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4 of 5 bubbles Review of Guesthouse Yahata

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Guesthouse Yahata
Ranked #156 of 280 Speciality lodging in Kyoto
Chicago, Illinois
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“Good experience here”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2013

If you are staying off-peak season, this place is great. We stayed 4 nights in a private twin room with tatami mats and futons. The room was very spacious and had AC. There are dorms as well. The one room I would not recommend is on the first floor right next to the showers and kitchen, I can imagine it gets noisy, but if you just need a place to crash, no problems.

During our whole stay there were probably 5-6 guests total coming and going and I never experienced a line for the bathroom, though if it's high tourist season I imagine it would be an issue. The noise level was fine. If you need absolute quiet, you should probably not be at a hostel/guesthouse in the first place. For longer term stay, might not be the best since you can't cook in the kitchen.

The best aspect was the staff-- when we arrived a little later than our projected arrival time (but still before check-in time), the staff left us a welcome note on the porch and a map with directions to a festival happening that afternoon. You are able to lock your luggage with a cable on the porch so you can leave it there and come back to check in. Japan is one of the safest countries I've traveled to (we're talking Japanese women use their purses to save seats on the train kind of safe). Both owners provided us with plenty of information about local events and even looked up information when they did not have the answer.

Great experience. Good location-- close to train station 10-15 walking. 7 minute walk to nearby Gojo subway stop which through simple transfers can connect you to places like Gion.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Singapore, Singapore
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31 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2013

I went to this place on the right moment of Sakura blooming season on last April 2013, so it was difficult to find a good hostel/hotel with affordable price. But fortunately, I found this guesthouse and quite satisfy with their service. Beside the good price, this hostel will offering you with a good service and high quality of their staff. These people is really nice and extremely friendly. You can ask the anything and they will provide you the best solution of that.

The owners itself is very welcoming, her name is Mrs. Yukari Nakamura. She always come earlier before the check-in time everyday to make sure everything in good condition, even though the staffs are not arrive yet in the morning. She took a picture of every guest who stay and upload it to their facebook's album.

The location of this guest house is quite accessible, very close to Kyoto Station and you can reach subway station with 5-10 minutes walking. There are also so many store and shop around that area, you can easily find a convenience store, food stall, bus stop, drugs store and many more. The minus point of this guest house is a bathroom, because there is just one bathroom and toilet for all the guests. So you have to queuing to get your turn.

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Room Tip: All depends of you, if you couple you can choose the private room. But if you are the solo traveler...
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled solo
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Frankfurt, Germany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2012 via mobile

I can not follow the other recomendations as the hostel itself is very very small. 12 beds, one shower (!) for all of us, tiny area to sit with 4 mini-chairs... Breakfast is no existant (toast and butter, 'one slice per person only' - come on 20 slices are worth 1 euro)
Spaceous room, but you can hear every single movement in the whole house, so its not quiet at all.
Positioning is good, staff friendly, pretty cheap.

  • Stayed November 2012
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Singapore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2012

I don't really recommend this guesthouse which is small and noisy. It's not a place where you feel home but it's ok to stay there. Breakfast is poor and they start cleaning at 9.30am so there is no way you can sleep in the morning.
Owners are friendly.

Room Tip: We slept on the ground level between the bathroom, the toilets and the kitchen, TO AVOID !
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2010

Stayed here with the family in the 4 bunk-bed room.

THE GOOD:

STAFF. The owners were great - warm, gracious, very friendly. The entire staff was nice and spoke great English. The owners are very passionate about Kyoto and love to give advice and suggestions about sightseeing.

PRICE. Kyoto can be a pricey place to stay. Guesthouse Yahata is reasonably priced.

THE NOT-SO-GOOD:

CRAMPED. The house is tiny. It sounds like a joke to warn, "Look out for the microwave when you go to the bathroom!" It's not a joke. If you literally open the bathroom door too hard, you're going to smack the microwave. The stairs are steep. If one person laughs too loud, the entire house hears it. And if anyone heads outside to smoke a cigarette, the smoke wafts right back inside, up the stairs, and throughout the tiny house.

THE ROOM. The furniture felt cheap and the room hadn't been cleaned thoroughly.

THE OKAY:

THE INTERNET. Two shared pcs with high-speed internet downstairs. If you have a laptop, they have an ethernet cable downstairs that you can use to connect to the high speed network. No wireless.

THE LOCATION. A bit of a walk to the subway station. Plenty of convenience stores close by. Very close to the bus stop.

THE VERDICT:

While the owners were absolutely wonderful, the guesthouse itself wasn't a highlight of our stay in Kyoto.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled with family
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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2010

This was the most basic accomodation we stayed in, but it was functional with friendly staff. Our room was clean but very basic, and next to the shower and kitchen which wasn't ideal. The internet and common room area (with info on where to go and what to do) were good, but like everything it was a bit too compact for the number of people.
It listed a free breakfast, but be clear this was limited to 'one slice of bread per person' so don't expect to fill up for your day ahead.
We were very lucky that a Maiko visited during our stay to celebrate the anniversary of the opening. This made it extra special,and again showed the wish of the owner to share Kyotos traditions with us.

Kyoto itself has so much to offer, that you will never have enough time there. Inari is well worth a visit, and the golden temple was very spectacular. Be warned the buses will be heaving, although the travel pass is excellent value.We used it as a base for Hiroshima, Okayama, Kobe and others, and this worked very well

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled as a couple
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Penang Island, Malaysia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2010

The owner is very friendly and helpful, the place is clean. Feels very much like homestay.
The only issue is the poor soundproof system between rooms. The guests have move light and talk soft in the room.

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank WormyBirdy
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Property: Guesthouse Yahata
Address: 544 Yahata-cho, Gojo-agaru, Nishinotoin, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8455, Kyoto Prefecture
Region: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > Shimogyo-ku
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Ranked #156 of 280 Speciality lodging in Kyoto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Guesthouse Yahata 2*
Number of rooms: 13
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