Highland Shimabara

Highland Shimabara

1-568 Omiya, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan, 600-8363
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    Guest reviews

    8.8
    Excellent
    /10
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    8.8
    Excellent

    "Rooms are clean and well maintained."

    Pih C.

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    December 6, 2017

    9.5
    Exceptional room comfort and quality
    Recommended by 98% of guests

    Property highlights

    • 670 meters to public transportation

    • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

    • Air conditioning

    • Safety deposit boxes

    Excellent
    Location
    8.1
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    Excellent location - Inside city center
    Nearby
    Popular
  • Nishi Honganji Temple260 m
  • Nishi Honganji350 m
  • Honjitsu-in Temple370 m
  • Koshoji Temple430 m
  • Sumiya Pleasure House530 m
  • Shimabara West Gate Monument560 m
  • Shimabara Sumiyoshi Shrine560 m
  • Nishikawa Oil Shop650 m
  • Chudo-ji Temple670 m
  • Awashima-do Shotoku-ji Temple690 m
  • Value for money9.1
    Distance to city center3 km
    Location rating8.1
    Nearest airportOsaka International Airport (ITM)
    Distance to airport36.0 km
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    9.5
    Exceptional
    Room comfort & quality
    1 Double Studio Room Non-Smoking
    1 Double Studio Room Non-Smoking
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    • Room size: 25 m²/269 ft²
    • Balcony/terrace
    • 1 double bed
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    • Room size: 24 m²/258 ft²
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    • 2 single beds
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    • Room size: 25 m²/269 ft²
    • Non-smoking
    • 2 single beds
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    • Room size: 25 m²/269 ft²
    • Balcony/terrace
    • 1 double bed
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                What people love about the property

                • 7.2
                  Very good

                  "The room is nice and big."

                  SIN M.

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                  March 26, 2016

                • 9.2
                  Exceptional

                  "I would definitely stay here again."

                  Marlon

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                  July 4, 2016

                • 9.2
                  Exceptional

                  "Staff is nice and the room is very clean."

                  KA W.

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                  October 20, 2017

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                8.8
                Excellent

                "Clean, Quiet and Cost-effective"

                YU

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                July 12, 2016

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                What they offer

                8.4
                Excellent

                "Got this place at a great rate."

                Ben

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                January 28, 2017

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                What to eat nearby

                Japanese cuisine
                Japanese cuisine
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                Asian cuisine
                Asian cuisine
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                What's nearby

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                Real reviews from real guests

