TRAVEL JAPAN — Toyoko Inn Shijo Omiya — Part III

24 Jan

Let me show you my cute room in Kyoto. My goal was to spend little on the room in Kyoto and save my budget for the ryokans, ( Japanese style inns).

My tour company told me if I stayed in less than a three star hotel in Japan I would be subjected to cigarette smoke. (A migraine and puking would be my response.)

The Japanese value the purifying quality of smoke, water and alcohol. To them, smoking cigarettes is a good thing. I suspect this attitude of theirs is part of the low rate of cigarette related cancers.

This room was lovely, impeccably clean and very comfortable. The front desk had English speaking people and I was very pleased. I never smelt a whiff of cigarette smoke.

There are some very clever things the Japanese have come up with in their hotel rooms.

There is always access to hot water –

This room has a pants presser –

A fancy Japanese toilet

A tub that is shorter than ours, but deeper and you can soak up to your chin –

The faucet on the sink swings over the tub or you can use the hand held shower.

My favorite innovation is that the tub sits on a tray with a drain in it. If the tub overflows no problem. I suspect they hose down the whole room and it all drains away.

I love impeccably clean. In Japanese the same word means clean and beauty.

Do I know the word? Ah no, Jen, do you know?

They provide a fresh cotton robe each day –

And fresh slippers each day, traditionally worn in the bathroom –

Amenities –

And a face mask –


Posted by on January 24, 2011 in Abundance, Japan


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3 responses to “TRAVEL JAPAN — Toyoko Inn Shijo Omiya — Part III

  1. Petty Witter

    January 25, 2011 at 3:40 am

    Now thats what I call service but not exactly environmentally friendly is it? Husband dearest brought back several pairs of slippers as they were replaced every day worn or not and the staff informed him they were destroyed whether they had been worn or not. Alas he failed to bring home a robe though.

  2. Joey @ Big Teeth & Clouds

    January 27, 2011 at 4:39 am

    I’d love a pants presser! I’m so terrible at ironing. The tub is very cool too. I’d love to soak up to my neck.

  3. Jen C.

    January 28, 2011 at 4:34 am

    Wow, you had a pant presser in your room! I’ve seen them at the stores but never actually had one I could use. Very nice 🙂

    I think the word you’re thinking about is “kirei” which means pretty and at the same time is used when a room is clean.


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