Traveling overseas will cost money no matter what, so there's a lot of people that want to save money on their accommodations. Here are some capsule hotels and guesthouses where you can stay at a reasonable price in Kyoto.
Pan and Circus is a 100 year old pawnshop that the staff renovated into a traditional-style guesthouse. It's a 15 minute walk from Kyoto Station, 10 minutes from Gion, and one block from Kamogawa. It's situated in a perfect place for Kyoto sightseeing. There's a bar on the first floor, so you can exchange information with other travelers while having a drink.
Check-in is rather short, from 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm, and if you miss that window you won't be able to check-in. Please arrive early.
Unisex dormitories start at 3,000 JPY. There are discounts available for staying more than 1 week in a row.
1. Pan and Circus
Guesthouse KINGYOYA is another facility where you can experience staying in a machiya. It's in Nishijin, an area a little far from Kyoto Station, but because of that the surrounding area has a great atmosphere. When you walk down all the little alleys, you can daydream about the Japan from 100 years ago.
Fees start at 2,700 JPY, or 3,400 JPY with breakfast included. However, KINGYOYA's breakfast comes with five dishes including grilled fish. The menu uses rice that they grow themselves, so please eat this at least once. You can eat as much rice and miso soup as you please, so eat a lot to get energy and power for your Kyoto sightseeing!
2. Guesthouse KINGYOYA
FIRST CABIN is a capsule hotel designed to resemble the first class cabin in an airplane, so it's one rank above the usual image of capsule hotels. Since it is, however, a capsule hotel the room is rather small, but the shared spaces are nicer than those of a cheap business hotel.
However, because it's a capsule hotel, you might be bothered by noise. In that case, you can get earbuds from the front desk at no charge.
Something that is rather surprising is the lack of locks on the door. Though inside the room there is a storage box that you can lock, so if you use that you can feel safe.
There are FIRST CABIN facilities outside of Kyoto in Tokyo, Osaka, and Fukuoka. If you're curious, please stay at one of these. Some of them have large baths available.
Prices start at 4,600 JPY (incl. tax) for business class and 5,600 JPY (incl. tax) for first class.
*The photo may not represent all First Cabin establishments.
3. FIRST CABIN
Both capsule hotels and guesthouses are great places to stay depending on what you want from them, so it might be good to try staying in both throughout your trip for comparison purposes.
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.