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“Location and Service Top Notch” 5 of 5 stars
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  |   725 Higashi Shiokoji-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 600-8216, Japan (Kyoto Station)   |  
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Ranked #82 of 332 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
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“Location and Service Top Notch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

Kyoto is a very large city, so finding a ryokan like this was a real coup. The location is fantastic, primarily because it's a five-minute walk from Kyoto Station. That's key not only if you're trying to get to the train for the airport or just to get around for sightseeing, There are also lots of things to do and see within walking distance, including places to eat. There's a comfortable sitting room and the Japanese-style room we stayed in was spacious and also had a private bathroom. The staff were very friendly and the breakfast was incredible (extra charge).

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

This Ryokan is perfectly located about 5 minutes walk from Kyoto Station, yet it is quiet. The Japanese breakfast was delicious and the rooms spacious. Very friendly staff. Everywhere is within walking distance, from Gion to the Nishiki markets. And plenty of restaurants to Kyoto Station. For those wanting to do laundry there's a coin laundry just 5 minutes walk away. Definitely recommended. One thing to remember though, the place only take cash payments (no credit cards) but there is a 7-11 atm (ask the yodobashi camera reception for details) that takes international cards.

Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

Our experience in Heianbo was really great! It feels very much lived in, and the staff makes you feel well taken care of! I would stay there again if I had the chance to go back!

Location was perfect as well; it's easy to access from Kyoto Station, but despite its prime location, it was really quiet.

The Japanese breakfast was light but really filling, and as authentic as it gets. They cook it fresh every morning, apparently, and it was really good!

Consider Heianbo as your home in Kyoto!

Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013

Thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Heianbo. Easy 5 min. walk from Kyoto Station, We stayed in 2 Japanese style rooms, and both were tastefully decorated and large for Japan. Bedding was clean and comfortable. Owners spoke some English, but tried to help as much as they could. Very accommodating. Wi-fi does not work in back, but good in the front. Only reason 4 stars is because smoking is allowed in the lobby. Otherwise, excellent stay.

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  • Stayed December 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 December 8, 2013

I stayed in four ryokans during my trip to Japan and this was by far the best. The Japanese-style room was large and the en-suite was cute and cosy. The ryokan was decorated with lovely statues and traditional Japanese items. I was allowed to leave my suitcase in the lobby the date of checkout whilst I went exploring the city, which was very handy. I collected my case when I was due to leave Kyoto. Staff were very friendly and the whole ryokan was pristine. I will definitely be staying here again when I visit Kyoto in the future.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

Had a really great time in Kyoto, and part of it was because I stayed here. Really love the place, very comfortable and the service was good. Just walking distance from Kyoto Station. I think I've got more than I expected considering the relatively cheap price.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 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 November 6, 2013

This easy to find ryokan is walking distance from the station, on a quiet side street. Super-friendly staff speak reasonable english, and provide spotless, comfortable rooms, great breakfasts, and a coffee table covered in guide books. Bike rental next door, on 2 bus routes, is an excellent find - well worth staying here!

  • Stayed September 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
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Address: 725 Higashi Shiokoji-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 600-8216, Japan
Location: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > Kyoto Station
Hotel Style:
#44 Top resorts Hotel in Kyoto
Number of rooms: 20
Also Known As:
Ryokan Heianbo Hotel Kyoto

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