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Kyomachiya Ryokan Sakura Honganji

228 Butsuguyacho Aburanokoji Hanayacho Sagaru, Shimogyo-Ku, Kyoto 600-8347 Kyoto Prefecture
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#14 of 190 ryokans in Kyoto
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Kyomachiya Ryokan Sakura is designed like a traditional wooden townhouses in the past and combined with modern-style life. Located in the heart of the city and offers touch of japanese cultures." Feel you're living in Kyoto while you're travelling"
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Valet parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Complimentary tea
Taxi service
Baggage storage
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24-hour front desk
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Paid private parking on-site
Wifi
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Non-smoking hotel
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Flatscreen TV
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HOTEL CLASS
3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Residential Neighbourhood
Mid-range
Languages Spoken
English, Indonesian, Japanese
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jazaniewski wrote a review Apr 2020
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania3 contributions6 helpful votes
One of the most, really probably the most, welcoming place I've ever stayed. Every staff member was super friendly, received an in-person walk through of our tatami room, full run down of the local buses, and they really try to help point you in the right direction around town to suit your interests as much as possible (we already had our plans pretty well set, but I still appreciate the effort). Plentiful English here if that's a concern. Japanese breakfast was excellent and served with a conversational personal touch that was also appreciated even as somebody who usually likes to be left alone. Certainly our tatami room was a great experience and clean as a whistle. It may not have the massive breakfast and amenities of one of the extremely pricy Ryokans, but an excellent spot for an experience beyond your every day hotel.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Angela W wrote a review Mar 2020
Wokingham, United Kingdom2 contributions2 helpful votes
A beautiful, affordable Ryokan but highlight are the staff, they are charming, very helpful and made our stay a delight, with the bonus of excellent english. We were a family of 5 adults staying in 3 rooms (1 western-stlye, 2 Japanese-style, one had a small garden) for 4 nights. Our rooms had everything that you could want or need, especially plenty of plug points and a kettle plus green tea bags. As well as exploring Kyoto and nearby, with advice from the lovely staff at the ryokan, also we were welcome to sit together near the lobby. During our stay were enjoyed a Saki tasting lecture arranged by the ryokan and a traditional tea ceremony done by Saturshi (sorry about the spelling). All in all a wonderful place to stay made amazing by the lovely staff. Thank you.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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VancTraveller wrote a review Feb 2020
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I and a group of friends have a group trip to Kyoto later in the year and as we plan to stay at the Kyomachiya Ryokan Sakura Honganji (or Hongan-G as described in the ryokan's own website), I decided to drop by and try the ryokan for a night during a recent trip to Japan. I arrived by JR train at JR Kyoto station and walked to the ryokan following the instructions on its website. I had a roll on board carry on with me and it took me about 12 minutes to walk to the ryokan from the train station. I arrived around noon and was enthusiastically greeted by staff. As check in time is 3 pm, they offered to store my roll on board until check-in, and then sat down and patiently answered in detail any questions I had about our upcoming group stay, local restaurants and transportation, and anything else I came up with. I found the English fluency of the staff excellent, better perhaps than even some high end chain hotels. Staff could not have been more friendly, welcoming, patient and helpful. Staff kindly showed me various different level of rooms so I could get a good idea of what we were booking for our later group trip. For this short one night stay, I reserved the basic Japanese room. On the ground floor of the ryokan, there are a couple of small enclosed Japanese gardens, beautiful and serene looking. My room was on the second level. I was concerned it would be very small as it is described as 6 mats, with a tatami mat being standard sized in Japan to be just a bit longer than the height of an average male adult and a bit wider than the average person. However, I was pleasantly surprised that the room was larger than I thought as in addition to the main tatami mat area of 6 mats used for sitting and sleeping, there was a side area with wood floor and a coarse carpet for storing luggage (as luggage would damage tatami mats), and a separate small bathroom and a little area with a very narrow long shelf like desk for grooming. The bathroom was functional and had everything you needed, but is very small so there is not much room to move around especially if two people were sharing the room. The room was set up for daytime with a very low Japanese table and two flat to the floor seats. I have never quite figured out the Japanese way of sitting so do not find the seats comfortable but that was not an issue as if I wanted to spend much time messaging or surfing the net on my phone or laptop, I could go down to the lobby/reception area where there were several natural wood tables with stools for sitting, relaxing or interacting. The futon bedding is stored in a cupboard and guests as invited to put out their own bedding - quite simple with a mattress pad bottom, sheet on top of the pad, and then a thick futon blanket to top off the bedding. I found the feel of the bedding a bit hard so on a subsequent visit, I might be tempted to put down a second futon on top of the mattress pad for a bit more cushioning. Nevertheless, I had a good sleep. I was in Kyoto during the cold season when temperatures