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Guest house Rakuza

2-255 Miyagawasuji Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0801, Kyoto Prefecture
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Ranked #57 of 168 Specialty lodging in Kyoto
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Honestly, I was skeptical to staying in an establishment that contained a shared bathroom, which wasn't in the form of a sento, but I was pleasently surprised as to how welcoming this place was. It was clean, extremely traditional, and so comfortable that I couldn't help but have a wonderful slumber. The room was big enough to house all our... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

In the city center of Kyoto there are many many places you can choose to sleep. In short, we would recommend. What happens if you choose this one? Location: Location is very god. You are in the middle of the action. Gion is around the corner, Higashiyama also. Shops, restaurants, bars are plenty. Atmosphere is plenty, just walk outside and... More 

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Odate, Japan
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

I stayed here for one night. They said that the check-in was evening after 16:00 when I made a reservation on the telephone, so I asked to put my baggage in the day and they said OK. On that day, when I go to put my baggage, the owner was absent, and there was one boy of the caretaker. I... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

I love my stay in this a century old traditional Japanese house which used to be a Maiko teahouse. It gives me the real taste of Kyoto with the wooden interior and furniture. The location is unbeatable as it's in the center of Gion area, near to Kawaramachi (Hankyu line) & Gion Shijo (Keihan line) stations and there are a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

We have a good stay at Rakuza Guest house (a Japanese 100 year old houses in the center of Gion area). You can experience a real traditional ryokan in Kyoto. The flooring is all wood and it is covered with tatami mat. We booked a double room (consist of 2 rooms). There’s a lock for your room ie tiny little... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

the guesthouse sits in a quite yet center of gion-shijo area, 3 mins walk to shopping/eating busy kawaramachi street. The room is clean and has no smell. though only 2 toilets and 1 bathroom, but clean and well arranged. Walking from the place to kiyomizu dera temple takes only 20 mins. And staff was helpful too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

We spent 4 nights here. The rate was reasonable and the location was so strategic. The main Kawaramachi station was just minutes away and we used the public transport most of the time to go to Nara, Arashiyama, etc. We also had a good walk to Kiyamizudera, etc. from this ryokan. It's located next to the Kamo river at Gion... More 

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New York, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012

Kyoto was our first stop on our whirlwind tour of Japan. We stayed here for four nights, in the Western Double Room (we chose this room for it's low cost, though I'd rather have stayed in the more traditional rooms). The personnel were friendly, helpful and always available when needed. The common rooms were beautiful. The location was perfect for... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

I was just in Kyoto and Osaka. I stayed in this guest house, a budget ryokan and a business hotel. I also went to a minshuku. Of all of these lodgings, this place really felt the most Japanese. True, the floors creak, there is one shower, etc. but I appreciated the experience despite these small inconveniences. People were considerate and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

Enjoyed my 3 nights stay at this guesthouse. The futon was comfy and had a good sleep. It is extremely quiet at night though, that I can hear snippets of conversation of my opposite room neighbour. There is a 24hr small supermarket about 2mins walk away.

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