Modern hospitality with an old soul.
You’ll find us on a quiet Kyoto street, through the big gate to the old Shimabara pleasure quarter. The Kinse building has seen several lifetimes, first as an ageya where geisha entertained at dinner parties and banquets, then as a ryokan providing guests with traditional food and lodging until the early 1990s. We reopened in 2012 as a cafe/bar on the main floor and a private guest suite on the second floor. Iwashi Coffee joined us in 2014, roasting beans in the lobby.
The elegant upper rooms are only available to one group at a time, giving guests the chance to relax and experience the atmosphere of old Kyoto. The cozy cafe/bar on the first floor welcomes international visitors and locals alike for coffee, seasonal cakes, Japanese whiskey, and occasional live music.
Whether you’re visiting for a drink or settling in for a stay in the upstairs suite, Kinse is your home in Kyoto.