A stone's throw from Yasaka Jinja, this comfortable, modern ryokan is in the heart of Gion, a location that gives you easy access to many of the temples in eastern Kyoto. The staff offers you a warm welcome, but without the stiff formality found elsewhere. Spacious tatami rooms overlook towering bamboo gardens from glassed-in balconies. Packages suit a variety of budgets, including various options for meals; inquire about rates that include dinner in nearby restaurants like Chimera downstairs or Minoko across the street. Feel like staying in? The elaborate in-room kaiseki dinners showcase an artful attention to detail.