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Reviewed 2 December 2015

We stayed there for 4 nights. I wasn't quite sure about this type of accommodation at first but we couldn't find anything else. So we didn't have any expectation going there. Our host, Divyam, made sure that our taxi driver knew how to get to his place and he stood at the stop near his house to pick us up....

2Thank Tinkerdust
Reviewed 25 January 2015

We stayed here for 3 nights in winter in Kyoto. It was a very pleasant stay. Divyam has plenty of tips on what to do and what to see - he always asks you what you want to do and gives his recommendations. The house is pretty cool, it's an old Samurai house and was wonderful staying in it. The...

Thank Jayna S
Buxton, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 December 2014

Straight off the airplane, and Shinkansen to Kyoto then made it to the phone box Divyam told us to call from. Made the call, "I'll be with you in 30 seconds". Less than 30 seconds later we were saying hello to Divyam for the first time. In advance we were booked in the upstairs room, however we had the downstairs...

Thank Robin E
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Reviewed 14 May 2014

We stayed with the family at Divyam and Yasuko the first week of May 2014. There are tow rooms, both of them are very quiet. Some of the guests complain about privacy: these houses are not the typical US place with sound proof walls! It can be cold and warm in Kyoto: staying in a place like Yonbanchi will give...

Thank HarryvandenBroek
Adelaide, Australia
Reviewed 14 March 2014 via mobile

I stayed in yonbanchi for 5 nights in total in the winter season. Divyam and yasuko were very welcoming hosts and nothing was too much trouble, yasuko even drove me to the super market and around the local streets on my first day there so I could get my bearings of the place. The location is very beautiful and a...

4Thank Georgie_LLAP
Muncie, Indiana
Reviewed 24 December 2012

The owner needs to add space heaters in the winter. Only the bed was heated at night. You could come back at night and get in bed; it was too cold for anything else. The owner wanted to plan out our trip for us. We had already done extensive research, but he would not accept that we wanted to do...

2Thank midwestroyalty
Nottingham, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 June 2012

I was dissapointed by the lack of privacy at Yonbanchi and all the reviews I'd read were so good. The location is good but the downstairs room opens at the ceiling level and with the owners living in the next room, you cannot have a private conversation. The room doesn't have a kettle nor hot water and it is clear...

3Thank ilovejapan2012
New Orleans, Louisiana
Reviewed 18 May 2012

The house of the Samurai puts one in the spirit of visiting nearby Shinnyo-do temple and the many other sites of sacred grounds in Kyoto; owners Divyam and Yosuka are the ultimate guides to a remarkable experience in Kyoto. When I left Yonbanchi after a ten-day stay, it felt as though I was leaving home.

1Thank ritabreath
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Reviewed 25 March 2012

The ryokan stands in a quiet alley located between 2 temples. The house has a traditional taste with authentic minimalist rooms. The ground floor round has a good space, and has a view on a small and cute garden; The bedding is very confortable, I'll let you find out why. Our host Divyam was more than welcoming: we were taken...

Thank Jean B
Toronto, Canada
Reviewed 24 October 2011

In addition to its excellent location the guesthouse is a beautiful, traditional Japanese dwelling. The owners went above and beyond in both hospitality and advice for sight seeing. Follow their advice and you will be sure to have a memorable trip. Staying in this type of lodging sets the tone for the sights that you will visit in the city....

1Thank Michael B

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City Center
No district of Kyoto is quite as representative of its blended nature as the City Center. By day, the covered shopping arcades along Kawaramachi and Shijo Street bring deal hunters and fashionistas out in droves to peruse the clothing, accessories, gifts, and home goods offerings. When it grows dark, the City Center is a hip spot for nightlife, alive with bars and clubs. A trendy culinary scene and an abundance of local watering holes give the Center its youthful vibrancy. In contrast, the quieter areas of the City Center seem a world away, shielded from noise by the foliage of the public gardens and zen spaces surrounding the area's shrines, castles, and the Imperial Palace. These ancient and sacred spots are seamlessly folded into the scenery, providing a respite from the energy of the city, but close enough to put you directly back onto the pulse of the city when you're ready.
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Address: 4 Jodo Shinnyocho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8414, Kyoto Prefecture
Region: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > City Center
Number of rooms: 2
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“If you have problems walking, this might not be the place for you. Room on first floor is adjecent to the owners. Not a plce for honeymooners!”
HarryvandenBroek, 14 May 2014 | Read review
“If it will be cold when you visit, ask if the rooms will be heated.”
midwestroyalty, 24 Dec 2012 | Read review
“Both rooms are desirable in their own way; upstairs may be more quiet and restful.”
ritabreath, 18 May 2012 | Read review
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TeamBauwr, 16 May 2011 | Read review
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