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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
  • 79%Value For Money
  • 66%Security
  • 66%Location
  • 67%Staff
  • 77%Atmosphere
  • 75%Cleanliness
  • 71%Facilities

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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.


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!

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