Seikoro Inn
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Seikoro Inn

467 Nishitachibanacho, Gojosagaru Sanchome, Toiyamachidori, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0907 Kyoto Prefecture
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4.5
#22 of 191 ryokans in Kyoto
4.4 of 5 bubbles
Location
4.7 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.7 of 5 bubbles
Service
3.8 of 5 bubbles
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Looking for a place to stay in Kyoto? Then look no further than Seikoro Inn, a charming ryokan that brings the best of Kyoto to your doorstep.

As your “home away from home,” the ryokan rooms offer a flat screen TV and air conditioning, and getting online is easy, with free wifi available.

Guests have access to room service, a concierge, and currency exchange while staying at Seikoro Inn. In addition, Seikoro Hotel offers a hot tub and an on-site restaurant, which will help make your Kyoto trip additionally gratifying. And, as an added convenience, there is free parking available to guests.

Close to some of Kyoto's most popular landmarks, such as Toji (1.5 mi) and Nanzen-ji Temple (1.8 mi), Seikoro Inn is a great destination for tourists.

While you’re here, be sure to check out some of the Vietnamese restaurants, including Com Ngon Kyoto, Nha Viet Nam Kyoto, and Saigon Oriental, all of which are a short distance from Seikoro Inn.

There is no shortage of things to do in the area: explore popular history museums such as Kyoto National Museum, Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Fureaikan, and Namikawa Yasuyuki Sippo Memorial Museum.

We’re sure you’ll enjoy your stay at Seikoro Inn as you experience everything Kyoto has to offer.

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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Hot bath
Breakfast in the room
Hot spring bath
Baggage storage
Concierge
Complimentary tea
Massage
Currency exchange
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Shared lounge / TV area
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Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Room service
Safe
Flatscreen TV
Hair dryer
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Historic Hotel
Quaint
Languages Spoken
English, French, Japanese

Location

467 Nishitachibanacho, Gojosagaru Sanchome, Toiyamachidori, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0907 Kyoto Prefecture
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227Reviews7Q+A31Room tips

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crellston wrote a review Jan 2020
London, United Kingdom11,813 contributions191 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The Ryokan experience is a great way to experience Japanese culture and tradition. Some can be a little intimidating to a foreigner. Not this one. The owners and staff were incredibly hospitable and welcoming, the service, outstanding.

This is an older, traditional ryokan in a building that is 150 years old. It is indeed a piece of old Kyoto. Our tatami mat room was large and spacious with a separate sitting area, and a private cedar wood bath and separate toilet.

Both dinner and breakfast were sublime. Seemingly never ending dishes, mostly fish and vegetables based. Excellent cooking, and all served in our room by Nobu, a charming young Japanese lady who explained each course to us.

A highlight was the public Onsen, a huge cedar wood tub ideal after a hard day pounding the streets of Kyoto and before breakfast and after dinner. It seemed rarely used by other guests so we had both the male and female baths pretty much to ourselves.

Very impressive. We thoroughly enjoyed our 2 night stay
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Date of stay: January 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Shay wrote a review Feb 2020
2 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My friends and I could not have picked a better place to stay at. The staff deserves a star. They are so welcoming, kind and friendly. They make you feel as if you were home. Location is perfect, the Ryokan is pefect, tidy and spotless, and the food they serve I just couldn't get enough of it. I would recommend including breakfast during the stay. They have two options; Western and Japanase definitely go for the latter. One of my friends was vegan ( which is not an easy choice to accommodate in the Japanese menu) yet they went above and beyond to do so. I would rate it 20/10 if I could.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Rik Measures wrote a review Mar 2020
3 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My first stay at a ryokan. Great experience. The staff were unbelievably nice, welcoming and attentive. They made our stay feel so special. The place was beautiful, very atmospheric, clean and comfortable. We loved the garden our room looked out onto, especially the one time we had rain, and it was really enjoyable to wear the yukata laid out for us and try out the onsen. Would definitely recommend and would love to go back at some point in the future.

