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Kinoe

4-44 Bishamoncho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0812, Kyoto Prefecture
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Ranked #177 of 343 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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Malmo, Sweden
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

From the moment we stepped in through the faux rice paper doors, I realized that Kyoto Ryokan Kinoe is about as far from being an authentic Ryokan as you’ll find in Japan. Folks, this is an ordinary two star hotel (built sometime in the late 1970s or early 1980s) with a Ryokan theme that has indisputably degraded over time. The... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

It was our first time staying at a Japanese style inn. The place was located at the end of Gion and walkable distance to attractions in Gion, Kiyomizu temple and Yasaka pagoda. If you don't wish to walk, there are buses to Gion. The room was clean, spacious and comfortable. Staff speaks minimal english so it was quite difficult to... More 

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SoCal
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

I wanted my husband to experience a true Japanese Style Inn. He had never slept on a futon or walked on tatami mats before. We arrived before check in time so they held our luggage for us until we could check in. No early check in here which is fine. The staff member who checked us in spoke very little... More 

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geelong
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

This ryokan in the heart of Gion is an absolute treat. Our room was so comfortable and clean and the service is friendly and efficient. The highlight was most definitely the superb kaiseki dinner served in our room after our relaxing onsen. Course after course of exquisite food whilst lounging back in our beautiful tatami matted room. Life doesn't get... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Fine place. I think this is more famous for food than stay - though it is just a stone's throw from Gion Shijo and Gion Corner. When we checked in at 2plus, there was a crowd at the lobby and was pretty noisy. You might want to avoid checking in around mealtimes. The entire place is very clean and not... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

We loved this ryokan so much all in terms of its location, service, cleaniness, and most of all, food! Breakfast and dinner were served in your own room and tasted absolutely amazing, perfect after a long day of walking. The tatami room was very spacious and comfortable with good ventilation and heating if needed, cleaniness was also once again up... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

I stayed for 1 night at this ryokan, and the package came with breakfast and dinner. The ryokan itself was very clean, spacious and well kept. The staff are friendly and warm though they only spoke limited English. The room was very comfortable. I ordered the blow fish hot pot dinner and I can say it is one of the... More 

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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

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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Staying in Gion

Neighborhood Profile
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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