Toyoko Inn Kyoto Shijo-Karasuma
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This morning we got up and had our first Toyoko Inn breakfast. First, the sweetest older woman served you miso soup out of a big pot, and then you took the rest of your food (onigiri with spices, salad, pickles, and red bean buns). The woman serving spoke only a couple of words of English. She was amazing, though-if something ran out and she had …
Today was a bit of a crazy one. It was our last night at Matsubaya Ryokan, and we both ordered the Japanese breakfast again. It was a bit different today! The soup had tiny clams (or something) in it-ooops. The veggie mix was mostly mushrooms (yay for me, boo for Noah!) We had tiny fish and some kind of veggie cake. There was some kind of 'roll' …
... feines podies veure fora! Dues hores més tard, finalment arribem a l'estació de Kyoto. Havíem reservat una nit en un “hotel-càpsula” que havíem vist ... en un reality show! Es diu “Twenty kids and counting” i es tracta bàsicament d'una família dels Estats Units que tenen 20 fills i fan coses divertides tots junts, com per exemple construir la seva casa, etc. Ja se sap: Amèrica. En ...
... width are specially designed to make chirping noises as you walk on them and are thus called "nightingale" floors. This served as a warning if anyone was trying to sneak into the castle. The shogun's audience room had metal in the roof and floor so that he was safe from a ninja attack. Their swords could not penetrate the metal and stab the shogun where he was sitting. This shogun when he was 30 years old, ...
... of several different varieties of yuba - three pieces of cold yuba in different sauces, three pieces of deep fried yuba, rice with thick yuba sauce, cooked yuba with cheese and yuba covered in pickles. Bit late to discover that yuba is, in fact, revolting. Especially with the waitress insisting on standing in front of me and smiling while I ate and tried not to vomit on my plate. Ate as much as I could politely get away with and left, then headed down the road to get some ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsToyoko Inn Kyoto Shijo-Karasuma
We stayed here for 3 nights, and were quite happy. Originally we were concerned about communication but the staff spoke quite enough English to check us in/out and even for me to ask about getting a Toyoko Inn membership card (DEFINITELY do this if you are staying a few nights or coming back soon, the membership costs a small amount but then you get a discount!).
Breakfast: Not as fancy as at our ryokan (we didn't expect that, though) but very fresh, didn't seem like things were sitting around, they were constantly bringing out new stuff. We had rice balls, soup, veggies/salad, bread, little pastries. I loved it!
Rooms: small by US standards but I'm told that is common in Japan. Plenty of room for us, our baggage (which fits under the bed!). We had a little desk and a teapot. Everything was spotless. The bed was OK, not terrible but not the most comfortable I've had either.
Service: Lovely! Everyone was friendly, both the desk staff and the 'breakfast ladies.' I would stay at this location, or this chain, again!
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