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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 11 January 2017

This is my third time staying in Kikokuso ryokan. There's just something about this place that makes me want to come back every year (despite the relatively heavy price tag). It's so traditional and the owners there are so nice you don't even feel like you're staying in a guesthouse - it's like coming back to your very own home...

Thank FRXY
Jakarta, Indonesia
Reviewed 1 December 2016

We had the most wonderful stay at Kikokuso Ryokan. This ryokan is run by the Yoshimura family, and what a wonderful, friendly and most welcoming family they are. It is within 10-15 mins walking distance from the station, on a quiet street of a main road. Everyday they would give us advice and directions to where we wanted to go....

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Reviewed 25 November 2016 via mobile

We were a bit apprehensive because of the cost of this ryokan, but I can firmly say it was worth every penny. The family who run it are so kind and friendly, and incredibly eager to make your stay as nice as possible. We're both big people so were a bit worried about clomping around tiny rooms, but the room...

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New York City, New York
Reviewed 16 August 2016

I had the absolutely pleasure in staying at this ryokan during Sakura Season (Cherry Blossoms Season)! It was home away from home!! This ryokan is family run. From the start, the family was super welcoming and sweet about everything! We arrived earlier than the check in time and they let us leave our luggage so that we can explore Kyoto....

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Budapest, Hungary
Reviewed 14 August 2016

The family is very attentive and accommodating beyond the norm, you will never be wanting for anything. They were always very helpful, welcoming and kind, and always there to greet you as you came back from your journey. e.g. My girlfriend became a little sick during our stay, and helped to recommend what to buy, where to buy, etc. They...

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Brooklyn, New York
Reviewed 26 July 2016

This is one of my favorite experiences, and I don't think I would have enjoyed Kyoto as much if I hadn't stayed here. My husband and I stayed here for two nights on our honeymoon. You must try a ryokan experience. This ryokan was run by three loving people. Our room was on the 2nd floor overlooking a courtyard with...

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San Francisco, California
Reviewed 16 July 2016

The inn is managed by a very lovely and cute family. Once you checked in, the host will ask your time preference for dinner, breakfast and usage of onsen. Dinner is served in the room. You can choose to have breakfast in your room or on the 1st floor where you will be seated in a special room next to...

Thank sunnysideup911
Reviewed 11 June 2016

I think this place is actually not a Ryokan. It is very small with only maybe 3 or 4 rooms. Shared bathroom. And a bit confusing if I need to reserve the bathroom in the morning or not. I stayed in big room downstairs with garden view. But it is a bit funny that you have to open your room's...

Thank ote_okawari
London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 29 May 2016

My husband and I spend 1 night at this beautiful traditional place (6th of May to 7th of May). Our room was in the second floor and we had a nice view of the beautiful little Japanese garden. It was great experience, very clean and the staff were "super-kind". the breakfast was amazing and everything was perfect. When you are...

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Reviewed 17 May 2016 via mobile

Really a highlight of japanese culture. Very small, but so authentic. Close to Kyoto station. Breakfast was a highlight. Very friendly owners who all spoke English. Only problem was the lack of locks on doors, but it was so intimate it didn't matter.

Thank Guy L

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Shimogyo-ku is centered around the busy train hub, Kyoto Station. A nexus for commerce, shopping, dining, and hotels, the Shimogyo-ku area is infused with tourists and local business travelers, making it a competitive location for ever-new commercial structures. The shops and cafes here are chic and trendy, as a result, with many recognizable chains. Commuters flood the Shimogyo-ku area twice a day, and with Kyoto Station itself being a modern mega-complex and an architectural marvel, this neighborhood is one of the most contemporary and energetic areas that the city has to offer. Buildings here look futuristic, and huge department stores, shopping arcades, and public meeting spaces provide every possible convenience. It is also nearly the only place in Kyoto where rooftop dining and socializing is available, completing its modern tone.
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Address: Nishi-hairu, Hitosuji-me, Shichi-agaru, Sumiyoshi-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8143, Kyoto Prefecture
Region: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > Shimogyo-ku
Number of rooms: 5
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“Don't worry about getting a room without a private bathroom - the common bathroom is just as great!”
 of 5 bubbles FRXY, 11 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Request a view of the courtyard, otherwise you might end up facing the boring street.”
 of 5 bubbles jennykvb, 26 Jul 2016 | Read review
“Rooms with garden view are a good choice.”
 of 5 bubbles mrpourreza, 29 May 2016 | Read review
“If you are a family, the family room with private bath/shower is totally worth it”
 of 5 bubbles jandpbell, 28 Mar 2016 | Read review
“Our upstairs rooms overlooking the fishpond were lovely and quiet”
 of 5 bubbles soniaw598, 7 Jan 2016 | Read review
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