dropped close to zero Celsius, but the in room heat/air conditioning unit was very efficient and up to the job of keeping the room very comfortable. Hallways though were a bit cold in the morning when I walked out to the lobby for breakfast. There are complimentary tea bags and an electric kettle in room so you can make Japanese tea. Coffee, by pod machine, is available in the lobby for a small charge. The ryokan very kindly offered me complimentary breakfast, which you have to order the evening before. There is a choice of continental, Western, Japanese grilled salmon or Japanese grilled mackerel. I opted for grilled salmon as check in staff said that was their recommendation. Breakfast was a tray with rice, miso soup, the grilled mackerel, pickles. Free flow self serve tea and coffee was also available. The cost of breakfast is very reasonable at 1000 Yen and I thought breakfast was very filling and very good. I had a very good one night test stay at the Kyomachiya Ryokan Sakura Hongan G. The price for the stay was very reasonable, service is excellent, accommodations is small but had traditional Japanese house charm. I would highly recommend a stay if you are looking for a ryokan near the JR Kyoto station.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Cameron S wrote a review Feb 2020
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This was my first trip to Japan and my first inital experience staying in a traditional room. I honestly couldnt reccomend it enough, however some might find it hard to get used to. One of the staff was also kind enough to help me out with my Japanese. これはにほんごでなんていいますか Whats the Japanese word for this? It was really a small gesture but it really meant alot when I was having trouble communicating. Yeah, was awesome and I'm planning on coming back in the future... And my Japanese will be better, I promise ^.^ Thanks for everything xo
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Heidi wrote a review Jan 2020
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Would wholeheartedly recommend this breathtakingly beautiful hotel. Got THE most best service all the trough out our visit. We were escorted to the room and walked through where everything is, and we were always greeted when walking by the reception. On the day of departure, it was raining heavily, and we asked to call a taxi to the train station. The lady in the reception said that it would take a while for the taxi to come, so she offered to come help walk with us and our luggage with an umbrella to the train station. Thankfully we were not in a hurry and the taxi came in like 10 minutes, so it was all good. We just were struck speechless with the genuine hospitality and desire to help. The hotel is very beautiful with amazingly detailed décor and show pieces, like this one samurai armor near the staircase. They also have a traditional inner courtyard with a small garden. I suggest booking through their own website and staying more than 3 nights, because they seem to be always having different special for those who do so. For example; you can have one free breakfast, or go to a calligraphy course, or get a ticket to an onsen, and so on and so on. It was truly more than a hotel stay, it was an experience! And a great one at that.
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Date of stay: June 2019
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dys wrote a review Jan 2020
Singapore, Singapore454 contributions124 helpful votes
We received a warm welcome by a chirpy front desk staff, who also gave us many tips on what to do on New Year's Eve. We loved our ryokan room even if the walls were thin and you could hear everything that goes on at the property in the morning if you're a light sleeper. It's a short walk to JR Kyoto station and there are buses that take you to Gion, although we were curious enough to try strolling back from the latter one night and it took approximately 45 minutes. Overall, we're very pleased with our stay here!
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Sylvester T wrote a review Jan 2020
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Sakura Hongan-Ji comes across as a Ryokan made for the English-speaking first time travelers to Kyoto (Yes, I am one of them). The Ryokan is located about 10mins walk from the Kyoto Station, nothing Google Map can't navigate you to anyways. The walk to the Ryokan at night is especially nice and peaceful, something that I enjoyed in particular; especially in the cold autumn winds (it could get real cold at times). The staff here are all fluent in English and gave great advice on travel destinations. The room is small but I guess that is just the way rooms are in Japan. It was a great experience sleeping on the futon beds, wearing the yukata and enjoying a bit of true-blue Ryokan living. Breakfast can be arranged the day prior and they offer a choice of either traditional Japanese breakfast of grilled fish with rice or the usual Western breakfast of sausage, toast and eggs. I was travelling with my wife and 6 years old so walking to and from Kyoto Station or nearby Metro Stations is not much of a challenge. However, the same cannot be said if you are travelling with a toddler or baby that requires a stroller as most Metro Stations do not have elevators or escalators and the distance may be a point of consideration. From the Ryokan we visited both the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest as well as Fushimi Inari Shrine and fed deers at Nara Park. Do note that Nara Park is further away and so do plan your journey ahead. And if you are an appreciator of whisky (like me!), do not miss out on a visit to the Yamazaki Distillery when you are in Kyoto. Also do make a point to visit the vast offering of food at Kyoto Station, there is a shop that sells great bentos, level 10 of Isetan is a “Ramen Street” and Horai 555 buns and dumplings can all be found here. In addition, there are also plenty to see and shop in the nearby BIC CAMERA and YODOBASHI department stalls. Just a gentle pointer, do remember to pick up drinking water before heading back to the Ryokan from nearby “Family Mart” or “7-eleven”, perhaps even some sake too. To conclude, we enjoyed our stay in Sakura Hongan-Ji and would recommend to travelers who is more at ease with English speaking hotel staff.
