Hey well gojo was really nice place during my stay, The bike hire and cafe downstairs and free internet all made the stay feel really homely as if you were living in japan going off to do your daily deeds.
I got to admit though i did have a few problems with the stay, I think firstly the location, i was Soooo lost and walking around in the rain in the dark was not fun, I did however see half of gion looking for the place and it is in good proximity to the geisha district just the problem is this is at the far side of town.
Second was the rooms, I stayed in a male dorm but it was kinda crowded it was like tetris trying to fit everyones beds into the room, The problem with this is you would have to tip toe around and over people if you wanted to get up early or come back late, But all the people in my room were ok and quite social so we ended up getting to know eachover so there was no issues.
Thirdly and the thing that kinda bugged me a lil was whether the staff were being genuine or not, The guys were really friendly and gave you advice and were talking as if personal like you were friends, One of the girls seemed abit "not in the mood" and not very patient, However another one was really nice and friendly but most importantly, genuine and happy.
Overall though the place is just what you need for kyoto, A traditional style house, Food and drink in-house and local shops, temples,gion district all nearby, The bike hire was the icing because you could just set off in a number of directions from the guesthouse and discover something new each day, 3 days was definately enough though to see most of kyoto but i was a solo traveler and quite fit so i got out early and biked the whole day and came back late.
I would recommend this guest house to stay, Good Value, Once you find it actually in a good location for exploring.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A place where you would want to come back. We try to keep a cozy, home-like atmosphere where you can relax and chill out after your long day of traveling. In our 100-year-old “machiya”(an old traditional Japanese house) we have shared bathrooms, shower rooms and a kitchen, also free WI-FI which can be used anywhere inside. In our cafe on the first floor, you can choose to sit alone and enjoy your moment, or share the long table with other travelers and share your fun experiences from your trip.Located in Eastern Kyoto within walking distance from ・Kiyomizudera Temple・Higashiyama・Sanjusangendo・Gion・Kodaiji Temple・the downtown areaand・Ginkakuji・Philosopher's Path・Heian Shrine・Yasaka Shrine・Maruyama Park・Fushimi Inari Shrine・Tofukuji Templeby bicycleetc.・We provide futon and linen for each guest.・Shared Shower room and Toilet・All guests receive a Map and Free drink ticket for the frist night.・We provide breakfast set from 8:30 am for 2 hours,at 300 yen.【Facilities】・All rooms are Air conditioned・3 Shower rooms(There are some public baths nearby)・Kitchen・Lounge room・Safety Box・Free Wifi・Cafe【Rental , Sale】・Bicycle rental 500 yen per day(only 4)・Bath towel 100 yen・City Bus 1 day pass 500 yen【Check-in / Out】・Check-In time is 15:00 ~ 22:00 and Check-Out time is 11:00 ~.・No curfew・Reception open from 8:00 ~ 22:00.・We can keep your luggages at reception,before Check-In or after Check-Out.・We don't accept credit card. We require full payment upon Check-In time. ... more less
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