If you want to experience Japanese style of living, Shiori-an Hostel is a good choice. It’s traditional but at the same time equipped with modern amenities. We wanted to stay in the Japanese style bedroom, but unfortunately those were fully booked already. As real backpackers we went for the cheapest option, bunk beds.
Conveniently located just a 1-minute walk from Gojo Subway Station and a short walk away from JR Kyoto Station, Shiori-an provides cosy hostel accommodation in a refurbished traditional Japanese townhouse with free wifi throughout the property.
The staff were friendly and explained us about the hostel and the area. We arrived on a Friday which means Takoyaki party time, organised by the hostel. We were led to our beds and relaxed a bit before joining the party. It was a nice atmosphere and we had fun talking to other travellers whole enjoying homemade takoyaki.
The rooms were simple and small, but that’s all you need if you are out sightseeing all day. Each bed has a curtain, a bed lamp and a power socket. The shared bathroom were very clean and you don’t have to worry about the lack of shower rooms as every floor has 2-3 showers available.
The common area, the lounge, is there for you to relax with a kitchen for you to cook your own meals if you are on a saving plan. There’s also a computer and a few travel books available to plan out your trip further.
It’s a basic hostel, so there isn’t much to say about it. The hostel is clean but compared to Osaka Hana Hostel in Osaka it looks a bit old.
If I need a cheap accommodation in Kyoto, I would book at Shiori-an hostel again, because it’s cheap and the staff are helpful. For single travelers this is a nice hostel to stay in. Every week they have a theme party. You won’t feel lonely for sure!