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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 5 days ago NEWvia mobile

Summary: excellent, clean, hospitable, quiet, traditional. Room: we stayed in a Japanese-stytle room with two single futons (I loved it but not good if you cannot deal with hard mattresses). The room was large (approx 6m x4m), but that's just the bedroom. In addition there is an entrance area with a fridge (empty, but helpful for any food/drink you bring)...

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Taipei City
Reviewed 1 week ago

It is a typical Japanese inn - you have to take off your shoes at the entrance and you sleep on a tatami. Everything inside is immaculately arranged. The breakfast is amazing and consists of ~10 small dishes that change every day. The owner/receptionist speaks English and was very helpful with directions to restaurants or calling taxi for me. The...

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Hong Kong, China
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

To fit in Kyoto style, we chose here to try tranditional Japanese-style ryokan with tatami room. It's beyond our expectation. Staff are so nice & super helpful. Terrific room with koi pond. Brilliant!

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a traditional Ryokan in an excellent location in Kyoto, close to everything, within walking distance to the Imperial Palace, yet in a quiet residential area. We had room 205, which was spacious and airy, with a private bathroom. Equipments are modern, everything was very well maintained and housekeeping was impeccable. The public bath was small but nicely appointed...

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Oslo, Norway
Reviewed 9 December 2016 via mobile

We had a wonderful stay in this beautiful ryokan in Kyoto. Rooms are just great; huge and spotless, with hot tea-water waiting for you. The staff are so helpful (and fluent in english), and the bath is great. I loved everything about this ryokan, except for the location (which was a bit too far from the city centre for my...

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Portland, Oregon
Reviewed 27 November 2016

The staff at Sawaya Honten was very helpful in providing directions to wherever we needed to go. Room was large and clean. Private bath was on smaller side but well equipped. Nice Koi pond near breakfast room.

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sf bay area
Reviewed 25 November 2016

This was our first timw staying in a ryokan. The facility is very clean and tidy. The owner and his family are very generous and nice people. Thank you Hiroshi for helping us navigating Kyoto. The only draw back is that 9 out of 10 cab drivers didnt know where thia ryokan is when we first mention the name. Good...

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Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 13 November 2016

This is truly a beautiful Ryokan! The rooms are spacious, impeccable and spotless. The owners are extremely gracious. The location is in a quite street so you sleep well... but only 10 minutes walk from the restaurants of Gion. Lovely experience!

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Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

Clean and comfortable Japanese style hotel. The front speaks English. Easy access to bus and subway that takes you to popular spots in the city, still the ryokan itself is at a quieter place. Walking to Heian Shrine and Roam Theater is about 15 min.

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Reviewed 4 November 2016

Great service at this traditional hotel. The host was extremely courteous and helpful - even letting me do a few complimentary loads of laundry. My room was clean and welcoming. The shower/bath room was large, with piping hot water. I would definitely stay here again.

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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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Additional Information about Sawaya Honten

Address: 25, Kawahara-cho, Shogoin, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8397, Kyoto Prefecture
Region: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > City Center
Price Range: RM719 - RM1,002 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Sawaya Honten 3.5*
Number of rooms: 15
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Sawaya Honten Hotel Kyoto
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#6 Top resorts Hotel in Kyoto
#34 Best Value Hotel in Kyoto
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“Staying on 2nd floor which is even more tranquil. ”
 of 5 bubbles 786ellenw, 26 Feb 2017 | Read review
“My room, #203, was above the koi pond in the traditional garden.”
 of 5 bubbles edwardlD5163PF, 3 Nov 2016 | Read review
“The free WIFI is really spotty. Signal in our room was weak and was lost a few times every 15 minutes. Very frustrating.”
 of 5 bubbles dmcc57, 24 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Book early, ask for a room on level 1”
 of 5 bubbles Sidkneee, 25 Apr 2016 | Read review
“I would try to get a room with a private shower if you're not comfortable with sharing a toilet. I think they tend to be a little larger, too.”
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 of 5 bubbles Tavvie, 12 Apr 2016 | Read review
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