Matsui Honkan Inn

Yanaginobanba-dori Rokkaku Sagaru Nakagyo-ku, Kawaramachi, Kyoto, Japan
Matsui Honkan Inn
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 Matsui Honkan Inn
  • Room size: 15 m²/161 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • Shower
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9.0
Exceptional
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9.1
Exceptional
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Exceptional location - Inside city center
Popular neighborhood
Parking
FREE
  • Nijo Castle1.56 km
  • Kyoto Imperial Palace1.87 km
  • Sanjusangendo Hall2.15 km
  • Kiyomizu Temple2.21 km
  • Eikando Zenrinji Temple2.96 km
  • Ginkaku-ji Temple3.8 km
  • Fushimi Inari Shrine4.58 km
  • Kinkaku Temple4.81 km
  • Ryoanji Temple5.13 km
  • Arashiyama Mountain7.93 km
  • Highlights and ratings

    4-star Ryokan
    Free Wi-Fi
    "The staff was wonderful, and I highly recommend booking a meal from them on your stay."
    Gian M. - August 27, 2018
    Exceptional reputation
    Recommended by 100% of guests
    Exceptional service
    9.5 rating for service
    Exceptional cleanliness
    9.4 rating for cleanliness
    Exceptional comfort
    9.1 room quality and comfort
    • 540 meters to public transportation

    • Located in heart of Kyoto

    • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

    • Hot tub

    • Air conditioning

    Cheaper than 95% of all properties in Kyoto in the last 24 hoursCompared to 6,805 Kyoto properties at Agoda for various dates
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    Service score
    9.5/10
    Room comfort score
    9.1/10
    Review score - United States
    9.6/10
    Location score
    9.1/10
    Better than
    99
    %
    of Kyoto properties
    Better than
    99
    %
    of Kyoto properties
    Better than
    99
    %
    of Kyoto properties
    Better than
    98
    %
    of Kyoto properties
    Value for money8.8
    Distance to city center0.1km
    Location rating9.1
    Nearest airportOsaka International Airport (ITM)
    Distance to airport38.0 km

    Rooms available at Matsui Honkan Inn

    9.1
    Exceptional
    Room comfort & quality
    Japanese Style for 3 person
    Japanese Style for 3 person
    ...
    • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
    • Non-smoking
    • 3 futons
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    Japanese Style for 2 people
    Japanese Style for 2 people
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    • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
    • Non-smoking
    • 2 futons
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    Japanese-Style Standard Room with Garden View
    Japanese-Style Standard Room with Garden View
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    • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
    • Shower and bathtub
    • 2 futons
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    Japanese-Style Deluxe Room
    Japanese-Style Deluxe Room
    ...
    • Room size: 32 m²/344 ft²
    • Shower and bathtub
    • 5 futons
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    Accesible Room with Shower
    Accesible Room with Shower
    ...
    • Room size: 22 m²/237 ft²
    • 2 bathrooms
    • 2 single beds
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    Accessible Twin Room
    Accessible Twin Room
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    • Room size: 22 m²/237 ft²
    • Non-smoking
    • 2 single beds
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    Room with Tatami Area
    Room with Tatami Area
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    • Room size: 32 m²/344 ft²
    • Shower and bathtub
    • 2 single beds and 2 futons
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    Japanese-Style Room
    Japanese-Style Room
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    • Room size: 15 m²/161 ft²
    • Non-smoking
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    Special Japanese-style Room (11 tatami + 9 tatami)
    Special Japanese-style Room (11 tatami + 9 tatami)
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    • Room size: 31 m²/334 ft²
    • Non-smoking
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    Japanese-Style Superior Room
    Japanese-Style Superior Room
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    • Room size: 32 m²/344 ft²
    • Shower and bathtub
    • 6 futons
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    What people love about Matsui Honkan Inn

    • 8.0
      Very good
      Staff 

      "The staffs were very friendly and the ryokan breakfast is superb."

      Qiuyun

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      August 26, 2018

    • 7.2
      Very good
      Cleanliness

      "Nice and clean room and docoration."

      Noppadol

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      May 22, 2017

    • 10.0
      Exceptional
      Staff 

      "Every single staff is polite and makes you feel at home."

      Louis

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      September 5, 2018

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    8.0
    Very good

    "Very nice hotel room."

    Qiuyun

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    August 26, 2018

    Description

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    Most talked about facilities

    Breakfast
    3 mentions
    Housekeeping
    2 mentions
    Food & Dining
    1 mention
    Taxi
    1 mention

    What they offer

    10.0
    Exceptional

    "You are served a cup of hot tea, local matcha chocolate and ..."

