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Guest House Ikoi-no-ie
Ranked #172 of 371 Specialty lodging in Kyoto
Reviewed August 2, 2009

We spent three nights in ikoi-no-ie. We pick the place despite some bad reviews as it was conveniently located and we were arriving in kyoto late (12am). The rooms were small but cosy. It might be because we are asians so the room was just right for us. We took the room with an attached bathroom. The bathroom was small but sufficient.

Room was generally clean till you unfold the matress. We found Lots of hair on the sheets. NO stains but lots of hair. It as if no one had bothered to wash it. Room / walls were too thin. Can be woken up by people walking to and fro the bathing area in the early mornings and late night. I do not recommend staying here. It was my first time in japan but i have stayed in three other minshuku on this trip. Ikoi-no-ie was indeed quite dirty. Find a minshuku furthur on the outskirts as the bus routes are rather convenient.

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank shanling
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Reviewed May 14, 2009

This place is not on the level of a hotel. More like a guest house/hostel/inn. No frills but comfortable. Tucked away of the main road but not impossible to find. Located close to bus lines and local metro. It is a 15 minute walk from the JR Kyoto station or one stop on the local metro from JR Kyoto station. Most of my trip was spent in Tokyo but I wanted to experience Kyoto for one night. Helpful and friendly staff. Great for budget travellers looking for something along the lines of traditional accomodations. You can choose to have a room with private bath or room with shared bath (dorm style). I chose dorm style because i was on a budget and did not regret it. The place was clean and we slept on tatami mat floor with futon type padding available for sleeping. This was the experience I wanted so it was perfect. The room was small but I think small rooms are the Japanese standard unless you want to spend more money.

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled with friends
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Thank 2kwine
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Reviewed May 3, 2009

Went to stay at this hostel and it was a mistake. Checking in was a disaster - you have to walk to another place to check in. After paying, they didnt even give me a key - i had to ask for it. Then, they forget to give my card back - and I also forgot about it. After going back to Ikoi-no-ie. the guy from reception came by and apologized for not giving my card back. The whole place is so run amateurish. The rooms were absolutely miniscule. 4.5 tatami for 2 people. That was crazy. Basically, after laying out your futon, there was absolutely no where to stand. There was also very little storage room.
The only good thing about this place is - free internet - use of the kitchen, and although very amateurish, the staff is very nice and helpful. It is also located in a nice small Kyoto street and next to a sento.

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled with family
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Thank Ichinensei
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Reviewed May 2, 2009

Initially, we were put in Room 12 - the only room downstairs, right next to the entrance and lobby. It felt and sounded like there weren't even walls - we could hear everything in the lobby, everytime people arrived to check in, used the microwave in the common room, used the computer, walked down the stairs - it was terrible. Another terrible thing was that an automatic sensor light came on and shined right into the room whenever the owner or his family walked from the ryokan to their house out the back. We had booked in for three nights and after I complained the first night, we were moved upstairs (I had to complain quite assertively in Japanese to get this). The upstairs room was a bit better but was still quite noisy and not relaxing at all. This accommodation did not feel like a ryokan at all, it felt like a backpackers or hostel with so many foreigners coming and going all the time. The staff did not bother speaking Japanese to guests, they all greeted in English regardless of whether guests could speak Japanese or not.

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank MeishaK
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Reviewed February 28, 2009

I found this ryokan through the International Tourism Center of Japan on the 9th floor of the Isetan Department Store above Kyoto JR Station. I didn't book beforehand, and I paid 65 000 yen per night for an en-suite room upon arrival at the ryokan which I think is reasonable, and actually pretty good value considering how much I enjoyed the experience.

The Tourism Center provided me with a map, a booking number and all the information I needed before the 15-minute walk through the quiet backstreets of Kyoto to reach this inconspicuous establishment. It was fairly easy to find, however, and its staff are warm and very friendly whilst the room I stayed in was very clean, comfortable and extremely quiet. The tatami was also very nice and cosy. There's free Internet, and guests could use the kitchen, guide books, maps, water, barley tea, and the staff can help arrange tours on your behalf, including bike rentals. There's no curfew either at this ryokan.

The best thing, however, is that you are staying in a very quiet part of the city, in the midst of some very old traditional and pretty houses. The area is very quaint and traditional, and fairly dark at night but safe. It's not far from the downtown area (20 minutes on foot, or two subway stops/a few bus-stops' ride away), nor is it far from some of the touristy sights over on the eastern side of Kyoto.

Highly recommended if looking for somewhere different and quiet.

  • Stayed: December 2008, traveled solo
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Thank sachahuista
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Reviewed November 16, 2008

Pros: at least two staff spoke sufficient english for our needs. the manager speaks fluent mandarin. Staff were friendly. Rooms and facilities were well-kept and clean. Both rooms we used had its own bathroom w/ toilet, which were very clean and modern, and had air-con. No curfew, easy to use security. A common area provided free tea and coffee, along with guidebooks and magazines about kyoto, in a variety of languages, which was helpful and interesting. There is also a PC for common use with free internet and skype. It is about 3min walk to a 7-11 convenient store.
Cons: Noise. Rm 12 on ground floor right next to lobby and common area meant you could hear everything outside - other guests using the microwave and fridge at 6am, 7am and 8am in the mornings, and late into the night the typing on the keyboard on the PC in the lobby! You can hear people talking and walking around. Everyone outside can hear your conversations. The staff were helpful and moved us upstairs for the last two nights - much quieter! Their washing uses some sort of powder that irritated skin for myself and two of my friends. this powder was on the yukatas they provided and our laundry that they returned to us.
Other: Its location is in between the kyoto station and 'downtown' shijo-dori; about 15-20mins walk to each location. If you don't mind walking this is convenient, at night you can go to shijo dori area for dinner and shopping, during the day you can walk to kyoto station to catch whichever bus you need to for tourism sites.
We paid Y9600 per night and stayed 5 nights in total.

  • Stayed: November 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 7, 2008

We had room 11 on the ground floor. It had a cute tiny garden and a little stone path to it from reception. Fairly spacious room with a decent cupboard but no chairs to sit on. The bathroom is standard Japanese tiny with one tap for the sink, bath and shower, but it gives a nice powerful hot shower. No problems with noise, despite staying near the reception. The kitchen area is alongside reception with the free internet pc opposite so it looks a bit busy when you arrive, but it all works well. The location is convenient, as its not too far from the station - everything is spread out in Kyoto so you can't be near everything. There is a selection of brochures and books next to the dining room table, if you need any info for planning your day.
There is an urn in the room so you can have tea there or in the kitchen.
The laundry service is convenient if your staying a while. Drop in a load in the morning and they have it ready for you in the evening all neatly folded up at a cost of Y500.

  • Stayed: May 2008, traveled as a couple
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Address: 885 Ushitora-cho, Rokujodori, Shinmaachi Higashiiru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8304, Kyoto Prefecture
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Location: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > Shimogyo-ku
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Ranked #172 of 371 Specialty lodging in Kyoto
Price Range: $48 - $114 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Guest House Ikoi-no-ie 2.5*
Number of rooms: 5
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