Comfortable Japanese inn favored by a literary legend
There used to be a ryokan (Japanese-style inn) on Shimogawara Street near Yasaka Pagoda where the world famous Japanese literary legend, Junichiro Tanizaki, loved. He called it “The Inn of Flowers” and always stayed here when he came to Kyoto to enjoy cherry blossoms in spring. The building was abandoned for a while but the present owner, Mr. Yasuhiro Morita and his wife, Kayoko, after a full year renovation opened it as a place to stay, “Gion Morisyo” in 2011. Follow the entrance path and enter the main building. The building is Sukiya-style and is 120 years old complete with courtyard gardens. The rooms are named as a tribute to Tanizaki’s masterpiece novel, “Sasameyuki” which was actually conceived here, as they are derived from the names of 4 sisters in the story. One of them is the Room of Cranes where Tanizaki always stayed. Another is the Room of Snow, equipped with a tea ceremony room. Morisyo accepts only three groups a night. The female manager, Kayoko, says, “We are located very close to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Kodai-ji Temple and many other historical attractions. I hope our guests enjoy the deep culture of Kyoto while making their base here.” Morisyo’s hospitable service and classical Kyoto atmosphere attract old fans again and again along with Tanizaki’s fans. They often welcome foreign guests who stay here for many nights.
|Address||435-6 Kamibenten-cho, Shimogawara-dori Yasaka Torii-mae-sagaru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto|
|Recommended||From 11,000 yen with breakfast; Reservation accepted from 2 people; Check-in: 15:00; Check-out: 10:00; Curfew: 23:00; 5 rooms|
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Translation to English by AD BRAIN INC.
Fujin-gaho, December issue,2013