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When travelling to Japan, I knew I wanted to be part of an authentic experience by staying in a Ryokan. Now, it wasn’t just any Ryokan, I was very particular in my search.
Specifically one that is quiet and has a private bath. Village Kiramachi pleasantly offered both and more.
For a full sense of of tranquility , away from the hustle & bustle of Kyoto, you can’t go wrong at Village Kiramachi. Add a warm & welcoming hospitality and you can call this Ryokan , your home.
Before Village Kiramachi, Machiyas lined the streets in Kyoto. Machiyas are traditional, dark wooded design townhouses predominately in the Edo period in Japan. All grouped together and people knew each other well.
Demolished Machiyas now replace high rises or condos. But Machiyas can’t even endure an earthquake due to their construction. So recently, there has been a project to turn these Machiyas into a single unit hotel still maintaining the authenticity of Japanese culture.
All thanks to the architectural genius behind Good Designs Works .
Good Design Works
I had the great opportunity to speak to the architect, Kiraeri Moatesu , behind this new renovated project that was completed in 4 years. The crucial thing was the importance of privacy . He created a lot of fine details to emphasize this sense of privacy.
The rooms in the Ryokan are completely sound proof so that if you listen to loud music , it will not be heard. He decorated the rooms with natural and artistic materials creating an ambiance of natural beauty. Paying attention to fine details like adding beautiful autumn leaves and natural cedar wood for the Onsen bath.
At Village Kiramachi this renovated project also has been given a strong structure to endure Japan’s earthquakes, so it is very safe.
Every room in this Ryokan is a different design but all Kyoto style. The rooms are minimalist with a clean line design. He created a stream of water with the sound of soft water passing through. Simply marvellous piece of art !
My Stay at Village Kiramachi
But there was another important element beyond these aesthetically pleasing rooms, the sense of security I felt being there. As a solo traveller , this is something very important to me.
There are great tiny details that Kyoto’s most enchanting Ryokan add to its charm and character. Everything was aesthetically pleasing to me , I automatically felt a sense of peace and serenity .
The whole experience was so unique and positive. It gave me time to contemplate and enjoy a cup of green tea and Japanese food. This is a quintessential & unforgettable Japanese Ryokan experience .
I really loved my stay at Village Kiramachi ,I felt welcomed with everyone’s kindness and hospitality.
In Japan there is so much to see and do, this has been a country that exceeded all my expectations. I know I will return again to Japan and it is definite when returning to Kyoto, Village Kiramachi is where I will stay again , because I can call it going back home !
If you are interested in booking or get more details and rates on Village Kiramachi , I have included the link booking.com
Although I was hosted at Village Kiramachi, all opinions are sincerely my own .