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4-2 Komatsu-Cho ShijoSagaru 4 Chome YamatoOjiDo, Higashiyamaku, Kyoto 605-0933, Kyoto Prefecture (Gion Higashiyama / Kita Shirakawa / Kurama / Yase / Ohara)
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Ranked #39 of 155 Specialty lodging in Kyoto
4.5 of 5 stars 37 Reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If location is most important for you, this is the place to stay. Two tiny showers and two toilets are a bit inconvenient . But the most disappointing for me was that the owner of this guesthouse was the most unfriendliest Japanese I met in Kyoto. I felt uncomfortable with the owners during my stay for 5days and here's why..... More 

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ichiensou, オーナー at IchiEnSou, responded to this review

We firstly do apologize for any inconveniance that could be caused. And as each of our customer is precious to us, we would like to clarify the situation in order to avoid misunderstanding and make sure the things stay fair. According to our policy, taking in account problems we met in the past, and keeping in mind the customer expactations... More 

Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Perfect hostel to stay at Kyoto. Excellent location, friendly staff, and interesting old but clean old Japanese style house. I've stayed at there twice. It is very easy to reach any place tourists want to visit Kyoto. Definitely will go back again. The owner Yoshi San is a big plus to the hostel.

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Perth Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Really great location for,Kyoto travelling. Lovely people and strong wifi. No lockers but everything felt safe. Very clean and lovely atmosphere. The owner is lovely and gave us a useful map. Would recommend didn't want to move on

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Jakarta, Indonesia
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

During my trip around Japan I think this is the best guesthouse I've stayed. The staffs are very nice and helpful, and the location is also very near some of the tourist spots. Also the nearest subway station and bus stop only maybe about 2 ~ 3 minutes walk

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Mississauga, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

The hostel was spotless and staff were impressive, from coming out onto the main street to guide us inside to recommending places to eat for dinner. It's also located in the heart of the Gion neighbourhood, close to many major temples and the Nishiki-koji market.

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Penang Island, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

Ichiensou is a traditional japanese house that is right in the middle of the charming Gion. Perfect location and it is only a 2 mins walk from the nearest subway station. The host and staff are really friendly and helpful. It is always clean and the common area is cozy where you get to mingle with other travellers as well... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

Loved that the guesthouse is right in Gion. So much to see in the great neighbourhood. So close to great food choices, easy to find and a great buzz in the area. Yashi is super - he has night-time activities which are great to meet people at. Few snags: The clean all the time (which is great btw since no... More 

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United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

This was a great hostel in a great location - near the Geisha district. Yashi was extremely helpful and very friendly. I stayed in the mixed dorm and found it easy enough to mingle with other travelers. This hostel has a very traditional feel to it and is decorated in good taste. There are lots of shrines and temples within... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013 via mobile

Sincerely one of the coolest places I've stayed. The owner and his wife are incredibly great people! Would recommend to anyone, the location is excellent and staying here really completed the vibe of Kyoto!

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23 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

First of all, a Japanese style guest house is not typical hostel. It's definitely clean and quiet during the night. Yashi(The host) hosts a limited number of travellers, so you could actually have interaction with other travellers and the host. The room is clean and it has everything you need. The location is perfect for me, you could either take... More 

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Address: 4-2 Komatsu-Cho ShijoSagaru 4 Chome YamatoOjiDo, Higashiyamaku, Kyoto 605-0933, Kyoto Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > Gion Higashiyama / Kita Shirakawa / Kurama / Yase / Ohara
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Number of rooms: 2
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