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Reviewed July 28, 2012

Finding this Ryokan is actually very easy, just take the bus Nr. JR 3 from Kyoto station and get out at Takahana-cho. Then just follow the sign. One way fare is 220 ¥ but you can look for a access description as well on their website.
Unfortunatly I had a room with windows showing me just the parking lot. But the room was very big ( I have been to Tokyo before) and very clean. You get free tea and water. The owner are quite nice. even their english is sometimes a bit hard to understand.
Grandma even made me a little tea ceremony as she heard that I want to study japanese culture. The whole family is really nice!

Well the location might not be the best, you need to ride 30 minutes till you get to kyoto station, but buses depart every 30 minutes till somewhen between 22:00 and 23:00.
That's okay!
Atractions like the golden pavilion are easily to reach by feet. Just take one hour and walk, you will find a lot of lovely nature and nice temples on your way!
The only negative thing is, that you hear a lot of traffic noise in the morning.
I would recommend this ryokan to everyone searching for a cheap and typical japanese inn!

Date of stay: July 2012
  • Trip type: Traveled solo
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1  Thank F S
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Reviewed April 20, 2012

visited again after a few years and was relieved to see that it was just as wonderful as ever. the gardens are beautiful, rooms are clean and spacious, lovely bath. the staff are the best anywhere, they are so helpful it makes you feel wonderful. grandma is a joy, kind and generous. all of the staff are the best. no problems with distance from central kyoto, buses are every 30 minutes and bus stop less than 5 minute walk. restaurant food is extreemly good and the japanese breakfast is a feast.

an autentic family run ryokan, perfect!

Room tip: the annex rooms have a private garden
Date of stay: March 2012
  • Trip type: Traveled with friends
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3  Thank umeboshisan
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Reviewed February 18, 2012

We arrived around 7p.m. on a Saturday evening. The restaurant had a small selection of authentic Japanese dishes. Everything we tried was delicious! The rooms are basic, but very clean and comfortable. The staff is very welcoming and made our stay even more enjoyable. If you are looking for an authentic, affordable Japanese inn then this is a great place to stay.

Date of stay: February 2012
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1  Thank KatsudonKing
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Reviewed November 9, 2011

I must say that this accomodation is located in a good place. It is close to Ninnaji, Ryoanji (stone garden) that is the part of Myoshinji Temple Complex, Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion) and Kozanji. All mentioned above temples and Kinkakuji are in the UNESCO Heritage list (!). Well, it will take 15 min by walk to Ninnaji and more - to others, and you can not buy food or go to a restaurant near the accomodation, but people saying that it is too far from the most interesting places of Kyoto just have no idea.

Then, I also must say that it is not a ryokan, but a minsjuku (small private BandB). Ryokans are of much higher standard and much more expensive in Japan. It definitely needs renovation and is not very neat or clean. However, the bed and linens are super clean, the price is right and doesn't double or triple in busy times of sakura blooming or red leaves.

Another point - yes, it is noisy at night.

Useful tip: The last bus (num. 8) going to the ryokan departs from the central Kyoto at 8.55. If you are late for this one, you can take num. 26 that will take you to Ninnaji stop, and then you'll have to walk. Num. 26 runs at least until 10.30.

This is definitely NOT the place if you are looking for a night club or something like that.

I will stay here when I come to Kyoto again. Actually, I already booked 3 nights for me and my parents next April.

Date of stay: November 2011
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 28, 2011

Even the location is far from town around 30min by bus (I know that before booking) though I really impressed stay here.. So quited and clean. Very good service and friendly owner. You could never find a superior Ryokan at this price (4,200 JPY/night).

Food in their saperated restaurant is very good taste (with high price). It suitable for 1st day you arrive and don't know where to eat around there. Coz every shop is close at 5 pm.

Easy to go to Kinkakuji temple (golden pavillion) and Ryoanji temple (Rock garden). There are the world heritage temples where you should go onnce, especially you must visit Golden pavillion by your own eyes!

Date of stay: September 2011
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