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Kinmata

407 Dainichicho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8044 , Kyoto Prefecture
Kinmata
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Kinmata is a true ryokan experience! I will never forget the rain falling into the interior garden, the wooden open walkways, our lovely tatami room and the incredible round cedar hot tub bath! I stayed there some 20+ years ago and have been back to Japan for business many times since, but have never had the chance to get back... More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
12 hotel reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

I reviewed this ryokan almost 10 years ago... and nothing has changed! The Ukai family still maintains a traditional inn with superb food and a relaxing and comforting atmosphere. Our suite on the second floor overlooked both courtyard gardens and was an oasis of peace and coolness on a very hot day in Kyoto. This is the perfect ryokan for... More 

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Perth, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

Kinmata was a truly luxurious ryokan experience. For those nervous about the ryokan experience, I would highly recommend Kinmata. We stayed at 2 ryokans in Kyoto, both fabulous. Kinmata was definitely a nicer ryokan, although more expensive but I found the location a little mainstream. That may suit peiple who simply want to stroll the shops and restaurants. I'm really... More 

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Hong Kong
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013

We stayed one night in this very traditional Ryokan. Ukai-san and his son were very hospitable and made our stay a very comfortable one. The shared bathroom was clean and well maintained. It was a very traditional Japanese experience which must not be missed. Following the bath, we had the traditional Kaiseki dinner which was seasonal and beautifully presented. They... More 

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zuerich
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

We stayed 3 nights in Kinmata in September. It was a great experience in a wonderful ryokan. We enjoyed the hospitaly from the owners very much. The keiseki dinner we had on 2 nights was very nice. The location is good. We would recommend it to others.

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5 hotel reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

We stayed at the Kinmata several times and loved the experience each and every time. This is a beautiful traditional ryokan tucked away from the bustle of the city. It is an oasis...as soon as you enter, you are whisked away to another time. Ukai-san, the proprietor and chef, is a charming man and a gifted chef. The rooms are... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2012

When we arrived in Kinmata we were promptly met by Mr Ukai-sai and family. We came before check-in time and they had no problem holding on to our luggage while we explored NIshiki Market which was around the corner. Mr. Ukai-sai's son speaks perfect english and pointed us to all the attractions and handed us a map of Kyoto which... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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12 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2012

We stayed 3 nights at this delightful ryokan which has been run by rhe same family, now in their eigth generation. Located on a busy and narrow side street just a few steps away from the busy Shijjo-dori, the ryokan stands out as possibly the oldest surviving structure on this street. The character is unmistakable as you enter and you... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2011

Kinmata was absolutely fantastic - from the hospitality shown by the innkeepers to the incredible cuisine to the tranquil feeling of the place. I would recommend it extremely highly. It is also in a great location in Kyoto, right next to the Nishiki market. I think my highlight at this ryokan was the food. Everything was beautifully prepared and presented... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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19 hotel reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2011

I spent two nights at Kinmata as part of a visit to Kyoto. It's expensive, but I was traveling alone (as an add-on to a business trip to Korea) and I wanted to be somewhere where I would really experience traditional Japan. Kinmata was all that and more -- I was the only westerner in the place and many Japanese... More 

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