Small rooms, coma-inducing beds, Millenium Falcon toilets, these seem to be the standard with Japanese business hotels and this one was no exception.
According to my Japanese friend Tom, Toyoko Inn is one of the biggest and most popular business hotel chains in Japan, with over 300 hotels across the country. Staying for two weeknights at their Gojo-Karasuma branch in Kyoto, I made the reservation through Booking.com and paid ¥6,980 per night in May 2014. Not bad, especially for Japan, and a good value for your money.
As mentioned up top, the rooms are small but a good size for couples or single travelers. The bed is very comfortable and the amenities complete. Apart from the vending machines in the lobby where you can buy bottled water, juice, coffee, even beer, there’s also a Family Mart right next door for your convenience.
Location-wise, I’m not too sure if it’s the best, but it isn’t bad either. It’s around a 30-45 minute walk to Kyoto station, with plenty of bus stops and subway stations nearby.
Workstation. A little cramped, but complete.
Not as many features as the toilet at Best Western, but still pretty awesome.
Toyoko Inn Kyoto Gojo-Karasuma
393 Gojo-Karasumacho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 600-8418, Japan
Tel: +81 7-5344-1045
Approximate Room Rate: ¥6,980 per night (as of May 2014)
Check-out: Until 10AM
HOW TO GET THERE:
Take the Hankyu Kyoto line to Karasuma station. The hotel is about a 5-minute walk from there. CLICK HERE for more information.
For more Kyoto travel tips, check out our First-Timer’s Travel Guide to Kyoto, Japan
For travel tips to Osaka, check out our First-Timer’s Travel Guide to Osaka, Japan
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