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25-17 Horigauchi-cho Uzumasa Ukyoku Kyoto city, Kyoto, Japan

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339 Total Reviews
  • 93%Value For Money
  • 88%Security
  • 79%Location
  • 93%Staff
  • 88%Atmosphere
  • 90%Cleanliness
  • 87%Facilities

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Our hosts were the most kind and amazing. The place is just great and is brilliantly located. We would definitely come back there and were very sad to leave!

  • 17th Jul 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • France
  • Mixed Group, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Good location and good value for money.


We really enjoyed our time at Bola Bola guest house. If you want to relax this is a perfect place for you. It is a bit out of the city centre, but still easily reachable. The atmosphere is amazing, it is typical Japanese house, with lovely living room and kitchen. We really recommend this place.


Great Japanese style guest house with great facilities. Great kitchen that was well equipped with free tea and coffee. Laundry machines and outdoor drying area undercover. Owner very helpful with maps and info on Kyoto. Bathrooms and showers very clean. Rooms large and secure. Bikes for rent. Close to JR station, bakeries, shops. Next to a local commuter train station so some noise but otherwise very quiet. aircond in rooms. Good common area.


Nice traditional house, you also live with he owner, if you are kept up or woken easily this may. It be the best place to stay for you as it is next to the intersection of 3 train lines, but it was easy to get around because of this and we enjoyed our stay, oh and it's traditional Matt style beds so be prepared for that.


Thisismy 2 nd time staying at Bola bola, which I guess says alot. Highly recommended.


A traditional wooden house, good neighbourhood for exploring the west side of the city, lots of nice touches in the room and a good kitchen. We were very disappointed that the owner charged us a cancellation charge when we had to change our booking 75 hours before our due check-in. This felt extremely mean and put us off staying longer. We switched to Guesthouse Soi on the east side of Kyoto where the staff and atmosphere was much more friendly and pleasant.


I loved it! Amazing place and room. Atmosphere really nice and situated in really nice part of magical Kyoto that I have fallen in love with!!!!! So close to bamboo forest and the owner of this beautiful place is really GENT!!! So helpfull explaining the locations of signs and supplying with lovely maps to find the places you want to visit. We really enjoyed and it's a shame we were staying only one night but we were in Kyoto only for 2 days.I'll be back BOLA BOLA :-) Thank you San.


We really loved our private tatami room upstairs and the bakery around the corner. It's a great location from which to explore west Kyoto and with a JR line very close, it's easy enough to get into the centre / the east (walking takes some time but it's possbile as well!). In March it was still slightly chilly in the bathroom/kitchen, but the room was nice and warm. Thanks for a great 4 days!


A very lovely Japanese style guest house. It's close to a bus stop and we travelled in the city mainly by bus. Small but not hard to find. There is a nearby German bakery and coffee shop that served cheap but delicious breakfast meal and really good breads. I contacted them by email and response was fast. After checking in they gave us a map of the neighborhood which makes it easier to explore. Clean bath, super comfortable 3-layered futon for sleep. Very pleasant stay and I'll def come back.


The staff at Bola-Bola were very friendly and the little local map they provide came in handy. It's a good distance from the train station (ideal if you plan on seeing the bamboo forest and Iwatayama Monkey Park) and it's only 100m or so from trams (ideal if you want to see Ryoanji Temple and Kinkakuji Temple). The Ryokan style rooms were a nice touch.


The couple who run the place are so lovely. She spent ages explaining things to me, and even took me with her when going to some markets she was going to. Unfortunately I didn't meet anyone else while staying there, except in passing, so I can't say much about the atmosphere. Pretty clean and warm


Traditional futon bedding. Shared bathroom. Free wifi. Abit further from JR station and its a bit of a hike but walkable. Close to lots of food places. Abit difficult to find if you don't know your way around.

  • 3rd Mar 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Amazing traditional ryokan in suburban kyoto. Fantastic staff and facilities, just make sure you get a JR rail pass to save you money!

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