The Shinmonzen

The Shinmonzen is a luxury boutique hotel exclusively located in the beautifully preserved streets of Gion Shirakawa and Shinmonzen. A 10-year combined labor of love project by famed contemporary architect, Tadao Ando, and world class cosmopolitan interior designer Rémi Tessier, their pooled talents created this intimate retreat of peaceful elegance from the sights and sounds of Gionʼs buzzing alleys and cobbled streets. Offered are 9 distinct suites all with private balconies featuring views of the Shirakawa River and 500 thread count organic cotton bed linen from Pedersoli. Western style suites feature plush king-sized Edwardian beds and hand-woven carpet flooring from Kawashima Orimono. While Japanese style suites feature twin IWATA futon beds with tatami mat bedroom flooring. All suites offer exclusive Villa La Coste/The Shinmonzen organic bath amenities with many suites feature Hinoki cypress bathtubs. There are two dining options, the Jean-Georges restaurant, which showcases exquisitely crafted dishes blending French, American, and Asian influences and the Riverside Lounge where guests can sip fine wines with light fare. Facilities include a cardio gym to maintain fitness and spa for pampering massages. This hotel is 1.5 hours from the Kansai International Airport (KIX).

Why We Love This Hotel

Location: This hotel is conveniently located on the most beautifully preserved streets of Gion with the Shirakawa River flowing next to it.

Service: Guests enjoy the highly personalized experience with Japanese Omotenashi service in this authentic ryokan environment.

Comfort: The Shinmonzen is a hybrid-ryokan combining the traditional features of a ryokan with contemporary luxury furnishings, including large comfortable beds.

Kyoto, Japan
Hotel Type
Location Type
Urban Retreat


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