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25-17 Horigauchi-cho Uzumasa Ukyoku Kyoto city, Kyoto, Japan

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308 Total Reviews
  • 94%Value For Money
  • 86%Security
  • 76%Location
  • 97%Staff
  • 90%Atmosphere
  • 89%Cleanliness
  • 88%Facilities

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The man who runs the guest house speaks excellent English. There is no parking on site so we paid for parking about two blocks away. We are a family of 5 and stayed in two different rooms. There are futons, blankets, and a pillow in the room. There is a heater in the room if you get cool. (I was comfortable without the heat on.) The shower and toilet room were clean. There is a kitchen you can use. I would recommend this place if you are looking for something inexpensive in Kyoto!

  • 29th Nov 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Mixed Group, 41+
  • (1 review)


To experience Japanese style house, this is the place for you. Very cozy and quiet. The host is very helpful too.

  • 21st Nov 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Malaysia
  • Female, 31-40
  • (1 review)


Sleeping mats and blankets provided for sleeping on the tatami floor. Rotating fan and air conditioner set at 25 C. Kyoto was very hot/humid so it would have been nice to lower the temperature. The hostel owner was kind enough to say that construction was happening nearby during our stay, but failed to mention the proximity to a railroad - in the backyard of the hostel. Light sleepers beware! Best part of staying here: Bike rentals are ¥500 for the day ($5) - great for riding out to Arashiyama!


It was a little hard to find it at first, because Google maps did not show its road on the map. When we got close to the spot, there was a little alley and a little sign saying "Bola Bola -->". We followed the sign and it was exactly where it was supposed to be. The owner received us very well.

  • 21st Aug 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Brazil
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Wonderful little family-run hostel, very friendly and helpful staff. Off the beaten path a little, so that's good if you want some quiet or want to explore the west side of Kyoto. Easy enough to access by rail+subway. Thanks for a great stay.


Bola-Bola was great overall. Although it's a bit out of the centre, it's close to a train station. The owner is super nice and helpful. The feel of the place is really nice but the only problem is if you are Northern-European-sized, you will feel a bit like you're living in the Ewok village. Also, don't count on the Wi-Fi working ever. The hot water also didn't work in one of the bathrooms. All that being said, this place was still awesome and we have very fond memories. I would recommend it!


Great place a little off the beaten path, but the 11 bus is your best friend for moving b/t the hostel and central Kyoto. The staff is super helpful, and this place has a very homely feel. It is a great example of a Japanese style home, with tatami-mat rooms. So a bit old as a building with all that entails, but perfect if you want that Japanese feel. The onsen nearby is quite nice, albeit a bit pricey (as most things in Japan are, about 1300 yen I think to enter).


Nice, quiet place, a little far from central Kyoto, but perfect for arashiyama and if you're willing to take the nearby bus and trains to your other destinations. The staff is wonderful, and rather than a business a oriented hostel, this is more of a nice home stay in a Japanese-style home. Very comfortable all around.

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