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Ryokan Rikiya

463-23 Shimokawara-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0825, Kyoto Prefecture
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

We had a great time. We were in room 1, had wifi consistently, had a view out to the street. We had a shared bathroom but it was as if it was private (hardly saw any signs of anyone else using the facilities) Bathroom times meant they were always available even when it was full (this was over new year)... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015 via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed this establishment! I thought it was an experience unique to Japan! If you are looking for the same, I recommend this place. While it was a little cold as some reviews may say, it's inportant to understand that many Japanese buildings do not have insulation as many Americans may expect. The covers for the bed more than took... More 

1 Thank Michael S
Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
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74 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 323 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

cold room! smallest bath! no conversation! bad manner!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

The ryokan is located in a prime position in amongst temples and shrines. It is but a short walk from a glorious collection of restaurants (north-bound on Higashioji St.) and reasonably close to bus routes (again, on Higashioji-dori). This is a family-run ryokan so do not expect the Hilton but we found our hosts to be practical yet accommodating. Gates... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

We stayed at Rikiya in 2009 and again in 2014. The owner is incredibly old and now has assistance in running the Ryokan. Her daughter while we were there told us, please feel like this is your home. And in a week in room 3 that is exactly how we felt. Halfway through our visit the owner ( i wish... More 

3 Thank 913shelleyl
Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

We booked three nights there. Although the cost is higher than usual hotels but we wanted to experience a ryokan stay. The ryokan is simple but located in very accessible location and also within walking distance to different famous sites of Kyoto. A photo of its front facade was in a well-known travel guidebook. I have read some of the... More 

5 Thank iloveeu
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

Very strange, in retrospect hilariously awful, and certainly the worst hotel I have ever stayed in. To summarise: service ranging from non-existent to rude, hot water turned off unless you call the (generally unattended) reception to request it, 3 x buzzing wasps in a damp room upon arrival, wifi named 'rikiya' visible but not allowed access, sheets left unchanged for... More 

7 Thank jeanpierre00
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

Booked 3 nights over a weekend partially based on Internet feedback and reviews. We had left it fairly late to book and were happy to get a room there - albeit an expensive one. Never mind it's in a ok location and the pics look ok plus decent reviews. We arrive around 4pm but there is no one there so... More 

11 Thank nic_scaf_
Putrajaya, Malaysia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2012

wake up to the sound of birds in the morning in a traditional ryokan (japanese guest house). situated right in front of Kodaiji temple.getting there by a taxi will bring you right to the door step and it cost about 2000yen from Kyoto station.the Southern Higashiyama is a hilly area so its an uphill walk from the nearest bus stop... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2011

As the other reviewers have mentioned, Rikiya is not the Four Seasons, but it gives you an authentic ryokan experience. You feel like you've stepped back into time, especially given that the building is on a cherry blossom-lined walkway filled with geisha impersonators. The criticism about Rikiya is valid, although with the caveat that most hotels in Japan charge by... More 

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Address: 463-23 Shimokawara-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0825, Kyoto Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto
Hotel Class:3 star — Ryokan Rikiya 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Also Known As:
Ryokan Rikiya Hotel Kyoto
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#172 Top resorts Hotel in Kyoto
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