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Ishicho Shogikuen

Takeyacho Higashi Iru, Kawamachidori, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-0901, Kyoto Prefecture
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Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

I was with a large group of English and Japanese colleagues, and we stayed here for two days and nights in December, 2014. Being with our Japanese hosts meant that we enjoyed the full traditional experience, including a very interesting breakfast set in Kimono-like dressing gowns seated on the floor. My room was beautifully minimalist but welcoming when I first... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015 via mobile

A great way to get the Ryokan experience with modern amenities. Sleeping on the tatami mats is always a pleasure. Well located for the main sites in Kyoto. The breakfast is worth trying once though a bit pricy. The onsen on site is a big plus as well.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015 via mobile

We went with the family in July 2015. Were received by very helpful staff. The public bath in the basement was a great experience. Beds/futons were very hard, be sure you are ready for that. Breakfast (western) was simple, but ok. Walking distance to emperial garden.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Friends and i stayed 2 nights in late March. Very comfortable rooms! Clean, spacious and well-appointed. Inn staff were great! All are extremely courteous and helpful. Outstanding breakfast buffet includes great variety of Japanese items, as well as tasty "Western" options. We were offered seating with "Western style" table and chairs in room adjacent to main dining room. This was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

By accident we ended up travelling to Kyoto at the peak season, during an autumn holiday week. Wanting to stay in a Ryokan, we looked around, and ended up staying at this hotel. Was initially sceptical due to the limited number of reviews, but would say this is most definitely not a reflection on the quality of this hotel/Ryokan -... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2012

When we entered the Ryokan we were greeted with the stench of cigarette smoke. The hotel staff we encountered did not seem to know much English. Our rooms luckily were deodorized as promised and did not smell but the hallways were filled with the stench. Dinner was another huge disappointment. Worst meal we have ever had in Kyoto and perhaps... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2012

First time in a Ryokan and I'm so glad it was Ishicho Shogikuen. Beautiful and traditional facilities. All the time clean, well organized and attentive. Front desk personnel were always polite, welcoming and spoke good english. The Ryokan has a dinning room, an onsen, souvenir shop, a resturant/bar and its also well located. Just 15 minutes walk away from Gyon... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2010

We wanted a Japanese-style hotel, with some modern conveniences, in Kyoto and this hotel was perfect. It was clean, service was excellent and the Japanese breakfast, served in the room, was very good. We did not take the hotel dinner or western-style breakfast; both were available. The Japanese-style rooms had a full bathroom and hot public baths were also in... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2009

While business brought my husband and I to Japan for our first visit here, we were lucky enough to take an extra week in the country for additional sight-seeing. We had read about the ryokan experience and figured, "When in Rome (Kyoto), do as the Romans" and set out to book a room at one of these traditional-style inns. Even... More 

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No district of Kyoto is quite as representative of its blended nature as the City Center. By day, the covered shopping arcades along Kawaramachi and Shijo Street bring deal hunters and fashionistas out in droves to peruse the clothing, accessories, gifts, and home goods offerings. When it grows dark, the City Center is a hip spot for nightlife, alive with bars and clubs. A trendy culinary scene and an abundance of local watering holes give the Center its youthful vibrancy. In contrast, the quieter areas of the City Center seem a world away, shielded from noise by the foliage of the public gardens and zen spaces surrounding the area's shrines, castles, and the Imperial Palace. These ancient and sacred spots are seamlessly folded into the scenery, providing a respite from the energy of the city, but close enough to put you directly back onto the pulse of the city when you're ready.
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