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“Home away home” 5 of 5 stars
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Fujiya Ryokan
3.0 of 5 Ryokan   |   735 Higashi Shiokojicho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 600-8216, Japan (Kyoto Station)   |  
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Ranked #128 of 192 Kyoto B&B and Inns
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“Home away home”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2010

This is a smalll family-run hotel, with super-convenient location of just one-minute walk from Kyoto station. My husband & I enjoyed staying there for 4 nights. The owner was very attentive, who offered towels to us when we rushed back in a sudden heavy rain. Also, Emily, the female cat kept by the family, was so adorable. She greeted us literally every night & morning!

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2010

My husband and I stayed in this ryokan for 6 nights without meals. The family who run this ryokan are very friendly and hospitable and go out of their way to make you feel welcome. For the price, we were quite pleased. It is located about 2mins from Kyoto main station which is extremely convenient. There is free wireless internet access which is fantastic! And a free to use computer in the common room for internet use, as well as some books.

Some things to be aware of - this is a ryokan, so sleeping on the floor is a feature of this style of traditional Japanese accommodation and can be hard to adjust to. Personally I found it pretty difficult to sleep on the floor on the first night but adjusted after that.

The toilet and bathroom are shared, but there aren't very many guestrooms so at least you're not sharing with heaps of people. There is a common bath and two people are allowed in at a time, which is nice. It feels a lot like staying at a Japanese friend's house. Yes, the shared toilet/bathroom situation is kind of a downer, but the great location and the charming service more than make up for it.

There is a cat, but she is on a fixed leash and can't go into the guest rooms.

The lady of the house speaks pretty good English and is very helpful and friendly, as are the rest of the family. And coming back from a day of sightseeing to a tray of green tea and Japanese sweets is just delightful.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2010

My mom and I stayed for 2 nights at Fujiya. The ryokan is located 2 minutes walking from the Kyoto main bus/JR/metro station, which makes it a very convenient spot. There are numerous facilities around, including restaurants and a big shopping mall. You can also easily walk to the main shopping area (it took me about 15 minutes).

Apart from that, the quality of the room and the overall services were just average. Hosts were nice, and welcoming. The atmosphere is more one of a stay-with-my-family than anything else. You have a free internet access in the "living-room" (pretty slow, but enough to check itineraries or emails).
NB - there is a cat living there, so anyone allergic must be aware of that.

I would not recommend this ryokan for elderly and/or persons with walking difficulties (really hard to get upstairs because of the numerous steps; futons were not particularly comfortable). Perfect for younger travelers, wishing to stay in Kyoto and visit a maximum.

  • Stayed April 2010
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 735 Higashi Shiokojicho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 600-8216, Japan
Location: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > Kyoto Station
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Ranked #128 of 192 B&Bs / Inns in Kyoto
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Hotel Class:3 star — Fujiya Ryokan 3*
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