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bAKpAK Gion Hostel

2-244 Miyagawasuji, Higashiyamaku, Kyoto 605-0801, Kyoto Prefecture
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Tainan, Taiwan
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Last summer I visited Kyoto and chose this hostel to stay for only 1 night. I arrived late about 9 pm and the hostel was already closed and really dark. After one day then I wanted to check out, maybe 9 am and the worker asked me money due to earlier check out. I think it didn't make a sense,... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

My friend and I stayed here on a recent visit to Kyoto—my friend had stayed here previously, so that is why we decided to book here. Upon arrival, my friend was disappointed to see the hostel has actually moved a few doors down and is no longer at the quirky premises it was at previously. I had a single room... More 

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Davis, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

The hostel is very clean and has cool vibe with tatami mats and old pictures of Kyoto covering the walls. There is only one shared bathroom, which can get a bit crowded at times. However, the location is perfect and though everything is pretty basic I found all I need. The roof top is pretty cool to chill out and... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Compared to the rest of Kyoto the price for this hostel was pretty reasonable. It was pretty standard for a hostel, basically everything was shared. The location however was fantastic. The neighbourhood had plenty of shrines and businesses to walk around. It wasn't too long to walk from Kyoto station and could reach Kiyomizu temple. And it was really close... More 

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Candelaria, Spain
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

We paid for a private room for 2 for just one night in this hotel and the experience was good. The room was clean, and had some facilities like tv, sofa, hairdrier, free wifi and air conditioner but we didn't need to use it since our room had 2 wide windows with view to the river. They have one toilet... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

We stayed here for three nights in December to explore Kyoto a little. I stayed here almost four years ago and remember there being a second location just up the road. Not sure what happened, but the warnings posted all over the hostel about noise and the police being called leads me to think that the culprits were some overly... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

This is an okay place to stay considering the price and location (a group of us rented the 6-person room), but just a few things made me think some other small hostels in the same area might be better value. It was definitely not the cleanest place i've stayed at in Japan. It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't what I... More 

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Madrid, Spain
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

I stayed 4 nights in Kyoto in Bakpak Hostel in a private room with shared bathroom. The hostel is located in the Gion district (old district where you can spot a geisha if you are lucky) and very close the center of kyoto just across the Gion bridge. The guy in the reception was very nice to us. The shower... More 

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Nara, Japan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

Not the most hygienic because there aren't sinks to wash your hands on every floor. Staff is rarely around, but were there to check me in and out so that was fine. Very easy to find as its right on the river. Bed was comfortable enough. Computer was frustratingly slow, but had a comfortable seat, you've got to look for... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

We choose this Hostel mainly due to price though happy we did. Travelling with 3 teenage children and enjoyed the change from hotels. The Positves: Close to Gion. 5 min walk to bus stops for many local bus routes, didn't use Metro train though even closer than bus. Not many rooms so quiet and considerate guests whilst we where there.... More 

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Gion
Gion is Kyoto's famed Geisha District (called "Geiko" in Kyoto). Though Gion's many tea houses and entertainment restaurants are closed to foreigners, Geiko and Maiko in their traditional makeup with gilded hair in full kimono can be seen drifting the streets on their way to and from work, where they fan dance, sing, and play instruments for customers. Gion lights up at night, when the ancient-looking streets glow with lanterns along the river, where weeping willows catch the starlight and the air is warmed with conversation. Groups pass through to populate the restaurants and bars along the riverfront, but Gion still manages to be a mostly quiet district, due in large part to limited automotive traffic through many of its streets. Gion is a wonderful place to indulge in Kyoto's local and customary cuisines, and is best enjoyed after dark.
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