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Kawaramachi Shichijo Agaru Hitosujime Nishi Iru, Shimogyo-Ku, Kyoto 600-8143 Kyoto Prefecture
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#68 of 602 hotels in Kyoto
Location
4.4
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4.8
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4.8
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4.2

Everyone needs a place to lay their weary head. For travelers visiting Shimogyo, Kikokuso is an excellent choice for rest and rejuvenation. Well-known for its historic environment and proximity to great restaurants, Kikokuso makes it easy to enjoy the best of Shimogyo.

You’ll enjoy relaxing rooms that offer a flat screen TV and air conditioning, and you can stay connected during your stay as Kikokuso offers guests free wifi.

The ryokan features room service and baggage storage. For guests with a vehicle, there is paid private parking available on-site.

Close to some of Shimogyo's most popular landmarks, such as Ayako Tenmangu Shrine (0.2 mi) and Ichihime Shrine (0.3 mi), Kikokuso is a great destination for tourists.

Shimogyo has plenty of French restaurants. So when you’re here, be sure to check out popular spots like A Peu Pres, La Table Au Japon, and La Fleur, which are serving up some great dishes.

Kikokuso is sure to make your visit to Shimogyo one worth remembering.

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Paid private parking on-site
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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Breakfast available
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Non-smoking rooms
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Mia wrote a review Jan 2020
9 contributions7 helpful votes
Staying at a traditional Ryonkan was on our bucket list. Our stay of Kikokuso was easily one of our best decisions we made on the trip. Our family of four stayed on the first floor and found our accommodations spacious and comfortable, we had no trouble falling asleep on the tatami mats. We stayed two nights which was perfect. We also had a traditional breakfast which was delicious and warming on a cold winter morning. There was also a traditional shower and bath space which was a treat after walking around all day. This is a truly unique experience filled with authentic Japanese hospitality and space.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Cody wrote a review Jan 2020
Oakland, California7 contributions3 helpful votes
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We had a wonderful experience here! The staff was extremely helpful and very friendly. They didn’t speak much English but taught us a lot of Japanese. they were very patient and brought us tea every night. The beds were very comfortable and so was the setting. I loved looking at the fish and the details spent around the garden and inside the grounds. The bathroom was exceptional and very hot! It was a great place to spend an evening after a full day of walking. This is hands-down the best hotel in all of Japan. If you’re looking for an experience and not just a stay in a cold clean room then this is the place for you. This stay made us feel very welcome here in Japan, so happy we had the opportunity.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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Goldi wrote a review Nov 2018
Schorndorf, Germany43 contributions13 helpful votes
The Owner of this Ryonkan are very nice. It felt really familiar. The Ryonkan itself is pretty nice with that little lake. The private Onsen was also really nice. The breakfast was totally awesome. The bed was really comfortable. I would definitely book this Ryonkan again.
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Date of stay: October 2018
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Niraj A wrote a review Nov 2018
22 contributions10 helpful votes
Stayed for one night in November with my wife. The property is surreal, and the hosts are so warm. They took great care of us and stored our luggage too. Japanese breakfast in the dining room with the koi pond view was perfect. A+++ to the hosts, couldn't have asked for more. If you're looking for an authentic ryokan experience with a real family, don't need to look further.
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Date of stay: November 2018Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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EddyB62 wrote a review Nov 2018
Singapore, Singapore3 contributions
I prefer staying in a ryokan when traveling in Japan. Staying at Yadoya Kikokuso was a great experience, and one of the best ryokans I stayed up to now. It is operated by a family, who does its utmost best to speak English (having basics of Japanese helps communicating). The breakfast is great and diverse. Service is excellent. The family bath (ofuro) is cosy and very clean. And it only has a few rooms, so service is very personal. Make sure you know the basics of behaving in a ryokan before going. Haa, almost forgot: the house itself is beautiful decorated, and a perfect kept inner garden.
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Date of stay: November 2018
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Nathalie S wrote a review Sep 2018
Rafz, Switzerland142 contributions25 helpful votes
