Kyoto Hostel Zen

423 Izutsuyacho, Nakagyo-ku, Kawaramachi, Kyoto, Japan, 604-8113
Kyoto Hostel Zen
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9.0
Exceptional
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9.0
Exceptional
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Exceptional location - Inside city center
Popular neighborhood
  • Nijo Castle1.58 km
  • Kyoto Imperial Palace1.93 km
  • Sanjusangendo Hall2.1 km
  • Kiyomizu Temple2.19 km
  • Eikando Zenrinji Temple2.99 km
  • Ginkaku-ji Temple3.84 km
  • Fushimi Inari Shrine4.53 km
  • Kinkaku Temple4.84 km
  • Ryoanji Temple5.16 km
  • Arashiyama Mountain7.92 km
  • Highlights and ratings

    1.5-star Guesthouse/bed and breakfast
    Free Wi-Fi
    "Pro: new hostel, great location walkable to shijyo sanjyo nishiki market and metro/Keihan/city bus;"
    Choichi - April 10, 2017
    Exceptional service
    9.3 rating for service
    Exceptional reputation
    Recommended by 92% of guests
    Exceptional cleanliness
    9.1 rating for cleanliness
    Excellent facilities on premise
    8.7 facilities on premise
    • 540 meters to public transportation

    • Located in heart of Kyoto

    • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

    • Air conditioning

    • Daily housekeeping

    Cheaper than 99% of all properties in Kyoto in the last 24 hoursCompared to 6,813 Kyoto properties at Agoda for various dates
    Value for money9.0
    Location rating9.0
    Nearest airportOsaka International Airport (ITM)
    Distance to airport38.0 km

    Rooms available at Kyoto Hostel Zen

    Bunk Bed in 8-Bed Female Dormitory Room
    Bunk Bed in 8-Bed Female Dormitory Room
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    • Room size: 26 m²/280 ft²
    • Shower and bathtub
    • 1 bunk bed
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    Twin Room with Shared Bathroom
    Twin Room with Shared Bathroom
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    • Room size: 26 m²/280 ft²
    • Shower and bathtub
    • 2 bunk beds
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    1 Bed in Dormitory (Mixed)
    1 Bed in Dormitory (Mixed)
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    • Room size: 25 m²/269 ft²
    • Non-smoking
    • 1 bunk bed
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    Private 4-Bunk Beds Room
    Private 4-Bunk Beds Room
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    • Room size: 18 m²/194 ft²
    • Non-smoking
    • 2 bunk beds
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    1 Bed in Dormitory (Female)
    1 Bed in Dormitory (Female)
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    • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
    • Non-smoking
    • 1 bunk bed
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    Semi Western-Style Room
    Semi Western-Style Room
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    • Non-smoking
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    Dormitory
    Dormitory
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    • Non-smoking
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    Beds Japanese Style - Non-Smoking
    Beds Japanese Style - Non-Smoking
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    • Non-smoking
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    Dormitory for Women Only
    Dormitory for Women Only
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    • Non-smoking
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    Standard Single - Non-Smoking
    Standard Single - Non-Smoking
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    • Non-smoking
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    Frequently asked questions

    What time is check-in and check-out at Kyoto Hostel Zen?

    Check-in is from 4:00 PM, and check-out is until 11:00 AM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The property offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out.

    How do I get to Kyoto Hostel Zen?

    For those who wish to drive their own cars, Kyoto Hostel Zen has a car park that's close to the property. Car parking is available for an additional charge. Self-parking is conveniently available at the property.

    What is the smoking policy at Kyoto Hostel Zen?

    Kyoto Hostel Zen does not permit smoking in any of its rooms, but allows smoking in designated areas. The property offers its guests both smoking and non-smoking rooms. You can request your preferred room type during booking, but please keep in mind that rooms are subject to availability.

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    What people love about Kyoto Hostel Zen

    • 8.8
      Excellent

      "I would really recommend staying here."

      Lucy

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      March 30, 2017

    • 9.2
      Exceptional
      Cleanliness

      "Good cheap clean and central hotel."

