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The Lower East Nine Hostel

"The people working here are friendly and helpful, I recommend it."

Yu - February 1, 2020
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The Lower East Nine Hostel

32, Minami Karasuma-cho, Higashi-kujo, Minami-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan, 601-8041 - See map
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Popular landmarks
Kujo Subway Station 50 m
Kyo Tsukimachian 290 m
Kyoto Terrsa 420 m
Kyoto Avanti 460 m
Ecolo park 520 m
Aeon Mall Kyoto 560 m
Asty Road 580 m
KOHYO 600 m
Kintetsu Mall Miyakomichi 650 m
Kamo river 650 m
Nearby landmarks
Kyoto Station Building 740 m
Sanjusangendo Temple 1.47 km
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine 1.77 km
Kiyomizu-dera Temple 2.84 km
Nishiki Market Shopping District 2.86 km
Gion 3.13 km
Nijō Castle 3.89 km
Ginkakuji Temple 6.32 km
Kinkakuji Temple 7.24 km
Arashiyama Monkey Park 8.86 km
8.8

Excellent

Location rating score

20 meters from city center
Popular neighborhood
  • 30 meters to public transportation

  • Located in heart of Kyoto

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

  • Air conditioning

  • Smoking area

Cheaper than 99% of all properties in Kyoto in the last 24 hoursCompared to 3,013 Kyoto properties at Agoda for various dates
Value for money9.0
Distance to city center4km
Location rating8.8
Nearest airportOsaka International Airport (ITM)
Distance to airport36.4 km

Rooms available at The Lower East Nine Hostel

Excellent
Room comfort & quality
8.7
1 Person in 8-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
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  • Room size: 18 m²/194 ft²
  • City view
  • 4 bunk beds
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Superior Twin Room with Private Bathroom
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  • Room size: 19 m²/205 ft²
  • City view
  • 2 single beds
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1 Person in Dormitory - Mixed
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  • Room size: 10 m²/108 ft²
  • City view
  • 4 bunk beds
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1 Person in Dormitory - Female Only
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  • Room size: 16 m²/172 ft²
  • City view
  • 6 bunk beds
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Bunk Bed Twin Room
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  • Room size: 16 m²/172 ft²
  • City view
  • 1 bunk bed
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1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory - Female Only
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  • Room size: 10 m²/108 ft²
  • City view
  • 2 bunk beds
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Economy Quadruple Room
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  • Room size: 10 m²/108 ft²
  • City view
  • 2 bunk beds
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Standard Quadruple Room
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  • Room size: 10 m²/108 ft²
  • City view
  • 2 bunk beds
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Quadruple Room with Shared Bathroom
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  • Room size: 10 m²/108 ft²
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Bed in 8-Bed Mixed Dormitory Room
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  • Room size: 18 m²/194 ft²
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Frequently asked questions

What time is check-in and check-out at The Lower East Nine Hostel?

Check-in is from 03:00 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 hostel offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out.

How do I get to The Lower East Nine Hostel?

If you're looking for an easy way to get around Kyoto with private transportation, the hostel can arrange taxi service.

What is the smoking policy at The Lower East Nine Hostel?

The Lower East Nine Hostel does not permit smoking in any of its rooms, but allows smoking in designated areas.

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What people love about The Lower East Nine Hostel

  • 10.0
    Exceptional

    "I love everything about this hostel."

    Rahel

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    March 14, 2019

  • 8.0
    Very good
    Breakfast

    "The breakfast was really delicious!"

    Michelle

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    November 19, 2019

  • 9.6
    Exceptional

    "The ambiance is homey & friendly."

    Ging

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    May 20, 2019

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Overall rating:
9.0
Exceptional
1,212 reviews
Cleanliness
9.2
Facilities
8.8
Location
8.8
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What travelers say they love:
Staff are very nice and can speak english.
Rebella from Philippines
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More about The Lower East Nine Hostel

Designed for both business and leisure travel, The Lower East Nine Hostel is ideally situated in Kyoto Station; one of the city's most popular locales. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations.

Offering hotel guests superior services and a broad range of amenities, The Lower East Nine Hostel is committed to ensuring that your stay is as comfortable as possible. For the comfort and convenience of guests, the hotel offers free Wi-Fi in all rooms, taxi service, luggage storage, Wi-Fi in public areas, coffee shop.

