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1 room, 2 adults

Gion Ryokan Karaku

3.5-star3.5 stars
499 Minamigawa Gionmachi,Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto, 605-0074, Japan

3.5-star ryokan, steps from Yasaka Shrine
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  • Great location and comfortMar 27, 2019
  • Amazing traditional Japanese housing! Extremely clean, quiet, and amazing staff!Mar 21, 2020

Gion Ryokan Karaku

from ¥36,362
  • Standard Room, Non Smoking
  • Superior Room, Non Smoking
  • Japanese Tatami Room with Twin Beds, Non Smoking
  • Karaku Suite, Non Smoking

What’s around Gion Ryokan Karaku


  • In Gion
  • Yasaka Shrine - 4 min walk
  • Kawaramachi - 10 min walk
  • Kiyomizu Temple - 15 min walk
  • Nishiki Market - 16 min walk
  • Heian Shrine - 24 min walk
  • Kyoto University - 24 min walk
  • Kyoto Tower - 40 min walk

Getting around

  • Kansai Intl. Airport (KIX) - 80 min drive
  • Itami Airport (ITM) - 54 min drive
  • Gion-shijo Station - 10 min walk
  • Kawaramachi Station - 13 min walk
  • Sanjo Station - 16 min walk
  • Higashiyama Station - 13 min walk
  • Sanjo Keihan Station - 15 min walk
  • Keage Station - 21 min walk

At a glance

Key facts


  • 22 rooms
  • Arranged over 4 floors


  • Check-in time 3 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.
This property doesn't offer after-hours check-in. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges

  • Government-issued photo ID may be required

Travelling with others


  • One child stays free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding

  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms



  • Onsite self parking (JPY 2000 per day)

Payment types at the property

* See small print for additional details or extra charges

At the property

Food and drink
  • Local cuisine breakfast daily (surcharge)
  • Water dispenser
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Free newspapers in lobby
  • Luggage storage
  • Number of buildings/towers - 1
  • Elevator
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Designated smoking areas
Languages Spoken
  • English
  • Japanese

In the room

Home comforts
  • Air conditioning
  • Slippers
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)
Things to enjoy
  • In-room massage available
Freshen up
  • Shower/tub combination
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
Be entertained
  • TV
Stay connected
  • Free WiFi
  • Phone
Food and drink
  • Refrigerator
  • Free bottled water
  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe

Special features


Public bath/onsen services include an indoor public bath (no minerals) and a yukata (Japanese robe). These services feature separate men and women areas. The ryokan bathing area is open from 4:00 PM to 11:00 PM.

Gion Ryokan Karaku’s small print

Also known as

  • Gion Karaku
  • Gion Ryokan Karaku Ryokan
  • Gion Ryokan Karaku Ryokan Kyoto
  • Gion Karaku Kyoto
  • Gion Ryokan Karaku
  • Gion Ryokan Karaku Kyoto
  • Ryokan Karaku
  • Karaku
  • Gion Ryokan Karaku Kyoto


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

Staff at the property wear personal protective equipment and guests are provided with hand sanitizer.

This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted.

Mandatory fees

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

  • 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

Optional extras

Self parking costs JPY 2000 per day

Local cuisine breakfast is offered for an extra charge of JPY 2200 for adults and JPY 2200 for children (approximately)

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 Gion Ryokan Karaku

  • Does Gion Ryokan Karaku offer free cancellation for a full refund?
    Yes, Gion Ryokan Karaku 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 Gion Ryokan Karaku?
    This property confirms that guests are provided with hand sanitizer and staff wear personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
  • Is parking offered on site at Gion Ryokan Karaku?
    Yes. Self parking costs JPY 2000 per day.
  • Are pets allowed at Gion Ryokan Karaku?
    Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
  • What are the check-in and check-out times at Gion Ryokan Karaku?
    You can check in from 3 PM - 6:00 PM. Check-out time is 10 AM.
  • Are there restaurants at or near Gion Ryokan Karaku?
    Yes. Nearby restaurants include Kikunoi (4-min walk), Kinoe (4-min walk), and Sushi-kappo Nakaichi (4-min walk).

Recent reviews

Exceptional 9.4 From 38 reviews

Exceptional 10.0
1000% Recommend
I have stayed in several different ryokan in the Gion area, but this was my first time here and I will be staying here in the future. Out of every ryokan, not only is the price amazing for this area (so convenient for a lot of sights and easy access to several stations), but the staff was so friendly and helpful, the food was delicious, and it was just overall a great experience. I am a vegan, and the staff not only helped me find a place to eat for dinner, but accommodated my breakfast at the hotel; usually I just pick around. Would recommend for anyone, especially the traditional rooms with the futons.
us1 night family trip
Very good 8.0
Nice stay but skip the breakfast
Excellent service from the staff throughout, and one of them even offered to lend me his personal umbrella for the day! Room was nice and clean, and being a budget ryokan, i wasn’t expecting much more. Breakfast was 2000 yen plus tax person, and whilst the setting was pretty nice, the food was mediocre at best. The tofu soup was tasteless (essentially just boiling tofu and vegetable in the water with no seasoning), and the grilled fish was overcooked and cold. Food was pre-prepared and placed (covered with a piece of cloth) on the dining area before you arrived at the dining hall. The soup was heated up when you arrived. Location was near Yasaka Shrine, but ryokan itself was situated more in a residential area with no restaurants and shops around. Surrounding street is very quiet at night. Would recommend a stay if you’re looking for a ryokan experience on a budget, but skip the breakfast.
sg1 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
Loved Gion!
Excellent location and wonderful service.
Stephen, us3 night family trip
Exceptional 10.0
The staff and room are great. We enjoy our time at this Ryokan
us1 night family trip
Exceptional 10.0
Wonderful staff, really going the extra mile and the location was perfect
gb2 night romance trip
Very good 8.0
This is a no-frills establishment, but well-run by extremely nice, accommodating staff. They really went above and beyond to be helpful.
us2 night romance trip
Exceptional 10.0
Very autentic feel in a modernized enviornment. Loved the staff.
us1 night family trip
Very good 8.0
Highly recommend this place
This Ryokan could not be in a better location, the staff were super helpful. The japanese breakfast is served on tatami floors in a communal area downstairs and is very delicious. The public bath is basic, but for those who enjoy japanese bathing, it is a treat to have. This is a great budget option for the real japanese Ryokan experience.
us1 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
EXCELLENT English-speaking staff. Ms. Yuriko was the best! This ryokan is highly recommended!!
GlobalVanguard, us2 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
This is the place to stay if you would like an authentic Japanese experience! We were the only "round eyes" in the facility for 2 out of the three nights we were there. Limited English spoken but they are very accommodating and friendly. This is not your classic Western-style hotel. There is a lot of sitting on cushions on the floor in your room and for dining, sleeping on futons on the floor, traditional hot tub. It was definitely a learning experience for us but one with very positive outcomes. It took a day for my husband to get with the program but then he embraced that we were foreigners in a different country used to different traditions- and that is why we were visiting. The location is quiet and very close to the temples, buses, shopping and the main drag in Gion. I am very happy that we chose to stay in a Ryokan for this part of our Japanese visit and Kyoto's Gion district is very traditional in architecture and even Geishas spotting. We chose the traditional Japanese breakfast that was a healthy treat each morning- high in protein with vegetables, rice, soups, fish, etc. (10 bowl meals!) Great way to start an action packed day. Staff was very sweet and premises were spotless. The only reasons I would not recommend a Ryokan style inn is If you have mobility issues (trouble getting up and down from the floor) or are wanting a classic Western hotel experience.
us3 night trip

Gion Ryokan Karaku