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Watazen Ryokan Hotel

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

Nathan - February 23, 2020
Japanese Style Room with Private bath  Watazen Ryokan Hotel
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Watazen Ryokan Hotel

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

8.9

Excellent

Location rating score

Inside city center
Popular neighborhood
ParkingFREE
  • 470 meters to public transportation

  • Located in heart of Kyoto

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

  • Hot tub

  • Air conditioning

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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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Japanese-Style Room
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  • Room size: 19 m²/205 ft²
  • Non-smoking
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Room #23695609
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  • Shared bathroom
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Japanese-Style Room
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  • Room size: 19 m²/205 ft²
  • Non-smoking
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Compact Twin Non-Smoking
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  • Room size: 11 m²/118 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 2 single beds
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Japanese-Style Room
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  • Room size: 19 m²/205 ft²
  • Non-smoking
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Japanese-Style Room
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  • Room size: 22 m²/237 ft²
  • Non-smoking
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Frequently asked questions

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.

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.

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What people love about Watazen Ryokan Hotel

  • 10.0

    Exceptional
    Location

    "Good location, it is very near market."

    phakaporn

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    February 7, 2019

  • 9.2

    Exceptional
    Staff 

    "Wonderful and friendly staffs."

    Lau

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    February 21, 2020

  • 9.6

    Exceptional

    "Very nice place for Ryokan."

    Susan

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    March 19, 2019

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Overall rating:

8.9

Excellent
401 reviews
Cleanliness
9.1
Facilities
8.6
Location
8.9
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What travelers say they love:
The room was very spacious and comfortable.
Qian from Singapore
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More about Watazen Ryokan Hotel

This economy class hotel in the city center is located five minutes from the Kyoto JR Station. The hotel is ideally positioned for exploration of this unique city. Guests will enjoy a location that is near the business, commercial, and shopping districts as well as significant cultural attractions. The hotel offers economy class guestrooms decorated with pleasing hues designed to promote a tranquil ambiance and authentic Japanese atmosphere. Guests can also savor the Japanese-styled hospitality and pleasing lobby atmosphere. The Watazen Ryokan Hotel is perfect for travelers that want economy class guestrooms and a great central location.

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10 mentions

Breakfast

7 mentions

Food & Dining

3 mentions

What they offer

9.2

Exceptional

"Overall, a good 2 nights stay!"

Lau

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February 21, 2020

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Facilities8.6
Location8.9
Room comfort and quality8.8
Service9.3
Value for money8.5
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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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9.6
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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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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9.2
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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9.0
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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9.0
Exceptional
James from United States
Couple
Stayed 1 night in February 2009

Affordable Ryokan Expererince in Kyoto”

Location: two blocks from the fabulous Nishiki market. Affordable: not like I heard Ryokans were supposed to be Nice Japanese-style room Great Japanese breakfast Baths
Goes with the territory, I assume: not a soft sleeping surface.

We enjoyed an affordable Ryokan stay at the Watazen. Good location in central Kyoto near Gion and many, many restaurants within 10-15 minutes. The baths are nice and hot, and we were enthusiastic about the staff and the breakfast. The futons are not all that thick, and so we slept a little less well (even though we like hard mattresses).

Reviewed February 21, 2009

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8.7
Excellent
Leonard from United States
Solo traveler
Japanese Style Room with Private bath
Stayed 2 nights in September 2013

You need to stay in a ryokan while in Japan.”

The staff was helpful, it was authentic and fun!

Watazen Ryokan Hotel was a great experience. The staff really went out of their way to help us. Staying in a ryokan is an experience that everyone should try while traveling in Japan. We appreciated their attention to our bedding and bringing us nightly tea.

Reviewed October 14, 2013

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10.0
Exceptional
Tom from United States
Couple
Japanese Style Room with Shower
Stayed 3 nights in July 2015

Unmatched Service”

service, room, location

My girl friend and I spent two weeks traveling through Japan and Watazen was our favorite stay. As soon as we entered, we were greeted kindly and had all of our questions answered. The staff was knowledgeable, detailed and very professional. They helped us call for restaurant reservations and even helped us with a UPS package that was delivered incorrectly. The room was spacious and clean. The Japanese style room was comfortable and calming. When we returned from our day out, we would find tea and snacks waiting for us. After we returned from dinner, the futons were set for us. The location was amazing. Everything was within walking distance or an easy commute away with the subway station so close and the buses around the corner. Only a block away from Nishiki Market. Next time we come back to Kyoto, I would definitely stay here again

Reviewed July 16, 2015

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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
Katherine from United States
Couple
Japanese Style Room with Shower
Stayed 1 night in September 2017

Great modern ryokan experience”

Ryokans are expensive but it's nice to get the peaceful authentic experience and I recommend it for at least one night of your trip. This one was very clean and nice. The public bath was a great intro to the onsen experience. They provided yukata (kimonos) to wear and tea upon arrival. Very central location. Wifi was not very strong but enough for the basics. I recommend Watazen!