The hotel features 8 beautifully appointed guest rooms, many of which include internet access – wireless, internet access – wireless (complimentary), non smoking rooms, air conditioning, heating. Besides, the hotel's host of recreational offerings ensures you have plenty to do during your stay. Whatever your reason for visiting Kyoto, the The Lower East Nine Hostel is the perfect venue for an exhilarating and exciting break away.

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Breakfast
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Housekeeping
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Food & Dining
2 mentions
Internet
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What they offer

10.0
Exceptional
Bathroom

"There is a provided shampoo and body wash."

Rebella

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January 27, 2020

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Food and dining

Breakfast options

Continental

Nearby restaurants

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Takowakadaikichioishibashi
60 m Japanese
Samasama Kyujo Ekimae
70 m Japanese
Kiccho
120 m Japanese
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40 m Asian, Bar, Cafe
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360 m Asian, Korean
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Pearl
170 m Cafe
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330 m Cafe

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8.8
Excellent
Xin from Singapore
Group
1 Person in 8-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
Stayed 2 nights in April 2017

Quiet Hostel Near Kyoto Station”

The Lower East Nine Hostel is located next to Kujo Station on the subway network. Kyoto station is next stop but it is more worthwhile and use it to travel to Shijo Station where most central Kyoto landmarks are in the vicinity and to connect to the Hankyu rail network which provides access to Osaka Itami Airport with easier transfers. As it is near Kyoto Station, it is also a suitable base to do trips on the JR network to Osaka, Nara, Uji, Arashiyama and the Shiga region or beyond. Kyoto Station is the terminus for the bus network in Kyoto as well, thus it is also suitable for exploring Kyoto via bus. The rooms are rather comfortable. They have great coffee and drinks at a discount for guests. A reliable laundry facility. The only downside is the layout of the hostel. To get to the dorms or from the common area to the private rooms you have to go outdoors first which is problematic during rain or extreme cold weather. Otherwise, it was a comfortable stay and decent quiet base for exploring Kyoto that is away from the more busy areas around Kyoto Station and Sanjo district.

Reviewed April 30, 2017

Thank you for kind comments. We are glad you enjoyed during stay here with us. We look forward to seeing you here again.

Responded February 24, 2019
The Lower East Nine Hostel
9.2
Exceptional
amanda from South Africa
Group
Superior Twin Room with Private Bathroom
Stayed 5 nights in November 2018

Highly recommended”

I stayed at the lower east nine hostel during November. The hostel is easy to find and conveniently located next to the kujo subway station, (1 stop away from Kyoto station. )Take the lift to ground floor at exit 4 if you have luggage. The staff were always helpful and available during our stay. Checkin was easy. I stayed in the private room which included breakfast and a warm drink in the morning. The coffee is superb and the avocado toast with eggs was delicious. there is a coin laundry room on the ground floor and they will store your bags after check out until reception closes.

Reviewed November 16, 2018

Thank you for staying The lower east nine hostel! we hope to see you again in Kyoto!!

Responded February 24, 2019
The Lower East Nine Hostel
10.0
Exceptional
Arwen from United Kingdom
Solo traveler
1 Person in Dormitory - Female Only
Stayed 5 nights in July 2018

Great place, great people!”

Had a great time at Lower East Nine Hostel. First, it’s really easy to find and very close to Kyoto station. The staff were very nice and spoke great English as well as other languages. The facilities were really clean, the beds comfy. My only complaint may be the limited breakfast choice; bread to make toast and boiled eggs. But hey, the breakfast was free! So I’m not complaining that much. Great place if you’re staying in Kyoto for any length of time, and good for group travellers too!

Reviewed July 29, 2018

Thank you for kind comments. We are glad you enjoyed during stay here with us. We look forward to seeing you here again.

Responded February 24, 2019
The Lower East Nine Hostel
10.0
Exceptional
Pui from Malaysia
Solo traveler
1 Person in Dormitory - Mixed
Stayed 1 night in February 2019

Value for Money”

It provides breakfast, fill up my tummy before going out. Good Location, Bus stop right in front of Lower East Nine Hostel, with 600yen bus pass, I am able to travel the whole kyoto.

