The Kyoto International Community House has a lot to offer the short-term visitor, including a library with international papers and magazines, free internet and wifi.
For most foreigners setting up shop in Kyoto, the Kyoto International Community House is their first stop: the vast message board lists jobs, apartments for rent, goods for sale and even personal ads for lovelorn singles. There’s also free wifi and several internet terminals, as well as a library with magazines and newspapers from all over the world. As if that weren’t enough, they even offer free Japanese lessons and even free legal counseling. There’s even a coffee shop where you can chill out and admire the views of the wonderful garden and a TV usually playing CNN or BBC. It’s a very short walk from Nanzen-ji Temple, which makes it the perfect place to cool down or warm up after a bit of temple hopping.
2-1 Torii-cho, Awataguchi, Sakyo-ku
Closed Monday, open Monday when Monday is a national holiday
Closed Tuesday when preceding Monday is a national holiday
Non-smoking area: Yes
5min walk from Keage Station, Tozai subway line
Official Website (English)
Where Is This Place Located?See these places on our Kyoto Google map:
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Near To Here:
The Kyoto International Community House is located in Kyoto’s Northern Higashiyama district. See our complete list of things to do in Northern Higashiyama, including places to eat, nightlife and places to stay.
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)