Backpackers Hostel K's House Kyoto



The Review

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 stores. The area right around the hostel is pretty barren of businesses and not much is going on. The location may be a little difficult to find the first time, so if you own a smartphone with a GPS, it would be advisable to use it to avoid walking around in circles. A printed Google map would also do.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The rooms are clean and everything looks new. The bunk beds are comfortable and each one has large drawers underneath, which can accommodate even very large backpacks. The rooms are a little crowded if all the guests happen to be in at the same time.

The bathrooms are kept extremely clean, as are the toilets, which are separate. The showers are attached to a bathtub, not in a cabin, and there is plenty of room to store clean clothes, a towel, and toiletries.

Common Spaces

There is a large common area, with many couches and a few computers. There is also a large balcony. We have found that the guests do not use it a lot, and even when they do, it is not to meet people, but rather go online or to hang out with the people they are traveling with. It is a very socially subdued atmosphere, but the hostel organises activities, so that may be an option for travelers looking to meet new people. There is a fully equipped kitchen area, and it is very easy to store your food and cook it. Many pots and pans, as well as utensils, and basic condiments are provided.


K's House's location is excellent for getting to the train station or subway, but not for going out or sightseeing. We do recommend staying here, as it is very clean, and while not very social, this is typical of Japanese hostels in our experience.
by Monica Staff Reviewer
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418 Nayacho, Shichijo-agaru, Dotemachi-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan
34.989802, 135.764798 (accuracy not guaranteed)
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Good Hostel
Staff is friendly and helpful, especially in making reservations or looking at websites that are only in Japanese. Common rooms are nice, though I liked the one in building one better than the one in building two (where I was in). Only suggestion for K's house would be to get rid of the leather looking slippers in building two and get the same ones as in house one, because the leather ones look old and smell bad.
Great social hostel
Social hostel close to the train station ... would definitely stay again.
Age 26, irish
Great Place
This is a great hostel. The rooms and common areas are very clean, and the staff is friendly. Highly recommend!
Age 25, Canada
Solid place, very clean, bar, no breakfast
K's would be a great hostel in my opinion if I hadn't had to switch beds each night for three days. I'm not sure what happened to my stay in particular, and having to pack and go through the check in and out process each day annoyed the hell out of me. But, I imagine that particular aspect of the experience is rare, and I think that you will enjoy K's otherwise. They have two buildings for dorms, both have nice and similar rooms. There is a bar downstairs which is good for meeting people at night. I did not like that breakfast was not included, and was also a flat-rate all you can eat. When breakfast is free I tend to meet a lot more travelers which I would have enjoyed here a lot. Location is near the train station and metro.
Age 26, USA
Just great!
K's House Kyoto is, by far, the best hostel I've been to. Everything is very clean and organized. Beds are comfortable and there is convenient storage lockers under the beds so as to avoid luggage all over. Staff is very friendly and helpful. I would not think twice about staying there again!
Age 28, Brazilian
Stay for one day
I stayed for one night over here in May 2012, it's pretty close to the station and finding it was not much of a problem as the blue sign board was clearly visible from the bus stop(costs 220 yen via bus from Kyoto station). Rooms are clean, toilets were clean too, though soap, shampoo have to be bought or bring along which are reasonably priced (soap is 100 Yen). Food is reasonably priced and drinks are pretty cheap, including shochu and sake, around 390 Yen I think. Recommended for all, cheap, clean, and convenient!
Fantastic hostel, the best I've stayed in. Everything was very clean and modern, the staff were very friendly, free wireless internet, excellent kitchen facilities, cheap drinks at the bar, an extensive breakfast buffet, what else could you want? If I am ever in Kyoto again I will be staying there for sure!
An extremely new and somewhat luxurious-feeling large hostel in central Kyoto, Backpackers Hostel K's House Kyoto delivers a very comfortable stay with most of the amenities one could want in a hostel. The Location This hostel is located on the North Side of Kyoto Station, less than a ten-minute walk. This puts it in a convenient location for also walking or taking buses/taxis to the main downtown area. It's on a small side road off Kawaramachidori, which is a main street that runs parallel to the river and leads straight to the downtown entertainment district. The hostel is a large white building with a yellow-painted annex that is very easy to see. Rooms and Bathrooms The doors are locked and unlocked by convenient touch-sensitive key cards. There are not lockers in many the rooms, although there is plenty of space to put your things, and generally not too many sketchy people in the hostel. Lockers are available outside the rooms, but you must have your own padlock. The dormitories mostly have six beds, and private rooms for two or four people can also be arranged at a slightly higher cost, but must be booked well in advance. Japanese-style tatami rooms are also quite nice and can be booked for up to four people. Bathrooms have two sinks and a number of separate toilet and shower facilities. The toilets are all clean and comfortable, and the showers are also clean, with soap dishes and sufficient private space outside the shower for changing clothes. Towels can be rented for a small cost. Common Spaces The second floor features a very large open space, with many couches and coffee tables, inexpensive coin-operated internet terminals, a large dining table, a Japanese-style table space, and a glass wall with a view onto the surrounding old Japanese style buildings in the neighborhood. There is also a large adjacent patio with a couple tables, which makes a great place to relax with a view of the old Kyoto buildings. The lounge also has a large kitchen with three refrigerators and plenty of space for many people to do their cooking at the same time. Additionally, there is a bar/cafe "Zen Cafe" on the ground floor which serves all-you-can-eat breakfast until late morning. It is a good place to meet other travelers in the evening with reasonably-priced drinks until closing at about midnight. The hostel has potential to be a party hostel, but since the bar scene downtown is fantastic and goes all night, that's where most party people spend the later hours. The feeling of the hostel is very casual, comfortable, clean, and safe. Smoking is not allowed in the building, but may be ok on the patio. The staff are well trained to provide assistance in English or Japanese; they also sell the Kyoto All-Day Bus Pass at reception, which saves you a trip to the station and allows you to hop on any bus at any bus stop. They have a free, organized system to store luggage for guests before check-in or after check-out. Good bicycles can also be rented at a fair price, and there are plenty of bikes available, as you will see them all lined up outside reception. Kyoto is a great city to tour by bike. Summary For amenities and location, it's hard to beat K's House. Party people and relaxed travelers alike will generally be very pleased staying here. If there is any criticism, it might be that the new, large modern building doesn't fit Kyoto's classic, subdued style (in the same way that some Japanese people complain about the giant, modern Kyoto Station being a poor fit for this classic city at the heart of Japanese culture). But lots of Japanese people also admire the sleek construction of the Station, and similarly most travelers will appreciate the facilities and amenities at this modern hostel.

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