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Inn Kawashima

12/06/2017 13/06/2017
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Rabat, Morocco
Reviewed 7 June 2014

The value is simply amazing... you have an excellent service as the manager of the ryokan was quiet discreet and absolutely helpful. The room had a view on the street, but it was amazingly decorated and quite large fo a ryokan. i won't talk about the clean aspect as it was as clean as an operating room. As it's a...

1Thank ZicoElMouddene
Reviewed 30 May 2014

Stayed here for 2 nights and overall it was enjoyable - I booked it so my husband could have the experience and I informed him beforehand it would not be a luxury hotel. As it can happen with other B&B's and Inn's sometimes you encounter friendly owners who like to talk and interact and sometimes they are more business minded...

2Thank DesertroseBe
Reviewed 13 May 2014

I stayed at Inn Kawashima in March/April. It is very conveniently located very close to the subway line, and only a block from the main Shijo Street, which has lots of shops and restaurants, and transportation. Really easy to get around from here. My room was a good size. My bed was a futon on the floor, which was thinner...

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Singapore, Singapore
Reviewed 2 July 2013

We stayed for three nights. I was a little disappointed by the breakfast which wasn't a traditional Japanese style breakfast (it was western, but still quite tasty). Apart from that it was a characterful building in a very central but quiet location. The owner was polite and his brother was very friendly and despite him not speaking much English we...

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Portland, Oregon, United States
Reviewed 24 April 2013

I stayed here for one night because I heard this was a traditional ryokan compared to Gion Maifukan which is a more modern ryokan. Big fail in so many ways. 1) We were greeted by the unfriendly owner. Even though he spoke English, he was a man of few words. He showed us to our room and disappeared for 2...

1Thank Techman2000
Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 10 April 2013

An authentic experience. Sleeping on mats, eating on the ground, rice paper walls, divine breakfast, first-rate location in charming streets with numerous bars and restaurants. Close to transport. But better suited to a couple of nights just for the experience. Then you might prefer the comfort of a hotel. If you have kids it can be pretty stressful to get...

2Thank familyfuninsun
Lawrence, Kansas
Reviewed 15 November 2012

My husband and I stayed at Inn Kawashima for two nights during our trip to Kyoto. I was very excited to stay in a ryokan, having an amazing experience at another in Nikko a couple of months earlier. I have to say, I was a little disappointed, although Inn Kawashima does have some really good attributes. First of all, the...

Thank sanlors
Rome, Italy
Reviewed 23 October 2012

Close to public transport, in an area full of shops and cafes and restaurants, this is a great place to stay in Kyoto and experience the comforts of a traditional Japanese inn. The owner speaks English, which is always a help, and she's very friendly and helpful. My room was small but well-appointed, and the street isn't noisy as there's...

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Baton Rouge
Reviewed 17 August 2012

My teenaged son and I stayed here three nights on our first trip to Kyoto. Great location: close to bright lights and depatos, old streets of Gion, and easy-to-use subway system, but feels a world apart. Hospitable owners took extra steps for us to feel comfortable, for example helping me print out boarding passes and loaning us awesome umbrellas when...

1Thank mehellberg
Houston, Texas
Reviewed 8 August 2012

Cozy, family-run ryokan tucked away on a quiet street but still a stone's throw from the main shopping area and the subway station, so the location is fantastic. There are also some cute little cafes and restaurants along the same street. If you're the sort who needs cable TV and a private bathroom in your hotel, then don't bother staying...

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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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Additional Information about Inn Kawashima

Address: 207-2 Ayazaimoku-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8072, Kyoto Prefecture
Region: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > Shimogyo-ku , Kawaramachi / Karasuma / Shijo Omiya
Price Range: $113 - $446 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Inn Kawashima 3*
Number of rooms: 5
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“Request a ground floor room if you need to get up in the night for the toilets.”
Just_like_travelling, 25 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Next time I go I want the room that has a view of the zen garden! right next to the bathroom”
DaniLibo, 26 Sep 2015 | Read review
“Machi-yas have steep steps like canal houses. The elderly or disabled should take note.”
Audacity3371, 22 Apr 2015 | Read review
“Just tell the owners if you need to be downstairs or closer to the bathroom. I am sure they will accommodate.”
SuziReckless, 6 Aug 2014 | Read review
“Ask not to have the room to the street if you are a light sleeper. But it has more sunlight...”
jippu, 13 Jul 2014 | Read review
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