Top 11 Hotels and Ryokans in Gion, Kyoto

Kyoto's Gion is home to some of the city's best hotels and ryokans. From budget to luxury, traditional to modern, there is a Gion hotel for everyone.

Heralded as Japan’s premier geisha district, Gion is a popular destination for tourists in Kyoto. Surrounded by traditional wooden structures and wandering geisha and maiko (apprentice geisha), a stroll through the area can make you wonder if you’ve traveled back in time. After immersing yourself in its rich history, Gion has a myriad of wonderful accommodation options for you to retire to. To help ease your decision making, we have selected 11 of the best hotels and ryokans, all right here:

1. APA Hotel Kyoto Gion EXCELLENT

APA Hotel Kyoto Gion EXCELLENT

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This 4-star hotel is conveniently located in the center of Gion, mere minutes away from famous holy sites such as the Yasaka Shrine. After a day of exploring the ins and outs of Gion, come back to a nice massage at the ground floor massage parlor, Bear Hug.   

Website: http://www.apahotel.com/hotel/kansai/04_kyotogion/

Address: 555 Gionmachi Minamigawa, Higashiyama, Kyoto 605-0074

Price: ~18,000 yen

2. Ryokan Gion Hatanaka (祇園畑中)

Ryokan Gion Hatanaka (祇園畑中)

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Right in between Yasaka Shrine and Kodaiji Zen Temple, find Ryokan Gion Hatanaka, perhaps Kyoto’s most famous traditional Japanese inn. Small touches, like the daily samurai and geisha shows or the option to request fruits and flowers to be placed in your room before arrival, push this place above the rest. The stellar service, plus unrivaled convenience, make Ryokan Gion Hatanaka worth every yen. 

Website: http://www.thehatanaka.co.jp/english/

Address: 505 Gion Minamigawa, Higashiyama, Kyoto 605-0074

Price: ~63,000 yen (per room which hosts 2-4)

3. Ryokan Gion Yoshiima

Ryokan Gion Yoshiima

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Dating back to the 1700s, this ryokan has deep roots in Kyoto and is especially foreigner friendly. Its weekly tea ceremony demonstrations are accompanied by English-speaking staff  to communicate each step of the process. Come here for an authentic traditional experience! 

Website: http://www.yoshi-ima.net/

Address: 229 Nishinocho, Higashiyama, Kyoto 605-0088

Price: >25,000 yen

4. Hotel Sunline Kyoto Gion Shijo

Surrounded by shrines and temples, this modest hotel offers a wide range of services and amenities for your convenience. These range from an iron and pants press for the traveling businessperson to free of charge computers on the first floor.

Website: http://www.h-sunline.co.jp/kyotogion/eng/

Address: 493-1 Kiyoicho, Higashiyama, Kyoto 605-0821

Price: ~25,000 yen

5. Ryokan Motonago (旅館元奈古)

Ryokan Motonago (旅館元奈古)

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Though tucked away in a quiet residential neighborhood, this Michelin Guide recommended ryokan is still within walking distance of Gion’s main attractions. In addition to Ryokan Motonago’s amazing hospitality, their kaiseki dinner is also incredibly delicious. 

Website: http://www.motonago.com/en/top.html

Address: 511 Washiocho, Kodaijimichi, Higashiyama, Kyoto 605-0072

Price: ~26,000 yen (for two)

6. Ryokan Karaku

Ryokan Karaku

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Service at Ryokan Karaku is impeccable. Attendants will rush to assist you in carrying your luggage as you enter, and, once you reach your room, the amazing views of the city to the west or mountains to the east are remarkable.  

Website: http://www.karaku.com/english/

Address: 499 Gionmachi Minamigawa, Higashiyama, Kyoto 605-0074

Price: >22,000 yen (for two)

7. Ryokan Gion Fukuzumi (ギオン福住)

Ryokan Gion Fukuzumi (ギオン福住)

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Just 15 minutes away from Kyoto Station by taxi is this family-run ryokan. With a personal greeting from the owners as your arrive, throughout your stay they go above and beyond to make you feel at home. This traditional inn also has an onsen on the top floor with excellent views of surrounding Gion.      

Website: http://www.gion-fukuzumi.com/eng/

Address: 437 Rinkacho, Higashiyama, Kyoto 605-0062

Price: <19,000 yen 

8. Hotel Mume

Hotel Mume

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You wouldn’t have realized that behind Hotel Mume’s unassuming red door a Michelin Guide recommended hotel awaits. This small but ultra modern hotel only has seven rooms, each with a unique theme. Be sure to check for room availability well in advance of your trip.

Website: http://www.hotelmume.com/main.html

Address: 261 Shinmonzendori, Umemotocho, Higashiyama, Kyoto 605-0064

Price: ~22,000 yen

9. Ryokan Shiraume (料理旅館 白梅)

Ryokan Shiraume (料理旅館 白梅)

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A former residence for maiko, Ryokan Shiraume is accordingly traditional. With its indoor garden and wooden decor, it’s as though as you stepped into Meiji era Kyoto. Come here and immerse yourself in its rich history.  

Website: http://www.shiraume-kyoto.jp/en/

Address: Shinbashi Shirakawa Hotori, Gion , Higashiyama, Kyoto 605-0085

Price: >33,000 yen (for two)

10. Ryokan Gion Shinmonso (祇をん 新門荘)

Ryokan Gion Shinmonso (祇をん 新門荘)

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Passed down from generation to generation, the landlady here does everything from making advertisements for her ryokan to welcoming guests in her kimono. There will be times when she might be too busy to greet you, but know that the landlady and her team of 30 are doing everything to make you feel at home. In addition to its warm hospitality, Ryokan Gion Shinmonso also has a rooftop beer garden during the summer. 

Website: http://www.shinmonso.com/english/

Address: 243 Shinmon Mae, Hanamikoji, Higashiyama, Kyoto 605-0082

Price: >20,000 (per room which hosts up to 2)

11. Hotel Maifukan (祇園の宿舞風館)

Hotel Maifukan (祇園の宿舞風館)

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Kiyomizedera Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is only a 15-minute walk away from Hotel Maifukan. In addition to its western-style rooms, this hotel provides traditional Japanese-style rooms. In either of which, you’ll be sure to get a good night’s rest after a day of wandering the streets of Gion. To top it off, a stay here includes their authentic French breakfast.   

Website: http://www.maifukan.com/en/

Address: 440 Kamibentencho, Higashiyama, Kyoto, 605-0822

Price: 20,000 yen (for two)

*All prices will be for single occupancy and per night unless otherwise stated.

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