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“Comfortable and cozy” 5 of 5 stars
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Ryokan Uemura
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  |   Ishibei-koji, Shimogawara, Gion, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0825 , Japan   |  
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Ranked #129 of 333 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
Toronto, Canada
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Comfortable and cozy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

This is a lovely place to stay.The woman who runs the inn is very kind and welcoming. The building is old but clean - lots of character. The bathroom area was very modern looks as though it was newly renovated. The futons where comfortable and a large, home-cooked breakfast is included in the cost of the room. Some of the other reviewers complained of being cold. I visited Kyoto in late November so the temperature was quite cool but my room had its own heater that I could adjust as I pleased. I was very warm. The inn was very quiet and relaxing in the evening.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Adelaide, Australia
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

We had a delightful two-night stay in Ryokan Uemura. Uemura san was most hospitable, very friendly and helpful. We were the only guests at the time, so had the facilities to ourselves. The location is wonderful - a lovely small street in Higashyama, described in many guides as "the most beautiful street in Kyoto", within easy walking distance of Gion and of many temples and shrines. Uemura san provided very good breakfasts - we had one western breakfast as she had to go out early that day, and one wonderful Japanese breakfast. She also gave us tea and a sweet treat in the afternoons, and a souvenir of green tea on our departure. We would return if we visit Kyoto again!

Room Tip: We had the one room downstairs - large and comfortable, opening on to the tiny garden.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

Ryokan Uemura is a beautiful and excellent place to stay in Kyoto. The location is in an historic area of considerable character, on the temple route in Higashiyama. Kiyomizu-dera, Chion-in, and Shoren-in are all within a short walk, as are the restaurants and shops of Gion. Cobbled streets and historic homes are a departure from other parts of Kyoto, which is a beautiful city. Monks roamed the streets in the mornings, as the quiet area came to life.

Mrs. Uemura is a warm, friendly, funny, and hospitable lady of considerable energy. An excellent hostess. The ryokan is very clean and quiet. The breakfast was excellent, as was the afternoon tea. I see that some have commented on the shared facilities or older fixtures, but that should not be an issue to detract from the ryokan experience - which is quite different from a 5-star hotel. The experience of spending three days in this ryokan was amazing, and an excellent experience.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kununurra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2012

Staying with Uemura san was a very special experience. Her warmth and friendliness, combined with the wonderful atmosphere of the historic ryokan, plus the excellent location makes for a great, restful experience. Uemura san is a considerate, friendly host who will help with all issues, although her English is limited. We requested a Japanese breakfast and enjoyed it thoroughly. She provided a different breakfast mix every morning and complemented that with a variety of little sweets each night with green tea when we returned from our day out.
The building itself and its garden are beautiful, and very restful, a part of old Japan. Yes, the facilities are shared, but overall that is the only downside to having the opportunity to experience such a great place to stay. For most of our stay we were the only guests, and she only has three guest rooms.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kettering, United Kingdom
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35 hotel reviews
Reviews in 46 cities Reviews in 46 cities
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2012

Uemura Kyoto

Our 6th visit to this small Ryokan warmly run by the gentile Madam Uemura for the past 54 years. It's located in the atmospheric side streets of old Kyoto near Kodai-Ji temple. An easy 5 minute walk to say Gion corner and a gentle 10 minute stroll to the magnificent Chion-In temple.
Her property is always very clean.It has a " family character" and always very relaxing to stay there. The rooms do not have their own facilities, with toilets and the bathroom shared with 2 or 3 other guests. Never a problem.
The Western breakfast is always welcome after a few days or weeks on the road in Japan. A bowl of fresh fruit, egg over bacon, excellent tea or coffee and " doorstep" toast - see photo.
We hope we are fortunate enough to return again to Kyoto and our beloved Uemura San.
We mixed our 2 day visit with new temples for us, plus a very pleasant day to Kurama where we visited the hillside temple and also the outside Onsen a 15 minute walk from the station. Free shuttle ride runs often. Yen 1,000 for the Onsen, with lovely wooded hillside views. Check out the train arrangements with the tourist office when you arrive in Kyoto. You can also save a Yen 1,000 on taxi fare to Uemura Ryokan by taking the 206 bus from Kyoto railway station and getting off for Kodai-ji. Ask Uemura San to fax you a small map of the side streets. 
All Ryokans in Kyoto are expensive. Uemura is expensive by UK standards particularly with a strong yen. We balance the overall cost of the trip by sometimes staying in cheaper modern hotels in other cities.

Room Tip: We prefer the downstairs " Garden" room but we have also stayed in the room upstairs. Only...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2011

Ryokan Uemura is a delightful little place, right in the middle of a dreamy district of lovely Kyoto.
All the problems mentioned in other reviews are true: it is a bit rough around the edges, the toilets (shared!) are spotless but a bit dingy, it is a bit cold at night and yes, it feels expensive for the kind of luxury it offers (or better, it does not offer), but the truth is that Ryokans are a different experience from western hotels: they cost a lot (upper end Ryokans prohibitively so) and offer you basically a cot on the floor in sparse sorroundings, and, again, shared toilets (I cannot stress that enough: in the West, a shared toilet is found in the cheapest hotels, here it belongs to ryokans).
But you don't stay to Ryokan for the plasma tv: you stay for the welcome, the silence, and the location: tourists (japanese tourist) look at you with amazement and envy while you are putting your shoes on the steps of the hotel (inside is strictly slippers, and different ones for different rooms: god forbit that you step in your room with your toilet slippers!). Monks roam the street in the early morning, praying for alms. You walk the cobbled street and you join the midst of the tourist procession along the temples of Kyoto.
Mrs Uemura welcomes you personally every time you return home, and has always biscuits and tea for you. She even ran after me on a very early morning carring a warmer jacket, when I stepped out of the ryokan with only a yukata: it is probably a cultural pas faux, but she was honestly worried I'd catch a cold.
Breakfasts are amazing: if you are brave you can dare to try the japanese style one (my wife could not), but western ones are so fullfilling too, with toasted breads and fresh fruit.
Were I to return to Kyoto, I would like to try a more luxurious ryokan, if I can afford it, but in its price range (again, for ryokans, a cheap one, almost a minshuku) nothing can beat this little home in the middle of amazing, poetic Higashiyama.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Singapore, Singapore
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2011

We chose this ryokan because of the good reviews on Tripadvisor and we were not disappointed. Mrs Uemura was so accommodating and helpful. The first night we were there, we didn't know about the 10pm curfew and came back close to 11pm. She was waiting up for us and didn't say a thing! It's only later that we saw the sign in our room about the curfew and apologised profusely the next morning......
The ryokan was beautifully kept and in the prettiest side street in Kyoto, so convenient to most attractions. The breakfast was yummy too.
I would definitely go back if given the opportunity!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Ishibei-koji, Shimogawara, Gion, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0825 , Japan
Location: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto
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Number of rooms: 3
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