The Best Cheap Hotels in Kyoto
On a tight budget? Don’t know where to stay in Kyoto? Don’t worry, our guide will provide you with a list of 12 cheap hotels, ryokans, hostels and guesthouses.
Kyoto is a relatively small city (7th largest in Japan) but is immensely popular with visitors. A perfect storm for limited and expensive accommodation. But don’t let this put you off – we’re here to help with our top recommendations of where to stay in Kyoto on a budget.
Here’s a list of Kyoto’s cheapest hostels, guesthouses, ryokans (traditional Japanese inns), capsule hotels and hotels (in no particular order):
Hostels and Guesthouses
1. Hostel Kyotokko (京都っ子)
Hostel Kyotokko provides simple budget accommodation for backpackers and cost-conscious travelers in Kyoto. Groups of all size are accepted and its proximity to Nijo Castle means there are a large number of tourist-friendly restaurants, shops and other amenities on hand should you need them.
Website: Hostel Kyotokko
Price: 1,700 yen
2. Kyoto Hana Hostel (京都花宿)
Shedding its former skin as a traditional ryokan, Hana Hostel opened in April 2010 with a contemporary makeover as a budget hostel. Hana Hostel is close to Kyoto Station and the rooms are well-equipped. Backpackers, or any other tourist for that matter, will feel at ease here.
Website: Kyoto Hana Hostel
Price: 2,077 yen
3. Backpackers Hostel K’s House Kyoto
The charming K’s House once ranked as one of the best hostels in Asia. The goal of this hostel is to provide affordable, convenient and comfortable accommodation for budget travelers in Kyoto. The rooms are basic but comfortable and there’s even a cheap cafe if you get hungry.
Website: Backpackers Hostel K’s House Kyoto
Price: 3,000 yen
4. Santiago Guesthouse Kyoto
Located in the historical district Higashimaya, Santiago Guesthouse offers travelers easy access to Yasaka Shrine and UNESCO World Heritage site Kiyomizudera Temple. With a quiet atmosphere, this guesthouse makes for a great escape after a busy day of exploring temples and shrines.
Website: Santiago Guesthouse Kyoto
Price: ~2,000 yen
5. Backpacker’s Ryokan Budget Inn (バジェットイン京都)
Owner Keiji Shimizu was once a backpacker himself, so he understands the importance of affordable but comfortable living. This is exactly what his guesthouse offers. At Backpacker’s Ryokan Budget Inn, you can expect quality service and clean rooms. Additionally, guests can put on a kimono and have their pictures taken for free!
Website: Backpacker’s Ryokan Budget Inn
Price: <4,000 yen
6. Nishiyama Ryokan
This Ryokan is the definition of good hospitality. Nishiyama provides all of its guests with kimonos and yukata to dress up in, to ensure full submersion into old-school Japan. You’ll soon be taking yours off again when you’re introduced to the on-site onsen, however.
With all the amenities and comforts of a modern hotel with the charm of the old – you won’t be disappointed with this choice.
Website: Nishiyama Ryokan
Price: 7,000 yen
7. Ryokan Matsubaya
10 minutes away from Kyoto Station, Ryokan Matsubaya will give you an authentic Japanese experience. The staff is friendly, engaging and welcoming, and the rooms are large with tatami mats, futons, a washroom and free slippers. Plus, there’s an excellent outdoor onsen.
Website: Ryokan Matsubaya
Price: 4,200 yen
8. Nine Hours Hotel
Nine Hours Hotel embodies Japanese efficiency. Check out the video above for full details, but rest assured, this unique hotel will live long in your memory. It may not be for everyone, and certainly not for lengthy stays, but it’s worth giving a shot.
Website: Nine Hours Hotel
Price: 5,100 yen
9. Capsule Ryokan Kyoto
Known as the world’s first tatami capsule ryokan, Capsule Ryokan Hotel provides real comfort alongside unbeatable convenience. The staff is friendly and bilingual and unusually for a capsule hotel, there is even a kitchen should you want to cook.
Website: Capsule Ryokan Kyoto
Price: 3,500 yen
10. First Cabin Kyoto Karasuma
First Cabin is a classy, modern and original hotel. Its cabins are spacious and well-equipped with large plasma televisions, internet access and an alarm clock. Cabins do not have doors but magnetized screens that you can close for privacy. First Cabin is a cut above the rest in terms of quality and price.
Website: First Cabin Kyoto Karasuma
Price: 3,000 yen
11. Royal Park Hotel The Kyoto
Kyoto Royal Park Hotel provides stylish modern accommodation with free wired internet access. Inside, have a massage, make use of the concierge service, or enjoy the bar and restaurant. Rooms are comfortably sized and replete with all the amenities one would expect from a contemporary hotel.
Website: Royal Park Hotel The Kyoto
Price: 7,000 yen
12. The Palace Side Hotel (ザ・パレスサイド ホテル)
As the name suggests, this hotel is located right next to Kyoto Imperial Palace. The Palace Side Hotel offers a communal kitchen for those who want to save some money and cook their meals. Additionally, free Japanese lessons are offered in the lobby. What better way to immerse yourself in Japanese culture than to learn Japanese?
Website: The Palace Side Hotel
Price: ~6,500 yen
*All prices will be for single occupancy and per night unless otherwise stated.
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