Great location too. Pretty easy to visit a number of tourist attractions, either via bus or subway.
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Date of stay: March 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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MAXIME F wrote a review Sept 2023
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
From the time we were greeted in the afternoon up until we said our goodbyes when we checked the next morning my wife and I had the time of our lives. Our room was spacious and set in the style of a traditional Ryokan. We were encouraged by our hostess to change our clothes to the traditional Japanese garb. Our meals were served in the traditional way - no table and sitting on the floor. Our multi-course dinner and breakfast were delicious. We were educated about Onsen and were assured that it was safe and private. The actual Onsen experience I will never forget as I felt relaxed in the heated public bath. My wife & I chose to have body massages after the Onsen. After the massages we sleep like lambs on the mattress set on the floor. Anyone traveling to Japan should experience the Ryokan and Onsen. Seikoro’s staff was very attentive and polite. When visiting Kyoto consider the Seikoro Inn whether it be one night or several. You will not be disappointed.
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Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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tonypusa wrote a review Oct 2023
Seattle, Washington118 contributions126 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed two nights here. The hands on service was for the most part impeccable, I'm glad my wife was able to experience this. Our room even had its own wooden onsen-style bathtub!

However over half of the Kaiseki dinner dishes were not yummy, which is quite unusual in Kyoto. Maybe we were just unlucky that night, but that was rather disappointing, especially given that it was priced at level of Michelin 1 star... Hence subtracting a star from my rating.
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Date of stay: September 2023
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Experience592439 wrote a review Sept 2023
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a great stay at Seikoro! The staff was amazing - all very welcoming and kind with attentive service. We enjoyed the small things too like welcoming tea and handwritten notes and origami. We did not have a chance to enjoy the onsen but heard from another guest that it was great. The location was perfect - in a quiet area but walkable to Gion and all the historical sites. This hotel is a wonderful way to have an authentic ryokan experience.
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Date of stay: September 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Stacie G wrote a review Mar 2020
17 contributions9 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed with my boyfriend and this was an incredible experience. Real authentic Japan! The lady who served us was the kindest and so helpful,her name was Uurara.We also had the multiple course dinner in the room and it was incredible. Delicious and presented amazingly. My boyfriend used the baths in the morning and had a great time. Breakfast served in the room was fantastic and nice not to go anywhere. If you want a really amazing time then go to this place! I can not fault it. All staff were incredible
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Lovestoseetheworld1 wrote a review Jan 2020
New York City, New York61 contributions83 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed here just for one night to experience a ryokan and wow what a treat it was. Definitely on the expensive side of ryokans but lovely to say the least. The staff is incredibly warm and makes you feel at home.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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artstew5 wrote a review Jun 2013
Porto, Portugal13 contributions11 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
This was my wife's first visit to Japan, and I wanted us to experience a Ryokan to share something that I loved about living in this country back in the 70s.
What a disappointment...
Overpriced for what you get. The vibe of the place is of a management that is stingy and looking out to cut corners wherever possible. A coffee in the morning costs 500 yen, and you are paying 34,000 yen a night!. And the next morning, you are out the door quick as you like when you check out at 10:30!
As we opted out of the breakfast/dinner offering (over 22,000 yen for 2 pax the dinner!!) we felt (this is very subjective of course) a bit like second class citizens for the night we stayed.Once they saw we were not going to put more money into the place, it felt as though we sort of dropped off the radar. We did get a tea served to us but after that, not a grain of rice. Not a token sweet, not a bowl of steam. There seemed to be a lack of generosity that is normally so common in Japan in these places.
We noticed also that staff seemed to be living in mortal fear of the mama-san that oversees the place with a slightly hostile air about her. As I say, this place felt off, and though we couldn't quite put our fingers on why that was, by the end of our night's stay we were happy to leave.
Another thing - while the room itself was clean and very spacious, with its own bath, I should say that the overall impression of the interior was that they need to refurbish/re-invest in upgrading some of the furniture. For example, the pillows in the room for sitting had a used, frumpy look as did the sofas. They could use an upgrade on some of the interior fixtures, even though there is some charm to that funkiness. One night was more than enough though and I wouldn't recommend the place. I should add that this is not my first time in a Ryokan - I lived in Japan in the mid-70's and stayed in a really nice place in the mountains near Toyama. My gut feeling about Seikoro is that the place is not run with high integrity, or honor, or whatever it is that we as guests can sense when we are in a place that sincerely cares about its guests. Seikoro has the window-dressing part of a Ryokan, but it's missing the heart. Avoid this place if this matters to you.

