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4.8 out of 5

"great traditional room. however there wasn't a lot of space once it was converted into "bedroom". my kids loved the onset. the staff was really helpfu ... " More

By a verified traveller on Fri 24 Jan 2020

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Hotel Description

Kyoto Watazen Ryokan places you in the center of Kyoto, steps from Nishiki Market and within a short 5-minute stroll of Kawaramachi. Highlights at this hotel include free in-room WiFi.

All 24 rooms feature TVs, free newspapers, and in-room massages. Nice touches include slippers and free toiletries. Additionally, refrigerators, safes, and hair dryers are available.

This business-friendly hotel offers free WiFi in public areas, concierge services, and a 24-hour front desk. Added amenities include a spa tub and laundry facilities. Local cuisine breakfast is available daily between 7:00 AM and 8:30 AM.

Within a 15-minute walk of this 3-star Central Kyoto hotel, attractions include Pontocho and Shijo Omiya.

Japanese Style Room with Private Bath, Non Smoking

Bed Count room.options.bedSize.Futon.Singular Maximum Occupancy 4 Max
AU$212* Per night/room 2 Oct. - 3 Oct.

Japanese Style Room with Shower Booth, Non Smoking

Bed Count room.options.bedSize.Futon.Singular Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Twin Room with 2 Japanese Size Single Beds, Non Smoking

Bed Count 2 Twin Beds Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Kyoto Watazen Ryokan ratings based on 4 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.8 out of 5 5.0 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 5.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 5.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.5 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Kyoto Watazen Ryokan

Everyone (3) Family (1)
5 out of 5
great traditional room. however there wasn't a lot of space once it was converted into "bedroom". my kids loved the onset. the staff was really helpful and gave us lots of recommendations. breakfast was no the best as just bread and boiled egg but it was OK I would stay again as location was good and staff helpful.

Posted by on 24 Jan. 2020

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4 out of 5

Good Ryokan experience in a great location

Very happy with the 2 night stay we had here. Location is excellent, short walk to markets and shopping, plenty of good restaurants around. The ryokan experience was well worth it although I'm not sure I could get used to sleeping on the floor for longer than a couple of days, but that's just me. The Japanese breakfast is superb, and it seems to change depending on the days you are staying. The staff were also very friendly and helpful.

Posted by , from Melbourne, Australia on 2 Oct. 2017

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Comment from Hotel Management

16 Oct. 2017 by Nobu

Thank you for your comment. We are so glad your experience in Kyoto was enjoyable. We are looking forward to seeing you again in Kyoto.

5 out of 5

Friendly staff and top location!

Cons: Nothing
This is the second time I have stayed at this accommodation. I returned because my first experience was so wonderful, The location is excellent. being right in the hub of the restaurants and shopping area. The staff are very helpful and friendly and the rooms big compared to other places I have stayed in,

Posted by , from Pert, Western Australia on 26 Apr. 2016

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5 out of 5

Nice ryokan experience

Loves the location. Plus the bathroom was lovely. Nice place to try a ryokan

Posted by , from vic on 14 Oct. 2015

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Property Features

Kyoto Watazen Ryokan offers its guests a spa tub, multilingual staff, and concierge services. WiFi is free in public spaces. The business-friendly Kyoto Watazen Ryokan also features laundry facilities, a safe deposit box at the front desk, and a television in a common area. Smoking is allowed in designated areas at this 3-star Kyoto hotel.

  • 24 guestrooms or units
  • 4 levels
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Staff is multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Front-desk safe
  • Concierge
  • Television in lobby
  • Elevator
  • Smoking in designated areas

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family property
  • Free WiFi
  • Laundry facilities
  • Refrigerator


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


  • Airport: Kansai Intl. Airport (KIX) (101.5 km / 63.1 mi)
  • Train station: Kawaramachi Station (1 km / 0.6 mi)
  • Metro station: Karasuma Oike Station (0.8 km / 0.5 mi)

Room Amenities

Kyoto Watazen Ryokan offers 24 accommodations with safes and complimentary newspapers. This Kyoto hotel provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Bathrooms include slippers, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. In-room massages and irons/ironing boards can be requested. A nightly turndown service is provided and housekeeping is offered daily.

  • Television
  • Refrigerator
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Nightly turndown service
  • Newspapers (free)
  • Massage in room (surcharge)
  • Hair dryer
  • Safe
  • Slippers
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Iron and ironing board available
  • Desk
  • Blackout drapes
  • Climate control (air conditioning)

Food & Drink

For a fee, guests can enjoy local cuisine breakfast daily from 7:00 AM to 8:30 AM.

Spa Services

  • Indoor public bath (no mineral springs)
  • Yukata (Japanese robe)

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 4 PM
  • Check-in time ends at midnight
  • Minimum check-in age is: 20

Special check-in instructions:

This property doesn't offer after-hours check-in. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation.

This property doesn't offer after-hours check-in. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation.


  • Check-out by 10 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are not available.

Pet Policy

  • No pets allowed


Japanese futons are provided based on the number of adults in the reservation.

Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card, or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification may be required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges. No onsite parking is available. For guests' safety, the property includes a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, a security system, a first aid kit, and window guards in each accommodation. This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.Disinfectant is used to clean the property.Personal protective equipment, including masks, will be available to guests.Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; guests are provided with hand sanitizer.Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 24 hours between bookings.

  • UnionPay
  • Property confirms they are implementing guest safety measures
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Staff wear personal protective equipment
  • Security system
  • Protective clothing is available for guests
  • Masks are available for guests
  • Debit cards not accepted
  • No shield between guests and staff in main contact areas
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitiser
  • Staffed front desk
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • Contactless check-in is not available
  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • No cots (infant beds) available
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Individually wrapped food options are not available
  • gap period enforced between guest stays 24 hours


Guests will be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • A city tax may be collected at the property, effective October 1, 2018. The city tax ranges from JPY 200-1,000 per person, per night based on the nightly room rate. Please note that further exemptions may apply. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • A tax is imposed by the city: JPY 1000 per person, per night

We've listed all charges provided to us by the property, but they may vary based on length of stay or the room booked.

Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Fee for local cuisine breakfast: JPY 1650 per person (approximately)
  • Nearby parking fee: JPY 2500 per day

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Kyoto Ryokan Watazen
  • Kyoto Watazen
  • Kyoto Watazen Ryokan
  • Ryokan Watazen
  • Watazen
  • Watazen Kyoto
  • Watazen Ryokan
  • Watazen Ryokan Kyoto
  • Watazen Hotel Kyoto
  • Kyoto Watazen Ryokan Hotel
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You should know

  • As required by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare, all international visitors must submit their passport number and nationality when registering at any lodging facility (inns, hotels, motels, etc. ). Also, it's required that lodging proprietors photocopy the passports of all registering guests and keep the photocopy on file.
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*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.