Best Places for Backpackers in Kyoto, Japan.

Enjoy backpacking around Kyoto, Japan without a fixed itinerary by using our handy listings of the best hostels in every destination. Specially curated for backpackers and economy travellers, we help you find an amazing place to stay no matter where you're headed!

The best backpackers destinations & accommodation in Kyoto, Japan.

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Top 50 hostels in Kyoto, Japan.

These are the 50 most awesome hostels and budget places to stay in Kyoto, Japan.

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Gojo Guesthouse - Annex

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Gojo Guesthouse - Annex

We run this guesthouse since 2007 for travel lovers. Our building is 90 some years old former traditional Japanese Ryokan. Located close to center, Kiyomizu temple, Gion area in 10 min. walk. All private rooms with shared shower rooms and bath rooms. Our staff also love traveling and meeting new peo...
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Hostel Ebi

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Hostel Ebi

There is some reason to stay at a small hostel rather than big ones. 【Message from the owner】 Hello, I’m Jiwon, the owner of HOSTEL Ebi. I have to say, my place is not big. We have just 20 beds. So if you like businesslike or chain big accommodation, you wouldn’t like us. However, if you are loo...
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Okara Guesthouse

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Okara Guesthouse

Okara Guesthouse is newly opened guesthouse in November 2016. It is located about 15 minutes walk from JR Kyoto Station. We tastefully renovated machiya (Kyoto style house) into the modern Japanese style guesthouse. Okara Guesthouse offers bicycle hire at an additional charge. Kiyomizu-dera Templ...
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The Limelight Kyoto

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The Limelight Kyoto

You’ll find The Limelight Kyoto right before your eyes when you walk out of Hanazono Station on the JR Sagano (San-in) Line in Kyoto, which is a quiet area in western Kyoto scattered with old, historic temples. We’re also conveniently situated two stops away from Saga-Arashiyama Station on the Sagan...
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Friends Kyo

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Friends Kyo

Friends Kyo is located in the heart of historic Gion, and 5 mins walk to the main shopping and clubbing districts. Just one street from us is Miyagawa-cho, where Geishas sleep and party. You can spot them, but probably cannot afford them.. but it is ok, you can party with us. We have a nice loun...
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Jiyujin

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Jiyujin

-We are located in Karasuma-Gojo(烏丸五条). -Nearest station is Kyoto subway Karasuma Line [Gojo(五条) station]. -[Gojo station (五条)] is the first stop from [Kyoto station]. *Please note that [Kyoto station] is not nearest station. *It will take approximately 15-20 minutes by walking from Kyoto stati...
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Mosaic Hostel Kyoto

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Mosaic Hostel Kyoto

Mosaic Hostel Kyoto - Bringing together people of different shapes and colors We are conveniently located near the center of JR Kyoto Station and organize more events / activities than any other hostel in Japan! Our team is formed by ex-backpackers with immense local and international experience....
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Guest House YULULU

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Guest House YULULU

Just a 3-minute walk from Karasumaoike Subway Station, Yululu is located in the downtown of Kyoto,We offers 3 private and dormitory-style rooms. Free Wi-Fi is provided throughout the property. Yululu is small Japanese-style house with max-15 people Yululu features bunk beds in mix dormitory-styl...
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Piece Hostel Sanjo

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Piece Hostel Sanjo

FREE BREAKFAST!! Piece Hostel Sanjo is located in the center of Kyoto City. Although the hostel itself is in a quiet neighborhood, it is still located close enough to be able to walk to popular attraction areas such as Nishiki Market, Gion area, and Kawaramachi shopping street. Convenient for as...
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OKI

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OKI's Inn

Okis inn is a renovated wooden guesthouse . It used to be a very old Kyoto style private house which was built 100 years ago. Genuine, real traditional Kyoto life is now yours. Please drip into the good, old days in Kyoto. Many restaurants and cafes are in walking distance Near by supermarket, c...
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Kyoto Morris Hostel

