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Inn Kawashima

3.0 of 5 Ryokan   |   207-2 Ayazaimoku-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 600-8072, Japan (Kawaramachi/Karasuma/Shijo Omiya)
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Ranked #66 of 194 Kyoto B&B and Inns
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013
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  • Location
    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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Singapore, Singapore
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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Portland, Oregon, United States
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Melbourne, Australia
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65 reviews 65 reviews
14 hotel reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

An authentic experience. Sleeping on mats, eating on the ground, rice paper walls, divine breakfast, first-rate location in charming streets with numerous bars and restaurants. Close to transport. But better suited to a couple of nights just for the experience. Then you might prefer the comfort of a hotel. If you have kids it can be pretty stressful to get... More

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Lawrence, Kansas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

My husband and I stayed at Inn Kawashima for two nights during our trip to Kyoto. I was very excited to stay in a ryokan, having an amazing experience at another in Nikko a couple of months earlier. I have to say, I was a little disappointed, although Inn Kawashima does have some really good attributes. First of all, the... More

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Rome, Italy
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226 reviews 226 reviews
51 hotel reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

Close to public transport, in an area full of shops and cafes and restaurants, this is a great place to stay in Kyoto and experience the comforts of a traditional Japanese inn. The owner speaks English, which is always a help, and she's very friendly and helpful. My room was small but well-appointed, and the street isn't noisy as there's... More

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Baton Rouge
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012

My teenaged son and I stayed here three nights on our first trip to Kyoto. Great location: close to bright lights and depatos, old streets of Gion, and easy-to-use subway system, but feels a world apart. Hospitable owners took extra steps for us to feel comfortable, for example helping me print out boarding passes and loaning us awesome umbrellas when... More

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Houston, Texas
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2012

Cozy, family-run ryokan tucked away on a quiet street but still a stone's throw from the main shopping area and the subway station, so the location is fantastic. There are also some cute little cafes and restaurants along the same street. If you're the sort who needs cable TV and a private bathroom in your hotel, then don't bother staying... More

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Sydney, Australia
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41 hotel reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2012

A brother and sister team run this third generation inn in Kyoto - they are very helpful. The rooms are spacious and you can let the fresh air into the upstairs ones. The location is great - close to main shopping area and a short walk to Gion. The narrow street which houses Kawashima also has lots of little cafes... More

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32 reviews 32 reviews
24 hotel reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2012

A little hard to find at first but when you finally spot it, you heave a sigh of relief and ask yourself, "why didn't I see it initially?". The entrance is pretty enough to stand out from rows and rows of less conspicuous shops. It's located at the back of kyoto's best shopping paradise - shijo street. They gave us... More

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Austin, Texas
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8 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2012

My first stay was in November 2010 and I had a single room. This time I traveled with a friend and was able to experience Kawashima's 2-occupant rooms. It was easily the most spacious room we had on our travels through Japan, having relied on business hotels elsewhere. Its sleeping area was larger than a single-occupant room and it had... More

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Also Known As:
Inn Kawashima Hotel Kyoto
Inn Kawashima Hotel
Address: 207-2 Ayazaimoku-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 600-8072, Japan
Location: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > Kawaramachi/Karasuma/Shijo Omiya
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Ranked #66 of 194 B&Bs / Inns in Kyoto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Inn Kawashima 3*
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