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Ryokan Kyoraku
Ranked #149 of 407 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
Reviewed 12 June 2013

Probably not a 'real thing' but still better than some other places claiming to the 'traditional Japanese style'.

Comfortable, clean, pleasant and convenient. Also, nicely located in the walking distance from the main JR station.

Plus you get a kimono-pajamas for the night:)

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 April 2013

The location is really good. Very close to Kyoto Station. The ryokan is more like a hotel and not a real ryokan but it worth it.
We spend 4 nights there, in a japanese style room - sharing bathroom and toilets. What I liked is that you feel just like home. There is a shower room and a japanese bathroom and God knows how great it is to have a japanese bath after a day of walk/visit! Soooo relaxing!
Our room was big enough for 2 people, we slept on futon which was ok.
The whole ryokan is very clean (have to leave by 10am to 3pm so that they can clean everything) and there is a lift which is very convenient if you have a lot of stuff.
Helpfull staff as well.
I highly recommand this ryokan it's great value.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Vivich
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Reviewed 21 January 2013

I stayed for 5 nights at this ryokan in Jan 2013. This is a very pleasant family run hotel, pretty simple layout of rooms, but I was out all day visiting wonderful Kyoto so it was great to have a well located room to come back to in the evening. If you are thinking of a trip to Kyoto, give yourself 3-4 days at least.

This was my first experience of a ryokan, and my first experience of Japan. It did not disappoint. The owner is very sweet and does all she can to help, but communication can be difficult!

The hotel is 200 metres from Kyoto station, which is pretty much a hub for everything you will want to see and do. Even the station itself is worth an extended visit! I took some great photos there!

If you are looking for something clean, comfortable and well located, with a touch of real Japanese experience thrown in, look no further.

And the Japanese breakfast is awesome, even after the fifth one!

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 24 December 2012

Positive:
+ The location is perfect, really close from Kyoto Station;
+ Very polite and helpfull staff. The woman helped a lot explaining how to get to the main attractions;
+ The room is clean and
Negative:
- Curfew: you must hit the ryokan until 11PM;
- The bathroom is too small.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Rodrigo_Spinola
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Reviewed 5 December 2012

The room was clean and comfortable and the owners were helpful and efficient. The bedding & tatami were both spotless. There is a curfew which didn't worry us but if you want a place to crash at after big nights out, then look elsewhere. It is very handy to Kyoto station being just a few hundred metres away. TIP - if you see the Lawson's store on the corner just down from the ryokan, you can actually go down the steps adjacent to an underground walkway which runs all the way to Kyoto station ;)

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  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank madcabbie
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Reviewed 26 November 2012

Affordable, spanking new, well maintained and right by kyoto station
need i say more
the place was new - well maintained
The rooms - good size and well decorated
Location - cant beat.. right in the middle - plenty of food and convenient bus stop right outside the ryokan
It is in a side street, so quiet at night :)

Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
1  Thank ThiaTravelvast
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Reviewed 8 October 2012

A fake "ryokan" by every sense of the word. I chose to stay here when visiting with my wife instead of one of the magnificent guesthouses (e.g. Hana right next door, or especially K's which I LOVED) in order to have a Japanese style ryokan experience at budget price. What could be better right? As with anything in Japan, you'll soon discover that you get what you pay for... And if you want quality, expect to pay for quality. This place is not a ryokan in any sense of the word. They give you the opportunity to experience sleeping in a Japanese style hotel - small rooms with Japanese decor, tatami mats, tiny bathrooms, and even a cheap kimono to wear for the 10min that you'll actually spend around the facilities here, but at 2x the cost. So basically all the parts of a japanese hotel that most westerners actually hate, at elevated prices. A true ryokan is like a japanese spa... Hot springs, massages, top class meals delivered right to your room... Basically a place to go as a vacation in and of itself. Here are plenty of real ryokans in Kyoto, but all are well outside of the city limits. Many others similar to Kyoraku within the city will claim to offer this Japanese tradition, by essentially are catering to tourists who don't know any better and think this is what a real ryokan is like. We paid ¥11,000 per night not including breakfast, which was 2-3x what a guesthouse would have been (granted, a real ryokan would have been ¥30,000 range). If visiting Kyoto, don't bother with any place with the name "ryokan" in its title - you're not here to stay indoors all the time... There is so much to see and do that there's no point in wasting money to stay home (let alone one without ryokan treatment). Worst part of Kyoraku was the 11pm curfew... Meaning you cannot even go out to experience the extensive nightlife around Sanjo area! For this reason alone, a guesthouse/hostel would have been far preferable. As negative as I've been, this is not to say that all is bad here... The owner this sweet little old lady is incredibly nice and great, and does prepare a great breakfast (¥1000 per person extra) from local Kyoto goods. And the location is hard to beat (5min walk from Kyoto station). But for the price there are far better places you can stay with privacy (most guesthouses/hostels do have individual rooms you can book, many with private bathrooms as well).. And those where you could expect to sleep just as well given the paper thin walls at Kyoraku which allow you to hear every and anything. In summary - don't fall in the fake "ryokan" trap - save your money elsewhere and have an even better Kyoto experience. I'd say this place would be great for one purpose only - if you have a Japanese girlfriend whose family you are visiting (as was the case with 1 guest we met) - can't stay in a hostel if you're trying to impress them, need to front some cash, more "Japanese" authentic, etc.

I actually feel bad writing this review since the owner was such a nice lady...

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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Address: 231 Kogawa-cho, Schichijo-agaru, Akezu-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8149, Kyoto Prefecture
Region: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > Shimogyo-ku
Hotel Style:
#56 Top resorts Hotel in Kyoto
Price Range: £54 - £119 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Ryokan Kyoraku 3*
Number of rooms: 16
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