We are a family of 6 with four little girls so finding a place to accommodate us in Japan is not easy. The staff spoke great English and gave us some tips on things to do/places to go. Great public bathhouse around the corner from there that the kids loved. We stayed in a room that had a kitchen and plenty of room for our family that was clean and well kept just about a block from the main hotel. We would stay there again in a heartbeat.
We stayed 4 nights last week (Mon- Fri). The staff were friendly, helpful, welcoming.. really nice. Nothing was a problem- including extending our stay. We loved staying here. The rooms are small but perfect for a couple... might be a bit intimate if friends were travelling together. Separate toilet but shower is in the room- the shower was awesome! You can store away your things under the bed and fold up the mattress futon to sit on it.. all very practical and organised. Laundry services and kitchen small but good too. Wifi was fast and reliable. We based ourselves here and explored Kyoto and a day trip to Hiroshima. The info they provide in the folder in the room is fantastic. We had amazing meals at a restaurant 5 mins walk along the road (same side) - has a tomato in its symbol/ name- we ate there 3 times it was so good. We hope to be back, it was a wonderful stay!
This is not a traditional ryokan, but a rather standard building. It is Japanese-style with tatami mats in the rooms and futon mattresses. The room was pretty small, but was clean and comfortable. The owners were friendly and spoke some English, and provided a local map and info on the bus routes (plus they sell the day pass for the city bus). They also had some pamphlets for day trip packages, and sold postcards, Kyoto maps, and Yukata robes.
Their website claims they now (October 2011) serve breakfast, however when I asked the first morning, he said that they don't. There are a couple convenience stores nearby, though, and we picked up some pastry breads to keep in the room for mornings.
They do have wifi in the rooms - I had trouble connecting, but my traveling companion connected easily. There's also a TV.
The location (a few blocks south of Kyoto station) is a little remote from many of the interesting parts of Kyoto, but there's a subway station a block south, and the city bus terminal is at Kyoto station. It was an easy walk to To-ji Temple (five-story pagoda), which I could see from my 4th floor window.
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