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We had a lovely stay at Inn Kawashima. It's exactly what we hoped for; a traditional Japanese ryokan, but cheaper than the super high end ones. It has a sweet little (tiny!!) garden, sliding screen doors, tatami mats, futon, the works! Our gracious host even...More
We stayed in the second floor Japanese room. It was spacious room that was very quiet. The hosts were helpful and spoke great English. We did not order breakfast or dinner here, but great bar across the street. We were nervous about the shared bathroom...More
Spent one night there with a friend. The essentials you need are all there. Owner speaks fluent English and is very professional. The bed was really comfortable and I slept soundly till the next morning. The breakfast was simple but delicious. Although I did not...More
We enjoyed our stay at the Inn for 2 nights whilst exploring Kyoto and Nara. It has a great central location which made it easy to walk around central Kyoto day and evening time. The beds were very comfortable and the host was always around...More
We stayed at the Inn Kawashima for 4 nights from 4th October. It was absolutely delightful. A traditional Japanese inn that has been in the family for around 100 years, it is situated in central Kyoto not far from the station and 5 minutes from...More
Shimogyo-ku is centered around the busy train hub, Kyoto Station. A nexus for commerce, shopping, dining, and hotels, the Shimogyo-ku area is infused with tourists and local business travelers, making it a competitive location for ever-new commercial structures. The shops and cafes here are chic and trendy, as a result, with many recognizable chains. Commuters flood the Shimogyo-ku area twice a day, and
with Kyoto Station itself being a modern mega-complex and an architectural marvel, this neighborhood is one of the most contemporary and energetic areas that the city has to offer. Buildings here look futuristic, and huge department stores, shopping arcades, and public meeting spaces provide every possible convenience. It is also nearly the only place in Kyoto where rooftop dining and socializing is available, completing its modern tone.