Our room was very big, the couple who run the place were very relaxed and cool but always service-minded, nice and polite.
We felt like we stayed at a ryokan, with our huge tatami room and the whole homey atmosphere. Nice plants in the garden and a kitchen where you can cook. Free coffee and tea.
The east side of town is where most tourists go because the most famous sites are situated there. We didn’t know anything about the different temples but all we can say is that the day we spent in the area to the west of Kyoto (Arashiyama) was far superior to the day we spent staring into the necks of other tourists on the east side of Kyoto. So don’t worry you are on the wrong side of town. Also you can take a bus over there, it stops right outside Bola Bola. There is also a train and a subway.
We read here that some people were bothered by the track nearby but we didn’t hear anything at all.
Best of all: you can walk to a onsen ten minutes away that is absolutely amazing. For less than 10 € you get to bath indoors and outdoors in lots of different kinds of hot tubes and saunas. Open until midnight and people ages 3-110 were there having a great relaxing time. Very fun experience! If you have a big tattoo you may not be welcome but for small tattoos it seemed ok to just cover them up with a band aid (this onsen/tattoo business has something to do with tradition and the Yakuza).
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