Seikiro, Traditional Japanese Inn (ryokan) in Amanohashidate, Kyoto.
Rooms & Dining at Seikiro Ryokan
The rooms at Seikiro allow guests to enjoy all the traditional features of a Japanese ryokan, such as alcoves, tatami straw mats, sliding doors, and traditional decor and furnishings. For the ultimate experience in tranquility, guests can enjoy sipping a cup of green tea while gazing out over the Japanese garden. The rooms are air-conditioned and are available with or without a private bathroom.
Dining options include a variety of authentic "kaiseki" courses using the freshest seasonal ingredients from the port of Miyazu and the surrounding area. The local seafood is particularly good, with seasonal pickings such as sea-bream, mackerel, oysters, salmon and yellow-tail all utilized in the chef's beautifully presented creations.
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Facilities at Seikiro Ryokan
Guests at Seikiro will find many ways to alleviate stress and relax their body and soul, be it soaking in the hot-spring baths, taking a stroll around the 100 year-old Japanese garden or simply admiring the ryokan's antique decor and historical artefacts.
The gift shop sells a variety of souvenirs and interesting items, while wi-fi is available in public areas free of charge.
Sightseeing near Seikiro Ryokan
Aside from the in-house cultural and historical assets such as the Great Hall and Japanese Garden, there are numerous sightseeing spots worth checking out nearby the hotel. To help guests enjoy the local scenery, there are four bicycles available for rent at the ryokan. Recommended spots include:
- Amanohashidate. A beautiful sandy beach, 3.6 km long and featuring 8,000 black pine trees. It takes about 1 hour on foot or 20 minutes by bicycle to get from one end to the other. Both Emperor Taisho and Emperor Showa visited the area and planted trees.
- Kasamatsu Park. The park has a fine view of Ama no Hashidate (Bridge to the Sky) and is famous for its inverted view of the beach scenery from a certain viewpoint. This is called "mata-nozoki" and the beach appears to be like a bridge to the sky, and thus the name Ama no Hashidate. Take the cable car or lift to see the splendid view from the observatory with its special step for mata-nozoki.
- Miyazu Catholic Church. This church was built in 1896 by a French missionary with a unique mixture of East and West, such as tatami mats instead of pews. It is the second oldest wooden church still in existence in Japan and the oldest still in use.
- Old Mikami Family House. Mikami was the luxurious home of a wealthy merchant in the Edo period (1603-1867). Eight of the buildings including the main building have been designated natural important cultural properties. The garden is designated a Kyoto Prefectural scenic spot.
- Kanabiki no Taki Waterfall One of the 100 select waterfalls in Japan, it has several streams falling dramatically down the rocks of Mt. Kanabiki. It is about 20 meters wide and 40 meters high. Fodo-do Hall stands near the basin.