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Kyoto is the former capital of Japan and, according to many sources, the most beautiful city in the whole country. Despite this, it is not necessarily very easy to navigate so you will generally have to dig deeper than usual to find the most beautiful and spiritual places, but it is definitely worth it. The city is teeming with culture, and many, many backpackers visit Kyoto hostels every year to see the magnificent temples and parks. Kyoto is home to over 1.4 million people.
There are many ways to reach Kyoto. Flying is a common option (although the nearest airport is Osaka - Kansai), the Shinkansen (the famous bullet train) is another. There are also more conventional trains available, and the city is also served by a comprehensive bus network. Overnight buses are probably the cheapest budget option, if you are traveling from further away, like Tokyo.
Although Japan is often referred to as an expensive country to visit, it does not necessarily have to be. Hostels in Kyoto, for example, are of good quality and the prices are reasonable. If you shoot for the cheapest option, go for the dorm beds, which will set you back about 15-20 US dollars per night. Depending on the season, Kyoto hostels are often fully booked, so be prepared to reserve a space in advance.
When traveling inside the city, the public transport system is your best option. Although biking is generally a great option, bear in mind that it is a huge city so if you plan to bike from your Kyoto hostel try to avoid the high traffic areas and you should be fine.
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J-Hoppers Kyoto Guest House
"J-Hoppers Kyoto Guest House is a very clean hostel, perfect for spending a few nights in Kyoto. It is not located near the more historically interesting neighbourhoods, but the distance is very walkable. The Location The hostel is located a short distance away from the Kyoto train station, which is the main tourist entrance point in the city, as there is no airport in Kyoto. It is convenient to be able to walk from and to the train...
Tour Club Kyoto
"The Location Tour Club Kyoto is located very close to Kyoto Train Station. It is an easy, ten-minute walk if you print out the directions and follow them -- if you do not pay attention, you might walk by since the street on which it is located is a very small side street with not much traffic. This makes it great for a good night of sleep, since there is no traffic noise. Besides to being very close to the train station you have a...
Hostel Kyotokko - Kyoto Cheapest Inn
"Excellent value for money - At 1200 Yen if you bring your sleeping bag (2200 if you want a mattress) hard to beat on price. Dont expect anything in "gaijin"-size though. The three showers on the ground floor are so narrow that its difficult to turn around in if you are 1,80 m. The dorm has a bit of a displaced-persons camp of the kind they had after the war: Sheets and cardboard separating the bunks. Luggage lockers available. Meticulously...
"We stayed at this hostel in October 2005 and we loved it. The atmosphere is nice and relaxed. The staff are -- though with language problems -- very helpful. It's possible to rent bikes which makes getting around Kyoto a lovely experience. Piece of cake! The hostel was basic but very clean and with some nice decorative touches to the place. If you are looking for a cheap good-value-for-money tatami-experience in wonderful Kyoto book this...
Backpackers Hostel K's House Kyoto
"Backpackers Hostel K's House Kyoto is a quiet hostel, centrally located, and perfect for spending a few nights in Kyoto. It is not a very social hostel, but this has been our experience in most, if not all, Japanese hostels. The Location K's House is centrally located, near the subway, and the distance to the main train station is walkable. There are a few convenience stores in the area, but it is a short walk to find restaurants or...
Kyoto Utano Youth Hostel
"Best hostel stay I have had so far - I stayed there in June 2004. the staff were brilliant, they even put on a trip to watch fireflies in the evening. Had a great time there. The hostel is not in the centre of Kyoto but is well worth the bus ride. I hope to stay there again soon." … "Utano is by far one of the best youth hostels in Japan. I traveled from one end of the country to the other visiting many hostels and I always compared...
Guest House Bola-Bola
"Guest House Bola-Bola offers dormitory facilities in a traditional Japanese style. The Location Bola-Bola is located in western Kyoto, just steps from a bus stop, across the road from the Randen streetcar station, and a few minutes' walk from the JR Uzumasa Station. It is a quiet area of Kyoto, with only a few restaurants and small shops nearby, but offers easy access by public transport to the main sights (many of which are in western...
"Can't find enough good things to say about this hostel! - My cousin and I stayed at Sayoko's Nishijin Kanouya hostel for five days in September and it was just wonderful. Sayoko is a charming, thoughtful, gentle person who genuinely wants to share his home and love of Kyoto with visitors from all around the world. Anyone wanting a warm and friendly traditional place to stay should visit. Whatever you want to do, Sayoko has a suggestion. Need...
