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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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Manila, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Stayed here to experience a traditional Japanese room, which is a minimalistic way of retiring for the night. The room is spacious enough, bathroom is sparkling clean with basic amenities and hot water. The wifi is pretty stable and fast. Sunichi-san and the rest of the staff are very welcoming and helpful, from arrival to serving breakfast to checking out.... More 

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Singapore, null, Singapore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We stayed in a "Western" room, which was quite large. My husband had to duck to get into the bathroom (the top of the door came to his chin) but he's kind of used to that in Japan, so no major issues. The location is great, about a 10 minute walk from Kyoto station. The service was very very nice... More 

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Bali, Indonesia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The ryokan is located about 10-12min from the main Kyoto station where you may hop on other trains or buses for your sightseeing outings. The staff are extremely friendly, accommodating and informative. For example, a lady suggested that you can purchase a day pass for buses if you plan to ride 3 or more trips to save money. Nice tip!... More 

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Privas, France
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We rent one of the smallest rooms in this Ryokan as all of them were extremely expensive. They provide you green tea and all of the instruction to made it, also yucatas are given to enjoy a true japanese stay. Breakfast was cheap and really delicious.

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Newark, Delaware
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Screamin' wifi. We took advantage of their offer to cook us a light, fresh, inexpensive breakfast (eggs, toast) in their lobby dining area -- it was just what my kids needed to fuel up for a day of top tempting. Great location -- our family of four walked from Kyoto Station with three carry-on rolling suitcases to the ryokan in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Spent 2 nights at Matsubaya, and most of the time outdoors around Kyoto in bicycles. It was great to come back for a hot shower and enjoy the cold room by relaxing in the tatami and futon mattresses. We did had the Japanese breakfast one morning, highly recommended to try, is more like a lunch. Price is very reasonable, close... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We stayed three nights at Matsubaya and thoroughly enjoyed our traditional Accomodation. The Tatami mats and traditional bedding were surprisingly comfortable (although they had a double layer) which was very welcome as I sometimes have a bit of hip trouble. The only problem was getting up off the floor. The room we had was reasonably spacious and also had a... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

I am so happy with the experience I had at the Mastubaya Inn. Such nice sweet people. The front desk woman called a restaurant and taxi company for us. So helpful and would suggest to anyone! Loved it

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

I spent 5 nights at Matsubaya Inn in May 2015. I was very happy with the traditional accommodation and found my room to be more comfortable than I expected. The bathroom was quite small but being on my own, I was able to manage. The hosts were very accommodating and when I requested a traditional breakfast, the cook came in... More 

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Mexico City, Mexico
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

If you are visiting Japan you need to make sure that you stay at least one night in a traditional place. You are in all your right to be scared to sleep on the floor, but in Matusbaya Ryokan they will make your stay the most comfotable one. Also they leave a tea set for your use during your stay... 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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