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This is the second time I have stayed at WARAKU and it will be the place I stay anytime I come. It might be 30 minutes from Kyoto Station but it has so much to offer. You can easily get to anywhere you want to...More
The walls may be made out of paper and cardboard, the facilities may be shared, and yes, you sleep on the ground (that's called Japan style!): But this has been the friendliest and most authentic Ryokan experience for me in Japan. After a stay here,...More
We stayed here for 3 nights and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We stayed in a private basic room which was upstairs. The room being upstairs made it a little difficult to transport our suitcases but once we worked out the best way to do this...More
This guesthouse is located north of Kyoto. It takes about 30 minutes by bus from Kyoto station.
But it's worth to stay because there is good circumstances to feel traditional Kyoto residence style...
House is about 100 year old. The owner renovated it when he...More
Since 2010 we've been to Waraku-An and Kyoto a further 7 times! Basically, it's our home away from NZ.
There have been some changes in that time. There are now two modern showers, whereas before there was the one awesome one. Both are clean and...More
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.