I stayed there for 2 nights, the owner is very friendly. There is shared toilet and Japanese style bathroom. Good price for those who want to live in traditional japanese room. And if you are lucky, you can see 2 cats (should be owner's pets) walking around the common area.
The host is very eager to help although he is a quiet man. The place is located in an alley between sanjo and shijo of Gion where Keihan Gion-shijo/sanjo station, subway sanjo station, Kyoto city bus stop all in walking distance. The place has some distance to the main shopping street so it's quiet however quite dark if you return late, better to take the torch provided in the room with you.
There are male and female toilets on G/F and one toilet on 1/F. The male and female bathrooms both located on G/F. Basically no need to wait for long to take a shower when the place is full.
The place is very clean and tidy.
This little inn was a great place to explore Kyoto from. It is in a small alley not very far away from Gion and also other forms of transportation. Taking public transport from the shinkansen station might be a little difficult, but I would recommend going via taxi. Can't remember exactly how much it was but it makes locating the inn a lot easier than going by bus.
The inn itself was very comfortable, and the host, Kazuhiko, was very helpful with getting around. Amenities in the inn included wifi, cooking utensils, a small community seating area with a large screen tv, and a vending machine with drinks located right outside the front door. Down the street, about 2-3 min. away, is a liquor store with all kinds of sake and also a vending machine for beer that is available at any time of day.
Inside, everything was very modern, even though from the outside the inn looked a little older. The bathrooms and showers were fantastic, although be aware that the showers are closed during the middle of the day due to cleaning. This wasn't a problem as the cleaning hours started around 9am or 10am, can't quite remember exactly, but we were already out and about by then. The rooms upstairs are more modern and the one room downstairs is a little older, but still comfortable.
All in all, I think for the price, location, and cleanliness/modern decor, this was a great choice if you are planning to travel to Kyoto, need a place close to Gion, and don't want to have to pay a fortune.
It is my first time to stay in an Japanese guesthouse with my friend. The owner is very friendly,polite and is active to advise us the surrounding area, guide us and stuff. The location is very convenient, we also really enjoyed walking through Shirakawa 白川 every morning to the subway. The shared bathroom and the room is cozy and clean. I will definitely recommend my friends to stay here when visiting Kyoto!
The Kiraku Inn combines in a very charming way best location (in the district of Gion) with a homey atmosphere, cleanliness and nice hostel operators, and all that for quite a reasonable price.
The rooms are extremely small, but very clean.
At full occupancy the entrance was rather crowded with all the shoes of the guests, and also the common room can become quite narrow when several people are sitting there. The location in the old renovated wooden house make the Kiraku Inn to a place with character. The operators give good tips for walks through Kyoto, nice restaurants and even take you to an Izakaya with them after work (in this case it was a staff member's birthday).
I can recommend the Gion for travelers with little money who still appreciate a good location, a good atmosphere and nice and helpful staff members.