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Jackson Hole, Wyoming
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed October 2, 2016

We stayed here for 2 nights (2 adults and 2 kids, ages 8 and 10) to experience a traditional Ryokan, and what a unique experience it was. Having never stayed in one before we didn't know what to expect, but absolutely loved it. Do not expect to go here with many of the comforts of Western civilization, however, if you... More 

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Kent, Washington
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed September 26, 2016

This Ryokan is very close to most attractions and night life. Geishas wondering everywhere, any age, it feels like the old ages. We stay at the triple with toile/sink room, beds weren't as comfortable as other places we've been in the past, this one had only a single futon, I used to have double futon. Every morning y back hurts.... More 

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New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed August 24, 2016 via mobile

We were not 100% sure when we booked this hotel because of other reviews but it turned out to be wonderful. The hotel is a bit older but everything is maintained well so the age isn't a problem. It's a traditional Japanese hotel so you have tatami and you don't sleep in a bed but that's part of the experience.... More 

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Enniskillen, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed February 14, 2016 via mobile

We stayed for one night and had two days in Kyoto as the majority of our time was spent in Tokyo. We didn't use the public baths so cannot comment however we stayed in a traditional ryokan style room. There is green tea and kimono and slippers for you and an excellent bag of toiletries. The staff come in at... More 

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Mexico City, Mexico
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed January 27, 2016 via mobile

When you travel to Japan the way the Kimono, unveils itself, under the occidental mask is when you touch Kyoto. The only way to live the vibe of Japan is by feeling the tatami under your skin and sleeping in a futon. At first, the sensation is new and not that easy to digest, but after a while, even the... More 

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Padua, Italy
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed September 1, 2015 via mobile

We spent 3 nights in this Ryokan during our trip in Japan. The location is very good, in the Gion quarter , which is the gheishas'area. The hotel is very touristic in comparison with other ryokans where we slept in. It is old, needs to be refreshed, the futon are very hard and also the pillows are old and hard... More 

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Poole, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 25, 2015

We had a good sized room, with an entrance space for shoes with a sink and separate toilet. The room was clean and had good air conditioning. The shared bathroom was on the ground floor and it was clean and well equipped. There were clear instructions about how to behave in the Japanese baths! The staff spoke some English and... More 

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Sao Paulo, SP
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed April 29, 2015

The location is absolutely amazing - located in Gion which maybe the most traditional neighborhood, and very charming as well. The neighborhood will give you high chances of spotting Geishas - and also has many restaurants alongside the rivers which are extremely charming. Also, it is walking distance to Myiako-Odori, for the Geisha performance. The hotel itself looks a bit... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed April 11, 2015

Stay in this hotel for one night. The location is excellent in Gion and it is just around the corner to the main attraction for Cheery Blossom enjoyment. The hotel is a few km from Kyoto train station so we take a taxi there. The fare is around JPY 1,300.- one way. Moreover and once we are there, it is... More 

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shinmonso, フロント オフィス マネージャー at Gion Shinmonso, responded to this review

Thank you for staying at Gion Shinmonso the other day and writing a review on trip adviser, and thank you again that received high marks. We are traditional Japanese style hotel. Basically we will prepare dinner in your room and breakfast in the banquet room at the 2nd floor with other guests. Our Japanese style breakfast is set meal with... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed April 4, 2015 via mobile

Stayed here for our visit to Kyoto. First time to experience traditional Ryokan stay in the heart of old Kyoto during Sakura season. Excellent service from the time we arrived to the time we left. Room was spacious with beautiful tatami mats and floor mattresses. Would have loved to try the public bath but ran out of time. Traditional dinner... More 

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shinmonso, フロント オフィス マネージャー at Gion Shinmonso, responded to this review

Thank you for staying at Gion Shinmonso the other day and writing a review on trip adviser. I'm very glad to hear you say that! Here is the best location to go out to enjoy cherry blossoms and it is also recommended to go for a walk at night. We would like you to try the public bath, it is... More 

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Staying in Gion

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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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Additional Information about Gion Shinmonso

Address: Shinmon Mae, Hanamikoji, Higashiyama Ku, Kyoto 605-0082, Kyoto Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > Gion
Price Range: $119 - $389 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Gion Shinmonso 3.5*
Number of rooms: 21
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“make sure to include the Geisha encounter.”
 of 5 bubbles larusaphilp, Sep 26, 2016 | Read review
“DOn[t forget to order vegetarian if you dont eat fish.”
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  • preparing the fulton
  • Traditional Meal in the bedroom
  • Traditional Meal in the bedroom
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  • Traditional Meal in the bedroom - sake we ordered apart (bubbl;y)
 of 5 bubbles MirelaTamaoki, Apr 29, 2015 | Read review
“the rooms with a bathroom seemed worth it to us”
 of 5 bubbles Kurnalsam, Mar 9, 2014 | Read review
“definately go for the renovated room with full dinner and breakfast option to enjoy the full experience with your private toilet and shower.”
  • futon beds for the evening
 of 5 bubbles sueyluey03, Mar 4, 2013 | Read review
“You should reserve a room looking down on a old part of town. Lower floors can be noisy.”
 of 5 bubbles VincentePaulo, Aug 21, 2012 | Read review
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