Reviewed May 06, 2019

Thank you for staying with us! We are glad to hear that you was able to enjoy traveling around Kyoto. We wish we could know your story here. Did you love everything in Kyoto? We hope so, and also hope to have you back here and see you again! Best, Keiko, The Lower East Nine Hostel

Responded June 10, 2019
The Lower East Nine Hostel
9.0
Exceptional
jitwadee from Thailand
Solo traveler
1 Person in Dormitory - Female Only
Stayed 1 night in November 2015

Chic new hostel - love it”

location, price, style & decoration

I love trying new hostel and came across this hostel which was just newly open & I really love it. Hostel itself looks nicer than the photos. the location is good, right above Kujo subway station (take exit 3 & hotel is on your right hand side with 10 steps walk!). The staffs are nice and speak good English, very helpful indeed. I arrive early and I can deposit my luggage before and after my stay. The dorm room is clean and has everything you need for overnight stay (towel is provided too). bathroom is also clean & common room is big enough. The café at lobby is very nice and cozy. the only 1 improvement would be the wifi which was a bit unstable. I will probably stay at this hostel again for my next visit to Kyoto :)

Reviewed December 01, 2015
8.8
Excellent
Kanistha from Thailand
Solo traveler
1 Person in Dormitory - Female Only
Stayed 3 nights in November 2017

Good location for solo traveller”

Lower east nine is very easy to access. nice cafe down stair and clean facilities. Staff are useful and responsive. Price is reasonable and surrounded with a good food and can walk straight to Kyoto station! Recommended.

Reviewed January 11, 2018

Thank you for kind comments. We are glad you enjoyed during stay here with us. We look forward to seeing you here again.

Responded February 24, 2019
The Lower East Nine Hostel
10.0
Exceptional
QUAN from United States
Solo traveler
Stayed 4 nights in December 2018

A wonderful stay for a bargain. ”

I stayed here for 4 days when I was traveling to Kyoto. It is very close to the subway (right around the corner) and there is a bus station that picks up and can take you to the shines/gion etc. There's a 7-11 down the street. Everyone is friendly and speaks English. The hostel is also a cafe that you can enjoy food and various drinks throughout the day. They offer all the facilities you need, a common room, breakfast in the morning (egg and bread) and you can request towels if you need to. The rooms are cozy and there are bathrooms and showers on the second floor (that's where I stayed). The common room is very lively, I made some wonderful friends staying here. The showers come with body wash and shampoo. Noise was above average for a hostel. They will hold your luggage past checkout if you want to explore the city more. Thanks for the stay LE9! Pros: Good price, facilities are modern, staff are very kind, close to transportation and convenience stores. Cons: No conditioner

Reviewed February 21, 2019

Dear, QUAN Thank you for kind comments. We are glad you enjoyed during stay here with us. We look forward to seeing you here again. LE9 staff

Responded February 21, 2019
The Lower East Nine Hostel
8.4
Excellent
Monalie from Philippines
Solo traveler
1 Person in Dormitory - Female Only
Stayed 2 nights in December 2018

Great hostel few minutes walk from Kyoto Station”

Highly recommend staying at Lower East Nine hostel. Staffs are accommodating and friendly. Facilities are topnotch. Rooms are clean and the cafe is superb. Will definitely stay here again when I come back to Kyoto.

Reviewed December 11, 2018

Thank you for staying our hostel and your kind comment! We hope to see you again in Kyoto!

Responded December 24, 2018
The Lower East Nine Hostel
9.3
Exceptional
KimHeng from Singapore
Solo traveler
1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory - Female Only
Stayed 2 nights in October 2015

One of the best new dormitories in Kyoto”

Friendliness, Comfort, Location

A fantastic experience! LE9 has a beautiful living room/dining/kitchen area on the 2nd floor where you can sit and make plans for the next day. It is also conveniently located at Kujo subway station, 1 stop down from Kyoto station. In fact, if you wanted to you could exit south from Kyoto station and walk downwards to Kujo; LE9 is hard to miss. It takes about 10 minutes to walk from Kyoto station to Kujo. The beds were comfortable and spacious enough for you to put most things, and the staff converse quite fluently in English and should be able to help you with most queries. If you don't have a travel pass, then travelling from Kujo to the Gion district might be slighty inconvenient. If you're a solo traveler like me, I would suggest lodging somewhere closer to Gion-shijo, where you can explore the other side of the river (Philosopher's path, Ginkaku, Kiyomizu-dera, Yasaka Shrine etc) and then move over to LE9, where you can explore the Kyoto station, Tower and the Saga-Arashiyama side.

