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Inn Kawashima

3.0 of 5
  |   207-2 Ayazaimoku-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 600-8072, Japan (Kawaramachi / Karasuma / Shijo Omiya)
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Ranked #104 of 331 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012
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  • Location
    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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Rome, Italy
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55 hotel reviews
126 helpful votes 126 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
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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
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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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43 hotel reviews
67 helpful votes 67 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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34 hotel reviews
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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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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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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2012

The inn was a bit difficult to find at first (I walked), as I wasn't really expecting such a lovely, peaceful place to be tucked inside such a busy street. The room was beautifully decorated, and sleeping on the mats made me feel as if I were stepping back in time. The Japanese breakfast was quite different from what I... More

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Hendersonville, North Carolina
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2012

Excellent Ryokan. It is very Japanese, though the owner speaks English fluently. It is well located in central Kyoto near the best shopping areas and reasonably close to the subway. I could not have asked for a better experience. I was glad I had brought my earplugs, as my room was on the street, but I slept well. Highly recommended.

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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54 hotel reviews
180 helpful votes 180 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2011

In Kyoto for two nights, tried the Ryokans near the train station first but they were all fully booked, so went for Inn Kawashima. We finalized the booking by email, which went quite smoothly. Location is almost perfect, tucked away in a small street very close to the center. There is a lovely (tiny) Japanese garden, our room was huge,... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2011

Staying at Inn Kawashima is like being a guest in a Japanese house. I remember the owner welcoming us when we arrived, in typical Japanese silent hospitality. When me and my friends checked out, all the members of the family were also by the doorway bidding us goodbye. We stayed in the upstairs room which has a sitting room and... More

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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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Hotel Class:3 star — Inn Kawashima 3*
Number of rooms: 5
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