceptional 10.0
The whole property is stunning in every detail. Theyve thoight of everything right down to the dyson hairdryer! The location is perfect in a lovely quiet road in Gion, walking distance to the sights and close to the geisha area
gb3 night family trip
Exceptional 10.0
The staff was incredible. The service was amazing, the property was beautiful and serene, and the location was great.
Hannah, us1 night romance trip
Exceptional 10.0
We are a couple traveling to Kyoto for a weekend, and we were very much impressed by the hotel. It is like a Ryokan (traditional Japanese inn, with wooden and sliding "paper" walls), but more luxurious. They offer Japanese breakfast, if you are so inclined. The hotel is very ideally located (very close to the Yasaka shrine, in between the east and west parts of Gion), and the staff is very courteous and helpful. Highly recommended.
us3 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
場所も便利ですが、ホテルのお部屋がとても落ちつく感じで、木の温もりも感じられるスタイルで素晴らしいです。 朝ごはんも私たちは和食をいただきましたが、炊き立ての土鍋ごはんとたくさんのおかず、とても美味しかったです。
MAKIKO, jp1 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
mubin, cn4 night trip

Luxury hotel SOWAKA