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Gion Ryokan Karaku

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Japanese Tatami Room with Twin Beds, Non Smoking | In-room safe, free WiFi
Japanese Tatami Room with Twin Beds, Non Smoking | In-room safe, free WiFi
Superior Room, Non Smoking | In-room safe, free WiFi
Japanese Tatami Room with Twin Beds, Non Smoking | In-room safe, free WiFi

Overview of Gion Ryokan Karaku

Gion Ryokan Karaku

3.5 star property
3.5-star ryokan, convenient for Kawaramachi

9.4/10 Exceptional

62 verified guest reviews

Popular amenities

  • Parking available
  • Free WiFi
  • Air conditioning
  • Refrigerator
  • Bathtub
  • 24/7 front desk
499 Minamigawa Gionmachi,Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto, 605-0074

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About this area

What's nearby

  • In Gion
  • Kawaramachi - 10 min walk
  • Kiyomizu Temple - 15 min walk
  • Yasaka Shrine - 1 min drive
  • Nishiki Market - 7 min drive
  • Heian Shrine - 8 min drive
  • Kyoto University - 8 min drive
  • Nijō Castle - 13 min drive
  • Kyoto Tower - 13 min drive
  • Fushimi Inari Shrine - 6 min drive
  • Kyoto Imperial Palace - 18 min drive

Getting around

  • Osaka (ITM-Itami) - 58 min drive
  • Osaka (KIX-Kansai Intl.) - 80 min drive
  • Gion-shijo Station - 10 min walk
  • Kyoto 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


  • Hisago - 3 min walk
  • Teppanyaki Oagari - 3 min walk
  • Teppan Tavern Tenamonya - 3 min walk
  • KYOTO CHOURAKUKAN - 3 min walk
  • Kikunoi - 4 min walk

About this property

Gion Ryokan Karaku

When you stay at Gion Ryokan Karaku, you'll be within a 15-minute walk of Kawaramachi and Kiyomizu Temple. Also, this ryokan is within a short drive of Lake Biwa. Fellow travellers like the helpful staff and breakfast. The property is only a short walk to public transportation: Higashiyama Station is 13 minutes and Sanjo Keihan Station is 15 minutes.


English, Japanese

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected

Social distancing

Protective shields in place at main contact areas
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Temperature checks available for guests
Masks are required at the property
Hand sanitiser provided
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 19 rooms
  • Arranged over 4 floors


  • Check-in time from 3 PM until 7:00 PM
  • Check-out time is 11:00 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

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

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required


  • Children (6 years old and younger) stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room using existing bedding
  • No cots (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • On-site self-parking (JPY 2000 per day)

Other information

  • Designated smoking areas

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Japanese breakfast (surcharge) each morning 7:30 AM–9:30 AM
  • Water dispenser

Travelling with children

  • Children stay for free (see details)


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Luggage storage


  • 1 building/tower


  • English
  • Japanese

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • Television

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning and heating
  • Slippers

What to enjoy

  • In-room massage

Freshen up

  • Shower/bath combination
  • Electronic bidet
  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Towels
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Toilet paper

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi

Food and drink

  • Fridge


  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe

Special features


Public bath/onsen services include a yukata (Japanese robe).

Fees & policies

Mandatory fees

You'll be asked to pay the following charges by the property at check-in or check-out:
  • A city tax may be collected at the property. 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

  • Japanese breakfast is offered for an extra charge of approximately JPY 3630 per person


  • Self-parking costs JPY 2000 per day

Hygiene & cleanliness

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 sanitiser; masks are required in public areas.


This property is managed by a professional host. The provision of housing is linked to their trade, business, or profession
<p>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. </p> <p>This property does not have lifts.</p><p>This property accepts credit cards and cash.</p>

Also known as

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

Frequently asked questions

Does Gion Ryokan Karaku offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, Gion Ryokan Karaku does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in, depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure that you check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
How much does it cost to stay at Gion Ryokan Karaku?
As of 7 February 2023, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at Gion Ryokan Karaku on 8 February 2023 start from €116, including taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Gion Ryokan Karaku?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitiser, social distancing measures are in place and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Are pets allowed at Gion Ryokan Karaku?
Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
Is parking offered on site at Gion Ryokan Karaku?
Yes. Self-parking costs JPY 2000 per day.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Gion Ryokan Karaku?
You can check in from 3 PM - 7:00 PM. Check-out time is 11:00 AM.
Are there restaurants at or near Gion Ryokan Karaku?
Yes. Nearby restaurants include KYOTO CHOURAKUKAN (3-min walk), Kikunoi (4-min walk) and Kinoe (4-min walk).
What's the area around Gion Ryokan Karaku like?
Gion Ryokan Karaku is a short 10-minute walk from Gion-shijo Station and 10 minutes' walk from Kawaramachi. Travellers recommend the ryokan for its walkable location.







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10/10 Exceptional

Amazing hotel!! Very clean, Very accommodating crews and the food is delicious. We highly recommend this hotel.
christopher, 3-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Amazing traditional Japanese housing! Extremely clean, quiet, and amazing staff!
2-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

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.
1-night family trip
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8/10 Very good

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.
1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Loved Gion!
Excellent location and wonderful service.
Stephen, 3-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

The staff and room are great. We enjoy our time at this Ryokan
1-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Wonderful staff, really going the extra mile and the location was perfect
2-night romance trip
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8/10 Very good

This is a no-frills establishment, but well-run by extremely nice, accommodating staff. They really went above and beyond to be helpful.
2-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Very autentic feel in a modernized enviornment. Loved the staff.
1-night trip with friends
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