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Watazen Ryokan Hotel
Watazen Ryokan Hotel
Watazen Ryokan Hotel
Watazen Ryokan Hotel
Watazen Ryokan Hotel
Watazen Ryokan Hotel
Watazen Ryokan Hotel

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8.9

Excellent

402 reviews

402 reviews

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8.9

Excellent

Location rating score

Excellent location - Inside city center
Popular neighborhood
Exceptional for walking
Parking
Available
Walkable places
Kon's Cycle, Takoyakushi

140 m

Honke Katsura

170 m

Masugo, Honten

190 m

Sugi Honey Shop

190 m

Nippon Life Insurance Company Kyoto Sanjo Building

210 m

Popular landmarks
Gion

1.3 km

Nijō Castle

1.4 km

Sanjusangendo Temple

2.2 km

Kiyomizu-dera Temple

2.3 km

Kyoto Station Building

2.4 km

Closest landmarks
Satsuma Yashiki no Ato

260 m

Yagi Cutlery

260 m

Aritsugu

260 m

Nishikikoji Dori Street

260 m

Kyoto Yaoichi Honkan

260 m

Watazen Ryokan Hotel

604-8113 Nakagyo-ku Yanaginobaba-dori Rokkaku-kudaru 413, Kawaramachi, Kyoto, Japan, 604-8113 - See map

If you're looking for a ryokan with free Wi-Fi in all rooms, look no further. Strategically situated in Kawaramachi, allowing you access and proximity to local attractions and sights. Don't leave before paying a visit to the famous Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. This 3-star property features hot tub to make your stay more indulgent and memorable.

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Highlights

Sparkling clean

Located in heart of Kyoto

Front desk [24-hour]

470 meters to public transportation

Inside city center

95% of staff fully vaccinated

95% of on-site staff have received all necessary vaccination shots for COVID-19.

Facilities

Bicycle rental

Car park

Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

Front desk [24-hour]

Luggage storage

Hot tub

Shops

Laundry service

Your dates are popular among travelersUsers are booking a place in Kyoto every 1 minutes on Agoda.com
Value for money8.5
Distance to city center0.1 km
Location rating8.9
Nearest airportOsaka International Airport (ITM)
Distance to airport38.6 km

Rooms available at Watazen Ryokan Hotel

Excellent
Room comfort & quality

8.8

Japanese-Style Room with Private Bath and Toilet
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  • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
  • Shower and bathtub
  • 4 futons
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Japanese-Style Room with Private Shower and Toilet
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  • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
  • Shared bathroom
  • 4 futons
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Japanese Style Room with Private bath
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  • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 3 futons
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Japanese Style Room with Shower
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  • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 3 futons
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  • Shared bathroom
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    japanese style room with shower
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    • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
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    Compact Twin Non-Smoking
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    • Room size: 11 m²/118 ft²
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    Japanese Style Room with 10 Tatami
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    • Room size: 16 m²/172 ft²
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    Japanese Style Family Room
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    • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
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    Frequently asked questions

    Does Watazen Ryokan Hotel have a hot tub?

    A hot tub is one of the facilities available at Watazen Ryokan Hotel.

    How much does it cost to stay at Watazen Ryokan Hotel?

    Room rates depend on the dates, room types, and number of guests, so please click here to see the latest and best deals from Agoda!

    What time is check-in and check-out at Watazen Ryokan Hotel?

    Check-in is from 04:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The ryokan offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out. The front desk is always open, day or night.

    How do I get to Watazen Ryokan Hotel?

    For those who wish to drive their own cars, Watazen Ryokan Hotel has a car park on site, as well as additional parking nearby if the first car park is full. Parking is available for a fee of 2000 JPY per day. If you're looking for an easy way to get around Kyoto with private transportation, the ryokan can arrange taxi service.

    Is breakfast offered at Watazen Ryokan Hotel?

    Adults can enjoy breakfast offered with an additional charge of 1080 JPY if not included in the room rate. You may save on breakfast costs with Agoda by booking a room with breakfast, which is often included for less than buying it at the ryokan.

    What is the smoking policy at Watazen Ryokan Hotel?

    Watazen Ryokan Hotel does not permit smoking in any of its rooms, but allows smoking in designated areas.

    What is the closest train, metro, or bus station to Watazen Ryokan Hotel?

    The closest train, metro, or bus station is Karasuma Train Station, 450 m away from Watazen Ryokan Hotel.