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Kyoto Morris Hostel

Our Hostel is opened 15 April 2017. Our Hostel Located 7 min walking from Kyoto imperial palace. The subway and bus is the most comfortable for guest. Our Hostel is modern style, and the environment is attractive and slightly fine. We provide a breakfast with the all you can eat. We als...
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Kyoto Suiden Ann Annex Dormitory-Sui

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Kyoto Suiden Ann Annex Dormitory-Sui

Kyoto Suiden-ann annex is a Dormitory Sui. Capsule type cabins and private rooms dormitory. Traditional Culture Salon Kyoto Suiden-ann As a spacious accommodation building in North Area Kyoto city OPEN in June, 2018 Located in the northern part of Kyoto city, Nishijin area with dormitory is sa...
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Ryokan Hostel Gion

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Ryokan Hostel Gion

Our hostel is located in Gion area. Location is perfect for sightseeing. There are a lot of unique restaurants, shops, and cafes nearby! You can feel real Kyoto life. Our hostel is traditional Machiya style. Ryokan Hostel Gion is offering accommodations in Kyoto. Offering a shared lounge...
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Guest House Ga-Jyun

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Guest House Ga-Jyun

In an ancient traditional Japanese house, Guest House Ga-Jyun welcomes our guests in one of the most famous area in Kyoto, Higashiyama. Our guesthouse is a good starting point for your trip in the ancient imperial city. The Yasaka-jinja shrine, Heian-jingu shrine or the Nanzen-ji temple are within 1...
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Kyoto Hostel ZEN

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Kyoto Hostel ZEN

Situated in Kyoto, within 600 m of Kyoto International Manga Museum and a 13-minute walk of Samurai Kembu Kyoto, Kyoto Hostel Zen features accommodation with a shared lounge, free WiFi throughout the property. The property is close to several well-known attractions, 1.8 km from Nijo Castle, 2 km fro...
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The Millennials Kyoto

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The Millennials Kyoto

The Millennials Kyoto where you can spend your time in the various common areas until you go to sleep. From the comfortable rooms to the unique sociable concept, this hotel offers a whole new experience. It consists of 20% common facilities, and areas like the workspace, kitchen, play zone, dining...
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Piece Hostel Kyoto

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Piece Hostel Kyoto

PIECE HOSTEL KYOTO is a new trend boutique hostel, located in Kyoto: the heart of Japanese culture. With only a 2-minute walk, PIECE HOSTEL KYOTO is the nearest hostel from Kyoto Station - the city's main railway station. As opposed to luxury hotels, we provide minimum space for a comfortable...
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Bird Hostel

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Bird Hostel

Bird hostel is in Kyoto city which is the heart of Kansai area. It is located next to the Impearl Palace which is a beautiful location for tourist to see and experience Japanese culture. It is located within walking distance of most temples, shrines, museums, and shopping. The bird hostel is a deli...
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Guest House Aoi Nakamoto

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Guest House Aoi Nakamoto

Welcome to our Guest House Aoi Nakamoto,and welcome to Kyoto. We are very glad to assist you during your stay. Our house is very close to Philosopher's Path and Ginkakuji Temple,and Shinnyo-do Temple,Eikan-do Temple ,Nanzennji temple. You can access by city bus major Kyoto sightseeing spot、such a...
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Tanaka Gokurakudo Guest House

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Tanaka Gokurakudo Guest House

Tanaka Gokurakudo Guest House offers an accommodation, just a 3-minute walk from JR Kyoto Station. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. It features a lounge, and a rooftop terrace has a view of Kyoto Tower and Yodobashi Camera. All guest rooms are non-smoking while there is a designate...
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Hostel Niniroom

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Hostel Niniroom

An old three story printing company’s office/storage building was transformed into a small boutique hostel in Dec 2017. The concept of Hostel Niniroom is “The room of sisters, called Nini'. It embodies our warm wishes to provide an opportunity for everybody to have 'Another Home' in Kyoto to...
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Gojo Guest House

