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Kyomachiya Ryokan Sakura
3.0 of 5 Ryokan   |   228 Butsuguyacho Aburanokoji Hanayacho Sagaru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 600-8347, Japan (Kyoto Station)   |  
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Ranked #21 of 192 Kyoto B&B and Inns
Singapore, Singapore
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“Traditionally modern”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

The plus points of the Ryokan is it's location. Its not too far from Kyoto station which has a range of restaurants as well as others nearby. We walked to the station and back most times as the weather was pleasant, though buses are also convenient. The buses to Gion and ahead were also nearby. The staff were very friendly and spoke English. There is internet in the room and lobby and desktops for use as well. We asked for a twin, traditional room. Twin bed hotel rooms are generally larger in Japan. And not having a bed was fine, gave us more space. There was no view, just overlooked the street. The breakfasts, both western and japanese were very average and a bit boring as we were there for over five days. But we would leave early in the morning so it did not make sense to go out for brekker. There is a convenience store nearby if you want to stock up on snacks, yogurt and drinks.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

It's about 10 minutes walk from Kyoto Station or take bus #9 or #28 and get off at third stop, lot of local buses come by frequetly, friendly staffs eager to help with directions and bus routes, the Japanese style breakfast was average, had both western & Japanese style rooms, western style room was more spacious, Japanese style room was interesting but making the bed daily was a chore, overall enjoyed the stay.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

My son and I stayed here for 5 nights. It is a wonderful and affordable Japanese inn experience. The building is traditional style with some lovely modern touches. There is a computer available for Internet use, the staff are helpful and can recommend restaurants and attractions nearby. Don't miss eating at the okonomiyaki restaurant that they will point you to down toward Kyoto Station.

The ryokan's location is good...a short taxi or medium walk from Kyoto station. Easy walking distance to public transportation, bike rentals, and a traditional residential neighborhood with Buddhist supply shops and a large temple nearby.

I very highly recommend this inn.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

We tried the Japanese Room and it was a great experience, (if you have back pain make sure you book a normal room with a bed) the staff was very friendly, their room are well done and clean. They have a great lobby very cosy with library, informations and computer. Love the free internet in room and lobby and the location.
The hotel advise a rental bicycle place, 'Rental Bicycle Kyoto Miyabiya' great rate and good condition bicycle. It's the best way to go around in Kyoto.

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  • Stayed January 2013, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

We recently spent 3 days in this very quaint ryokan and had a fabulous time. The rooms are attractively laid out, ( we had the tea ceremony room and our friends stayed in the garden rooms) clean and comfortable and the staff are very helpful and friendly. We were quite a large group ( 3 families) and the ryokan catered very well for all of us. The central meeting area has wifi and is also where you eat breakfast and a place to relax in the evenings when you come in from sightseeing etc. We even were treated to traditional lion dances over breakfast as we were there over the new year season!The staff were always on hand to help with obtaining bus tickets, calling taxis and assisting with any help we needed. The ryokan is centrally located and an easy walk from the station. I have been going to Japan for 20 years now and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this ryokan- especially as the service makes the stay so relaxed and enjoyable. One piece of advice, book early and get the best rooms- I would recommend the Japanese style rooms.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

Myself and a friend spent 3 nights at the Ryokan Sakura in December 2012 and we both loved it.
We arrived just after 11pm having spent 24hrs travelling. The young man behind the desk had been looking out for us, helped us in with our bags then sat us down with a cup of tea (desperately needed!). He took time to explain all the facilities available, took our breakfast order and then took us up to our room.
We booked a traditional Japanese room with tatami mats, futon beds which you make every night (very easy and comfy), a compact but perfectly serviceable bathroom, dressing area and place to store luggage. The place was spotless, comfortable and relaxing.
For breakfast there were three choices and all came with unlimited tea or coffee and the quality was of a good standard. We found the staff extremely helpful and polite and they were always on hand to offer assistance.
After a day spent doing the tourist thing we really enjoyed coming back to the Ryokan to relax a little while before heading back out into the night.
On leaving I managed to have a peak into one of the non-traditional rooms and I think the traditional Japanese room is much nicer and seemed more spacious, though no doubt this is because there are no beds taking up all the room!
I would highly recommend staying here. It is simple, friendly, clean, comfortable and we thought, excellent value.

Room Tip: I would advise a traditional Japanese room.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

We stayed there with our baby, and it was really pleasant. Although the room was small, it was perfectly thought to be confortable. The attention in the hotel was great. Well situated. It had free internet, laundry, and helped me with my baby´s food!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 228 Butsuguyacho Aburanokoji Hanayacho Sagaru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 600-8347, Japan
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Location: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > Kyoto Station
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Ranked #21 of 192 B&Bs / Inns in Kyoto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Kyomachiya Ryokan Sakura 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kyomachiya Ryokan Sakura is designed like a traditional wooden townhouses in the past and combined with modern-style life. Located in the heart of the city and offers touch of japanese cultures." Feel you're living in Kyoto while you're travelling" ... more   less 
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