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Overview of Ryokan Sawaya Honten

Ryokan Sawaya Honten

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

9.2/10 Superb

359 verified guest reviews

Popular amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Non-smoking
  • Air conditioning
  • Refrigerator
  • Bathtub
  • Laundry facilities
25 Kawahara-cho, Shogoin, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto, 606-8397

About this area

What's nearby

  • In Sakyo Ward
  • Kawaramachi - 22 min walk
  • Kiyomizu Temple - 40 min walk
  • Kyoto University - 1 min drive
  • Heian Shrine - 1 min drive
  • Yasaka Shrine - 6 min drive
  • Nishiki Market - 8 min drive
  • Nijō Castle - 12 min drive
  • Kyoto Imperial Palace - 12 min drive
  • Kyoto Tower - 16 min drive
  • Fushimi Inari Shrine - 21 min drive

Getting around

  • Itami Airport (ITM) - 61 min drive
  • Kansai Intl. Airport (KIX) - 82 min drive
  • Jingu-marutamachi Station - 7 min walk
  • Sanjo Station - 17 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


  • Rakuzen Kakinuma - 2 min walk
  • El Latino - 3 min walk
  • Arash's Kitchen - 4 min walk
  • Jazz Spot Yamatoya - 5 min walk
  • Zac Baran - 5 min walk

About this property

Ryokan Sawaya Honten

At Ryokan Sawaya Honten, you'll be within a 15-minute drive of Kawaramachi and Kiyomizu Temple. Fellow travelers 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/140°F or hotter
Follows 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 sanitizer 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 - 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) not allowed
  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Offsite parking nearby (JPY 1500 per night)


  • Free bus station shuttle

Other information

  • Smoke-free property

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Japanese breakfast each morning (surcharge)

What to do

  • Bicycle rentals nearby


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


  • Television in common areas


  • Handrails in stairways
  • Well-lit path to entrance


  • English
  • Japanese

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • Flat-screen television
  • Digital TV channels

Home comfort

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

Sleep well

  • Bed sheets provided

What to enjoy

  • Individually decorated

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Shower/tub combination
  • Electronic bidet
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Towels
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Toilet paper

Stay connected

  • Desk
  • Free WiFi
  • Electrical adapters/chargers

Food and drink

  • Refrigerator
  • Free bottled water


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

Special features


Public bath/onsen services include an indoor public bath (no minerals) and a yukata (Japanese robe). These services feature separate men and women 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 JPY 2200 per person (approximately)


  • Parking is available nearby and costs JPY 1500 per night

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 sanitizer; 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).


This property is managed by a professional host. The provision of housing is linked to their trade, business, or profession

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 fire extinguisher and a smoke detector on site.

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

This property accepts credit cards and cash.

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 to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
How much does it cost to stay at Ryokan Sawaya Honten?
As of Jan 25, 2023, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at Ryokan Sawaya Honten on Jan 26, 2023 start from $143, excluding taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.
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 sanitizer, 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.
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.
Are there restaurants at or near Ryokan Sawaya Honten?
Yes. Nearby restaurants include el Latino (3-min walk), Arash's Kitchen (4-min walk), and Jazz Spot Yamatoya (5-min walk).
What's the area around Ryokan Sawaya Honten like?
Ryokan Sawaya Honten is a short 7-minute walk from Jingu-marutamachi Station and 14 minutes' walk from Heian Shrine. Travelers say this ryokan is in a good location.







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Property conditions & facilities




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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10/10 Exceptional

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

Wonderful experience, enjoyed the o-furo bath and Japanese style breakfast very much! Helpful and kind staff made sure our stay was comfortable.
3-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

2-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Great experience. Traditional Japanese style service: efficient, friendly, Highly recommend.
6-night business trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Lovely Stay at a comfortable Ryokan
Comfortable and authentic Ryokan experience. We opted in for a private bathroom traditional Japanese bed type room. A very comfortable stay indeed. It’s not in an area where you can just walk to restaurants though, if that’s something is important to you, will need to consider. Not a bad location though, we used a mixture of bus, subway and taxi and was no problem at all. I’d say the public bath is quite small and not as good as some other ones we’ve stayed but fitting for the budget. I’d recommend, and will consider staying again in the future!
3-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Everyone who works there was so kind. It was a welcoming and cozy ryokan.
1-night romance trip
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