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Capsule Ryokan Kyoto
2.5 of 5 Capsule Hotel   |   204 Tsuchihashicho, Shichijo-dori, Aburano-koji, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8226, Kyoto Prefecture   |  
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Ranked #5 of 155 Specialty lodging in Kyoto
4.5 of 5 stars 598 Reviews
London, England, United Kingdom
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“Great budget accomodation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

We stayed here for a total of 5 nights. The room is small but is nearly perfect for people who are always out sightseeing or visiting places. We loved the two free internet connected computers at the receptions and the free tea and coffee. In the room showers are very good and unusual. There is a basin in the room as well. Storage space is under the futon beds. There is also a TV and a kettle. Regarding the location we found it ok because we used the main train station to go to Nara and Hiroshima/Osaka but also to go to the bamboo forest area and to Inari temple. The train station is also very good for breakfast and dining. However, for some travellers the location may be a bit outside central Kyoto and Gion. For the room the only downside is the humidity so it is suggest to open the window as long as possible. The people at the reception are professional and they helped us when we asked questions.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013 via mobile

I stayed in this venue for a week over the Christmas break. One night was in the capsule for the novelty value, which was very comfortable and clean. I think it gives an essence of what a capsule hotel is like - if you want the real deal (which is much more cramped) you may not find it here.

For the rest of the week I spent it upstairs in an ensuite room. Although some of the other reviewers mentioned the rooms were small - for the room rate and being in Japan - I think it was actually very reasonable and good value.

Ensuite room gives you all the gadgets you'll ever need - top end toilet with plenty of buttons to with, fancy shower with multiply spray / shower options, large flat screen tv. 

The shower cubicle does open up onto the bedroom area so if you're sharing with a travel buddy and not your partner it maybe slightly inconvenient.

The venue has really made an effort 
by compiling a guide that tells visitors about local eateries and how to get to the main attractions (where the bus stops are etc).

I really enjoyed my stay. Would go again and recommended it to friends.
Very clean, close to Kyoto Station and good value for money.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

Stayed for two nights on December 2012. The hotel has Capsule and private rooms. Original plan was to stay one night in Capsule for the adventure, but after entering the room that was pretty stinky, changed our minds and moved to private room that was okay, though not as clean as you'd expect from Japanese hotel.

Free WIFI and two computers for guest are available at the lobby.
Hotel is about 15 minutes walk to Central train station, but not actually near any special attraction.

Have to mention the helpful, welcoming, friendly and English-speaking staff.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

Strictly speaking, this is neither a ryokan nor a capsule hotel. Nevertheless, the hotel and its slightly eccentric owners provide a charming experience for a very reasonable price.

You can expect extremely compact, clean and functional rooms just 10 minutes walk from the train station. The rooms have air-conditioning, under-bed storage, modern showers and WC, wired internet and TV. There is a communal kitchen area and laundry, hostel-style, available to all guests. A thorough, well-researched and thoughtful guidebook in the room suggests local restaurants and bars in addition to bus routes to the major temples, shrines and other sights - a nice touch.

Would recommend to young travellers on a budget, as long as they are prepared to take buses to see the sights.

Room Tip: I think all the rooms are pretty similar, from what I could tell. Don't expect much of a view.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 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 December 18, 2012

First of all, I find the name Ryokan a bit misleading for this hotel. I feel neither the room or service can be considered what you can find at a real Ryokan.
It's a guesthouse with modern clean rooms, that are fitted with traditional tatami mats and futons instead of western bed. This feature almost seems like a bit of an afterthought or gimmick to capture the tourists. Now I have nothing against traditional Japanese style rooms, and have actually actively looked for these type of hotels during my trip, but here it does not seem like an integral part of the style and room.

Having said that, the rest of the room was very good, very new and clean. The showers are great although unfortunately placed in the main part of the room so little privacy. Excellent advanced Japanese toilet. The storage spaces under the beds are a good solution. There is a fixed internet connection, so bring a little wifi router if you want to have wifi in your room otherwise you'll have to go to the lobby. A/C works excellent.
The location is excellent, close to the station,and staff provide very good information about restaurants/shops/bars etc nearby.

The room itself was really small, with two people it was very tight. Although the only other guesthouse I've tried in Kyoto was a similar size so probably can't fault the Capsule Ryokan for this aspect.

The value was good, taking into account the positives of the Capsule Ryokan and the Kyoto pice levels.
It makes for a good base to explore Kyoto, it's just a bit claustrophobic with two people in the small rooms.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

Clean, modern, super high-tech gagets packed into a tiny space while retaining its traditional charm. Well use of technology to optimise the limited small space. Many useful tips and excellent guide book available in room which helped us get to know the japanese culture a little better. Walking distance(5-7min) to the kyoto train station. Staff is well versed in English. Thank you for the Japanese hospitality even though it is just a 1 night's stay.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

We picked this one on a whim because another highly recommended hotel was completely booked out and once we got there we absolutely loved it.

The staff here are extremely helpful and attentive, and their English is top notch so there is no fear of having to communicate with disjointed Japanese and vigorous hand gestures. They gave us a map with a booklet on things to do in Kyoto including opening times, price and photos so we can recognise the sites. They even put in an Australian adaptor plug into the spcket for us to use! They are all extremely approachable, friendly and are able to offer detailed help of required; a must for a first timer in Kyoto.

The facilities are very Japanese in a sense that they mix ultra high tech with the old and traditional. Our tatami/futon bed had a special (and much needed as the room is quite small) compartment underneath for luggage. The shower resembles a time machine and is fantastic, and the toilet is fully automatic in every way; the seat lifts when you first open the door and closes itself after you leave among other things.

The laundry facility is shared and costs 200 Yen for a wash and 300 Yen for a dry. Be careful when you put the coins in as there are two separate coin machines for each dryer and washer. I'm just a little silly so I accidentally put my coins into the washer instead of the dryer. The staff downstairs are able to provide you with change should you require.

They have free wifi downstairs and computers as well with Skype functionality (this will set you back a small fee) and also LAN access the rooms.

The location is pretty good. It's a few streets down from a little tiny alleyway lined up with really tiny pubs which is where we had the best night of our lives drinking with the locals and singing karaoke, and watching the karaoke slot machine spin as you hope for a win in order to take home a bottle of smooth sake. It's also right around the corner from a bus stop which can take you around to any of the temples which may be a little bit of a hike but we would definitely recommend to try and walk to your destination as on a bus you would miss out on all the alleyway pubs, sights, people watching etc.

Overall, it was a great stay and we would definitely choose this place again if we were to ever visit Kyoto.

Thanks for such a great time!!

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 204 Tsuchihashicho, Shichijo-dori, Aburano-koji, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8226, Kyoto Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 155 Specialty lodging in Kyoto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Capsule Ryokan Kyoto 2.5*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Everything you would expect from a luxury ryokan in a 10 square meters. A king size Tatami bed with two comfortable futon and double insulated walls (for additional privacy), thick mattresses, air conditioner and a folding table. The rooms are also equipped with the latest facilities such as a stylish shower room, Sharp AQUOS 32 inch LCD TV and fully automatic toilet.* A large storage space is available under the Tatami bed as well. ... more   less 
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