Kyoto is loaded with cheap, well-run budget accommodations, making the city a natural choice for backpackers.
The first quality backpackers’ accommodation in Kyoto, Tour Club, is a favorite guesthouse in the city.
It’s only 10 minutes’ walk from Kyoto Station and it’s close to some interesting attractions, like Higashi-Hongan-ji Temple. Tour Club has a mix of dorm rooms and private rooms, all of which are well maintained. The private rooms have en suite bathrooms.
Like its counterpart, the Budget Inn, one of the real draws here is the friendly English-speaking staff and the chance to meet other travelers (there’s a comfortable Japanese-style common area), as well as everything you need while on the road: laundry facilities, free wifi and a couple of computer terminals in the lobby.
Good location and you can stay here and have a free tour and access to their sento. They also offer special cultural events.
It opened in the Furukawa-cho shopping district in September 2012.
Run by the same caring folks as Tour Club, Budget Inn is another great choice for budget travellers. There are only private rooms here.
K’s House Kyoto:
This popular guesthouse is modeled on the sort of large backpackers’ joint you might find in New Zealand or Australia. It’s very social, with a bar and restaurant.
In the center of downtown, this converted old Japanese house has character galore and friendly owners.
In the north of the city, this is officially a ryokan, but it feels more like a guesthouse.
Utano Youth Hostel
It’s located way in the north of the city (near Kinkaku-ji), but it’s easily Kyoto’s best youth hostel. Good for cyclists.
You can stay here and have a free tour and access to their sento. They also offer special cultural events.