                Agoda Reviews (490)Booking.com Reviews (738)
                8.8
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                10
                Cleanliness9.3
                Facilities8.8
                Location8.1
                Room comfort and quality9.5
                Service8.9
                Value for money9.1
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                12345
                9.6
                Exceptional
                Chi
                Solo traveler
                Double Studio
                Stayed 5 nights in January 2019
                Exceptional”
                Definitely will visit again next time
                Reviewed February 03, 2019
                8.8
                Excellent
                Pih from Singapore
                Couple
                Special Offer Twin
                Stayed 3 nights in November 2017
                Nice guesthouse for travellers”
                Location is within a short bus ride from the Kyoto main station. Public bus stop is less than 50 m from the entrance. Rooms are clean and well maintained. The only issue is that the main road is on the outside and the traffic sounds can be heard early on working mornings.
                Reviewed December 06, 2017
                Thank you for your staying with us. And hank you for sharing your review with us. Thank you for your favorable feedback. The "Special-Offer-Twin-room" you stayed on are road-side room. So if you have a chance coming to our accommodation again, please tell me "need quiet room". And please book on "Twin-room" or "Double-room". We can arrange quiet room. Thank you for your valuable opinion.Thank you for your coming to Kyoto! Staff Yuki
                Responded December 26, 2017
                Highland Shimabara
                10.0
                Exceptional
                Son
                Couple
                Twin Studio
                Stayed 2 nights in November 2017
                Close to bus station”
                The guest house is just a few steps away from a bus station where you can take bus 206 to go to the Kyoto station in 10 minutes. The room is spacious and spotless, equipped with a kitchen stove, a kettle, a microwave oven, a medium fridge, a bulky washing machine, a small wall-mounting LCD TV next to the tub, a computer, and good reception wifi. I forgot my bag in the room after checking out and they quickly checked that in the morning without my awareness and attempted to call me. Excellent place and staff.
                Reviewed November 05, 2017
                9.2
                Exceptional
                KA from China
                Couple
                1 Double Studio Room Non-Smoking
                Stayed 3 nights in October 2017
                Good place to stay”
                Self check in and check out. Staff is nice and the room is very clean. There is washing machine and you can dry your clothes with the drying function in bath room. Computer is also available that I can use to check info online and listen some music. Wifi is also good in the room. when you check out, you can go to the place (hostel provided) near the kyoto station , which is free for this hostel guest to keep your luggage till to 9pm. you can free to shopping on the last day! One problem is the location is a little bit far away from the station (20 mins) or you can take bus (10 mins). Anyway, I will still consider to book again and recommend you to book too.
                Reviewed October 20, 2017
                9.6
                Exceptional
                Mary from Philippines
                Family with young children
                1 Double Studio Room Non-Smoking
                Stayed 1 night in May 2017
                perfect guesthouse to stay”
                Friendly staff,clean complete facility big rooms ,bus tranport doorstep away outside the guesthouse for tour spots in Kyoto,so need to buy 1 day pass unlimited ride in guesthouse or train stations for 500 Jyen is very convenient n useful if not 230 yen per ride is very expensive you if 3 to 4 times ride,bakery ,food store beside the guesthouse n 7-11 2. -3 blocks away all very good but office only 9am-5 pm only so theres no staff at night to ask for your inquiries ,but minor only all is good .almost perfect stay
                Reviewed May 29, 2017
                8.0
                Excellent
                YEOH from Singapore
                Solo traveler
                1 Double Studio Room Non-Smoking
                Stayed 1 night in February 2017
                a clean big space walk-up service apartment in a quiet neighbourhood.”
                stayed for 5 days at a great discounted rate. you can walk . . abt 20 mins or a 5 mins bus ride no. 206 from Kyoto stn. Got this place at a great rate. Room size was ample with a kitchenette and computer desk also included. 15 minutes walk to the main station
                Reviewed March 14, 2017
                9.6
                Exceptional
                Benny from Singapore
                Couple
                1 Double Studio Room Non-Smoking
                Stayed 1 night in October 2016
                Neat and quiet”
                Booked for five nights and requested a room at the back of the hotel after reading other reviews about road noise. It was very quiet. Location is good, with a bus stop literally steps from the front door. NB: from Kyoto station, make sure to catch the 206 from bus bay A3 - this one heads northwest towards Shijo Omiya. Alight at Shimabaraguchi. (The 206 service from bus bay D2 goes northeast towards Gion - we found this out the hard way, with luggage in tow as well!). Fewer nearby restaurants than other, busier parts of Kyoto. Kyoto station is reasonably nearby (15 - 20 mins) with lots of food options - Porta Dining on B1 has plenty of excellent choices. Just southeast of the station (also 15 - 20 min walk) is an AEON mall, with a food floor, including a food court, on the 4th floor. Room is well set-up, and a good size in comparison to a Japanese hotel room. We really appreciated the extra space. It also has an excellent Japanese-style bathroom and a little kitchenette, but definitely BYO kitchen utensils if you want to eat in. Two mugs and some paper cups are provided, there is also a stove-top kettle and small fridge/freezer. The only drawback was that the bed was really hard, I could feel the springs in the mattress. The staff member we met - Masa - was very helpful and spoke good English. The check-in system works very well, especially if you arrive outside of office hours. I would definitely choose to stay here again.
