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Jam Hostel Kyoto Gion

170 Tokiwacho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0079, Kyoto Prefecture
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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Stayed here for three nights and it was very good. Great location in Kyoto, easy to find. Friendly staff and very spacious rooms. Would recommend...very cheap! Reception not open until 3pm which is the only annoying thing if you arrive in the morning.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Review is for the sake bar, didn't stay in the hostel (need a new entry on TripAdvisor just for the bar!). As a previous reviewer has said, the sake bar is great, with a huge selection plus tasting options. Staff really nice, some great design decor, and delicious reasonably-priced sake to taste. Also good location not far from Gion.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

I stayed here 1 night in April, I arrived around 2 pm and couldn't check in or drop my bags till 3 pm, the reception (which is really just a sake bar) is closed through the middle of the day, so I had to lug my bag around till it opened. The location is very good, in the heart of... More 

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Antwerp, Belgium
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

We visited Kyoto in one of the busiest weekends of the year, during the last weekend of the cherry blossom, with school holidays in Japan, so availability of the hostels/hotels was very limited. About the hostel self is not too much to say, other than that the location is key here. Smack in Gion district, close to busses, metro, shops... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Only reviewing the bar. My wife and I stopped by here after a long day of exploring Kyoto. We both really enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere that is created by the friendly staff/owners and the decor. They have a huge variety of sakes and I enjoyed the 3 glass sample set for JPY1000. They also serve some bar snacks that go... More 

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Tottori, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Stayed here with a friend for one night. The set up of the hostel is pretty cool, as it's located just above a nice looking sake bar right near the heart of Gion. The staff were very attentive and took care to thoroughly explain the workings of the hostel. The room itself was a bit stuffy, but otherwise fine. The... More 

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Tanabe, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

I stayed here with my boyfriend and had a very nice experience JAM Hostel. Since we arrived on separate days, the staff tried to help make arrangements so we got beds on the same bunk. While the building itself was small, the 8-person guestroom had more than enough space. There is a refrigerator where you can keep drinks or snacks... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

Bar review only. Whenever in Kyoto my wife and I visit this friendly sake bar, and the selection is always interesting and the staff eager to discuss this great beverage. It is located just up from the lovely Gion Geisha district and has the best tap beer I've ever had in Japan, the premium Sapporo brand, Yebisu, so good a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

It was a good pick. It was quite difficult to find a place where to stay in Kyoto at year end. We booked the female dorms for ourselves. We were four. The room was very very small and it was ok because we knew each other, otherwise it would have been quite hard. We were on the 2nd floor. On... More 

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Gold Coast, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

My husband and I stayed here for six nights at the hostel. It is in a fantastic location close to public transport and a lot of the local sights. The beds were comfortable and the dorm room was spacious with personal lockers. The staff were friendly and very helpful throughout our stay.

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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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