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Kyoto Sawai

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Premium bedding, down comforters, individually furnished
Premium bedding, down comforters, individually furnished
Premium bedding, down comforters, individually furnished

Overview of Kyoto Sawai

Kyoto Sawai

2.5 out of 5

4.0/5 Very Good

Guests rated this property 4.2/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Air conditioning

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • 72-hour vacancy between guest room stays
  • Hand sanitizer provided

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationKawaramachi5 min walk
  • Popular LocationYasaka Shrine15 min walk
  • Popular LocationKiyomizu Temple18 min walk
  • AirportOsaka (ITM-Itami)53 min drive

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About this area


Located in Kyoto's Gion neighborhood, Kyoto Sawai is in the city center. Kenninji Temple and Nishiki Market are notable landmarks, and the area's natural beauty can be seen at Maruyama Park. Kyoto Aquarium and Kyoto Railway Museum are not to be missed.
Popular Location

What's nearby

  • Kawaramachi - 5 min walk
  • Kenninji Temple - 5 min walk
  • Yasui Konpiragu - 11 min walk
  • Yasaka Shrine - 15 min walk
  • Kiyomizu Temple - 18 min walk

Getting around

  • Kiyomizu-gojo Station - 6 min walk
  • Sanjo Keihan Station - 15 min walk
  • Itami Airport (ITM) - 53 min drive


  • Sagan — 5 min walk
  • Giro Giro Hitoshina — 5 min walk
  • Whole Food Cafe Apprivoiser — 5 min walk
  • Musoshin — 5 min walk
  • Scorpione Kichiu — 5 min walk

About this property

Kyoto Sawai

Kyoto guesthouse in Gion, walk to Kawaramachi
This smoke-free guesthouse features a microwave in a common area and a refrigerator in a common area. All rooms are individually furnished and offer free WiFi and free bottled water. Premium bedding, down comforters, and hair dryers are among the other amenities available to guests. Housekeeping is available on request.
Kyoto Sawai offers 6 air-conditioned accommodations with complimentary bottled water and hair dryers. Each accommodation is individually furnished. Beds feature down comforters and premium bedding. Guests can surf the web using the complimentary wireless Internet access. Bathrooms include toilets with an electronic bidet and complimentary toiletries. Housekeeping is offered on request and irons/ironing boards can be requested.

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter
Follows industry cleaning and disinfection practices of Intertek Cristal (3rd party expert - Global)

Social distancing

Contactless check-out
Protective shields in place at main contact areas
Guest rooms kept vacant for 72 hours between stays
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Temperature checks available for guests
Masks available
Hand sanitizer provided
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Parking and transportation

  • No onsite parking available

Family friendly

  • Children's books
  • Children's toys


  • No elevators

Guest services

  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Housekeeping (on request)
  • Luggage storage

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Japanese


  • Genkan (entryway)
  • Shared microwave
  • Shared refrigerator
  • Smoke-free property

Room amenities


  • Air conditioning
  • Down comforter
  • Heating
  • Premium bedding


  • Electronic bidet
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Towels

Food and drink

  • Free bottled water


  • Individually furnished
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)

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Check-in from 3:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Early check-in subject to availability
Early check-in is available for a fee (amount varies)
Late check-in subject to availability
Minimum check-in age - 18


Check-out before 10:00 AM
Late check-out subject to availability
Late check-out fee: JPY 1000

Special check-in instructions

The front desk is open daily from 7:00 AM - midnight
To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property at least 48 hours before arrival using the information on the booking confirmation
If you are planning to arrive after 10:00 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation
Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions; front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Access methods

Staffed front desk


Pets not allowed

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
Kids stay free! Children 3 years old and younger stay free when using existing bedding

Important information


You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • A city tax may be collected at the property, effective October 1, 2018. The city tax ranges from JPY 200-1,000 per person, per night based on the nightly room rate. Please note that further exemptions may apply. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

We have included all charges provided to us by the property.

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Early check-in is available for a fee (subject to availability, amount varies)
  • Late check-out fee: JPY 1000 (subject to availability)

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
Minimum Spring Break check-in age is 17 years old
No onsite parking is available
This property only accepts cash for all bookings and onsite payments
Safety features at this property include a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, a first aid kit, and window guards
Property Registration Number 京都府指令保医セ第526

We should mention

Children 3 years old and younger stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding
The Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare requires all international visitors to submit their passport number and nationality when registering at any lodging facility (inns, hotels, motels, etc. ); additionally, lodging proprietors are required to photocopy passports for all registering guests and keep the photocopy on file

Property is also known as

Kyoto Sawai Guesthouse
Guesthouse Kyoto Sawai Kyoto
Kyoto Kyoto Sawai Guesthouse
Guesthouse Kyoto Sawai
Kyoto Sawai Kyoto
Sawai Guesthouse
Kyoto Sawai Kyoto
Kyoto Sawai Guesthouse
Kyoto Sawai Guesthouse Kyoto

Frequently asked questions

Very Good
Rating 5 - Excellent. 20 out of 41 reviews
5 - Excellent 49%
Rating 4 - Good. 10 out of 41 reviews
4 - Good 24%
Rating 3 - Okay. 4 out of 41 reviews
3 - Okay 10%
Rating 2 - Poor. 3 out of 41 reviews
2 - Poor 7%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 4 out of 41 reviews
1 - Terrible 10%




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Property conditions & facilities

5/5 Excellent

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Stayed 4 nights in Feb 2020

4/5 Good

Traveled with family
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Property managers are great. Very interesting stay to experience traditional Japanese living.
Stayed 1 night in Jan 2020

5/5 Excellent

Traveled with family
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities
The inn was excellent. If you want to stay somewhere traditionally Japanese, this is a beautiful building. The location is also close to many shops and restaurants as well as sightseeing spots. The entire street it’s on is gorgeous. The owner is also very sweet and welcoming. She helped us a lot, including lending us umbrellas one day when it rained during our trip. I strongly recommend staying here during your trip to Kyoto. The only downside I can think of is that the stairs to get to the rooms might be difficult for anyone who can’t climb stairs.
Stayed 5 nights in Dec 2019

5/5 Excellent

Traveled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
We stayed here for one night on New Years Eve but I wish we stayed a bit longer. It is in such a great location and the property itself is well maintained. While it was very cold that night, we were given a heater and heavy duvets to keep warm. The host was lovely and very welcoming. I would highly recommend staying here - we will definitely be back (for longer next time!) when we visit Kyoto in future.
Stayed 1 night in Dec 2019

5/5 Excellent

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
A lovely time in old Kyoto
Kyoto Sawai is the real guesthouse (ryokan) experience. Futons with incredibly warm blankets, sliding doors and paper screens etc. Room comes with airconditioner/heater, lamp, fridge, microwave, kettle, green tea, tatami mats and low table to eat and drink at. While the room is traditional and minimalist, the bathroom and shower are completely modern. The owner was incredibly friendly and attentive. Just in case you have problems with your legs, be aware the stairs are quite steep. We had a lovely time here, in the centre of Gion, and wish we had stayed longer.
Stayed 5 nights in Dec 2019