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Kinoe

4-44 Bishamoncho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0812, Kyoto Prefecture
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As the review title suggests, this traditional ryokan is located perfectly on the edge of the Gion district, only 5 minutes walk to the river and the same to the Higashiyama area with it's narrow laneways, amazing restaurants and Yasaka & Ryozen Gokoku shrines. The room was basic, very clean and with most facilities we needed. The breakfasts, both traditional... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

Had a lovely traditional Japanese style stay with modern bathroom at Kinoe. Everything was excellent from checking in, dinner, breakfast to checking out. Prior to our stay emails were promptly replied with phone calls from the ever helpful Khoji-San who spoke excellent English. He even suggested that we use the Hankyu Line to Kawaramachi Station, Kyoto as we were staying... More 

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Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

The Kinoe provided the authentic ryokan experience we were looking for. The room we booked was spacious and came with its own bathroom. The room was very clean and traditional. Every morning we were served Japanese breakfast that was sent to our room, all beautifully presented! The front desk was helpful, we managed to get information on places and activities... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

If you want to stay in a tatami type guesthouse, this is the place. all the traditional requirements. tatami floor, fold out futons, breakfast (must book with breakfast), and even dinner if you can. there is a sento downstairs, and we were lucky, no one there, so we had the whole bath to ourselves. perfect experience. in terms of getting... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015 via mobile

For $400 US, I would expect better. The lobby is shabby and smells of cigarette smoke, the walls are all in need of a fresh coat of paint and our room had cigarette holes in the curtains and stains on the bamboo mats. Although the staff serving dinner and breakfast were polite and lovely, the front desk help was subpar.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

We had an amazing experience of a traditional Japanese guesthouse in Kinoe. Dinner comprised of 9 courses which were served in our room. Our host spoke English and explained what the dishes were. Breakfast was also a traditional feast. The ryokan was expensive but was something that you can't experience in a hotel. I suggest you spend 1 night in... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

The rooms themselves are simple and clean. The onsen (public bath) on site is one of the biggest redeeming qualities of this ryokan and the location is good. However, the hotel itself is somewhat outdated/nothing special and the food is SERIOUSLY bad. I don't mean, it wasn't to our taste - but the quality and preparation was very very poor.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

We had the best Japanese Ryokan experience at Kinoe, we have been in other Ryokan before but the atmosphere of Kinoe was charming. Our room was on the ground floor with view on the Japanese garden. It was a fun and lovely experience in a room which was kept and decorated like a dream. The bathroom was excellent as well... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

It's my first ryokan, so I was not sure what to expect. It does seem to be a ryokan themed hotel rather than a true ryokan, possibly the way the staff dressed. Took the ground floor room. Stayed only one night. Loved the bathroom tub, loved the breakfast and loved the location. but I found it on the expensive side.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015 via mobile

I wanted to experience a tradional Ryokan. This was just the place! From the moment we checked in, I felt like I was experiencing the culture etc of Japan. My only negative was we could not check in until after 3pm. This ryokan is close to Gion District n shops n restaurants. The staff are very helpful. A special thank... 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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