Hirashin
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Hirashin

Takoyakushidori, Takakura Nishiiru, Nakagyo-Ku, Kyoto 604-8141 Kyoto Prefecture
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3.5
#102 of 190 ryokans in Kyoto
4.4 of 5 bubbles
Location
3.7 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
3.7 of 5 bubbles
Service
3.4 of 5 bubbles
Value

Finding an ideal ryokan in Nakagyo does not have to be difficult. Welcome to Hirashin, a nice option for travellers like you.

Nearby landmarks such as Sacra - Former Fudo Chokin Bank Kyoto Branch (0.3 mi) and 1928 Bldg. (0.3 mi) make Hirashin Hotel a great place to stay when visiting Nakagyo.

The rooms offer a refrigerator, air conditioning, and a desk, and getting online is possible, as free wifi is available, allowing you to rest and refresh with ease.

Hirashin features 24 hour front desk, a concierge, and room service. In addition, as a valued Hirashin guest, you can enjoy an on-site restaurant that is available on-site.

While visiting Nakagyo, you may want to try some tempura at one of the nearby restaurants, such as Kaiten Sushi CHOJIRO Shijyokiyamachi, Yaoki, or Tendon Makino Kyoto Teramachi.

If you’re looking for something to do, Nijo Castle (0.8 mi), Pontocho (0.5 mi), and The Museum of Kyoto (0.2 mi) are a nice way to spend some time, and they are all within walking distance of Hirashin Hotel.

Hirashin looks forward to welcoming you on your visit to Nakagyo.

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Property amenities
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Restaurant
Bicycle rental
Banquet room
Spa
Baggage storage
Concierge
24-hour front desk
Wifi
Vending machine
Massage
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Shops
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
Room features
Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Desk
Housekeeping
Room service
Refrigerator
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Safe
Telephone
Hair dryer
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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3.0 of 5 stars
Languages Spoken
English, Japanese

Location

Takoyakushidori, Takakura Nishiiru, Nakagyo-Ku, Kyoto 604-8141 Kyoto Prefecture
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feetdraggerdoctor wrote a review Apr 2015
243 contributions250 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
My family stayed in the end of the cherry blossom season. This is listed as one of the most affordable if not the most affordable Ryokan type of hotel. It is not an authentic Ryokan which personally , I think will not be enjoyable for the average tourist. So Ryokan Hirashin is the most convenient choice for that "real Japan" experience. The elevators are quite small and only one. There is no room service and room menu. Hot water is in the lobby.So you need to bring your pot for refilling hot water. Tea is provided daily and three sets of kimono like robes and vest used in the ancient Japan house. Windows are of paper and the floors are tatami mats. Then the"show" when around 8 to 9pm a man will fix your Futon mats the old fashioned way so you can sleep on the floor. It has a bath tub ,shower and toilet in every room which separates them from the authentic Ryokan which has a common bathroom. The basement has a bath for men and women. So if you're not too conservative about being totally naked its a new Japanese experience. Finally they have a Maiko performance but unlike before you need a 1 week reservation so if you want to watch them ,call in advance. Hope this helps.
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Date of stay: April 2015Trip type: Travelled with family
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James K wrote a review Apr 2017
Sydney, Australia55 contributions51 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Location: 8/10
Cleanliness: 8/10
Service: 6/10
Wi-Fi: 2/10
Comfort: 8/10

Good location, within walking distance of several subway lines. Lots of food options nearby. Service was friendly but can be a bit slow at times. Check in was at 4pm (and not a moment earlier). Wi-Fi was free but quite useless with constant drop outs and slow performance. The room was spacious for 2 people and kept clean each day, although the venue is showing some wear and tear throughout. The hot baths in the basement was well enjoyed after a long day of sight seeing.

We paid 33,000 yen per night which is expensive for a venue of this quality, however, this is peak season and the price was in line with increased demand.

