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1 room, 2 adults

Gion Ryokan Karaku, Kyoto

3.5-star3.5 stars
499 Minamigawa Gionmachi,Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto, 605-0074, Japan

3.5-star ryokan, steps from Yasaka Shrine
  • Free WiFi
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  • Amazing traditional Japanese housing! Extremely clean, quiet, and amazing staff!Mar. 26, 2020
  • I have stayed in several different ryokan in the Gion area, but this was my first time…Sep. 8, 2019

Gion Ryokan Karaku, Kyoto

  • Standard Room, Non Smoking
  • Superior Room, Non Smoking
  • Japanese Tatami Room with Twin Beds, Non Smoking
  • Karaku Suite, Non Smoking

What’s around Gion Ryokan Karaku, Kyoto


  • In Gion
  • Yasaka Shrine - 3 min walk
  • Kawaramachi - 10 min walk
  • Kiyomizu Temple - 15 min walk
  • Nishiki Market - 16 min walk
  • Heian Shrine - 24 min walk
  • Kyoto University - 24 min walk
  • Kyoto Tower - 40 min walk

Getting around

  • Kansai Intl. Airport (KIX) - 80 min drive
  • Itami Airport (ITM) - 55 min drive
  • Gion-shijo Station - 10 min walk
  • 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

At a glance

Key facts


  • 22 rooms
  • Arranged over 4 floors


  • Check-in time 3 PM-6:00 PM
  • Check-out time is 10 AM
This property doesn't offer after-hours check-in. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges

  • Government-issued photo ID may be required

Travelling with others


  • One child stays free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding

  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms



  • Self parking *

Payment types at the property

* See small print for additional details or extra charges

At the property

Food and drink
  • Local cuisine breakfast daily (surcharge)
  • Water dispenser
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Free newspapers in lobby
  • Luggage storage
  • Number of buildings/towers - 1
  • Year Built - 22
  • Elevator
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Designated smoking areas
Languages Spoken
  • English
  • Japanese

In the room

Home comforts
  • Air conditioning
  • Slippers
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)
Things to enjoy
  • In-room massage available
Freshen up
  • Shower/tub combination
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
Be entertained
  • TV
Stay connected
  • Free WiFi
  • Phone
Food and drink
  • Refrigerator
  • Free bottled water
  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe

Special features


Public bath/onsen services include an indoor public bath (no mineral springs) and a yukata (Japanese robe). These services feature separate men and women areas. The ryokan bathing area is open from 4:00 PM to 11:00 PM.

Gion Ryokan Karaku, Kyoto’s small print

Also known as

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


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.

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Staff at the property wear personal protective equipment and guests are provided with hand sanitizer.

Mandatory fees

You’ll be asked to pay the following charges at check-in or check-out:

  • A city tax may be collected at the property, effective October 1, 2018. 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.
  • A tax is imposed by the city: JPY 1000 per person, per night

Optional extras

Self parking costs JPY 2000 per day

Local cuisine breakfast is offered for an extra charge of JPY 2200 for adults and JPY 2200 for children (approximately)

We have included all charges provided to us by this property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.

FAQs for Gion Ryokan Karaku, Kyoto

  • Does Gion Ryokan Karaku offer free cancellation for a full refund?
    Yes, Gion Ryokan Karaku does have fully refundable rooms available to book on our site, which can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
  • Is parking offered at Gion Ryokan Karaku?
    Yes. Self parking costs JPY 2000 per day.
  • Are pets allowed at Gion Ryokan Karaku?
    Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
  • What are the check-in and check-out times at Gion Ryokan Karaku?
    You can check in from 3 PM to 6:00 PM. Check-out time is 10 AM.
  • Are there restaurants at or near Gion Ryokan Karaku?
    Yes. Nearby restaurants include 高台寺茶寮 Kodaiji Saryo (1-min walk), Hisago (3-min walk), and Teppan Tavern Tenamonya (3-min walk).

Recent reviews

Exceptional 9.4 From 41 reviews

Very Good 8.0
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.
sg1 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
Loved Gion!
Excellent location and wonderful service.
Stephen, us3 night family trip
Very Good 8.0
Highly recommend this place
This Ryokan could not be in a better location, the staff were super helpful. The japanese breakfast is served on tatami floors in a communal area downstairs and is very delicious. The public bath is basic, but for those who enjoy japanese bathing, it is a treat to have. This is a great budget option for the real japanese Ryokan experience.
us1 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
Great location and comfort
jp2 night trip with friends
Very Good 8.0
Great location
Great location, very friendly and helpful staff. Walking Kyoto from the hotel was a wonderful experience. Comfortable sleep after doubling the futons. Wish the bath house had longer hours.
James D, us4 night romance trip
Exceptional 10.0
Clean and friendly ryokan
We really enjoyed our two-night stay at this hotel. It is in a great neighborhood (north Higashiyama? maybe the edge of Gion but definitely more residential than the entertainment district), walking distance of Kiyomizudera temple, and in a very old historic part of town, giving you a wonderful feeling of old Kyoto. All around there are great restaurants and shops, and the hotel staff can give you recommendations. We were in a fairly large room; they put out the mats around 5pm, and take them away as soon as you leave your room for breakfast in the dining room. The breakfast is included with the stay, but you need to let them know about it by the afternoon of the previous day. It was not a super high-end ryokan, but I think those are even more expensive than this one is. We really enjoyed the onsen. Mostly families staying here, mostly Japanese, maybe two parties of Koreans, and us. Nearby is the Camellia Tea Ceremony; they partner with a kimono shop where you can rent kimonos, and have your photo taken. We all found the futons very comfortable to sleep on, with very cozy and clean bedding. We would stay here again.
usFamily trip

Gion Ryokan Karaku, Kyoto

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