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Gion Ryokan Karaku, Kyoto

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

3.5-star ryokan, steps from Yasaka Shrine
  • Free WiFi
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Great location
Delicious food
Great room
Very comfortable
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Gion Ryokan Karaku, Kyoto

from $200
  • Superior Japanese style room (12 tatami mats)
  • Standard Japanese Style Room
  • Japanese Style Room with Twin Beds
  • Top Floor Japanese Style Room

What’s around Gion Ryokan Karaku, Kyoto


  • In Gion
  • Kawaramachi - 11 min walk
  • Nishiki Market - 17 min walk
  • Kiyomizu Temple - 18 min walk
  • Kyoto University - 36 min walk
  • Kyoto Tower - 40 min walk
  • Yasaka Shrine - 6 min walk
  • Kyoto MINAMIZA Theatre - 10 min walk

Getting around

  • Osaka (ITM-Itami) - 54 min drive
  • Osaka (KIX-Kansai Intl.) - 91 min drive
  • Kyoto Gion-Shijo Station - 10 min walk
  • Kyoto Kawaramachi Station - 13 min walk
  • Kyoto Sanjo Station - 16 min walk
  • Higashiyama Station - 14 min walk
  • Sanjo Keihan Station - 16 min walk
  • Keage Station - 22 min walk
  • Self parking (surcharge)

At a glance

Key facts


  • 22 rooms
  • Arranged over 4 floors


  • Check-in time 3 PM-9 PM
  • Check-out time is 10 AM
There is no after-hours reception at this property. Guests arriving late won't be able to check in until the next morning.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card or cash deposit required

  • Government-issued photo ID required

Travelling with others


  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms



  • Self parking *
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

At the property

Food and drink
  • Local cuisine breakfast daily (surcharge)
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Free newspapers in lobby
  • Luggage storage
  • Number of buildings/towers - 1
  • Year Built 22
  • 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
  • Private bathroom
  • Shower/tub combination
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
Be entertained
  • TV
Stay connected
  • Free WiFi
  • Phone
Food and drink
  • Refrigerator
  • Free bottled water
  • In-room safe

Special features


Public bath/onsen services include an indoor public bath (no mineral springs) and a yukata (Japanese robe). These services feature separate men and women areas.

Gion Ryokan Karaku, Kyoto’s small print

Also known as

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


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.

Mandatory fees

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

  • A city tax will 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.

Optional extras

Self parking costs JPY 2000 per day

Local cuisine breakfast is offered for an extra charge of JPY 2160 for adults and JPY 2160 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.

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Recent reviews

Exceptional 9.4 From 23 reviews

Gion Ryokan Karaku, Kyoto
Very Good8.0
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
Gion Ryokan Karaku, Kyoto
Very Good8.0
Great location
Great location, very friendly and helpful staff. Walking Kyoto from the hotel was a wonderful experience. Comfortable sleep after doubling the futons. Wish the bath house had longer hours.
James D, usRomance trip
Gion Ryokan Karaku, Kyoto
Clean and friendly ryokan
We really enjoyed our two-night stay at this hotel. It is in a great neighborhood (north Higashiyama? maybe the edge of Gion but definitely more residential than the entertainment district), walking distance of Kiyomizudera temple, and in a very old historic part of town, giving you a wonderful feeling of old Kyoto. All around there are great restaurants and shops, and the hotel staff can give you recommendations. We were in a fairly large room; they put out the mats around 5pm, and take them away as soon as you leave your room for breakfast in the dining room. The breakfast is included with the stay, but you need to let them know about it by the afternoon of the previous day. It was not a super high-end ryokan, but I think those are even more expensive than this one is. We really enjoyed the onsen. Mostly families staying here, mostly Japanese, maybe two parties of Koreans, and us. Nearby is the Camellia Tea Ceremony; they partner with a kimono shop where you can rent kimonos, and have your photo taken. We all found the futons very comfortable to sleep on, with very cozy and clean bedding. We would stay here again.
, usOther trip
Gion Ryokan Karaku, Kyoto
Very Good8.0
Authentic and located in the heart of Gion. The onsen was a wonderful experience and the room made us feel like we were truly in Japan. Only issue was comfort, in that the bedding was thin.
Rachel, us1 night romance trip
Gion Ryokan Karaku, Kyoto
Very Good8.0
A unique experience, good for a night
If you want to experience what a ryokan is like, but don't want to drop close to $1k per night on the high end ones, this is more of a budget option. I'm glad I went. Enjoyed the public bath and seeing shrines in this quiet neighborhood. It was my first Japanese bed experience (mat on the floor) and I must admit that a fairly bright room overnight + hip pain meant I didn't sleep very well. FYI: 7pm was too late to request breakfast for the next day; check out is at 10 am.
, us1 night trip

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