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Small World Guesthouse in Kyoto Reviews

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

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209 Total Reviews
  • 81%Value For Money
  • 68%Security
  • 68%Location
  • 71%Staff
  • 80%Atmosphere
  • 78%Cleanliness
  • 75%Facilities

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Place was a bit hard to move around and is located rather far from the center. But otherwise, a nice little hostel


Yuki is nice,friend ly n polite, n help ful


A nice place to stay at if you want to have a "real" Japanese experience (you sleep on a mattress on the floor in a simple wooden house). It is a very primitive place, but cozy at the same time. You have what you need if you are just staying one or a few nights, and the place was clean. For me it was a huge plus that the caretaker spoke some English and that I could use the wi-fi. In total, I enjoyed my stay and would have chosen the same hostel over again if I just want a place to sleep at.

  • 13th Sep 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Sweden
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Wunderschönes Hostel im charmanten japanischen Stil. Man hat das Gefühl, in einem richtigen alten japanischen Haus zu wohnen. Die verwinkelten Räumlichkeiten sind unglaublich liebevoll eingerichtet. Mein absolutes Lieblingshostel in Japan, auch wenn es nicht so leicht zu finden ist. Ein Geheimtipp!


Toilets had a quite unpleasant smell, the rooms very full of mosquitos which was horrible! No lockers, no possibility to lock the room, the main door was always open!! No dryer. The owner barely talked to me, neither had a map of Kyoto nor was he interested in giving any information about the city/neighborhood, I wanted to ask sth but he'd already closed the door and left! That was a bit strange.. The guesthouse is located next to a bus stop, which is perfect, or a 10 min walk from the subway!


The hostel is not for everyone. Since the hostel is made of wood, sound is easily produced by any movement. It was difficult to sleep at night. Also, it was the peak of summer when I stayed there and the owner did not allow the usage of the AC during the day. Stay here if you are only after a place where you can shower. If you highly value sleep, maybe this is not the best place for you to stay.


If your a cool person you will think this is a great place. Just act. Treat their stuff with respect and you'll have a great time

  • 11th Aug 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


가족과 함께 지낼 곳으로 묶었습니다. 아주 아주~ 가격. 일본 전통의 다다미 방을 묶어서 좋았어요! 다만ㅠㅠ 여기 교통이 좀 아쉬웠지만, 그래도 잘 다녔습니다. 교통적인 부분에 신경쓰실 분들은 이곳은 비추여요~ 교토에 모기 많은데 모기향이 있어서 방에선 따로 물리진 않았습니다! 주위가 관광지가 아니여서 편의시설은 찾기 힘들지만, 가격과 전통방 메리트 있다고 봅니다^^


The owner wasn't keen on letting us have air conditioning after 7 AM. This was in the middle of August, when it's 40 degrees Celsius outside... Since the walls are very thin, the nights were noisy and a little extra sleep after 7 would have been nice. Otherwise a big lack of security, and you can get a much nicer location for the same/better price. On the good side, it was cool to see a traditional Japanese house from the inside.

  • 7th Aug 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Denmark
  • All Female Group, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Nice quiet location, a little tricky to find. Good location with cheap bike hire able to get any where - Botanical gardens and river nearby are awesome :) Also close to subway, good way to get a bit further! Simple and cost effective


Not in down town No lockers No computers Owner not too friendly, just his business But japanese style house


Clean and tidy!!


Please pretend you're camping- and this Guesthouse offers everything you needs for it. Hot shower, kitchen kit and clean beds are well equipped, though at moderate size/ quality. Its surrounding has residence and several small shops, cosmetic as well as supermarkets, so it was very quiet at night. Staying here you'll have to be quiet too, as the wall/ doors merely bar any sound. Best thing- easily accessible by bus, which is the cheapest way to get around in Kyoto.


Es uno de los hostales mas lindos que he estado en Japon (eso si es estilo occidental) En el primer piso hay un bar restaurant con onda, música y comida occidental. Eso si no es muy barato. Las habitaciones y camas son cómodas. El lugar es muy nuevo, todo esta muy limpio y ordenado.


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.


Sehr angenehme Lage und für das Geld bekommt man eine richtig schöne und authentische Bleibe. Die Dorms sind sehr gepflegt , sowohl wie die Bäder. Die dachterassen sind echt cool und es macht richtig Spaß in der Küche zu kochen.

  • 4th Jun 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Germany
  • Couple, 18-24
  • (1 review)

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