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Date of stay: November 2019
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Colin P wrote a review Jan 2020
Birmingham, United Kingdom30 contributions50 helpful votes
Beautiful traditional Japanese Ryokan which is only 10 mins walk from the Kyoto station. The room is amazing with small private shower room/toilet. The staff were absolutely amazing! We received such a warm welcome when we arrived and been looked after every day when we were there. All staff speaks English and were able to provide us with great advice on where to visit while we were in Kyoto. Thanks for the kind hospitality!
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Date of stay: November 2019
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Justin wrote a review Dec 2019
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The ryokan is a quaint traditionally-styled establishment that we found to be very homey. It can be confusing to reach from Kyoto Station on foot which is around 10-15mins away, so having portable wifi and google maps guiding you will be a big help. Unless, taking a taxi is no problem for you. The staff are very friendly and many of them are fluent in English. Upon check-in, they provide you with a map of the nearby area. It marks nearby recommended: (1) restaurants; (2) drug stores; (3) bus stops (w/ indicator of tourist attractions the buses reach); (4) convenience stores; & (5) temples. They, also, provided a timetable for the nearby bus stops. We booked a traditional room furnished with tatami mats and comfortable futons. For anyone looking for a cultural experience, like us, and is willing to prepare and store their own futon everyday, then I recommend this type of room. It was spacious for 2 two people. It has a small table in the middle with tea cups, tea bags, and a water heater. You have to move it aside when setting-up futons for the night. 2 futons fit in the room. There is a storage area which fit our 2 large and 1 medium-sized suitcases and left enough space to open 1 large suitcase within the area. You cannot wear shoes nor roll your suitcases on the tatami as they might be damaged. There are rules that are explained and need to be followed for the preservation of the mats. There is a tv but we did not bother using it as we were always out and when we returned we preferred conversation. There is a small closet for storing coats and jackets and a safe at the base. There is a small fridge that can fit your drinks and foodstuff. Hairdryer is provided in the room but other amenities, such as razor, comb, dental kits need to be personally taken from a counter in the lobby. Yukata used for sleeping and walking around the establishment is provided in the room as well as sandals at the room entrance. The bathroom is small but we did not mind as we could move in it easily. FYI we are Asian and I'm 5'7, anyone 6ft tall and over may feel a bit cramped. It was stocked with handsoap, shampoo, conditioner, and body wash in containers with pumps lined-up above the sink. The toilet in our specific room was not the kind with the buttons at the side, just a regular toilet, no bidet. We are not sure if that is standard for all rooms. We did not mind at all. The bath was a tub with a detachable shower head. Overall, we enjoyed our stay and the entire experience was memorable. We are sure to consider staying here again the next time we are in Kyoto.
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Date of stay: December 2019
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BossMum1 wrote a review Dec 2019
Melbourne, Australia4 contributions5 helpful votes
Well done again to the superb friendly staff who made our stay so comfortable and authentic. Excellent breakfast, excellent tourist advice, tucked away from the main tourist area but excellent location for attractions, food and transport. Send time here for me, olives it so much and second visit was just as excellent as the first. Thankyou!
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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Which popular attractions are close to Kyomachiya Ryokan Sakura Honganji?
Nearby attractions include Nishi Honganji (0.1 miles), Nishihonganji Karamon Gate (0.1 miles), and Ryukoku Museum (0.08 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Kyomachiya Ryokan Sakura Honganji?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, laundry service, and a concierge.
Which room amenities are available at Kyomachiya Ryokan Sakura Honganji?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Kyomachiya Ryokan Sakura Honganji?
Guests can enjoy complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at Kyomachiya Ryokan Sakura Honganji?
Yes, paid private parking on-site and valet parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Kyomachiya Ryokan Sakura Honganji?
Conveniently located restaurants include Kyochabana Minami-Shinmachi, Ginjoramenkubota, and Chacha Stand Shijo Shimmachi.
Are any cleaning services offered at Kyomachiya Ryokan Sakura Honganji?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Kyomachiya Ryokan Sakura Honganji?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Japanese, and Indonesian.
Are there any historical sites close to Kyomachiya Ryokan Sakura Honganji?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine (2.0 miles), Kiyomizu-dera Temple (1.8 miles), and Sanjusangendo Temple (1.1 miles).