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“Great location, friendly hosts” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Fujiya Ryokan

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Fujiya Ryokan
Ranked #184 of 349 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Great location, friendly hosts”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2010

My husband and I stayed in this ryokan for 6 nights without meals. The family who run this ryokan are very friendly and hospitable and go out of their way to make you feel welcome. For the price, we were quite pleased. It is located about 2mins from Kyoto main station which is extremely convenient. There is free wireless internet access which is fantastic! And a free to use computer in the common room for internet use, as well as some books.

Some things to be aware of - this is a ryokan, so sleeping on the floor is a feature of this style of traditional Japanese accommodation and can be hard to adjust to. Personally I found it pretty difficult to sleep on the floor on the first night but adjusted after that.

The toilet and bathroom are shared, but there aren't very many guestrooms so at least you're not sharing with heaps of people. There is a common bath and two people are allowed in at a time, which is nice. It feels a lot like staying at a Japanese friend's house. Yes, the shared toilet/bathroom situation is kind of a downer, but the great location and the charming service more than make up for it.

There is a cat, but she is on a fixed leash and can't go into the guest rooms.

The lady of the house speaks pretty good English and is very helpful and friendly, as are the rest of the family. And coming back from a day of sightseeing to a tray of green tea and Japanese sweets is just delightful.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Lyon
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3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2010

My mom and I stayed for 2 nights at Fujiya. The ryokan is located 2 minutes walking from the Kyoto main bus/JR/metro station, which makes it a very convenient spot. There are numerous facilities around, including restaurants and a big shopping mall. You can also easily walk to the main shopping area (it took me about 15 minutes).

Apart from that, the quality of the room and the overall services were just average. Hosts were nice, and welcoming. The atmosphere is more one of a stay-with-my-family than anything else. You have a free internet access in the "living-room" (pretty slow, but enough to check itineraries or emails).
NB - there is a cat living there, so anyone allergic must be aware of that.

I would not recommend this ryokan for elderly and/or persons with walking difficulties (really hard to get upstairs because of the numerous steps; futons were not particularly comfortable). Perfect for younger travelers, wishing to stay in Kyoto and visit a maximum.

  • Stayed April 2010
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Service
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3 Thank Moasaboxe
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Property: Fujiya Ryokan
Address: 735 Higashi Shiokojicho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8216, Kyoto Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > Shimogyo-ku , Kyoto Station
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Ranked #184 of 349 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Fujiya Ryokan 3*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
From JR Kyoto Station a 5-minute walk. There is WiFi (wireless LAN). The check-in is from 16:00, but, you can leave baggage from 8:00. In addition, I can leave baggage after check-out. (but closed at 16:00 from 12:00) Cat proprietress, Lily of the Russian Blue cat meet a visitor and ask greetings in the room ♪ There are a convenience store, Isetan department store, Yodobashi Camera, a 100-yen shop, a drugstore, a coin laundry, a supermarket, a restaurant near. A family runs the inn. A 2-story wooden building. The staff entertains a visitor very kindly and domestic. A room is all room tatami mats. There are two showers in bathroom, and a bath basin is woodenness of KOUYAMAKI(高野槇). There is the shower room, too. Because both bathroom and the shower room returned early, they are usable in cooperation with other visitors from 18:00 to 23:00 in turn (if the staff becomes in turn, they take a voice to the room of the visitor and do it). The shower room is usable in the morning from 7:00 to 9:30. A couple, a family, a friend, various people can use it. ... more   less 
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