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1 room, 2 adults

Ryokan Sawaya Honten, Kyoto

3-star3 stars
25 Kawahara-cho, Shogoin, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto, 606-8397, Japan

3-star ryokan, convenient to Kyoto University
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Wellness Area
Great wellness & sports facilities
Great room
Food is all right

Ryokan Sawaya Honten, Kyoto

from $124
  • Traditional Room, Refrigerator (for 1-2 Guests)
  • Traditional Room, Refrigerator (for 3-5 Guests)

What’s around Ryokan Sawaya Honten, Kyoto


  • In Sakyo Ward
  • Kyoto University - 1 min walk
  • Heian Shrine - 14 min walk
  • Kawaramachi - 22 min walk
  • Kyoto Imperial Palace - 23 min walk
  • Yasaka Shrine - 23 min walk
  • Nishiki Market - 28 min walk
  • Nijō Castle - 39 min walk

Getting around

  • Kansai Intl. Airport (KIX) - 82 min drive
  • Itami Airport (ITM) - 60 min drive
  • Jingu-marutamachi Station - 6 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

At a glance

Key facts


  • 13 rooms
  • Arranged over 2 floors


  • Check-in time 4:00 PM-9:00 PM
  • Check-out time is 10 AM
The front desk is open daily from 6:00 AM - midnight. If you are planning to arrive after 9:00 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation.

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

Travelling with others


  • Children (12 years old and younger) not allowed

  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms

Payment types at the property

  • Cash

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

At the property

Food and drink
  • Cooked-to-order breakfast daily (surcharge)
Things to do
  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Concierge services
  • Laundry facilities
  • Free newspapers in lobby
  • Luggage storage
  • Television in common areas
  • Handrails in stairways
Languages Spoken
  • English
  • Japanese

In the room

Home comforts
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning)
  • Slippers
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)
Freshen up
  • Shower/tub combination
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
Be entertained
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Digital TV channels
Stay connected
  • Desk
  • Free WiFi
  • Free local calls
Food and drink
  • Refrigerator
  • Free bottled water
  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe (laptop compatible)

Special features


Public bath/onsen services include an indoor public bath (no mineral springs) and a yukata (Japanese robe). These services feature separate men and women areas. The ryokan bathing area is open from 6:00 AM to 8:00 AM.

Ryokan Sawaya Honten, Kyoto’s small print

Also known as

  • Ryokan Sawaya
  • Ryokan Sawaya Honten Ryokan
  • Ryokan Sawaya Honten Ryokan Kyoto
  • 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


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

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.

This property does not have elevators.

Guests can rest easy knowing there's a smoke detector on site.

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; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitizer.

Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.

Mandatory fees

You’ll be asked to pay the following charges at check-in or check-out:

  • 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

Optional extras

Parking is available nearby and costs JPY 1500 per night

Cooked-to-order breakfast is offered for an extra charge of JPY 2200 per person (approximately)

We have included all charges provided to us by this property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.

FAQs for Ryokan Sawaya Honten, Kyoto

  • Does Ryokan Sawaya Honten offer free cancellation for a full refund?
    Yes, Ryokan Sawaya Honten does have fully refundable rooms available to book on our site, which can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
  • Are pets allowed at Ryokan Sawaya Honten?
    Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
  • What are the check-in and check-out times at Ryokan Sawaya Honten?
    You can check in from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Check-out time is 10 AM.
  • Are there restaurants at or near Ryokan Sawaya Honten?
    Yes. Nearby restaurants include BOULANGERIE quatre saisons (1-min walk), からふね屋珈琲店 熊野店 (2-min walk), and てらこや (2-min walk).

Recent reviews

Exceptional 9.4 From 144 reviews

Fair 4.0
The hotel is clean. However the location is
Lisa, us2 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
Kyoto trip
It was amazing stay in Kyoto. Place was clean and service given were excellent. The location is slightly far from the main strip but once we found the bus schedule we managed. Breakfast was delicious but was pricey.
Carrie, us5 night trip with friends
Exceptional 10.0
This hotel was a full Ryokan experience. The owner was so nice and helpful and the hotel was very clean.
Katie, us1 night trip with friends
Exceptional 10.0
Very spacious room, which for Japan is a big plus, clean and nice in the Ryokan style of accommodation.
us4 night romance trip
Exceptional 10.0
Excellent ryokan with fantastic service
I loved to two night stay at Sowaya which was my first time visiting Kyoto. The gentleman at the reception (might be the owner?) was lovely and did everything he could to make my stay comfortable. Spoke good English and helped answer many of my tourist questions, even helped me flag a taxi to the train station. The area and location is safe and the ryokan is very well kept, clean and decorated nicely. I got a private bathroom to avoid having to do the public bath which I was happy about but others may like the public bath experience.
Michelle, us2 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
Incredible hotel in Kyoto!
What an incredible little ryokan in Kyoto! I never stayed at a ryokan before, and thought to give it a try in Kyoto. Wow, it's better than any of the western hotel I have stayed at all. The staff including the owner and the night front desk staff both spoke good English. They are polite, eager to know the customers, and very helpful showing how to get around Kyoto. The room is much bigger and more comfortable than the western hotels I stayed around Japan. I love the fact that there is a separate shower, sink, and toilet area. The hotel room is immaculate, and well stocked with amenities such as toiletries, socks, bathrobe, and slippers. The staff refill the hot water for coffee and tea daily, and refill/rotate out the different tea cookies. There is a good size and again immaculate onsen on the first floor. This ryokan is incredible for it's value, one would pay much more for the same service, personal attention, and hospitality for a western hotel. The hotel is also centrally located on the east side of the city, and very convenient to visit many sites. It was the perfect stay!
us2 night trip with friends
Exceptional 10.0
Wonderful food and stay.
The breakfast was amazing and the workers are very nice. I had a great time there 😄
Lena, us2 night romance trip
Very Good 8.0
Nice location, friendly staff and quiet room.
It was our first and second night in Japan so we were more than a little tired. The inn was very quiet and comfortable. We did not purchase the meals so can't comment. The Japanese bath was lovely!
Lisa, usFamily trip
Exceptional 10.0
Great place to stay in Kyoto
We had a very relaxing stay. The ryokan is convenient to shopping and the sights in Higashiyama
Jenny, us3 night romance trip
Exceptional 10.0
Wonderful experience, enjoyed the o-furo bath and Japanese style breakfast very much! Helpful and kind staff made sure our stay was comfortable.
ie3 night family trip

Ryokan Sawaya Honten, Kyoto

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