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Small World Guesthouse in Kyoto Reviews

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

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131 Total Reviews
  • 82%Value For Money
  • 61%Security
  • 73%Location
  • 74%Staff
  • 83%Atmosphere
  • 76%Cleanliness
  • 77%Facilities

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The place is just a traditional Japanese house converted into hostels with bunk beds. As such, it's small, but it's expected. Very few bathrooms and showers shared between all the hostel guests, so it can get tricky. The restroom and showers are separated. There is always hot water in the shower, which is nice. The restrooms could use a little upgrade (no hotwater in the taps). No lockers for your personal belongings. Would I stay again? Yes. Good value for the money and not bad.


It was a great experience. The owner was kind, helpful, and understandable. Although the place was narrow, I like the environment of how laid-back the place was. I met people from different areas around the world in the common room. I used the common kitchen to make tea. It was a gas-stove which was great. I enjoyed the electric blanket (best invention ever!!), hot showers, heater, actual blankets, and actual pillows. The pillows was soft. It wasn't the ones with pebbles inside.

  • 2nd Jan 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Great access to the northern part Kyoto city and a host of temples from here.

  • 23rd Nov 2013
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • Female, 41+
  • (1 review)


It was a great experience to stay here. I really loved it! It might be a little bit cold for some people during winter as the showers and toilets are outside, but it was really ok for me and the atmosphere really worth going here!!!


My first time in a Japanese townhouse(?) and I was startled by how small and narrow the corridors are. The wooden floors creaked as I walked on it, and I felt a bit like a bear in a china shop (I am very tall). lol. I was also not used to how hard the beds were. It is a very charming place though, with wooden sliding doors, a nice little shower room with really hot water (great in winter) and a small spot near the kitchen to sit and chat near a fire heater. Great experience really!


This is my favorite hostel I have stayed at yet!!! A traditional japanese house located down a tiny back alley with other traditional houses. If you have been to Kyoto you know that can be a bit rare to find these days as most of the city has modernized. Location is far away from Kyoto station but still well located!! You can easily walk to Kinkakuji which is one of the most famous temples in Kyoto or the alley is one block from a major street where you can catch a bus to wherever. No Lockers


Definitely NOT worth the money or the time. Try to book long enough ahead to find another hostel.

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You hardly went out from the hostel for three days. and were facing to the monitor of Pc. 'Definitely Not' nevertheless? Also,after check-out was facing the monitor in the common room till the evening!


in the web site it says "free Japanese food", but this was not truth. and the rooms are really very very small....and no lockers....

  • 21st Oct 2013
  • Novice Nomad
  • shmaymallach
  • Germany
  • Male, 41+
  • (1 review)

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Hello. Our web site does not write "free japanease food "NEVER! Where did you reead it? Don't you have misunderstood something?


Overall traditional Japanese atmosphere of the family room we stayed was great. However, the tatami mats smelled a little musty. We especially liked the guesthouse location: in the suburbs, very quiet at night yet still within walking distance to the subway station. Recommended.

  • 20th Oct 2013
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Malaysia
  • Mixed Group, 25-30
  • (1 review)

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