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Ryokan Rikiya

3.0 of 5
  |   463-23 Shimokawara-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0825, Japan
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Ranked #276 of 333 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

cold room! smallest bath! no conversation! bad manner!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 via mobile

The ryokan is located in a prime position in amongst temples and shrines. It is but a short walk from a glorious collection of restaurants (north-bound on Higashioji St.) and reasonably close to bus routes (again, on Higashioji-dori). This is a family-run ryokan so do not expect the Hilton but we found our hosts to be practical yet accommodating. Gates... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

We stayed at Rikiya in 2009 and again in 2014. The owner is incredibly old and now has assistance in running the Ryokan. Her daughter while we were there told us, please feel like this is your home. And in a week in room 3 that is exactly how we felt. Halfway through our visit the owner ( i wish... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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13 hotel reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

We booked three nights there. Although the cost is higher than usual hotels but we wanted to experience a ryokan stay. The ryokan is simple but located in very accessible location and also within walking distance to different famous sites of Kyoto. A photo of its front facade was in a well-known travel guidebook. I have read some of the... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012 via mobile

Very strange, in retrospect hilariously awful, and certainly the worst hotel I have ever stayed in. To summarise: service ranging from non-existent to rude, hot water turned off unless you call the (generally unattended) reception to request it, 3 x buzzing wasps in a damp room upon arrival, wifi named 'rikiya' visible but not allowed access, sheets left unchanged for... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012 via mobile

Booked 3 nights over a weekend partially based on Internet feedback and reviews. We had left it fairly late to book and were happy to get a room there - albeit an expensive one. Never mind it's in a ok location and the pics look ok plus decent reviews. We arrive around 4pm but there is no one there so... More 

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Putrajaya, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2012

wake up to the sound of birds in the morning in a traditional ryokan (japanese guest house). situated right in front of Kodaiji temple.getting there by a taxi will bring you right to the door step and it cost about 2000yen from Kyoto station.the Southern Higashiyama is a hilly area so its an uphill walk from the nearest bus stop... More 

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New York City, New York
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21 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2011

As the other reviewers have mentioned, Rikiya is not the Four Seasons, but it gives you an authentic ryokan experience. You feel like you've stepped back into time, especially given that the building is on a cherry blossom-lined walkway filled with geisha impersonators. The criticism about Rikiya is valid, although with the caveat that most hotels in Japan charge by... More 

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Signal Hill, California
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4 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2011

What more do I need to say, other than what you read in the title. The first thing you notice when you walk in is the damp mildew smell. Within 10 minutes of arriving and sitting down to have a cup of tea (which they provided upon arrival, standard at Ryokan's), my wife froze up and pointed at the biggest... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2011

The location of this ryokan is in an excellent location. In the heart of the old charming part of kyoto. The ryokan is a bit old, but seemed pretty clean. It is run by two older ladies who speka very little english, so communicating can be hard. But they are very sweet ladies and always greeted us when we arrived... More 

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Address: 463-23 Shimokawara-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0825, Japan
Location: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Ryokan Rikiya 3*
Number of rooms: 10
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#148 Top resorts Hotel in Kyoto

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