                Reviewed November 08, 2016
                9.2
                Exceptional
                Marlon from Philippines
                Group
                Twin Studio
                Stayed 4 nights in June 2016
                Spacious”
                If you don't mind walking, this hotel is for you. The 20 minute walk from Kyoto station is worth every step (I need my daily 10k steps). We loved the room since it was very spacious for 2 people. There was a kitchen with stove, microwave, ref, TV, computer and a study desk. The bathroom was also big enough. I only gave 4 stars for the "staff" since we didn't encounter them much during our stay, since instructions were already provided from check in to check out. I would definitely stay here again.
                Reviewed July 04, 2016
                9.0
                Exceptional
                Chua from Singapore
                Couple
                Special Offer Twin
                Stayed 2 nights in March 2016
                Value for money”
                Clean, near to bus stop and value for money
                Good points already mentioned in others review. Take bus 206 from Kyoto station and alight at the fourth bus stop (Shimabaraguchi-岛原口)and walk backwards. The hotel is just infront of the pedestrian crossing.
                Reviewed March 21, 2016
                10.0
                Exceptional
                THAI from Malaysia
                Couple
                1 Double Studio Room Non-Smoking
                Stayed 3 nights in February 2016
                Best!”
                Value of money, room size, facility
                Suggested by bus from Kyoto station. The hotel just beside bus stand, and about 3 station from Kyoto station. Studio room- Washing machine, freezer, microwave, pc/tv, toilet, bath room, good facility. Can rent bicycle 500 yen per day from hotel.
                Reviewed March 08, 2016
                10.0
                Exceptional
                HAIRUNNISA from Malaysia
                Group
                Special Offer Twin
                Stayed 4 nights in December 2018
                big spacious room”
                the room is big than typical japanese hostel room.the staff is friendly and helpful.
                Reviewed January 19, 2019
                Dear HAIRUNNISA Thank you for your kind review for us. We are happy you are satisfied with our hostel, the service and the location. We hope you come back to our hostel again when you travel to Kyoto. Kind regards. Suzuki
                Responded February 02, 2019
                Highland Shimabara
                10.0
                Exceptional
                Janet from United States
                Couple
                Twin Studio
                Stayed 7 nights in April 2018
                An Accomodation that Fits the Bill!”
                Highland Shimabara on first glance seems unassuming & possibly “bare bones”, but that would be inaccurate. When we first arrived, I was wondering if we had made the right choice for accommodations, but this was soon confirmed and proved to be true during our seven night stay. The location has a neighborhood feel and is quiet enough, yet with close proximity to Kyoto Station. The 206 bus stop is right outside, and this is one you can easily use to get to and from Kyoto Station or in the other (north) direction, to many of Kyoto’s main sights. The staff was friendly and very helpful. They rented us bicycles for approximately $5 a day, sold us discounted one-day bus passes, and answered questions. WiFi worked great and our room, bathroom facilities, and kitchenette were perfect. The only slight criticism we might give is the pillows were very hard.....maybe more Japanese style and not what we’re used to. We were very satisfied with this choice and location!
                Reviewed April 15, 2018
                Thank you for the great review. We are really really happy you enjoyed our guesthouse. We are sorry made you feel uncomfortable because of the pillows and sorry to see your review late. We are looking forward to seeing you. If you are thinking to stay our guesthouse again, please book double type of room or twin type from our web page because we can arrange you quiet rooms and give you good price and small special things. Wish you come back to Japan again. Take care. Sincerely Oda
                Responded December 22, 2018
                Highland Shimabara
                8.4
                Excellent
                Wanping from Singapore
                Couple
                1 Double Studio Room Non-Smoking
                Stayed 3 nights in March 2018
                Clean and near Kyoto station”
                Easy to self check, can walk to Kyoto station in around 20 mins, easy to use public transportation to travel around kyoto, quiet neighbourhood. Toothbrush, towel, shower gel and shampoo, conditioners are provided. Checkout time is a bit early (11am) and it's not flexible.
                Reviewed April 04, 2018
                Thank you for the review. We are sorry to check your review late. We are happy to hear it. Your review is so helpful for us and new guests. Wish you visit Japan and drop by Kyoto again. See you someday. Sincerely Oda
                Responded December 22, 2018
