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“A serious disappointment” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Ranked #169 of 350 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
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“A serious disappointment”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2012

This was a very expensive but really disappointing ryokan. The location and very helpful staff are the only reasons to stay here. The rooms are large but depressing. Smoking is rampant and the food was mediocre. My traveling companion accurately described this as the 'Motel 6 of ryokans'. Worst of all, it was ridiculously expensive. Probably the worst cost/value of any place I've stayed.

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2011

Stayed 2 nights in late November for autmun leaf viewing. I was looking for the Ryokan located walking distance to one or two temples and shopping facilities with spacious room since I have elderly parents. Kinoe fulfils this condition.

Heart of Gion and Higashi-yama. Very close to Kenninji temple, Kodaiji temple, Gion, Ninenzaka & Sannenzaka shopping streets.

Named "Minori" located on 1st floor (No. 101) over looking small zen garden with approx 20 tatami mats space. Enough space for 3-4 adults.
In room safe, bath, toilet, fridge, TV, air condition, hot water pot, hair dryer, yukata, bath socks, towels, tooth brush & paste, hair brush, free wifi access. Public bath is also on the 1st floor, very easy to go.
32500 JPY/night per adult including breakfast and dinner. Considering location, spacious room and very high season, price is avarage. Dinner is very delicious. Breakfast is simple and so so.

Avarage. Not very good but not bad.

Not so may rooms, it sems 8 or 10. So, front desk is not hectic though late Nov is very crowded high season. Staff remembers guest's face and we could feel relaxed sense of time.
Free internet desk top PC, free mineral water machine, cofee machine (100 JPY) are on lobby floor.

[Day 1]
My parents went to several temples in Arashiyama area by sightseeing taxi cab. They checked in 17:30.
Started dinner from 19:00. We asked chef to serve quickly so as to go Kodaiji temple for night lighting up of garden. After dinner, we walked to Kodaiji temple and Intokuin. Night viewing of illuminated trees and Japanese gardens were awesome!! Autumn leaf's red, bamboo green and moon lights were reflected on black pond like mirror, it was really beautiful. I highly recomend to go night time (put additional socks for keeping your foot hot. Night time, temple floor is very cold.)

[Day 2]
Had break fast in the room 7:30. Left Kinoe at 8:30 by taxi cab to go Tofukuji temple. We arrived around 8:45 but already crowded. Then moved to Eikando, Manshuin, Koumyouin and Shisendo. We got off taxi cab at Nishiki market. We had a lunch at Nishiki market, did shopping and walked back to Kinoe.
After dinner, we went to Shoureiin monzeki for seeing illuminated garden. A little bit far from Kinoe, so we took taxi cab but still within walking distance for person having good knee.

[Day 3]
After breakfast, we went to Kiyomizu temple by taxi cab. Then walked back to Kinoe through Ninenzaka, Sannenzaka doing shopping. There were plenty of shops and restaurants. From Kinoe to Kiyomizu temple is uphill, from Kiyomizu-temple to Kinoe through Ninenzaka & Sannenzaka is down hill, so I recomend to go taxi cab to Kiyomizu then back on foot enjoying shopping. We went back to Kinoe10:30 and checked out around 11:00. We had a lunch at Gion after check out. Front desk kept our baggages during we were out for lunch. Then we took sight seeing taxi cab to go Bishamondo, Shogunduka and Sennyuji temple.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2010

We waited till the last minute to book our stay and paid a huge premium for it. Nevertheless, we were very happy with Kinoe and very pleased by the attentiveness of the staff and the proximity to temples which had mesmerizing fall leaf foliage around the grounds. My wife was pleasantly surprised that the staff had cleaned and brushed her Ugg boots. The staff also provided good advice in English! Kinoe is near the tradtional tea houses. We were able to catch a glimpse of the geisha in their full kimono splendor going to work.

The kaiseki dinners were superb particularly on our second night of our stay. We enjoyed the kaiseki dinner which was served in the privacy of our room. Though a bit pricey, this was one of the few splurges we have done in a long while and worth every yen of it.

Kinoe is the place to be for a delightful visit to Kyoto,

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Kinoe
Address: 4-44 Bishamoncho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0812, Kyoto Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > Gion
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service
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Ranked #169 of 350 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
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Hotel Class:4 star — Kinoe 4*
Number of rooms: 13
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