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Nissho Besso
Ranked #174 of 363 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
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“Great stay during new year”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2013

Stayed here with my family (kids 6 and 9) two nights during new year 2012/2013. It was our first Ryokan experience and it was a very great introduction to traditional Japanese hospitality. The friendly service was great and the language barrier didn't matter. The kids were treated extra well and loved the beautiful robes that they got dressed in. Traditional Japanese breakfast is an acquired taste and the one on the first day of the year something extra... But it loved the experience. (the kids got more western stuff like juice etc). The bath was nice and relaxing. I would like to come back.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank Henrik S
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Sarasota, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2011

i totally disagree with the earlier traveler. i actually stayed during cherry blossom time in 2010 so it was hard to find an available ryokan last minute. It was conveniently located and within walking distance of so many places (loved the manga museum). For its price, it gave the authentic experience with beautiful garden view for my room. The food was first class and i didn't notice anything cheesy/plastic; maybe the overall experience distracted me but i travel Asia a lot. The staff did not seem used to westerners but that was a great part of the charm and they went overboard trying to please us. i'd like to write a book chapter on my stay there. It was lovely!

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank lildoc3
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Singapore
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10 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2008

I (Swiss living in Singapore with extensive Asia traveling experience) stayed at the Nissho Besso Ryokan (traditional Japanese Guesthouse) for 1 night with my wife and 20 months old child, extending a business trip I had in Kobe.

I booked the guesthouse through kyotoguesthouses.com and they were very nice and helpful. The agent even sent me an email one day before our stay, informing me that she would be on vacation and giving me an alternate contact in case of questions.

The good:
- The Ryokan is quite well located, not too far from the main trainstation, 10 min walk from a subway station, nearby some interesting markets and overall on the good side of the city when it comes to visiting the beautiful temples and the old Kyoto.
- It is overall clean and gives you a good experience of how it is / was to live in a traditional Japanese apartment (tatami mats, small mats as beds, rice-paper doors etc.)
- Staff overall was friendly, especially the ladies who would serve food and make you feel "at home" vs. a formal business hotel ambience, which we liked. The breakfast experience was nice and not plasticy, as opposed to our room.

The bad:
- This is the worst hotel experience I've made when it comes to price - quality equation. I have definitely stayed in worse places, there was overall no issue with the stay at Nissho Besso, but the room (room 303 in the annex building) was worthy of a clean and well maintained 2 star accommodation only, whereas the price was probably the highest I ever paid for a hotel room. The main reasons why I would give this 2 stars are: Ugly plastic bathroom like I've only seen it in motels and on ferries, Window frosted which means there is no view, a lot of cheap plastic items in the room which completely destroys the authentic Japanese experience (which is the only reason why one would pay more for a relatively basic room), white neon light which again have nothing to do with today's and the past Japanese living. For 1 quarter the prize, this would have been acceptable
- Check-in time was 3.30pm only while check-out is at 10am: they did not even consider accommodating our request to access our room earlier, not even with a small child with us.
- Even though hotel rooms in Japan tend to be smaller and more expensive than in other countries we paid double the room rate at the Nissho Besso compared to the Kobe Bay Sheraton, a 5-Star hotel where we had just stayed for 1 week before coming to Kyoto.

Given high cost for really bad quality, I would not stay in this Ryokan again but I would definitely consider staying in a Ryokan (vs. a modern hotel) in Kyoto again, even though it means paying a little extra for the experience. I've heard from friends that they have had some great and authentic experiences in other Ryokans - one simply needs to book early enough to be in a good one.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Paying 5 star price for a 2 star experience
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
10 Thank Akiraiaia
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Property: Nissho Besso
Address: 13 Nakanocho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8083, Kyoto Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > Shinkyogoku Shopping District , Kawaramachi / Karasuma / Shijo Omiya
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Ranked #174 of 363 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Nissho Besso 3.5*
Number of rooms: 36
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nissho-Besso's Ryokan List We have 4 types accomodation. Please read as below:- * Hon-kan * 1.Building The Honkan is a traditional Japanese wooden 2-floor building, built in 1877. There are 21 Japanese-style rooms with a bath and a toilet each, and our rooms has different areas and features. It has also a very beautiful garden, and you can enjoy it the banquet room at breakfast. We serve the Japanese-style dinner in the room. 2.Bath There are 2 public baths "Ichino-Yu" and "Kurano-Yu" in this building and 1 family bath "Okameno-Yu"(2-5 people, JPY864 per person, half price for kids). If you want to make a reservation for using "Okameno-Yu", you have to call and choose the starting time (16:00, 17:30, 19:00, 20:30, 22:00). * Tachibana-kan * 1.Building The Tachibana-kan is a reinforced concrete building. There are 15 Japanese-style rooms with a bath and a toilet each from the 2nd to the 5th floor. We serve dinner in the room and breakfast in the banquet room on the lower ground floor. 2.Bath There are 2 public baths "Tsukino-Yu" and "Hanano-Yu" on the lower ground floor. * Ran-tei * 1.How-to-use The Ran-tei is Kyoto's traditional townhouse, called Machiya. It is not a hotel or a Japanese inn but a new-style accommodation. We provide a whole of house for you, so privacy is guaranteed at all times. We pass the key in check-in at the front-desk of Hon-kanan and then anyone enter and disturb your stay. It means, please clean and tidy up the room and make your bed by yourself. 2.Facilities There are 1 wooden floor room, 2 Japanese-style rooms, 1 bath and 2 toilets. Its kitchen has an electric kettle, a fridge and a microwave. You could not cook. The bath room has a Hair dryer, Shampoo, Conditioner, Body soap, Toothbrush, Tooth paste, Razor and Towels. 3.Location It is 30 metres far from the Hon-kan. There are many restaurants and supermarkets around this building. 4.Accomodation Fee The house sleeps a maximum of 6 people. Its fee does not depends on the number of people. You have to pay all fees in check-in. * Ukon-Tachibana * 1.How-to-use The Ukon-Tachibana is an apartment building. There are 2 twin rooms(2 single beds) and 2 single rooms (1 semi-double bed). We tell the numeric key in check-in at the front-desk of Hon-kanan and then anyone enter and disturb your stay. 2.Facilities Each room has bed(s), a TV, a bath and a toilet. Its kitchen has a fridge and a microwave. The bath room has a Hair dryer, Shampoo, Conditioner, Body soap, Toothbrush, Tooth paste, Razor and Towels. You can use a pay washing machine on the 1st floor. ... more   less 
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