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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
"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 them to Kyoto's Utano Youth Hostel. The staff are friendly, the atmosphere is laid back, and the food is great. The breakfest buffet is good and the dinners are made by some old school Kyoto folks who know how to make some really awesome traditional Japanese cuisine. It may be far away from...
Tomato Kyoto Hostel
"The location of this hostel cannot be beat. It is blocks away from Kizomizu temple, Pontocho street, the river, and Gion. The staff is very friendly. I liked the free internet and the bicycle rentals (500 yen/day!). Kyoto is great for biking, so this made a big difference for me. I stayed in one of the four person female dormitories, which was fine -- there is air conditioning, but the bathroom is not clean and there were some bugs...
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
"… ." … "… down about a minute . SHIJO KAWARACHI BUS STOP C- From Kyoto station bus platform A-2 in front of the station, take City Bus # 205 , or # 17 Get off at Shijo Kawaramachi . Walk east over the bridge to the Shijo Keihan Station Turn right at kawabata dori and the hostel is about a minute walk on your left . 3 - B Y...
"… so noisy, until 11pm. Please just enjoy it!! You can select from three types of bed space, men-only, women-only and mixed for groups. This is based on your demand. Neighbouring facilities are also very good for you. There are some convenience 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...
"… can try on antique kimono and take pictures as many as you can in our classical facilities. Become a samurai and a geisha!! [ Tea Ceremony ] Watching a way of tea in a cozy Japanese tea room. Tasting and making a good Japanese tea, matcha yourself! Private Rooms with private bathooms OR shared bathrooms - WiFi free to use in your room and commmon space. - Sleeping on futons (Japanese beds.) - Towels and yukata (Japanese pajamas)...
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...
"… number of beds ) is possible after making your booking through this website. Please cancel your booking once and make a new one. We are not responsible for any of the pre-paid 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...
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....
"… 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, named Yado,is used for stay of guests. The distance is about 400m(5 minutes by a walk). * First,go to Yado and call us at the front door,please. Leaving luggages in Yado,please go to Seki to make checkin. ===...
"… note that in the event that the cancellation notice is not received even after 20:00, we cancel the reservation. Cancellation charge: No show 100% On the day of arrival 100% 1 day before the arrival 50% 2 days before the arrival 50% Cancellation charge of group booking (more than 6people): No show: 100％ Cancellation on the day of arrival: 100％ Cancellation on the day before arrival: 80％ Group cancelation policy...
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
"… All rooms are spacious and bright clean. No curfew. 24 hours hot showers. Free daily maid service. Free maps of the city. Kitchen facilities. Free internet access (WIFI) Check-in & Check-out As our check in time is from 3 pm to 10 pm (you can drop your luggage from 8 am), would you please contact us if you think you will be arriving after 10 pm. Check-out Guests must check-out prior to 10 am. Luggage can be...
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." … "… every room is air-conditioned. Hana Hostel offers comfort like a Ryokan or a Hotel. Private rooms are relatively more spacious than other hostels and we guarantee a most...
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
"… lodgings in the heart of a tranquil Kyoto neighborhood - not a round-the-clock party. We aspire to provide guests with a uniquely Kyoto-style ambience, and peaceful relaxation is the order of the day. Our evenings are calm and restful. So we have curfews and bedtimes, because of being in a traditional area where neighboring buildings are mere inches away, we ask guests to keep noise levels down, especially after dark. If your...
"… terminal and free coffee/tea. Showers are open 24/7 and the hostel does not have a curfew. The hostel has a dog called Tida. No meals are served. 6 bed only Female Dormitory (Sheets included) 2000yen/per/night Private Rooms Double bed room(Sheets included) 1~2 persons 4,500yen/per room/night Twin room (Japanese style tatami type room) (Sheets included) 2 persons 5,500yen/per room/night Triple room ( Japanese style Tatami type...
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!" … "… in Numbers of Guests. *** Khaosan Kyoto Cancellation Policy *** 50% of room fare shall be charged if you inform us 1 day prior to the accommodation date. 100% of room fare shall be charged if your cancellation date is...
Guest House Jiyu-jin
"… 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 bring your luggage between 8:00 and 11:00. -After check-out, please pick up your luggage between 16:00 and 22:00. -We don't accept credit cards. We require full payment in cash upon check in. 【Access to Jiyu-jin】...
Guest House Kinta
"… 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 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...
"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
"… , 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." … "… travelers and tourists can enjoy the hotel's facilities and services. Family room, safety deposit boxes, bar, business center, facilities for disabled guests are just some of the facilities on offer. Each guestroom is elegantly furnished and equipped...
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 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...
"… provided in private rooms. Bathroom facilities are shared. Other facilities include 2 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...
"… 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
"… 8:00.) - Free luggage keeping : 08:00 ~ 20:00 *If you need an arrangements for early check-out or late check-in, please inform us in advance via e-mail. ==== CANCELLATION POLICY ==== - 50% Charge 50% of room fare shall be charged if you inform us 1 day prior to the accommodation date. - 100% Charge 100% of room fare shall be charged if your cancellation date is on the accommodation day. - No Show If we could not confirm your...
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