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Watazen

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413 Izutsuyacho, Rokkaku Sagaru, Yanaginobaba, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8113 , 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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palo alto, california
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22 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We stayed there for two nights last week. The rooms are relatively big with three partition. When you open the door, there's an area to put your shoes. The bathroom, sink and bath area are also here. Then you have a small area where the safe box, amenities and bedding are kept. There's another partition with a low Japanese table... More 

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Manila, Philippines
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 229 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Just as others have observed, this is not your typical or authentic ryokan, but it's provides a great ryokan experience for a foreigner with the pertinent aspects. It's tucked in a small road just a few blocks from the main shopping area of Kyoto, so it provides that nice residential feel and provides a quiet respite from the busy commercialized... 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 to us. We are very sorry about that it was hard for you to find our place. We try to explain to our customers how to get to Watazen in easier way. However, it seems very difficult for foreiners. We believe that you could experience a little bit Japanese style, culture and people. We hope... More 

Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States
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11 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Watazen was nicer than what I expected. The ryokan is located very conveniently near the shopping center, and the staffs were very kind. The comforter seemed to have a few stains here and there but the room was clean in general. I really liked the public bath which was really clean. Also, the breakfast option is highly recommended! Overall we... 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 to us. As you mention about location, not only foreigners but also Japanese are appreciate that convenience. We hope you can come back again and get to know more Kyoto, Japan. Thank you. More 

Vancouver, Canada
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69 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Watazen is not a ryokan in the strict definition of one, but it is a good alternative to a faceless hotel in historical city. It gives you a taste of what it is like to sleep on tatami in the evening. It allows you your private bathroom (make sure you ask for you). It is right downtown. The service is... 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 to us. We are happy to hear that your family could enjoy Japanese style accommodation. We hope you will come back again here and get to know about Japanese things more and more. Thank you. More 

Hanoi, Vietnam
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

This is one of our most wonderful experience in Japan. The room was clean and cosy. We enjoyed everything here, from the traditional environment to the food. Staff was so friendly, professional and helpful. They helped us to find good restaurant and attraction. Their English was incredibly good. Thanks a lot. And this is my first experience with osen ever.... 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 to us. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed staying at Watazen. We hope you will come back again and experience more Japanese things. Thank you. More 

Palo Alto, California
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

We had a wonderful traditional Japanese experience - the service was great and they helped to make us feel comfortable with the unfamiliar customs. We got the kaiseki dinner "for foreign tastes" and it was delicious and a really huge amount of food. I would highly recommend the dinner as part of the experience. The location is close to the... 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 staying at Watazen ryokan. We appreciate your comments. We hope you will come back again in Japan in the future and stay at Watazen ryokan. Thank you very much. More 

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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 via mobile

From the moment of arrival friendly welcoming service was the signature for this ryokan. The staff had surprisingly good English which was an unexpected bonus. The food was plentiful and good served by staff with a gentle sense of humor. The owner popped in for a visit which was a lovely touch. I really enjoyed the onsen which was quite... 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 to us. We are happy to hear that you could enjoy our food and cozy atmosphere. Please come back again and enjoy more Japanese things. Thank you. More 

Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

We stayed in this transitional ryokan where we can experience sleeping on tatami. My kids really enjoyed it because they get to wear the Traditonal Japanese bath robe. The mattress was very comfortable and the room temp was jus right. All of us had a great sleep. We have a private bathroom and it was very clean. We were all... 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 staying at Watazen ryokan in Kyoto. We are very glad to hear that your family could enjoy to stay in Japanese style hotel. We hope we will have you here again. Thank you very much. More 

Nara Prefecture, Japan
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

We have stayed here on several occasions, this time was for 5 nights during a trip to see the cherry blossom. The hotel is very clean and friendly. We had a recently refurbished Japanese style room that was tastefully decorated, retaining it's original style. The room was spacious with a nice annex with a table and chair. The staff here... 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 patronage. We are glad to hear from you that you were able to enjoy to travel around Kyoto city. All staff members are waiting for your next visit. Thank you very much. More 

Kuala Lumpur
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Overall a great place to stay in Kyoto whether is your first trip or not. Great location as the shopping district is just a door step away, also not to forget the local wet market is just around the corner. Lastly I have give two thumbs up for the stuff on their effectiveness and friendliness.

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Thank you very much for staying at Watazen Ryokan. We believe that you could enjoy to travel around Kyoto city. We hope you will come back again in Japan and stay at Watazen. Thank you very much. More 

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