16 Guest Houses Suitable for Long Stay in Kyoto

Hotels and ryokans are all very well but if you want to stay long on a budget, guest houses are a good alternative. Staying in a shared dormitory and cooking your own meal would save you costs, enabling you to chip in to your sightseeing. Here are 16 guest houses suitable for long stays in Kyoto.


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1.Guest House Pan and Circus (ゲストハウス パンとサーカス)

15 minutes away from Kyoto station by walk, Pan and Circus was renovated from the old Japanese-style house once used as a pawn shop with more than 100 years history behind it. Price: Separate dormitory for men/women 3,000 yen per night. Facility includes: Toilet, shower, simple kitchen, refrigerator, shared living room, and internet etc.  

616 Azuchi-cho, Gojo-agaru, Kawaramachi-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi


*This hotel has closed for business as of June 25th, 2016.

2. Guest house KINGYOYA (ゲストハウス金魚家)

Kingyoya is a small inn which was renovated from the traditional town house in Kyoto Nishijin. It is located near tourist attractions such as Kinkakuji and Kitano Tenmangu. Guests can enjoy its home grown rice at breakfast. Price: 2,700 yen for staying in a dormitory or with breakfast 3,400 yen per night. Facility includes: Shower, internet, electric jug, hair dryer, refridgrator etc.  Air conditioner is equipped in all rooms.   

243 Kankicho, Kanki-cho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto-shi


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3. Ichiensou (一円相)

5 minutes walk from Gion Shijyo station, Ichiensou is a guest house which was renovated from a traditional Japanese house. There is Hanamikoji near the inn and guests can observe the street with lots of atmosphere. Price: 3,000 yen per night. Guests can utilize the refrigerator, microwave, and IH cooking heater.

4-2 Komatsu-Chou Sijousagaru 4 Chome YamatoOojiDouri, Higashiyama-Ku, Kyoto-shi


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4. Kyoto Guest House KIOTO (京都 ゲストハウス 木音)

KIOTO is a guest house which was once a traditional town house in Nishijin. As a main feature, guests can feel the warmth of wooden house in this guest house. There are tourist attractions such as Kitanotemangu, and Senbonshakado close by. Price: 2,700 yen for the use of dormitory. Guests can enjoy simple Japanese breakfast which comes with beautifully cooked glossy rice with only extra 700 yen. 

100 Mizomae-cho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto-shi


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5. Roujiya (ろうじ屋) 

Roujiya is a Kyoto town house-style guest house located in the quiet area near Nijyo station. There is a shared space where guests can cook for themselves, or relax comfortably. All rooms are equipped with air conditioners, and there are internet connections in every room. Cost of staying per night is 3,000 yen for the use of dormitory. There are Nijyo Castle and Mibu Temple close by. 

22-58 Ikenouchi-cho, Nishinokyo, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi


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6. Khaosan Kyoto Theater (カオサン京都シアター)

Khaosan Kyoto Theater is located on the street of Gokomachi Rokkaku which has many cafes and second hand clothes shops.  Guests can enjoy the world's first Kimono bed which is made of Kyoyuzen (specific type of woven Kimono).  Price: Depending on the number of people per dormitory, the cheapest room starts from 2,000 yen for 10 people per dormitory. Facility include: Modern Japanese living room, shared kitchen, shower, toilet, and internet. 

568 Nakanocho Bukkoji agari Teramachi Dori Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi


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7. Uronza (胡乱座)

The building was originally built on December 8th, 1897.  It is now a traditional Kyoto town house and registered as the Tangible Cultural Property. At Uronza, guests can experience the Kyoto from an old era.

Price: 3,000 yen per person.

Facility includes: Toilet, shower room, basin are all shared. No air conditioners.

427 Yohoji-dori Ayanokoji Sagaru Samegai Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi 



8. Small Worls Guest House (小世界旅社)

Small World Guest House is a guest house renovated from a little flat town house on the narrow street of Murasakino in Kyoto. Price for the use of dormitory is 2,000 yen per person. Toilet and shower are shared, however there are 9 bath houses on the longest market street called Shinomiya Shouten-dori nearby.