                Highland Shimabara
                8.4
                Excellent
                Edward from Australia
                Couple
                1 Double Studio Room Non-Smoking
                Stayed 6 nights in April 2018
                Excellent”
                nice staff and helpful thank you
                Reviewed July 24, 2018
                We are sorry to see your review late. Thank you for the review. We are really happy you enjoyed our guesthouse. We wish you come back to Kyoto and stay here again. See you. Sincerely Oda
                Responded December 12, 2018
                Highland Shimabara
                9.6
                Exceptional
                Nittikorn from Malaysia
                Solo traveler
                1 Double Studio Room Non-Smoking
                Stayed 2 nights in January 2018
                Great place to stay while in Kyoto”
                Cool receptionist, provided us with a lot of help and was really friendly. The guesthouse is located right beside the Shimabaraguchi bus station. There is a 7-11 nearby too. Kitchen amenities and toiletries are supplied, room condition is very satisfying. They even have a desktop PC provided. Would totally visit this guesthouse if I ever come to Kyoto again.
                Reviewed February 06, 2018
                Thank you for the review. We are sorry to check it late. We are really happy you enjoyed our guesthouse. Your review is so helpful for us and new guests. Thank you so much. We are looking forward to seeing you again. If you are thinking to stay here again, book it from our web page because it might be possible to give you good price and small special gift. Wish you come back to Japan. See you. Sincerely Oda
                Responded December 23, 2018
                Highland Shimabara
                7.2
                Very good
                Michelle from Singapore
                Couple
                Twin Studio
                Stayed 2 nights in January 2018
                Good room & facilities”
                Location was quite inaccessible, would recommend to get the bus pass in order to get around the city and from Kyoto station to the guesthouse. Bedroom was spacious but walkway was very narrow. Good facilities, able to wash and dry our laundry. We did not encounter any staff to make comments about them. Generally easy to check in and check out.
                Reviewed January 25, 2018
                Thank you for the review. We are sorry to check this late. We are happy you enjoyed our guesthouse. Your review is helpful for us and new guests. Wish you come back to Kyoto and drop by our guesthouse again. See you. Sincerely Oda
                Responded December 23, 2018
                Highland Shimabara
                8.8
                Excellent
                Hanry from Singapore
                Couple
                1 Double Studio Room Non-Smoking
                Stayed 3 nights in September 2017
                Good studio apartment value for money”
                The studio apartment is quite big, and clean. The area is quite quiet, and not so difficult to find. The check-in and check-out is easy. There is a bus stop in the downstairs, from where you can take bus to Gojo, Sijo, and Qingshui Temple. The Kyoto train station is 15 min walking distance from the hotel, which is quite comfortable considering the weather in Japan is not so hot in summer. The nearest 7-11 is about 5 min walk. There is a kitchen inside the apartment, but do not have pan and bowls, which we find it a little bit not so convenient.
                Reviewed September 08, 2017
                9.2
                Exceptional
                Nicole from Australia
                Couple
                Special Offer Twin
                Stayed 4 nights in April 2017
                Great little guesthouse on bus route”
                We liked the extra space we had here and the twin beds. We loved the toilet being separate and the drying room in the shower room. We would have liked a few plates, a toaster or some other kitchen utensils for breakfast. Also the people above had children running around until all hours which was very loud in our downstairs room but otherwise it was great.
                Reviewed April 22, 2017
                6.8
                Good
                Tzu-Hsiang from Taiwan
                Couple
                Special Offer Twin
                Stayed 5 nights in April 2017
                The space is big, but the sound insulation is bad, especially from the noise of autos and pedestrian crossing signal.”
                The bus stop is nearby and 7-11 is 400m away, but the closest supermarket is 1km away. The room space is excellent, comparing to other housing in Kyoto. The hotel office only open in the daytime, and they don't have elevator. In the overall review, this is a good housing, but if visitors would like to explore the Japanese night lifestyle, it is not suitable because the location is a little far from downtown. The noise from the pedestrian crossing signal is terrible, because it turn on at 7:00 am. It take me 3 days to get used to it. I think the hotel should consider about upgrading their sound insulation.
                Reviewed April 13, 2017
                10.0
                Exceptional
                Michael from Australia
                Couple
                Special Offer Twin
                Stayed 4 nights in October 2016
                Ideal Guesthouse to Explore Kyoto”
                The Guesthouse is ideally located on major bus route (Bus 206) to train station, markets, shrines & temples. It's quiet & has all the mod cons of home. Clean, tidy, it was definitely our best stay whilst in Japan. Staff are helpful & courteous with handy tips on attractions & travel. Be sure to get a 3 day Bus Pass at the train station for unlimited travel
                Reviewed December 07, 2016
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