Bakpak Kyoto Hostel
"… ." … "… a JR /keihan line Ticket from the vending machine at the sation.) Kyoto Nara Line Tofukuji Station Shijo(Keihan) Station From Exit # 1 - Shijo Keihan Station . The hostel is just right in front of the Shijo Keihan Station Exit # 1 From Exit # 6 - Shijo Keihan Station . From the Exit make 2 lefts and its about 1 minute walk to the hostel 2: HANKYU...
"… some cheap cafes and restaurants. So by staying here, you can spend as little as possible. Also, there is a coin loundry nearby. This hostel is no smoking, so if you want, please go outside and smoke. Also, we accept cash only and do not accept credit card. Check-in time is between 4pm and 11pm and after that receptiuon willl be closed. So if you feel that you might not be able to come here until 11pm, I recommend you to look...
Guest House Yahata
"… (attic) room on 3rd floor. You have to use the steep stairs when you stay in this room. Please check the photos. If you are old man or the disabled people, it will be unsuitable for your stay. And we will refuse stay of kids and baby. Also you can take other breakfast at 50%discount price at our affiliated coffee shop if you hope better breakfast. Please check menu and price at photos. When you arrive at Kyoto in the morning...
"… sleep for everyone. We kindly request to keep quiet between 23:00pm and 8:00am in the entire building as well as the neighbouring area. For your cancellation request (also any changes in your booking details), please inform us by email at least 7 days in advance. On this website, we DO NOT accept group bookings with more than 3 people . Please contact us directly if you would like to make a group booking. Check-in time is...
Bakpak Gion Hostel
"… and more all waiting to give you a warm welcome. Discover the ancient capital of Japan and experience the rich 1000 year history of one of Japan's oldest cities. Known as the cultural capital of Japan it is the Mecca for Buddhism, Tea Ceremony, Kabuki, Ikebana Flower Arrangement, and Traditional Japanese Cuisine: Tofu, Kaiseki, Sweets, Green Tea, Architecture, Machiya (Traditional Japanese houses),Kimono, Geisha Districts, Bamboo...
Tomato Kyoto Station Hostel
"… distance of several major attractions including the following: Kyoto tower .7 min walk 100yen-shop .7 min walk Big camera shop .5 min walk Umekoji Park .5 min walk Kyoto Central Market .15 min walk Five Storied Pagoda, Toji Temple .10 min walk Awashimado temple .30 sec walk Our check in time is 16:00-21:00 Dormitory 2200yen PrivateA (with A/C) 3600yen (Single), 2900yen (Twin), PrivateB (with A/C and TV) 3900yen (Single),...
Sparkling Dolphins Inn Kyoto
"Pretty ordinary - We stayed only one night at this place before bailing for a better option on the other side of the station. The hostel is close to the train station, but it's not the most convenient side for access to local trains and buses. It's much more convenient to be on the eastern side of the station. We were in a cramped 10 bed dorm, which was placed right next to the common room, kitchen, and bathroom, so there was constant noise....
"… hold your luggage if necessary but we cannot store valuables.) Check-out time: 10:00. Please let us know in advance if you would like to lengthen your stay. Curfew: We do not have a curfew or lock-out time. ?Cancellation policy & charges: Please pay in full the charges for your stay upon arrival. Please note that in the case a guest does not check in and we have not received any prior notice until 20:00 on the day of the expected...
Kyoto Guest House The Earthship
"… 0" … "… for 4 people (using loft space) and 2 rooms for 2 people. We have a room type of dormitory only for women at 2F and also only for men at 3F. ¦Living¦ We have a living room with a kitchnette. There's free dishes, and some stuff for cooking. ¦Bath room & Toilet¦ Every floor and each private room has bath room and toilet. ¦Internet¦ You can use the communal PC. Check your E-mail and schedule. Also there's...
Peace House Sakura (Sakura House)
"Peace House Sakura (Sakura House) is a great option for travelers who are on a budget, especially in a relatively expensive country. The Location Sakura House is relatively strategically located -- about a ten-minute bus ride from Kyoto station, fifteen-minute walk from downtown and the food market, and within walking distance from a few smaller temples and one of Kyoto’s major tourist attraction. The other popular destinations --...
Guest House Kyoto
"… hostels. Please keep quiet between 22:00pm-8:00am in the room. Free: We offer high speed internet access. Travelers with PDA's and other handheld devices or laptops with wireless cards can connect to the internet via WiFi. Overseas calls: Using the phone in the information desk. 100 yen/min (to almost all countries) Rental towels Large: 100 yen Small: 50 yen Laundry Washing: 200 yen/load Drier: 100 yen/30min...
