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Kyoto Ryokan SAKANOUE

4-star4 stars
502 Washio-cho, Shimogawara, Gion, Kyoto, Kyoto, 605-0072, Japan

Upscale guesthouse within walking distance of Yasaka Shrine
  • Free WiFi
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  • Very good location, in the heart of gion. Breakfast and dinner is incredible, super nice…Dec 31, 2019
  • Overall it’s a nice property in a good location. It was very cold in the bathroom and it…Dec 27, 2019

Kyoto Ryokan SAKANOUE

from $299
  • Japanese Style Room (6 Tatami mats)
  • Japanese Style Room (8 Tatami mats)
  • Japanese Style Room (10 Tatami mats)
  • Japanese Style Room (12+6 mats)

What’s around Kyoto Ryokan SAKANOUE


  • In Gion
  • Yasaka Shrine - 5 min walk
  • Kiyomizu Temple - 14 min walk
  • Heian Shrine - 25 min walk
  • Kyoto Tower - 39 min walk
  • Gion Corner - 8 min walk
  • Sanjusangendo Temple - 23 min walk
  • Nijō Castle - 2.3 mi / 3.8 km

Getting around

  • Kansai Intl. Airport (KIX) - 80 min drive
  • Itami Airport (ITM) - 55 min drive
  • Gion-shijo Station - 10 min walk
  • Kawaramachi Station - 13 min walk
  • Sanjo Station - 16 min walk
  • Higashiyama Station - 14 min walk
  • Sanjo Keihan Station - 15 min walk
  • Keage Station - 21 min walk

At a glance

Key facts


  • 12 rooms
  • Arranged over 2 floors


  • Check-in time 3:00 PM-6:00 PM
  • Check-out time is 10 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Japan may have travel restrictions in place, including self-quarantine, due to COVID-19.
The front desk is open daily from 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM. To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property at least 24 hours before arrival using the information on the booking confirmation. If you are planning to arrive after 7:00 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation. Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation. Guests booked in Half Board rates must check-in by 7:30 PM to receive dinner. No refunds will be issued for any unused portion of the rate plan.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card required for incidental charges

  • Government-issued photo ID may be required

  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Travelling with others


  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • No pets or service animals allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms



  • No onsite parking

Payment types at the property

  • Cash

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

At the property

Food and drink
  • Kaiseki meal served
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Free newspapers in lobby
  • Luggage storage
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Garden
  • Handrails in stairways
Languages Spoken
  • English
  • Japanese

In the room

Home comforts
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning)
  • Slippers
Sleep well
  • Turndown service
Things to enjoy
  • In-room massage available
Freshen up
  • Private bathroom
  • Deep soaking bathtub
  • Bidet
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
Be entertained
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Digital TV channels
Stay connected
  • Free WiFi
Food and drink
  • Refrigerator
  • Free bottled water
  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe

Special features


Private bath/onsen services include an indoor private bath (in communal space). Public bath/onsen services include a yukata (Japanese robe).

Kyoto Ryokan SAKANOUE’s small print

Also known as

  • Sakanoue
  • Kyoto Ryokan SAKANOUE Kyoto
  • Kyoto Ryokan SAKANOUE Guesthouse
  • Kyoto Ryokan SAKANOUE Guesthouse Kyoto
  • Sakanoue Inn
  • Sakanoue Inn Kyoto
  • Sakanoue Kyoto
  • Ryokan SAKANOUE
  • Kyoto SAKANOUE


Guests with dietary restrictions or food allergies should contact this hotel in advance.

The Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare requires all international visitors to submit their passport number and nationality when registering at any lodging facility (inns, hotels, motels, etc. ). Additionally, lodging proprietors are required to photocopy passports for all registering guests and keep the photocopy on file.

This property's policy is to refuse certain bookings for the purpose of group events or parties, including pre-wedding stag/bachelor and hen/bachelorette parties.

This property does not have elevators.

Guests can rest easy knowing there's a fire extinguisher and a smoke detector on site.

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property, and commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitizer.

Contactless check-in and contactless check-out are available.

This property affirms that it adheres to the cleaning and disinfection practices of Intertek Cristal (3rd party expert - Global).

Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.

This property accepts credit cards and cash.

Mandatory fees

You’ll be asked to pay the following charges at check-in or check-out:

The additional mandatory fee covers a required fee for children under age 3, which excludes bedding and meals. To request meals for children, please contact the property in advance.

  • A city tax may be collected at the property, effective October 1, 2018. The city tax ranges from JPY 200-1,000 per person, per night based on the nightly room rate. Please note that further exemptions may apply. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • A tax is imposed by the city: JPY 1000 per person, per night
  • Tourism fee: JPY 500 per person, per night

We have included all charges provided to us by this property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.

