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3.0 of 5 Ryokan   |   Takoyakushidori, Takakura Nishiiru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 604-8141, Japan (Kawaramachi/Karasuma/Shijo Omiya)
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Ranked #85 of 194 Kyoto B&B and Inns
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Escondido, California
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

We've been to Kyoto and stayed at other Ryokans. If you want the experience of a Japanese Ryokan, this is the place I recommend. It's clean, the service friendly and the location is great. If you like Japanese food, you'll LOVE the traditional Japanese breakfast they serve. You can start at the Nishiki food market tasting local foods and do... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

We have been here for 5 nights in August and we could not leave earlier because we have been asked to pay the entire amount at the time of the check in (never happened in my life). The hotel is a 'ryokan hotel' in the sense that all rooms are (old) replicas of real ryokan rooms. The only ryokan thing... More

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Bellevue, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

As part of our Honeymoon, we stayed at this Ryokan during the Gion Matsuri. The location was incredible as over the course of the 3-night festival the street vendors started extending to the street right in front of Hirashin, though only in small numbers, which was perfect for avoiding the unpassable sea of people on other nearby streets. The room... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

My wife and I were able to stay at the Hirashin during the Gion Matsuri this July (2013). It's location is fantastic. We were right in the middle of the festivities leading up to the parade and just a few minutes walk from the parade itself. It is next door to the Nishiki market, is on main bus-lines going to... More

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

The modern ryokan is located only 5 minutes away from the Shijo Station by foot. Affordable food can only be found at the main road which seems very far on a cold day, but there are a few convenience stores a few minutes away where you can get prepacked meals. The staff spoke decent English and were always helpful. We... More

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

We wanted to have a ryokan experience but yet be close to the city, and this hotel seemed to fit the bill. Upon arrival and checking in, we were told to be seated while they served us some refreshments. The room we were given was quite large with the classic layout of a ryokan. It was fully self-contained with a... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

This is a refurbished old building with Japanese style rooms. Kudos to the photographer who took the pictures. Big let down when you see the real rooms. Clean but too expensive. VERY Disappointing breakfast. Don't waste your money in this hotel. I stayed in a minshoku at less than half the price, bigger rooms, better food and better furniture. I... More

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London, England, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

It's a mix between a basic hotel and a basic ryokan, problem is you end-up having none of the two! Food is horrible and I compared it with other Ryokan. Escape from the hotel between 6 and 9pm cause you will endure an horrible tempura/fried smell in all the premises including your room Location is very good, lots of shop,... More

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Hong Kong, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

Service is nothing close to the traditional ryokans. Its got some features of ryokans (i.e. japanese style room, public bath, dinner in room) but overall it was not good if one wants a true Japanese ryokan experience. But its convenient location to the big department stores like Daimaru and tourist attractions like the Nishiki market may compensate for some of... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

The seamless check in process was an indication of what is to come: clean rooms equipped with non-dusty kettle, tea pot and cups. The bathroom and toilet were spotless. What more can a traveler ask for?

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Also Known As:
Hirashin Hotel
Hirashin Hotel Kyoto
Address: Takoyakushidori, Takakura Nishiiru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 604-8141, Japan
Location: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > Kawaramachi/Karasuma/Shijo Omiya
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Ranked #85 of 194 B&Bs / Inns in Kyoto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hirashin 3*
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