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Sowaka

Experience old Kyoto from this tranquil haven

Sowaka occupies a corner of old Gion in Kyoto. Hiding behind its traditional facade is a luxurious blend of modernity and tradition. Sowaka is a Sanskrit word that means wellbeing or happiness. It often is said at the end of a sutra as a kind of blessing. This sense of peace permeates every aspect of the property. Relax in one of 23 exquisitely curated, individually-designed rooms. Listen to the gentle breeze blow through the green and tranquil private courtyard garden, and feel the sowaka of this magical place.
The 100-year-old property was built in the "sukiya-zukuri" architectural style. The annex is a modern building, but the architect worked to respect the location of the building, with hallways weaving like an old Kyoto alley. The award-winning La Bombance Gion restaurant is located in the main building and features haute Japanese cuisine. The service is impeccable — hotel staff is efficient, kind, and respectful of the peace and privacy of guests. Don’t hesitate to ask for advice on how to best enjoy Kyoto so that they can plan the perfect itineraries for you. Enjoy the best of old Kyoto, in modern comfort.
480 Kiyoi-cho, Yasakartoriimaesagaru, Shimogawaradori, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

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