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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...
"Nice staff, convenient location - Gojo guesthouse lies convenient to some of the temples, Gion district and bus station that connects to pretty much most other important places of interest. The girls doorm room unfortunately did not have a window, so basically no natural light. The a/c had to be on all night, otherwise the air would have been too thick. Rooms and common area were clean, the staff was super nice and helpful. The café area...
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...
"Not recommended. - The positives about this hostel are the building is beautiful, it is very clean and the beds are really comfortable. Unfortunately, this was all spoiled by the manager, who I found to be extremely rude with a bizarre obsession with rules." … "Excellent and charming - My friend and I just returned from Japan and, the thing that stays with me most in my mind is, my stay at Nishijin Kanouya in Kyoto. Sayako is a warm...
Bakpak Kyoto Hostel
"… is Kawarachi – kiyamachi and close beside is Gion, the Kyoto Geisha district and Minamiza Theater (the birth place of kabuki). The main Kyoto shopping centre, the bustling night life of Kiyamachi – kiyamachi and Gion (kyoto Geisha town ) are on the hostel's doorstep. These places are the "it" circuit of Kyoto. Undisputedly the finest places for night life and culture. The area is teeming with restaurants...
"… stores, a supermarket, and some cheap cafes and restaurants. So by staying here, you can spend as little as possible. Also, there is a coin laundry 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 10pm and after that reception will be closed. So if you feel that you might not be able to come here until 10pm,...
Guest House Yahata
"… we will help your sightseeing because we know about Kyoto well. Check-in 4pm-9pm / Check-out 11am NO CURFEW & NO SMORKING Our dormitory rooms are single-gender. Please note the boy and girl must sleep in the separate rooms. 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...
"… fees in that case. If your plan is not fixed and you are likely to change your booking details, please contact us directly for your booking. 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 between 16:00 and 21:30. However, we are happy to keep your luggage between 8:00 and 14:00. Check-out time is 10:30....
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...
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....
"… luggages safe on your responsibility please.. === Payment...Cash only === There are banks and post offices nearby. === Breakfast === Please order it by 5 days before in advance. There are many restaurants and stores nearby. === Facilities === RokuRoku has two houses. One, named Seki, is old Japanese traditional style. This house is the public place only for guests. ...Check-in, Breakfast and Lounge... The other,...
"Friendly and inflexible - Staff is incredibly friendly but nothing that does not fit a predetermined rule is possible. To be fair, this is probably just a very Japanese thing. Ah and no knives in the kitchen "because that'd be too dangerous." There I was thinking we're all adults that can handle these grave dangers. I can tell you that cutting an apple with a fork is not nearly as easy." … "… before your arrival date. A...
Kyoto Guest House The Earthship
"… 2 private rooms 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 Wi-Fi, so...
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
"A very nice hostel - A spotlessly clean hostel with quite a good location near to Kyoto station and many bus stops. The owners are really friendly and helpful. The one drawback is the only common area is on the rooftop." … "… offers an easy going and relaxing atmosphere. All rooms are spacious and bright clean. No curfew. Very clean hot showers. Free maps of the city. Kitchen facilities. Free internet access (WIFI)...
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." … "… rooms such as twin/double/triple en-suite and twin/triple/quad shared bathroom. We have tons of free services, such as Wi-Fi, two computers for guests, English maps of...
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...
"… 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!" … "… check-in time to secure our cleaning time: 11:00 ~ 15:00. *** Facilities *** * Free PC and Wi-Fi access * Equipped kitchen and Japanese Tatami living room * Shared shower rooms and bath rooms * Free tea and coffee...
Guest House Jiyu-jin
"… IN & OUT】 Check-in time 16:00-22:00. Check-out time 8:00-11:00. 【Available hours】 8:00-11:00, 16:00-22:00 -Our staff is not available from 22:00 to 8:00 and 11:00 to 16:00 at the front desk. If you need any help, please contact us in advance. -Please pay the full amount in cash at the time of check-in. -We can temporarily keep your luggage before check-in and after check-out at no cost. -Before check-in, please...
Guest House Kinta
"… 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 who have fallen in love with...
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...
Guest House Itoya Kyoto
"… know of it. but , 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...
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...
Santiago Guesthouse Kyoto
"… & Cafe ,designed with contemporary Japanese twist is opened April 2013 All bunk beds localy made in Japan is provided with ,cartain ,security box ,outlet,night light and memory foam mattress. We offer complimentary wifi ,PC ,laggage handing survice before 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....
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...
"… living rooms and a common room. No regular meals are served. 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...
"… 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...
Khaosan Kyoto Theater
"All of the important amenities and helpful staff - wifi, laundry, decent beds, good locker space, bag storage for late check outs, very clean bathrooms and showers (and plenty of them), free coffee/tea, comfortable beds in pods. wifi is good on 1st and 5th floors, usually works if you're in the deluxe beds on the 4th floor, not reliable on other floors. Can get a bit stuffy in your bed over the night because it is walled and curtained off....
Guest House Hitsuji-An
"… (one only for women) with shared bathroom and toilets. Our guests can also make their own meals in the shared kitchen furnished with microwave, toaster or rice cooker. We will be glad to help you forging unforgettable memories. Facility & Services # Guest rooms: 2 Japanese-style rooms and 2 dormitories (1 mix and 1 only for women) # Common use bathroom (open 24 hours) is available. # Free Wi-Fi # Check-in from 16:00...
Guest House Renjishi Kabuki
"… comfortable place 'RENJISHI'. The origin of the name. Our guest house name 'Rengishi' is derived from one of the Kabuki play. A shishi is a mythological lion-like animal said to be the king of beasts. Renjishi describes a lions harsh way of raising a cub, in which a parent pushes the cubs into the bottom of a ravine and only those which manage to climb back up are raised. With a spirit of the cub, which overcomes many...
"… was opened on Nov 11, 2013 for only females. Guesthouse Shitamachi-Kujo is run by two Japanese men. As one of them is a language instructor (English, French, Spanish and some Chinese), you won't have any language problem here. The other is a carpenter. He renovated more or less 90 year old house keeping an old Japanese atmosphere. Shitamachi-Kujo is only for female travelers to have them stay safely and relaxedly. We are not...
Gion Ryokan Q-beh
"… and departure.) Deluxe Female/Mixed Dorm Room: The room looks like a capsule hotel. Each bed space is divided by walls individually to maintain privacy. Each bed space is quite large with a personal bed light, plug outlet, mirror and boxed table, which can be locked with a padlock for your valuables. Standard Twin/Double Room: The double room consists of four and a half tatami mats. The twin room consists of six tatami mats....
"Excellent - The Best hostel you can get in west japan, If you are going to travel in west japan, i would recommend you to stay here even though it might be further if you want to go to Nara or Kobe. I regretted i changed my hostel and was hoping that i could stay longer in this hostel." … "The most helpful staff and spotless place - I can't say enough good things about this place. It was the best place I stayed in Japan (out of five...
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