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Kyomachiya Hotel Shiki Juraku is a remarkable example of adaptive reuse, being made up of ten authentic machiya that have been converted and reimagined into a hotel. With a uniquely Kyoto aesthetic, the property and its philosophy is fuelled by ten individual creative minds, each in charge of one of ten guiding pillars, wholly conceptualised as the delights of taste, beauty, design, space, graphics, flower, garden, body, equipment and reading. This detailed, holistic approach sets Shiki Juraku apart in the city, building its fundamentals on the idea that these ten pillars will allow guests to escape from the stresses of daily life and experience the true heart of Kyoto.
Tasteful mid-Century furniture and abstract artwork sit alongside contemporary amenities to distinguish each of the property’s double-level townhouses from one another. The use of dark-wood slats and bamboo blinds are just some examples of the charming touches that pay homage to various eras of Japan.
Common areas tie the experience together, threading a social atmosphere through an intimate restaurant and private garden. The ground-floor restaurant, flowing with the mystery of a rich, warm red colour scheme, not only serves delicious, organic breakfasts, but also offers guests a curated selection of some of the best whiskies available in Japan—ideal for when you are taking some time to reflect by the garden.
Situated in a quiet residential area, not far from Kyoto Imperial Palace in Kamigyo Ward, the location allows guests to catch a glimpse of daily life as a local when wandering the surrounding streets. Those wanting a true sense of everyday Kyoto will love Shiki Juraku, which offers an experience made all the more enjoyable by genuine service and hospitable staff.