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Guest House Waraku-an

19-2 Shogoin Sanno-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8392, Kyoto Prefecture
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Ranked #57 of 174 Specialty lodging in Kyoto
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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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 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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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 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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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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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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