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Gion Shinmonso

Shinmon Mae, Hanamikoji, Higashiyama Ku, Kyoto 605-0082, Kyoto Prefecture
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Mexico City, Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

When you travel to Japan the way the Kimono, unveils itself, under the occidental mask is when you touch Kyoto. The only way to live the vibe of Japan is by feeling the tatami under your skin and sleeping in a futon. At first, the sensation is new and not that easy to digest, but after a while, even the... More 

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Padua, Italy
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 via mobile

We spent 3 nights in this Ryokan during our trip in Japan. The location is very good, in the Gion quarter , which is the gheishas'area. The hotel is very touristic in comparison with other ryokans where we slept in. It is old, needs to be refreshed, the futon are very hard and also the pillows are old and hard... More 

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Poole, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

We had a good sized room, with an entrance space for shoes with a sink and separate toilet. The room was clean and had good air conditioning. The shared bathroom was on the ground floor and it was clean and well equipped. There were clear instructions about how to behave in the Japanese baths! The staff spoke some English and... More 

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Sao Paulo, SP
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

The location is absolutely amazing - located in Gion which maybe the most traditional neighborhood, and very charming as well. The neighborhood will give you high chances of spotting Geishas - and also has many restaurants alongside the rivers which are extremely charming. Also, it is walking distance to Myiako-Odori, for the Geisha performance. The hotel itself looks a bit... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Stay in this hotel for one night. The location is excellent in Gion and it is just around the corner to the main attraction for Cheery Blossom enjoyment. The hotel is a few km from Kyoto train station so we take a taxi there. The fare is around JPY 1,300.- one way. Moreover and once we are there, it is... More 

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shinmonso, フロント オフィス マネージャー at Gion Shinmonso, responded to this review

Thank you for staying at Gion Shinmonso the other day and writing a review on trip adviser, and thank you again that received high marks. We are traditional Japanese style hotel. Basically we will prepare dinner in your room and breakfast in the banquet room at the 2nd floor with other guests. Our Japanese style breakfast is set meal with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015 via mobile

Stayed here for our visit to Kyoto. First time to experience traditional Ryokan stay in the heart of old Kyoto during Sakura season. Excellent service from the time we arrived to the time we left. Room was spacious with beautiful tatami mats and floor mattresses. Would have loved to try the public bath but ran out of time. Traditional dinner... More 

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shinmonso, フロント オフィス マネージャー at Gion Shinmonso, responded to this review

Thank you for staying at Gion Shinmonso the other day and writing a review on trip adviser. I'm very glad to hear you say that! Here is the best location to go out to enjoy cherry blossoms and it is also recommended to go for a walk at night. We would like you to try the public bath, it is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015 via mobile

First off, the Ryokan is the real deal. The pillows and futons are hard, so if you're used to soft plush beds and pillows you might have some difficulty sleeping like we did. The pillow is about half the size of an average pillow and about as hard as the insoles of your shoes. Barely slept the first night and... More 

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miyuki.nz, フロント オフィス マネージャー at Gion Shinmonso, responded to this review

Thank you for staying at Gion Shinmonso the other day and writing a review on trip adviser. We are sorry you couldn’t sleep well at night because of futon and pillows are hard. All rooms in our Ryokan are Japanese style and using material of tatami mat for slippers. We have confidence in our meal. Kaiseki dinner(Japanese cuisine) is most... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

When we decided to visit Kyoto, we wanted to stay at a ryokan to have a true Japanese experience. We also wanted a place that served kaiseiki as well. Gion Shinmonso popped up when we did our search. After reading the reviews, we decided to go for this accommodation at S$383 for 1 night with both dinner and breakfast. When... More 

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shinmonso, お客様担当マネージャー at Gion Shinmonso, responded to this review

Thank you for staying at Gion Shinmonso the other day and writing a review in trip adviser. Our Kaiseki dinner is using seasonal ingredients. It looks very beautiful and gorgeous so we will feel like to take pictures. We are receiving a favorable review about dinner from guests. The nearest bus stop from here is “Chioninmae” bus stop but No,100... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

Book this ryokan through Japanese guest houses.com, very easy to locate, just 10 mins cab from JR Kyoto station. Check in around 5-6pm, everything is prepared for me like the my name was written beside the room door. Staff could understand basic english and i ordered breakfast for 2 for the next morning . The price is reasonable and food... More 

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shinmonso, お客様担当マネージャー at Gion Shinmonso, responded to this review

Thank you for staying at Gion Shinmonso the other day. We are very glad, you like our Ryokan! I remember you well. Cleaning staff found the towel in your room after check-out and we could hand the towel to you because we had keep your luggage at the front desk. Shinmonso is easily accessible by public transport, bus/subway/taxi from Kyoto... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

I stayed with my husband and daughter in a room with no bathroom while my parents stayed in a newer room with bathroom. Both were very spacious, clean and lovely. The shared shower and public bathroom were also clean and nice. Since I was traveling in 5, they were kind enough to offer us the lovely kaiseki dinner in 1... More 

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shinmonso, お客様担当マネージャー at Gion Shinmonso, responded to this review

Thank you for staying at Gion Shinmonso the other day and writing a review in trip adviser. I'm very glad to hear you say that!! Our rooms are all Japanese style room(we do not have any western style room and bed). We spread out Futon on the tatami for your sleeping at night. I think a Ryokan is not just... More 

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Gion
Gion is Kyoto's famed Geisha District (called "Geiko" in Kyoto). Though Gion's many tea houses and entertainment restaurants are closed to foreigners, Geiko and Maiko in their traditional makeup with gilded hair in full kimono can be seen drifting the streets on their way to and from work, where they fan dance, sing, and play instruments for customers. Gion lights up at night, when the ancient-looking streets glow with lanterns along the river, where weeping willows catch the starlight and the air is warmed with conversation. Groups pass through to populate the restaurants and bars along the riverfront, but Gion still manages to be a mostly quiet district, due in large part to limited automotive traffic through many of its streets. Gion is a wonderful place to indulge in Kyoto's local and customary cuisines, and is best enjoyed after dark.
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