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Oslo, Norway
Reviewed December 8, 2016 via mobile

We had a wonderful stay in this beautiful ryokan in Kyoto. Rooms are just great; huge and spotless, with hot tea-water waiting for you. The staff are so helpful (and fluent in english), and the bath is great. I loved everything about this ryokan, except for the location (which was a bit too far from the city centre for my...

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Portland, Oregon
Reviewed November 26, 2016

The staff at Sawaya Honten was very helpful in providing directions to wherever we needed to go. Room was large and clean. Private bath was on smaller side but well equipped. Nice Koi pond near breakfast room.

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sf bay area
Reviewed November 24, 2016

This was our first timw staying in a ryokan. The facility is very clean and tidy. The owner and his family are very generous and nice people. Thank you Hiroshi for helping us navigating Kyoto. The only draw back is that 9 out of 10 cab drivers didnt know where thia ryokan is when we first mention the name. Good...

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Sydney, Australia
Reviewed November 12, 2016

This is truly a beautiful Ryokan! The rooms are spacious, impeccable and spotless. The owners are extremely gracious. The location is in a quite street so you sleep well... but only 10 minutes walk from the restaurants of Gion. Lovely experience!

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Reviewed November 6, 2016 via mobile

Clean and comfortable Japanese style hotel. The front speaks English. Easy access to bus and subway that takes you to popular spots in the city, still the ryokan itself is at a quieter place. Walking to Heian Shrine and Roam Theater is about 15 min.

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Reviewed November 3, 2016

Great service at this traditional hotel. The host was extremely courteous and helpful - even letting me do a few complimentary loads of laundry. My room was clean and welcoming. The shower/bath room was large, with piping hot water. I would definitely stay here again.

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Suffern, New York
Reviewed October 24, 2016

Great Ryokan. Our room was quite spacious, with a very modern private bath. Traditional yet new and modern. Very clean. WIFI service was weak wand really the only negative. The location near Kyoto University is within walking distance of downtown and sites of interest.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Reviewed October 16, 2016

Instead of staying at a generic Western hotel my husband and I chose to stay at a Ryokan. The rooms at Sawaya Honten are very spacious and beautifully set up. Every day there was also a new thermos with hot water (which you could refill in the lobby), green tea bags and a small biscuit. We also loved the yukata...

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Kyoto, Japan
Reviewed October 11, 2016

This is an exceptional Ryokan located near Heian Temple. You are within walking distance to majorities of the recommended temples. If you aren't feeling like walking , bus stops is few steps away, so is the train station. The facilities are great. You have the traditional Ryokan setting with most western hotel amenitites (e.g. Hair dryer , fridges, tea/coffee set...

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Yokohama, Japan
Reviewed September 27, 2016 via mobile

We stayed for 2 nights at the Sawaya Honten. The location is pretty good. We were able to walk to the Kamo River to have dinner in the Pontocho area. Lots of people out enjoying the river area. Although the rooms have baths, we enjoyed the communal bath both nights. The only downside was the bedding. The futons were very...

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City Center
No district of Kyoto is quite as representative of its blended nature as the City Center. By day, the covered shopping arcades along Kawaramachi and Shijo Street bring deal hunters and fashionistas out in droves to peruse the clothing, accessories, gifts, and home goods offerings. When it grows dark, the City Center is a hip spot for nightlife, alive with bars and clubs. A trendy culinary scene and an abundance of local watering holes give the Center its youthful vibrancy. In contrast, the quieter areas of the City Center seem a world away, shielded from noise by the foliage of the public gardens and zen spaces surrounding the area's shrines, castles, and the Imperial Palace. These ancient and sacred spots are seamlessly folded into the scenery, providing a respite from the energy of the city, but close enough to put you directly back onto the pulse of the city when you're ready.
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Address: 25, Kawahara-cho, Shogoin, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8397, Kyoto Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > City Center
Price Range: $158 - $220 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Sawaya Honten 3.5*
Number of rooms: 15
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“My room, #203, was above the koi pond in the traditional garden.”
 of 5 bubbles edwardlD5163PF, Nov 3, 2016 | Read review
“The free WIFI is really spotty. Signal in our room was weak and was lost a few times every 15 minutes. Very frustrating.”
 of 5 bubbles dmcc57, Oct 24, 2016 | Read review
“Book early, ask for a room on level 1”
 of 5 bubbles Sidkneee, Apr 25, 2016 | Read review
“I would try to get a room with a private shower if you're not comfortable with sharing a toilet. I think they tend to be a little larger, too.”
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 of 5 bubbles Tavvie, Apr 12, 2016 | Read review
“Upper floors where possible. This is not really a criticism of this place as we found all the ryokans were a bit noisy at times. This to a point is very much part of staying in them. ”
 of 5 bubbles NickieH637, Nov 6, 2015 | Read review
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