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4.0 of 5 Ryokan   |   4-44 Bishamoncho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0812, Japan (Gion Higashiyama/Kita Shirakawa/Kurama/Yase/Ohara)
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Ranked #132 of 194 Kyoto B&B and Inns
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013
robinp54 San Francisco, California
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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3 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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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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35 reviews 35 reviews
4 hotel reviews
146 helpful votes 146 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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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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2012

We arrived in Kyoto and wanted to check in to the hotel slightly before 3:00 p.m.. the front desk said absolutely not! I left my bags and went to lunch, at 2:40 I came back to the hotel and asked if I could check in, the answer was no! Unlike our stay at the Kyoto Hotel Okura, which had a... More

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Yokohama, Japan
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6 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2012

Stayed 3 nights in mid April for cherry blossom viewing. This was my 2nd stay at Kinoe. Though Kinoe's service did not satisfied me when I stayed last Autmun, I chose Kinoe this time mainly because it's location, food and size of the room. Unfortunately, I'll not choose them again. Quality of service was getting worth, 2nd and 3rd night... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2012

This was a very expensive but really disappointing ryokan. The location and very helpful staff are the only reasons to stay here. The rooms are large but depressing. Smoking is rampant and the food was mediocre. My traveling companion accurately described this as the 'Motel 6 of ryokans'. Worst of all, it was ridiculously expensive. Probably the worst cost/value of... More

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Yokohama, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2011

Stayed 2 nights in late November for autmun leaf viewing. I was looking for the Ryokan located walking distance to one or two temples and shopping facilities with spacious room since I have elderly parents. Kinoe fulfils this condition. [Location] Heart of Gion and Higashi-yama. Very close to Kenninji temple, Kodaiji temple, Gion, Ninenzaka & Sannenzaka shopping streets. [Room] Named... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2010

We waited till the last minute to book our stay and paid a huge premium for it. Nevertheless, we were very happy with Kinoe and very pleased by the attentiveness of the staff and the proximity to temples which had mesmerizing fall leaf foliage around the grounds. My wife was pleasantly surprised that the staff had cleaned and brushed her... More

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Address: 4-44 Bishamoncho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0812, Japan
Location: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > Gion Higashiyama/Kita Shirakawa/Kurama/Yase/Ohara
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Ranked #132 of 194 B&Bs / Inns in Kyoto
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Hotel Class:4 star — Kinoe 4*
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