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Small World Guesthouse in Kyoto Reviews

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

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75%

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

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63%

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.


91%

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!


80%

In little cute house but a little bit far from downtown


77%

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


71%

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.


57%

The toilet and bathroom are outside the room, so it's cold in the winter. It will be better to stay here in summer. But overall, it's fine.


80%

Really sweet little place, a little hard to find and not so close to the town centre - if you are going to stay here you probably want to buy the 500 yen bus pass each day to get to and from the hostel. Staff was really nice and the rooms were really good quality. The hostel seemed quite old and basic in some ways - but I think that this added to the experience.


46%

Very cold place...

  • 1st Dec 2012
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Russia
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)


83%

very nice old japanese homestay


20%

Far away from the city. no indications of the place once you get there to make easier the identification of the house. temperature of the room below 10 degrees. air condicitioning working but even like that the temperature on the room was not confortable to live in there. We got sick. Have to stay with the winter clothes on until the room was getting little bit warmer. one of the wall of the room was only a window glass giving to the street. No protection enough against temperatures outside.

  • 20th Nov 2012
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Spain
  • Couple, 25-30
  • (1 review)


69%

I stayed in a twin room at Small World for one night in Autumn. This place is cool and hip and hey-like-whatever, which means it gets away with having small dirty rooms because it is part of the character. The staff was a single aloof dude-bro, who was actually quite helpful when asked. All the facilities worked fine, it was quiet AND I actually enjoyed my stay. It was a little bit tricky to find - look for the door covered by the short black curtain with geometric shapes and kanji on it.


74%

sometimes the heater is not warm enough but the owner is good

  • 14th Nov 2012
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Taiwan
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


69%

I liked the place, and the warm sleeping room, was really nice to come back there after a tiring and cold day in kyoto. It s really good for socialiising...there is a nice atmosphere between the backpackers. The owner is almost never around, and maybe he doesn t feel so confortable talking but when I asked some information about the city he was helpfull I do not have any complaints, he just seems strange at first! Just a little cold in the other areas as it s traditionaly open space..


86%

Place is awesome! So beautiful, peaceful, and charming. The staff are friendly and unintrusive. You might want to consider revising the directions a bit, as we had some trouble finding it (most streets were unmarked, so perhaps list landmarks?). We loved our stay, the facility, and our fellow travelers; thanks!

  • 4th Nov 2012
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • All Female Group, 25-30
  • (1 review)


77%

We loved Small World Guesthouse for all the reasons some other reviewers didn't like it. Don't stay here if a 30 min bus ride to the touristy parts of Kyoto will bother you. We loved the neighbourhood as it's just a regular part of Kyoto with local restaurants and no pandering to tourists. The facilities are basic but clean. You probably won't get into much conversation with the guy who runs the place but he is helpful if you need something.

  • 2nd Nov 2012
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


77%

It's not really easy to find this hostel. But i totally agree with the decripton because it's really a tipical house and the apmosphere there is unique. For short stay i recomend


74%

Awesome guesthouse! Fantastic charm and atmosphere. Could use better directions and signage though. Hard to find.


66%

The hostel is fairly clean and quite accessible. Rooms are just next to public areas/facilities, so if other tenants are not considerate and loud it would be a nuisance. Although the female and male dorms are kinda separated, they are close and no locks are available. But overall it is value for money.

  • 2nd Oct 2012
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


89%

When arriving by bus Nr.9: turn off, walk 10m along the mainstreet (Horikawa Street) against the direction of the bus, turn the first right into a small street (you can see a red electrical cross from a church). Turn first right into a very tiny street, all houses are wooden, entrance is marked by a black japanese curtain but no sign. Very clean (bath)room(s)-there is a second shower!+WC+kitchen every day. Bed curtains, reading light, fan. Stay here if you like it quiet, great value for money!


20%

This hostel was definitely not worth the amount of money paid. The directions given were awful! Even the locals had a hard time pointing us in the correct direction. One of the major issues was the fact that NONE of the rooms had a lock! The owner/staff was only one person and he was male. He would walk into the all female dorm room without even knocking. My friends and I woke up in the morning to find him cleaning one of the beds for the next guess. He didn't knock or alerted us to his presence


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