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Wales
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23 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 October 2016

this hostel is well located for the attractions at Arashiyama. It is a quaint place, very clean , tidy and comfortable. The showers and toilets are excellent and it has a kitchen that is reasonably well equipped. The owner has produced some excellent maps and is well stocked with tourist information, he is very willing to help plan routes. Good... More 

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Medan, Indonesia
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48 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 January 2016

I spent a night here in August 2015. The owner is a nice guy, don't hesitate to ask him for direction or a map, he'll be helping you. It is located near to Katabiranotsuji station (approximately 5mins walking) and also Uzumasa station (approximately 15mins walking). The guest house is a Japanese house style and surrounded by other Japanese houses. The... More 

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Thank Fayluna
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 November 2015 via mobile

Very nice and cheap guesthouse in Kyoto. The owner makes the place especially nice. He is a friendly old Japanese man who speaks good English and likes to talk to his guests about Japan and Kyoto. Bikes can be rented for a good price at the guesthouse. Might be my favorite place to stay in Japan.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 May 2015

Friends highly recommended this place. It was a convenient place to stay as we were heading to Arashiyama. Shopping street with a number of eating places, convenience stores, supermarkets and public baths are within walking distance. Place is clean and host is staying on the ground floor, approachable and helpful. Guest house is equipped with a shared kitchen, can do... More 

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Antibes, France
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110 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2015

We were recommended this guest house by some friends of ours who had an amazing experience here. And unfortunately, it didn't really hit the spot for us, but mainly because we weren't traveling in season. The room is poorly isolated making it cold for a winter stay, but we survived! The owner was very nice and helpful with tips of... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2015

This guest house was our very first night for our very first trip to Japan (or outside Australia in general). Along with that, there will always be a culture shock and a travel shock. This guest house did not make for an extremely pleasant first day due to its location and facilities. First of all, it must be made clear,... More 

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Seogwipo, South Korea
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 December 2014

A few things that I WISH I had known prior to arriving. Firstly, the location. I arrived late in the evening and could not for the life of me find the place. This was quite frustrating especially after a long day of travelling and not being able to speak Japanese. The hostel is located on a quiet street and is... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 April 2014

We went to kyoto 18-20April which probably was high season of the city so the house was full booked, people were crowded and a western family with 2 kids always made noise. We loved everything about this guesthouse but we won't go back again because it's hard to sleep even we're so tired though. Other guests which most were japanese... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 July 2013 via mobile

We had one room for a night than had to change for no apparent reason. In the second room, we got lots of mosquito bites and it was quite noisy with the tram. It is conveniently located for the tram and JR. The bamboo Forrest is 30mins walk away. Plenty of good food locally. No chairs which is traditional but... More 

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Varanasi, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 July 2013

Bola bola is a nice guesthouse. A lot of coffe houses around and little shops/ food. Take the bus from the station. THAT WAY IT"S EASY to find bola bola. With the "old train/tram" easy to get to Arashiyama. There's a lot to do and to see. Ask for the map in the guesthouse. These are perfect for use. The... More 

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Staying in Western Kyoto

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Western Kyoto
Western Kyoto is home to some of the city's best eccentricities. Kyoto's Saga-Toriimoto Preserved Street takes visitors back in time to the Meiji Period, where old homes have been transformed into tea houses and eateries. Pleasure boats drift down the riverbank, under wooden bridges that beckon nature lovers to hiking trails and botanical walks. The area's famously tall bamboo groves, monkey park, and impressive vistas during the Hanami cherry blossom viewing season mean that it is busiest in warmer months, though also gorgeous in the fall, when the mountains and hills along the banks turn multi-colored. Historic and engaging, even the rail cars in Western Kyoto seek to exemplify its traditional nature and scenic beauty. Many people, including natives, come to visit the 1,200 rakan statues at the Otagi Nenbutsuji Temple, which is still in use as a religious site.
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Additional Information about Guest House Bola-Bola

Address: 25-17 Uzumasa Horigauchi-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8152, Kyoto Prefecture
Region: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > Western Kyoto
Price Range: $63 - $105 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
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“Cheap bike rentals!!”
 of 5 bubbles MelissaG590, 1 Dec 2014 | Read review
“You should call in advance, though we booked on the fly and lucked out.”
  • This is our second room upstairs
  • This is the common room on the first floor.  You can see the free internet  terminal too.
  • This is our first room downstairs.
 of 5 bubbles sepielli, 18 Jul 2011 | Read review
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