Monday, December 25, 2017

Budget Hostel in Kyoto ✪ Popular Hostel for Backpackers in Kyoto, Close to Kiyomizudera and Yasaka Shrine - IMANO KYOTO KIYOMIZU HOSTEL

JAPANKURU went to Kyoto and had a blast!!
We got the news that a hostel we've previously stayed in in Tokyo,
just opened up a hostel in Kyoto on Novemeber 3rd (2017)!
Since we had such a great experience at their Tokyo branch,
we thought we'd see what the Kyoto hostel was all about~♬


🚌 By Bus ðŸšŒ
You can get to IMANO KYOTO HOSTEL by bus
from Kyoto Station!
Turn right from the Central Exit of Kyoto Station to get to the bus stops.

You'll need to on the bus from stop D1 or D2,
taking bus no. 86, 100, 106, 110, 202, or 206.
Get off at Gojozaka-Mae,
and IMANO KYOTO HOSTEL in a 2min walk!

🚆 By Train 🚆
‣Take the Keihan Main Line to Kiyomizu-Gojo Station
Go out Exit 4 and it's a 12min walk to the hostel from there.

563-11 Bairincho, 5-chome, Gojodori Yamatooji Higashiiru,
Check-in time is from 4pm
Check-out is at 11am
📞: (+81)075-532-0101
Free WIFI available



A lot of Westerners have a negative image of hostels,
but Japan is a very nice, clean, and stylish place
so you can believe this will be a hostel you've never been to before.

IMANO KYOTO KIYOMIZU HOSTEL incorporates a lot of Kyoto elements
making it original to others.


IMANO series of youth hostels, will plan a comfortable exchange space, so that travelers can enjoy breakfast and dinner there or a delicious cup of coffee, occasionally will hold a variety of fun activities, people who want to meet new friends can pay attention to the event information.

🍞Breakfast: 7:30am~10am
Cafe: 11am~2pm (last order 1:30pm)
🍺Bar: 5pm~10pm (last order 9:30pm)

We chowed down on a yummy ham and cheese panini
with AWESOME waffle fries, and coffee.

*They also have normal, basil, and mentaiko (fish roe)
Panini: 400yen
Coffee: 350yen

There's also a special event where you can make friends from all over!
If you'd like, all you have to do is buy a cup of coffee, 

then write your social network account name on the origami paper
and put it in the jar!
There you can become connected with people who have also stayed at the hostel and visited Kyoto!
It's a really cool concept so we went ahead

and put our info down on a piece of paper📜


 Important Utilities 

Many hostels just have the basics,
a shower and bed.
However IMANO KYOTO has all of the same things you'd find at a hotel...
just the price of staying is cheaper!

They have a fridge for you to store any food or drinks you might have,
or if you'd like a bath, you can just pop down to the basement.

There's a coin-laundry room too that comes equipped with a washer and dryer.
There laundry room is a part of the resting area (where the fridge is),

so you have a place to sit and wait until your laundry finished.

when you're in a pinch, there are convenient supplies available for a small charge
Such as:
ear plugs
bath towels
coin laundry machines
hair brushes

All of the floors comes with a shower, bathroom, sink, and hairdryer. 
Inside the showers are also shampoo, conditioner, and body wash.
So no need to worry if you forgot yours. 

All of these things are completely free.

It's crazy how clean and tidy everything is!!
Hard to believe this is such a cheap hostel!


 Room Types 

🛌4 Bed Room💤
 There are two types of rooms for a four person room:
・The Family Room which can be booked as a "room"
・The Dormitory Room that can be booked as a "bed"

It is a really simple room, 
great for those that just need a place to sleep
but it still includes all the great facilities that comes with your stay.

★4 Persons Room (Dormitory) ~ ¥4,300/Person (~$38)
 Family Room (4 beds) ~ ¥12,000/Room (~$105)

🛌5 Bed Room💤
On the ladies floors 5 bed dormitory rooms are available. 
These rooms are booked per bed,
but if you would like to rent the whole room then
you should call the front desk and they may be able to work a deal out for you!

~Japanese hospitality~

★5 Persons Room (Dormitory) ~ ¥3,900/Person (~$34)

🛌6 Bed Room💤
The 6 person rooms are available in both co-ed or women only.