    Louis

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    September 5, 2018

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    Nearest essentials

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    Food and dining

    Breakfast options

    Asian

    Nearby restaurants

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    Japanese cuisine
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    American cuisine
    American cuisine
    Very Berry Cafe Gokomachi
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    California no Aoi Sora
    300 m American, Bar, Pub
    Wine Dining Umi Usagi
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    Asian cuisine
    Asian cuisine
    Koan Sanjoten
    130 m Asian
    Chinyu Sanjo
    140 m Asian
    Kyo Apollo Rokkaku
    180 m Asian, Japanese

    What's nearby

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    Property's guest policies

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    Reviews of Matsui Honkan Inn from real guests

    Overall rating
    9.0
    Exceptional
    From 314 reviews
    Provided by verified guests of
    Agoda Reviews (112)Booking.com Reviews (202)
    Rating via Agoda9.2
    /
    10
    Exceptional
    Cleanliness9.4
    Facilities9.0
    Location9.1
    Room comfort and quality9.1
    Service9.5
    Value for money8.8
    High score for Kyoto
    Rating
    9+ Exceptional (42)
    8-9 Excellent (10)
    7-8 Very Good (10)
    6-7 Good (1)
    <6 Below Expectation (3)
    Time of the year
    Mar - May (18)
    Jun - Aug (20)
    Sep - Nov (8)
    Dec - Feb (20)
    All guests (112)
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    Showing 66 verified guest comments
    1234
    9.2
    Exceptional
    Andre from Singapore
    Family with young children
    Japanese Style for 2 people
    Stayed 2 nights in December 2018

    Traditional ryokan experience with superb service”

    Location is excellent and great place to experience a traditional ryokan. Staff were ever so friendly and despite our large family size they made our dining experience truly memorable. Only drawback is the age of the hotel which is reflected in the rooms.

    Reviewed March 24, 2019
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Louis from Singapore
    Couple
    Japanese Style for 2 people
    Stayed 1 night in September 2018

    Best stay in Japan”

    I have been to Japan four times and out of the many accommodations I have been to. This is the prime example of Japanese hospitality. You are served a cup of hot tea, local matcha chocolate and cheese cake once you arrive. They are always thanking you for everything and bowing to you with much respect and courtesy. Every single staff is polite and makes you feel at home. We had the in-room dinner and breakfast option. Dinner was quite good but we loved the breakfast! Nonetheless, there are so many dishes that you feel like a king for the day. Room is spacious and clean. You also have the option to bathe in the onsen located in the basement which looks new compared to many of the other onsens that I have been to. The staff always greets you when you are leaving or coming back to the hotel which makes it a very pleasant experience. They also give you green tea leaves and amenities kit for you to bring home as a souvenir. All in all, it was a memorable stay in Kyoto.

    Reviewed September 05, 2018
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Sung from South Korea
    Couple
    Japanese Style for 3 person
    Stayed 1 night in June 2019

    We had good time”

    Nice staff Location is perfect Clean room Reasonable price

    Reviewed July 02, 2019
    8.8
    Excellent
    Deepali from Japan
    Couple
    Japanese Style for 2 people
    Stayed 1 night in March 2019

    Happy to stay here again”

    Right from the staff, food and location, five stars! Very polite, food was delicious and location is just behind Nishiki market! Our only problem was with the toilet. It was a bit stinky and drippy.

    Reviewed March 27, 2019
    9.6
    Exceptional
    Hau
    Couple
    Japanese Style for 2 people
    Stayed 1 night in February 2019

    Nice breakfast in a traditional Japanese hotel”

    Room is spacious. Small gifts are cute and service is excellent. The nearby area has a lot of interesting shops and restaurants.

    Reviewed February 16, 2019
    8.8
    Excellent
    Andre from Singapore
    Family with young children
    Japanese Style for 3 person
    Stayed 2 nights in December 2018

    Excellent”

    Excellent location being next to Nishiki market. Staff were always attentive to our needs even with small children, really appreciated that. Rooms were spacious but may need some upgrading soon

    Reviewed December 29, 2018
    9.6
    Exceptional
    Gian from United States
    Couple
    Japanese Style for 2 people
    Stayed 2 nights in August 2018

    Exceptional”

    Great location - walking distance from Gion, and very very close to Nishiki Market. The staff was wonderful, and I highly recommend booking a meal from them on your stay. The bath in the basement was so easy to use and so relaxing. My only complaint is I wish I had a view from my window.

