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Apical Inn
Ranked #268 of 369 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
Toronto, Canada
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“Nice place”
Reviewed December 22, 2011

I stayed here recently for about five or six nights. It's comfy enough though I smelled cigarette smoke in my room. The staff is exceptionally helpful, though I'm not sure if they speak English. I speak Japanese and found them wonderful. It is located fairly far north of the city center--nice and quiet but a bit a hike or subway ride (very convenient) or taxi ride. They have a Japanese breakfast, but you have to book that extra with your room. There is a small coffee shop, but I never actually saw anyone in it. Nice Japanese-style spa. The room was small, like a business hotel with the efficiency bathroom that seems to come out of central casting somewhere. Beautiful views of Daimonji and other north Kyoto sights--unobstructed by tall building or over-built neighborhoods.

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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed April 26, 2009

We happened upon this hotel after finding ourselves without lodging in Kyoto during the seriously crowded cherry blossom festival this April. We were lucky. Not only is the place affordable, the rooms are spacious, clean, and airy, and if you are really lucky, you will be situated on the river side of the hotel and treated to the soothing sounds of rushing water all night long. A couple words of advice: first, the staff does not speak English, practically none whatsoever. We asked a Japanese friend to be our intermediary and make all our arrangements. It is my understanding that this is a government-owned establishment, thus the outreach to the foreign tourist trade is minimal. Therefore, expect nothing in the way of communication, unless you know some Japanese. Second, this hotel is not in the central city. It truly is on the NE edge of town, but is relatively convenient to a subway line and an aboveground commuter train station as well. You will also find several temples in the vicinity, and frankly, the distance from the area around Kyoto Station is welcome, especially if you are looking for a more serene Kyoto, close to its famous foothills and mountains.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with friends
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Property: Apical Inn
Address: 3-3 Kotakeyabu-cho Matsugasaki, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-0967, Kyoto Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > Northern Kyoto
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Ranked #268 of 369 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
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Hotel Class:2 star — Apical Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 52
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