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Motonago

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511 Washio-cho, Higashiyama-ku | Nene no Michi, Kyoto 605-0072, Kyoto Prefecture
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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
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This Ryokan has excellent service and good location. The nice bath can be booked privatly. The dinner was unfortunately fully booked the night we stayed but it was convenient walking distance to all of the cosy restaurants in the Gion area. It was also walking distance the many interesting sights.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I stayed here for one night on our honeymoon. The staff was very friendly and kind. The room was great with our own private Japanese garden. The dinner was fun and tasty. We even had a private bath in the evening!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We spent almost a week in Kyoto, and stayed most of the time at a Kyoto train station hotel while we did side trips out of the city. On the last day of our trip, we stayed at Motonago, and we wished we had spent more time here. The owners are so welcoming and kind, and the rooms are very... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As with the rest of our trip to Japan, our main concern was finding accommodation that could fit our family of five, which Ryokan Motonago was easily able to do. They actually provided us with an area that had two rooms, and its own bathroom and toilet. We were given the option of how we used the rooms, but we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

I travelled via Japan back to New Zealand, after having been on an expedition on the Sea of Okhostk. I chose to spend 5 of my 8 days in Japan in Kyoto and was very pleased with that decision. Motonago is a Ryokan, a typical Japanese style hotel, or inn, letting you experience the real Japan while you're still in... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

We stayed one night in a wonderful room on the second floor with a private bath, and had the traditional dinner and breakfast served in the room. Everything was perfect, including the room, the service, the time we reserved in the public bath and the food. The location--in the old part of town near several temples and shrines--was ideal as... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015 via mobile

We stayed 3 nights in Motonago and took all of our breakfasts there. We also had a typical traditional dinner in our room on one night, definitely part of the experience. We were very pleased with the level of service we were offered. The ryokan is very clean. The staff speaks enough english for the day to day requests. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

little to comment on bad points maybe the towels for the bathroom are a bit old but otherwise a fab stay 9/10 loved the shared bathroom bit as you had your own time slot so was better than expected and it was all very clean and nice and spacious rooms and dinner were all good to the staff were very... More 

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

We had a wonderful stay at Ryokan Motonago!!! We privatized the public bath everyday, we had a wonderful japanese diner in our room!! And above all, the service was incredible (very good advice for restaurant in Kyoto)!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Many hotels in Japan are called "ryokan": most of them are modern-style ryokan, but a few only are traditional ones and sometimes, you feel like tasting the special flavour of tradition and history, especially when it is in perfect combination with the location of the ryokan. Motonago is an absolutely traditional ryokan, located in an absolutely traditional place.

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