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Small World Guesthouse in Kyoto Reviews

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

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173 Total Reviews
  • 89%Value For Money
  • 79%Security
  • 70%Location
  • 77%Staff
  • 81%Atmosphere
  • 77%Cleanliness
  • 81%Facilities

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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.


The hostel is rather hard to find indeed. I spent half an hour to ask locals for the direction. But the atmosphere is excellent. I've never stayed in hostel with such unique style. Overall, it would be a great choice to spend one or two nights here. Besides, the owner is helpful when asking him for information.


Very Japanese, quiet place, I enjoyed staying there.


It is a VERY small world! Once you get over the tiny spaces (tiny common room, 2-foot-wide hallways, ladders to access the rooftop platform and one sleeping loft...) this is a perfectly fine place to stay. The house (actually, appears to be several structures joined together) is over 100 years old; there is a communal kitchen space and both Japanese and Western toilets. Difficult to find, but when you get off the bus just ask at the corner restaurant and they can direct you.

  • 8th Aug 2013
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 41+
  • (1 review)


Small World Guest House is good if you are looking to stay in a traditional type of Japanese Guest house. I found the quarters to be very cramped, poorly ventilated, noisy, and unclean. They did have excellent Wifi. It is easy enough to find. But it's a bit of a walk from the subway.


A very nice hostel. Feels like home. Situated in a lovely neighbourhood, and there are many temples etc close by. If you want to see more of the city, you can rent a bike and cycle around. Kyoto is a good city for cycling so you won't regret it.


Not really close to the center but the kitaoji bus terminal and train station are10min by walk from the house. The staff is very kind and helpfull.


Wouldn't have been hard to find with more detailed instructions - get the 9 bus to Shimatorida cho, take the first left (by a barber's) and then the next left down a very small side street and you're there. The hostel itself was beautifully traditional, I really enjoyed my stay.


It isn't the ideal location (not bad either though), but it's a really cozy guesthouse and a chance to see inside the wooden houses. For me it was good for meeting people too. It's hard to find, so it would be good if either there was an English sign outside or the instructions here were more specific on what to look for.


This hostel is quite far from the station and away from touristy attractions. It's quite hard to find and I had to use my iphone. It has a traditional feel of what most homes in Japan are like if this is what you want to experience. I live in Japan and am used to cold rooms, but foreigners might say it's a bit cold. I had a bicycle so I could get around, and you can rent bikes here which makes it easier to travel around Kyoto.


It´s a nice little guesthouse, but difficult to find from the station. We had to call them and were told to ask the restaurant at the busstop. A nice young man showed us the guesthouse, but a better discription would be helpfull.

  • 3rd May 2013
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Germany
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


This place was very down to earth. If you want a to live like a local, here's your chance, but if your used to a more pristine ryokan stay, this could be roughing it. Easy to get to from Kyoto station, just ride (I can't remember which bus) straight north for 25-30minutes. It was nice to get out of the cluster of the city and experience a small, cute neighborhood.


If you are searching for a peaceful and Japanese-style place to be in kyoto, this is the right choice. Both dormitory and simple rooms are comfortable and nice. There's a small garden inside and a terrace.The owner is extremely descreet, kind and helpful. There's a bus a few steps far, or, even better, you can rent a bike. You can walk to the well known Funaoka onsen. Highly raccomanded for those who wants to enjoy Kyoto standing apart from the crowd of tourists. Lovely traditional furniture!


In little cute house but a little bit far from downtown


Really nice and cozy place! In a quite neigjborhood. With good atmosphere!


This hostel is really hard to find - a sign in English would have been useful. It was a bit cold at night going out to the toilet/shower/sink and the bed was a little on the hard side (both characteristics of a traditional Japanese place though) but the room was ok and it was great to have a big shelf, bed light and electric socket each.

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