Kinse Inn is a unique and authentic former ryokan (traditional Japanese-style inn) officially designated as a historic scenic building by Kyoto city. It was built in the 18th century as a restaurant in the geisha quarter and then was managed as a ryokan until 20 years ago.
After a pause, it reopened in July 2012 as a new style inn–more vacation house than hotel. Since the inn only books one group at a time (maximum 6 people per group), you can use the whole second floor as a private apartment. The accommodations include: three bedrooms outfitted with tatami mats and traditional futons; a shower room with a soaking tub; a separate lavatory room; a spacious tatami living room; and an antique parlor.
The building has been well preserved and it actually keeps its original atmosphere and character even after a renovation to install modern air conditioning and bathroom amenities. One of the most important things is that Kinse Inn has an inherent elegance; no need for exotic decoration.
On the first floor, you’ll find a western style cafe/bar where you’ll often find friendly locals. The space has vaulted ceilings, warm wood-panelled walls, and stained glass designs dating back to the 1930s.
Kinse Inn is easily accessible from Tanbaguchi Station, one stop away from Kyoto Station on the JR Sagano Line. Most tourist attractions in Kyoto can be reached in less than 30 mins by bike, bus, or train
open from 3 p.m. ‘til 10 p.m. or later, closed on Tuesdays.