Hostels in Kyoto, Japan

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Get to know Kyoto (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Kyoto.

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.

Written by local enthusiast for Kyoto hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Kyoto hostels Miika

FAQ about Kyoto Hostels

We've collected the most common questions for hostels in Kyoto. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?

A hostel in Kyoto costs $29 for a dorm. A private room in a hostel in Kyoto costs $91. (based on price comparison)
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Gion Ryokan Q-beh is the best hostel in Kyoto for families.
The Millennials and Hostel Niniroom are the best rated hostels in Kyoto for female solo travellers. compares prices for 37 hostels in Kyoto, Japan. We list for you other cheap places to stay in Kyoto such as
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K's House is the best hostel for partying in Kyoto.

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11 Best Hostels with Private Rooms in Kyoto

11 Best Hostels with Private Rooms in Kyoto

Kyoto Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Kyoto, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
37 Total number of hostels
$29 Average dorm price
$91 Average private room price
$17 Cheapest hostel in Kyoto
HARUYA Higashiyama is the cheapest
4 Party hostels in Kyoto
K's House is the best rated
Most Kyoto hostels are located in
Higashiyama-ku, Kamigyo-ku, Shimogyo-ku
7.4 Average rating of all hostels

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