September 19, 2014

The room itself was very nice traditional Japanese room with tatami matte.

The room itself was very nice traditional Japanese room with tatami matte. Took me a while to find the hostel and I finally showed up at the wrong building (they have three different locations in this area) but they provided a free shuttle to get me to the right wing. It is a super calm place and every noise you make will be noticed, but everybody was self aware so I didn't had any noise issues. There's a shared public bath and a private one. It's a nice place, just a bit remote and boring.

From Canada
Sept. '14
Stayed at Homeikan, Tokyo

September 10, 2014

Amazing service and clean room.

We stayed here one night to be close to the nightlife in Osaka before we ventured to Kyoto the next day. The front desk was very helpful and thorough with all of our requests. We got a little lost as we didn't realize that we needed to make a right as soon as we came out of exit 2 at nipponbashi station. You'll have to walk across Nippon bridge (nipponbashi) and make an immediate left and you will see a blue sign with white letters for kaneyoshi ryokan. We got the river view which was nice but the area can get a little loud from the weekend partying; we had the air conditioner on through the night to drown out the noise. Yes the furniture is a little outdated but everything was clean and in order so that was fine.

The Japanese style breakfast was quite tasty but for those who aren't used to eating breakfast or eating only a light western breakfast (e.g., toast and coffee) you should maybe bypass getting the breakfast option with your room. The bedding on the floor was fine for me but a little too hard for my boyfriend. The room was a good size and I enjoyed wearing the yukata provided. Unfortunately I wasn't able to check out the shared bath on the 6th floor. The ladies who work here were very hospitable and hard working. Note that they lock the ryokan at 1am for safety reasons.

Our stay was great and I would stay here again!

From USA
Jul. '14
Stayed at Kaneyoshi Ryokan, Namba Dotombori, Osaka.

September 4, 2014

From Switzerland

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Aug. '14
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Has everything you need!

Really nice and clean hostel. Has everything you need! Very nice staff too!

From Denmark
Aug. '14
Stayed at Homeikan, Tokyo

August 21, 2014

It was an incredible experience.

We stayed here just for one night. It was an incredible experience. Highly recommended! We did some research about onsens and this was one of the few that allowed people with tattoos to their onsen. The staff was very nice and very accommodating. A free shuttle picked us up from the train station and we left our bags in the lobby while we checked out the monkey park (which is next door) and the bamboo forest. The kaizeki meal was really beautiful.. and very delicious. The hot mineral water felt great, and the complementary yuzu juice in the spa was a nice added touch. Breakfast was also great! Arashiyama is a very cute little town and its only about a 20 minute trip from Kyoto. We loved our stay!

From U.S.A.
June '14
Stayed at Hanaikada, Kyoto Arashiyama Onsen.

From France

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Aug. '14
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August 7, 2014

Wonderful Arashiyama Experience.

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From U.S.A.
May '14
Stayed at Hanaikada, Kyoto Arashiyama Onsen.

The rooms were large and the futons very good.

This ryokan lies in a very nice & quiet neighborhood away from the main tourist hubs. The rooms were large and the futons very good. I think the place could need a make-over to modernize the facilities (communal bath, washing areas, toilets).

From Netherlands
Jul. '14
Stayed at Homeikan, Tokyo

July 25, 2014

Thank you from Denmark.

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June '14
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A home away from home in Downtown Osaka.

We started our trip in Japan in Osaka and the Hotel was our base for 5 days. Ultra friendly staff, clean room, great service! Even gave us farewell gifts, as well as advice on securing tickets on the Shinkansen down to Hiroshima and back up to Tokyo. Based in the entertainment sector of Osaka, very close to tourist spots, train stations, shopping and restaurants. All in all a great place, a welcome introduction to the great city of Osaka and will definitely stay there again!

From Australia
Jul. '14
Stayed at Kaneyoshi Ryokan, Namba Dotombori, Osaka.

July 11, 2014

It was an incredible experience.

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From U.S.A.
Mar. '14
Stayed at Hanaikada, Kyoto Arashiyama Onsen.

