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Down comforters, in-room safe, individually decorated
Down comforters, in-room safe, individually decorated

Overview of Ryokan MOTONAGO


3.5 out of 5

4.7/5 Exceptional

Guests rated this property 4.7/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Air conditioning
  • Breakfast available
  • Room service
  • Housekeeping
  • 24/7 front desk

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Hand sanitizer provided
  • Personal protective equipment

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationYasaka Shrine6 min walk
  • Popular LocationKawaramachi11 min walk
  • Popular LocationKiyomizu Temple13 min walk
  • AirportOsaka (ITM-Itami)57 min drive

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About this area


Located in Kyoto's Higashiyama neighborhood, Ryokan MOTONAGO is in the city center and near the boardwalk. Notable landmarks in the area include Kodaiji Temple and Yasaka Shrine, and travelers wishing to experience a bit of culture can try Gion Corner. Kyoto Aquarium and Kyoto Railway Museum are not to be missed. Be sure not to miss outdoor adventures like hiking/biking trails and mountain climbing.
Popular Location

What's nearby

  • Kodaiji Temple - 3 min walk
  • Yasaka Shrine - 6 min walk
  • Gion Corner - 9 min walk
  • Kawaramachi - 11 min walk
  • Kiyomizu Temple - 13 min walk

Getting around

  • Gion-shijo Station - 11 min walk
  • Higashiyama Station - 14 min walk
  • Kansai Intl. Airport (KIX) - 80 min drive


  • Kikunoi — 3 min walk
  • The SODOH - ザ ソウドウ — 4 min walk
  • Kinoe — 4 min walk
  • Mimikou — 4 min walk
  • Teppan Tavern Tenamonya — 4 min walk

About this property


3.5-star Kyoto ryokan in Higashiyama, walk to Yasaka Shrine
This smoke-free ryokan features concierge services, a 24-hour front desk, and free newspapers. WiFi in public areas is free. Additionally, multilingual staff, a garden, and gift shops/newsstands are onsite. All 11 individually decorated rooms feature free WiFi and room service. For a bit of entertainment, LCD TVs come with digital channels, and guests will also appreciate thoughtful touches like bathrobes and slippers.
Ryokan MOTONAGO offers 11 accommodations with safes and bathrobes. Each accommodation is individually decorated. Beds feature down comforters. LCD televisions come with digital channels.

Bathrooms include slippers, complimentary toiletries, hair dryers, and toothbrushes and toothpaste. Guests can surf the web using the complimentary wireless Internet access. A nightly turndown service is provided and housekeeping is offered daily. Amenities available on request include irons/ironing boards.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.
Public bath/onsen services include an indoor public bath (no minerals) and a yukata (Japanese robe). The ryokan bathing area is open from 4:00 PM to midnight.

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter
Follows industry cleaning and disinfection practices of Intertek Cristal (3rd party expert - Global)

Social distancing

Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Temperature checks available for guests
Masks available
Hand sanitizer provided
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Available in all rooms: Free WiFi
  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Food and drink

  • Local cuisine breakfast available for a fee daily 7:30 AM–8:30 AM: JPY 1650 per person
  • Room service available


  • Free newspapers in lobby
  • Front-desk safe
  • Gift shop/newsstand
  • No elevators
  • Reception hall
  • Water dispenser

Guest services

  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Luggage storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Turndown service

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Japanese


  • Garden
  • Japanese garden


  • Indoor public bath (no minerals)
  • Public bath open from 4:00 PM - midnight
  • Yukata (Japanese robe)


  • Smoke-free property

Room amenities


  • Air conditioning (climate-controlled)
  • Bed sheets
  • Down comforter
  • Heating (climate-controlled)


  • Bathrobes
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Towels
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste


  • Digital channels
  • LCD TV

Food and drink

  • In-room dining only
  • Tea service at check-in/check-out


  • 4G smartphone data speed
  • Guidebooks/recommendations
  • Individually decorated
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)
  • Local maps
  • Phone
  • Safe
  • Slippers
  • Smartphone
  • Smartphone free calls (limited)
  • Smartphone data usage (limited)
  • Tatami (woven mat floors)
  • Turndown service

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Check-in from 4 PM - 7 PM


Check-out before 10 AM

Special check-in instructions

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation

Access methods

Staffed front desk


Pets not allowed

Children and extra beds

Children 12 and younger are not allowed at this property; All guests older than 12 are welcome
Rollaway/extra beds are not available
Cribs (infant beds) are not available

Property payment types

Important information


You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • 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.

