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Gion Yoshi-ima

229-2 Nishinocho, Yamato-Oji Higashi-Iru, Shinmonzen, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0088 , Kyoto Prefecture
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

I had seen pictures and almost felt like I knew what to expect but it was lovelier and more foreign than what I was used to. The host was gracious and greeted me in English. Be aware though that check in is at 4pm so don't get there too early otherwise you have to kill time until your room is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

We stayed only one night but had Dinner and Japanese Breakfast. Excellent service and food. Very nice sashimi, tempura, fried salmon and lots of other dishes for Dinner. The breakfast was also excellent consisting of lots of small dishes. Before the Dinner we reserved the Family bath which was very refreshing before taking on Kimonos and be served Dinner at... More 

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Torrance, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

What a fabulous experience! You stay in a traditional Japanese tatami room with traditional personal Japanese bath for those that prefer more privacy. They prepare the futon bed. In the morning you will be served an American brecfast of toast and fruit and cofffee or traditional Japanese breakfast of miso soup and rice. The dinner was great! Sashimi, tempura, rice,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

I stayed at this ryokan with a few friends and absolutely loved it. Absolutely adorable place, but be warned: it's really cold! We had a heater blasting about 1 foot from our heads all night but that felt really nice. You get robes to sleep in and then dinner robes (I almost wore my sleep robe to dinner...oops) and these... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

We arrived for the cultural experience. Greeted very warmly by main man and his staff. We were given a conducted tour round and shown various aspects of their living quarters, the room for the tea ceremony, the shrine, the outside water feature has to be precariously negotiated in slip on ''croc'' shoes. These shoes are then left on the door... More 

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Bury St Edmunds, England, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

We were all made very welcome and the slippers for each occasion were fine for our Western feet. I pair to walk around, 1 pair to go to the toilet. My room was up a narrow and steep staircase so even with hand luggage it was a bit precarious. The room and Ryokan are spartan, the usual mat on the... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

What a friendly welcome! A real opportunity to experience Japanese culture and hospitality. Excellent little booklet. Extensive choice for dinner. Convenient location. Tea garden. Nice touches. Near to Gion Corner.

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

We stayed one night in April 2015. We were very warmly welcomed by the hotel. The room was very nice with a proper bath and toilet. The traditional Japanese meal was outstanding and the service excellent. We had our previous hotel ring ahead to order western pillows. The bedding is very hard, so not good for someone who needs a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 via mobile

We spent one night here with a group from the UK, the accomodation was good but everything that the previous traveller said was so good and exact in every way. Our price wasn't so bad because we booked before we arrived. We were with 13 others so we had a jolly main meal and the staff were excellent. We have... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 via mobile

The service and attention/help from the staff was excellent as was the food but the inn itself seems a little shabby and in need of some attention. Great location in the heart of Gion and a nice little garden and teahouse but the rooms and bathroom were small with cheap walls and doors.

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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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