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Kamogawa-kan Inn
Ranked #217 of 395 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
Reviewed August 25, 2013

Out of all the places I have stayed in Kyoto, this just might be my favorite. The proximity to Pontocho, one of my favorite areas of Kyoto, can not be beat. It also isn't very far from Gion (maybe a 15 min walk), Nishiki Market (maybe a 10 min walk), and the train station isn't far either. There was some street noise that could be heard in our room, but I think that's to be expected given the location. The rooms and private bathrooms were a nice size, clean, and comfortable. We opted to just have breakfast each morning during our stay. Both the Japanese-style and Western-style breakfast options were delicious. I admit that I enjoyed having Starbucks right down the street (I can't help it, since moving to Japan a year and a half ago, I've become a Starbucks drinker), but if you want a cheaper option check out the Lawson's across the street - you should be able to get both iced and hot coffee there (most likely in cans).

This is not a traditional Japanese ryokan, but the room is a traditional room, so you get the feeling of a ryokan with the conveniences of a hotel atmosphere. I love staying at traditional Japanese ryokans, but they are a lot like B&Bs, which sometimes don't provided you with as much privacy. I think that Kamogawakan is an excellent compromise.

Overall, I thought the staff was fairly attentive, but I have to agree with other reviewers in that a few times it didn't seem like we were disturbing them when we approached the front desk. I thought the ladies at breakfast were very attentive.

I would still highly recommend staying here.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 12, 2013

We have stayed there twice already. The rooms are very spacious and the location is great as you are right accross the river from Gion and Pontocho. It is also good value compared to other Ryokans, which tend to be astronomically priced especially during cherry blossom season! We had food in our room one the nights and it was delicious as was breakfast.
So all in all the positives outweigh the negatives. Our only negative were that the staff could be a bit a more friendly and smiling. It always seemed that we were disturbing them when we needed to ask directions or advice. The ladies taking care of our rooms were a bit pushy at what times we should wake up and when we should have dinner. We had asked for dinner at 7pm (option available at reception) however the ladies seeing that we had returned to our room at 6pm decided upon themselves to serve us food as soon as we were back. We were midly irritated as we had had a long day walking, wanted to shower and weren't hungry that second...
We decided that we were not that bothered about the service anyway as we were out all day anyway.
All in all its a good Ryokan if you want a spacious room and central location. It is in a modern building so its not super traditional or authentic but you would have to pay much more for that anyway.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 24, 2012

I liked the place. The rooms are large, and the people there are quite good at English if you compare to other places.

The public baths are also nice and clean. It's very close to walk from Kamogawakan to Nishiki market, and it's also close to the subway, so it's easy to get to many of the other attractions.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 6, 2010

This place is not recommended if you are looking for authentic ryokan. It's hotel with a minor hint of ryokan. You will find more authentic ryokans in Higashiyama-ku (areas from Yasaka shrine, leading up to Kiyomizu-dera). The only plus side for this hotel is that it's not too far from a main shopping street and Nishiki market. But it's far from all the rest of the attractions. Yasaka shrine which seems to be closest attraction is a good 20 min walk away, for Kiyomizu you have to add more time.

I had superior room with breakfast &dinner plan. Breakfast was a let-down (one small piece of fish with too many pickles). For dinner, we had seafood hotpot on the first day which is quite decent. The second day we had Kaiseki plan C (12 course plan), we found it just ok and not as big as I thought (I wish we went out for dinner instead).

An elderly housekeeping lady for our room/ floor is attentive and spoke decent english, but the young reception lady is not very helpful (she looked upset most of the time).

Warning, there's no coffee. For coffee, you have to go down to starbucks next to the hotel at your own expense.

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 1, 2010

The hotel is very clean though the room is small. The staffs is very friendly and helpful. Great location, train station is within walking distance, convenient shop and coffee shops nearby.

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled with friends
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Thank ah_bell
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Reviewed April 28, 2010

This is a nice ryokan, super good location, close to a subway stop and easy walking distance to the covered markets and the romantic Gion area. The rooms are big and the service is excellent (a little cool maybe but otherwise very good).

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank xraylab
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Reviewed October 9, 2009

This ryokan is in the category of "traditional ryokans", recognised by Japan's goverment.
A ryokan is a classical Japanese hotel with futons on the floor and typical furniture (low tables, etc..).

Pros:
- It could not be more centrical. It is surrounded by shops, restaurants, 2 metro stations, 1 bus station, and just 1 minute walking from the famous Pochonto street.
- Also it has a great public bath, always very clean, and free access to internet in the lobby.
- Rooms are traditionally furnished. Ours was very big (it was a superior room).
- Breakfast is served in the room, which is very comfortable

Cons:
- It is so centrical, that there is noise during the night, especially in the weekends. Everyone is just passing by the street.
- Rooms are a little bit beat up. Everything is clean, but we missed the charm that we were expecting from a ryokan of this category. The furniture and the bathroom are worn out .
- Breakfast is a difficult proof in the morning. It is possible to choose between Japanese and Western style breakfast. None of them are satisfactory.
- Service can be considered both a good and a bad point. Breakfast is served in the room but only until 8.30. Half an hour earlier of your breakfast time, they knock on the door and 2-3 people enter the room to change bed linen. This is somehow strange, and we would have preferred to be on our own, and that they had changed bed linen once we had left the ryokan in the morning. In any case, it is important to acknowledge that in Japan this type of service is considered as a very good attention to the client.

Overall, we had a nice stay in the ryokan, maybe because it was our first ryokan in Japan. But if I have the opportunity to come back, I might try another ryokan in Kyoto.

Stayed: August 2009, traveled as a couple
Thank Bcn27
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Address: 104 Nakajimacho Sanjodori Kawaramachi, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8004, Kyoto Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > City Center
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Wheelchair access
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Ranked #217 of 395 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
Price Range: $155 - $311 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Kamogawa-kan Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 26
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