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Explore temples at sunset, spot geisha in the streets and enjoy authentic Japanese flavours at Sowaka Kyoto

A restored ‘ryokan’ in one of Japan’s most alluring destinations, Sowaka Kyoto elegantly fuses the ancient traditions of a Japanese guesthouse with the modern world. After exploring Kyoto’s unique attractions, the hotel’s serene spaces and Michelin starred La Bombance Gion restaurant let you relax in true Japanese style. 

Bedrooms and suites at Sowaka Kyoto are discreetly arranged among green courtyards, with long corridors designed to evoke Kyoto’s alleyways. Traditional ryokan elements such as paper sliding doors are interwoven with modern comforts. Think handmade cedar wood speakers, and cushioned, cashmere mattresses. Every considered detail showcases local customs. Bath amenities are made with Japanese camelia oil, and the hotel’s water is drawn from its own underground spring. The intimate bar is the perfect setting to sample a curated selection of the finest Japanese whisky, sake and shochu. 
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At Sowaka Kyoto, the ancient capital is on your doorstep, with private tours available to escape the crowds. Take a morning stroll among cherry blossom in the spring, and sample a tea ceremony in Kodaiji Temple. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Kiyomizudera Temple for the unforgettable sight of the sun rising over the city’s rooftops. And keep your eyes open for a glimpse of the legendary maiko (geisha in training) as you wander the beautiful streets of Kobu or Shirakawi-dori.
 

Enjoy your stay!


23 Rooms |  2 Floors |  1 Restaurant | 

4.7 /5

100 reviews

Michelin

Michelin Star

Spa

Spa

UNESCO

UNESCO World Heritage Site

Fine

Fine Dining

Temple Tours

Take-your-breath-away temples

Immerse yourself in the wonders of Japanese culture at Sowaka Kyoto with a guests-only temple tour. Priests will give you the inside track (and off-limits access) at Kiyomizu-dera Temple and its 1,200 years of history. Time your visit for sunrise and see the first rays hit Kyoto’s jumbled rooftops. Or bask in the otherworldly sight of golden leaves and ethereal bamboo groves during a private tour of Kodai-ji Temple, illuminated in brilliant colours after dusk.

Sowaka Kyoto

The hottest table in town

 Sowaka Kyoto’s Michelin-starred restaurant has a pedigree to be proud of. With flagship Tokyo restaurant La Bombance to his name, Makoto Okamoto brings his magic touch to this Kyoto retreat. The sleek space, dark walls and perfection-on-a-plate details make for a dining experience to savour. They say that each dish tells a story: prepare to be enthralled.

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Suite Room Main 108


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Deluxe Maisonette Main 104


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Deluxe with Private Garden Main - Queen 101


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Deluxe with Private Garden Main 102


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Deluxe Garden View Main 103


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Deluxe Mountain View Main - Twin 106


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Deluxe Naguri Wall Main 107


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Superior Garden View Skip Floor Main 105


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Superior City View Main 109


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Superior Casita Main 111


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Standard Main 110


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Junior Suite Annexe 204


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Deluxe Courtyard View Annexe 1 201


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Deluxe Courtyard View Annexe 2 202


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Deluxe Garden View Annexe 203


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Deluxe Courtyard View Annexe 3 205


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Deluxe Courtyard View Annexe 4 207


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Deluxe Courtyard View with Balcony Annexe 208


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Deluxe Courtyard and Mountain View Annexe 211


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Superior Courtyard with Balcony Annexe 206


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Superior City View Annexe 209


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Superior Garden View Annexe 212


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Standard City View Annexe 210


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Ratings

Quality Assured

Mystery Inspected

Global Rating

4.7 /5

4.7

100 reviews

INVITED Rating

5 /5
5 /5
Tripadvisor score 5.0

5

15 reviews

INVITED Reviews

100 %

of reviewers would recommend this hotel


5

A fantastic stay A unique atmosphere Wonderful location and staffs. A must see

The rooms were great, same for the breakfast, amenities, service. Great staffs in particular at the front desk

By Ryan Nov ’22 Trip Type Couple


Sowaka , Japan

5

(based on 1 reviews)

100 %

of reviewers would recommend this hotel


5

A fantastic stay A unique atmosphere Wonderful location and staffs. A must see

The rooms were great, same for the breakfast, amenities, service. Great staffs in particular at the front desk

By Ryan Nov ’22 Trip Type Couple


Key Features

Air
Air conditioning
Bar
Bar
Family
Family friendly
Pet
Pet Friendly
Room
Room service
Restaurant
Restaurant

All Hotel Features and Services

  • Bell staff/porter
  • Concierge desk
  • Currency exchange
  • Turndown service
  • 24-hour security
  • Air conditioning
  • Bar
  • Family friendly
  • Pet Friendly

All Hotel Features and Services

  • Bell staff/porter
  • Concierge desk
  • Currency exchange
  • Turndown service
  • 24-hour security
  • Air conditioning
  • Bar
  • Family friendly
  • Pet Friendly
  • Fire safety compliant
  • Full service housekeeping
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Security
  • Restaurant
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Wi-Fi in public areas
  • Room service
  • Room service - limited hours
  • Massage services

Food And Drinks

Overseen by legendary chef Makoto Okamoto, La Bombance Gion restaurant is the not-to-be-missed dining destination of Kyoto. The luxuriously simple, caviar-dark design of the space provides the perfect backdrop to showcase the artistry of its dishes. At breakfast, choose from Western or Japanese dishes to start your day. Decisions, decisions…

La Bombance GION

Served Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Courtyard Garden view- 11 meters long counter table. Japanese Fusion cuisine.

Location of your stay

Hotel Address

Sowaka

480 Kiyoi cho

Higashiyama ku

Kyoto

6050821

Kyoto

Japan

Check in:

1500

Check out:

1100

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Where is it?

52 kms to airport Itami Airport

100 kms to airport Kansai Airport

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