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Guesthouse Bon Reviews

63-2 Kamimonzen-cho Murasakino Kita-ku Kyoto Japan, Kyoto, Japan

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251 Total Reviews
  • 96%Value For Money
  • 91%Security
  • 79%Location
  • 100%Staff
  • 96%Atmosphere
  • 95%Cleanliness
  • 92%Facilities

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This is my 7th trip to Japan, and I have stayed in a lot of different accommodation places in Kyoto so have had quite a variety of experiences. Guesthouse Bon is a wonderful guesthouse to stay in. I spent 8 nights there altogether and it was great. So good to sleep on tatami. The owner is very caring and helpful, and the place very clean and comfortable. It's so good that next time I'm going to be in Kyoto this is the place I'm going to see if I can book first. Immense thanks Taniguchi san :)


Guesthouse Bon was a great highlight of our recent trip throughout Japan. Mr Bon was an incredible host, who went well out of his way to orient us to the area, rent us bicycles, and ensure that we were sent on our way comfortably. This was one of my favorite hostels in all of Japan.


Very helpful staff, clean facilities


I can honestly say it was the best experience at a guesthouse in Japan. Located on a charming quiet side street, transport and shops close by. Authentic and affordable sushi restaurant run by a really friendly couple and their cat. Taniguchi-san was awesome, a kind and friendly host. I would return in a heart beat! PS. He is also a world class sushi chef who has retired after having worked in New York and parts of Australia. Perhaps you can convince him to give you lessons at a reasonable rate.


Very nice staff, very willing to help you with anything. Little far from the main station, but on the other hand its near the kinkaku garden and the house is very nice (if you want an old style house with tatami floor to sleep on).


I'll be back. 👍


I stayed at Guesthouse Bon for one night and it was great! The owner was very kind to me from the very beginning and helped me get around the tourist spots and near the guesthouse. You get to sleep in a room with tatami floor on a very comfortable futon. The only downside is that while there's a hot shower, there's no heating in the bathroom and the shops and restaurants around the guesthouse close early at least on the weekends, so plan ahead and enjoy your stay (:

  • 28th Feb 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Brazil
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Mister Bon is a great host. He's so helpful and has a very good knowledge of Kyoto. Great place to stay. I would go back there anytime. A great place for a great genuine japanese experience


A wonderful place to stay if you are after a quiet and relaxing base to explore Kyoto from. Mr Bon is incredibly helpful, (he even drove us to the subway upon checkout). This is a small, cosy guesthouse with kitchen facilities, outdoor bathrooms and a comfortable common area. Great night sleep, pillows are amazing!


Great staff, very friendly and helpful. Room is clean and vintage japanese style. Price reasonable and place easy to be find.


Great place to stay! The owner is very friendly. No problem to communicate with English. Proactively provide travel advice without asking first. Wonderful experience!

  • 31st Dec 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Taiwan
  • Female, 41+
  • (1 review)


Lovely little place to stay if you want a taste of 'local' life. It was very comfortable and really not a terrible location, though it is a fairly long bus ride (30-40 minutes) to the downtown area of Kyoto. So this place is great for people who don't plan on staying out and just want a nice, homey base to explore the temples and other sights. The bathroom is outdoors, so in the winter it can be a bit miserable going for a late night pee. But the toliets and showers are very clean and modern.


Nice place, nice staff ,Recommend!!

  • 13th Dec 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Thailand
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Great place to stay. I recommend. Really friendly staff, clean place, good facilities(kitchen, laundry,...), and nice Japanese style rooms. The guesthouse is located in a quiet residential area near temple area. The location is great for touring places, but maybe not the most optimal for going drinking to the center for late night. Good place.

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