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Sawaya Honten

3.0 of 5 Ryokan   |   25, Kawahara-cho, Shogoin, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 606-8397, Japan (Gion Higashiyama / Kita Shirakawa / Kurama / Yase / Ohara)
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Ranked #58 of 193 Kyoto B&B and Inns
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 3 weeks ago
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Clean rooms, and friendly service at a very affordable price. It is located within a quiet neighborhood, and an easy quick train/bus ride or walk to the main part of town and other tourist areas. The traditional ryokan style was a fun experience, and added to the beautiful charm of Kyoto. I would definitely recommend staying here over a western... More

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La Spezia, Italy
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80 reviews 80 reviews
38 hotel reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

Well-situated near several of the 200 lines but far enough out of the center to be somewhat affordable. The place itself is clean, well-run, serves a nice Japanese breakfast and has a comfortable small onsen for guests. All to be recommended. It's a thoroughly modernized older building, so the interior is a bit bland, but everything works well and it's... More

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Bangkok, Thailand
16 reviews 16 reviews
9 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

This Ryokan is super clean and cute with very friendly staff. Our room was very spacious and felt very homey and traditional as you'd expect. However, be mindful that when you book a ryokan, you get a ryokan, along with the slightly uncomfortable futon beds. It was a bit of a fun novelty at first, but it was a bit... More

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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57 reviews 57 reviews
9 hotel reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

This ryokan is amazing. About 5 minutes walk from the bus (the 206 goes to Kyoto station) and Metro stations. Loved my room (212) with private bathroom. You sleep on the floor on a comfy futon with a soft puffy duvet. Complimentary dressing gowns are provided, plus there's green tea and hit water in a flask. A very considerate team... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

The hotel and staff were great. Our room was very spacious and felt very homey and traditional... which is why the bad marks on room comfort. It is by no means the fault of the hotel: when you book a ryokan, you get a ryokan, along with the futon beds. Between the futon beds (which take some getting used to)... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

Spacious room. Superb traditional Japanese breakfast served in authentic surroundings by attentive staff. Beautiful garden at side. Hosts very attentive to us, and (rather touchingly) gave us a lovely farewell kerb-side when we boarded our cab. Not cheap accommodation, but worth it. Easy transportation to city centre (good buses). Problem is, I think I really like the comforts of a... More

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Singapore, Singapore
3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

We were in rooms 2015 and 2016 which had an almost personal lounge area separate from the rest of the hotel, so it was very cosy. Hotel not in town, but within easy 3 minute walk to bus stop with efficient buses which will take you to centre of town and most tourist spots easily. Buy your daily bus pass... More

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31 reviews 31 reviews
17 hotel reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

Only stayed here one night but got the deluxe room -- the living area was large, private bathroom and shower were huge relative to the other ryokan we stayed in, and our window overlooked a pretty little garden. futons and tatami mats were clean and warm. Basically no complaints...except for one about the neighborhood - this area is not a... More

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Perth, Australia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
17 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2012

There was really nothing wrong with the place, we booked two ensuite rooms with the tatami floors and futon beds. I found the beds to be very comfortable and was never reminded that I was sleeping on the floor. Rooms were spacious, although bathroom was abit small. Rooms were equipped with the basics - WIFI (annoying to have to generate... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2012 via mobile

Bit out of the way but great stay nonetheless. Clean, lovely, warm rooms nice onsen, great bathrooms.

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Address: 25, Kawahara-cho, Shogoin, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 606-8397, Japan
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Location: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > Gion Higashiyama / Kita Shirakawa / Kurama / Yase / Ohara
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Hotel Class:3 star — Sawaya Honten 3*
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