About Kikuume

The history of Gion Kikuume can be traced back to the first year of the Taisho era that was more than 110 years ago. At that time, Hanamikoji Street was just a path created from the bamboo forest of Kennin Temple. In designing Kikuume the owner of Kikuume followed an exquisite aesthetics based on a synthesis of Japanese and Western elements. Today it stands as a relic of the Taisho way of life from the era in which it was built.

Kikuume has 4 tea rooms, all of which were built with well-chosen,high-quality materials. Regarded now as a venerable edifice with an age of more than a century, Kikuume embodies the essence of traditional Japanese architecture.

Before the Second World War, Kyoto painting masters such as Insho Domoto often gathered here. Kikuume was also one of the premier banquet restaurants in Kyoto.
After the war, literary writers and entertainers lodged here from time to time.

From Taisho, Showa, Heisei to Reiwa, Kikuume has always been committed to providing the most sincere service to visitors from Japan and all over the world. I sincerely hope that you all come to Kikuume and enjoy the beautiful life of Kyoto and Gion.

Yours sincerely, Master


The Ryokan was refurbished from Kikuume Machiya, which maintained its original appearance for 100 years. There are 3 Japanese-style suites and 2 Western-style suites. The accommodation fee includes breakfast for two persons. Each room can accommodate up to 4 guests.
Kikuume adopts the introduction membership system (reservations need to be introduced by acquaintances).

Check-in: 15:00
Check-out: 11:00


Banquet is available for one group of up to 4 guests.

Please kindly note that, like accommodation guests, banquet is only available by the same introduction membership system.


Gallery Kikuume