Overall, I was reasonably satisfied with my visit, but would not look to stay here again.
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Date of stay: April 2017
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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misspoh wrote a review Dec 2014
singapore7 contributions9 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Great location - the neighbourhood is full of restaurants and shops. Walking distance to Nishiki market. Unfortunately, my Non smoking room and all the corridors reek of cigarette smoke - at all times. It's almost as if the air con pumps cigarette smoke from one room to another - there's no escape. I do NOT recommend this place for non smokers who hate smoke as you'd just be suffocating slowly while you sleep.
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Hanninah wrote a review Jan 2013
Manila, Philippines5 contributions7 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
This is a refurbished old building with Japanese style rooms. Kudos to the photographer who took the pictures. Big let down when you see the real rooms. Clean but too expensive. VERY Disappointing breakfast. Don't waste your money in this hotel. I stayed in a minshoku at less than half the price, bigger rooms, better food and better furniture. I booked through a.goda, and it was not only time in my entire trip to japan where direct booking is less expensive
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Date of stay: January 2013
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
2.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Don't waste your money on this place
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Andrea M wrote a review Aug 2013
Milan, Italy133 contributions68 helpful votes
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2.0 of 5 bubbles
We have been here for 5 nights in August and we could not leave earlier because we have been asked to pay the entire amount at the time of the check in (never happened in my life). The hotel is a 'ryokan hotel' in the sense that all rooms are (old) replicas of real ryokan rooms. The only ryokan thing about this hotel is the set up and old decor/ furniture of the rooms. We did not use the public bath, as it seemed not quite attractive from the outside (and in a dark/ old basement). Overall, the rooms are smelly, old and tired and do need a full refurbishment. Many details in the room suggested the need for a full change including pillow (for chairs), linen, tables, etc. More details can be seen in the attached pictures. Staff is very lazy and poor with their English and not helpful at all (at least in the 2 occasions we asked for support). Prices, even considering the very central and convenient location and the free wi-fi in the lobby, are absurd for the quality and services offered. It seems quite a bad trap for western (unaware) tourists. I personally stayed in other ryokan with similar services at much lower prices. Don't be fooled by the nice photo-shopped pictures of the hotel in various reservation sites.
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Date of stay: August 2013
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
2.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Maybe the bigger rooms (the ones with a name on the second floor) are better, but we could not...
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nicetokyo wrote a review Oct 2010
tokyo1 contribution3 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Not as adertised!! Food far below Japanese ryokan standards, bath is probably the worst I have ever seen ( lived in Japan for 7 years), staff incompetent. Room smelled bad, check in time wasn't flexible even though the hotel was almost empty. Really one of the worst places I have ever stayed at in Japan!!
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Date of stay: September 2010
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
1.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Bittergout wrote a review Jan 2015
Adelaide, Australia18 contributions28 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We organised our stay at Hirashin expecting a ryokan experience. What we got was a room in a "Japanese-que" styling.

Pros:-
Location: Strategically located near Nishiki Market, Karasuma Dori and Kawaramachi Station. Short stroll to Gion.

Cons:-
Room:- Minimalistic room with no instructions to amenities. No kettle (there is a hot water pot in the lobby for refills or the staff refills your thermos with hot water daily). Apart from the 1 green tea-bag in the teapot (changed daily), there are no other tea/coffee available. Towels were worn-out. Shampoo, conditioner and body wash were "watery"; one would wonder if they were deliberately diluted by the hotel to save cost! (we were in a previous hotel that had the same washing products that were not diluted). No instructions regarding the air-conditioning - we ended up opening the window (it's winter) to cool the room down. Futons and pillows were really old and musty. We have a safe but no key (old mechanical safe). Hallway always had the smell of grilled food.

Environment:- Lobby is always filled with smoke (people smoking in the lobby). There is no onsen - there are 2 public baths in the basement. Internet was present although at times were extremely slow. Staff spoke limited English and not helpful; at times were quite rude. We called to ask if they have an iron that we could borrow; the staff rudely told us to come downstairs to get it ourselves (we then found out that there is only 1 iron for the use of the entire ryokan!). We asked for them to call for a taxi numerous times; once we came down only to find that the staff appeared surprised and then quickly called for a taxi - don't bother to ask them to call for a taxi; the answer is always they can't get you a taxi. "No" seems to be the common reply when you request anything from them.

