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0.11km from Taiko Manju KyotaroIt felt like a SCAM. I advise you not to stay there. The welcoming was very enthusiastic. We arrived late at night after a long train ride from Tokyo and also still tired because of the jetlag. It was our first stay when arriving in Japan for 2,5 weeks. I am very sorry to say that the next morning I realised that the place was actually not a nice one. And time passing, it actually felt like a SCAM. Now that I go back through the trip advisor reviews, I see that the good reviews are from 2014… - I was expecting a high standard taken into account the price: 129 000 JPY for 3 nights. I do not mind paying so much as far as the location and the price are worth it. Here the high price is due to (1) overpriced anyway and (2) calculated not per room but per person and we were 3 - The house lacks maintenance. Very old. The painting really needs to be refreshed – so old that it actually looks dirty. And this for everything: walls, bathroom, wardrobes etc. - No Japanese inner garden where to relax - The onsen (bath) is only open from 4 pm till 7 pm. Strange as I discover later that actually guest used to go the the Bath in the morning and shower there instead of in their private bathroom - Mostly we came at 10 pm back from evening dinner. The owner never gave a remark as such but always told us he was glad we are back so he can go to sleep as he wakes up early in the morning. And asking if the next day we would take half – pension at the Ryokan. From all the information gathered, Kyoto seemed to be the city where you should stay in a Ryokan. We were really looking forward staying at the Sanga Ryokan, run by a Japanese family and very well located in Kyoto. It was our first night when arriving in Japan for 2,5 weeks. We told the owner it when checking out that it was quite expensive for what we got. He laughed and told us this is normal, this is Japan. While travelling around I can definitely tell you that the Ryokan Sanga does not meet the price / quality level of Japan. It’s just so much overprized, a real tourist trap. And tourist traps are totally NOT common in Japan, on the contrary. Not only disappointed, I really feel like I have been cheated. And during the rest of the trip I was checking everything suspiciously.