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Karasuma Kyoto Hotel

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Really enjoyed the room. Clean, spacious and fantastic wifi service! Would definitely stay again. Thank you

The good: The location is perfect for exploring Kyoto. It's in walking distance from great restaurants and nightlife (notably, the Gion district is walking distance). It's also a perfect central base for exploring all the sights and attractions that are all over the city. The hotel is just steps away from a major subway station (shijo). There is a Starbucks and a cafe in the lobby, which is convenient. The bad: There is no Wifi in the rooms, but that is standard in Japan. The rooms are worn, the beds are rock hard, and the staff is unhelpful. Based on the quality of the room I felt we were overpaying, but really what you are paying for is location.

The only good thing this hotel has going on is its location (e.g. walking distance to Nishiki Market, Sanjo-dori, Pontocho, Gion, Shinbashi). If you are a coffee drinker, it is convenient to have a Starbucks on premise, but given the many coffee shops in Kyoto this is hardly a benefit. The staff were friendly and helpful. Placing location, the Starbucks, and a friendly staff aside, this hotel is sub-par in all ranges. The room was dirty, run down, and smelled. The beds were old, and although we didn’t see any, probably loaded with bed bugs too. We had two twin beds, and we were able to feel the springs of the mattress. The carpet was filthy. It must have been a shade of gray or yellow at one point, but we couldn’t tell because it was so stained and in desperate need of replacement. The bathroom was also dirty and moldy. To add to the negative experience, the air conditioner hardly worked and the windows were permanently closed so we couldn’t air the room out. For the price, I was expecting at a minimum a 3-star experience, not the 1-star we got. Stay away from this hotel.

Very clean; several options of restaurant on site; Starbucks on site; near to subway station

I stayed here for less than $50 usd a night .. cant beat that. But the hotel is older and nothing special that's for sure. Quite small and dingy.

The hotel is located just a few steps from one of the main subway stations in the heart of Kyoto and only a block from a main bus stop. The single room was quite small, but this is typical in Japan. It's more of a place to sleep and shower than hang out. The hotel is very nice and staff were very friendly, attentive, and spoke English. The main lobby has a shop for snacks and desserts that are well priced and a Starbucks that is open early/late. Couldn't ask for a better place and at the price it's a steal!

Karasuma Shijo, Shimogyo-ku Kyoto Kyoto-fu

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Higashi Honganji Temple
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining
  • Concierge services

Located in Central Kyoto within a short walk of Higashi Honganji Temple, Karasuma Kyoto Hotel is within a mile (2 km) of other popular sights such as Nijo Castle. This 238-room, 3-star hotel has a restaurant and a bar/lounge, along with free in-room WiFi. Kyoto Imperial Palace and Kiyomizu Temple are also nearby.


This hotel serves as home to a cocktail bar, along with a restaurant that specializes in Chinese cuisine. Start your day off with breakfast, available for a fee.


The 238 rooms are recently renovated and have an array of amenities, including refrigerators, safes, and phones. Flat-screen TVs come with satellite channels and pay movies, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi and wired Internet. Beds are dressed in down comforters and bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries. In-room massages are available, and rooms also include desks.

Property features

Renovated in 2012, Karasuma Kyoto Hotel offers free WiFi in public areas, a meeting room, and express check-in. Self parking is available for JPY 1500.00 per night. Multilingual staff at the 24-hour front desk can assist with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Additional amenities include laundry facilities, a convenience store, and a hair salon.

Room options

Twin Room, Non Smoking

Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Single Room, Non Smoking

Twin 1 | Sleeps 2

Double Room, Non Smoking

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Twin Room, Non Smoking (with Extra Bed)

Twin 2 | Sleeps 3