FAQs for Kyoto Ryokan SAKANOUE

  • Does Kyoto Ryokan SAKANOUE offer free cancellation for a full refund?
    Yes, Kyoto Ryokan SAKANOUE does have fully refundable rooms available to book on our site, which can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
  • What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Kyoto Ryokan SAKANOUE?
    This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitizer, social distancing measures are in place, and requires staff to wear personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
  • Is parking offered on site at Kyoto Ryokan SAKANOUE?
    Sorry, there's no onsite parking at Kyoto Ryokan SAKANOUE.
  • Are pets allowed at Kyoto Ryokan SAKANOUE?
    Sorry, pets and service animals aren't allowed.
  • What are the check-in and check-out times at Kyoto Ryokan SAKANOUE?
    You can check in from 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM. Check-out time is 10 AM. Contactless check-in and check-out are available.
  • Are there restaurants at or near Kyoto Ryokan SAKANOUE?
    Yes. Nearby restaurants include Kinoe (3-min walk), Mimikou (3-min walk), and Teppan Tavern Tenamonya (3-min walk).
  • What is there to do at Kyoto Ryokan SAKANOUE and nearby?
    Kyoto Ryokan SAKANOUE has a garden.

Recent reviews

Superb 9.0 From 123 reviews

Exceptional 10.0
Staff is very friendly. Some speak English fluently. Even those who don't speak English well do their best to communicate. The building is old so can't fault it if certain things look old and dated. Part of the charm. The rooms are kept spotlessly clean. Ryokan is in a quiet location and a short walk to the popular Yasaka Shrine and Maruyama Park. Dining is still accessible along the road leading up to the shrine. There's also the option to have a kaiseki meal right inside the Ryokan.
us1 night family trip
Exceptional 10.0
The location was unbeatable - turn left and you’re footsteps away from a great temple walk past Kodaiji all the way to Kiyamizu-dera. Turn right as you exit the ryokan and you’re a few blocks away from shopping, restaurants, and convenient train lines, as well as the famous streets of Gion. But most impressive were the staff who were very attentive, kind, and obviously cared deeply about the experience of their guests. The room was beautiful. And the breakfasts were delicious.
Kenneth, us3 night family trip
Very Good 8.0
Would have appreciated a mini tour of the grounds and bath house. We didn’t even realize there was one there until it was too late. Excellent service, very quaint. The dinner was just okay... not our favorite meal. We enjoyed our 1 night stay here for the experience.
us1 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
Excellent service and staff. Ideal location, close to major temple and shrines.
us1 night family trip
Very Good 8.0
Very nice Ryokan in the best area of Kyoto
I visit Kyoto every year and this was the best Ryokan I’ve at reasonable price and services. I’ll recommend this place to everyone from couple to family.
us5 night romance trip
Exceptional 10.0
Great location for this authentic Japanese ryokan. Staff were friendly and one was American so spoke fluent English. Walking distance to several temples and shrines as well as many restaurants. Great spot for couples or families with teenage children.
Dave, us2 night family trip
Exceptional 10.0
Wonderful stay!
We loved the Sakanoue. The location in Gion can’t be beat. The staff was lovely and helpful. The traditional Japanese accommodations were fabulous and we loved soaking in the tub each night after lots of walking each day.
jenny, us3 night family trip
Poor 2.0
Hotels.Com as misinforming the property is NOT smoke free there were people smoking in the lobby. Nice people at hotel though but incorrect description of property.
Andreas, us1 night romance trip
Exceptional 10.0
Great ryokan
Wonderful stay with friendly staff. Even though they spoke limited English, they were so sweet. Very cool experience to stay in a traditional ryokan and enjoy a gourmet kaiseki dinner and breakfast. Neighborhood is quiet and mostly residential.
us1 night family trip
Very Good 8.0
Stay here one night to get the traditional Japanese experience, make sure to book with meals so you can try Kaiseki multicourse dinner, and Japanese style breakfast. It’s in the heart of Gion so you can see old style town homes (machiya). I recommend after one night in ryokan, change to a regular hotel for the rest of your time in Kyoto for a more comfortable stay and closer to downtown amenities. It’s not a very comfortable stay, but I think that’s typical of traditional Japanese ryokan experience. For example, the summer futon is very thin/hard so I didn’t sleep well. Lots of sitting on the floor or low to the ground (hard for my 60 year old mom). The traditional architecture means many changes in floor height, so going to the bathroom at night is a toe stubbing experience. Lots of rules- changing of slippers, curfew, being careful not to damage tatami with your suitcase or rain jacket, etc. my understanding is this is typical of all Ryokan, just set your expectations accordingly. The staff at Saka no Ue are really nice and it’s well kept, I’m glad I did it once but also was glad to get a comfortable bed somewhere else the next night.
TB, us1 night family trip

Kyoto Ryokan SAKANOUE