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Albany, California
Reviewed 22 October 2011

The location of this home is excellent and the rooms are clean and lovely. The house itself is very clean and has lovely decor. Our host went above and beyond giving us advice about where to go, what to see, what to eat, etc... On our first night he gave us advice about where to use a public bathhouse and...

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Reviewed 17 July 2011

Kyoto was the highlight of our trip to Japan and Divyam's sage advice made sure we made the most of our short stay. Highly recommend taking Divyam's advice on where to eat and what to see. We will be going back next time we're in Japan.

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Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 17 May 2011

Yonbanchi was our first stop in our Japan stay & it was a great introduction to staying in a Ryokan as it is clean, homely & peaceful, a great place to come back to after a long day of walking or cycling around the sights. The hosts Divyam & Yasuko are welcoming & full of the best information & local...

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Los Angeles
Reviewed 28 May 2010

The best part of the Yonbanchi experience is the conversation and insight from your hosts, who speak English, are knowledgeable about Kyoto, how to get around, and what places are worth seeing. Accomodations are not luxurious, but are not meant to be. You'll find yourself with more room than a business hotel, and the comfort and feel of a home....

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Reviewed 19 August 2009

Me and my spouse were initially thinking of taking a ryokan, but when we saw reviews of Yonbanchi, we wanted to give it a try. And i must say, we made the best choice. Yonbanchi is a traditional samurai house with only two guest rooms. We took the one on the first floor. The house is quite nice and we...

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Steinbach, Canada
Reviewed 22 July 2008

If you're looking for luxury accomodations this place is not for you. But it is clean, affordable, in a decent location, and best of all is a really cool old samurai house.

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Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Reviewed 1 July 2008

Yonbanchi is a small (2 guest rooms) bed and breakfast in a quiet area of Kyoto near the Silver Pavilion and the Philosopher's Path. It sits on a one-block street with the Shinny-do Buddhist temple at one end and a Shinto shrine at the other. It is a pleasant walk to a bus stop where at least 5 bus lines...

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City Center
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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Address: 4 Jodo Shinnyocho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8414, Kyoto Prefecture
Region: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > City Center
Number of rooms: 2
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“If you have problems walking, this might not be the place for you. Room on first floor is adjecent to the owners. Not a plce for honeymooners!”
 of 5 bubbles HarryvandenBroek, 14 May 2014 | Read review
“If it will be cold when you visit, ask if the rooms will be heated.”
 of 5 bubbles midwestroyalty, 24 Dec 2012 | Read review
“Both rooms are desirable in their own way; upstairs may be more quiet and restful.”
 of 5 bubbles ritabreath, 18 May 2012 | Read review
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 of 5 bubbles TeamBauwr, 16 May 2011 | Read review
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