Reviewed October 17, 2015
9.6
Exceptional
Ging from Philippines
Family with young children
Standard Quadruple Room
Stayed 2 nights in May 2019

Clean, friendly & helpful staff. Affordable yet classy, nice athmosphere, convenient location”

The place is really clean with fully equipped kitchen, the bed and room we got is generously spaced for a hostel - we felt so comfortable. With free shampoo and liquid soap.The free breakfast (boiled egg, bread, jam, margarine)is good & filling. The ambiance is homey & friendly. My family had a very nice experience and we would definitely stay there again if we have a chance to visit Kyoto. Highly recommendable. Our tip to visitors would be study the routes and transportation very well to avoid getting lost & wasting precious time. Re location pls take karasuma line and alight at Kujo station ( one station after kyoto) then exit at exit#3. When you exit at #3 turn right and approx 30 steps to the hostel.

Reviewed May 20, 2019

Thank you for staying with us! It couldn't be better that you loved our hostel, and also a lot of things in Kyoto. Actually it's just 30 step from exit #3 of Kujo station to our hostel. We appreciate your clear and kind guide! You are always welcome. We can't wait to see you again here! Best, Keiko, The Lower East Nine Hostel

Responded June 11, 2019
The Lower East Nine Hostel
10.0
Exceptional
Sing from Malaysia
Couple
Bunk Bed Twin Room
Stayed 1 night in November 2015

Super new, clean and good”

Location, new, clean

The hotel is super new which is just 2 weeks old by the time I check in. Everything look nice and all design in the hotel are well thought. The environment of the hotel and feel is nice too. The bunk beds that we stayed are large as it's super single each bed. The other nights at another hotel, they just gave us a super single for a double room! The location of the hotel is good too as it's just 1 station away from Kyoto Station if you need to travel via Shinkansen. The Kujo station is just right below the hotel and actually it's just 5 minutes walk from the main Kyoto Station. There's also a 7 eleven beside the hotel which is convenient. The owner is a foreigner and speak good english. Overall is a very good stay although we just dropped by 1 night. Will definitely stay in this hotel again if we have the chance to visit Kyoto again.

Reviewed November 12, 2015
10.0
Exceptional
lisa from United States
Solo traveler
1 Person in Dormitory - Female Only
Stayed 7 nights in May 2017

The Most Aesthetically Pleasing Hostel I Ever Stayed At ”

I stay at TheLowerEastNine Hostel for about a week and I absolutely loved it. I love the cafe/bar and the common room. It is big spacious and clean like the rest of the hostel. I love the convenient location. I literally walked everywhere when I was in Kyoto. Kyoto station was 5 Minute away. That place already has a lot to do. And I found an awesome mall nearby too called AEON. I would stay here again if I get another chance. Even though its been more than 6 months since I stayed there, I still have very pleasant memory of my stay.

Reviewed February 04, 2018
10.0
Exceptional
Louise from Philippines
Solo traveler
1 Person in Dormitory - Female Only
Stayed 4 nights in September 2019

Good stay in Kyoto”

The hostel is right next to Kujo station exit 3 which is 1 stop away from Kyoto station. The hostel is also less than 5 min walk from Kyoto station. The place is so hip and instagramable and very peaceful as well. The staff are very accomodating as well. The only thing to note tho is that there is no elevator. So if you have heavy luggage ask help from the staff to ensure safety. Not a very big issue tho. The next time I go back to Kyoto, I will surely come here again.

Reviewed October 06, 2019

Thank you so much for staying at LE9! We appreciate your kind review. We are so glad that you felt comfortable in our hostel. We hope you enjoyed traveling in Kyoto. We hope to have you back to Kyoto and see you again here! Best, Ryo, The Lower East Nine Hostel

Responded November 12, 2019
The Lower East Nine Hostel
9.0
Exceptional
Tate from Malaysia
Solo traveler
Bunk Bed Twin Room
Stayed 3 nights in January 2016

Modern hostel with a great cafe”

The bathrooms were clean, modest but nice. Situated right next to the train station. The cafe is cozy and provides a good resting spot.

The hostel is located right next to a station, which is one south station from Kyoto Station. Walkable to Kyoto Station. The cafe was had warm interiors - very comfortable and cosy. They had a large common living room where you can meet other guests. The toilets and bathrooms were very clean. The beds are slightly bigger than a typical dorm. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Perhaps the downside is the rooms are a tad small. But all in all a very comfortable hostel.

