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Inn Kawashima

207-2 Ayazaimoku-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8072, Kyoto Prefecture
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Ranked #91 of 342 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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Singapore, Singapore
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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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Zurich, Switzerland
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161 reviews 161 reviews
11 hotel reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
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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Helsinki, Finland
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123 reviews 123 reviews
30 hotel reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
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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Rabat, Morocco
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 hotel reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
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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Belgium
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47 hotel reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
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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17 hotel reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
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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Singapore, Singapore
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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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Portland, Oregon, United States
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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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Melbourne, Australia
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109 reviews 109 reviews
24 hotel reviews
69 helpful votes 69 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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