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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

This guesthouse is located north of Kyoto. It takes about 30 minutes by bus from Kyoto station. But it's worth to stay because there is good circumstances to feel traditional Kyoto residence style... House is about 100 year old. The owner renovated it when he started this guesthouse. It's remained old, but it's confortable because aircon and fans are there.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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3 reviews
Reviewed 26 July 2016

Since 2010 we've been to Waraku-An and Kyoto a further 7 times! Basically, it's our home away from NZ. There have been some changes in that time. There are now two modern showers, whereas before there was the one awesome one. Both are clean and cool, and it means no more waiting for the shower (if you sleep in like... More 

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Thank Deczor
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1 review
Reviewed 3 June 2016 via mobile

Waraku-An was the most beautiful hostel we stayed at during our month-long trip across Japan and South Korea. Myself and two of my friends visited, and we all loved it. The staff were friendly, the atmosphere was beautiful, the futons were comfortable, and we always felt like we were coming home when we walked in the door. We all told... More 

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Thank Sarah G
Asia
2 reviews
Reviewed 29 January 2016

2nd time staying at the Guest House Waraku-an sadly it was disappointing. The first-time experience was memorable (the check-in was late night and stayed there for just 1 night so did not discover any shortage). The unpleasant things began to occur. First of all, isolation of noise was terrible as the strong noise, after 11p.m., from guests and heat generator... More 

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Thank WarmTravelers21
Penang Island, Malaysia
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3 reviews
Reviewed 14 December 2015

Is a small place and very old house. Every step you take, you can hear squeaky sound from the wooden flooring. If that bothers you, front desk provide ear bud for you. 2 shower rooms and 2 toilets. If you are above 5.5' i suggest you reconsider staying here. The place is small: toilets and shower rooms are consider small... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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6 reviews
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Reviewed 13 July 2015

The building itself is really very very beautiful while the bed and other facilities are just really nice to travelers. While this place is really near to Kyoto Budo Centre, so if you are interested in Kendo or other traditional Japanese martial art, you will be able see Budo shops just opposite to this hostel. Of course, the pricing for... More 

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Thank Neek1225
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviewed 23 June 2015

This was an absolutely enjoyable experience. From the time my friend and I checked in the staff was very friendly and helpful. That everyone at the front desk spoke English very well was also a bonus. The guesthouse is located nearby to many restaurants and a few bus stops that will be able to get you to many of the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 December 2014

I have stayed more than once in this lovely guest house. The ambience is great! The female dorm is spacious enough and the common room is charming, with a view to a tiny, pretty garden, where guests can relax and make friends. Some people might find it cold, because it is an old wooden house, but heating system worked fine,... More 

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Uppsala, Sweden
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14 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 June 2014

The guesthouse is situated in old wooden building, typical for Kyoto (although here concrete is also taking over quickly). The rooms are a bit draughty though, and the accommodation feels a bit cramped at times. The communal areas are also quite limited, there's little space to hang out with other guests, and there are no self-service kitchen facilities available. On... More 

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Munich
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22 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 December 2013

We spent three nights at this hostel. First the positive aspects: It is cheap and the traditional house with the small gardens is quite nice. But that leads directly to the negative aspects: Since it was an old house, the rooms were quite cold and difficult to heat. In the room over ours we could hear the other guests shouting... More 

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City Center
No district of Kyoto is quite as representative of its blended nature as the City Center. By day, the covered shopping arcades along Kawaramachi and Shijo Street bring deal hunters and fashionistas out in droves to peruse the clothing, accessories, gifts, and home goods offerings. When it grows dark, the City Center is a hip spot for nightlife, alive with bars and clubs. A trendy culinary scene and an abundance of local watering holes give the Center its youthful vibrancy. In contrast, the quieter areas of the City Center seem a world away, shielded from noise by the foliage of the public gardens and zen spaces surrounding the area's shrines, castles, and the Imperial Palace. These ancient and sacred spots are seamlessly folded into the scenery, providing a respite from the energy of the city, but close enough to put you directly back onto the pulse of the city when you're ready.
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WARAKU-AN is traditional japanese style guest house. All room is japanese style and we have a japanese garden. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Guest House Waraku-an

Address: 19-2 Shogoin Sanno-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8392, Kyoto Prefecture
Region: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > City Center
Price Range: £16 - £51 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:1 star — Guest House Waraku-an 1*
Number of rooms: 7
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“We booked this through HostelWorld.com - had no problem. Japanese rooms are small. If you need more space, book a whole room. My travel partner and I booked a room for 3 and had heaps of space.”
 of 5 bubbles TADoc, 26 Jun 2013 | Read review
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