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Matsubaya Inn

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Higashinotoin Nishi-iru, Kamijuzuyacho-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8150, Kyoto Prefecture
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although it is a bit away from the Kyoto station, it is a very good place to stay. The place is clean and the staff is nice and easy to communicate with. Also, it is a good opportunity to try on traditional Japanese style room. I will definitely choose this hotel again if I visit Kyoto afterward.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The sleeping space was ok...All the linens are quite old and maybe not so clean. We did have a private bath which has a dangerous step down plus the floor sinks down in one spot plus they have a hose running from the sink into the shower. We didn't even shower for safety and towel reasons. The Inn is quite... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great little Ryokan, a must try when in Japan. Located walking distance to Kyoto Station, rooms even had wifi. Overall it was such a pleasant stay and a great traditional experience. Staff were all so friendly and helpful. We also got a lovely set of wooden chopsticks as a small souvenir upon checkout. Would highly recommend this place!

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Redwood City, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

When in Japan, it's absolutely worth going to a ryokan, a traditional inn, with tatami-mat floors, futons to sleep on, rice paper walls and sliding doors. This is a great example of one, and in a central Kyoto location, a 10 min walk from the main train station. Beautiful room in classic Japanese style, with great sencha tea on hand,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

This little "inn" is a traditional ryokan that has been structurally renovated to ensure safety from the fires that have destroyed many of the historic old wooden structures in Japan. The feel is warm and cozy, with sufficient room for a very comfortable stay. One of the men who helped us is 6th generation of the family who has owned... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

I went during peak autumn and room rates were rather expensive during this period. I felt its over rated and although I do not have bad reviews of this place, its slightly overpriced for a ryokan. The walk to Kyoto Station is around 10 mins may sound near but if you are the over a week, the walk back (after... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

The experience was good, the Japanese couple was hospitable. The room was really small but had the lovely ryokan feel in it. We stayed here during our honeymoon. It was quite near the train station. :)

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

The majority of the staff could understand and speak pretty well English. A plus point! I believe it is the reason why it is such a popular ryokan in Kyoto for non-Japanese. The 5 nights which I have stayed was however quite a nightmare as I am a light sleeper. The 6-tadami which I had stayed on 3rd level is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

A really lovely ryokan just a 10 minute walk from Kyoto Station. Very welcoming with good sized rooms and compact en-suite bathrooms, unusual for a ryokan, but good for those who prefer private bathing facilities. The futons were probably the thickest I slept on during my tour of Japan and were very comfortable. Breakfast was quite simple and consisted of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

We stayed at Matsubaya for 3 nights earlier on this month. Slightly difficult to find at first since their map wasn't too precise. On a positive note though, all staff was very kind & helpful incl. reception desk, room maids and cooks. Nice, family atmosphere in the ryokan, quiet neighborhood, within walking distance from subway station / bus stop and... More 

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Staying in Shimogyo-ku

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Shimogyo-ku
Shimogyo-ku is centered around the busy train hub, Kyoto Station. A nexus for commerce, shopping, dining, and hotels, the Shimogyo-ku area is infused with tourists and local business travelers, making it a competitive location for ever-new commercial structures. The shops and cafes here are chic and trendy, as a result, with many recognizable chains. Commuters flood the Shimogyo-ku area twice a day, and with Kyoto Station itself being a modern mega-complex and an architectural marvel, this neighborhood is one of the most contemporary and energetic areas that the city has to offer. Buildings here look futuristic, and huge department stores, shopping arcades, and public meeting spaces provide every possible convenience. It is also nearly the only place in Kyoto where rooftop dining and socializing is available, completing its modern tone.
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