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696-1 Higashishiokoji-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 600-8216, Japan
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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7 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

the hotel is very close to the railway station and is very conveniently located. one can just walk down to the station in 2 minutes. the rooms were designed in traditional way, but all the rooms does not have private bath (a downside). The common toilets are very small and does not have a bathroom. even in the rooms that... More

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Swansea, United Kingdom
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13 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

I was very pleasantly surprised by this place. Very close to Kyoto station and easy to find with a map (just a couple of small blocks up). The proximity to train and bus makes it a great base for exploring Kyoto - and so handy for dropping off luggage at the start of your stay. Who wants to trail luggage... More

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16 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

The Nihonkan Hotel is a budget friendly Japanese style hotel about two blocks from the central train station in Kyoto. Beds are traditional Japanese style mats on the floor. The hotel is clean and simple. The staff are friendly and speak enough English to help with whatever you need. You can pay extra for a room with a private bath... More

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Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
22 hotel reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2012

I stayed a couple nights at Nihonkan ryokan and it was a great place! The staff is super-friendly, going out of their way to help. The room was in typical tatami-floor covered japanese style, with a rice-filled pillow. The shower is a shared room with a japanese-style bath. The only downside was smoke coming either from outside or my neighbour,... More

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Milan, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2012

I was in Nihonkan ryokan for a night but i had really loved their effort to help also who can't speak fluent japanese.They can speak english,and for a low price (you are in the center of KYOTO!!) you are near all the principal way to visit Kyoto and Japan also.They was very kind and take care of my luggage after... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2011

From the outside it looks like a plane house, but in the inside allready from the entrance it looks like a traditional style ryokan. The staff is very friendly, but unfortunately there are some rules like you have to be back before 11pm. and you may only take baths between 7am-9am and 5pm - 10pm. And there are no wifi... More

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52 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2010

We booked at the Nihonkan as it was pretty much the only budget accommodation available in Kyoto on short notice. Whilst we appreciated being able to stay in a traditional room, the hotel is in need of complete refurbishment. The lavatories are communal (although literally just next to our room) and sinks for face washing and toothbrushing were on a... More

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55 hotel reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2010

We stayed here for two nights. As other reviewers have stated this place is Japanese ryokan-style, with mattresses on tatami mats on the floor. We didn't have a private bath so used the shared facilities, which were clean enough, certainly better than most hostels I have stayed at (personally I would class this place as more of a hostel than... More

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tokyo, japan
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3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2009

This hotel is clean, and close to the Kyoto train station. It's good value, but don't expect a lot of frills. It's Japanese style accommodation -- futon on the floor, no beds. Some rooms have baths, but usually you need to use the community bath in the basement. It's very clean, but older folks may have a difficult time with... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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64 hotel reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2009

It's a traditional Japanese hotel minutes walk from JR Kyoto station. The price is fairly reasonable, especially considering that the room is pretty big. The place is not new, but the deco in the room is very Japanesey and cool. You sleep on futons (cushions) on the tatami (straw mat flooring). The bath is shared (I only stayed 1 night... More

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Address: 696-1 Higashishiokoji-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 600-8216, Japan
Location: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto
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Ranked #110 of 225 Specialty lodging in Kyoto
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