Kyoto is loaded with cheap, well-run budget accommodations, making the city a natural choice for backpackers. Here’s a list of the best hostels and guesthouses in Kyoto, all of which I’ve personally inspected.
The first quality backpackers’ accommodation in Kyoto, Tour Club remains my favorite guesthouse in the city. There are both dorm rooms and private rooms here. Read More
Run by the same caring folks as Tour Club, Budget Inn is another great choice for budget travellers. There are only private rooms here. Read More
K’s House Kyoto:
This popular guesthouse is modeled on the sort of large backpackers’ joint you might find in New Zealand or Australia. It’s very social, with a bar and restaurant. Read More
In the center of downtown, this converted old Japanese house has character galore and friendly owners. Read More
In the north of the city, this is officially a ryokan, but it feels more like a guesthouse. Read More
Utano Youth Hostel:
It’s located way in the north of the city (near Kinkaku-ji), but it’s easily Kyoto’s best youth hostel. Good for cyclists. Read More
More Kyoto Hotels info:
- Kyoto Hotels Overview
- Check availability and pricing for Kyoto hotels at Agoda.com
- The Best Places To Stay In Kyoto
- Where To Stay In Kyoto
- Best Value Hotels In Kyoto
- Kyoto Vacation Rentals
- Best Luxury Hotels in Kyoto
- Best Boutique Hotels in Kyoto
- Best Mid-Range Hotels in Kyoto
- Best Budget Hotels in Kyoto
- Best Kyoto Hostels and Guesthouses
- Best Kyoto Hotels For Families
- Best Ryokan In Kyoto
Kyoto Vacation Checklist
- For all the essentials in a brief overview, see my First Time In Kyoto guide
- Check Kyoto accommodation availability on Booking.com - usually you can reserve a room with no upfront payment. Pay when you check out. Free cancellations too.
- Need tips on where to stay? See my one page guide Where To Stay In Kyoto
- See my comprehensive Packing List For Japan
- Buy a data-only SIM card online for collection when you arrive at Kansai International Airport (for Osaka and Kyoto) or Tokyo's Narita Airport. Or rent an unlimited data pocket wifi router.
- Compare Japan flight prices and timings to find the best deals
- If you're visiting more than one city, save a ton of money with a Japan Rail Pass - here's my explanation of why it's worth it
- A prepaid Icoca card makes travelling around Kyoto easy - here's how.
- Get travel insurance for Japan - we recommend World Nomads (and here's why)