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Guest House Waraku-an

19-2 Shogoin Sanno-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8392, Kyoto Prefecture
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

2nd time staying at the Guest House Waraku-an sadly it was disappointing. The first-time experience was memorable (the check-in was late night and stayed there for just 1 night so did not discover any shortage). The unpleasant things began to occur. First of all, isolation of noise was terrible as the strong noise, after 11p.m., from guests and heat generator... More 

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Penang Island, Malaysia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

Is a small place and very old house. Every step you take, you can hear squeaky sound from the wooden flooring. If that bothers you, front desk provide ear bud for you. 2 shower rooms and 2 toilets. If you are above 5.5' i suggest you reconsider staying here. The place is small: toilets and shower rooms are consider small... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

The building itself is really very very beautiful while the bed and other facilities are just really nice to travelers. While this place is really near to Kyoto Budo Centre, so if you are interested in Kendo or other traditional Japanese martial art, you will be able see Budo shops just opposite to this hostel. Of course, the pricing for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

This was an absolutely enjoyable experience. From the time my friend and I checked in the staff was very friendly and helpful. That everyone at the front desk spoke English very well was also a bonus. The guesthouse is located nearby to many restaurants and a few bus stops that will be able to get you to many of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I have stayed more than once in this lovely guest house. The ambience is great! The female dorm is spacious enough and the common room is charming, with a view to a tiny, pretty garden, where guests can relax and make friends. Some people might find it cold, because it is an old wooden house, but heating system worked fine,... More 

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Uppsala, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

The guesthouse is situated in old wooden building, typical for Kyoto (although here concrete is also taking over quickly). The rooms are a bit draughty though, and the accommodation feels a bit cramped at times. The communal areas are also quite limited, there's little space to hang out with other guests, and there are no self-service kitchen facilities available. On... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

We spent three nights at this hostel. First the positive aspects: It is cheap and the traditional house with the small gardens is quite nice. But that leads directly to the negative aspects: Since it was an old house, the rooms were quite cold and difficult to heat. In the room over ours we could hear the other guests shouting... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

It is definitely a pleasure to stay at traditional Japanese "machiya". We have been told that Waraku-an is popular among Taiwanese travellers. The building itself is historic but well preserved. The sincere service of the owner and the staff is highly appreciated. The rooms are clean and spacious. For the dormitory, a small electric fan and mosquito expeller are considerately... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

If your budget is larger than mine, you'll be able to find somewhere closer to the city and pay more. But I was more than happy with Waraku-an. It was a good base to visit the Philosopher's Path, Ginkakuji, etc. This Japanese guest house had a rustic feel, and it pays to use the restroom facilities at odd times. Stayed... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

We stayed in Waraku-an Guest House in Kyoto for 6 nights in June 2013. It was an excellent experience and the guest house represented excellent value. We stayed in a tatami mat room, where I expect all of the other rooms were of this set up as well. There is a dormitory, but I didn't get a chance to see... More 

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City Center
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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