Ratings based on 26 Verified Reviews

They paid and stayed. We double-checked.
4.4 out of 5
100% of guests recommend
4.7 Room cleanliness
4.5 Service & staff
4.5 Room comfort
4.6 Hotel condition
They paid and stayed.
We double-checked.
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by Georges from Doha

Very good Ryokan

Posted May 2, 2014
Pros: Very clean and a very good service.
Location: Kyoto craft centre. Kyoto budo centre for the martial arts fans.
Friendly and very efficient staff. The rooms were excellent and the Ryokan is well located, 10 mn by bus from Kyoto downtown. I definitely recommend this Ryokan.
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by Anna from Alice Springs, Australia

Excellent place to stay

Posted Apr 28, 2014
I would recommend this Ryokan as it was clean and very comfortable. The staff were great. The location was good. Beautiful traditional room with an overall great feel! Bike hire place was just around the corner. Plenty of eateries in walking distance. Loved my stay here!
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by PatM from Sydney

Awesome guesthouse in handy location.

Posted Apr 24, 2014
Friendly staff, amazing breakfasts and loads of great lunch and dinner options nearby. Easy access to Gion and Higashiyama areas and only a short stroll to Keihan subway line.
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by M from Leeds, UK

Beautiful place to stay!

Posted Apr 16, 2014
Pros: kind staff, the food, convenient location for sightseeing
Cons: perhaps a bit expensive, but worth it!
Location: The Heian Shrine is nearby (10 minutes walk) and it is easy to get to other attractions by public transport.
We really loved our stay in the Ryokan Sawaya Honten. Our room was spacious and comfortable, and the staff were very kind. A bus stop is nearby, making it easy to get to other parts of Kyoto (and the bus system is very easy to use). You can buy one-day bus passes at the front desk, making this even easier. We had a private bathroom, but we also enjoyed using the traditional Japanese bath. I would recommend paying extra to have breakfast here. The food is delicious and beautifully presented.
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by Matthew from Basingstoke, UK

Ideal stay in Kyoto

Posted Apr 14, 2014
Pros: The attentive service and traditional Japanese style.
Cons: I think the ryokan is an old building that has been refurbished recently. Consequently, the doors to the rooms are low - less than six feet in height.
Location: Great location, very close to the Heian Shrine. 100 metres from the bus route and not far from the subway.
Ryokan Sawaya Honten is perfectly located in central Kyoto. The staff could not have been more helpful. I would happily stay there again. Recommended.
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by Andy from uk

Wonderful place perfect location

Posted Apr 10, 2014
Best locatipn you could ask for and warm friendly hosts. If you have kids the toy room is insanely cool too!
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by Adrian from Melbourne, Australia

Solid Ryokan

Posted Apr 7, 2014
Clean and friendly Ryokan, close to some nice restaurants without being too busy. Simple rooms, but with everything you need, including free wifi. Good option for those looking.
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by victoria

Excellent location and staff were superb

Posted Apr 4, 2014
Pros: Location and staff
Location: Centrally located to gain easy access to any temple or palace.
The hotel was nicely located, a short bus ride from Kyoto station and easy to find. The staff were so lovely and would help so much. The onsen was a lovely retreat after a day's sight seeing. I would definitely stay again.
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by Yoda from Shenzhen, CN

Simple Ryokan but a little remote

Posted Jan 26, 2014
Pros: the public bath area and the room itself
Cons: facility other than the room are cold. may be the owner want to safe energy during low season but we are not very comfortable outside our room.
Location: Right across the Kyoto University Medical Hospital. Nothing around here.
This Ryokan is right across the Kyoto University Medical Hospital. Its a little remote from any transportation especially JR or subways. Not a lot of stuff around. Basically have to walk 5-10 minutes to find anything interesting. As for the Ryokan itself, it is a simple Ryokan, not fancy, but adequate. Everything is clean. Kind of quiet. May be its the location, but may be its winter. I think we are either the only patron or a few in the ryokan. The room has heating but most of the area were lightly heated. Kind of cold walking around inside the ryokan. Our room comes with a private bath but we actually prefer the public bath which is bigger and warmer. Our bathroom was cold. Inside our room is big enough for 6 people. Good space. Wifi is free of course.
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler

Great hotel, but...

Posted Jan 21, 2014
The hotel and staff were great. Our room was very spacious and felt very homey and traditional... which is why the bad marks on room comfort. It is by no means the fault of the hotel: when you book a ryokan, you get a ryokan, along with the futon beds. Between the futon beds (which take some getting used to) and the thin window blinds that let lights from the stores across the street shine through, we didn't have the best night sleep. Again, this is mostly on us and not the hotel, but we felt it should be mentioned. However, if you want to relax, spend the extra money to get a private bathroom, it is especially worth it after a long, rainy day of sightseeing in Kyoto. Also, the tea set in the room was great to come home to, they provide green tea and traditional snacks every night.