Reviewed September 05, 2017

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9.0
Exceptional
Han from China
Group
Japanese Style Room with Private bath
Stayed 2 nights in December 2013

Value for money, comfortable, good location”

location, staff, style (traditional Japanese)

Had a lovely 2-night stay with two friends. It is not easy to find a 3-room (or family room) in Kyoto during Xmas New Year period in these popular Japanese traditional Inns, esp. one with private bathroom as many ryokans have only shared bathrooms. The room we had is quite a sizable one with enough space for 3 tatami decently spread out. Room and bathroom is small but extremely clean. Best part is the location, so easy to get to any place of interest, which are the must-sees in Kyoto.

Reviewed December 30, 2013

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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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8.3
Excellent
Lindsay from United States
Group
Japanese Style Room with Private bath
Stayed 1 night in June 2010

Great Location”

Location was walking distance to Ponticho, Gion district and the large shopping area. The employees at the reception desk spoke pretty good English and were helpful with transportation issues and finding restaurants.
Did not have an Onsen and did not include breakfast.

My sister and I were looking for a Ryokan that would provide a traditional Japanese experience with a good location in Kyoto. Which this Ryokan did. The reception desk was helpful in answering our questions about the area and transportation. We were greeted in our room by a woman dressed in a kimono who served us tea. The room was big enough for three people and clean. It was a surprise to find our futons all laid out for us after a long day of sightseeing. This Ryokan had a good location in Central Kyoto. It was close to the bus stations and subway. As well as near to a shopping district, Nishiki market, Ponticho and Gion. The downside was that breakfast was not included and there was no onsen. Though there is a public bath. All in all this was a great place to stay and I would definitely go back.

Reviewed June 15, 2010

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8.8
Excellent
Ma. from Philippines
Couple
Japanese Style Room with Shower
Stayed 1 night in June 2016

Worth what I paid for”

My experience was quite good at this ryokan. Its no fancy hotel nor a very traditional ryokan but we liked the simplicity of the Japanese style room we got. It is very very close to nishiki market so we got to eat all the street food we wanted. The staff were quite nice and helpful. And a few of them spoke English well. The Japanese breakfast set we ordered was wonderful , and we got to have breakfast at the dining hall using the hotel-provided robes for a truly 'local feel'. As a bonus, they even have a public onsen at the basement of the ryokan which guests could use for free.

Reviewed June 22, 2016

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10.0
Exceptional
liuying from China
Family with teens
Japanese Style Room with Shower
Stayed 2 nights in March 2017

Great Ryokan”

Welcome gifts by your lucky(how many persons check in then Watazen will send corresponding chances). And Watazen also provide free bread, coffee and tea as staying guests' breakfast. Watazen close Nishiki market and Shinkyogoku street. Not far from Gion, by walk.

Reviewed March 16, 2017

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

Very Central yet Quiet”

Great Location, Spacious Clean Room, Shower Booths

This ryokan is very new, we heard it was newly renovated. They put modern shower booths instead of the typical tiny bathtubs that most Japanese hotels have. We like this better. Besides, if you want a bath, you can go try their public bath, a must experience in Japan :-) Location couldn't be better, it is in a quiet street, yet it's just a few blocks to the main street where you can find restaurants, shopping, bus stops, train stations, etc. Nishiki Food Market is just a few blocks away too, although I wish the market was open earlier than 9am, would be a good quiet walk in the morning, especially if you don't stay in hotel or breakfast.

Reviewed May 26, 2015

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8.8
Excellent
Jessica from Indonesia
Couple
Japanese Style Room with Private bath
Stayed 2 nights in October 2016

Very good value ryokan!”

The value they offer was good! the place was quite old, but well-maintained and good location. Kyoto Gogyo is just a few doors away (a must try Black Burnt Ramen) and Nishiki Market 5-mins walk away for breakfast. We didn't have time to try the onsen but will definitely come back to this ryokan again if we come back to Kyoto one day!

Reviewed July 12, 2017

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