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Newest reviews for Guest House Rakuen

  • Anonymous
      South Korea
    August 15, 2014

    Staff are nice and sociable Located in a good area

    You've to pay to take a shower... It supposed that they've a common area with tables, but it's almost used for the staff all the time


  • Anonymous
    August 10, 2014


    staff was really rude and weird when you don't speak Japanese No place to hang out unless you want to sqeeze in between the staff and their friends the fishpond was dirty - poor fish...


  • Arman
    August 6, 2014

    Great location Great deal for that price Staff was good

    Old building, not that Clean


  • Oliver
    June 2, 2014

    I absolutely love this place! The staff members are like a big family, very friendly and funny! This was my second stay at Rakuen and both times I had an awesome experience. The best hostel in the world for me, no doubt. I can recommend it to anyone who likes to get involved in local culture or just wants to have a great time!



  • Anonymous
      South Korea
    May 23, 2014

    Awesome atmosphere!


  • Anonymous
    May 7, 2014

    I liked that the staff were friendly and it was just a hangout for them and their friends.

    I didn't like that the rooms were all connected and people staying in other rooms had to walk through mine to get to the common areas. Nor did I like that the rooms had as many futons as the number of tatami mats which left no room for walking around or putting your luggage somewhere. If you require privacy, I don't recommend this guest house. But if you are okay with everything being open and shared, then it's not bad.


  • Jiaxian
    April 30, 2014

    People are very nice.

    The floor is a little dirty and sticky. Need to pay money for shower. I think this should be for free in guesthouse. Only one shower room and need to wait a long time to use it.


  • Brendan
    April 23, 2014

    Everyone was so welcoming. I felt like part of a family.


  • Anonymous
    April 22, 2014

    The staffs are friendly and helpful

    The smoking area is just next to the room, feeling so uncomfortable with the smells all of the time.


  • Anonymous
    April 21, 2014

    Good place to hang out, join the dinner and spend time with the people working here and the other people joining for dinner. Good ambiance, good place for meeting others - Japanese locals as well as travelers.


  • Maria
    April 20, 2014

    Bathroom was always clean. It was close to subway and and bus stops. Kitchen was also clean and with all facilities to cook. They also have a washing machine and Wi-Fi worked well.

    No lockers and the dorm was small for 5 people. Our room was not in a good location right next to the kitchen and the smoking room so it was noisy.


  • Anonymous
    April 16, 2014

    Friendly staffs and homey feeling. No curfew, big shower room, beautiful toilets and warm.

    No English sign at the door make it hard to find. No map provided so I will have to use my lonely planet guidebook and computer to navigate the whole Kyoto. The place is quite a mess too. Female dorms situated next to the kitchen and common area so you heard people cooking at 11.30pm and 6am, staffs knocked the door and went into the dorm to clear dustbin at 12.30am (?!), staffs and guests having party til 2am, everything. It's good that you can join their dinner for 500yen but which means if you dont, you have to avoid cooking between 6.30-7.30pm as the kitchen will be occupied. And first time in Japan I will have to pay 100yen for using the shower room in a guesthouse.


  • Cheu
    April 9, 2014

    good location although a bit difficult to find on the first day. good and very friendly staffs. Interesting to stay with different people from all over the world

    no privacy and many people sharing one bath room but this is normal and acceptable for staying in this kind of hostel.


  • Nuttapoom
    April 5, 2014

    Family-like that what I like


  • Anonymous
    March 22, 2014

    Helpful staff, Homey atmosphere. Indy decoration

    Poor lighting, Dirt everywhere, No English sign at the front. The place was crowded by staff's friend, I didn't even have a place to sit and take off my shoes.


  • Luis
    November 30, 2013

    It was extremely dirty and untidy. Staff did not take care of the facilities or the guests. I would never come back to this place.


  • Koen
    October 15, 2013

    I went there for the Ryoken expercience and that was quite positive. The laundry facility was exactly what I needed, since I could hang my laud\ndry to dry.


  • Stijn
    August 22, 2013

    This is one of the best guesthouses we've stayed so far. The staff was so friendly and helpful and everyday we sat together around the common table in the small living room, laughing, chatting or enjoying the performance of a visiting magician. The whole place had just a very nice "home feeling", where everyone is accepted and made part of the family. A wonderful place to stay when looking for budget-friendly accommodation in Kyoto!

    There was not really anything we did not like, except perhaps the intense heatwave, but that's obviously not Rakuen guesthouse's fault!


  • Ketil
    August 20, 2013

    Free shampoo etc; great people and very social; cozy little house

    Slept by an open window and got some mosquito bites.


  • Anonymous
    August 19, 2013

    Summer - No A/C


  • Anonymous
      United Kingdom
    July 30, 2013

    The staff were very friendly and helpful. There are regularly meals cooked by staff which can be eaten for very little money (and maybe some washing up)

    It was quite difficult to find as I don't speak Japanese but I asked a local and they pointed me in the right direction


  • Anonymous
    July 15, 2013

    Most of the other guests were Japanese backpackers.

    No air condition.


  • Arnaud
    July 14, 2013

    The real plus is being with the japanese staff ( some can talk english ) as he house is rather small they are akways hanging around. They do evening meal all together along with some friends so if you want to meet japanese people, that's a perfect place and a friendly atmosphere.

    Small house makes privacy a little difficult but nothing overwhelming. 100 yens for a shower ?


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