Kyoto Hana Hostel
"Good - Not used to the soft mattress and woke up by bell chimming from a temple nearby in the early of first morning. And wifi did not work on first night. Apart from these, facilities in house and the room Sakura are all good. Location is good too." … "… guests, English maps of Kyoto, English maps of bus routes, coffee, English tea, green tea, seasonings, luggage storage, washing powder, shampoo, body soap and smiles. : )...
Pan & Circus
"… in October 2011. Your base of Kyoto stay must be here.Kyoto station(15 min), Kawaramachi station(10 min), Kamo river(just 1 block),Kiyomizudera temple(15min),are all within walking distance.It is not only a guest house, but also a bar, an event space, a place to cool off, and a place where the discerning and creative people in Kyoto will be converging on any given night.It's a lot of fun to spend time in the guest house and the...
Kyoto Guesthouse Roujiya
"… If your picture of a great time in Kyoto involves staying up late into the night and partying hard, we strongly suggest that you to seek accommodations elsewhere. Lights-out(23:30). In addtion we don't offer the children fare. Check in 16:00 Check out 10:00 Available hours. 8:00-11:00, 16:00-22:00 We close the guesthouse from 11:00 to 16:00 because of the cleaning. You could leave the baggage between 8:00 and...
"… We have free wifi, air conditioning and kitchen with a microwave is provided, and bicycles can be rented.The shower is open 24H. The common area has a free-use internet and free coffee/tea. We are located in central Kyoto. 10minutes walk from Nijo Castle and 15 minutes walk from imperial palace. close to go bar, restaurant, supermarket, convenience store and public bath. If cancelled or modified up to 8 days before date...
Khaosan Kyoto Guest House
"More like a hotel - This hostel is more like a hotel with bunk beds. Fantastic and friendly staff who work here. Common room and kitchen are amazing. The location is perfect for getting to Gion corner. Wow!" … "… (40 mins) Ginkaku-ji “ Silver pavilion (20 mins) Nijo Castle (15 mins) Kyoto station (15mins) *Train Fushimi Inari shrine (10mins by Keihan line) Arashiyama (25mins by Hankyu line) Sanjusangendo (5 mins by...
Guest House Jiyu-jin
"… double-deck beds in 11.5m sized room. -208cm long bed, much longer than regular single-size bed. -Partitioned beds with curtain for your privacy. ■Japanese Style Room -Private room for up to 4 guests. -FUTON (Japanese style-bedding) used in 13.5m sized traditional TATAMI room. -Nice and bright south-facing room. Safety / Convenience / Comfortable -We are new! You will feel cleanly such as sweeping out your image of...
Capsule Ryokan Kyoto
"… JR Kyoto Station. Newly built in 2010 in the prime address to discover Kyoto. Our ensuite Double and Single rooms are designed to offer everything traveler need to unwind after a hectic day. Rooms are equipped with king-size tatami bed, Wi-Fi internet, high-tech shower, 32 inch LCD TV, automatic toilet, air-con, LAN cable. The walls are double-insulated to reduce noise levels. Relax in the spacious lobby and quiet room and...
Guest House Kinta
"… you walk around in the evening, or at night near here, maybe you can see MAIKO on the street. This street is made of stone. Very nostalgia. MIYAGAWA-CHO street is especially beautiful at night, because many same Japanese lights are turned on. = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = We strive to provide the place where you can truly feel Kyoto, a foothold for both travelers from all over the world and for people...
Small World Guesthouse in Kyoto
"… small, one-story machiya (traditional townhouse). The house is only an 8-minute walk from a transportation hub in the northern part of Kyoto, Kitaoji Station, and is within strolling distance from Nishigin, Daitokujii Temple, Kitayama, and the Kamo River. In our neighborhood, you can enjoy trying out several different public bathhouses, and touring the longest shopping mall in Kyoto, Shin-Omiya Shouten Gai. It would please...
Jam Hostel Kyoto Gion
"Great location, draining hostel - I have very mixed feelings on this hostel. On the positive, the location is fantastic, I mean literally the location leaves you feeling in the middle of the action in kyoto, right between the shopping & traditional districts and close to the food markets. The bar felt pleasant although I never used it. But the hostel although clean, was a very very unpleasant place to be. There was no proper common room (the...
