15 Hostels You Must Stay in Kyoto

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Hostels are great for the average traveler. Though the rooms are mostly small, they offer good conditions for a reasonable price. A hostel is the ideal choice when you want to stay for a few weeks on a tight budget.  We made a list of the best 15 hostels to consider if you want to travel to Kyoto.

1. Bakpak Kyoto Hostel

Bakpak Kyoto Hostel offers affordable dormitory rooms in an excellent location. Several attractions like Yasaka Shrine and Kiyomizudera can be reached on foot.  The rooms are modern looking, each equipped with a TV. There is also a kitchen for guests to use freely. Free coffee, tea and snacks are provided in the hostel’s lounge.


  • Address:  605-0801 Kyoto, Kyoto, Higashiyama-ku Miyagawa-suji 2-244 , Japan
  • Access: a 5 minute walk from Gion Shijo Station
  • Phone number:  +81 75-525-3143

2. Roujiya

Roujiya is a family owned guest house that promises to make you feel the same as home. Close to famous tourist spots like Nijo Castle and Kyoto Imperial Palace, it also has great proximity to many train stations and lines. Facilities include free internet access, air conditioning and washing machines. Bicycles are available for rent


  • Address: 604-8375 Kyoto, Kyoto, Nakagyo Nishinokyo Ikenouchi-cho 22-58, Japan
  • Access: a 5 minute walk from JR Nijo Station
  • Phone number: +81 75-432-8494

3. Gojo Guesthouse

Located in central Kyoto, Gojo Guesthouse offers Japanese-style dormitory     accommodation in a traditional looking building. All rooms are air conditioned with tatami flooring and sliding paper screens. Easy access to Kiyomizudera Temple, Heinan Shrine and Yasaka Shrine.


  • Address: 605-0846 Kyoto, Kyoto, Higashiyama-ku Gojobashihigashi 3-396-2 , Japan
  • Access: a 10 minute walk from Keihan Kiyomizu-Gojo Station
  • Phone number: 81 75-525-2299

4. Piece Hostel Sanjo

Piece Hostel Sanjo offers both private and dormitory rooms in a modern building. Some rooms have private showers and toilets. There is also a shared lounge, a kitchen and a terrace for your convenience. Nearby attractions include: Nishiki Market, known as Kyoto’s Kitchen, Kyoto International Manga Museum and Nijo Castle,



  • Address: 604-8074 Kyoto, Kyoto, Nakagyo-ku Asakura-cho 531, Japan
  • Access:  a 10 minute walk from Sanjo Station
  • Phone number: +81 75-746-3688

5. Budget Inn

Located less than a kilometer from JR Kyoto Station, this hostel offers accommodation in dormitories as well as twin rooms. Rooms are Japanese-style, with tatami floors and futon beddings. All come with a TV, air conditioning, fridge and an electric kettle. Conveniently located close to Higashi-Hongan-ji Temple, Nishi-Hongan-ji Temple, Nijo Castle and Shosei-en Garden.


  • Address: 294 Aburakoujicyo Nanajyo Kudaru, Kyoto Station, Kyoto, Japan 604-0907
  • Access: a 10 minute walk from Kyoto Station
  • Phone number: +81 75-344-1510

6. Piece Hostel Kyoto

Piece Hostel Kyoto was opened in 2013 and all facilities are brand new. It features accommodation in single rooms, twin rooms and dormitories. Free internet is available. It also provides a kitchen, a library and PCs with internet for free. Bicycles can be rented. It is located close to Nijo Castle, Fushimi Inari Shrine and Kiyomizudera Temple.


  • Address: 601-8004 Kyoto, Kyoto, Minami-ku Higashikujo Higashisannocho 21-1, Japan
  • Access: a 5 minute walk from Kyoto Station
  • Phone number: +81 75-693-7077

7. Tour Club

Tour Club hostel is located just a 10 minute walk away from JR Kyoto Station. You can choose between dormitory and twin rooms. Dormitories come with a curtain mext to each bed for your privacy. The hostel also features a shared kitchen, zen garden and a lounge. Toji Temple, Nijo Castle and the Gion area can be reached extremely quick by bicycle.


  • Address:  600-8345 Kyoto, Kyoto, Shimogyo-ku Higashi-nakasuji Shomen-kudaru Momiji-cho 362 , Japan
  • Access: a 10 minute walk from Kyoto Station
  • Phone number: +81 75-353-6968

8. Econo-Inn Kyoto

Close to JR Kyoto Station, Econo-Inn Kyoto offers single and twin rooms, all air conditioned, equipped with TV, free wifi and a private bathroom. Some rooms have great views of the city. Nearby attractions include: Shijo Kawaramachi shopping area and Kiyomizudera Temple. Bicycles are available for rent.


