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Ryokan Uemura

Ishibei-Koji, Shimogawara, Gion, Higashiyama-Ku, Kyoto 605-0825 Kyoto Prefecture
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If you’re looking for a romantic ryokan in Higashiyama, look no further than Ryokan Uemura.

Given the close proximity of popular landmarks, such as Entoku-in (0.0 km) and Yasakanoto (0.2 km), guests of Ryokan Uemura can easily experience some of Higashiyama's most well known attractions.

Ryokan Uemura is a romantic ryokan offering air conditioning and a seating area in the rooms, and it is easy to stay connected during your stay as free wifi is offered to guests.

The ryokan features baggage storage.

If you’re looking for a pub, consider a visit to Teppan Tavern Tenamonya, Meat Kappo Bar Gyugyu Gion Honten, or Wadachi, which are all conveniently located a short distance from Ryokan Uemura.

Higashiyama is also known for some great art museums, including Forever Museum of Contemporary Art, Kodaiji Sho Museum, and Kahitsukan, Kyoto Museum of Contemporary Art, which are not too far from Ryokan Uemura.

The staff at Ryokan Uemura looks forward to serving you during your upcoming visit.

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E N wrote a review Feb 2019
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We went during a very hot. In August. Ms Umera was such a gracious hostess. She let us borrow her umbrella every day and provided a home cooked breakfast every morning. The rooms are nice but a unique part of the charm is that the ryokan is homey and decidedly old school. The location is near everything in Gion and yet off the main roads so that it’s quiet in the evenings. Be sure to bring cash as she does not take credit cards. Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: August 2018Trip type: Travelled with family
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David K wrote a review Mar 2018
Denver, Colorado143 contributions113 helpful votes
Great location for exploring on foot many of the popular sites. While it's near a lot, it's actually located on a pedestrian only street that was pretty quiet and felt very removed from the busier streets just a short distance away. More importantly, the hospitality of the owner (whose name escapes me now) was great. Her English was minimal, but enough. She was very accommodating and kind. For example, she offered me an umbrella for my use on a rainy day, and she always greeted me when I returned for the day. The accommodation itself was clean, though basic, and I imagine pretty traditional. The bedding was comfortable enough. The bathroom and shower is shared, but at least when I was there, the place wasn't that crowded so it was never an issue. Breakfast was good, too, and both Western and Japanese options.
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Date of stay: March 2018
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Bawhite125 wrote a review Sep 2017
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The elder lady who owns/runs Ryokan Uemura is just about the sweetest person I met on my trip to Japan. And while the interior of the ryokan shows signs of age, every detail relating to the comfort and enjoyment of my stay was immaculate. For example, the owner laundered my dirty clothing without being asked, remembered that I preferred coffee over tea and served it to me with my breakfast the second (and final) morning of my stay, brought me both newspapers (in English) with my breakfast and every spout in the showerhead functioned flawlessly, among other things. I'm not exaggerating when I say that no detail here was overlooked, and I liked the accommodations (including location) of Ryokan Uemura even more than the those of the significantly more expensive Ryokan Izuyasu, which was also phenomenal. As an aside, the owner's charm and kindness shall never be forgotten, and the kiwi she served me with breakfast was without question the best I've ever had in my life.
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Date of stay: September 2017Trip type: Travelled solo
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Shabari K wrote a review Jun 2017
7 contributions9 helpful votes
We occupied two rooms in this lovely old Ryokan a few days ago and what made the place special was our wonderful hostess Hideko San. She prepared the most delicious and beautiful Japanese and Western breakfasts we have eaten in Japan! In her eighties now, her energy and kindness are an inspiration. Leaving her felt like saying goodbye to our grandma and we all got a bit teary! The rooms were comfortable and everything was clean. Hideko san gave us helpfultips on how to get to places in her limited English, wrote notes to taxi drivers in Japanese and we warmed to her twinkling eyes and kindness. The ryokan was relatively expensive, but you are paying for the brilliant location in historic Ginza. It is like being transported to a different world! The stunning serene Kodaiji Zen temple is a just stone's throw away and if you are lucky like us, you will hear and see the monks coming by for alms. Staying here was a highlight for us and we hope to be back soon.