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Gojo Guest House

A place where you would want to come back. We try to keep a cozy, home-like atmosphere where you can relax and chill out after your long day of traveling. In our 100-year-old “Machiya”(an old traditional Japanese house) we only have Japanese style beds “Futon”(sleeping on tatami floor), shared ba...
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Len Kyoto

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Len Kyoto

A new sister hostel of toco. and Nui. in Tokyo has been opened in Kawaramachi, Kyoto. The highlight of our hostel is the 1st floor, Café and Bar lounge. The lounge has made by carpenters who gathered up for us again, like when we opened toco. and Nui., from all over the country. It is absolutely...
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Gion Ryokan Q-beh

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Gion Ryokan Q-beh

Ryokan Q-beh is located in the historical district of 'Gion' area where 'maiko' walk around, and just a couple of minutes walk to some popular temples and shrines. So the surrounding area is very quiet, beautiful and calm. There are three communal places to eat, drink and chat. A Japanese style...
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Guesthouse Soi

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Guesthouse Soi

Family running guesthouse by avid travelers who are experienced with running a hostel for many years, and everyday lives are deeply involved with the guests. The complex building of 60 years old part and new built part. We have a cozy Japanese style dining area in the old building, brand new te...
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RokuRoku

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RokuRoku

Enjoy splendid Surroudings and Facilites !!! RokuRoku is located in the center of Kyoto-Higashiyama, the eastern part of Kyoto. There are many sightseeing spots within 15 minuteswalk. ...Ginkakuji(Silver Temple), Philosophys Path and etc... Many bus services are available from the nearest bus...
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Guest House Bola-Bola

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Guest House Bola-Bola

This guest house located in Western Kyoto. 15 minuets from JR Kyoto Station by JR. There are many major attractions in western Kyoto. Golden pavilion,Rock Garden,Nijyo Castle,Bamboo forest,and famous Temples and Shrines. Around here is the birth place of Japanese cinema,Kyoto Studio Park is y...
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Hostel Kyoto Kizuna

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Hostel Kyoto Kizuna

Hostel Kyoto KIZUNA was newly built in 2017. KIZUNA literally means bond or a strong relationship. We aim to reflect this meaning in our service. Our hostel is ideally located to all major attractions and favorite destination. 4 min walk from Gojo Station, major subway line and Karasuma Gojo, bus...
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R.Star Hostel Kyoto

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R.Star Hostel Kyoto

Unique Accommodation Experience for You. R.Star Hostel is located a 15-minute walk distance from JR Kyoto station. The closest subway station from our hotel, “Gojo station”, is only one stop away from Kyoto station. Our hotel is conveniently located about a 4-minute walk from Exit 2 of Gojo...
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WeBase Kyoto

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WeBase Kyoto

Offering air-conditioned rooms in the Shimogyo Ward district of Kyoto, WeBase Kyoto is 1.4 km from Kyoto International Manga Museum. The property is located 2.6 km from Nijo Castle and 2.7 km from Samurai Kembu Kyoto. The property has a 24-hour front desk and a shared kitchen for guests. All gues...
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Grids Kyoto Shijo Kawaramachi Hotel & Hostel

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Grids Kyoto Shijo Kawaramachi Hotel & Hostel

Grids Kyoto Shijo Kawaramachi Hotel & Hostel is a hostel located in the heart of Kyoto’s downtown, Kawaramachi. This is the central area and the commercial center of the city. We have dormitory rooms and private rooms to meet multiple needs. Our hotel and hostel are equipped with cafe and bar on the...
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Guest House Renjishi Kabuki

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Guest House Renjishi Kabuki

Kyoto Guest House Renjishi Kabuki 'RENJISHI KABUKI' is an old machiya, which is being reconstructed into lodgings with a family atmosphere. Our guest house is located very closely to 'Nishi Hongwanji', which is listed as one of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto as a UNESCO World Heritage S...
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Backpackers Hostel K

