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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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117 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 January 2015

We had a great time. We were in room 1, had wifi consistently, had a view out to the street. We had a shared bathroom but it was as if it was private (hardly saw any signs of anyone else using the facilities) Bathroom times meant they were always available even when it was full (this was over new year)... More 

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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 2015 via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed this establishment! I thought it was an experience unique to Japan! If you are looking for the same, I recommend this place. While it was a little cold as some reviews may say, it's inportant to understand that many Japanese buildings do not have insulation as many Americans may expect. The covers for the bed more than took... More 

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1 Thank Michael S
Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
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Reviewed 22 November 2014

cold room! smallest bath! no conversation! bad manner!

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Reviewed 28 September 2014

The ryokan is located in a prime position in amongst temples and shrines. It is but a short walk from a glorious collection of restaurants (north-bound on Higashioji St.) and reasonably close to bus routes (again, on Higashioji-dori). This is a family-run ryokan so do not expect the Hilton but we found our hosts to be practical yet accommodating. Gates... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 June 2014

We stayed at Rikiya in 2009 and again in 2014. The owner is incredibly old and now has assistance in running the Ryokan. Her daughter while we were there told us, please feel like this is your home. And in a week in room 3 that is exactly how we felt. Halfway through our visit the owner ( i wish... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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119 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 May 2014

We booked three nights there. Although the cost is higher than usual hotels but we wanted to experience a ryokan stay. The ryokan is simple but located in very accessible location and also within walking distance to different famous sites of Kyoto. A photo of its front facade was in a well-known travel guidebook. I have read some of the... More 

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5 Thank Elaine C
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 October 2012

Very strange, in retrospect hilariously awful, and certainly the worst hotel I have ever stayed in. To summarise: service ranging from non-existent to rude, hot water turned off unless you call the (generally unattended) reception to request it, 3 x buzzing wasps in a damp room upon arrival, wifi named 'rikiya' visible but not allowed access, sheets left unchanged for... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 October 2012

Booked 3 nights over a weekend partially based on Internet feedback and reviews. We had left it fairly late to book and were happy to get a room there - albeit an expensive one. Never mind it's in a ok location and the pics look ok plus decent reviews. We arrive around 4pm but there is no one there so... More 

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Putrajaya, Malaysia
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4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 May 2012

wake up to the sound of birds in the morning in a traditional ryokan (japanese guest house). situated right in front of Kodaiji temple.getting there by a taxi will bring you right to the door step and it cost about 2000yen from Kyoto station.the Southern Higashiyama is a hilly area so its an uphill walk from the nearest bus stop... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 November 2011

As the other reviewers have mentioned, Rikiya is not the Four Seasons, but it gives you an authentic ryokan experience. You feel like you've stepped back into time, especially given that the building is on a cherry blossom-lined walkway filled with geisha impersonators. The criticism about Rikiya is valid, although with the caveat that most hotels in Japan charge by... More 

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Additional Information about Ryokan Rikiya

Address: 463-23 Shimokawara-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0825, Kyoto Prefecture
Region: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto
Number of rooms: 10
Also Known As:
Ryokan Rikiya Hotel Kyoto
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#174 Top resorts Hotel in Kyoto
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“We recommend room 3 or 5. Any really”
 of 5 bubbles 913shelleyl, 26 Jun 2014 | Read review
“Book for a room with private bathroom. It is better to start your tour or site visits those around the hotel so as to maximize your stay in Kyoto.”
 of 5 bubbles iloveeu, 22 May 2014 | Read review
“the ryokan is facing the sunset but there's big hill where the kodaiji temple is will block the sun so your room is not hot in the evening.choosing the high floor might help you to stay at night due to the nature of a wooden flooring ryokan.but you'll have to carry your bag up the stairs.its just a 2 storey building.”
 of 5 bubbles ZuKnZuE, 31 May 2012 | Read review
“a lot of money to sleep with spiders”
 of 5 bubbles comebackcarl, 30 May 2011 | Read review
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