In the beginning our inn was an ochaya teahouse called Oyagi. In the Meiji period (1868-1912) and Taisho period (1912-1926), our inn continued to serve many important Gion guests from all over Japan. One famous poet, loved of our rooms very much, and today his poetic calligraphy decorates a scroll hanging in that same room.
In 1949, the previous female manager of the ochaya teahouse decided to convert her family business into an elegant inn which she renamed Shiraume or White Plum. The entrance of the inn building is reached by crossing over a short bridge that crosses the romantic Shirakawa Stream. At the entrance to the bridge stand two plum trees.
We offer natural wonders in every season: fireflies in summer, bush clovers in autumn, snow in winter and plum blossoms in early spring. You will discover the seasonal charms of Kyoto at Shiraume Ryokan: we live in a world of beauty and charm.
The Shirakawa Stream runs down a valley that flanks the west side of Mount Hiei (the big mountain on the northeastern perimeter of Kyoto). The stream runs through the Okazaki area northeast of the Gion district. A branch was constructed in the early 17th century to transport timbers to build Nijo Castle. The water running in front of our inn is clear and is home to many water animals (ducks, koi carp, eels, shells, etc.). Our neighborhood area was designated as a historical scenery preservation district in 1976 and remains one of the best preserved traditional areas in all of Japan.