      Metin

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      April 15, 2017

    • 9.6
      Exceptional

      "Comfy beds with privacy screen;"

      Choichi

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      April 10, 2017

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    9.7/10
    Value for money score
    9.0/10
    Location score
    9.0/10
    Better than
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    Better than
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    More about Kyoto Hostel Zen

    More about Kyoto Hostel Zen

    9.2
    Exceptional

    "It was super good to spend 2 nights at the guesthouse."

    PORLAY

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    April 22, 2017

    Description

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    Most talked about facilities

    Housekeeping
    5 mentions
    Breakfast
    1 mention

    What they offer

    10.0
    Exceptional
    Bathroom

    "Beds and bath room are tidy and clean."

    Hao

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    April 9, 2017

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    Nearest essentials

    Distances shown are straight-line distances on the map. Actual travel distances may vary.
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    Food and dining

    Nearby restaurants

    Japanese cuisine
    Japanese cuisine
    Eikun Kuramoto Owned Store Moromine Rokkaku
    20 m Japanese
    Kutsuki Asahiya Kodaiji
    30 m Japanese, Sushi
    Saikontan Takoyakushi Kyoto
    30 m Japanese
    American cuisine
    American cuisine
    Very Berry Cafe Gokomachi
    240 m American, Cafe
    California no Aoi Sora
    270 m American, Bar, Pub
    Wine Dining Umi Usagi
    410 m American, Italian, Japanese
    Asian cuisine
    Asian cuisine
    Genzo Nishiki Main shop
    170 m Asian
    Kyo Apollo Rokkaku
    190 m Asian, Japanese
    Koan Sanjoten
    190 m Asian

    What's nearby

    Distances shown are straight-line distances on the map. Actual travel distances may vary.
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    Reviews of Kyoto Hostel Zen from real guests

    Overall rating
    9.0
    Exceptional
    From 460 reviews
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    Agoda Reviews (132)Booking.com Reviews (328)
    Rating via Agoda9.0
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    10
    Exceptional
    Cleanliness9.1
    Facilities8.7
    Location9.0
    Service9.3
    Value for money9.0
    High score for Kyoto
    Rating
    9+ Exceptional (42)
    8-9 Excellent (9)
    7-8 Very Good (5)
    6-7 Good (2)
    <6 Below Expectation (1)
    Time of the year
    Mar - May (28)
    Jun - Aug (7)
    Sep - Nov (18)
    Dec - Feb (6)
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    10.0
    Exceptional
    Lijen from Taiwan
    Solo traveler
    1 Bed in Dormitory (Female)
    Stayed 5 nights in May 2019

    clean and big bed space”

    The boss Kenny is really nice, I see his smile all the time.This building is nice and the space is very clean. They offer a big bed space with privacy. Price is cheap. This is the best hostel I Had ever stayed. I will recommend it to my friends. And I look forward to coming back again.soon.

    Reviewed June 02, 2019

    Thank you so much for staying in our hostel and for giving your good review. Next year, we will hold the Olympics and always have a good sightseeing spot. So whenever you want, please come back and staying here again! Thank you Kyoto hostel ZEN Kenny

    Responded December 02, 2019
    Kyoto Hostel Zen
    10.0
    Exceptional
    dan from United States
    Family with teens
    1 Bed in Dormitory (Female)
    Stayed 1 night in April 2019

    Exceptional”

    The staff are super nice who help us to lift luggages from first floor to third floor. The female dormitory bed is huge which could sleep two persons. Common area has cookware but if they could provide water and rice, it could be even better to save us time. Location is convenient near Jin Market!

    Reviewed April 12, 2019

    We are glad that you were satisfied with our service! We will put your recommendation to mind, and try our best! Hope to see you again!

    Responded May 04, 2019
    Kyoto Hostel Zen
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Lim from Singapore
    Solo traveler
    1 Bed in Dormitory (Mixed)
    Stayed 4 nights in April 2018

    As Central As It Can Get”

    This hostel is quaint, clean and has very friendly staff. It's a 4 mins walk to Nishiki Market and surrounded with food. Daimaru is just 10 mins away. Rental bikes are available and cheap. Beds are comfortable. The only thing is that it's not a very "social" hostel if that's what you are looking for.

