Japan has a reputation as an expensive country, but nevertheless it is still possible to travel there without breaking the bank. To reduce the budget spent on accommodation, I propose a list of four cheap hotels in Kyoto (from 15 to 30 euros per night for low season rates). They are all equally typical, Japanese style, because it is a shame to travel to Japan by sleeping in impersonal hotels that could be found anywhere else in the world. I spent ten days in Kyoto and I will give you all my tips in a future article. Warning: if you go to Kyoto during cherry blossom, the hotels are full well in advance and the prices are much higher.
A capsule and spa hotel
The Centurion Capsule & Spa is one of my favorite hotels in Kyoto. A mix between a capsule design hotel and a spa with a jacuzzi and sauna area, modeled on Japanese onsen, the thermal baths. Very new (opened in 2016), this is a very clean property with English speaking staff at the front desk. There are several ranges of comfort for capsules and it is also possible to book family rooms for 4 or 6 people. There are mixed floors, and others reserved for men or women. Rates start from 2,500 yen per night and per person (about 21 euros)
Common room on the ground floor, wifi throughout the hotel and coin launderette. One can put his valuables in coded lockers and leave his suitcase in front of his capsule. Located in the basement with the spa area, the showers are separate men / women: you have to undress in the locker room and go naked, like the jaccuzi and sauna. This is the same principle as in the Japanese onsen, the thermal baths.
- Very good situation on Shijo-dori, between Karasuma and Kawaramachi railway stations, and very close to Nishiki market, a district with lots of restaurants and bars to go out at night.
- The spa area open until 1am. A real pleasure to swim in the evening in the jacuzzi with massage jets. As in the onsen, the water is enriched with radium, which gives it therapeutic virtues.
- A yukata , a kind of light kimono, is provided free of charge for the duration of the stay. You can put it down to take a shower at the spa. Typical Japanese experience guaranteed!
- Full of beauty products are provided, including shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer, skincare oil, toothbrush, hair dryer, and even straightener …
- Luggage storage free. I was able to leave my suitcase there for two days to go to Osaka.
- The capsules are not very well soundproofed . They are closed with a thin sliding wall and you hear the sounds of passage and the neighbors snoring.
- There is little room to store his belongings . You must leave your suitcase or backpack in the hallway.
- The capsules are a bit ventilation . Better not to be claustrophobic, but that’s the lot of all capsule hotels.
⇒ Book a stay at the Centurion Cabin & Spa Kyoto
The Kyoto Ryokan Capsule is an interesting mix between two types of typical Japanese accommodations: the capsule hotel and the ryokan, the traditional Japanese inns. You can sleep in a capsule with a tatami floor. It is a rather upscale capsule hotel, with very comfortable capsules and a good mattress. There are bathrooms and individual showers. You can also book private rooms with futon for those who want more privacy. Rates start from 3,500 yen (approx. 30 euros) per person per night. The hotel is located next to JR Kyoto Station. It’s a plus if you arrive and leave by train, and it’s convenient to take public transport to visit Kyoto and the surrounding area, but it’s a bit sad as well