Very friendly staff and the place itself is beautiful.

A little hard to find but great location otherwise. Very friendly staff and the place itself is beautiful.

From Canada
Jul. '14
Stayed at Homeikan, Tokyo

June 27, 2014

Wonderful Japanese Hotel, highlight of our tour!!

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Just 25 minutes from the snow monkeys, an easy walk too, and above the small village, which had a great Sake store that has been there for over a century.
Then there was the food which was faultless and delicious and presented in such amazing Japanese chests, delicate porcelain and individual steamers with so many interesting dishes for each meal.. we were so impressed! by far the best food we had over our 10 day stay.
I heartily recommend it to anyone it was a beautiful location, great to stay at and very good value with both our breakfast and dinner included in the cost. with the amount of food you barely needed lunch during the day too! Try it out it's absolutely brilliant!!

From Melbourne, Australia
May '14
Stayed at Jinpyokaku, Kanbayashi Onsen, Nagano.

Great dinning and sightseeing in center of Osaka which is all walking distance.

Stayed for 4 nights with two small children. Located in center of Osaka. Getting there is not too difficullt with map and direction from kansai airport. Great dinning and sightseeing in center of Osaka which is all walking distance. You can do day trip to Kyoto(we did) or Kobe. Free wifi and public bath open till midnight which we used everyday after long day of walking and walking. So much eating and drinking options around ryokan. view of the river was great with cup of green tea. English speaking staff are very helpful and professional. Staff prepare your bed and clean up. Much better than typical tiny Japanese hotel rooms. Would recommend highly and return myself. Only thing was we had to pay for our children stay when reservation make it look like room rate included children but extra charge was not rediculous.

From South Korea
June '14
Stayed at Kaneyoshi Ryokan, Namba Dotombori, Osaka.

June 12, 2014

Thank you from Switzerland.

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From Switzerland
June '14
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We loved our stay at Homeikan and can't recommend it highly enough.

We loved our stay at Homeikan and can't recommend it highly enough. Here are a few things that we particularly enjoyed: - The amazing staff who were so friendly and nothing was too much trouble for them (they even drove our suitcases between buildings when we had to move rooms) - The traditional feel of the place - The complimentary yukata robes (which can also be bought as souvenirs/presents) - The comfortable futon beds - The traditional Japanese breakfast - The large luxurious baths.

From England
June '14
Stayed at Homeikan, Tokyo

May 30, 2014

The staff is very respectful and very friendly.

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After being shown to our room, we were served Green tea (ocha) in the tea ceremony style, with the green tea powder, and the whisk etc. Dinner was magnificent. Our dinner on the second night was completely different to the first night- same with breakfast. I think most people must just stay one night, as at breakfast, most people were being served what we had on our first morning.
I found the thin futon on the tatami gave me a stiff back the next day, but of course, the massage chair and the onsen fixed that.
The whole place is spotlessly clean, but it is not smoke free- and the smell of cigarette smoke can waft through the public areas. The onsen on the roof is newer, and has a great view of the river and the town.
I think Hanaikada offers very good value for money- we paid more in Tokyo for such a meal alone- without accommodation and breakfast.

From Australia
Apr. '14
Stayed at Hanaikada, Kyoto Arashiyama Onsen.

The room is very traditional.

Little English but they do everything for make you happy, the ryokan it's nice, not too small and very clean, the water in bath is perfect, and the room is very traditional, is close to everywhere, a lot of young people walking every day, many restaurants, stores, bars, closed..by foot in 3 or 4 minutes you are in the middle of the action.

From U.S.A.
Apr. '14
Stayed at Kaneyoshi Ryokan, Namba Dotombori, Osaka.

May 15, 2014

Thank you from Hong Kong.

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From Hong Kong
May '14
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Very traditional and relaxing hostel.

Very traditional and relaxing hostel. The staff really helped us to find whatever we needed. It is a bit of distance from Tokyo centre, but a great experience!

From Australia
Apr. '14
Stayed at Homeikan, Tokyo