    What restaurants are nearby Watazen Ryokan Hotel?

    Watazen Ryokan Hotel is located in Kawaramachi, famous for good restaurants such as Eikun Kuramoto Owned Store Moromine Rokkaku, Bistro Pub Man in the Moon Rokaku and Saikontan Takoyakushi Kyoto.

    What popular shopping places are close to Watazen Ryokan Hotel?

    Shopping options in Watazen Ryokan Hotel’s Kawaramachi neighborhood include Kon's Cycle, Takoyakushi, Masugo, Honten and Avril Sanjo.

    What are popular attractions near Watazen Ryokan Hotel?

    Watazen Ryokan Hotel is located in Kawaramachi area, which is famous for attractions such as Nishiki Market Shopping District, Yasaka Shrine and Pontocho.

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    What people love about Watazen Ryokan Hotel

    • 10

      Exceptional

      "Looking forward to staying here again next time we come to Kyoto!"

      Nathan

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      February 23, 2020

    • 9.2

      Exceptional

      "Overall, a good 2 nights stay!"

      Lau

      |

      February 21, 2020

    • 8

      Very good

      "The onsen was lovely."

      Atreyee

      |

      January 1, 2020

    Property ranking|Compared to 2,352 Kyoto properties
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    Room comfort score
    8.8/10
    Service score
    9.4/10
    Location score
    8.9/10
    Cheapest price score
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    Overall rating:

    8.9

    Excellent
    402 reviews
    Cleanliness
    9.1
    Facilities
    8.6
    Location
    8.9
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    What travelers say they love:
    Staff was friendly and helpful.
    Julia from Japan
    Couple
    More about Watazen Ryokan Hotel

    More about Watazen Ryokan Hotel

    Watazen Ryokan Hotel

    You'll love the exceptional convenience during your stay at Watazen Ryokan Hotel, located right in the heart of the city center, with an easy access to everything in Kyoto.
    Watazen Ryokan Hotel offers numerous on-site facilities to satisfy even the most discerning guest. Stay connected throughout your stay with free internet access provided. Your explorations of Kyoto can be assisted with the taxi services available here. Parking is provided for guests by the ryokan.
    You'll have no problem planning out your days and transportation needs with front desk services including concierge service, luggage storage and safety deposit boxes. Wear your favorite outfits again and again thanks to the laundromat offered at Watazen Ryokan Hotel. The ryokan's daily housekeeping will make staying in a great choice. The ryokan is entirely non-smoking.
    Smoking may only take place in restricted designated areas.
    Rooms at Watazen Ryokan Hotel are designed with the guest in mind. To enhance your stay, some rooms at the ryokan come with linen service and air conditioning. Some rooms have television to keep guests entertained. You may be assured to know that a refrigerator, a coffee or tea maker and instant tea are available in some select rooms.
    You can stay fresh and clean with a hair dryer, toiletries, bathrobes and towels provided in some of the guest bathrooms.


    Dining and things to do

    Watazen Ryokan Hotel has vending machines that provide round-the-clock refreshment, at low cost.
    Whether you're looking for an adventure or are just looking for a way to unwind after a hard day, Watazen Ryokan Hotel has a range of activities that will meet your needs. Warm up at the end of the day with a visit to the hot tub. You can find a perfect memento of your trip, or grab some simple travel supplies at the shops and souvenir shops.


    Around the property

    While in Kyoto, take some time to venture outside of Watazen Ryokan Hotel. You're sure to want to visit Gion located 1.2 km away, among the most sought-after photographs for anyone visiting Kyoto.


    Reasons to stay here

    Verified reviews for this ryokan's food and dining options score it better than 93% of accommodations in the city.
    This accommodation beats more than 95% of competition in the city on room comfort.
    This ryokan's staff and services score higher than 93% of accommodations in the city.