★6 Persons Room (Dormitory) ~ ¥3,700/Person (~$32)
6 Persons Women's Room (Dormitory~ ¥3,700/Person (~$32)

All the beds come with a light, outlet, and hanger!

🛌Japanese Style Room💤
A great recommendation for those who just want that extra bit of privacy 
or the benefits of a hotel....
without having to pay loads at a hotel.
In this room,
shavers, brushes, towels, etc are free!
Just like a hotel,
you are renting a room!
So keep that in mind :)

Photo source: IMANO KYOTO official site

★Japanese Style Room (for 2) ~ ¥12,000/Room (~$105)

🛌Family Room💤
The Family Room is just like it sounds,
but even if you aren't with your family this room is great for a group of 5.
There are 4 bunk style beds and then a bed to sleep on the tatami mat.

★Family Room ~ Around ¥20,000/Day (~$176)

563-11 Bairincho, 5-chome, Gojodori Yamatooji Higashiiru,
Check-in time is from 4pm
Check-out is at 11am
📞: (+81)075-532-0101
Free WIFI available


 Things to Do Near 

●Yume Koubou
Kyoto = geisha and maiko.
They really go hand and hand for many. 

In Tokyo you can wear a yukata and walk around,
but just 4 miles (7km) from the hostel is a store
where you get a total geisha makeover!!

It's something that made this Kyoto trip EXTRA special!!!
We HIGHLY recommend this place!!
The store, Yume Koubou, is easy to find
and the staff speak English so it made things easy.

We did the Geisha Plan, but there are many other plans
and even one for men.
Next time we're going to do the Oiran Plan✨💝

Full Maiko Transformation
💴Price range: 5,900yen (roughly $52)
!Ages 5~95 can participate!
Business hours:
Weekdays 10am~7pm
Weekends 9am~7pm

*Reservations are until 5pm*
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●Kyomizu-dera Temple●

It is also known as the temple of clear water.
Most of the visitor of Kyoto would definitely put this place to their journey list.
Located on cliffs it gives you an amazing view of Kyoto!

15-min from JR Kyoto Station by bus no. 100 or no. 206,
get off at go-jo-zaka, and get on the slope, walk about 10-min

*⇩Hours vary, so it's best to check here⇩*
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●Ninen-zaka and Sannen-zaka●
When you go down-slope from Kiyomizu-dera,
you will meet Ninen-zaka and Sannen-zaka (two historic streets)
It is said that if you fall down on the street, you will be found unlucky within 2-3 years.
In other words, 
it is like you will be living quietly and deeply in a mystery within 2-3 years.

Short walk from Kiyomizu-dera
Ninen-zaka and Sannen-zaka are connected
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●Starbucks Coffee Kyoto Ninenzaka Yasaka Tea Parlor
(スターバックス コーヒー 京都二寧坂ヤサカ茶屋店)
This Starbucks is particularly special because it is the ONLY Starbucks
to include tatami mats!!
It was renovated (before it was an old house),

and now has a really unique atmosphere to it.
Definitely something to check out!
Google Maps


●Yasaka Shrine●
Also known as the Gion Shrine,
this is actually one of Kyoto's most famous shrines!!
If you're there in the summer,
be sure not to miss the Gion Matsuri (every July).

*Closest Station*
Keihan Gion Shijo Station
City Municipal Bus no. 206


Arashiyama's Bamboo Groves is considered to be the second most visited places
when it comes to sightseeing in Kyoto.
It's a little more further than the others,
but since it's SO famous and beautiful it's worth mentioning.

From Kyoto Station take JR Sagano Line to Arashiyama


●Fushimi Inari-taisha●
It is the head shrine of Inari. 
Inari was seen as the patron of business, and merchants and manufacturers have traditionally worshiped Inari.  
It has become the No. 1 favorite sightseeing spot of foreign visitors in 2014. 

 Fushimi Inari Shrine is made up of Senbon-torii (thousands of torii gates). 
It is also the shooting place of Memoirs of a Geisha.
Walking in this spectacular shrine of the road, 
made us feel like we are in Kyoto!
We will tell you more about Fushimi Inari Shrine later.

7-min walk from Inari Station (5-min ride) 
Nara Line bound for Nara at JR Kyoto Station


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