All in all, unless the strategic location is the main priority, this would be an accommodation that I would not stay unless I am absolutely desperate; especially seeing that this place is quite expensive - you can easily stay in a much more decent hotel for its price. This is not the place for people looking for a ryokan experience.
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Date of stay: December 2014
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: If you MUST stay in this hotel, request for a room with toilet/bathroom.
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Silvia_Iriza wrote a review Sept 2014
Piove di Sacco, Italy5 contributions15 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I would recommend this hotel for experiencing the japanese-style room. The "apartment" was great fun and wide, with the room prepared with the futons only at abt 8 pm by the staff, and a cute tea-table in the veranda. The position is super-central, a few steps from the Teramachi Dori. The only thing I disliked was the persistent smell of boiled cabbages in the room and corridors. Wireless worked great both in the hall and in the room.
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Date of stay: August 2014
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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AgnesLYH wrote a review Apr 2013
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia36 contributions17 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The modern ryokan is located only 5 minutes away from the Shijo Station by foot. Affordable food can only be found at the main road which seems very far on a cold day, but there are a few convenience stores a few minutes away where you can get prepacked meals.

The staff spoke decent English and were always helpful.

We walked to Gion, which took about 20 minutes and we discovered rows of restaurants and shops which sold snacks, pastries and souvenirs.

There is also a Starbucks around the corner.
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Date of stay: April 2013
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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cougar_df wrote a review Feb 2013
Sydney, Australia218 contributions107 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We wanted to have a ryokan experience but yet be close to the city, and this hotel seemed to fit the bill.

Upon arrival and checking in, we were told to be seated while they served us some refreshments. The room we were given was quite large with the classic layout of a ryokan. It was fully self-contained with a separate toilet and bath. Being our first experience in a ryokan, we're not sure how authentic this was, although we suspect it's not what a proper, traditional ryokan would be. However, we just wanted to get a taste of this sort of accommodation, and yet enjoy the convenience of being close to the shopping & eating hub, and it was good enough for us.

We had signed up for the breakfast deal, and we were surprised by the quality of what we were served. It was a tasty, impressive, classical breakfast and we enjoyed it very much.

Free wifi internet was available only in the lobby and while that was inconvenient, fortunately for us there were very few people using it when we were.

It was an interesting experience overall. I don't think this would suit someone looking for authenticity, but sufficient for those who don't mind a taste of what should be, and be near the city center at the same time.
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Date of stay: February 2013
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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tahlula314 wrote a tip Nov 2016
7 contributions3 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"nice stay but i wouldn't recommend eating in your room , lots of places elsewhere"
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Bittergout wrote a tip Jan 2015
Adelaide, Australia18 contributions28 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"If you MUST stay in this hotel, request for a room with toilet/bathroom."
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Andrea M wrote a tip Aug 2013
Milan, Italy133 contributions68 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Maybe the bigger rooms (the ones with a name on the second floor) are better, but we could not check."
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Hanninah wrote a tip Jan 2013
Manila, Philippines5 contributions7 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Don't waste your money on this place"
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JVerse wrote a tip Jul 2012
Kyoto, Japan146 contributions114 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Most of the rooms seem about the same size and quality."
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PRICE RANGE
£58 - £89 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
hirashin hotel kyoto
LOCATION
JapanKinkiKyoto PrefectureKyotoCity Center / Kawaramachi / Karasuma / Shijo Omiya
NUMBER OF ROOMS
27
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hirashin
Which popular attractions are close to Hirashin?
Nearby attractions include Kyoto Kimono Rental Sakura (0.3 miles), Nishiki Market Shopping District (0.08 miles), and Rokkakudo (0.1 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Hirashin?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a spa.
Which room amenities are available at Hirashin?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a refrigerator, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at Hirashin?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Hirashin?
Conveniently located restaurants include Matsuzakagyu What’s Kyoto Muromachi, Tonshabu Hide, Kyoto Shijo Karasuma, and Kamehameha.
Is Hirashin located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.2 miles away from the centre of Kyoto.
Are any cleaning services offered at Hirashin?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Hirashin?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Japanese.
Are there any historical sites close to Hirashin?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine (2.8 miles), Kiyomizu-dera Temple (1.5 miles), and Sanjusangendo Temple (1.3 miles).
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