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Small World Guesthouse in Kyoto Reviews

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

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190 Total Reviews
  • 87%Value For Money
  • 75%Security
  • 72%Location
  • 77%Staff
  • 86%Atmosphere
  • 83%Cleanliness
  • 80%Facilities

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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


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)


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!


Alojamiento correcto, personal correcto, no muy entusiastas en el servicio pero cumplen. El hostal es básico pero limpio, aunque con el tema de estar tan en contacto con la tierra, había pequeños animales en la ducha.

  • 30th Mar 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Spain
  • Mixed Group, 41+
  • (1 review)


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!


Estuvimos alojados aquí un total de 4 noches , en general el hostal no esta mal, quizás lo peor era la limpieza y la seguridad que eran deficientes. Por lo demás el hostal estaba bien, las camas tienen hasta manta eléctrica. Perfecto para ir a dormir solo y pasar el día por la ciudad.


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!


Super Hostel. Die Atmosphäre und die klassische japanische Einrichtung macht die schlechte Isolierung der Zimmer (ist in Japan aber fast überall so) und die Enge der Räumlichkeiten auf jeden Fall wett. Außerdem super günstig. Ich würde mich auf jeden Fall nochmal für dieses Hostel entscheiden.

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