Reviewed January 21, 2016
10.0
Exceptional
Louise from Philippines
Solo traveler
1 Person in Dormitory - Female Only
Stayed 1 night in October 2019

Good place to stay in Kyoto”

The hostel is right next to Kujo station exit 3 which is 1 stop away from Kyoto station. The hostel is also less than 5 min walk from Kyoto station. The place is so hip and instagramable and very peaceful as well. The staff are very accomodating as well. The only thing to note tho is that there is no elevator. So if you have heavy luggage ask help from the staff to ensure safety. Not a very big issue tho. The next time I go back to Kyoto, I will surely come here again.

Reviewed October 06, 2019

Thank you so much for staying at LE9! We appreciate your amazing review. We are so happy thatyou felt comfortable in our hostel. We hope you enjoyed a lot of things in Kyoto. We hope to have you back to Kyoto and see you again here! Best, Ryo, The Lower East Nine Hostel

Responded November 12, 2019
The Lower East Nine Hostel
9.7
Exceptional
NURUL from Malaysia
Couple
Bunk Bed Twin Room
Stayed 2 nights in November 2015

More than a Hostel!”

Very Clean, Good Location, Comfortable Room

The facilities are as good as hotel. Our room located at ground floor. The bathroom (with 3 separated shower rooms), despite being shared with others, they are all so clean. They also have pantry and common living room. The location is next to Kujo Metro station but a walking distance to Kyoto station. We like this hostel very much that we definitely will stay again when we got another change to visit Kyoto.

Reviewed November 05, 2015
10.0
Exceptional
TaChuan from Taiwan
Solo traveler
1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory - Female Only
Stayed 2 nights in October 2015

A Five Star Hostel ”

great quality facility, totally sweet staff, and wonderful location

i have stayed in around a dozen hostels across Tokyo, Hong kong and Taiwan, and LE9 is definitely the best one ever. The location is more than convenient (8 minutes walk from Kyoto main station, 30 seconds from a subway station, and 5 minutes walk from a terminal bus station.) The facilities in the hostel are all excellent, and you can see every item is selected with great taste. The bed is spacious and the shower/toilet are clean and shiny. The staff is more than welcoming to guests and they help me with any kind of questions or inconveniences i have during my stay. What's more, their reception room is also a cafe/bar, so i have enjoyed their nice coffee and bread in the morning, which totally lit up my day.

Reviewed November 09, 2015
9.6
Exceptional
Christian from Philippines
Solo traveler
1 Person in Dormitory - Mixed
Stayed 2 nights in August 2018

excellent location and nice hostel ambiance”

the hostel was 10mins walk from Kyoto Station, also If you choose to ride the subway, it's just one station away(Kujo Station) - Kujo Station is just next to the Hostel. Also love the comfortable lounge area. Hostel also has kitchen that you can use. Inclusive Breakfast served were Milk, Juice, boiled egg, toast bread and jam(no coffee- but you can buy at the cafe shop downstairs). Will book again If ever Ill be in Kyoto.

Reviewed August 28, 2018

Thank you for kind comments. We are glad you enjoyed during stay here with us. We look forward to seeing you here again.

Responded February 24, 2019
The Lower East Nine Hostel
8.8
Excellent
Chit from Hong Kong
Solo traveler
1 Person in Dormitory - Mixed
Stayed 1 night in October 2016

Lovely place to stay”

This hostel is located in a quiet neighborhood, just 10 mins walk away from Kyoto station and 1 min walk away from a subway station. This is a very stylish hostel where you can meet some nice people in the common area. The dorm is a little small though. Travellers with big suitcases may have a hard time packing/unpacking. The room, sheets and shower rooms are very clean. The english speaking staff are super friendly and helpful. The day I checked-in happened to be the hostel's first opening anniversary so i reveived a little gift from them. Overall this is a good place to stay. Highly recommend, especially for backpackers.

Reviewed October 15, 2016
10.0
Exceptional
Andrea
Solo traveler
1 Person in Dormitory - Mixed
Stayed 2 nights in December 2019

Great Hostel”

This Hostel was definitely one of the best hostels i’ve stayed. The staff is really helpfull and nice, they speak english too. Very clean rooms and common space, the baths are great, they give you a towel for you to use, slippers and extra blankets. The kitchen is very well equipped, there is breakfast every morning. Really quiet neighborhood and ambient. Will stay again when i go back to Kyoto. :) A.

Reviewed December 22, 2019
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