    Reviewed August 27, 2018
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Sartika from Indonesia
    Group
    Stayed 1 night in September 2015

    Amazing Ryokan”

    Great service, super clean and amazing food

    My friend and I stayed for one night at Matsui Honkan. It was the highlight of our trip in Kyoto! The location is spot on. Staffs are just so polite and very helpful. We stayed at the Matsu room and It was just amazing. Delicious Japanese dinner and brekfast. We have nothing bad to say about this ryokan. Worth every penny.

    Reviewed September 27, 2015
    8.3
    Excellent
    Junardis from Indonesia
    Couple
    Stayed 2 nights in February 2015

    Fun Experience”

    Location, Ambiance, friendly staff

    Matsui Honkan is located very near to the shopping district which also connected to the Nishiki Fish Market. The honkan experience is very nice where we were serve with the tatami at our arrival and in the morning they will clean up the tatami and serve you with the full set of Japanese or American style breakfast which is very fantastic.The access to this place however is not that good as we need to walk about 10 minutes to the nearest bus station or train station, but the walk to get there was a fun one as you will pass by the shopping district near the nishiki market

    Reviewed March 12, 2015
    5.7
    tamlan from United Kingdom
    Solo traveler
    Japanese Style for 2 people
    Stayed 1 night in March 2015

    too prices for a novelty stay.”

    it was clean, location was great and the room large

    Next to no English spoken. A grumpy old fella at the front desk and about 4 Japanese channels on the tv. After a long day I want a glass of wine and watch the news. The matresses on the floor were a pain. Literally. The Japanese don't mind the., but if your western . Stick to a bed. You've been warned.

    Reviewed March 06, 2015
    9.7
    Exceptional
    erin from Singapore
    Solo traveler
    Stayed 2 nights in October 2015

    Great ambience”

    Near tourist areas, clean and friendly staff

    Nishiki Market is just within walking distance. Near to downtown shopping district, friendly staff

    Reviewed October 20, 2015
    8.0
    Excellent
    Patricia from Malaysia
    Family with young children
    Japanese Style for 3 person
    Stayed 2 nights in February 2015

    NIce convenient location”

    easy to walk to some tourist areas, so near to downtown shopping district, friendly staff

    Very attentive and helpful staff, made our stay a comfortable one. Near by Nishiki market, so many interesting shops and food stores to try out. Also walkable to the Gion, and Pontocho area

    Reviewed March 03, 2015
    8.0
    Excellent
    Patricia from Malaysia
    Family with young children
    Japanese Style for 2 people
    Stayed 2 nights in February 2015

    convenient location for Kyoto central ”

    Near by a few tourist spot, can walk or cycling around, conveneint

    Staff are attentive, and upon checking out, we were presented with gifts! They sent us and wave goodbye till the taxi left faraway

    Reviewed March 03, 2015
    9.7
    Exceptional
    Natsuda from Thailand
    Couple
    Stayed 2 nights in December 2014

    Perfect.”

    Cleanliness, location and service.

    Highly recommend this place for first time ryokan visitors.

    Reviewed December 28, 2014
    9.3
    Exceptional
    yim from Hong Kong
    Family with teens
    Stayed 1 night in October 2014

    amazing stay”

    meal, staff, room

    they let you feel like home, a very traditional japanese experience, highly recommended! but the location is not very easy to find

    Reviewed December 21, 2014
    5.2
    JUN from Hong Kong
    Couple
    Japanese Style for 2 people
    Stayed 2 nights in August 2016

    Breakfast and check-out too early”

    Have been arranged at the 2nd floor and overall the room condition is average. Have to get up before 9am to have breakfast and have to check out at 10am, which is not very considerate and convenient for us.

    Reviewed August 05, 2016
    7.2
    Very good
    Noppadol from Thailand
    Family with young children
    Japanese Style for 2 people
    Stayed 1 night in March 2017

    Nice accomodation and hospitality”

    Nice and clean room and docoration. Good location next to Nishiki market. Also, high hospitality to support our request.

    Reviewed May 22, 2017
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Miguel from United States
    Couple
    Japanese Style Garden View Room
    Stayed 1 night in September 2018

    Our first time in a traditional ryokan was one to remember. ”

    The staff was amazing, friendly, and very accommodating. Our stay at matsui Honkan was a highlight of our trip. I would recommend to anyone traveling to Kyōto.

    Reviewed September 07, 2018
    8.0
    Excellent
    Qiuyun from Singapore
    Family with young children
    Japanese Style for 3 person
    Stayed 2 nights in April 2018

    Very good”

    very nice hotel room. the staffs were very friendly and the ryokan breakfast is superb. recommended for family with young children.

