Unfortunately, I could not get a weekend reservation because this hotel is very popular. So I had to break up my trip. If you are a Toyoko Inn member, you can reserve up to 6 months ahead, 3 months ahead if you're not. See their website. This staff speaks English well, was nice to tell me that I had enough points to earn a free night, explained that I didn't have to renew my Toyoko membership because once you join it's forever. The breakfast room was full, but if you wait a minute, someone leaves. Breakfast consisted of sausages and various rice and pickle dishes. No eggs. I did my laundry one afternoon in the hotel, no problems. The only disappointment I had was that the taxi driver took me to the wrong Toyoko Inn when I first arrived. Even after I showed him a map. My Kyoto friend told me that many taxi drivers are now retired military who do not know the area. If you're not tired, and not intimidated by the ant hill that is Kyoto station, ask around for the subway line and take the Karasuma subway one stop to Gojo. I believe you get out at exit 2. MacDonald's is on your right, (across the street), and you are at Lawsons. The big street in between is Karasuma. Walk about 10 mins and the hotel is on the left. Look for the white sign (like a banner) with blue Japanese lettering and the dining area in the front. If you hit Circle K, you've passed it. If you hit Shijo station, you've really passed it. If you get lost, just remember you are on Karasuma street between Gojo and Shijo stations.
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