Kyoto Hotels




At a Glance


  • antique furnishings
  • authentic construction
  • great location


  • unofficial midnight curfew
  • bath is private, but patrons must take turns
  • books up fast

Kinmata Review

Only a few hundred feet from the bustling thoroughfare of Shijo-dori, this high-class ryokan offers a trip back in time. The modern age melts away as you pass under the heavy iron lamps in the incense-tinged entranceway and through subdued wooden passages leading to your quiet tatami room. A framed chart of ryokan guidelines from the Tokugawa shogunate speaks to the inn's long history, as does an old photograph of the house with the current master's great-grandfather standing in the foreground. You won't feel stifled by all the history, though; the staff is friendly, the atmosphere welcoming, and the rooms are beautiful and decidedly unpretentious. The rate includes two full-course kaiseki gourmet meals either in your room or in the modern dining room. Email to reserve a room.

    Hotel Details

  • 7 Japanese-style rooms with shared bath.
  • Rate includes some meals.
Updated: 09-20-2013

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