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Bakpak Kyoto Hostel
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Bakpak Kyoto Hostel
Ranked #204 of 306 Specialty lodging in Kyoto
Aussie in Italia
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Reviewed May 23, 2009

This was a great hostel!! A short walk to the heart of Kyoto. Very clean common area with DVD player and TV. Great kitchen and very clean toilets and bathrooms. The rooms (4 bed dorms) were comfortable and warm. The best part of the hostel was the in-room PC. Not available in all rooms. Free in-room internet access is unheard of in hostels. Great! Definitley stay at this hostel.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled solo
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San Diego, CA
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Reviewed April 9, 2009

I have to admit... this was my first stay in a hostel (the other hotels in Kyoto were SO pricey during cherry blossom season... we just couldn't justify $300!), and I was VERY hesitant -- especially since a shared 8-person dorm room was the only available option.

However, our experience was wonderful! Both of the people we dealt with at the front reception were super nice, and let us leave our bags while we explored Kyoto.

We were surprised at how quiet/respectful everyone in our room was (8 beds - 4 sets of bunks), the showers were clean and available (we thought 9:30-10am would be busy, pre-11am checkout, but nope....), and amazingly, there was never a wait for the toilets.

This was a great place -- we were impressed and happy to have chosen such a great hostel. It's centrally located in a nice area of Kyoto, and definitely worth checking out!

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
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Woodstock, Vermont
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Reviewed April 7, 2009

I was really happy to find such a friendly and helpful staff, and the place was pretty clean and well kept. It is also in a great location right across the bridge from Kawaramachi, and close to Gion and right along the subway line, to Nara, and Fushimi Inari, and easy access to Arashiyama. All the key places.
The only part I found lacking was their security, yes the front door has a code but they rarely change it, it was the same for the entire 8 days we stayed. Also it is easy for the door not to latch properly and therefore other people can get in at night. We stayed in the 8 person dorm room, and because of the number of people in and out, our door was left unlocked, this in addition to the main door being left open that night, led to our room being broken into while we were sleeping and several items being stolen. Luckily we woke up and the thief ran, but not before he got away with a camera and other items.

The location, value, and friendliness of the staff is awesome, but the security is definitely not.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled with friends
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bronx
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed October 18, 2008

Its a nice place well located in the center in the city .
If you wanna hang around with the geisha this is your best bet ,
Right in the center of the city .

  • Liked — staff , location and comfy beds
  • Disliked — its small
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled solo
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Sydney
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed November 15, 2007

I liked this place. I booked it online and I received a call from Jay who confirmed my reservation. I was so impressed because I had booked for 12 people!

The place is small - we stayed in a dorm for 12 (and was full) there is only 1 western toilet in the whole place, but amazingly there never seemed to be a queue for it, nor the 4 showers on the premises! Yes, there is also a Japanese style toilet too.

The lounge room is also small, but they offer a huge selection of DVDs to borrow. There are two free computers in which to access the internet, no curfew, and it is near a train station and LOTS and LOTS of shops (Zara etc). Also very very short distance to Gion (you can see geishas walking around at night). On the whole I enjoyed my stay and it was very affordable.

  • Stayed November 2007, traveled with friends
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Property: Bakpak Kyoto Hostel
Address: 2- 244 Miyagawasuji, Higashiyama- ku, Kyoto 605-0801, Kyoto Prefecture
Location: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > Kawaramachi / Karasuma / Shijo Omiya
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Ranked #204 of 306 Specialty lodging in Kyoto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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). ... more   less 
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