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3.0 of 5 Ryokan   |   413 Izutsuyacho, Rokkaku Sagaru, Yanaginobaba, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 604-8113 , Japan (Kawaramachi / Karasuma / Shijo Omiya)
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Ranked #10 of 192 Kyoto B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 2 weeks ago
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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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Brisbane, Australia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
3 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed here for a couple of nights in order to experience a traditional ryokan. The hotel was fairly easy to find (it's just down the street from the YMCA) and in a great location in a really picturesque part of town within walking distance of a a subway station, a great market and Nijo castle. There are also some... More

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watazen, フロント オフィス マネージャー at Watazen, responded to this review

Thank you for your comment! I was so happy that you and your family enjyed our ryokan. You summarized our ryokan's information in your comment and we love the comment very much. Hopefully we are going to see you in near future! Thank you. Have a nice summer. More

London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
11 hotel reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Upon arrival we entered a prize draw game and won some free bits which was a lovely welcome touch! Shown to our room, loads of advice from the staff on things to do, places to eat, and friendly service. We chose a traditional room and it was our first stay in a Ryokan and it was exactly what we were... More

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Thank you so much for your comment. We are happy you liked here in Watazen. And we are waiting for you to visit us again!! More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

Our one-night stay at Watazen was very relaxing and comfortable and was a great way to have some quiet time and a traditional Japanese accommodtion experience in the middle of our hectic nine-day holiday to Japan. The service was outstanding, room and facilities very comfortable and meals delicious. The location of Watazen was the first thing that impressed us on... More

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watazen, フロント オフィス マネージャー at Watazen, responded to this review

Thank you so much for you comment. We are happy that you enjoyed stay in Watazen and Kyoto. Hope to see you again. Thank you so much! More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

This was my first stay at a Ryokan and it was exactly what I was hoping for and expecting. The location was in a quiet part of town that you could walk around in and enjoy the culture. The service from the front desk and the servers for the meals was top notch. If you reserve here, add the dinner... More

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Thank you for staying at Watazen and your comment. We are extremely happy to hear that you were satisfied with our services and enjoyed your stay. :) We hope you had fantastic travel in kyoto. It was so nice to meet you guys. we are loooking forward to seeing you again. Thank you so much. More

Ayutthaya, Thailand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 via mobile

We stayed in 1 big tatami room with 5 people. The room get quite smaller when have the futon prepared. We had sukiyaki prepared for us. It was so goodd~. The public bath was the basic japanese onsen in door bath. Was crowned sometimes. The staffs were very nice and speak quite good english. There is a temple nearby and... More

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watazen, フロント オフィス マネージャー at Watazen, responded to this review

Thank you for your staying at Watazen. Did you enjoy Japanese food? There are many interesting places in Kyoto. We are looking forward to seeing you again. Thank you very much. More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Location It's about a 15 mins taxi ride from Kyoto station, well "hidden" in some small streets. Within walking distance from Nishiki market. It's a 4 storey building with traditional japanese rooms. Rooms We took the 8+4 Tatami Mats guest room with private bath. It's big and spacious with a small balcony with a small desk and 2 chairs, perfect... More

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watazen, フロント オフィス マネージャー at Watazen, responded to this review

Thank you for your staying at Watazen. We are so happy to hear you that you enjoyed Watazen's dishes. Many guests feel our location is very convenient to go to sight seeing places in Kyoto. There are many small temples and shrines in Kyoto. And also, many interesting places. Please try to explore "deep Kyoto" next time. We are looking... More

Singapore, Singapore
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
52 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

This stay made my trip. Excellent service, real Japanese roykan experience. Location is excellent, right in the middle of an area with many local shops and close to the Nishi Market. The traditional Japanese dinner in room is very well presented and explained. And the Madam visited us during dinner to make sure everything is ok. Highly recommended!

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Thank you for your staying at Watazen. We are so happy to hear you that you enjoyed Watazen dinner. We are looking forward to seeing you soon. Thank you for your comments. More

Perth
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61 reviews 61 reviews
37 hotel reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

We stayed in Kyoto for a few days and decided to spend our last night there in a ryokan. We chose Watazen because it was easy walking distance from the hotel we had been staying and because it had received good reviews. The room is large and sparse as you would expect and the futons very comfortable for sleeping. We... More

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Thank you for your staying at Watazen. We are so sorry for making your uncomfotable. We are going to check the clening more. We hope we can serve you next time when you travel Kyoto. Thank you for your comments. More

Los Angeles, CA
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

A wonderful location with kind and helpful staff. We walked to many places. The walls are a bit thin so you do hear other guests. Additionally, the smell of traditional Japanese breakfast permeates the entire place each morning. Basically grilled fish smell. They have a laundry room so it's great to take advantage of that if you're light packers as... More

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Thank you for your staying at Watazen. We are so sorry but, you don't like smell of griled fish. We offer special Kyoto style breakfast, guests cook dry fish on the table. If you plan to come Kyoto in nearfuture, please stay at Watazen again. Thank you for your comments. More

New York City, New York
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

This hotel is a gem. I stayed for three nights with my son and we could not have asked for anything better. The rooms are large, the futons are comfortable, the spa bath downstairs is clean, the breakfast was fantastic and the staff were extremely cordial. Many nice little touches. You are within walking distance of Gion, Southern Higashiyama and... More

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Thank you very much for you staying at Watazen. Our location is typcal down town of Kyoto. We are so glad that you enjoyed Kyoto and Watazen. We are looking forward to seeing you again in ear future. Thanks again. More

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Address: 413 Izutsuyacho, Rokkaku Sagaru, Yanaginobaba, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 604-8113 , Japan
Location: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > Kawaramachi / Karasuma / Shijo Omiya
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Hotel Class:3 star — Watazen 3*
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WATAZEN is a Classical Japanese Inn with modern amenities, located in the center of Kyoto. It has been a familiar inn for many travelers to Kyoto since [Tenpo Gannen](1830). Today, many people enjoy our traditional harmonious atmosphere in central Kyoto. We are confident that our excellent service and cuisine will make your visit to Kyoto a memorable one. Please enjoy Kyoto and relax at WATAZEN. The cost is from 6300JPY - per person. ... more   less 
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