25-10 Shimotorida-cho Murasakino Kita-ku Kyoto-shi

http://www.k3.dion.ne.jp/~swg/main.htm (Japanese only)

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9. J Hoppers Kyoto Guest house (ジェイホッパーズ京都ゲストハウス)

The very first J Hoppers located just 600m down south from JR Kyoto Station is a very unique traveller's inn which was renovated from gentlemen’s clothes shop. The use of dormitory costs 2,500 yen per person. Toilet, shower room, and basin are all shared. There are rooms equipped with internet, lockers, and air conditioners. Guests can use the microwave and the rice cooker in the kitchen as well.

51-2, Nakagoryo-cho, Higashikujo, Minami-ku, Kyoto-shi


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10. Guest house Yululu (ゲストハウスゆるる) 

The guest house Yululu is a small old traditional house located 10 minutes away from Kyoto Station. Right in front of the guest house there are Kyoto Museum, the Manga Museum, and the bus stops that takes you to many tourists attractions such as shrines and temples.  Price for staying per night differs depending on time of the year, but normally the use of dormitory costs around 1,500 yen to 3,000 yen. Kitchen is shared and rooms are equipped with air conditioners.

288 Kinoshita-cho, Nakagyou-ku, Kyoto-shi


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11. Guest house hannari Kyoto (ゲストハウスhannari京都) 

Guest house hannari is named after the Kyoto dialect which represents the mellow and opulent quality. Price: 2,500 yen per person for the use of dormitory.  It offers free drinks( 6 different sorts are served at all time), towels, breakfast toast, and earplugs, all of which normally cost extra at other places.

693 Kushige-cho, Higurashi-dori Shimodachiuri Sagaru, Kamigyou-Ku, Kyoto-shi


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12. Guest house Shiorian (ゲストハウス 栞庵) 

Guest house Shiorian is located close to Kyoto Station with an easy access to many tourist attractions and business locations. It has been renovated from an old Kyoto town house which was originally built in Showa era. Price: the use of dormitory per person is 2,900 yen for a night. Bath, shower room, basin and toilet are shared. Guests have free access to the kitchen with microwave and electrical jug. 

339 Kagiya-cho,Kagiyamachi Karasuma Nishiiru,Shimogyo-ku,KYOTO-shi


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13. Hostel Haruya Kyoto (宿はる家)

Hostel Haruya is a guest house which was renovated from the 100 year-old town house from Taisho era. 15 minutes away from Kyoto Station, the location of the hostel is within an easy reach to many tourist attractions. As for the price, it is 2,500 yen for the shared room per person. Facility includes: Air conditioners for all rooms, and kitchen/shower/toilet are all shared. Free internet access.  

542-4 Furukawa-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi


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14. OKI's Inn (沖のまちやど)

OKI’s inn is a guest house which was renovated from the building from the Taisho era. Guests can feel how people used to live in the olden days and it is well recommended to take a walk through Yanaginamiki in Shirakawa to Gion or Kiyomizu-dera.  The price for the use of dormitory is 2,300yen per person and guests can use the refrigerator, microwave, toaster, and electrical jug. Toilet, shower, basin are shared, and there is a public bath house near by.

542-2 Furukawa-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi



15. Kyoto Guest house Rakuza (京都ゲストハウス楽座)

Rakuza is located right in the middle of Kyoto called Gion. It is built for more than 100 years old and used to be an Ochaya’s town house. It’s location enables easy access to many tourist attractions. Price: The use of dormitory costs 3,000 yen per person. Shower, basin, toilet are shared, and although there is no kitchen, an electrical jug and a microwave are available.

2-255 Miyakawasuji, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi


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16. Khaosan Kyoto (カオサン京都)

Khaosan Kyoto is the Kyoto branch of Khaosan group which is widely spread across Japan. The guest house itself is modern and does not represent traditional town house ambience, however the Japanese modern living room creates the atmosphere which naturally enables guests to talk with other travellers. Since it is accepting guests from across the globe, the group has its own know-how to accommodate various needs and requests of overseas visitors and that also applies to this guest house. 

568 Nakano-cho Bukkoji Agaru Teramachi-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi


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(The above information is accurate as of July 2015)







The information in this article is accurate at the time of publication.

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