Located in southern Higashiyama, Gion

which is the most important sightseeing district in Kyoto

renovated 100 year old ryokan with the latest facilities

Please experience the traditional feel of ancient Kyoto

Budget Price

Since we do not provide meals we are able to offer cheap room rates compared to other ryokans and hotels in Gion district. There is a self-catering kitchen available for 24 hours. We offer free green tea, black tea, coffee and seasoning.

Internet Connection

Free WiFi available everywhere in the ryokan. There are two computers available for free.

Setting out the Futon

You will see the folded futon when you enter your room. Please lay out the futon when you sleep.

About Toiletries

We provide yukata (Japanese robe), razor, hair brush and toothbrush to all guests for free.

Bilingual Staff

All staff can speak both English and Japanese. Please feel free to ask us if you have questions and concerns. We are happy to help you with your travel.

Best Location to Explore Gion District

Q-beh is close to major sightseeing spots in Higashiyama such as Yasaka Shrine, Kodaiji Temple, Ishibekoji Alley and Hanamikoji Street. It takes about 12 minutes to Kiyomizu Temple on foot.

The History of Q-beh

Built in late 19th century, it was a part a mansion of industrialist Kichibe Murai called “King of cigarettes”. Land at the time was four times larger than the current. He diversified business and formed a conglomerate, however, he had to reduce the business under the influence of the Wall Street Crash of 1929 (Black Tuesday) and relinquish his property.

The building is owned by the current person from 1956, and set up as Ryokan Kawatarou named by a novelist Ashihei Hino. The Okami-san (the manageress) was a caring person and Ryokan Kawatarou was beloved by famous actors and actresses such as Hisaya Morishige, Yujiro Ishihara, Sayuri Yoshinaga, Hideki Takahashi, Mitsuko Baisho.

After 50 years, innumerable guests stayed Ryokan Kawatarou. However, it was decided to make a new start as Gion Ryokan Q-beh. Even now, the features of the original building remain in many places such as the main gate, fence, entrance, lanterns and stone statue. Especially the observation room on the second which the people mentioned above were fond of. Please relax and take your time in the room.