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Ryokan Sawaya Honten

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Overview of Ryokan Sawaya Honten

Ryokan Sawaya Honten

3.0 star property
3-star ryokan, convenient for Kyoto University

9.2/10 Superb

366 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Free WiFi
  • Non-smoking
  • Air conditioning
  • Refrigerator
  • Bathtub
  • Laundry facilities
25 Kawahara-cho, Shogoin, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto, 606-8397
Main amenities
  • Breakfast available
  • Free bus station shuttle
  • Limited hour front desk
  • Luggage storage
  • Self-serve laundry
  • TV in a common area
  • Weekly housekeeping
Feel at home
  • Digital TV service
  • Fridge
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning)
  • Laundry facilities
  • Limited housekeeping
  • Private bathroom

Room options

About this area

What's nearby

  • In Sakyo Ward
  • Kyoto University - 1 min walk
  • Kawaramachi Street - 12 min walk
  • Kyoto Imperial Palace - 20 min walk
  • Yasaka Shrine - 22 min walk
  • Nishiki Market - 27 min walk
  • Nijō Castle - 32 min walk
  • Kiyomizu Temple - 38 min walk
  • Heian Shrine - 1 min drive
  • Shijo Street - 6 min drive
  • Nanzen-ji Temple - 6 min drive

Getting around

  • Osaka (ITM-Itami) - 63 min drive
  • Osaka (KIX-Kansai Intl.) - 82 min drive
  • Jingu-marutamachi Station - 7 min walk
  • Sanjo Station - 18 min walk
  • Demachiyanagi Station - 20 min walk
  • Higashiyama Station - 16 min walk
  • Sanjo Keihan Station - 18 min walk
  • Shiyakusho-mae Station - 18 min walk
  • Free bus station shuttle


  • RUTUBO燻製工場 - 2 min walk
  • からふね屋珈琲熊野店 - 2 min walk
  • カレービィヤント - 3 min walk
  • EL LATINO - 3 min walk
  • カレーハウススパイシー熊野神社店 - 3 min walk

About this property

Ryokan Sawaya Honten

Ryokan Sawaya Honten puts you in a great location, within a 15-minute walk of Kyoto University and Kawaramachi Street. Also, Kiyomizu Temple and Fushimi Inari Shrine are within a short drive. Fellow travellers like the helpful staff and WiFi.


English, Japanese

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C or hotter
Follows the regional cleaning and disinfection practices of Coronavirus Guidelines (Japan)

Social distancing

Cashless transactions are available for all charges at the property
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Temperature checks available for guests
Masks available
Masks are required at the property
Hand sanitiser provided
Enhanced food service safety measures are in place
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 13 rooms
  • Arranged over 2 floors


  • Check-in time from 4:00 PM until 9:00 PM
  • Late check-in subject to availability
  • Minimum check-in age – 15
  • Check-out time is 10 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • The front desk is open daily from 7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
  • If you are planning to arrive after 9:00 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation
  • For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation
  • Meals are available by reservation only and cannot be requested after check-in.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 15
  • Minimum Spring Break check-in age is 15


  • Children (12 years old and younger) are not allowed
  • No cots (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • No on-site parking


  • Free bus station shuttle

Other information

  • Smoke-free property

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Japanese breakfast (surcharge) each morning 7:30 AM–9:00 AM

What to do

  • Bike rentals nearby


  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Umbrellas


  • Television in common areas


  • Handrails in stairwells
  • Well-lit path to entrance


  • English
  • Japanese

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • Digital TV channels
  • Flat-screen television

Home comfort

  • Climate-controlled air conditioning and heating
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)
  • Slippers
  • Window screens

Sleep well

  • Bed sheets provided

What to enjoy

  • Individually decorated

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Shower/bath combination
  • Electronic bidet
  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Towels
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Toilet paper

Stay connected

  • Desk
  • Electrical adapters/chargers
  • Free WiFi

Food and drink

  • Free bottled water
  • Fridge


  • Fusuma (room partition)
  • Guidebooks/recommendations
  • In-room safe (laptop compatible)
  • Local maps
  • Restaurant dining guide
  • Tatami (woven mat floors)
  • Tokonoma (alcove)
  • Weekly housekeeping

Special features


Public bath/onsen services include an indoor public bath and a yukata (Japanese robe). These services feature separate men's and women's areas. The ryokan bathing area is open from 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM.

Fees & policies

Mandatory fees

You'll be asked to pay the following charges by the property at check-in or check-out:
  • A city tax may be collected at the property. 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.

Optional extras

  • Japanese breakfast is offered for an extra charge of approximately JPY 2200 per person

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Personal protective equipment, including masks, will be available to guests.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitiser; cashless payment methods are available for all transactions; masks are required in public areas.

