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Kikokuso

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Nishi-hairu, Hitosuji-me, Shichi-agaru, Sumiyoshi-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8143, Kyoto Prefecture
Kikokuso
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Napier, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The most courteous owners you could find. An oasis within Kyoto and has been with the current family for 4 generations. Genuine gentle people who obviously love providing the services they do. I imagine it would be diffiecult to find a better Ryokan experience. Thanks again to your family.

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We arrived very late at night with two huge luggages. The owner of the inn and his wife was waiting up for us. First impression: extremely courteous! I think it's a Japanese culture where every one is so polite and courteous and bowing all the time. The owner of the inn spoke considerably good english. We stayed in a 10... More 

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New York, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

We have been there 1 night in a Japanese-style room (with tatami, beds are hard but very comfy), used the Japanese bath (with the yukatas) and had a typical Japanese tasting dinner (you need to book in advance) for a very authentic experience. The food was very good (but you need to like fish), the owners are very nice and... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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36 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

We booked this ryokan for 3 nights to explore Kyoto. The location is very good (close to Kyoto Station the various bus lines that go in all directions). The family that runs the it was very nice, especially the grandparents that were adorable and made you feel at home. We had a small room on the second floor with no... More 

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Frankfurt, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

It has been a few years since I was there. Our room was mid-sized, even though it was in August and very hot, the sleep quality was good thanks to air conditioning. The hot bath could be booked in advance and it was nicely hot with great Sisheido shampoo and a shower gel with a very nice fragrance. The family... More 

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Richmond, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

We stayed at Kikokuso for one night in May 2015 and absolutely loved it. We arrive early on the train and they stored our bags for us. The woman who met us gave us a map and some recommendations for our first afternoon in the city. The staff was there to welcome us back when we arrived back later that... More 

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Mexico City, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

Experiences like the ones you live at Kikokuso are what life is made for. It's a tiny enchanting inn, with the kindest hosts. We stayed a couple of nights (which is more than enough, if you're doubtful about the ryokan experience) in a room with a private bathroom, which was very comfortable. Be mindful: it's not like you're used to... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Location is indeed 10-15mins walk to Kyoto station. Due to no toilet in the room, I stayed 1 night instead of my 4 nights in Kyoto and I'm glad I made the right choice. Staying here in a traditional ryokan with kaiseki dinner is just for the experience. The washing basin outside the room is so low that I have... More 

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The other day thank you very much for coming. I'm terribly sorry about the inconvenience. I'll try to improve your opinion of the future reference. We look forward to seeing you next time. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

We stayed for four very special days as guests at Kikokuso, enjoying a heart-warming blend of gentle hospitality, fantastic home-cooked food and traditional surroundings. Our room had a small covered balcony overlooking the beautiful garden and a tokanoma (Japanese equivalent to a sideboard or mantelpiece) - it was more spacious than the 8 tatami mat description suggested. The futons were... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

After a month of searching for a Ryokan in Kyoto, we finally chose Kikokuso due to its reasonable prices and location. Situated just 5-minute drive from Kyoto station, this Ryokan is surprisingly quiet. The staff are all family members (3rd generation) and they waited to greet us from the moment we entered the building. We would say that they had... 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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