We stayed here for 4 nights at the start of November 2012. The autumn colour had not quite changed, but were just starting.
The room was quite large and traditional Japanese style with tatami mats and futons to sleep on.
The staff were very friendly and helpful and spoke English reasonably well.
We were lucky to be there on an evening (weekly?) where some local volunteers came by to teach calligraphy, origami and to dress in traditional Japanese style outfits, this was alot of fun and very interesting. Definitely recommended if you can make it.
There was a bath downstairs next to reception that you could reserve, this was big enough for 2 and a nice way to relax at the end of the day.
It was 10-15mins walk from Kyoto central station. The location was ok, walkable into the busier areas of the city (20mins), with some temples nearby, and the major sites all accessible via bus from the central station.
There was a curfew at midnight, after which time the front door was locked.
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