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4.0 of 5 Ryokan   |   502 Washio-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0072, Japan (Gion Higashiyama / Kita Shirakawa / Kurama / Yase / Ohara)
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Ranked #40 of 193 Kyoto B&B and Inns
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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English first
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

My wife, daughter, and I stayed here for one night in mid October. What a great experience. You feel like you have gone back in time. The area has an old Japan feel with the wooden buildings and cobble streets. You are greeted at the from desk by english speaking young lady. She turns you over to Hatsuko (I believe... More

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Saint Augustine Beach, Florida
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23 hotel reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

Sakanoue is very centrally located in the Higashiyama area. The closest stop is the Kawaramachi station ( Hankyu Line) along Shijo Dori. We took a taxi from the station since we had a few luggages, and it only costs ¥585 (about 5 minute's walk). Tokyo Station is quite far, about 30 minute's taxi ride. I had booked directly from their... More

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Singapore, Singapore
12 reviews 12 reviews
9 hotel reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

My wife and I spent a weekend in Kyoto and were looking for a ryokan to stay. Sakanoue is a great ryokan right behind Yasaka Shrine, in the middle of Higashiyama district, probably the best and most traditional district in Kyoto. That's where you feel like stepping back in time and have the best chance to see maikos and geishas... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
34 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013

A ryokan is a traditional Japanese lodge that includes one living area where you eat, rest and sleep. Different from a Western hotel room where you also watch TV and take a shower/bath, a ryokan is a tatami room in the center of which would be a low table during the day, and a set of futon bed between after... More

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

This was a lovely little Ryokan in a very central area of Gion. The place was lovely, clean, quiet and friendly (but a little on the cold side in room, although there is heating). Please don't let the food comment put you off as I do feel that this place was great and very worth while the experience. However, we... More

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Sydney, Australia
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

The manager of this very nice ryokan agreed to take me in at short notice, at the request of another ryokan nearby which had no record of my booking there although it had been made in March 2012, paid for and confirmed (through Expedia). The room was spacious with a pleasant outlook and the bed very comfortable. The evening meal... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

The Ryokan Sakanoue in Kyoto is a fantastic place to stay if you are after a traditional Japanese experience. From the minute you step foot in Sakanoue, you are made to feel welcome. The staff are very helpful and friendly, and the rooms are of a traditional Japanese style. The included food was great, and prepared with a lot of... More

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Hong Kong, China
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7 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2012

Ryokan Sakanoue provides excellent service. The foods are great. We've ordered a summer special dinner set which used sea eel in every dishes. A hot bath in the fragrance wooden bathtub will gives you a sound sleep after a long day trip. If you have more than 3 people with heavy luggages, take a taxi from JR Kyoto Station to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2012

You are right in the heart of historical place. This traditional Japanese Ryokan provides you everything about Kyoto. Professional services, clean room, wonderful meals. Especially, we enjoyed the wood tubs. My French friend recommended to stay here, and we were totally happy to choose this Japanese style Ryokan. Their warm hospitality is exceptional. I forgot my favorite hat carelessly, but... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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8 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2012

We stayed here during April, cherry blossom season. Kyoto is just amazing. I would go back anytime! This ryokan is on a small street. Close to everything. Don't expect lavish surroundings- it is simple and quant. Rooms are traditional style with tatami mats and wood tubs/ showers. Price wise this was rather expensive compared to hotels, but you will not... More

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Address: 502 Washio-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0072, Japan
Location: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > Gion Higashiyama / Kita Shirakawa / Kurama / Yase / Ohara
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Ranked #40 of 193 B&Bs / Inns in Kyoto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Sakanoue 4*
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