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“Best English Speaking Staff. Great Location! Friendly Environment!”

Bakpak Kyoto Hostel
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Bakpak Kyoto Hostel
Ranked #213 of 322 Speciality lodging in Kyoto
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“Best English Speaking Staff. Great Location! Friendly Environment!”
Reviewed 7 February 2011

We stayed here for our Kyoto Trip last Apr 2010 during the Sakura Season. Here's a quick Pros and Cons of this Hostel.
Pros:
1. GREAT LOCATION. Buses and subway are just a few minutes walk.
2. Staff personnel speaks perfect English, they're also very helpful
3. Friendly Environment. So easy to make friends here.
Cons:
1. The Janet Jackson room had too many pictures of here. Not a fan. Room designs can be improved.
2. Comfort Rooms should be available on each floor.

Overall, we enjoyed our stay with Kyoto Bakpak Hostel, the rooms were ok and comfortable, not so good in design though. Staff are friendly, speaks good English and are very helpful. The major Pro on this Hostel is the great location.

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled with friends
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Hanoi, Vietnam
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Reviewed 15 August 2010

This was my first time staying in this type of accommodation. And this, is by far one of the best place I've stayed(right up there in the lines of 5 star hotels I've stayed).
Now don't get me wrong, I'm 17 and I don't usually stay at 5 star hotels but there are things that helps this small hostel beats even the most expensive hotels in the whole word:

-Cozy and Warm feeling in the way it's decorated (especially the common room in the other building)
-Clean and good value of security
-Right beside a river with a pathway. Really nice to have a short walk with some great views
-the area around the Hostel is packed with things to eat and to see (walking distance)

However, the best thing to say about this hostel is that you can meet some really nice people (I've made 3 new near-best friends during the stay). But, as you have guessed, not all people are like that and some keeps to themselves (especially those who are traveling in more than 2).


Another cons about Bakpak is that you still need 150 Yen (even with a railpass) to get to Kyoto station and at late nights, the journey can take as long as 30->45 mins in order to get there (although only one transitions and a distance of 4 stations in total)

However, the hostel is just about 3mins walk from the station( and if you come from 6->10, there's a path way from the station that leads directly to the second building)

So yes, it is one of the best place to stay. Book in advance though, this place is usually booked full so planning and booking in advance is advised!!!

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled solo
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Reviewed 30 May 2010

I know that some folks love this place and others hate it. Well, I tried to like it and after going to another hostel close by for less money, I'd not return here. The staff was rude, they also changed my reservations at the last minute from a room I wanted to something else. Also, our room (which was 8 beds), smelled like ant spray. I could not sleep and breath. I could not wait to leave. The location and price are great but if there is a place only a stone's throw away, I'd stay at the other hostel.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 18 March 2010

I booked online two weeks in advance - paid a deposit via credit card (in euros, weirdly) and got a confirmation e-mail. Five days before we were due to arrive in Kyoto, we received an e-mail saying our reservation had been canceled due to computer problems. As for the deposit money - after telling us to come by and pick it "if we were still going to be in Kyoto," they refused to refund the credit card itself (when I pointed out all foreign charges on my card were charged extra, they just denied it) and eventually dropped off the cash off at our new hostel. I'm sure it's a nice place to stay and all, and I do understand that things go wrong, but I think it's pretty irresponsible to accept online bookings if you can't deal with them (especially in one of the busiest tourist seasons!), and to insist on credit card deposits if you aren't able to refund them!!

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled with friends
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Texas
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Reviewed 16 January 2010

While not the cleanest or most comfortable place my travel group stayed with on this trip, the bakpak hostel was a good deal for our money. It must be kept in mind that the BakPak is a hostel and not a hotel and is therefore much more tightly budgeted, allowing for less luxury. Though we had originally booked at the BakPak Gion, the hotel explained upon our arrival that we would experience less hassel at the bakpak hostel as the gion was apparently intended for single night stays, also the hostels are right next to each other. The rooms were cleaned daily and there were sheets and pillow cases to keep the blankets, futon, and pillow from touching the resident (this is for sanitation purposes). We were also given advanced warning when we would be receiving a new roommate. There was a nice shower room with individual stalls, though it was unisex. There were also bathrooms in both western and japanese style on the first an third floors, as well as an elevator and stairs, and two lounges (first and fifth floor). Towels and bicycles could be rented for a small fee each day. As Kyoto has somewhat rainy weather (in winter anyway) umrellas could be borrowed at no charge.
Next to the hostel was a grocery store, and a seven eleven about three blocks away. There was also a nice shopping area across the river and the gion district was directly behind the hostel. FYI the best time we found for viewing the geisha of gion was between 1 pm and 3 pm on weekends.
The hostel is also convieniently located directly in front of exit #1 out of Gion-Shijo station off of the Keihan line.
The staff was very helpful.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled with friends
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london
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Reviewed 18 October 2009

Our private twin room looked like a prison cell. There was no window so no natural light at all, the walls were dull grey and the "wardrobe" was a narrow metal locker - just like the sort you might expect in an office or a rough secondary school.
There was no toilet on our floor so you had to go down a floor for the loo, and then down to the ground floor to shower in one of the four fairly shabby cubicles.
We paid around £60 a night, and would expect better for our money.
Still, the location is ideal and you can hire bikes from the hostel for 500 yen a day.
And we did catch a glimpse of the neighbouring room which seemed a lot nicer - with a TV, DVD and, shockingly, a window - so some rooms are better than others.
Just be warned - make sure you ask for a room with a window when you book, and avoid room 403!

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Aussie in Italia
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Reviewed 23 May 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, travelled solo
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Property: Bakpak Kyoto Hostel
Address: 2- 244 Miyagawasuji, Higashiyama- ku, Kyoto 605-0801, Kyoto Prefecture
Region: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > Kawaramachi / Karasuma / Shijo Omiya
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Ranked #213 of 322 Speciality 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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