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Guest House Waraku-an

19-2 Shogoin Sanno-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 606-8392, Japan (Gion Higashiyama/Kita Shirakawa/Kurama/Yase/Ohara)
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Ranked #70 of 225 Specialty lodging in Kyoto
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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19 hotel reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
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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Hong Kong, China
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4 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 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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8 hotel reviews
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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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Shanghai, China
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53 hotel reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 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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Chiang Mai
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3 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

This hostel, is Japanese style. you can take the bus number 206 from Kyoto station to this hostel. 220 yens , so Round trip is 440 Yens / days. near by is not many sight seeing area. but easy to use Bus daily, in hostel is cold, only in room that service heater, share shower or bath room. provide PC... More

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Tokyo, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

I went to this hotel with a friend in college. I was satisfying ! This hotel is perfect to travel with friends in college and to enjoy an easily trip !! Have a nice time!

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Hong Kong
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7 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2012

It's my first time to stay in the Japan tranditional hostel. Waraku-an is a wonderful hostel with nice decoration, that's the same as you saw in the Japanese drama. Staff is very nice with good English! Room is clean. I have been to there in winter and it's a bit cold to wash hands without hot water but it's worth... More

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7 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2012

The Guest House Waraku An is just a real typical japonese guest house with an nice entrance and a great small garden in the middle of the guesthouse. The room are big for twe which was kind of surprising for the country. It's well located for market and bus stops.

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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 hotel reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2011

My son and I stayed at Waraku-an in mid June 2011. The rooms now have air conditioning (and I suspect heating as well) which addresses some of the concerns expressed elsewhere. The place has a nice cozy, backpackerish vibe and has a great location - good food / gift shopping options close by and a quick bus ride / walk... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2010

We arrived in Kyoto a bit tired and confused, so caught a cab to Waraku An. We showed the driver a map and he indicated that he knew exactly where we wanted to go. He then drove us to completely the wrong hotel, then drove off before we could get all our bags out of the car, taking all our... More

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Address: 19-2 Shogoin Sanno-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 606-8392, Japan
Location: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > Gion Higashiyama/Kita Shirakawa/Kurama/Yase/Ohara
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Ranked #70 of 225 Specialty lodging in Kyoto
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WARAKU-AN is traditional japanese style guest house. All room is japanese style and we have a japanese garden. ... more   less 
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