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Inn Kawashima

207-2 Ayazaimoku-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8072, Kyoto Prefecture
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This property is excellently located near the Shi-jo and transport easily accessible. The room was lovely and clean, similarly the facilities were in good working order and clean. I would not recommend for those travelling with young children. We travelled with our 2 year old son and spend much of our time worrying about how much noise he made as... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

This is literally crawling distance from the heart of Shi-jo and Nishiki market. Yet in a world of its own. Very, very quiet in the night. Returning to my room in the late evening, I did get a sense of Sayuri returning home after a long night of entertainment, silly as that sounds. Facilities are clean and well maintained, with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We had such a lovely room and the owner was so sweet. We had a 10 month old baby and he would draw a bath for us in the early evening so it would be ready just as we returned from sightseeing. The food was delicious and I would highly recommend this ryokan especially for those who are a bit... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

I had a great time spending one night in the inn. Any longer and it might not have been so quaint. Although there was air conditioning, it was still a hot night and we couldn't enjoy opening our windows into the nice garden below. Internet connection was a bit spotty from the upstairs room we had. Walking down the stairs... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

I am already almost a professional ryokan reviewer, having stayed only in ryokans during my visits to Japan. Kawashima Inn (or Ryokan) is definitely one of the best so far. It is small, maybe 5 or 6 rooms, everything is in the same scale as in old British town houses, the stairs to the first floor are very steep (there... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

The value is simply amazing... you have an excellent service as the manager of the ryokan was quiet discreet and absolutely helpful. The room had a view on the street, but it was amazingly decorated and quite large fo a ryokan. i won't talk about the clean aspect as it was as clean as an operating room. As it's a... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Stayed here for 2 nights and overall it was enjoyable - I booked it so my husband could have the experience and I informed him beforehand it would not be a luxury hotel. As it can happen with other B&B's and Inn's sometimes you encounter friendly owners who like to talk and interact and sometimes they are more business minded... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

I stayed at Inn Kawashima in March/April. It is very conveniently located very close to the subway line, and only a block from the main Shijo Street, which has lots of shops and restaurants, and transportation. Really easy to get around from here. My room was a good size. My bed was a futon on the floor, which was thinner... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

We stayed for three nights. I was a little disappointed by the breakfast which wasn't a traditional Japanese style breakfast (it was western, but still quite tasty). Apart from that it was a characterful building in a very central but quiet location. The owner was polite and his brother was very friendly and despite him not speaking much English we... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

I stayed here for one night because I heard this was a traditional ryokan compared to Gion Maifukan which is a more modern ryokan. Big fail in so many ways. 1) We were greeted by the unfriendly owner. Even though he spoke English, he was a man of few words. He showed us to our room and disappeared for 2... More 

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Staying in Shimogyo-ku

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Shimogyo-ku
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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