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Reviewed 20 May 2015 via mobile

Nihonkan is very strict with its rules and regulations. This did not serve well for me as I had a Skype meeting and wanted a decent space (or even a corner to do it). The curfew aside, you cannot even be at the lobby area after 11pm. I am highly appalled by the gesture of the woman shutting the lights...

1Thank Chiarchh
Reviewed 14 February 2015

Stayed here for 2 nights in a room with private facilities. Had not experienced anything like this before and only knew roughly what to expect from other reviewers. It was a little bit of an eye opener removing shoes at the front door, sleeping on futons and having a 'wheelie bin' bath, not to mention the tea!. However, it was...

1Thank luckyeddys
Reviewed 17 January 2015 via mobile

My family and I stayed and visited Kyoto for one day. The hotel owners speak limited English however were extremely helpful. Sleeping on the Japanese hardwood floors wasn't too bad. The hotel provides everything you may need from travel adapters to toothbrushes and toothpaste. In terms of convenience, the hotel is located two streets away from Kyoto station. It was...

Thank Derick L
Reviewed 17 October 2014

Good location, very close to train station & shops. Clean & comfortable rooms. Traditional style ryokan rooms & baths. Shared toilets & bathing facilities. Disappointed as little interaction with owners who speak very little English & on occasions appeared rude. Rooms at front were very noisy, could hear everything outside, & people in rooms next door, very difficult to get...

Thank Karen M
Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 1 October 2014

Great service! They make a big effort to make you feel comfortable even though their english language skills are limited. Rooms are kept always clean, comfortable and private that give you that serenity well-known in the japanese culture. Location is also excellent, just 5 min walk to Central Kyoto Station. Wifi works perfectly fine. Keep in mind that there's a...

Thank dialronet
Barcelona, Spain
Reviewed 24 September 2014

Strong points: - Location. Very close to Kyoto station and bus station to go to visit the main Kyoto temples. - Changing towels every day, hot water and green tea in the room, things normally not available in budget hotels. - Very good free coffee in the morning. - On the weak side: shared showers (though there is one private)...

1Thank NatBu
Reviewed 12 September 2014

When going to Kyoto, you want to feel japanese aesthetic appeal. This is one budget hotel where you will appreciate friendly staff, spotless rooms and japanese environment. The hotel is conveniently located north of Kyoto station (very close) in a quiet street on the back side of a vast yodobashi store (brethren geeks, this is for you!).

Thank Fhinn
Bielsko-Biala, Poland
Reviewed 23 August 2014

I was in July at this hotel. Friendly service, nice rooms in traditional Japanese style. Close to train. The hotel was closed at 23, so if you want nightlife this hotel is not for you. The room is air-conditioned But for me it is a great hotel. RECOMMEND :) :)

1Thank czerw0na
Windsor, United Kingdom
Reviewed 26 May 2014

We stayed in for 3 nights (myself, husband and twin 12 year old boys). It was really clean with Japanese style rooms, friendly staff who were really helpful and good bathing facilities which are public. Really convenient for sight seeing, very close to railway station, taxi rank and post office.

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New York City, New York
Reviewed 18 May 2014

Located 2 mins from the station and near some good bars and restaurants this ryokan offers simple facilities. The staff are very friendly and speak enough English to help you. I stayed in the room with ensuite. The room is basic with futon style bed. There's no food server and an 11pm curfew. However with Kyoto being a great city...

1Thank martynsnook

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Staying in Shimogyo-ku

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Shimogyo-ku is centered around the busy train hub, Kyoto Station. A nexus for commerce, shopping, dining, and hotels, the Shimogyo-ku area is infused with tourists and local business travelers, making it a competitive location for ever-new commercial structures. The shops and cafes here are chic and trendy, as a result, with many recognizable chains. Commuters flood the Shimogyo-ku area twice a day, and with Kyoto Station itself being a modern mega-complex and an architectural marvel, this neighborhood is one of the most contemporary and energetic areas that the city has to offer. Buildings here look futuristic, and huge department stores, shopping arcades, and public meeting spaces provide every possible convenience. It is also nearly the only place in Kyoto where rooftop dining and socializing is available, completing its modern tone.
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Address: 696-1 Higashishiokojicho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8216, Kyoto Prefecture
Region: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > Shimogyo-ku
Price Range: €49 - €147 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 16
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“Select rooms with private showers”
Gabro88, 30 May 2016 | Read review
“Private ensuite”
Lindacheok, 8 Jul 2015 | Read review
“Request for a room away from the carpark and street in front of the hotel as it is really not soundproof!”
AdelG5, 24 Jun 2015 | Read review
“If you are a light/medium sleeper, don't choose this ryokan. Maybe rooms at rear of building are quieter.”
U8982CDkarenm, 17 Oct 2014 | Read review
“Ask for a room with bathroom”
Fhinn, 12 Sep 2014 | Read review
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