Enhanced food service safety measures are in place.

This property affirms that it follows the cleaning and disinfection practices of Coronavirus Guidelines (Japan) guidelines.


<p>The Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare requires all international visitors to submit their passport number and nationality when registering at any lodging facility (inns, hotels, motels etc). Additionally, lodging proprietors are required to photocopy passports for all registering guests and keep the photocopy on file. </p> <p>This property does not have lifts.</p><p>Guests can rest easy knowing that there's a fire extinguisher and a smoke detector on site.</p> <p>Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.</p> <p>This property accepts credit cards and cash.</p>
Japanese futons are provided based on the number of adults in the reservation.

Also known as

Ryokan Sawaya
Ryokan Sawaya Honten
Ryokan Sawaya Honten Kyoto
Sawaya Honten
Sawaya Honten Kyoto
Sawaya Honten Ryokan
Sawaya Ryokan
Sawaya Honten Hotel Kyoto
Ryokan Sawaya Honten Kyoto
Ryokan Sawaya Honten Ryokan
Ryokan Sawaya Honten Ryokan Kyoto

Frequently asked questions

Does Ryokan Sawaya Honten offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, Ryokan Sawaya Honten does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in, depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure that you check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Ryokan Sawaya Honten?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitiser, social distancing measures are in place and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Are pets allowed at Ryokan Sawaya Honten?
Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
Is parking offered on site at Ryokan Sawaya Honten?
Sorry, there's no on-site parking at Ryokan Sawaya Honten.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Ryokan Sawaya Honten?
You can check in from 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM. Check-out time is 10 AM.
What is there to do at Ryokan Sawaya Honten and nearby?
Have fun during the warmer months with activities nearby such as cycling.
What's the area around Ryokan Sawaya Honten like?
Ryokan Sawaya Honten is a short 7-minute walk from Jingu-marutamachi Station and 12 minutes' walk from Kawaramachi Street. Travellers say that this ryokan is in a good location.







Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities




10/10 Exceptional

Great staff
So amazing! Staff were always helpful, especially in negotiating a tricky Japanese website. That were always around if only to give a greeting. The night manager who dreams of going to Mexico was especially chatty which we loved. While the room cleaning took so we time, it was worth the exceptional care they put in. We’ll done all around.
Celeste, 5-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Quiet, Peaceful and Spacious
A traditional Japanese experience with a super friendly staff. The room was large and gave us plenty of space. The entire facility was spotless and very peaceful. In room bathing room and toilet were perfect, but the community bath was even better and a great way to wind down and relax at the end of each day. The location is okay, but close enough to subway station. About a 25 to 30 minute walk to the Gion district, but the entire city is acccessible by walking, subway and bus. Your phone direction app will always recommend bus or car but we made it around entire city using subway, JR line and LOTS of walking.
Steve, 4-night family trip
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8/10 Very good

The room was spacious and clean, although the one I got had many external AC units right out of the window and ended up being que noisy. Other than that, I'll recommend the hotel
Gabriela, 1-night business trip
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8/10 Very good

The staff were very friendly and helpful. There were many local restaurants close by and a handy leaflet was provided with directions. We loved the communal bath which was small but clean and pleasant. Public transport was within 5-10 minutes walk but to get to major attractions it was at least 20-30mins.
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10/10 Exceptional

Wonderful staff! This ryokan is located in an ideal area of the city. It’s short walking distance to the subway with plenty of dining options nearby. Stayed here with my family and had a wonderful stay. Would stay here again!
Bernhardt Eric, 4-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Amazing staff! Very comfortable and conveniently located.
3-night trip with friends
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10/10 Exceptional

A traditional ryokan, steps from temples on the east side of Kyoto (there is one 3 minutes walk from the door). Incredibly helpful staff. Traditional rooms. Great way to spend time in Kyoto.
Michael, 5-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

This was a truly wonderful ryokan. My room was spacious and lovely with a very comfortable futon. There were separate public baths for men and women which were also very nice and a great way to start or end the day. The staff spoke English and were very gracious.
Lynn, 4-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Phenomenal experience
We loved our stay at Ryokan Sawaya. The rooms are very spacious, which is rare in Japan, we had a lot of space! The ryokan amenities are great, especially the public baths, excellent to relax after a day of touring Kyoto. The building is clean and well preserved. The attention to details is fantastic, as everyday you get little treats like tea and cookies. The staff also was very friendly and polite. The location is convenient, close to a subway station and bus stops, and there are several restaurants nearby, but still in a quiet neighborhood. Maybe a bit distant from the most important Kyoto's landmarks, but still easy to move in the city using public transportation.
Diego, 3-night trip
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