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    Amenities and facilities
    Excellent
    Facilities

    8.6

    Most talked about facilities

    Housekeeping

    10 mentions

    Breakfast

    7 mentions

    Food & Dining

    3 mentions

    Languages spoken

    • English
    • Japanese

    Accessibility

    • Wheelchair accessible

    Internet access

    • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
    • Internet services
    • Wi-Fi in public areas

    Things to do, ways to relax

    • Hot tub

    Cleanliness and safety

    • Daily disinfection in all rooms
    • Daily disinfection in common areas
    • Face coverings on staff
    • First aid kit
    • Free face masks
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Physical distancing of at least 1 meter
    • Rooms sanitized between stays

    Dining, drinking, and snacking

    • Kitchen
    • Vending machine

    Swimming & soaking

    • Hot spring bath

    Services and conveniences

    • Air conditioning in public area
    • Concierge
    • Daily housekeeping
    • Elevator
    • Facilities for disabled guests
    • Gift/souvenir shop
    • Heating in public area
    • Laundromat
    • Laundry service
    • Luggage storage
    • Postal service
    • Safety deposit boxes
    • Shops
    • Smoke-free property
    • Smoking area

    For the kids

    • Family room

    Access

    • CCTV in common areas
    • CCTV outside property
    • Fire extinguisher
    • Front desk [24-hour]
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Pets allowed
    • Safety/security feature
    • Smoke alarms

    Getting around

    • Car park [charges apply]
    • Car park [nearby]
    • Car park [on-site]
    • Taxi service

    Sports equipment rental

    • Bicycle rental

    Available in all rooms

    • Air conditioning
    • Bathrobes
    • Coffee/tea maker
    • Complimentary tea
    • Free bottled water
    • Hair dryer
    • In-room safe box
    • Linens
    • Mirror
    • Non-smoking
    • Refrigerator
    • Seating area
    • Separate shower/bathtub
    • Shower
    • Slippers
    • Telephone
    • Toiletries
    • Towels
    • TV [flat screen]
    • Wi-Fi [free]
    Location
    604-8113 Nakagyo-ku Yanaginobaba-dori Rokkaku-kudaru 413, Kawaramachi, Kyoto, Japan, 604-8113
    Excellent
    Location

    8.9

    Airports

    • Osaka International Airport (ITM)
      38.6 km 58 min drive
    • Kobe Airport (UKB)
      63.9 km 1.5 hour drive

    Public transportation

    • Karasuma Train Station
      460 m 9 min walk
    • Karasuma Oike Station
      530 m

    Hospital or clinic

    • Ogasawara clinic
      610 m

    Shopping

    • Kyoto Station Building
      2.4 km

    Convenience store

    • Circle K
      460 m 5 min drive

    Cash withdrawal

    • ATM
      270 m 4 min walk
    What's nearby

    Popular landmarks

    • Nishiki Market Shopping District
      230 m
    • Gion
      1.3 km
    • Nijō Castle
      1.4 km
    • Sanjusangendo Temple
      2.2 km
    • Kiyomizu-dera Temple
      2.3 km
    • Kyoto Station Building
      2.4 km
    • Ginkakuji Temple
      3.8 km
    • Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
      4.5 km
    • Kinkakuji Temple
      4.8 km
    • Arashiyama Monkey Park
      8.2 km

    Nearby landmarks

    • Kon's Cycle, Takoyakushi
      140 m
    • Honke Katsura
      170 m
    • Masugo, Honten
      190 m
    • Sugi Honey Shop
      190 m
    • Nippon Life Insurance Company Kyoto Sanjo Building
      210 m
    • Nishiki Market Shopping District
      230 m
    • Old Yabetoku Clock Shop
      230 m
    • Sacra - Former Fudo Chokin Bank Kyoto Branch
      240 m
    • Avril Sanjo
      240 m
    • Bento&co
      250 m
    Distances shown are straight-line distances on the map. Actual travel distances may vary.
    Property policies
    Children and extra beds

    Extra beds are dependent on the room you choose. Please check the individual room capacity for more details.

    All children are welcome.

    Others
    • Children Policy
      Please kindly note that Children need to pay directly at Ryokan as below.
      Children 0-5 year(s) will be charged 1,000 JPY (TAX not included) per night when using existing bedding.
      Children 0-5 year(s) will be charged 3,000 JPY (TAX not included) per night when using additional Japanese Children Futon.
      Children over 6 years old, please make a reservation same as adult.
    • When booking more than 5 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.
    Some helpful facts

    Check-in/Check-out

    • Check-in from16:00
    • Check-out until10:00
    • Reception open until22:00

    Getting around

    • Distance from city center0.1 km
    • Travel time to airport (minutes)90

    Extras

    • Breakfast charge (unless included in room price)1080 JPY
    • Daily Internet/Wi-Fi fee0 JPY

    The property

    • Non-smoking rooms/floorsYes
    • Number of floors4
    • Number of rooms 27
    • Room voltage100
    • Year property opened1830
    • Most recent renovation1984

