Soi is located close to Kiyomizu-dera and not far from anywhere in Kyoto. JIll, the host was very helpful in every aspect that we needed. The room was cozy and very "Large" in Japan's standard. The hostel is accessible by bus from Kyoto station and to all the tourist spot that you may want to go to. My wife and I stayed two nights there in February and will definitely return to stay there again in the future. Thank you Jill.
This hostel has become the best part of our stay in Kyoto! Perfect location in walking distance to Gion and a number of most famous temples in Kyoto. We lucky enough to have enjoyed the soba cooked by the owner for celebrating the New Year Eve for all the guests which made the stay even more unforgettable! Thanks so much! We rented a family rooms with two levels and own bathroom, it is more than perfect! Love it and will come back!
I traveled to Kyoto in the beginning of November 2019. I arrived at Kyoto later than I expected. By the time I got there it was darker than I would like and it was only 7 pm! The staffs had sent me a confirmation email for my stay when I booked the place and again on the day of my arrival. They were very clear on their instructions on how to get to the hostel from Kyoto Station to Umamachi using bus 206 on the D2 line. It was very easy to find. The location was conveniently close to several main sites such as Kyoto National Museum, Sanjusangen-do Temple and Kiyomizudera Temple. And depending on how fond you are with walking, hotspots like Gion, Nishiki Market, Kyoto Imperial Palace, Nijo Castle, and Toji Temple are either a brisk walk or a bus ride away. The staffs were very friendly and accommodating. They were very kind to help me plan out my route. Google Maps are great, but unfortunately it isn't as developed for Japan yet. I had planned out and numbered my routes before I came, but as it turns out there were a few miscalculations. With the staffs' help, I was able to hit more than plenty of spots in one day. Mind you my daily count of steps averaged in the 30K. The staffs are usually busy preparing breakfast in the morning, but they were still extremely helpful with my questions. They are more available following breakfast if you need a more in-depth assistance. I had a co-ed room of 4, which was simple and tidy. They clean your room once a week and you can even choose the day. I stayed there for 6 nights. Inside the room, there are individual tall lockers to store your luggage, a shoe rack, and a hairdryer. You can store your luggage for free, before check in and after check out. I had a medium sized luggage that fitted perfectly, with extra room to store souvenir. The bed was comfortable and the comforter was fluffy and warm. There is a very bright wall plug lamp, 2 electrical plugs, a metal rod and two hangers for each bunk. The rooms also have an air conditioner if needed. There are toilets on the first and second floor, 3 showers on the second floor, coin-operated laundry machines and dryers on the rooftop. They provide you with a body and face towel, free liquid body wash, shampoo, and conditioner. Their recommendation to first air-dry my clothes before putting them in the dryer was very helpful. It took me 60 minutes under high heat to dry my 5 clothes, 2 pants, 5 underwear, and 5 pairs of socks. If you make a mistake while following the instructions, let them know and they will be more than happy to assist you. The amenities did not end there! They have laptops that you can borrow to do last minute searches in the common area, free tea and coffee, and free breakfast! The free breakfast consisted of bread, butter, jams, milk and cereal. They have toasters and a small kitchen that you can use. If you forget any necessities, they have items and food that you can purchase for a cheap price. They also serve American and Japanese style breakfast on certain days for a small extra cost, but you would have to let them know in advance. There was only one small thing that came as a surprise. I had come thinking I had paid everything before the trip. When I checked in, the receptionist stated that I had to pay a small accommodation fee in cash. It turns out it was noted at the end of the bill in fine prints. I didn't mind it. I just prefer paying everything in advance, especially since I was trying to conserve my cash supply. However, even with the small accommodation fee, the total price was nothing in comparison to all the amenities they provided. I couldn't rave enough about the amazing staffs! They are very friendly and helpful. Some are even trilingual! (Japanese, English, and Chinese) The owner, Maki-san and her husband, previously ran a 100+bed hostel in China called Sim's Cozy Guest House. And they are wonderful at what they do! Thank you for the mikan Maki-san! There were so much to see in Kyoto that I didn't get to see them all. But if I were to return one day, I would definitely return here to stay.…
Nicely set up guesthouse. A little away from the main buzz but plenty of attractions within walking distance. The single room was small but well equipped - although not for the mobility challenged or excessively tall. It could be a little noisy on the ground floor but that’s largely dependent on other guests at the time. Friendly staff and a tasty basic breakfast. Definitely good value.
A wonderful hostel. One of the best i had in japan. Facilities are all new and comfy and all the staff has good English. Free breakfast included 👌 they also offer private rooms and family rooms with games for children!