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Backpackers Hostel K's House Kyoto

We are located in central Kyoto, only nine minutes’ walk from JR Kyoto Station. Our aim is to provide a clean, cozy and friendly inexpensive stay in Kyoto for all you global travellers. We’ll do our best to make your stay in Kyoto as comfortable and memorable as possible. We wish to offer travell...
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Tabetoma Nijo Castle

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Tabetoma Nijo Castle

Opened in late April 2016, Taberu Tomaru Nijyojo is a cozy Machiya hostel located in central Kyoto. It is close to Nijyojyo Castle, a world famous historical heritage. Situated in a peaceful neighborhood, this small traditional house (max 15people) is available with a cafe 'Okatte'. The cafe is o...
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The Lower East Nine Hostel

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The Lower East Nine Hostel

The Lower East Nine Hostel is a new hostel located only an 8 minutes’ walk south of Kyoto station. Located within such a close proximity to Kyoto station, you will have easy access to areas both inside and outside of Kyoto, allowing more time to experience all that this amazing city and country has...
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Guest House Kyoto Inn

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Guest House Kyoto Inn

Has Airbnb affected your travel plans? 80% of listings have been deleted and many existing future reservations will be cancelled if you booked with non-registered properties. We are a registered guesthouse with , English-speaking staff and located in the real 'Old Kyoto' away from the tourist traps!...
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Colours

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Colours

Colours is located in quiet residential area even though it takes only 10 minutes walking to down town area. You may also share your travel experience and information with other travelers in the common living room. If you got any problem with your trip, feel free to ask and we will try our best t...
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Comics & CapsuleHotel COMICAP kyotoshinkyogoku

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Comics & CapsuleHotel COMICAP kyotoshinkyogoku

Comicap is basically a accommodation facility in the form of capsule hotel.Here we present to customers a comic-fusion style relaxation with tens of thousands of comics. Due to its ideal location,Comicap is a great starting point of the trip in the lively city, providing easy access to the must-...
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Capsule Resort Kyoto Square

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Capsule Resort Kyoto Square

Set in the Nakagyo Ward district in Kyoto, 600 m from Nijo Castle, Capsule Resort Kyoto Square features air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi. Every room has a TV. Rooms are equipped with a shared bathroom.There is a 24-hour front desk at the property. Kyoto International Manga Museum is 600 m...
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Stay Inn KOTO

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Stay Inn KOTO

Located within walking distance from famous Fushimi Inari Shrine. Stay Inn KOTO accommodates guests with 2 dormitory rooms (for male and female seperated) and 9 private rooms (each room is for 1~3 pax). JR Inari Station (6 mins walking) and Keihan Fushimi Inari Station (3 mins walking) are ver...
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Fairfield House

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Fairfield House

Our hostel is a restored-historic house that greets all backpackers. It is conveniently located 4 minutes from Hankyu Omiya Station, which can take you to Bamboo forest in Arashiyama. Our staff, who are fluent in English, are ready to welcome our international guests. Coffee and cozy rooms await our...
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Guest House Hachi

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Guest House Hachi

Located in the historical Shimabara area in Kyoto. Guest House hachi is a renovated traditional Japanese town house. About 6-7 minutes walk from Tambaguchi station on JR Sagano line, which is only one stop away from Kyoto station. You can just relax in your private room, enjoy talking...
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Grand-Rem Kyoto

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Grand-Rem Kyoto

The lobby of the hostel 'GRAND REM KYOTO' where the world of Kyoto famous painter (Kimura Hideki) spreads will appear there, when you open the entrance door. GRAND REM provides a relaxing space for anyone regardless of nationality, including those who visit Kyoto for the first time, those who are...
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Centurion Cabin & Spa Kyoto

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Centurion Cabin & Spa Kyoto

Situated in Central Kyoto, Centurion Cabin and Spa Kyoto is the perfect place to experience Kyoto and its surroundings. It is only a 2-minute walk from sijou Subway Station. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. With its convenient location, the hostel off...
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Guest House Shiori Ann

