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Guest House Bola-Bola

25-17 Uzumasa Horigauchi-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 616-8152, Japan (Arashiyama/Uzumasa/Takao)
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Ranked #67 of 225 Specialty lodging in Kyoto
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013 via mobile

We had one room for a night than had to change for no apparent reason. In the second room, we got lots of mosquito bites and it was quite noisy with the tram. It is conveniently located for the tram and JR. The bamboo Forrest is 30mins walk away. Plenty of good food locally. No chairs which is traditional but... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

Bola bola is a nice guesthouse. A lot of coffe houses around and little shops/ food. Take the bus from the station. THAT WAY IT"S EASY to find bola bola. With the "old train/tram" easy to get to Arashiyama. There's a lot to do and to see. Ask for the map in the guesthouse. These are perfect for use. The... More

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Brandon, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

We visited here in May 2010. We had 6 days in Japan on a flight stop-over and my husband wanted to see Kyoto. We only had two days in Kyoto. With a two year old. I decided we could only see one neighbourhood so we would stay somewhere affordable near Arashiyama or Northern Higashiyama. I picked Bola Bola. It's a... More

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Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

The place was a little difficult to find at first but ample help was provided - you can ask for directions and help at the train station at Uzumasa and the staff will assist you. Careful where you are going! I entered the wrong way and was greeted by the fierce looking family dog. =) The owner is a nice... More

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Lisbon, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012

We stayed at Bola Bola guest house in march 2009 and i think we will always remember this place. The home is a real ryokan, the owner very helpful and nice. first we thought that the location is a little bit far away from kyoto city center, but after visiting bamboo forest, the best spa (onsen) i ever been and... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Stayed here for 2 nights, owner mr. Haru very polite and helpful. This guest house is a real Japanese house so give us a real experience when we were in Japan. Is convenient access to arashiyama. Location is good, near by train station but you need to pass by 3 railway line to reach this guest house. At night when... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

stayed in this ryokan during my first visit to japan and was not disappointed, the owner is very accommodating personally welcoming and entertaining guests, he also gives good tips on places to visit, there is also tourist maps available, wifi is free, rooms have secure locks, communal shower has free shampoo, The neighborhood was also peaceful and there are lots... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2012

We spent two great nights in this pleasant guesthouse, sleeping in à traditionnal Japanese room. Our host was real welcoming, the hood is quiet and we just felt at home in his house. Not exactly in the centre of Tokyo, but we didn't regret our pick.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2012

This honestly felt more like a hotel than a hostel. We didn't see any other guests but once in the early morning, and except when we arrived, we barely saw the owners. Said owners are very nice and speak excellent English, and the woman who greeted us gave us several helpful maps with nearby food and sightseeing spots. We were... More

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Montreal, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

If you are looking for a real Ryokan experience, this is the place to go. Note that there is no heat and it gets very cold in winter. The shower room is the worst part of the house and the toilets are on the first floor. The owners are nice as long as you don't arrive too early in the... More

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Address: 25-17 Uzumasa Horigauchi-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 616-8152, Japan
Location: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > Arashiyama/Uzumasa/Takao
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Ranked #67 of 225 Specialty lodging in Kyoto
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