We have included all charges provided to us by the property.

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Fee for local cuisine breakfast: JPY 1650 per person (approximately)

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
This property accepts credit cards and cash
Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property; the policies listed are provided by the property
Guests who wish to order dinner (surcharge) during their stay must contact the property at least 3 days prior to arrival.

We should mention

Reservations are required for private bath/onsen; reservations can be made by contacting the property prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
Children 12 years old and younger are not permitted at this property
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
Set meals are served in guestrooms only (no menus or public dining)

Property is also known as

Motonago Inn
Motonago Inn Kyoto
Motonago Kyoto
Motonago Hotel Kyoto
Ryokan MOTONAGO Kyoto
Ryokan MOTONAGO Kyoto
Ryokan MOTONAGO Ryokan
Ryokan MOTONAGO Ryokan Kyoto

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Rating 5 - Excellent. 89 out of 117 reviews
5 - Excellent 76%
Rating 4 - Good. 21 out of 117 reviews
4 - Good 18%
Rating 3 - Okay. 5 out of 117 reviews
3 - Okay 4%
Rating 2 - Poor. 1 out of 117 reviews
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Rating 1 - Terrible. 1 out of 117 reviews
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Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities

4/5 Good

Stayed 1 night in Nov 2019

5/5 Excellent

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Amazing Ryokan Experience
This small Ryokan is located in the Gion area of Kyoto. Housed inside a very old wooden inn, a single host family runs the establishment. Check in opens kind of late, but the staff were nice enough to allow us to check in a few hours early to drop off our bags, made our trip so much easier. The location itself is a little difficult to find at first, but it is very centrally located within the Gion/neighboring districts with easy access to two of Kyoto's biggest temples. After a long day of exploring, we returned to the ryokan and were immediately greeted and taken care of by the wonderful staff. From the get go they were friendly and went out of their way to accommodate us in our room. The evening began with green tea and establishing a reservation for the private onsen downstairs. The room itself was spacious and filled with personality. From the artwork on the walls, to the meticulously arranged flower setting, to even the small origami left on our bed mats, every detail was exquisite. Although we did not opt for dinner, we did request the japanese breakfast option. All I can say is that it was spectacular. The hostess set the table and brought out a big spread of traditional food and even went as far as to help us with actual serving etiquete and the ideal combinations for plates. I would definitely reccomend purchasing the meals whenever possible. When we finally checked out, the staff helped us with our bags and even took our pictures outside. Wholeheartedly reccomend!
Stayed 1 night in Oct 2019

5/5 Excellent

Traveled with family
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
A great example of Japanese hospitality. We only stayed one night, but I felt spoiled from the time we arrived to when we left. The staff are all so courteous and try to fulfil your every wish. When we checked out, they called a taxi for us and wanted to take a picture of us in from of the ryokan before the taxi arrived. The staff will remain with you until the taxi arrives and even help you into the car! I can’t say enough great things about this experience. All the food is wonderful as well. If they give you a choice of continental breakfast or Japanese style, go Japanese, because why wouldn’t you!!!
Stayed 1 night in Sep 2019

5/5 Excellent

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Stayed 2 nights in Aug 2019

4/5 Good

Traveled with family
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
The staff are super friendly. Wonderful traditional Japanese experience. You’ll have to reserve the onsen/shower room, but it’s worth it! Super relaxing!
Stayed 2 nights in Aug 2019