    Reviewed April 14, 2018
    9.6
    Exceptional
    Choichi from Hong Kong
    Solo traveler
    1 Bed in Dormitory (Mixed)
    Stayed 3 nights in April 2017

    Good location in centre kyoto”

    Pro: new hostel, great location walkable to shijyo sanjyo nishiki market and metro/Keihan/city bus; has a bathtub if you want to have a soak; comfy beds with privacy screen; kitchen with cooking tools and seasoning; Con: my only complaint is no elevator and rooms on fourth floor, but hostel staff will help getting luggage up. The place is still new so im sure it will get better with time :)

    Reviewed April 10, 2017
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Hao from China
    Solo traveler
    1 Bed in Dormitory (Mixed)
    Stayed 1 night in April 2017

    Greatest Experience in Kyoto!”

    The location of Kyoto Hostel Zen is really good to find, and the environment is quiet. Beds and bath room are tidy and clean. Every staff can speak English, their attitude and service is unbelievable nice! I love this hostel so much!

    Reviewed April 09, 2017
    6.4
    Good
    Sootiwut from Thailand
    Solo traveler
    1 Bed in Dormitory (Mixed)
    Stayed 1 night in June 2019

    Such a serene location yet convenient to get to anywhere”

    The staff have a very open attitude is and is in a great location to travel anywhere

    Reviewed June 13, 2019

    この度は当ホステルにご宿泊頂き誠にありがとうございました。 スタッフは少し入れ替わりはしましたが、皆同様に元気よく皆さまをお迎えしております。 また次京都にお越しの際にはぜひ当館を再びご利用いただければと思います。 その際にはまた京都のおもてなしをお楽しみ頂けるようスタッフ一同お迎えを致します。 京都ホステル禅 小島

    Responded December 02, 2019
    Kyoto Hostel Zen
    8.8
    Excellent
    Lucy from United Kingdom
    Solo traveler
    1 Bed in Dormitory (Female)
    Stayed 5 nights in March 2017

    Clean, comfortable with great staff”

    I would really recommend staying here. With blackout curtains across your bed, there's plenty of privacy, the shower facilities are excellent, everywhere is very clean and the staff are friendly and helpful. It's only a 25 minute walk from the castle and kiyomizu-dera as well.

    Reviewed March 30, 2017
    9.6
    Exceptional
    Mohd from Malaysia
    Solo traveler
    1 Bed in Dormitory (Mixed)
    Stayed 2 nights in December 2017

    Great”

    But no breakfast

    Reviewed December 05, 2017

    Thank you so much! just sorry for no breakfast services. Staff all are waiting for you to visit us again. BEST

    Responded December 11, 2017
    Kyoto Hostel Zen
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Phoebe from United Kingdom
    Solo traveler
    1 Bed in Dormitory (Mixed)
    Stayed 1 night in October 2017

    Probably the best hostel I've ever stayed in.”

    Everything is so thought out in the hostel, it's all clean, the beds are comfy and the dorms have so much space! Staff are friendly too, I can't wait to go back if I stay in Kyoto again!

    Reviewed November 02, 2017

    We are so happy to hear that! We AlWAYS welcome and cannot wait to see you again! Thank you!

    Responded December 11, 2017
    Kyoto Hostel Zen
    9.2
    Exceptional
    PORLAY from Cambodia
    Solo traveler
    1 Bed in Dormitory (Mixed)
    Stayed 3 nights in April 2017

    it's a nice place to stay and friendly staff to meet”

    it was super good to spend 2 nights at the guesthouse. everything was good and very informative friendly staffs. hope to see them again!

    Reviewed April 22, 2017
    9.6
    Exceptional
    bernard from Singapore
    Solo traveler
    1 Bed in Dormitory (Mixed)
    Stayed 2 nights in November 2017

    Location is relatively good and facilities are clean! Hotel looks relatively new.”

    Need a brisk 10min walk to reach the nearest bus or train station to visit the places of interest in the city. Facilities are good otherwise!

    Reviewed November 24, 2017

    Thank you for staying at our hostel. We hope you could visit a lot of places in Kyoto! We are looking forward to seeing you again!

