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Small World Guesthouse in Kyoto Reviews

25-10 Shimotorida-Tyou Murasakino, Kita-ku, Kyoto, Japan

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216 Total Reviews
  • 80%Value For Money
  • 67%Security
  • 66%Location
  • 68%Staff
  • 77%Atmosphere
  • 75%Cleanliness
  • 72%Facilities

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Super cute, clean, well organized ryokan!!! Loved the vintage items the host has collected and has on display.


Good location, nice japanese style rooms, cheap bike rental and good vibe :)


Place was a bit hard to move around and is located rather far from the center. But otherwise, a nice little hostel


Yuki is nice,friend ly n polite, n help ful


A nice place to stay at if you want to have a "real" Japanese experience (you sleep on a mattress on the floor in a simple wooden house). It is a very primitive place, but cozy at the same time. You have what you need if you are just staying one or a few nights, and the place was clean. For me it was a huge plus that the caretaker spoke some English and that I could use the wi-fi. In total, I enjoyed my stay and would have chosen the same hostel over again if I just want a place to sleep at.

  • 13th Sep 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Sweden
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


The hostel is not for everyone. Since the hostel is made of wood, sound is easily produced by any movement. It was difficult to sleep at night. Also, it was the peak of summer when I stayed there and the owner did not allow the usage of the AC during the day. Stay here if you are only after a place where you can shower. If you highly value sleep, maybe this is not the best place for you to stay.


If your a cool person you will think this is a great place. Just act. Treat their stuff with respect and you'll have a great time

  • 11th Aug 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


The owner wasn't keen on letting us have air conditioning after 7 AM. This was in the middle of August, when it's 40 degrees Celsius outside... Since the walls are very thin, the nights were noisy and a little extra sleep after 7 would have been nice. Otherwise a big lack of security, and you can get a much nicer location for the same/better price. On the good side, it was cool to see a traditional Japanese house from the inside.

  • 7th Aug 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Denmark
  • All Female Group, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Nice quiet location, a little tricky to find. Good location with cheap bike hire able to get any where - Botanical gardens and river nearby are awesome :) Also close to subway, good way to get a bit further! Simple and cost effective


Not in down town No lockers No computers Owner not too friendly, just his business But japanese style house


Clean and tidy!!


Please pretend you're camping- and this Guesthouse offers everything you needs for it. Hot shower, kitchen kit and clean beds are well equipped, though at moderate size/ quality. Its surrounding has residence and several small shops, cosmetic as well as supermarkets, so it was very quiet at night. Staying here you'll have to be quiet too, as the wall/ doors merely bar any sound. Best thing- easily accessible by bus, which is the cheapest way to get around in Kyoto.


The hostel is a traditional japanese house so all the space is isolated just by thin wooden walls and sliding doors, it was very noisy at night. The house has its entrance open almost all day. The neighbourhood is super quiet but still there is no security at all (no lockers or safes available). The owner seemed to be very reserved and didn't provide any info about the city and any tip. Theres no dryer and to hang clothes youve to climb an unstable ladder to reach a small platform on thè roof


walls aren't soundproof, the one staff member was hardly there, no useful maps or places to visit, location was around a 25 minute bus trip from Kyoto station, could become costly to travel to and from and not the best way to travel with big bags. Cute hostel, not much to do in the location but it is nice if you don't want to be in the middle of the city.


This is my first bad review, i'm a little sad to do it but i'll explain why : The main bad point in this guest house is the staff (just one guy), in fact you nearly never saw him if you don't "ring the bell" (he lives in the house next to the guest house). He'll not give your advice if you don't really really insist (He doesn't have real map of the town neither). At leat the tourist office of Kyoto is really nice. And 0 security, the staff is not here and there are not lockers.


Location is VERY far from everything, but close to a but stop. It is basically a traditional Japanese house converted into a hostel, which is nice. Common area is very small, the place is quite noisy since you can hear your neighbor breathing. The owner is very unfriendly. Quite expensive for what it is. We went at this place only because the A-Yado Gion hostel was full. A-Yado is cheaper, with a better location and with a very friendly staff.


Not bad for a few days stay.


books,vinyl records and japanese mid century atomosphere was awesome.


Very cool traditionnel house!

  • 27th May 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • Couple, 25-30
  • (1 review)

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