January 2018: Please note Capsule Ryokan Kyoto has closed down. Please see Best Kyoto Hotels and Guesthouses for hand-picked places to stay in the same budget category
A Japanese-style capsule hotel and budget hotel within walking distance of Kyoto Station, Capsule Ryokan Kyoto is a foreigner-friendly hotel with helpful staff.
Capsule hotels are as Japanese as sushi and samurai, but most of them are pretty grim places: utilitarian refuges for drunken salarymen who’ve missed the last train home. But, the proprietor of Capsule Ryokan Kyoto has rebranded and redesigned the classic capsule hotel to appeal to foreign travellers: The capsules are designed with Japanese touches like tatami-mat floors and reed blinds. And, unlike most capsule hotels, this place is aimed at foreign travellers (meaning there are no inebriated salarymen to contend with).
The overall effect of the capsules here is this: The berths on a Japanese-style deep space exploration vehicle. Of course, there’s far more to Capsule Ryokan Kyoto than just capsules. In fact, there is only one floor of capsules: The rest of the floors are occupied by normal twin/double rooms, which are small but well designed and highly functional. And because this place is popular with backpackers, it’s a great place to meet other travelers and share information and the comfortable lobby is a great place to do this.
204 Tsuchihashicho, Shimogyo-ku
Internet: wifi and LAN cable access
Non-smoking rooms: Yes
7min walk from JR Kyoto Station Karasuma central gate
Where Is This Place Located?See these places on our Kyoto Google map:
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- Click the name of the place in the list. Its location pin will be highlighted on the map.
- Map pins are color coded - BLUE: Hotels | VIOLET: Ryokan | PINK: Places to Eat | YELLOW: Things to See and Do
- If you're using the map on your phone, open the map and then search for the name of the place. The map will then zoom in on its location.
See my complete list of hand-picked recommendations for the Kyoto Station Area, including things to do, places to eat and places to stay.
Kyoto Vacation Checklist
- For all the essentials in a brief overview, see my First Time In Kyoto guide
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