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4.0 of 5
Ryokan
  |   4-44 Bishamoncho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0812, Kyoto Prefecture (Gion Higashiyama / Kita Shirakawa / Kurama / Yase / Ohara)
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Ranked #186 of 333 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
3.5 of 5 stars 23 Reviews
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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40 reviews 40 reviews
13 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm a Japanese who has lived in a foreign country a long time. So,I wish to stay in a Japanese style hotel in Kyoto this time. This hotel satisfied me ,specially Japanese style breakfast. you can enjoy a tatami room end a big bath tub at the first foor. And this hote is very convenient to visit YASAKAno Shrine, kiypmizu... More 

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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185 reviews 185 reviews
12 hotel reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Four story hotel in southern Higashiyama where the famous Yasaka Pagoda is clearly visible from the hotel. The hotel is located in a hook where the main entrance is not from the main road, a low walled building with a dry zen garden at the entrance to the front office. You will be provided with a sandal, and you have... More 

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NYC
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Don't expect garden views. It is 4 floor building with dirty white carpets. Smoking rooms only. Smell of cigarettes and cabbage in the hotel. Service staff speaks no English. Food was good - they have good chef. Good location in Gion.

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Warana, Australia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

I'm here on a solo trip, my wife and I have stayed in the Gion area previously and not far from Kinoe. I can't agree with some of the reviews here, I'm a non-smoker and have spent the last six weeks in Shikoku at a different location each day that did smell of smoke. My room at Kinoe has the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

A friend recommended Kinoe and she was right: this is a great place where you can have an authentic Ryokan experience. The location is fantastic, in Gion and close to many of the temples/streets/restaurants etc you may want to visit. The food is delicious: I had both kaiseki dinner and japanese breakfast and highly recommend it. The place is clean,... More 

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Chatham, New Jersey
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

We did get the desired excellent ryokan tatami dinner and breakfast nicely served, but after declining the first room because of the nauseating tobacco smoke odor our second (large) room seemed clean, but the duvet and pillows smelled of smoke. We too had the experience of being able to leave luggage on arrival but could not get in until 3... More 

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NYC
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3 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Although generally I have high standards, this was absolutely the most egregious false advertising of a hotel/ryokan that I have found during my world travels. There was no such thing as a non-smoking room which I was promised. All the rooms have been smoked in. The hotel was not cleanly and had cooking smells throughout the entire day. The heating/cooling... More 

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San Francisco, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

Can't beat the location for getting to many of the major sites very quickly, but in my mind, it wasn't worth the tradeoff for the dated decor, half-hearted service, and faint smell of smoke that lingered even in our disinfected room. We were disappointed with the location on a main street, which made our night noisy and undermined what charms... More 

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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52 reviews 52 reviews
11 hotel reviews
167 helpful votes 167 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

This was a treat of a stay - I was here mainly for the food. The ryokan itself is very small; it is located on a corner of a small street and a semi-mainstreet. The entrance is on the quieter street. There are a few restaurants in the area, and a kimono rental shop, as well as shrines and city... More 

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39 reviews 39 reviews
3 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2012

For a Ryokan, you shouldn't be paying these prices. The staff are friendly, the rooms clean as you would expect, but I expected much more for the price e paid. Having to pay per person is surprising. If you want the ryokan experience, shop around a bit. If you can, visit a Ryokan in the Japan Alps for better value.

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Address: 4-44 Bishamoncho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0812, Kyoto Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > Gion Higashiyama / Kita Shirakawa / Kurama / Yase / Ohara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Kinoe 4*
Number of rooms: 13
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#28 Luxury Hotel in Kyoto
#92 Top resorts Hotel in Kyoto

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