As Kyoto is mostly still a traditional place the guesthouses and hostels continue this style, while still offering low prices. Therefore most of these recommendations, but not all, will have rooms with traditional Tamami floors and futons. Even if this does not sound appetising, just try it for one night! There are more options at HostelWorld.com and on each places specific page (use the search box above).
A load of different options to suit you budget, group size and desired room type. Modern and clean interior, with knowledgeable staff.
Price: Dorms from 1850 yen, private rooms from 4200 yen
Location: Near Kyoto station
Khaosan have a load of hostels in Tokyo, and their Kyoto hostels are solid hostel experiences. Expect polite, excitable staff and really good prices.
Price: Dorms from 1300 yen, private rooms from 2300 yen
Location: Near Gion
This guesthouse provides a more traditional Ryokan (Japanese hotel) experience than the rest. Prices are a little more, but your experience will be much more memorable. We stayed here and found the staff to be really friendly.
Price: From 3600 yen
Location: Near Kiyomizu-dera temple
Very central dorms, at good prices. Lots of free things, like a free breakfast everyday.
Price: From 1900 yen
Location: Next to Nijo Castle
A little bit pricier than the others, but with a more ‘Japanesey’ feel and atmosphere. It’s also smaller and therefore much quieter than the others.
Price: Dorms from 3000 yen, privates from 4200 yen
Location: Near the Honganji temples
A very friendly guesthouse with a nice charm. Good location and bikes to rent for only 500 yen. Best for large groups.
Price: From 2300 yen (dorm rooms)
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