    Parking

    • Daily parking fee2000 JPY

    Reviews of Watazen Ryokan Hotel from real guests

    Provided by verified guests of Agoda
    8.9
    /
    10
    Cleanliness9.1
    Facilities8.6
    Location8.9
    Room comfort and quality8.8
    Service9.3
    Value for money8.5
    High score for Kyoto
    Rating
    9+ Exceptional (139)
    8-9 Excellent (68)
    7-8 Very Good (40)
    6-7 Good (10)
    <6 Below Expectation (10)
    Time of the year
    Mar - May (67)
    Jun - Aug (60)
    Sep - Nov (52)
    Dec - Feb (88)
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    10.0
    Exceptional
    Mervin from Singapore
    Couple
    Stayed 1 night in January 2019

    A great ryokan suited to the experience of Kyoto”

    Located at a convenient location near to the Nishiki market, though a bit of distance away from buses and mrt, but it only helps to bring the peace and quietness that is best to experience what it is like staying in a Ryokan. Service was friendly and accommodating, with the hosts knowing how to pamper you after a day of exploring the artistic city of Kyoto, with a public bath ready at night to wash away your tiredness. Expect the best of hospitality as the traditional Japanese rooms comes with traditional bath robes, tea sets and facilities. And the fusion of traditional japanese style and contemporary westernised living lets you feel extra comfortable. A pity we only managed to stay for a short while here and definitely would have made this the choice for our next trip for an even longer stay.

    Reviewed January 19, 2019

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    10.0
    Exceptional
    Nathan from Canada
    Couple
    Japanese Style Room with Shower
    Stayed 2 nights in February 2020

    Traditional ryokan in the heart of Kyoto!”

    Awesome ryokan. Very much on the traditional side, with some modern amenities like fully upgraded washrooms and flat screen television etc. The rooms themselves are quite large, even the 'smaller' rooms which is one we stayed in. Plenty of room to move around and lay out your luggage. We really loved the area that this ryokan was in as well. It's surrounded by several shopping streets like Nishiki and Teramichi, and tons of restaurants and bars are steps away. The street itself was overall quiet with a bit of welcome bustle during the day. Staff are very friendly and helpful, and there appears to always be someone at the front desk. You do have to leave your room key with them whenever you leave the ryokan (even if you're going out for the day or just going to eat), but the front desk attendant would always remember which room was ours. Looking forward to staying here again next time we come to Kyoto!

    Reviewed February 23, 2020

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    9.6
    Exceptional
    Veronica from United States
    Family with young children
    Japanese Style Room with Shower
    Stayed 3 nights in April 2019

    Perfect”

    Watazen Ryokan is a couple of blocks away from Nishiki market, which is one of the most wonderful parts of Kyoto, since there is food and shopping at walking distance. It is a beautiful, traditional Ryokan with exquisite attention to detail in the decoration and towards its visitors. They gave us beautiful cotton robes and sandals to hang out in the Ryokan and I also wore them to the onsen bath which they have in the basement. The onsen experience was wonderful, clean and very hot, but incredible soothing for my aching feet and amazing right before going to sleep. I stayed at the Ryokan with my 11 year old son and the attendants were very kind and respectful. They are not fluent in English, but know the essentials which are necessary to communicate with travelers. They offer you a great mini map which shows where the main train /metro lines are to get to the main attractions around Kyoto like the Bamboo Forest and Fushimi Inari. No beds, just tatami. We loooooooooved it!

    Reviewed May 07, 2019

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    10.0
    Exceptional
    Amy from United States
    Group
    Japanese Style Room with Private bath
    Stayed 3 nights in March 2019

    Wonderful experience ”

    This is the best ryokan experience! The staff are so friendly and helpful. The rooms are comfortable and clean, and the sento is also very clean and well-stocked. The location is excellent as well, as it is only a few minutes walk to Teramachi and to the nearest bus stop. Thank you!

    Reviewed March 18, 2019

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    10.0
    Exceptional
    phakaporn from Thailand
    Group
    Japanese Style Room with Private bath
    Stayed 2 nights in January 2019

    Peaceful, full facility”

    Small and old hotel. somepart was renovated. Good location, it is very near market. Nice staff. Overall i like this place.

