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Rakucho Ryokan
Ranked #160 of 369 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
Barcelona, Spain
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“Nice affordable ryokan ”
Reviewed April 21, 2014 via mobile

Nice place with an awesome manager (really nice person) very helpful and easygoing. Clean tatami rooms with futons. Shared bathrooms. Shower and Japanese bathtub. Microwave and fridge so you can have some meals "at home". Not in the city center but easy access with a bus stop one block away. You can even but the one day bus pass in the ryokan which is the best way to travel through Kyoto. A really Good option.

Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Florence, Italy
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
Reviewed December 22, 2013

Nice, traditional ryokan in a quiet area.
We stayed here for 4 nights and we have been accomodated in a nice and very, very spacious room overlooking the garden. Thank to the heated futon, we had a really pleasent comfort.
Katsunori, the person who takes care of ryokan, is professional and very helpful and speaks a very good english.
Good value for money.
Definitely, one of the best accomodation in Japan.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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24 reviews
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Reviewed November 29, 2013 via mobile

We stayed 4 nights here in Nov 2013. Recommended for those (esp couples) who wish to experience traditional ryokan stay with moderate budget. Very clean room, comfortable futon, no curfew, free wifi in room, nice people, cheap laundry (self-service coin machine) and it serves as a good place to explore Kyoto, with nearby bus stop serving Kyoto city bus as well as walkable subway station (Kitaoji station). Although shower/bathroom and toilets are shared, we have no problem using and all are clean. Will definitely stay here again if I come to Kyoto again!

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Marrakech, Morocco
2 reviews
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Reviewed June 1, 2013

From the minute we got there we were greeted and basically taken care of. The weather was good. This place was very clean and had a homey feel to it and great location. We had turn down service in our room everynight also. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed April 15, 2013

This is not a ryokan, but a budget minshuku. We liked it, and would glady return. We booked for the second floor, but when the staff saw that my wife had a minor disability, they offered to change us to the ground floor. This was well done.

She declined, because with a bathroom and two toilets down there, she wanted a little privacy. There was a sink and a toilet upstairs.

The hospitality made us want to return, if we ever have a chance.

-- Steve

Room Tip: For someone able to climb stairs, the upper floor has more privacy.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Milan, Italy
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Reviewed April 12, 2013 via mobile

Warm welcoming. The owner is your morning smile and your evening addresses book for good restaurants And places to go out.
The Ryokan is clean, you can have your room cleaned everyday or not.
Bath facilities are good. The bathtub is always ready when you come from a long walking day.
Free Internet access is provided and even a computer at the entrance.
Many flyers about what to do in Kyoto And surrounding areas. Take the one for Geisha show, you'll be offered a discount. Try the shabu shabu restaurant mentioned on the map.
You can even buy bus pass there.
The owner is very honest. We made a mistake in our reservation but he was very helpful and found a solution.
The real Japanese inn ! You'll feel at home quickly.

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Nabire, Indonesia
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Reviewed March 28, 2013

If you're looking for a more authentic Japanese style place to stay than a generic hotel in Kyoto, look no further. Although a little out of town, this little Rakucho is lovingly kept with it's quaint bamboo mat flooring and futon beds. The location is actually pretty good once you figure out the Kyoto bus system as there's a stop just 2 minutes walk from the house.

The shared shower and bathroom facilities were fine and even though the Rakucho was fully booked when we stayed, there was rarely a queue to use them. The laundry facilities were also very useful and the free, fast wifi in our room was handy for planning each day's excursions.

I would certainly stay here again and will recommend Rakucho Ryokan to anyone wanting a great place to stay in Kyoto.

Room Tip: We paid a little extra for the larger room at the end of the ground floor which was, I assume, twice...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: Rakucho Ryokan
Address: 67 Higashihangicho, Shimogamo, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-0824, Kyoto Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > Northern Kyoto
Hotel Style:
#10 Best Value Hotel in Kyoto
#63 Top resorts Hotel in Kyoto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Rakucho Ryokan 2*
Number of rooms: 8
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