    Responded December 11, 2017
    Kyoto Hostel Zen
    9.2
    Exceptional
    Metin from Turkey
    Solo traveler
    1 Bed in Dormitory (Mixed)
    Stayed 4 nights in April 2017

    Exceptional”

    good cheap clean and central hotel.

    Reviewed April 15, 2017
    10.0
    Exceptional
    WOO from Hong Kong
    Solo traveler
    1 Bed in Dormitory (Mixed)
    Stayed 1 night in December 2019

    Very clean and convenient location. ”

    Nothing to complain about. Owner explain everything clearly. Location is convenient and the facilities are all very clean and well kept.

    Reviewed January 16, 2020
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Ludiver from Philippines
    Solo traveler
    1 Bed in Dormitory (Mixed)
    Stayed 5 nights in October 2019

    One of the best hostels I've ever been to”

    Staff are very friendly and helpful. Didn't have to go outside the hostel to learn things about Japan. The staff are very keen to answer questions. The room is very clean and tidy. There's a luggage lock for security, and most of all, they offered a FREE smartphone rental that you can use for Google maps while traveling so you can save the battery of your personal phone. Everything is basically there. There's nothing else I could ask for.

    Reviewed November 03, 2019

    Thank you so much for staying in our hostel and for giving us your good review. I hope to see you again soon. Thank you Kyoto hostel ZEN Kojima

    Responded December 02, 2019
    Kyoto Hostel Zen
    8.8
    Excellent
    Irma
    Solo traveler
    1 Bed in Dormitory (Female)
    Stayed 4 nights in July 2019

    It was awesome stay”

    I enjoyed my stay here, would definitely return if I had the chance.

    Reviewed September 05, 2019

    Thank you so much for staying in our hostel and for giving us a good review. From the end of March, the cherry blossom will be beautiful so I hope you come back on those days and staying here again. Thank you Kyoto hostel ZEN Kojima

    Responded December 02, 2019
    Kyoto Hostel Zen
    8.0
    Excellent
    Tony from France
    Solo traveler
    1 Bed in Dormitory (Mixed)
    Stayed 2 nights in October 2018

    Handy phone très pratique”

    malgré le faible espace dans la chambre et l'absence de torchon dans la sdb, chaque lit est équipé d'un handy phone avec la 4g qui permet de naviguer en file facilement et d'avoir accès à internet (intéressant pour ceux qui n'ont pas de pocket WiFi ou de sim japonnaise)

    Reviewed October 11, 2018
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Hirohisa from Japan
    Solo traveler
    1 Bed in Dormitory (Mixed)
    Stayed 1 night in September 2018

    一人旅に最高!”

    何をとっても素晴らしい!スタッフは親切、食事などの情報は充分、清潔、設備は新しく、無料で使えるタブレットもありユーザーフレンドリー!また来たい!

    Reviewed September 26, 2018
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Hsinyi
    Solo traveler
    1 Bed in Dormitory (Female)
    Stayed 1 night in August 2018

    場所もサービスも最高”

    今回は五山送り火のため、泊まりました。 ホステルの近くすぐ地下鉄があってすごく便利です、フロントの男性スタッフも親切でした。

    Reviewed September 11, 2018
    6.8
    Good
    Nobuyuki from Japan
    Solo traveler
    1 Bed in Dormitory (Mixed)
    Stayed 1 night in February 2019

    宿の感想”

    階段のスロープが良い、スタッフも親切で質問や要望に対応して頂き感謝します。 ただシャワーのお湯がなかなか出てこないのは、構造上仕方ないが、配管を保温するとかの対応をしてほしい。(やってあってもダメかは?)

    Reviewed February 21, 2019
    10.0
    Exceptional
    kiyomi from Japan
    Solo traveler
    1 Bed in Dormitory (Female)
    Stayed 1 night in January 2020

    Exceptional”

    スタッフの方がとても親切です。ベッドは広く、掃除も行き届いており気持ち良く滞在する事ができました。駅からも近く地下道を歩けば小降りの雨であれば傘が必要ないくらいです。今まで色々なホステル・ゲストハウスを利用しましたが素晴らしいホステルだと思います。

    Reviewed January 19, 2020
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