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Ryokan Kyoraku
231 Kogawa-cho, Schichijo-agaru, Akezu-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 600-8149 , Japan   |  
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Ranked #51 of 193 Kyoto B&B and Inns
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“Clean, comfortable and best location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2012

Positive:
+ The location is perfect, really close from Kyoto Station;
+ Very polite and helpfull staff. The woman helped a lot explaining how to get to the main attractions;
+ The room is clean and
Negative:
- Curfew: you must hit the ryokan until 11PM;
- The bathroom is too small.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • 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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Brisbane, Australia
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

The room was clean and comfortable and the owners were helpful and efficient. The bedding & tatami were both spotless. There is a curfew which didn't worry us but if you want a place to crash at after big nights out, then look elsewhere. It is very handy to Kyoto station being just a few hundred metres away. TIP - if you see the Lawson's store on the corner just down from the ryokan, you can actually go down the steps adjacent to an underground walkway which runs all the way to Kyoto station ;)

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

Affordable, spanking new, well maintained and right by kyoto station
need i say more
the place was new - well maintained
The rooms - good size and well decorated
Location - cant beat.. right in the middle - plenty of food and convenient bus stop right outside the ryokan
It is in a side street, so quiet at night :)

Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Beijing, China
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

A fake "ryokan" by every sense of the word. I chose to stay here when visiting with my wife instead of one of the magnificent guesthouses (e.g. Hana right next door, or especially K's which I LOVED) in order to have a Japanese style ryokan experience at budget price. What could be better right? As with anything in Japan, you'll soon discover that you get what you pay for... And if you want quality, expect to pay for quality. This place is not a ryokan in any sense of the word. They give you the opportunity to experience sleeping in a Japanese style hotel - small rooms with Japanese decor, tatami mats, tiny bathrooms, and even a cheap kimono to wear for the 10min that you'll actually spend around the facilities here, but at 2x the cost. So basically all the parts of a japanese hotel that most westerners actually hate, at elevated prices. A true ryokan is like a japanese spa... Hot springs, massages, top class meals delivered right to your room... Basically a place to go as a vacation in and of itself. Here are plenty of real ryokans in Kyoto, but all are well outside of the city limits. Many others similar to Kyoraku within the city will claim to offer this Japanese tradition, by essentially are catering to tourists who don't know any better and think this is what a real ryokan is like. We paid ¥11,000 per night not including breakfast, which was 2-3x what a guesthouse would have been (granted, a real ryokan would have been ¥30,000 range). If visiting Kyoto, don't bother with any place with the name "ryokan" in its title - you're not here to stay indoors all the time... There is so much to see and do that there's no point in wasting money to stay home (let alone one without ryokan treatment). Worst part of Kyoraku was the 11pm curfew... Meaning you cannot even go out to experience the extensive nightlife around Sanjo area! For this reason alone, a guesthouse/hostel would have been far preferable. As negative as I've been, this is not to say that all is bad here... The owner this sweet little old lady is incredibly nice and great, and does prepare a great breakfast (¥1000 per person extra) from local Kyoto goods. And the location is hard to beat (5min walk from Kyoto station). But for the price there are far better places you can stay with privacy (most guesthouses/hostels do have individual rooms you can book, many with private bathrooms as well).. And those where you could expect to sleep just as well given the paper thin walls at Kyoraku which allow you to hear every and anything. In summary - don't fall in the fake "ryokan" trap - save your money elsewhere and have an even better Kyoto experience. I'd say this place would be great for one purpose only - if you have a Japanese girlfriend whose family you are visiting (as was the case with 1 guest we met) - can't stay in a hostel if you're trying to impress them, need to front some cash, more "Japanese" authentic, etc.

I actually feel bad writing this review since the owner was such a nice lady...

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Brisbane, Australia
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2012

Ryokan Kyoraku is a good value hotel, handy to the Kyoto Station. The lady who runs the establishment runs a tight ship and everything is spotlessly clean. You have to vacate your room throughout the day (from 9am to 3pm, I think) to allow the cleaning. The rooms are quite basic but we found the free wifi and coin operated washing machine and dryer very useful. There is a computer offering free internet access in a common area for those who require it.

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2012

Have been very pleasantly surprised with my stay at this Ryokan. The staff are very curtious going out of their way to ensure a pleasant stay. The Ryokan appears very new and is spotlessly clean. It is also very easily accessable from Kyoto station which in turn also provides easy access to the bus networks to access all parts of the Kyoto area. Being in this area also provides great access to all types of eateries. Would totally recommend this to others

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sarasota, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2012

This is a nice, reasonable ryokan in a good location. It is about a 10-minute walk from the main JR station. I was impressed immediately by the cleanliness of the place. Owners were very helpful. Stayed there with two others in a three person room. It was a very traditional Japanese style room (no frills) without a bath. This is not an elaborate ryokan, but if you want to have a basic ryokan experience without spending a lot of money, this is a good choice. We did not eat breakfast there, but coffee and tea are available and we were even encouraged to bring something in from the bakery if we so desired. I would stay there again.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 231 Kogawa-cho, Schichijo-agaru, Akezu-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 600-8149 , Japan
Location: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto
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Ranked #51 of 193 B&Bs / Inns in Kyoto
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