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Bastrop, Texas, United States
Reviewed 3 October 2012

We stayed at the Kinmata several times and loved the experience each and every time. This is a beautiful traditional ryokan tucked away from the bustle of the city. It is an oasis...as soon as you enter, you are whisked away to another time. Ukai-san, the proprietor and chef, is a charming man and a gifted chef. The rooms are...

4Thank dabasan
Singapore, Singapore
Reviewed 22 July 2012

When we arrived in Kinmata we were promptly met by Mr Ukai-sai and family. We came before check-in time and they had no problem holding on to our luggage while we explored NIshiki Market which was around the corner. Mr. Ukai-sai's son speaks perfect english and pointed us to all the attractions and handed us a map of Kyoto which...

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Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 23 May 2012

We stayed 3 nights at this delightful ryokan which has been run by rhe same family, now in their eigth generation. Located on a busy and narrow side street just a few steps away from the busy Shijjo-dori, the ryokan stands out as possibly the oldest surviving structure on this street. The character is unmistakable as you enter and you...

2Thank Rohit G
New York City, New York
Reviewed 1 September 2011

Kinmata was absolutely fantastic - from the hospitality shown by the innkeepers to the incredible cuisine to the tranquil feeling of the place. I would recommend it extremely highly. It is also in a great location in Kyoto, right next to the Nishiki market. I think my highlight at this ryokan was the food. Everything was beautifully prepared and presented...

1Thank Doug M
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Reviewed 31 August 2011

I spent two nights at Kinmata as part of a visit to Kyoto. It's expensive, but I was traveling alone (as an add-on to a business trip to Korea) and I wanted to be somewhere where I would really experience traditional Japan. Kinmata was all that and more -- I was the only westerner in the place and many Japanese...

3Thank lhpotter
Kuala Lumpur
Reviewed 18 September 2010

The Kinmata Inn, centrally located in old Kyoto, is a traditional Japanese Inn, a Ryokan - except for air con and some sanitary installation it's unchanged since 1801 or so. The owners are very sweet people and are in charge for many many generations - running the hotel really is their life. You will sleep on the floor on a...

2Thank RatmanKL
Vancouver, Canada
Reviewed 30 October 2009

We stayed there for only 1 night, as we wanted to try other inns. My wife and I went there for the food more than anything. Without a doubt, Kinmata had the best kaiseki meal of all the 'high end' places we tried. In fact, we went there first so it ended up being all downhill from there. Extremely welcoming...

1Thank meatshawarma
Reviewed 3 April 2009

We stayed there for 3 nights. The location couldnt get any better. It's literally next to Nishiki market, walking distance to some big malls, and Gion. The guy who manages the ryokan is very helpful and fast. Very nice guy. We asked him to recommend us couple restaurants, he searched, printed the complete address and map and got back to...

2Thank jump3r
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Reviewed 20 February 2009

I was early for check-in, but they let me drop my bags off. I headed to the Nishiki Market and wandered through the stalls, amazed and drooling over all the food and shopping opportunities. I found an open wireless network there and was able to hope on and check my email on my iphone. iphones had not come out in...

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Reviewed 22 November 2008

Kyoto itself is a place very dear to the Japanese. It has retained its magical past. Its mysteries are not accessible to everyone to experience but if you let yourself get swept away like I did at this "Inn" then perhaps you too will get as close as you possibly can, for this is not an "Inn", its a time...

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Shinkyogoku Shopping District
Those who delight in shopping and cuisine will find themselves at home in Shinkyogoku. Lauded and visited by locals for its Nishiki Market, where baskets of fragrant spices, dried fish, and just-fried foods are piled high along the snaking streets of its enclosed outdoor shopping spaces, Shinkyogoku is not only a hub for fresh fare, but also for fast fashion fixes. Trends-in-the-making can be spotted in the tall windows of several one-of-a-kind stores featuring local labels and modish boutiques. Arcades, outdoor concert spaces, mega department stores, and small, enchanting cafes have sprung up to accommodate the increasing traffic. Whether looking for souvenirs and kitsch on Shinkyogoku Street, or scoping out the massive food court and restaurant floor at Takashimaya Department store, there's something for every wallet or purse, and a buyer for every item.
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Address: 407 Dainichicho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8044, Kyoto Prefecture
Region: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > Shinkyogoku Shopping District
Price Range: £108 - £252 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
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Kinmata Hotel Kyoto
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#70 Top resorts Hotel in Kyoto
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“Upstairs quarters with own toilet and lots of space”
 of 5 bubbles OzCol1981, 27 May 2015 | Read review
“Ask for the room/suite one the second floor....it overlooks the garden”
 of 5 bubbles hungryforriceF, 29 Apr 2015 | Read review
“Splurge for a more expensive kaiseki and a better room. You will remember this forever.”
 of 5 bubbles anac751, 6 Jun 2014 | Read review
“The room on the ground floor is next to a small internal garden. The room upstairs has it's own toilet if you want some additional privacy. Unkai-san's son mentioned that due to the age of the house, it is very difficult to make renovations or even add an extra bathroom or toilet due to conservation laws. Hence the shared facilities which makes it a very traditional place to stay.”
 of 5 bubbles honkytraveller88, 7 Dec 2013 | Read review
“All the rooms have tatami floors; the seats are very low and you sleep on futons. This is very comfortable, but can be a problem for people who have mobility issues regarding getting up from the floor. Some of the rooms have private toilets, but not all. Ask for a room with adjoining toilet if this is an important factor.”
 of 5 bubbles dabasan, 3 Oct 2012 | Read review
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