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Sawaya Honten

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25, Kawahara-cho, Shogoin, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8397, Kyoto Prefecture
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Far from downtown, but for us who stayed our first night in Kyoto here it worked perfectly. We arrived from Tokyo around 3pm and took taxi for about 1700 yen. It's a good15 mins away. It feels like a great starter ryokan for tourists (didn't see any Japanese staying) they speak good English. Being away from the city there is... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The sawano was a beautiful ryokan. It was really clean and the service exceptional. They were a lovely family. The location is quiet and has really good access to food subways and the shrines. The room was very large

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Romsey, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Friendly staff, English spoken pretty well, very helpful. A good 'Japanese' experience. Close for Imperial Palace, a bit far out for downtown, but good buses when you worked them out. We had to take taxi to/from station (not exorbitant) because of large bags, but thereafter used public transport.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

We visited Kyoto at the end of March.We chose to stay in a ryokan because we couldn't have imagined otherwise.And it was totally worth it..tatami and fouton..everthing so simple but designed with very good taste.The owner is very nice and helped us couple of times with directions, explanations and even reservations.The ryokan is very close to the Kyoto Handicraft center... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

This is an exceptional place to stay, I couldn't rate it high enough. It's very very traditional, my Japanese friends would say it looks like their parents house. Exceptionally clean, quiet and very very comfortable with a bathroom in each room which is great and not so common for traditional style places. The onsen is really great too, big enough... More 

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Milan, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Pros: The staff is really welcoming and helpful The traditional style makes you feel in the old Japan Location: Just a small walk to the Imperial Palace. The area is full of restaurants. Subway and bus stop are less than 5 mins walk. The ryokan is just 5 mins walk from the subway stop, and less than 2 mins walk... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Nice hotel. friendly staff helped make dinner reservations. good area, we were able to walk to many things we wanted to do. very large tatami room was a nice base during our trip. we're not used to sleeping on mats but we got used to it. there were plenty of pillows and blankets to make it feel very comfortable.

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

This is a charming family run Ryokan that we booked only 5 days out from our arrival. Located across the road from the Kyoto University Hospital which is undergoing major extensions at present, so during the day there is construction noise. However its very quiet at night. Our room was large, with 3 staying and asking for extra mattresses was... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Didn't know what to expect for our first ryokan, turned out to be a very pleasant stay. Friendly and helpful staff, no language issues at all. Close to bus stop, metro station, and walkable distance to the palace.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015 via mobile

I booked our accommodations to Kyoto literally days before our trip and I had been disappointed as many of the top rated Ryokans were booked so that I only had 2 choices left. But we were set on having the Ryokan experience, so I ended choosing Sawaya Honten and am very glad that we did. The whole Ryokan, the outside... More 

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