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Reviewed 18 November 2010

Really charming house with traditional tatami rooms. Wonderful experience, exactly the Kyoto charm I was looking for. On top of that the Inn is in a perfect location. 3min walk to metro station, 5min walk to the famous shopping arcade, 7min walk to Kawaramachi happening restaurants, bars (and clubs). 10min walk to Gion. The Inn is owned and run by...

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Brisbane, Australia
Reviewed 7 August 2010

My mother and I stayed here for a night after a horrendous day of travelling. We'd finished climbing Mt. Fuji that morning, and were exhausted by the time we arrived at Inn Kawashima. But here, we were met by a lovely man who spoke english very well. There are some stairs we climbed to our room, but he was very...

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Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 12 October 2009

The Ryokan is located close to the main road in Kyoto and the printed instructions provided to the taxi driver meant it was found easily. We had a HUGE room - possibly 2 rooms joined together - one for our beds & one for sitting. The location was quiet, however we were there during a typhoon, so would assume lower...

1Thank vanouhi
Reviewed 12 September 2009

A truly Japanese property with rooms well appointed and very clean. The common bath is great as well as the lovely little garden. Though being right in the middle of Kyoto, this place is surprisingly quiet. The staff is fluent in both French and English and very efficient and friendly :) I will return !

Thank GrifterParis
Reviewed 26 July 2009

I love Kyoto, and have stayed at many ryokan there, including some which were much more expensive, but Kawashima is certainly my favorite. It's just a short walk from transportation hubs AND the famed Pontocho and Gion geisha districts. The staff are utterly superb, going well out of their way to help me with some rather unusual requests. The breakfasts...

1Thank katsurastroll
Trinidad & Tobago
Reviewed 10 November 2008

I spent 7 days at this Inn. The staff are very friendly and very willing to help. As a single traveller my room was small but it contained everything that i needed(TV,AC,). I was surprised at how quiet it was as it is so close to everything. You can get a buss to several temples within a 3 minute walk....

1Thank alice1tob
Reviewed 2 November 2008

We stayed tree days in the Kawashima Inn in Kyoto. The Inn is almost in the center of Kyoto and only a few minutes away from the Shrines and Temples. The rooms (we had two rooms) were clean and we felt very comfortble. Breakfast is in the price included. Normally you get japanese style breakfast (including rice, vegetable, fish and...

2Thank lemongras
los angeles
Reviewed 7 June 2008

Just returned from 2-night stay at Inn Kawashima in Kyoto near Shijo metro station. The owners were very nice people. The gentleman spoke English and came to meet us at the Starbucks nearby when we couldn't find the location of the ryokan. It was definitely a traditional ryokan experience in a machiya townhouse. We had two rooms with a balcony...

3Thank taglln
Bay Area, CA
Reviewed 29 May 2008

We stayed at the Inn Kawashima in early May during our stay in Kyoto. We were looking for a "traditional" Japanese experience and wanted to stay in a traditional ryokan. Overall we had a great experience at the Inn Kawashima. Here are some of the highlights from our stay: - Location - the ryokan is located in the heart of...

4Thank BIY808

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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: 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: $201 - $463 (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.”
 of 5 bubbles 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”
 of 5 bubbles DaniLibo, 26 Sep 2015 | Read review
“Machi-yas have steep steps like canal houses. The elderly or disabled should take note.”
 of 5 bubbles 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.”
 of 5 bubbles 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...”
 of 5 bubbles jippu, 13 Jul 2014 | Read review
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