    Reviewed February 07, 2019

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    10.0
    Exceptional
    JINGDI
    Couple
    Japanese Style Room with Private bath
    Stayed 2 nights in August 2019

    wonderful Japan experience”

    very comfortable and convenient,interesting living experience

    Reviewed August 20, 2019

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    9.2
    Exceptional
    Julia from Japan
    Couple
    Japanese Style Room with Shower
    Stayed 1 night in March 2019

    Beautiful facilities and pleasant atmosphere”

    Staff was friendly and helpful. The facilities were convenient and clean; we especially loved the onsen-style bath on the basement level. The hotel provides yukata and other free goodies in the lobby which was a nice touch. The location is great and the atmosphere is warm. If you have it in the budget, I would highly recommend booking Watazen Ryokan Hotel.

    Reviewed April 08, 2019

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    9.2
    Exceptional
    Lau from Malaysia
    Group
    Japanese Style Room with Shower
    Stayed 2 nights in February 2020

    Comfortable modern ryokan ”

    Very comfortable stay. Ryokan is very clean. Enjoyed the onsen. Simple western breakfast provided (tea, coffee, hard boiled eggs and bread). We tried the kaiseki dinnervin the room. Was a good experience. Wonderful and friendly staffs. Overall, a good 2 nights stay!

    Reviewed February 21, 2020

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    9.6
    Exceptional
    Susan from Singapore
    Family with teens
    Japanese-Style Room with Private Shower and Toilet
    Stayed 2 nights in March 2019

    Convenient clean comfortable”

    Very nice place for Ryokan. Onsen included, robes, near many train lines!

    Reviewed March 19, 2019

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    8.8
    Excellent
    Maggie from Singapore
    Couple
    Japanese Style Room with Shower
    Stayed 2 nights in April 2019

    Friendly staff”

    We enjoyed our stay very much for the ryokan style. Hotel staff were very friendly and helpful especially with the direction and our transport to the next city. Safe and quiet walking street to hotel, 5 min walking distance to the Nishi market. Exit 13 from train station, 5-7 min walk to hotel. :)

    Reviewed April 18, 2019

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    8.4
    Excellent
    medrano from United States
    Couple
    Japanese Style Room with Shower
    Stayed 1 night in November 2019

    Good stay ”

    Good stay , courteous staff, clean & good location . Only thing was the wifi did not work. Called staff about it a few times , they responded but problem was not resolved . Also during our one night stay , we could not use the onsen for a certain time because staff said school group will use it. Other than that it was a good stay

    Reviewed November 18, 2019

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    8.8
    Excellent
    Pattraporn from Thailand
    Group
    Japanese-Style Room with Private Shower and Toilet
    Stayed 1 night in July 2019

    Good location”

    Staff very nice helpful. The location is very nearby nishiki fish market and Gion street.

    Reviewed August 08, 2019

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    8.0
    Excellent
    Atreyee from United States
    Family with teens
    Japanese-Style Room with Private Shower and Toilet
    Stayed 1 night in December 2019

    Very good”

    We did not have a meal, but we stayed in several other traditional establishments for less than a third of the cost we paid for Watazen. Their furnishings were excellent and they were generally helpful, but nothing remarkable. They did not come help us with a safe we couldn't operate even after saying they would. The onsen was lovely. If the price were comparable to other options, I would stay here again, but not otherwise.

    Reviewed January 01, 2020

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    6.4
    Good
    Vivian from United States
    Family with young children
    Stayed 1 night in January 2019

    cute place”

    Love the idea of the traditional living for an experience. Just wouldn't do longer than a night here. We bought the food package because that's part of the experience, but it also made our stay more expensive. While the food was decent it wasn't worth paying extra for. One of our meals was a hot pot that had a bunch of bugs in it ALIVE. The server who served me, was very apologetic and made sure to bring me a new one, but that kinda killed the entire 4 course meal for me.

    Reviewed January 18, 2019

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    10.0
    Exceptional
    Nicholas from Singapore
    Family with teens
    Stayed 2 nights in March 2016

    Quaint little ryokan with impeccable hospitality.”

    Affordable Ryokan-style experience, friendly staff, personalized service.

    Watazen Ryokan provided a highly affordable Ryokan style accommodation without breaking the bank. Staff were extremely friendly and provided the most personalized service I had ever experienced throughout my 16 day stay in Japan. Counter and room service staff remembered my ability to understand Japanese (despite me being a foreigner) and communicated with me in Japanese thoroughout my stay which added a lot to the experience of staying in a Ryokan. As my access to Kokedera was reserved through Watazen, it was nice that the counter staff took the initiative to ask if I enjoyed Kokedera upon my return as well. I had a marvelous Kaiseki dinner on my 2nd night of stay in Watazen and was greeted by the owner of the ryokan during my meal in my room. In overall, Watazen was the highlight of my trip in Japan and would definitely be my accommodation of choice the next time I return to Kyoto.

