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696-1 Higashishiokoji-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 600-8216, Japan
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Ranked #106 of 232 Specialty lodging in Kyoto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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Windsor, United Kingdom
17 reviews 17 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

We stayed in for 3 nights (myself, husband and twin 12 year old boys). It was really clean with Japanese style rooms, friendly staff who were really helpful and good bathing facilities which are public. Really convenient for sight seeing, very close to railway station, taxi rank and post office.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

Located 2 mins from the station and near some good bars and restaurants this ryokan offers simple facilities. The staff are very friendly and speak enough English to help you. I stayed in the room with ensuite. The room is basic with futon style bed. There's no food server and an 11pm curfew. However with Kyoto being a great city... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

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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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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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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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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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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53 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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37 helpful votes 37 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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Address: 696-1 Higashishiokoji-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 600-8216, Japan
Location: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto
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