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Small World Guesthouse in Kyoto Reviews

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

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230 Total Reviews
  • 81%Value For Money
  • 70%Security
  • 68%Location
  • 68%Staff
  • 75%Atmosphere
  • 72%Cleanliness
  • 69%Facilities

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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)


Such a cool little place to stay- it's like stepping back in time into Edo! If you want to see what traditional Japanese inns look like then this is your place. Apart from there being pretty much no security systems (it didn't bother me at all, but others might expect at least a locked front door haha) it was great. Eclectic record collection in the common room to chill out to. The only thing I would recommend is more signage out the front, and a map of the area for guests when they arrive.


A comfortable room to stay.

  • 5th May 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Taiwan
  • Couple, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Strange layout and a little out of the way but it was cheap and a place to sleep!


For me the Location is great, it very quiet and the bus stop are only 5min walk and the Train station are around 10-15min walk. It might be difficult finding it the first time and especially for some people who are not strong in Japanese, because travelling by bus can be quite overwhelming!


Beautiful traditional Japanese house in a very quiet area of Kyoto. The staff is friendly and there is a great collection of good vinyls to listen to at night in the charming common room. Just a little thing: in the dorms, the mattress could be a bit thicker. Also: possibility to rent some bikes for just 500 Yens the day!


The place is a real traditional japanese house, so you nave to be prepared to a very spartan room. If you want to reach the toilets you have to go outside the building so it's quite a problem in winter when it's cold. Same story fo the shower. We found some insects in the toilet and shower. The hostel is difficult to find, but it's near to metro station. You can easily reach the Golden Pavillion by walking for 40 minutes Good to stay there for fewfew days to taste real japanese style but no


Not for everyone. Not terrible but not great either.


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.

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