Kyoto accommodations: budget, cheap, dirt cheap!

Cheap? you want the cheapest hotel/ryokan/minshuku/hostel/flophouse in Kyoto? Kyoto Cheapest Inn (catchy name) near Nijo Castle on Marutamachi may be the very cheapest “Guest house” in Kyoto at Â¥900 for backackers with their own sleeping bags/rolls, Â¥1600 for a futon.



  1. Sam

    looking for traditional style japanese accomadation, with two meals, nice surroundings and a good price. can you help.

    Thank you

  2. nils

    Use the word “ryokan” in the search box on this page to find various discussions, and also the “contact me” page has a discussion of ryokan.

  3. Michael

    I’m looking for a small wa-fu house to rent somewhere in central Kyoto: Southern Sakyo-ku or Nakakyo-ku. Wondering if you have any recommendations for a fudosan that deals with wa-fu accomodation and not just modern danchi’s and mansions? :-)

  4. nils

    Kyoto Machiya Club in my links over on the right helps set up machiya rentals. 京都ライフ is one of the bigger fudosan along with mini mini, and Tsurukawa-san (tel 722-1117) set up our deal. Leases are usually 2 years, have lots of shiki-kin and rei-kin, and of course a Japanese guarantor.

  5. Michael


    thanks for your pointer. I contacted the Machiya club (I’ve been at their old digs a few years ago) but unfortunately they have not been so responsive.
    Part of the problem is perhaps that I used my Yahoo mail account to send a message in Japanese (with a short note in English) and it seems that only the English note got through ungarbled. May have been a mistake, because I got a message back saying, “Please only contact us in Japanese!”. I replied in Japanese, saying I had contacted in Japanese, but there had a mistake, but haven’t heard again. Maybe I should phone instead :-).

    Another friend has recommended 京都ライフ, and I was there last night looking at the 物件情報 outside because it was closed. I’ll perhaps give them a call. Thanks for the URL, didn’t know about that but it’s a bit help. And it’s nice to know that one foreigner is a satisfied customer.
    I’m aware of the 敷金 and 礼金 custom and have mentally prepared myself to be bled ;-).
    And yes I’m aware a Japanese guaranter is needed.
    The ä¸�動産 I was dealing with last weekend was trying to tell I’d need two, even though I had a personal introduction via a friend who has recently bought a house. Mileage varies!

    May I ask you whether you are happy to have chosen to live in a more traditional house. I’ve also considered apartments but given that Kyoto is one of the few places in the world one can experience life in a 町屋 it seems a waste not to try it.
    Has it turned out to be a lot of extra work you don’t enjoy or has it turned into a cherished weekend hobby for you?

    Thanks again for your helpful response.

  6. Michael

    That was supposed to read “big help” not “bit help”.


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