Ryokan Motonago is located along Nenenomichi, a stone-paved road that lies at the bottom of Kodai-ji Temple in the Higashiyama district of Kyoto.
Kyoto is the home of old streetscapes and vibrant scenery. Walking south from Motonago along the stone-paved Nenenomichi leads you to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, a World Heritage Site. Meanwhile, from Kodai-ji Temple and Entoku-in Temple to the Ninenzaka and Sannenzaka slopes, an approximately 20-minute walk along the road will provide you with a worldview of the ancient city of Kyoto. Walk north up Nenenomichi and you’ll discover Maruyama Park and Chion-in Temple, while west will lead you to the maiko and geiko of Gion and its restaurants. The area is symbolic of the charms of Kyoto.
Inside this enticing district lies the comfort and serenity of Motonago.
Despite its central location, the home-like feel of Motonago helps you forget about the hustle and bustle of the city.
With a traditional feel, simplicity, and warm hospitality, Motonago is a place of extreme comfort.
To ensure that all who visit have a stay to remember, Motonago provides exquisite, detailed hospitality while carefully considering the needs of its guests.
The eleven guestrooms are uncomplicated, traditional, and relaxing, providing you with a feel of olden Japan. The interior of each room changes in line with the seasons, ensuring guests can discover something new on each stay.
Kyoto cuisine is provided in the guestrooms, and Motonago’s highly skilled head chef incorporates seasonal ingredients from Kyoto. The delicious, visually appealing cuisine satisfies both your body and mind.
With the scent of wood and old-fashioned tatami mats, the tasteful guestrooms overlook a small garden with peacefully swaying greenery and a dignified stone path. Wash away your travel fatigue in the artistic, comfortable surroundings of Motonago.
Originally built in 1905 as a machiya townhouse, Motonago now welcomes guests as a ryokan. The name Motonago comes from a term in the old Manyoshu book of poems, meaning “ancient city.”
So that guests always have a comfortable stay, Motonaga maintains remnants of the past while making minor additions and modifications to ensure it is long adored in every generation. We hope Kyoto can be a place for you to relax, and we look forward to your visit and ensuing return.