Lodging in Kyoto is expensive like the rest of Japan - so if you want to experience traditional Japanese style living on a budget then this is a good place to stay. Kahori is very hospitable, speaks & writes fluent English and is very prompt on the email.
The Inn is a 10 minute walk from the station, but if this is your first visit to Kyoto, its a bit difficult to find, especially at night. But we called up Kahori and she came walking to pick us up. The house itself is quite tiny & you have to remove your shoes and wear the slippers provided by the Inn. We had 2 rooms as we travelled with extended family. I think the rooms were a bit dated and quite basic, but they were clean, with sleeping arrangement on futons on the floor. There are no en-suites, the bathroom, toilets & washing are on the other side of the house - a little inconvenient if you have small kids (especially for those late night wee-wee runs), but the wash area is absolutely clean. Two hi-tech toilets, one shower room & a communal wash room.
Kitchen is provided with refrigerator, microwave & kettle & can be used by guests. And there is a small living area for making new friends.
Kahori is a great hostess, with some great tips to see Kyoto & restaurant recommendations. It was a good experience of the traditional ryokan living!
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