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Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Shijo

3.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

The hotel was fairly well located with easy access to public transportation and walkable to several attractions. The staff was nice, but some members were difficult to communicate with in English. The room was small and a bit dingy, but that’s fairly common in Japan. We did not find the bathroom comfortable at all. It felt like a pre-fab compartment that reminded me of an airplane cabin from the 1990s. It was poorly ventilated and there was some visible rust around the tub. We chose this hotel partially because we thought the public bath would be nice at the end of a long day on our feet- however, we never ended up using it as there are no swimsuits allowed and we did not feel like bathing naked with strangers. I realize this is common in Japan but wasn’t referenced anywhere in reviews or before we booked. Overall, the hotel was fine, but I would probably not go back. It seems more like a 3 star hotel than 4 stars.

The breakfast buffet was fantastic, the selections varied. There were western and Japanese offerings. Salad greens with optional add-ins, breads, scrambled eggs, hash browns, plain yogurt, fresh fruit, corn flakes, brown rice flakes (yum!), udon, rice porridge, miso soup, cold tofu, salmon or mackerel, tofu dumplings, natto, rice, juices, coffee, tea, milk, and numerous other items were available. Guests may help themselves to as much as they cared to eat. No carry-outs, though. The hotel will send your bags on to your next destination for a charge of about $20. Take your bags to the front desk the day before (check on time) and your bags will be at your next stop by noon the next day. Free LAN connection in rooms. 2 PC's for guests to use in the lobby. (Don't know about wi-fi.) Room was a bit cramped for 2 people, but workable. We had a double with 2 beds, which were bigger than a US twin-size bed and smaller than a US full-size bed. Subway station a few blocks away on Shijo-dori.

707-1 Myodenji-cho, Shijo-sagaru Kyoto Kyoto-fu

Hotel highlights

  • Close to Nijo Castle and Higashi Honganji Temple
  • Free WiFi and wired Internet in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining
  • Spa services

Located in Central Kyoto, Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Shijo is within a mile (2 km) of popular sights such as Nijo Castle and Higashi Honganji Temple. This 278-room, 3.5-star hotel has in-room conveniences like refrigerators, electric kettles, and flat-screen TVs. Located in central Kyoto, the hotel is also near Kyoto Imperial Palace and Kiyomizu Temple.


Enjoy a bite to eat at Otowa, the hotel's onsite restaurant. Buffet breakfast is offered for a fee each morning from 6:30 AM to 10 AM.


The 278 rooms are air-conditioned and have an array of amenities, including refrigerators, electric kettles, and safes. Guests can expect 32-inch flat-screen TVs with digital channels, along with free WiFi and wired Internet. Beds sport premium bedding and down comforters, and bathrooms offer deep soaking tubs, hair dryers, and free toiletries. In-room massages are available, and rooms also include phones.

Property features

Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Shijo offers free WiFi in public areas and spa services. Self parking is available for JPY 2000 per night. Front-desk staff can assist with dry cleaning/laundry, luggage storage, and securing valuables.

Room options

Double Room, Smoking

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Double Room, Non Smoking

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Triple Room, Smoking

TwinXL 2 | Sleeps 3

Standard Twin Room, Smoking

TwinXL 2 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

87% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 793 reviews