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Guest House Shiori Ann

Convenient and affordable are two words that fit perfectly to Guest House Siori Ann. Shirori-an is a Japanese Traditional Machiya located in the center of Kyoto, close to Gojo Subway Station (only 1 minute on foot). Our guests can reach every main touristic places really easily. Higashi Hongan-ji Te...
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Grateful

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Grateful

Grateful is 2.2 km from Samurai Kembu Kyoto and 2.3 km from Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. All rooms in the guest house are fitted with a kettle. All rooms are fitted with a shared bathroom with a bath. The rooms will provide guests with a microwave. Heian Shrine is 2.6 km from Grateful, while Kinkaku-...
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Kyo To

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Kyo To

'Kyoto Guesthouse' locates at Shijo Omiya, the heart of a thousand-year-old city –Kyoto. The name of our guesthouse pronouns the same as the city it sits on, as a reflection of the history and culture of Kyoto, which leave a deep impression to every guest. 'Kyoto Guesthouse' is a 3-floor building...
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Nagomi-Ryokan Yuu

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Nagomi-Ryokan Yuu

In Kyoto City, a new accommodation tax will be implemented starting October 1,2018. Accommodation charge under JPY20,000 (per person per night), the tax amount is JPY200 (per person per night). Please pay at the lodging facility which you are staying. 1. NO CURFEW!!  2. Kimono experience & Tea...
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Hostel HARUYA Kyoto

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Hostel HARUYA Kyoto

100 years Japanese architecture called Machiya, “HARUYA Higashiyama” is. Located in 2 minutes walk from one of the main subway station in Kyoto and main shopping areas. Numerous famous temples, shrines, and Geisha district, called Gion are within walking distance. Since it is easy to access JR Kyoto...
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Kyoto Hostel Ryokan

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Kyoto Hostel Ryokan

Located on the south side of Kyoto Station (Hachijo kuchi, south exit), just a 12-min. walking distance or 2-min walks from nearest Jujyo subway station, 2 stops from Kyoto station. Kyoto Hostel Ryokan offers an ideal place to stay and enjoy your time in this ancient capital of Japan. You will be ab...
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Things to see and do while backpacking in Kyoto, Japan.

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IF THERE IS NEXT TRIP TO OSAKA

It was very rushed to look to visit these sight-seeings during 2 days. We arrived at late night, early morning. Two full days of staying and traveling in Osaka and then go to Kyoto on the third day morning.

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Takeshita Street

Near the Takeshita Dori is Tokyo’s largest shrine – the Meiji Shrine dedicated to the Japanese Emperor Meiji and the Empress. It’s located in a large green park, which is literally a forest inside the city. It’s wonderful to escape the bustle of the largest city in the country and enjoy the walk among the tall trees and peaceful shrines. There are always a lot of tourists and locals strolling by but the atmosphere is still much more quiet than in the busy streets. If you have already visited the beautiful shrines and temples in Kyoto or the flamboyant shrines of Nikko, you might know what to expect. But the Meiji Shrine is still really impressive.

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Japanese Architecture: Preservation and Innovation

When I was there, I made a list of buildings I want to see which were made by these architectural geniuses. Tokyo alone is an architectural pilgrimage from century-old temples to contemporary hotels and shopping centers. They juxtapose traditional and modern buildings together and innovate construction techniques from the past to the present. Example is Asakusa Temple near Kengo Kuma’s Asakusa tourist center in Tokyo. In Osaka, Kyoto and Nara, design of the buildings there can be a bit different but each of these place is unique and can leave you in awe.

Reg Alvarez

Highlights from Kansai, Japan

We were bound for the Kansai region, which is on the southern part of Japan.  Since Kansai is already a pretty big place, we opted to focus our tours on 2 major cities: Osaka and Kyoto, and made quick side trips to two other cities: Nara and Kobe.

