My sister and I stayed at Kimi Ryokan for 5 nights in late March/early April 2013.
Overall the service was fantastic. Prior to our arrival, email communication was always prompt and helpful. We arrived well before check-in, but they agreed to hold our bags at the ryokan until we came back later within the check-in time. They were always willing to help with any questions we had, they even helped us organize for our luggage to be sent to our next accommodation in Kyoto using the Kuroneko/Yamato transport service.
Although there were only two of us, we reserved a 6 mat tatami room (rather than the 4.5) and were grateful for the extra space as the smaller room may not have accommodated as well for our two large suitcases. The futons were comfortable, and we enjoyed the free Yukata's to wear when using the shared bathrooms. The only issue we had was that the walls are somewhat thin, and you can hear other guests slamming doors and talking loudly in the halls.
The location was quite good, a brisk 10-15 minute walk to the JR Ikebukuro Station. There were lots of 7/11's around the area as well as Family Mart, and we found the Hanamasa supermarket (one block north of Kimi Ryokan) to be very useful.
Lots of restaurants and cafe's are within short walking distance. Gusto Cafe (more so a restaurant) is great for people not accustomed to Japanese food just yet, and we also had a great dinner at a little pizza bar called Napoli Ikebukuro Nisiguchi.
If there was one thing we could change, it is the fact that every time you leave the ryokan you have to give your room key to the front desk, and collect it upon your return. This became somewhat inconvenient if you left something in your room or if you were frequently coming and going.
Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Kimi Ryokan.
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- Also Known As:
- Kimi Ryokan Hotel Toshima
- Kimi Ryokan Tokyo, Japan