On the positive side:
The young woman assigned to welcome us into our room was sweet and attentive. She was probably the most positive aspect of our stay.
Also the onsen was nice - very clean and well-kept. I had two very relaxing baths there.
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Date of stay: June 2013
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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yonichigo wrote a review Dec 2008
California5 contributions18 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The Seikoro is a very comfortable, easy introduction for Westerners wishing to experience a traditional Japanese inn. I think that Westerners not accustomed to Japanese customs/etiquette may find other ryokans in Kyoto and elsewhere in Japan to be overly formal and a bit daunting. This is not the case at the Seikoro. Never was the staff upset or insulted when we didn't wear the right slippers or went barefoot (aparently taboo we later learned), didn't eat the never ending and beautiful kaiseki dinner in the correct order (rice is always last), didn't wear the yukata (robe) the right way (left-side over right-side), or when we asked questions about the proper bathing method. They had a great sense of humor and were more than willing to show us the proper custom if we asked. We splurged and stayed in Room 10 which is in the old part of the inn (there is a more modern annex that didn't look as charming) and it looked out onto a semi-private garden. We loved sleeping on the (suprisingly) comfortable futons at night and the cedar tub was awesome after a long day of sightseeing. The floor under the tatami mat had radiant heating so we were cozy all night long (even in December). Another great thing was that this inn doesn't have a curfew at night (other ryokans definitely do and they were ridiculously early). After dinner and a soak in the cedar tub, we went out to a few bars along Ponto-cho alley and came back after midnight. Japan is so safe the front door of the inn was left unlocked and our key was waiting for us on the front desk.

My only word of advice (and this is solely my personal opinion) is that two nights at the inn seemed just about the right amount of time for us (and our bank account). We were a bit exhausted by the constant attention the staff gives you. Staying at a ryokan is not the most private lodging option out there: the staff comes into your room quite a bit to serve you meals, serve you afternoon tea, make your bed, unmake your bed, deliver you a new yukata after bathing etc. I wouldn't trade my experience at the Seikoro for a million dollars, but I was glad to get back to Tokyo and become an "anonymous" hotel guest again.

The only other very minor downside to the inn was its location. While it's definitely located in central Kyoto (1/2 block south of Gojo-dori) and the walk to the Gion district is only 20 minutes, the immediate neighborhood did seem a bit sleepy and residential. Perhaps it's worth exploring the inns closer to the Nishiki Market which was our favorite Kyoto neighorhood for shopping and dining. We ended up taking cabs around town quite a bit (but cabs are exceedingly easy to catch and cheaper compared to Tokyo). All in all, this is a great spot to spend a few nights while in Kyoto.
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Date of stay: December 2008
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesCheck-in / front desk
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesBusiness service (e.g., internet access)
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Osaka, Japan3 contributions14 helpful votes
No. There is public bath, but it is not to occupied. I know forigners are not used to be naked in public bath, but the public bath is divided men and women. I think it is to be some opportunity to experience a different culture.You must try it.
Osaka, Japan3 contributions14 helpful votes
So, request a room "in main(classic 2 story)house",and "located the entrance side". Classic house's entrance faced on narrow street, and there is small garden between the gate and entrance. Other side is actually faced on bigger road.
travelmadNorthampton wrote a tip Jun 2023
Market Harborough, United Kingdom104 contributions61 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Japanese garden view rooms in the old part of the building are beautiful "
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Paul7878 wrote a tip Apr 2023
San Francisco, California381 contributions107 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Dinner is more fun as a group."
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smilepolitely wrote a tip Oct 2019
urbana, illinois37 contributions18 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"we were in a room with the garden view, which was nice."
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PaulineAutumnLotus wrote a tip Mar 2019
London, United Kingdom12 contributions3 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ground floor garden room"
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Andy F wrote a tip Nov 2018
New York City, New York7 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"I would go for the higher floors to get light and view."
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£282 - £425 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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LOCATION
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
22
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Frequently Asked Questions about Seikoro Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Seikoro Inn?
Nearby attractions include Miyagawacho Koan (0.2 miles), Maiko theater (0.2 miles), and Toyokuni Shrine Karamon (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Seikoro Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and room service.
What food & drink options are available at Seikoro Inn?
Guests can enjoy complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at Seikoro Inn?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Seikoro Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Sugarhill Kyoto, Gojo Paradiso Restaurant & Bar, and Guilo Guilo Hitoshina.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Seikoro Inn?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, and Japanese.
Are there any historical sites close to Seikoro Inn?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine (1.9 miles), Kiyomizu-dera Temple (0.9 miles), and Sanjusangendo Temple (0.5 miles).
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