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“Pleasant and Memorable Stay”
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Guest House "Bon"
Ranked #44 of 346 Speciality lodging in Kyoto
Reviewed 26 October 2015

My family and I stayed at the guesthouse for 4 nights. It is located in a residential area at suburb of the city, quiet a distant walk from the nearest subway, Kitoaji Station. There is no road sign, so follow closely to the map given on the website. It will take about 1/2 hour to travel by bus from Kyoto Station and walk about 5 mins from the bus stop at the main road to the guesthouse. However, going to all the tourist attractions from the guesthouse by bus is very convenient. There are restaurants, supermarkets and convenient stores nearby.

We found the guesthouse quiet complacent and comfortable. It like staying at home
with a small shared kitchen where you can cook and make your coffee and tea and a a small common room where you can sit down relax and meet up with the other guests.

We stayed in two rooms with a coffee table, which is big enough to have the mattresses laid, put your luggage.

The owner, taniguchi san, stays with his family next door. You just need to ring the door bell whenever you have any query or need help. Just tell him where you want to go and he will give advice on the most convenient ways and other suggestions.

If you want to experience Japanese way of living, try staying here. We find our stay a pleasant and a memorable one !!! The place is warm and cozy and it is a different experience compared to staying in a hotel.

Room Tip: The ones that face the road are nosier. Prebably, take the rooms upstairs.
  • Stayed: October 2015, travelled with family
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Reviewed 18 August 2015 via mobile

Incredible stay. It was like beeing at home. The family was so incredible nice and helpfull. From the first moment they made us feel like at our own house. They helped us with our stay, sightseeing and all we could need. Located in a very nice and calm part of kyoto ( like a small village) but surrounded by 4 bus lines and a subway in less than 200m, you were connected to all historical points of kyoto in less than 20 min. I would recomend it 100 % to families, couples and alone riders and for sure it will be our choice when we return to kyoto. After lots of travelling we had never such a perfect atmosphere!!
Thank you Kazuo Rina and Shin-ichi.
Incredible, lovely ....

Stayed: August 2015, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 August 2015

I stayed at the guest house for 3 nights and loved it there. Transportation was fairly easy especially after the owner recommended getting one day bus tickets. There's also local food which was amazing and cheap! The guest house is perfect for 2-3 people and the owner is super nice and hardworking. He even gave me a ride to the station when leaving.

  • Stayed: July 2015, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 12 July 2015 via mobile

We loved our stay at Kazuo-san's place. It's a very nice laid-back neighbourhood next to a temple complex without any tourists. If you use the bikes (definitely cheaper than elsewhere!) it's great cruising around the riverbank to the city centre or to the philosopher's path. The bamboo garden and Kinkakuji are a nice ride as well.Lots of restaurants and local eateries around, as well as a nice bar, a supermarket and a bakery.

The owner and his wife are very helpful in all respects and will make your stay a wonderful one. We booked 3 nights - and stayed 7. I think that sums it up pretty well. Excellent!

Stayed: July 2015, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 19 June 2015 via mobile

...However, we didn't find these to be big issues. Especially since we were there in June (2015) so the semi-outdoors washrooms weren't a problem. We had no issues with the water. We did get to know the other guest pretty well too.

The location is indeed not as convenient as people here make it seem. 15 min walking to the subway, maybe 5 min to the bus stop. I'd recommend using the bus when moving around in Kyoto. You can buy a bus pass at the hostel or from the bus driver.

The owner was super nice, recommending restaurants and giving us a lift to the subway station on the day we checked out. We had no issues with our rooms or anything else during our stay.

Stayed: June 2015, travelled as a couple
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Address: 63-2 Murasakino Kamimonzen-cho, Kita-ku, Kyoto 603-8217, Kyoto Prefecture
Region: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > Northern Kyoto
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Ranked #44 of 346 Speciality lodging in Kyoto
Price Range: €30 - €56 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
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