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Brandon, Canada
Reviewed 19 May 2013

We visited here in May 2010. We had 6 days in Japan on a flight stop-over and my husband wanted to see Kyoto. We only had two days in Kyoto. With a two year old. I decided we could only see one neighbourhood so we would stay somewhere affordable near Arashiyama or Northern Higashiyama. I picked Bola Bola. It's a...

1Thank rtw2010
Reviewed 21 January 2013 via mobile

The place was a little difficult to find at first but ample help was provided - you can ask for directions and help at the train station at Uzumasa and the staff will assist you. Careful where you are going! I entered the wrong way and was greeted by the fierce looking family dog. =) The owner is a nice...

Thank KeiKurono
Lisbon, Portugal
Reviewed 14 December 2012

We stayed at Bola Bola guest house in march 2009 and i think we will always remember this place. The home is a real ryokan, the owner very helpful and nice. first we thought that the location is a little bit far away from kyoto city center, but after visiting bamboo forest, the best spa (onsen) i ever been and...

Thank msilvas
Reviewed 6 November 2012 via mobile

Stayed here for 2 nights, owner mr. Haru very polite and helpful. This guest house is a real Japanese house so give us a real experience when we were in Japan. Is convenient access to arashiyama. Location is good, near by train station but you need to pass by 3 railway line to reach this guest house. At night when...

Thank ElaineLing126
Reviewed 14 October 2012

stayed in this ryokan during my first visit to japan and was not disappointed, the owner is very accommodating personally welcoming and entertaining guests, he also gives good tips on places to visit, there is also tourist maps available, wifi is free, rooms have secure locks, communal shower has free shampoo, The neighborhood was also peaceful and there are lots...

Thank raa4485
Paris, France
Reviewed 25 July 2012

We spent two great nights in this pleasant guesthouse, sleeping in à traditionnal Japanese room. Our host was real welcoming, the hood is quiet and we just felt at home in his house. Not exactly in the centre of Tokyo, but we didn't regret our pick.

Thank matthieuf2
Durham, North Carolina
Reviewed 16 July 2012

This honestly felt more like a hotel than a hostel. We didn't see any other guests but once in the early morning, and except when we arrived, we barely saw the owners. Said owners are very nice and speak excellent English, and the woman who greeted us gave us several helpful maps with nearby food and sightseeing spots. We were...

Thank titratetheaciddemon
Montreal, Canada
Reviewed 24 April 2012

If you are looking for a real Ryokan experience, this is the place to go. Note that there is no heat and it gets very cold in winter. The shower room is the worst part of the house and the toilets are on the first floor. The owners are nice as long as you don't arrive too early in the...

Thank marie p
Independence, Kentucky
Reviewed 5 November 2011

We stayed in Kyoto in 2008 at Bola-Bola. It was great and everything we had hoped. It is very affordable, inviting family, spacious rooms, and decent location. The owner pointed out a nice nearby onsen after our late arrival. It was a great stay. I will stay here again when I visit Kyoto next time.

1Thank Ian_Tomoko
Reviewed 26 August 2011

friendly, clean very comfortable even though tradtional mattresses on floor. lovely family. great restaurant in walking distance. easy to get around kyoto from there. stayed before sept 10

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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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Address: 25-17 Uzumasa Horigauchi-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8152, Kyoto Prefecture
Region: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > Western Kyoto
Price Range: RM201 - RM349 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
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“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.
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