We stayed 5 nights in this ryokan (room with bath) and had a marvelous time! The small ryokan is very well maintained and very clean and the owner are really super friendly and helpful. The place was full (we think) but we saw in 6 days only 2x times other guests and despite thin walls heard no noise at all from other guests or staff. The Japanese breakfast was top. We got the place recommended by friends and also warmly recommend it further :-)
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Date of stay: September 2018Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Ed S wrote a review Aug 2018
London, United Kingdom438 contributions84 helpful votes
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Staying here was such a highlight of my trip to Japan. Not just the traditional Japanese guest house but the such kind hospitality. Nothing was too much trouble and their kindness and excellent hospitality will forever be remembered. I got a very reasonably priced room with breakfast from Booking.com for around £80 (Yen 12,960) which was very good value I thought. The breakfast was a work of art, the hot tub was blissfully relaxing, and the room very comfortable despite being on the floor. Very highly recommended and I would love to stay here again.
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Date of stay: July 2018
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Monsieur_Moose wrote a review Jul 2018
London5 contributions2 helpful votes
Conveniently located close to Kyoto station, Kikokuso offers a traditional Ryokan experience. The hosts are 5th generation operators and extremely warm, welcoming and accomodating. We (a family of 4) enjoyed the experience very much, made truly memorable by the gracious hosts themselves.
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Date of stay: July 2018
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Raccoon_me wrote a review Jul 2018
82 contributions82 helpful votes
It's a nice and cozy little place, absolutely loved it. Convenient location, very clean and beautiful traditional Japanese interior. You will be treated with all respect as a family member. People that run this place are extremely friendly and will do their best to accommodate your needs. I had dinner there and it was too much for me alone, but very delicious. There's a mini hot bath that you can privately take after dinner, so relaxing before going to bed. It's shared facilities and though I know I wasn't the only person staying there - haven't seen any single soul. Yes, you are asked to be on a bit of a schedule for breakfast, dinner and bath time, but it was my last day in Kyoto and I had no rush to go anywhere and it was pure pleasure just to spend time there and relax. Futon was very comfy to sleep on.
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Date of stay: July 2018Trip type: Traveled solo
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KateN wrote a review Jan 2018
Khlong Muang, Thailand27 contributions50 helpful votes
Kikokuso is a small (only 5 rooms) family run ryokan. Four rooms have shared facilities. These rooms over look a small but lovely Japanese garden. One room (actually 2 rooms - sleeping room and sitting room) has its own facilities - Japanese bath with shower and a toilet. We had the room with its own facilities which was lovely, spacious and quiet. Downside was that there was no view of the garden. Kikokuso is a small and family run so there are limitations to what the family can provide such as the grievances shared in another review - in particular the need for everyone to partake of the same type of breakfast. We ran into the same problem but the hosts were as accommodating as they could be. The breakfasts are substantial affairs and take a lot of preparation - definitely not tea and toast. We only had breakfast but it was substantial and really nice, both western and Japanese, and on one or two occasion we did get different breakfasts. But after 6 days we were part of the family. Ideal location to get everywhere as it is only a short walk from Kyoto Station and many bus routes were even closer. And it is in a small back street with little traffic and therefore quiet.
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Date of stay: September 2017
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$100 - $153 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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LOCATION
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Frequently Asked Questions about Kikokuso
Which popular attractions are close to Kikokuso?
Nearby attractions include Higashi Hongan-ji Temple (0.3 miles), Shosei-en Garden (0.1 miles), and Oiran Taiken Studio Arare (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Kikokuso?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, room service, and breakfast.
What food & drink options are available at Kikokuso?
Guests can enjoy breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Kikokuso?
Yes, paid private parking on-site and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Kikokuso?
Conveniently located restaurants include Tajimaya, Kyoto Yodobashi, Pound Kyoto Ekimae, and Kura Kura.
Are there any historical sites close to Kikokuso?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine (1.7 miles), Kiyomizu-dera Temple (1.2 miles), and Shugakuin Imperial Villa (4.8 miles).