Agora Kyoto Shijo is a modern Japanese hotel conveniently located in the heart of Kyoto, on the bustling Kawaramachi Street. It is a good compromise hotel for travelers who want the convenience of an accessible yet quiet home base, as it is situated on the corner of a busy main street and a relatively quiet backyard neighborhood.
ABOUT AGORA KYOTO SHIJIO
With its large floor-to-ceiling windows and teahouse-like appearance, the Agora Kyoto Shijio is a modern Japanese hotel that blends into its surroundings.
With very minimal branding, it’s hard to miss that this building is a hotel and tea house in one.
Upon entering through the main door, you’ll be greeted by a u-shaped bar counter that conveniently serves food and drinks to both hotel guests and walk-in customers.
I’d say it’s a nice place to people-watch from the inside while sipping your warm afternoon tea.
Located on the same U-shaped counter, in-house guests are treated to complimentary cold and warm drinks upon check-in.
The first thing you’ll notice is an interesting glass map network of all the nearby sights to see and visit. This map provides an overview of all the cafes, restaurants, and temples near the hotel.
There is also an automated money changer in the lobby, near the hotel check-in counter.
We stayed for one night in a Japanese-style superior king suite.
Upon entering, the room itself is narrow but spacious, divided into four segments: bedroom, hallway, toilet, and bath.
The room hallway can be a bit tight, especially if you unpack all your luggage there, but it opens up once you enter the main bedroom.
As in most Japanese hotels, the shower room and toilet are conveniently located in two separate rooms.
The bedroom is much more spacious, and it has a wall-mounted TV and a foldable table for working or eating snacks.
But what it lacks in space, it certainly makes up for a generous amount of light coming in from the windows above the bed.
…and a nice neighborhood view to match!
Overall, I was very pleased with our stay at the Agora Kyoto Shijio, even though we were only there for one night. For the price, you definitely get more than you pay for.
Personally, I think its biggest selling point is its proximity to Nishiki Market and Kawaramachi Street, both of which are just a five-minute walk away.
Whether it’s day or night, there’s always something to explore and eat in this area. Not to mention, Gion and Kyoto Central Station are only a few kilometers away.
For a modern hotel, the Agora Kyoto Shijio really does exude a traditional Japanese spirit, which is something that many visitors to Kyoto look forward to.
Live an Awesome Life,
NICO of Team Our Awesome Planet