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In-room safe, desk, iron/ironing board, free WiFi
In-room safe, desk, iron/ironing board, free WiFi
In-room safe, desk, iron/ironing board, free WiFi

Guest reviews

4.1/5 Very Good
24 reviews
Guests rated this property 4.0/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Air Conditioning
  • Kitchen
  • Parking Available
  • Laundry


Explore the area

Popular LocationKyoto University7 min walk
Popular LocationHeian Shrine6 min drive
Popular LocationNanzenji Temple8 min drive
AirportOsaka (ITM-Itami)62 min drive

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    Room amenities

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    • Sleeps 4
    • 4 Twin Futons
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  • Tatami Family Room-15㎡-shared bathroom

    Room amenities

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    • Sleeps 5
    • 5 Twin Futons
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  • Shared Dormitory, Mixed Dorm, Non Smoking, Shared Bathroom

    4.5/5 guest room rating

    Room amenities

    • 10 sq m
    • Sleeps 1
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  • Private Room - 2 Bunk beds with shared bathroom

    Room amenities

    • 10 sq m
    • Sleeps 4
    • 2 Twin Bunk Beds
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About this area


Located in Kyoto's Sakyo Ward neighbourhood, Hostel Ginkakuji is in the historical district and on a river. Kawaramachi and Nishiki Market are worth checking out if shopping is on the agenda, while those wishing to experience the area's popular attractions can visit Kyoto Aquarium and Toei Kyoto Studio Park. Kyoto Municipal Zoo and Biwako Otsukan are also worth visiting.

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Popular Location

What's nearby

  • Kyoto University - 7 min walk
  • Heian Shrine - 6 min drive
  • Nanzenji Temple - 8 min drive
  • Kyoto Institute of Technology - 11 min drive
  • Kyoto Imperial Palace - 11 min drive

Getting around

  • Chayama Station - 3 min drive
  • Keage Station - 3 min drive
  • Osaka (KIX-Kansai Intl.) - 84 min drive

About this property

Hostel Ginkakuji

Riverside Kyoto hostel in Sakyo Ward, walk to Kyoto University
Along with self parking, this smoke-free hostel has a microwave in a common area and a fridge in a common area. WiFi in public areas is free. Other amenities include laundry facilities, express check-in and multilingual staff. All 2 rooms provide conveniences such as living rooms and dining areas, plus free WiFi and fridges. Other amenities available to guests include microwaves, hobs and electric kettles. Bathrooms are shared.
Hostel Ginkakuji offers 2 forms of air-conditioned accommodation with a safe and rice cookers. This accommodation offers separate living rooms and includes desks. Guests can make use of the in-room fridges and microwaves.

Guests have access to shared bathrooms. Bathrooms include a shower, slippers, bidets and hairdryers. Guests can surf the web using complimentary wireless Internet access.

Property amenities


  • Available in all rooms: Free WiFi
  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking and public transport

  • Self parking: JPY 900 per day

Things to do

  • Bike hire

Family friendly

  • Laundry facilities
  • Microwave
  • Fridge
  • Separate dining area
  • Separate living room


  • Front-desk safe

Guest services

  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Multilingual staff

Languages spoken

  • Chinese
  • English
  • Japanese


  • Garden
  • Terrace


  • Designated smoking areas
  • Shared microwave
  • Shared fridge
  • TV in reception

Room amenities


  • Air conditioning
  • Heating


  • Bidet
  • Hairdryer
  • Shared bathroom
  • Shower

Food and drink

  • Cookware/dishes/utensils
  • Dining room
  • Electric kettle
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Fridge
  • Rice cooker
  • Shared kitchen access
  • Hob


  • Desk
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)
  • Safe
  • Separate living room
  • Separate sitting area
  • Slippers



Check-in between 2 PM and 9 PM
Express check-in
Minimum check-in age - 18


Check-out before 10 AM

Special check-in instructions

The front desk is open daily from 9 AM - 9 PM
Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation
Towels are available for a surcharge.

Access methods

Staffed front desk


Pets not allowed

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
Kids stay free! Up to 3 children stay free when using existing bedding
Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
Cots (infant beds) are not available

Important information


You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • A city tax may be collected at the property, effective from 1 October 2018. The city tax ranges from JPY 200–1,000 per person, per night based on the nightly room rate. Please note that further exemptions may apply. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • A tax is imposed by the city: JPY 1000 per person, per night

We have included all charges provided to us by the property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at the time of service, check-in or check-out.

  • Self-parking fee: JPY 900 per day
  • Late check-in fee for check-in between 9 PM and midnight (amount varies)

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.
Government-issued photo identification and a cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges.
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.
    This property only accepts cash for all bookings and on-site payments. Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.
Towels are available for a surcharge.

We should mention

The Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare requires all international visitors to submit their passport number and nationality when registering at any lodging facility (inns, hotels, motels, etc. ); additionally, lodging proprietors are required to photocopy passports for all registering guests and keep the photocopy on file

Frequently asked questions

Can I cancel my reservation for free at Hostel Ginkakuji and receive a full refund?
Yes, Hostel Ginkakuji offers free cancellation on select room rates, because flexibility matters! Please refer to Hostel Ginkakuji cancellation policy on our site for more details about any exclusions or requirements.
Is Hostel Ginkakuji pet-friendly?
No, pets are not allowed at this property.
How much is parking at Hostel Ginkakuji?
Self-parking is available for JPY 900 per day.
What time is check-in at Hostel Ginkakuji?
Check-in is from 2 PM to 9 PM. Late check-in is available from 9 PM to midnight for a fee (amount varies).
What time is check-out at this property?
Checkout is at 10 AM.
Where is this property located?
Located in Sakyo Ward, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Kyoto University and Philosopher's Walk. Heian Shrine and Nanzenji Temple are also within 2 miles (3 km). Mototanaka Station is 20 minutes by foot and Chayama Station is 21 minutes.

Guest reviews

Overall score and ratings for Hostel Ginkakuji

Very Good
5 - Excellent
4 - Good
3 - Okay
2 - Mediocre
1 - Poor
Service and Staff
Property condition

4/5 Good

    This traveler didn’t leave comments with their review
    Stayed 5 nights in Feb 2019


    • Liked: Staff & service

    Staff behavior was excellent. Kitchen was stinking. Bathroom shared. Not good.

    Stayed 4 nights in Feb 2019

    4/5 Good

    • Liked: Cleanliness
    Bit far out but buses were ok.

    In and out buses to get to the temples and Gion festival but ok for a hostel and friendly enough. Self check-in was a bit weird.

    Stayed 2 nights in Jul 2018

    4/5 Good

    • Liked: Cleanliness, room comfort

    Location far away from Kyoto Station but if you use one day bus pass then no probelem.

    Stayed 2 nights in Jun 2018


    Small place, bad location, too many rules

    The place is really small with thin walls/floors. The guests next door have kids running around till mid night so we couldn't sleep. Location is not good. The only interesting things nearby are the Ginkakuji castle and the Philosopher's path. Everything else is located at least 4 km away or 30 mins away by bus. (They have rental bikes and free wifi) There are rules sticking everywhere in the house. Which makes you feel unwelcome.

    Pros: - Clean bathrooms and toilets - Free wifi device - Rental bikes

    Location: Ginkakuji is 5 min walk

    Stayed 2 nights in Mar 2018