    Reviewed August 26, 2018
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Chew from Singapore
    Couple
    Japanese Style for 2 people
    Stayed 2 nights in January 2017

    Excellance service ”

    As a new traveller to Japan, the staff took time to explain things in the room to make us feel extremely at home. Simply love the service !

    Reviewed January 25, 2017
    1234

    Reviews of Matsui Honkan Inn from real guests

    Overall rating
    9.0
    Exceptional
    From 314 reviews
    Provided by verified guests of
    Agoda Reviews (112)Booking.com Reviews (202)
    Rating via Agoda9.2
    /
    10
    Exceptional
    Cleanliness9.4
    Facilities9.0
    Location9.1
    Room comfort and quality9.1
    Service9.5
    Value for money8.8
    High score for Kyoto
    Rating
    9+ Exceptional (42)
    8-9 Excellent (10)
    7-8 Very Good (10)
    6-7 Good (1)
    <6 Below Expectation (3)
    Time of the year
    Mar - May (18)
    Jun - Aug (20)
    Sep - Nov (8)
    Dec - Feb (20)
    All guests (112)
    All room types
    All languages

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    1234
    9.2
    Exceptional
    Andre from Singapore
    Family with young children
    Japanese Style for 2 people
    Stayed 2 nights in December 2018

    Traditional ryokan experience with superb service”

    Location is excellent and great place to experience a traditional ryokan. Staff were ever so friendly and despite our large family size they made our dining experience truly memorable. Only drawback is the age of the hotel which is reflected in the rooms.

    Reviewed March 24, 2019
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Louis from Singapore
    Couple
    Japanese Style for 2 people
    Stayed 1 night in September 2018

    Best stay in Japan”

    I have been to Japan four times and out of the many accommodations I have been to. This is the prime example of Japanese hospitality. You are served a cup of hot tea, local matcha chocolate and cheese cake once you arrive. They are always thanking you for everything and bowing to you with much respect and courtesy. Every single staff is polite and makes you feel at home. We had the in-room dinner and breakfast option. Dinner was quite good but we loved the breakfast! Nonetheless, there are so many dishes that you feel like a king for the day. Room is spacious and clean. You also have the option to bathe in the onsen located in the basement which looks new compared to many of the other onsens that I have been to. The staff always greets you when you are leaving or coming back to the hotel which makes it a very pleasant experience. They also give you green tea leaves and amenities kit for you to bring home as a souvenir. All in all, it was a memorable stay in Kyoto.

    Reviewed September 05, 2018
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Sung from South Korea
    Couple
    Japanese Style for 3 person
    Stayed 1 night in June 2019

    We had good time”

    Nice staff Location is perfect Clean room Reasonable price

    Reviewed July 02, 2019
    8.8
    Excellent
    Deepali from Japan
    Couple
    Japanese Style for 2 people
    Stayed 1 night in March 2019

    Happy to stay here again”

    Right from the staff, food and location, five stars! Very polite, food was delicious and location is just behind Nishiki market! Our only problem was with the toilet. It was a bit stinky and drippy.

    Reviewed March 27, 2019
    9.6
    Exceptional
    Hau
    Couple
    Japanese Style for 2 people
    Stayed 1 night in February 2019

    Nice breakfast in a traditional Japanese hotel”

    Room is spacious. Small gifts are cute and service is excellent. The nearby area has a lot of interesting shops and restaurants.

    Reviewed February 16, 2019
    8.8
    Excellent
    Andre from Singapore
    Family with young children
    Japanese Style for 3 person
    Stayed 2 nights in December 2018

    Excellent”

    Excellent location being next to Nishiki market. Staff were always attentive to our needs even with small children, really appreciated that. Rooms were spacious but may need some upgrading soon

    Reviewed December 29, 2018
    9.6
    Exceptional
    Gian from United States
    Couple
    Japanese Style for 2 people
    Stayed 2 nights in August 2018

    Exceptional”

    Great location - walking distance from Gion, and very very close to Nishiki Market. The staff was wonderful, and I highly recommend booking a meal from them on your stay. The bath in the basement was so easy to use and so relaxing. My only complaint is I wish I had a view from my window.

    Reviewed August 27, 2018
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Sartika from Indonesia
    Group
    Stayed 1 night in September 2015

    Amazing Ryokan”

    Great service, super clean and amazing food

    My friend and I stayed for one night at Matsui Honkan. It was the highlight of our trip in Kyoto! The location is spot on. Staffs are just so polite and very helpful. We stayed at the Matsu room and It was just amazing. Delicious Japanese dinner and brekfast. We have nothing bad to say about this ryokan. Worth every penny.