    Reviewed March 20, 2016

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    9.3
    Exceptional
    YONG from Malaysia
    Couple
    Japanese Style Room with Private bath
    Stayed 1 night in December 2012

    Nice Hotel, Friendly hotel staff, Great Location”

    Room service Kaiseki dinner

    The hotel is located right in the center of Kyoto city. Walking distance to Nishiki Food Market & Gion. The traditional Japanese hotel room is nice & clean. Hotel staff is nice & friendly. They are so kind to lead us to their recommended car-park which is few streets away from hotel building & fetch us with our luggage to the same car-park on our check-out. The Kaiseki dinner & Shabu Shabu dinner was served at hotel room & tasted great ! The staff will set the bed after dinner. This is our first experience in staying at traditional Japanese ryokan & Watazen Ryokan gave us great experience.

    Reviewed January 05, 2013

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    9.6
    Exceptional
    Qian from Singapore
    Group
    Japanese Style Room with Private bath
    Stayed 1 night in December 2018

    good location and amenities”

    Stayed for only a night. Location was perfect, near Nishiki market and near the subway station. The room was very spacious and comfortable. Cleanliness was alright but could be improved. There is a public bath at the basement..Bicycle rentals were also available. Watazen ryokan provided a convenient base for exploring Kyoto. We were out most of the time but hoped we could have more nights to enjoy. Perhaps next time. Recommend!

    Reviewed December 26, 2018

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    Dear Mr. Qian Thank you for your kind comment and assesment for us. We would continue to improve our service level to satisfy your request. Looking forward to serving you again in the future. Best regards, Wataru Nose Watazen Ryokan, Kyoto

    Responded January 15, 2019
    Watazen Ryokan Hotel
    9.3
    Exceptional
    Ginganok from Thailand
    Group
    Japanese Style Room with Shower
    Stayed 1 night in June 2015

    Nice location, cleanliness and very friendly staff”

    Location, Cleanliness, friendly staff

    Watazen Ryokan is located closely to the market, even it is not close to the Kyoto station but it is very easy to travel and accessed. It is very clean and we get the very warm welcome from the staff, helpful and so kind, Watazen is decorated in homey style & feel. I like it very much.. If i have chance to go to Kyoto again, i will surely come back here.

    Reviewed July 26, 2015

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    9.0
    Exceptional
    Tina from Philippines
    Group
    Japanese Style Room with Shower
    Stayed 2 nights in May 2015

    Great Ambiance and Homey”

    Newly Renovated and Clean, Friendly Staff, Location

    I love this ryokan. We booked 3 rooms. It's quiet new since it's newly renovated so it doesn't have that old feel. So we get best of both worlds, clean and new plus traditional style. It even includes a booklet that explains the different parts of a ryokan room which I think was cool. Toilet was ok, much better with a modern shower booth which I think was excellent option compared to most hotel toilets. The price is a bit on the high side, but given the newly renovated rooms, I think it's quite worth it. We did not get a chance to have breakfast or dinner in, since we already tried the traditional meals elsewhere. Location, a bit hard to find, but we asked around, and the locals are so kind to help us find the hotel even if it was out of their way. Just a few blocks and you're in the main shopping area of Kyoto, where you can find restaurants, shops, Nishiki Food Market, and train and bus stops. Very convenient indeed and it was interesting to see the modern main center turn into old style Japanese streets in just a turn of a corner. Staff were excellent, they were very helpful and friendly and spoke great English.

    Reviewed May 26, 2015

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    9.3
    Exceptional
    ERICSON from Malaysia
    Family with young children
    Stayed 2 nights in June 2015

    Our first Ryokan experience”

    Location,cleanliness,spacious

    Our first ryokan experience. A very knowledgable front desk manager (an elderly guy- forgot his name). Very spacious,comfortable,good attention to detail,a lovely gesture of sweets every day. Ryokan also has an onsen. Location wise, within walking distance to Nishiki market. Need to walk a bit further to the train station though. Also located near a great yakitori place. If you have kids, do think of a ryokan esp those which are family friendly like Watazen

    Reviewed July 04, 2015

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