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Karasuma Kyoto Hotel

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

The hotel is very well located. It offers a western and eastern breakfast buffet. The room is functional however the bathroom is an exercice in contorsion especially if you are over 6 feet tall. I can live with all that but not having a night of good sleep because you have no control on the thermostat is not enjoyable. We are in November and it is unusually warm. The room is at 29C at night. We can not open the window. Even if it meant listening to the busy street with a police and ambulance station leaving at all hours of the night we would open it but no can do. Very unfortunate because the staff is nice.

Centrally located, typical modern hotel, rooms small but adequate, safe fridge, kettle, fridge green tea only, free wifi. Bathroom a massive 4 foot square, but even at 6'2" I didn't really have a problem. Breakfasts standard buffet style perfectly OK but nothing special. Staff very friendly and helpful almost literally falling over each other to help. Public transport links nearby , otherwise around 30 minute walk to more touristy places. A good place for a base camp.

My room was tiny, my 2 mates single rooms were tiny too. There was not enough room to open a double sided suitcase unless you did it on the single bed, then closed it up again and put it away (we all had single rooms). You were better off living out of your overnight bag during your stay. Each of our rooms had a small ensuite, desk chair and TV. Having said that the staff were friendly and the rooms clean. We wanted non smoking but it was obvious smokers had been in the room, luckily we could open our windows to try and air them out. The location was the benefit, with a short walk to various Kyoto sights including the incredible foodies Nishiki Market and it was easy to find your way back as their was a Starbucks at the bottom of the hotel. It was also a short walk to shops like Diamaru, Benetton, and Tokyo Hands and lots and lots of great restaurants. We did enjoy the buffet breakfasts at the Hotel with plenty on offer to choose from and you could ask for an omelet to be cooked for you or poached eggs if you wanted. Overall the size of the hotel rooms weren't flash but the staff lovely and the location was great.

The hotel´s location could not be better. There is a subway station just beside the hotel and a Starbucks for those that do not like Japanese style breakfast. The hotel is located in a very good avenue where you can find good restaurants and other food options. A block away of the main shopping neighborhood of Kyoto and two subway stations of the main attractions in the city (Imperial Palace and Kyoto´s Tower). The service is outstanding as service generally is in Japan, no parallel with other countries. The breakfast is very good, offering continental and american style breakfast. There are two very good restaurants in the hotel. The room is ample with a lot of space, reminding american hotels (this is not very common in Japan). Furniture and carpet could be renewed, this is the only low pint of this hotel. I would stay there again is visiting Kyoto one more time.

We had a good sized twin room on the 5th floor at the front of the hotel (2524). It was of a modern design with a sofa, table and green tea available (no coffee) in the room. The hotel was very well located near to a Metro station and within easy walking of the central major shops and indoor market area. Breakfast had a reasonable choice of both local and international dishes. We did not have dinner at the hotel as there were many local restaurants nearby. Overall we would recommend as a good base for touring Kyoto.

The entrance to the Karasuma Kyoto Hotel is a little understated, so look for the Starbucks next to the entrance and then you’ve found it! It is very easy to get to from Kyoto Station – just take the Karasuma subway line two stops to Shijo. The reception staff is friendly, fast and efficient. The room was on a high floor so it was quiet. Like all hotels in Japan, rooms are very compact. The bed had one side to the wall. The bathroom was incredibly compact but comes with a bath tub (small but deep) and all the toiletries you may need (comb, toothbrush/past, razor, etc). There is a large television (with western news channels too), fridge, kettle, green tea sachets and a complimentary bottle of water daily. There is no wardrobe space but you’ll be used to that in Japan! Breakfast is available for an additional fee, but there are many places nearby to get food in the mornings, and plenty of local convenience stores to stock up the fridge with yoghurts, fruit, beers, etc. Being right outside a subway station made it easy to get to all the sights in the city, and the hotel is perfectly positioned for walking to many of them too. A great choice for a 4-night stay.

The hotel offers connection by subway to Kyoto main station by Karasuma line and other train connections. It is located very close to Nishiki market and several shopping malls and at walking distance of Gion. The staff is very kind and ready to serve their hosts. Rooms are clean and offer 3 bed if needed. A good choice.

Lovely, clean hotel with a rather small entrance - which I actually missed a few times. Very comfortable hotel in a great location. Walking distance to the shopping precinct, train stations nearby, and to popular tourist attractions. Staff were really helpful. Would definitely stay there again.

At Shijo Karasuma metro station take exit 4 with the lift and you are 20 m away from the hotel entrance, next to Starbucks. I booked a tour with Japanican and was given a one person very small room. The bathroom was a small cube 1,5 m x 2 m, 1,9 m high. For a westerner that is pretty small. Even smaller than an Ibis bathroom. After one night I was given a japanese room (thank you very much) because of a persistent lift gong on the 5th floor for blind people. This room was very large with a small hall and a bath tube. Personnel's English is not very fluent, but they try to be helpful. Breakfast buffet (western and japanese) at 21.000 yen (more than 20 box) is overpriced. Most warm dishes were just lukewarm. There were only 3 english speaking channels and about 5 japanese channels on the tv. No gym facility. Lots of restaurants and small 7/11 shops in the neighbourhood. Would be a 3 stars in Europe.

The room I stayed in at the Karasuma Kyoto was small. I would say it's smaller than a cruise cabin. However, the room was comfortable and clean. The bathroom was small and the tub a bit high, but it was useful and the staff cleaned every day. It was convenient as it was located close to the Gion district, Kyoto station, shops and restaurants. The bar downstairs wasn't bad and the breakfast buffet was decent. The hotel staff are friendly and helpful. I will say that the wifi in the room was a bit spotty, but it was still good. I enjoyed my stay here.

Karasuma Shijo, Shimogyo-ku Kyoto Kyoto-fu

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Higashi Honganji Temple
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining
  • 24-hour front desk

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 2 restaurants and a bar/lounge, along with free in-room WiFi. Kyoto Imperial Palace and Kiyomizu Temple are also nearby.


Enjoy dining at one of 2 onsite restaurants including Toh-Lee Chinese, which specializes in Chinese cuisine. At the end of the day, relax with a drink at the bar/lounge. For your convenience, breakfast is available for a fee.


The 238 rooms are recently renovated and have an array of amenities, including refrigerators, phones, and desks. 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. Limited housekeeping is available.

Property features

Guests of Karasuma Kyoto Hotel enjoy free WiFi in public areas, a meeting room, and a hair salon. Self parking is available for JPY 1500.00 per night. Multilingual staff at the 24-hour front desk can assist with dry cleaning/laundry, luggage storage, and securing valuables.

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

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

74% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 607 reviews