"One of the best - This is one of the best hostel I have lived. The host Taka & Yuka are so friendly and helpful. It's more like living in friend's place. The hostel is nice, quiet, and comfort. Japanese wooden style building. The house is more than 100 years but still clean and maintains very well. Location is very good. Next to subway station and close Kyoto temple area. I enjoyed relaxing myself and definitely come back this hostel when I...
Hostel HARUYA Aqua
"… front desk. *Basic Twin Room Western-style【2 persons private room】 Western-style room with Beds. It is very small room only about 5.5㎡. You could take only what you need and check your baggage at front desk. *Basic Triple Room【Western-style 3 persons private room】 Western-style room with Beds. The width of this room is about 10㎡ on Japanese garret. *Standard Twin Room【Japanese Style 2persons private room】 Japanese style...
Guest House Itoya Kyoto
"… , we decide not to have a male dormiotry room. One of twon Twin room is a western style, Bunk bed is in the room. We also have bunk beds in a female dormiotry room. Free Wifi, Luggage storage avilable. From JR.Kyoto st, we recomend you to take a bus #9 at Terminal 1. or #206 at terminal A3. All together 30min (Bus ride and walk ) Check-in: 16:00〜21:00 Check-in is not available except for this period, so please be...
Hostel Mundo Chiquito
"… two showers, air conditioning and kitchen with a microwave is provided, and bicycles can be rented.The showers are open 24H. The common area has a free-use internet and free coffee/tea. We are located in central Kyoto. 5 minutes walk from Nijo Castle and 10 minutes walk from imperial palace. Very close to go bar, restaurant, supermarket, convenience store and public bath. If cancelled or modified up to 8 days before date...
Piece Hostel Kyoto
"Highly recommend to stay in Piece - Good location with clean environment. I like the kitchen so much and cooked every night while staying there. The breakfast was also good." … "… without charge up to two days prior to arrival. Reservations cancelled less than two days before the date of arrival will incur the following charges: Two days in advance (before 10pm): No cancellation fee One day in advance (before 10pm): 50% of...
Santiago Guesthouse Kyoto
"… check-in. Bycicle rental,washing machine ,dryer and other amenities are provided with a small fee. Our Santiago cafe & Bar will serve as a common space for our guests after 6PM. We offer many kinds of alcohole (cocktail ,Japanese Sake ,World's Beer,Plum wine and so on) at a customer - discounted price. We hold parties for our guests at times .You can make a lots of friends from all over the world. We offer Pancake ,French...
Kyoto City Center Hostel
"… clean showers, toilets and bathtubs. No curfew and fexible check out time (arrangments must be made)free luggage storage for the day of the check out, main safe available for small valuable items pasports etc..All the rooms available are shared showers and toiletries, minimum of 4 beds per dormitory and maximum of 9 beds.Families and groups are welcome to stay at dorms if they so choose, we will accommodate people the best we...
Guest House Lantern
"… rooms in both Japanese and Western style, will satisfy all purses without having to leave all the comfort of our time. Kyoto Guesthouse Lantern is equipped with a coin laundry and a dryer, a fridge, free internet access in all the building (Wi-Fi and LAN), shared bathrooms and toilets, free-to-use DVDs and video games in the common area. Finally, our staff will help you to make your stay pleasant and unforgettable. Other...
Guest House YULULU
"Guest House YULULU is a small japanese house in downtown kyoto. There are 3 private rooms and mix dorm. A private room is japanese style room. You will sleep on HUTON. Each dorm bunk has a privacy curtain and a wall and light and soket , so you can feel like small private room. All traveler sleep on TATAMI and HUTON. We have free WIFI, air conditioning and kitchen free coffee/tea. The shower is open 24H. In this area has some art...
"… However, guests can buy light meals at the guesthouse. Luggage can be kept in a locker free of charge, while the washing machine can be used at a fee. Guest House Kobako is a 1-minute walk from Heian Jingu, Shrine. It is within a 15-minute walk from Ginkaku-ji Temple, and within a 30-minute walk from the Kodai-ji Temple. The guesthouse offers long-term stay discount. Groups of up to 20 persons can book the entire guesthouse....
"… to accommodate anyone, whether you are traveling alone or in a group. The private rooms have a lock for your security and privacy. Our facilities include a shared bathroom/shower, 3 restrooms, and 2 sinks. Community space for travelers to chill and meet others has a small library, PC and couch. The traditional Japanese garden and beautiful pine bathtub with shower are there for you to enjoy and relax. Rates include Futon...
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