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Gion Shinmonso

3.5 out of 5.0

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We spent one night in this ryokan while in Kyoto for a week. It was in a really nice location and we purchased a Beef Sukiyaki and sake set. Check-in was easy. We made a booking and one of the staff members came to our room and prepared our food for us in the room. He was really friendly. When that was done they pushed the table over and made our beds for us. The mattresses weren't all that comfortable but it is what one expects from a Ryokan, you are sleeping on futon covered tatami mats There was also a restaurant next door with people who came in and out at all times of night talking quite loudly that kept us up a bit. Also to note, we were in a smoking room even though we dont smoke and other than in the hallways, the rooms themselves dont actually smell of smoke so no need to be worried. While we make these observations of the living area it was an experience I would definitely recommend. The pros definitely outweigh the cons and Gion Shinmonso.

Our family of 5 (kids 6-9) stayed for one night at Gion Shinmonso and it was a great cultural immersion experience. We really wanted the ryokan experience while we were in Japan, but they are so expensive. I was happy to find Gion Shinmonso, which is very authentic and located right in Gion. The staff spoke decent English, which was very helpful. The rooms are tatami floored and traditional. Since most of their rooms are smoking rooms, I worried about this, but our room smelled fine. We had tea and cookies when we arrived into our room and changed into our yukatas. There is some info in english about ryokan dos and don'ts and how to use the onsen, which was helpful. We had dinner in our room and it was an interesting, multi-course meal with lots of things we had no idea what they were. The kids had special meals with simpler ingredients. We loved trying the onsen out and it felt so good to soak after days of sightseeing. Our room was changed over into the evening arrangement with the futons on the ground. They are hard, but it was fun to sleep out together on the ground. Breakfast was served in the dining room and once again, it was traditional Japanese with lots of things we didn't recognize, but a fun experience. We were really impressed with Gion Shinmonso and thought it offered good value for money and gave us a rich cultural experience. I definitely recommend it! Our kids loved the experience too!

Stayed here for 2 nights Staff very helpful and polite Smoking being allowed in the hotel lobby and current construction work on the hotel wall detracted from an otherwise nice ryokan Our room window was taped over with opaque wrap and scaffolding covers the outside of the hotel Also it's quite noisy during the day though that didn't really affect us as we were out most of the day They have a public bathroom downstairs if you have a room without a private bathroom Our private bathroom was quite small Location of the hotel is fantastic as it's situated right in the district of Gion Plenty of dining options nearby though we had a lot of problems finding a non smoking restaurant, so beware if you have young kids or respiratory issues I would say wait until the construction work is completed before staying here

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 have an open mind and want to experience the old Japanese culture, this is a wonderful way to do it. While I'm sure there are higher end Ryokans, this was perfectly comfortable for our family (and budget during the expensive cherry blossom season in the spring). This is a small property with only 21 rooms so it was nice and quaint. The rooms were simple but clean, and sleeping on the futons was certainly different (not the best night of sleep but wouldn't take it back for the experience). The futons are set up after dinner and put away while we were at breakfast. We had a tub in our room but used the public baths for the traditional bathing experience. Our kids thought it was a lot of fun and loved the "rules" of what to do and not do to respect the bathing experience. If you are a foodie, you will not be disappointed as the food was phenomenal. We had dinner in our room one night (many courses were served) and in the dining hall the second night. Breakfast was in the dining hall each morning. Since English was not spoken well, our server could not explain what we were eating, but whatever it was was good. Though English is not well spoken by the staff, you still feel the warmth of the people and their desire to make it a great experience for their guests. The location of this property in Gion was perfect. Just walking around and enjoying the beauty of Kyoto was quite a treat. For a late lunch one day after sightseeing, we enjoyed a nice experience at the sushi restaurant directly across the street from the hotel. Overall, just a very nice, memorable experience and one I'd certainly recommend.

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. They do have a nice spa bathroom to clean up and they have a private bathroom (old) in our floor. We did not pay for the Geisha night, we regretted, when we finally decided to join in, there was no room to, so we decided to go to the theater near by to see Geisha and cultural show. Cost less and we got what we wanted or at least close enough. Service is very good here, they let us leave our luggage for longer while we went shopping although our time was up, we had to leave a lot later than checking out. Buses and train station are close. Parks, shrines are a 5 min walking distance. Shopping center are about 15min. Main market is next to the shipping mall. Lots of bars and night clubs near by. Quite.

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. Our room had a private toilet and sink but to shower we had to either use the common bath area or the private shower room on our floor. This was fine and gave us a chance to wear the cute Japanese robes provided. The location is great. Gion is the place to stay in Kyoto. The staff is super nice and many of them speak enough English to communicate effectively. Check out is 10am and they charge 1,000 yen per hour past 10am. There is also a beer garden on the roof with a geisha show.

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 tea time and make up the bed (futon) and we really enjoyed this experience and actually slept really well. This hotel is very well located. The traditional Japanese breakfast was very colourful but sadly we don't like fish or tofu but thats not their fault. I would definitely recommend the experience it was nice to see ancient Japan as well as futuristic Tokyo.

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 pink rooms and dirty walls, look homey. The idea is enveloping but it needs refurbishing, painting and does not feel clean. If tradition survives, it needs to go with the flow of things. The fabrics look old, and the curtains from 1950 look as never been washed. When we arrived, found 20 pairs of slippers in our room. Details, make the difference.

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 in comparison with the same type of bed somewhere else. Besides this the toilette in the bedroom was very old and we could smell urine. The people at the reception were very very gentle but only one lady could speak some English. I recommend this hotel only for the nice area but no more than 2 nights. Robin

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 were always polite and helpful. Smoking in the lobby was overwhelming at times. A superb location and great sushi restaurant across the road.

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Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Gion Corner
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas

Located in Gion within a short walk of Gion Corner, Gion Shinmonso is within a mile (2 km) of other popular sights such as Kiyomizu Temple. This 21-room, 3.5-star ryokan welcomes guests with conveniences like free in-room WiFi and a spa tub. Located centrally in Kyoto, it's also close to Nijo Castle and Kyoto Imperial Palace.


For your convenience, breakfast is available for a fee.


All of Gion Shinmonso's 21 air-conditioned rooms provide refrigerators, safes, and phones. Guests can expect to find free WiFi and TVs.

Property features

A spa tub and free WiFi in public areas are featured at Gion Shinmonso. Front-desk staff can help with tours or tickets, and provide local restaurant recommendations.

Room options

Traditional Room, Japanese Futon, Shared Bathroom (Japanese Room)

Twin 1 | Sleeps 7

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

87% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 108 reviews