  • Address:  600-8118 Kyoto, Kyoto, Shimogyo-ku Kawaramachi-Gojo Sagaru Hirai-cho 67 , Japan
  • Access:  a 20 minute walk from Kyoto Station
  • Phone number: +81 75-343-6660

9. K’s House Kyoto

Offering single and twin rooms, K’s House Kyoto is conveniently located a 10 minute walk away from JR Kyoto Station. Breakfast are served, but 2 kitchens are also provided for freely use. Showers and toilets are shared. Guest have the possibly to relax on a rooftop terrace with nice views of the city  Kyoto Tower and Sanjusangen-do Temple are within walking distance.


  • Address:   600-8142 Kyoto, Kyoto, Shimogyo-ku Dotemachi-dori Shichijo-agaru Naya-cho 418 , Japan
  • Access: a 10 minute walk from Kyoto Station
  • Phone number: +81 75-342-2444

10. Station Ryokan Seiki

Just outside JR Kyoto Station, Ryokan Seiki offers traditional Japanese-style rooms with tatami and futon bedding. All rooms have free wifi, a TV, fridge, and an electric kettle. Bathrooms are private. Breakfast and dinner can be served at the ryokan’s restaurant.  The Nishi Hongan-ji Temple and the Kyoto National Museum can be reached in less than 30 minutes on foot.


  • Address:  601-8017 Kyoto, Kyoto, Minami-ku Higashikujo Kitakarasuma-cho 24-5 , Japan 
  • Access:  a 2 minute walk from Kyoto Station
  • Phone number: +81 75-682-0444

11. Ryokan Rakucho

Ryokan Rakucho features Japanese-style accommodation in single or twin rooms. Air conditioning, electric kettles and free teabags are provided in all rooms. Showers and toilets are shared. There is also a shared kitchen. Interesting attractions like Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Shimogamo Shrine, Kamogawa River and Kyoto Botanical Garden are in the area.


  • Address:  606-0824 Kyoto, Kyoto, Sakyo-ku Shimogamo Higashihangi-cho 67 , Japan
  • Access:  a 10 minute walk from Kitayama Subway Station
  • Phone number: +81 75-721-2174

12. Guest House Costa Del Sol Kyoto

Costa del Sol Kyoto offers Japanese-style accommodation in single, twin rooms or dormitories. All rooms have private toilets and showers. No meals are served at the property, but a shared kitchen is provided. Free wifi is available in all areas. Bicycle rentals are available to explore the city. Kiyomizudera Temple and Nijo Castle are close to the guest hose.


  • Address: 600-8302 Kyoto, Kyoto, Shimogyo-ku Shinmachi-dori Gojyo-sagaru Ebisu-cho 134-1, Japan
  • Access: a 3 minute walk from Gojo Subway Station
  • Phone number: +81 75-361-1551

13. Shiori-an

Shiori-an is located in a great area, close to interesting attractions like Higashi Hongan-ji Temple and Nishi Hongan-ji Temple. Kiyomizudera Temple is also in the area. Guests can choose between dormitories and single rooms. Rooms are simply furbished and are all equipped with air conditioning. A shared kitchen and a lounge are provided.


  • Address: 600-8178 Kyoto, Kyoto, Shimogyo-ku Kagiyamachi Karasuma-nishiiru Kagiya-cho 339, Japan
  • Access:  just outside Gojo Subway Station
  • Phone number: +81 75-361-1696

14. Fairfield House Kyoto

Fairfield House offers Japanese-style dormitory accommodation. All units have a private bathroom. Free wifi is provided thorough the property. Nearby attractions include: Samurai Kembu Kyoto, The Imperial Palace, Nijo Castle and Kyoto International Manga Museum. Bikes can be rented to explore the area.


  • Address:  600-8393 Kyoto, Kyoto, Shimogyo-ku Iwagamidori Karigane cho 401, Japan
  • Access: a 10 minute walk from Omiya Station

15. Kyoto Guesthouse Lantern

Kyoto Guesthouse Lantern features beds in dormitories or private rooms. Dormitories are western-style, while private rooms have traditional tatami flooring and futon beds. There is a shared lounge equipped with video games, a DVD player, a microwave and a kettle. Nishi Hongan-ji Temple and Higashi Hongan-ji Temple are within walking distance.


  • Address: 600-8269 Kyoto, Kyoto, Shimogyo-ku Nishiyaoyacho 152, Japan
  • Access: a 10 minute walk from Kyoto Station


We hope you will enjoy staying at one of these wonderful hostels!

Have a good trip and travel!

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Japan, Kansai Region, Kyoto Prefecture