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 (京都っ子)

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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

Address: 783 Sabamatsucho, Marutamachi, Omiya Dori, Kamigyo, Kyoto 602-8145

Phone: +81-7-5821-3323

 

2. Kyoto Hana Hostel (京都花宿)

Kyoto Hana Hostel (京都花宿)

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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

Address: 229 Kogawacho, Shichjo Agau, Akezu Dori, Shimogyo, Kyoto 600-8149

Phone: +81-7-5371-3577

 

3. Backpackers Hostel K’s House Kyoto

Backpackers Hostel K's House Kyoto

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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

Address: 418 Nayacho, Shimogyo, Kyoto 600-8142 

Phone: +81-7-5342-2444

 

4. Santiago Guesthouse Kyoto

Santiago Guesthouse Kyoto

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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

Address: 6-503 Gojobashi Higashi, Higashiyama, Kyoto 605-0846

Phone: +81-7-5741-6391

 

5. Backpacker’s Ryokan Budget Inn (バジェットイン京都)

Backpacker's Ryokan Budget Inn (バジェットイン京都)

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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

Address: 295 Aburanokojicho, Aburanokoji, Shichijo-Sagaru, Shimogyo, Kyoto 600-8231

Phone: +81-7-5344-1510

Ryokans

6. Nishiyama Ryokan

Nishiyama Ryokan

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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

Address: 433 Yamamotocho, Gokomachi Dori, Nakagyo, Kyoto 604-0933

Phone: +81-7-5222-1166

 

7. Ryokan Matsubaya

Ryokan Matsubaya

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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

Address: 329 Nishi-iru, Higashinotouin, Kamijuzuyamachi Dori, Shimogyo, Kyoto 600-8150

Phone: +81-7-5351-3727

Capsule Hotels

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

Address: 588 Teianmaenocho, Shijyo, Teramachi Dori, Shimogyo, Kyoto, 600-8031

Phone: +81-7-5353-7337

 

9. Capsule Ryokan Kyoto

Capsule Ryokan Kyoto

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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

Address: 204 Tshuchihashicho, Shimogyo, Kyoto 600-8226

Phone: +81-7-5344-1510

Other Hotels

10. First Cabin Kyoto Karasuma

First Cabin Kyoto Karasuma

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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

Address: Takanohasukuea 4F, 331 Kamiyanagimachi, Bukkoji Dori Karasuma-Higashiiru, Shimogyo, Kyoto 600-8099

Phone: +81-7-5361-1113

 

11. Royal Park Hotel The Kyoto

Royal Park Hotel The Kyoto

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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

Address: 74 Kawaramachi-Higashiiru, Sanjo Dori, Nakagyo, Kyoto 604-8004

Phone: +81-7-5241-1111

 

12. The Palace Side Hotel (ザ・パレスサイド ホテル)

The Palace Side Hotel (ザ・パレスサイド ホテル)

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Cherry blossoms in March right at your doorstep!

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

Address: 380 Oukakuencho, Kamigyo, Kyoto 602-8011

Phone: +81-7-5415-8887

*All prices will be for single occupancy and per night unless otherwise stated.

Where to Stay in Kyoto

For a comprehensive guide on where to stay in Kyoto, check out:

Where to Stay in Kyoto – Everything You Need to Know

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