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Guest House "Bon"
Ranked #49 of 346 Speciality lodging in Kyoto
Reviewed 19 March 2017

I stayed there for 9 nights and I'd have loved to stay longer! I felt at home immediately and I will definitely come back!
Taniguchi-san, the owner, is super helpful and always provides you with information, even asks everyday if you need information or help. On my first day he sat down with me and showed me sights on the map and how to get there best. On the wall in the common room is a self drawn map of the area with restaurants, supermarkets, shops, public baths etc with opening hours!
It's very close to public transport, just 4 minutes to a bus stop (no. 9), directly to Kyoto station and perfect to catch other buses.
He keeps the guest house very tidy and clean and even though it was still quite cold (especially for me, arriving from the Australian summer) I had no problems with the toilets and showers outside. There are heaters in the showers and it's absolutely not a long way to showers and toilets, honestly just a few steps.
The kitchen is equipped with everything you need and tea and coffee for free.
The rooms were very clean and furnished with all essencials (heaters as well). Exactly the Japanese experience I was hoping for!
Taniguchi-san's family is very nice as well and they really make an effort to make you feel at home. He booked me a taxi from the airport to the guest house and even drove me to the subway station when I had to leave.
If you're looking for a great Japanese accomodation, this is the place!
Can't wait to come back! Thank you, arigato and vielen Dank! Bis bald!

  • Stayed: March 2017, travelled solo
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Reviewed 1 October 2016

I absolutely love staying at Guest House Bon. Taniguchi-san, the owner, is such a warm, friendly, and incredibly helpful host, with decent English skills. He will sit down with you and a map and explain in detail how to get to restaurants, sites, etc. He will drive you to the subway station when you're leaving. The Guest House itself is beautifully decorated, and has a very friendly atmosphere.

Some say that it is a bit far from the city center, but Kita-ku is a nice part of town, and you can easily walk to amazing Daitokuji Temple and Imamiya Shrine. And if you take advantage of Guest House Bon's bike rentals, you can easily bike all over the city. Funaoka onsen is also nearby.

I can't recommend this place enough! Every time I come back to Kyoto (3 times now), I always stay there.

Room Tip: Upstairs rooms are best.
  • Stayed: September 2016, travelled on business
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Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

Clean and comfy, with a host that is genuinely helpful. Guesthouse Bon is a great authentic Japanese homestay like experience. Easy to access frequent bus service to central Kyoto, positioned in a real neighborhood with nice restaurants. Recommended

Stayed: September 2016, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 21 April 2016

Guesthouse Bon was such a lovely traditional home to stay for the 5 nights we were in Kyoto.
The owner, was very welcoming and gave nice a complete run down of everything in the area, complete with maps and detailed ways to get there. He always was happy to put himself out and take time to give us advice. Loves a good chat!
The sushi place down the road, that he will suggest visiting is a must!
Will definitely be staying here again next we visit Kyoto.

  • Stayed: April 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 November 2015

I really love Guesthouse Bon. Mr/ Mrs Taniguchi are really helpful and recommended a lot of good restaurant around the guesthouse. Staying here is like staying in you own house. Transportation is easy to access especially via bus. Taking bus in Kyoto is convenient and easy. It might far from Kyoto Station which approximately taking 30-40mins to go back to the guesthouse via bus. So, I would suggest you to schedule your time if traveling out from Kyoto for a day trip.
The room is big enough for 2 peoples which is more than enough for a solo traveler. Taniguchi-San even gotten my bed ready when I arrived and it' really cozy.
Highly recommend!

  • Stayed: November 2015, travelled solo
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Thank Yap K
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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 #49 of 346 Speciality lodging in Kyoto
Price Range: €30 - €60 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
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