Noel Lanto

Fushimi Inari-Taisha in Kyoto, Japan: More Beautiful In Person

My trip to Japan has a bit of a backstory, so please bear with me. Last year, I accomplished one of the items on my bucket list. Not only did I fly internationally by myself, but I traveled to Japan. A lot of people thought I was crazy for going 7,000 miles away by myself, but in reality, I was not alone. Two of my closest friends were hosting me, and they made sure I was taken care of while visiting their country. I began as S’s English tutor as she prepared for university, and I got to know her best friend, M, too. They came to visit me 4 years ago, and I went to see them two years later- the only two times we’ve met in person. When I told the girls that I was coming to Japan, they got really excited. They were really happy I was coming to see them, but they wanted to show me their country and let me experience Japanese life, just as I had let them experience American life when they came to visit. S asked me if there was anything specific that I wanted to do, and I told her that I wanted to go the place with the orange gates. I had no idea where it was in relation to Tokyo, which is where I was staying. She knew the place and told me that we’d go there. Next thing I knew, S and M sent me an itinerary that included 3 days in Kyoto and a visit to Fushimi Inari-Taisha. They prearranged the ryokan (traditional Japanese inn) and bullet train (shinkansen) tickets for the three of us, so we didn’t have to worry about it when I got to Japan.

Kaitlin Johnsen

#1 TRAVEL: PUBLIC TRANSPORT + HOW TO SAVE WITH A JR PASS

Public transport is EXPENSIVE. I’d be surprised if you haven’t heard about this Japanese fact before, but if you’re a tourist looking to utilise public transport to get around, it can add up really quickly. Their local train and bus system is quite affordable. But if you’re looking to travel between different cities, including the main tourist destinations like Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Hiroshima, then you are looking at spending around ¥10,000 for a one way ticket on a fast bullet train (shinkansen). If a few of these tickets sound hefty to you, then you may want to consider the JR pass, only available for foreigners; to be purchased outside of Japan.

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8 Must-See Spots in Kyoto

Since my travel to Tokyo last year, I never really let go of the idea that in a few months I will be back to Japan, particularly in Kyoto. On one hand, Tokyo was breath-taking. A huge metropolis that surprises you with traditional Japanese culture from time to time. On the other, Kyoto appeals more to my hunger for the traditional Japanese life; away from the hustle of the city and much closer to self and nature.

Dudz Buhisan

Secrets Of Gion: Exploring The Geisha Town Of Kyoto, Japan

You’ve never been to Kyoto if you haven’t been to Gion. Made internationally famous by the controversially critiqued book and movie adaptation, Memoirs Of A Geisha, Gion hides away the secretive world of the Japanese geisha.

Joleen Katherine Lee

Exploring Japan: Top 4 Unique Things To Do

Once the Imperial capital of Japan, Kyoto is now a popular destination for world travelers who have their eyes set on Japan. Most people who visit usually plan a detailed itinerary, making sure they see all the famous sights in Kyoto. The city is one of the few left in Japan that has carefully preserved many of their prewar traditional buildings. However, the rise of modernization has unquestionably paved way for newer and modern buildings. Despite this transformation, Kyoto continues to remain an important cultural and religious center for the Japanese. The enigmatic city embraces new and old traditions, carrying the past into the present and future.

Sharon

One Day in Kyoto

If you only have one full day in Kyoto then you should spend your time very well. Let me give you some guides on what are the best things to do in Kyoto but before we are going to the list of places, here are some tips you might want to know when you only have one day in Kyoto.

meidiana-wardhani

A hike to a magnificent view of Kyoto City

Since I have been living in Kyoto almost three years now, I do have to say, Kyoto is not just about temples and shrines. Indeed, those famous shrines and temples are worth visiting, however, once is enough. Most of the time, the places just get too crowded and noisy. Kyoto is only beautiful in a more mysterious way.

A Girl With A Backpack

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