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Date of stay: June 2017Trip type: Travelled with family
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Naomi S wrote a review Dec 2016
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A well-located and very friendly ryokan in the Gion district. The host was just lovely - she was very hospitable, and clearly committed to ensuring a comfortable stay. We had a generously-sized room with a little balcony overlooking the garden. Bathroom facilities were shared but quite clean.
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Date of stay: November 2016
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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slowbluecamera wrote a review Sep 2016
Melbourne, Australia18 contributions7 helpful votes
We felt pretty lucky to stay here. The room was beautiful on the ground floor looking into the garden. More than beautiful, it was stunning. Host was gracious and very accomodating. The location was perfect for your exploring of the old streets and nearby Gion. Delightfully traditional stay, one of the highlights of our trip.
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Date of stay: September 2016
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Room Tip: Not sure what all the other rooms are like, but our ground floor garden room was very beautiful.
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Chris L wrote a review May 2016
Sydney, Australia105 contributions47 helpful votes
We stayed for a week and had a lovely time. The location is in one of the premiers lanes in old Gion. Mrs Uemura was unfailingly kind - sort of your miniature Japanese grandmother. She is a delight. The Japanese breakfast changed every day and the place has a quaint old world charm.
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Date of stay: May 2016Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Andri G wrote a review May 2016
Skogar, Iceland3 contributions1 helpful vote
This is and absolute gem! A old Japanese lady runs this guesthouse and has done so for 60 years. Only 4 rooms which make you feel like you are in a private home. Mrs. Uemura is very nice and helpful. The breakfast is delicious, Japanese or western. Bathroom is shared and the toilets, but there are 3 toilets for 4 rooms. The rooms are comfortable and clean, Japanese futon bed and low tables. The ryokan is situated in the heart of old Kyoto in a marvellous traditional street, but all the facilities are in walking distance. Note there is a curfue at 10 PM.
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Date of stay: April 2016
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Room Tip: Upstairs room with small balcony
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Ellis M wrote a review May 2016
Fayetteville, Arkansas88 contributions62 helpful votes
We lived in Tokyo for 8 years and did a good bit of traveling around the country, trying all sorts of accommodations. The Ryokan Uemura is our favorite of all. It all starts with the charming owner, Uemura-san, whose hospitality started with meeting us at the taxi and ended with a goodbye wave at the taxi stand 48 hours later. In between she provided a fantastic breakfast at our convenience, and was always in the background for questions and help. Let's face it: sleeping on the floor on a futon is not for everyone, but, during a trip to Japan, it's a highlight. Our room was quite large and had a few of a beautiful Japanese rock garden. The "real, old Japan" starts right outside the door in one of Kyoto's old authentic neighborhoods. Three shrines and temples are within a ten minute walk. A "food street" with scores of Japanese restaurants is also a ten minute walk. It's hard to imagine a better place to stay for the feel of Japan.
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Date of stay: April 2016
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Lim H wrote a review Apr 2015
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This place is awesome! The single room has a lovely table by which you can sit and just enjoy the peace and serenity of the place. It's very clean and has a very homely feel to it. IMO, it's one of the closest to what a typical Japanese will experience in a traditional home setting. Guests are provided with a kimono too.
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Date of stay: April 2015Trip type: Travelled solo
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Frequently Asked Questions about Ryokan Uemura
Which popular attractions are close to Ryokan Uemura?
Nearby attractions include Geisha and Maiko Makeover Experience in Kyoto Gion Aya (0.2 km), Kodai-ji Temple (0.2 km), and Sannenzaka Ninenzaka (0.4 km).
What are some restaurants close to Ryokan Uemura?
Conveniently located restaurants include Premium Pound Gion, TEPPAN TAVERN TENAMONYA, and wakana.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Ryokan Uemura?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Japanese.
Are there any historical sites close to Ryokan Uemura?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine (3.7 km), Kiyomizu-dera Temple (0.8 km), and Sanjusangendo Temple (1.5 km).