    Reviewed September 27, 2015
    8.3
    Excellent
    Junardis from Indonesia
    Couple
    Stayed 2 nights in February 2015

    Fun Experience”

    Location, Ambiance, friendly staff

    Matsui Honkan is located very near to the shopping district which also connected to the Nishiki Fish Market. The honkan experience is very nice where we were serve with the tatami at our arrival and in the morning they will clean up the tatami and serve you with the full set of Japanese or American style breakfast which is very fantastic.The access to this place however is not that good as we need to walk about 10 minutes to the nearest bus station or train station, but the walk to get there was a fun one as you will pass by the shopping district near the nishiki market

    Reviewed March 12, 2015
    5.7
    tamlan from United Kingdom
    Solo traveler
    Japanese Style for 2 people
    Stayed 1 night in March 2015

    too prices for a novelty stay.”

    it was clean, location was great and the room large

    Next to no English spoken. A grumpy old fella at the front desk and about 4 Japanese channels on the tv. After a long day I want a glass of wine and watch the news. The matresses on the floor were a pain. Literally. The Japanese don't mind the., but if your western . Stick to a bed. You've been warned.

    Reviewed March 06, 2015
    9.7
    Exceptional
    erin from Singapore
    Solo traveler
    Stayed 2 nights in October 2015

    Great ambience”

    Near tourist areas, clean and friendly staff

    Nishiki Market is just within walking distance. Near to downtown shopping district, friendly staff

    Reviewed October 20, 2015
    8.0
    Excellent
    Patricia from Malaysia
    Family with young children
    Japanese Style for 3 person
    Stayed 2 nights in February 2015

    NIce convenient location”

    easy to walk to some tourist areas, so near to downtown shopping district, friendly staff

    Very attentive and helpful staff, made our stay a comfortable one. Near by Nishiki market, so many interesting shops and food stores to try out. Also walkable to the Gion, and Pontocho area

    Reviewed March 03, 2015
    8.0
    Excellent
    Patricia from Malaysia
    Family with young children
    Japanese Style for 2 people
    Stayed 2 nights in February 2015

    convenient location for Kyoto central ”

    Near by a few tourist spot, can walk or cycling around, conveneint

    Staff are attentive, and upon checking out, we were presented with gifts! They sent us and wave goodbye till the taxi left faraway

    Reviewed March 03, 2015
    9.7
    Exceptional
    Natsuda from Thailand
    Couple
    Stayed 2 nights in December 2014

    Perfect.”

    Cleanliness, location and service.

    Highly recommend this place for first time ryokan visitors.

    Reviewed December 28, 2014
    9.3
    Exceptional
    yim from Hong Kong
    Family with teens
    Stayed 1 night in October 2014

    amazing stay”

    meal, staff, room

    they let you feel like home, a very traditional japanese experience, highly recommended! but the location is not very easy to find

    Reviewed December 21, 2014
    5.2
    JUN from Hong Kong
    Couple
    Japanese Style for 2 people
    Stayed 2 nights in August 2016

    Breakfast and check-out too early”

    Have been arranged at the 2nd floor and overall the room condition is average. Have to get up before 9am to have breakfast and have to check out at 10am, which is not very considerate and convenient for us.

    Reviewed August 05, 2016
    7.2
    Very good
    Noppadol from Thailand
    Family with young children
    Japanese Style for 2 people
    Stayed 1 night in March 2017

    Nice accomodation and hospitality”

    Nice and clean room and docoration. Good location next to Nishiki market. Also, high hospitality to support our request.

    Reviewed May 22, 2017
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Miguel from United States
    Couple
    Japanese Style Garden View Room
    Stayed 1 night in September 2018

    Our first time in a traditional ryokan was one to remember. ”

    The staff was amazing, friendly, and very accommodating. Our stay at matsui Honkan was a highlight of our trip. I would recommend to anyone traveling to Kyōto.

    Reviewed September 07, 2018
    8.0
    Excellent
    Qiuyun from Singapore
    Family with young children
    Japanese Style for 3 person
    Stayed 2 nights in April 2018

    Very good”

    very nice hotel room. the staffs were very friendly and the ryokan breakfast is superb. recommended for family with young children.

    Reviewed August 26, 2018
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Chew from Singapore
    Couple
    Japanese Style for 2 people
    Stayed 2 nights in January 2017

    Excellance service ”

    As a new traveller to Japan, the staff took time to explain things in the room to make us feel extremely at home. Simply love the service !

    Reviewed January 25, 2017
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