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477 Gion Shimokawara-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0825, Japan
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Ranked #28 of 193 Kyoto B&B and Inns
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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26 reviews 26 reviews
17 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Weeks before my business trip to Tokyo, I was still endlessly deliberating between multiple hotels for my weekend trip to Kyoto. I knew I wanted an authentic experience, but what about amenities, location, staff, etc? There are just so many options in the area, and even after hours of research I couldn't narrow it down to just one. Finally, thanks... More

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Napier, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

This was such a great find on Tripadvisor. A really great location, great authentic Japanese feel and the wonderful staff could not have been more helpful. Simple Japanese style but still felt luxurious. A great spot for exploring Kyoto

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

Fabulous place. We stayed in a garden room and so lovely. Very authentic. Staff are great and when we arrived we were offered tea. We went out for the afternoon and when we came back our bed was up and tea waiting. Close to everything in the gion area. Would recommend this place.

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Pennington, New Jersey
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3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

This 10-room ryokan was the perfect little Kyoto inn for our cherry blossom Hanami We visited in early April 2014. After the hustle-bustle of big city Tokyo, Tamahan was a great contrast in quiet comfort. We stayed for 3 nights. The inn location was perfect -- walking distance to Gion and Higashyama districts, the main sightseeing areas in Kyoto. Our... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

A little luxurious ryokan in the centre of Gion - within walking distance to local attractions yet hidden away in its own sanctuary. We only stayed for one night but wish we could have stayed for longer. We had a degustation dinner that was beautifully prepared and tasted delicious. Our host was amazing - so helpful and nice. Definitely recommend... More

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

Perfectly located ryokan in old quarter near Kodai-ji and Yasaka Shrine. Traditional Japanese rooms of good size and quality. Very friendly staff helpful with first-time stay in ryokan. Varied and fine food served in room - both dinner and breakfast. Would recommend to anyone going to Kyoto. Traveled May, 2009.

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Arlington, VA
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56 reviews 56 reviews
17 hotel reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

This was my first experience at a ryokan and I would definitely go back. To me it was the experience of ultimate lux. The room was sizeable, spotless, and opened up to a little garden. I kept the doors open until it was dark to have the fresh air come in and did not feel disturbed by neighbors across the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

Assuming you have researched the whole Ryokan experience before you book one, and you like the idea of living on the floor with very little furniture at conventional height, and you are content with minimal western niceties, then keep reading. We visited cherry blossom season in Kyoto in April 2013 and stayed at the Tamahan for 5 nights in one... More

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Hong Kong, China
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4 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013 via mobile

If there is one thing great about this ryokan is its close proximity to some really nice tourists spots like the kiyomizudera temple. So pretty ESP during cherry blossoms. If you're that fussed about the place you stay whilst on holidays as you are out and about exploring places then this is the place for you.

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Bonn, Germany
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

I have just had two nights staying at the beautiful Tamahan Ryokan in Kyoto. I cannot recommend it highly enough - it was superb. The location is amazing, step out of the door and back in time in the gorgeous Gion district of Kyoto. I also have to make special mention of the kaiseki food served at Tamahan - beauty... More

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Address: 477 Gion Shimokawara-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0825, Japan
Location: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto
Also Known As:
Tamahan Hotel Kyoto

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