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Small World Guesthouse in Kyoto Reviews

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

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204 Total Reviews
  • 83%Value For Money
  • 69%Security
  • 69%Location
  • 71%Staff
  • 82%Atmosphere
  • 79%Cleanliness
  • 77%Facilities

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Loved this small hostel, rooms and equipment like from Miyazaki's cartoons, small kitchen and dining room was simply 'cute', and I normally don't use this word. Warning for all tall travellers as myself... I hit my head frequently during my stay, but still liked the place. Little bit far from all major attractions and subway but if you are reasonably fit you can get everywhere on bike for 500 yen/day, and cycling in Osaka is one of the most amazing experiences I had in Japan.


Noisy, unclean, insect ridden, many small corridors and low beams. Unclean floors but no shoes. Sections of building lack roofing


The good side is that its in an old traditional japanese style house. The downsides are: only one shared bathroom, anyone can enter the hostel whenever they want as the staff is absent most of the time, beside they are pretty much unfriendly, always seemed to be bothered... And the hostel is quite far from the center


there are no locks anywhere except the toilet. there is only one shower, which has no lock. bedrooms also have no locks, there are curtains around the bunk beds, but they're see through. there's no privacy at all.


Best place to stay of you're looking for an authentic japanese house to stay in. A fantastic rabbit warren of beautiful traditional japanese rooms. Be sure to bring your own towels for the shower though- the owner has none for hire!


We did like this hostel, although it was small it was very curious. Lots of hidden rooms and great decor. Beds were pretty uncomfortable though, a very thin fold up mattress on solid wooden beds, ouch.


I really did not like this place... You got 2 kinds of 'small'. The nice and cosy and the anoying small. This one was the last one. Everything in the house made noise, so you woke up everytime someone walked, opend a door or just moved in his sleep... The bed was the worst of all! On the pic it looks like a european style, but it's just a futon on self made bunkbed... A single futon is already a bit hard, but its even harder on a wooden plank. Go somewhere else! A-yado


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.


Really nice to stay in this traditional Japanese house converted. Tiny inside with sliding doors and a miniature maze of small rooms with small corridors. Clean and cheap in a residential area of Kyoto. A really nice stay overall.


This hostel was excellent if you want to imagine how Japanese tradicional people used to live. The house was so cute although cold cos we went in winter


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....

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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)


A very clean, quiet and peaceful place. A real traditional japanese house like in movie with zig zag entrance. Feels like a ninja might come out from a secret passage...lol! In terms of safety - no lockers, no lock to the room and I'm not sure if they lock the front door at night. I know they didn't in day time.


Pretty much impossible to find after you get off the bus/subway, but was it for the cute twin kids. The place had a unique Japanese vibe, with a great commonspace.

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