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Bakpak Kyoto Hostel

2- 244 Miyagawasuji, Higashiyama- ku, Kyoto 605-0801 Kyoto Prefecture
19% less than usual
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bAKpAK Japan Kyoto Hostel is Cheap Budget accomodation and backpackers youth hostel centrally located in DownTown Kyoto city but also give visitors the luxurious advantage of being in front of the spectacular Kamogawa river. Right near the hostel there are some of Japan's most famous and arguably most important cultural spots: Gion, Kyoto Imperial Palace, Kiyomizu Temple, Kenninji Temple, Yasaka Shrine, Maruyama Park, Kyoto Ebisu Shrine and Kyoto Minamiza Theater (the birth place of kabuki).
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Property amenities
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Vending machine
Board games / puzzles
Fax / photocopying
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Free internet
Wifi
Internet
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
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Family rooms
Air conditioning
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HOTEL STYLE
Budget
Languages Spoken
English, Japanese

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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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I am so disappointing with the attitude of this hostel to us. We arrived and everything looked good. Quite uncomfortable that the toilet and shower are outside the room but despite of that everything looked ok. However, that night my friends and I were talking until late and one person from other room told us to low down the voice (it was 23:30) so we went to sleep. Next day we leave the hostel and receive a message that they charged us 3,000 ¥ for a list of things: noise, mess (we cleaned the whole room as we always do) and being rude. I cannot even think how could we be rude when my boyfriend, who is Japanese, was all the time maintaining nice conversation with the hoster. More than that, he told him that he (being Japanese) should avoid that me and my friend (who are foreigners) act like that. I consider this totally racist. So we not only had to pay the fee but also had to stand this kind of attitude towards us. We are super angry with this.
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Stayed here 3 nights and found it very comfortable . I had a double room on the third floor with a great view over the river. Its right next to Gion station so convenient to transport and about a 25 minute walk to Kyoto station . Its about 1.5 kilometres to walk to Kiyomizu - dera with a 7 eleven and numerous small restaurants in the vicinity. The manager , Hugo , is also very helpful and informative . I would happily stay here again .
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Where to begin...i booked this hostel in March and a few days later they charged me. I was expecting it. What i didn't expect is that they didn't refund me anything afterwards until i get in touch with them. Their policy says clearly that we'll get a refund shortly but for them shortly means over a month ! They asked me if i wanted to have the money back through the bank or paypal. I said the bank but they said it's complicated so i said paypal. These transferred me the money through paypal using the USD currency so i have been charged for the currency change ! Then they sent me through email a picture of the money i have been charged for with paypal. The money in the picture was in euros and a note came with it saying "we have the money". This was a provocation and total disrespect ! After a month and a half i finally got all my money back. Now i know that this place is to be avoided. I have booked other hostel and this situation never happened with any of them.
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Just cancelled the booking with this hostel as they charged my credit card 6 months prior to travel in spite of the "free cancellation" policy. Beware all of you who plan to book with this hostel. I just contacted booking.com and ask for clarification. They had to contact the hostel and submit the refund policy.Can you believe that? Hostel did not even bother to apologise for their dishonest/cheating act?ANd guess what? It wil; l take 3 weeks to get my money back.What is the most shocking is that this hostel is based in Osaka, Japan.
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For 1-2 days visit, i think this hostel is affordable for a comfortable sleep. I sleep in 8 bed dormitory room and still feel spacious. But they only have 1 toilet in every floor, and sometimes it looks a little bit dirty. Shower room only available in 1st floor and there is only 2 shower room there. The shower room also don't look like typical japaneese bathroom which usually very clean, although it's not dirty either. They have ktichen and diningroom but only 1 microwave available. The staff are only available from 9 a.m until afternoon so when i arrived at about 9 p.m they left me the key in the mail box and i have to find my room by myself. There is 7-11 near the hostel. There also a bus stop 5 minutes from the hostel, and a subway station too. But at the beginning to find this place is quite difficult. I used a bus from Kyoto Station to be here, and because i thought it's in Gion area, i stop in Gion stop bus (near Yasaka Shrine). Unfortunately i still need to walk about 15-20 minutes from Yasaka Shrine to get to the hostel. In the next day i just realize that there is a closer bus stop. Using bus in Kyoto is also a little bit tricky especially when you only have limited time. Some bus route is different from our bus map although most of them are still accurate.
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PRICE RANGE
$11 - $76 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
JapanKinkiKyoto PrefectureKyotoKawaramachi / Karasuma / Shijo Omiya / Gion
NUMBER OF ROOMS
6
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