Kyoto UTANO Youth Hostel Reviews
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Excellent hostel, friendly staff, great facilities and clean rooms.
- Novice Nomad
- Male, 25-30
- (1 review)
Utano is not really suited for lone travelers. The 11.30pm curfew and location in a North-West Kyoto suburb make it very pretty but not suited to nights on the town. It would be great for groups of schoolkids, but not for adults. There isn't WiFi in the rooms, and no showers (only a really nice onsen, which might not be for everyone). But the staff were nice and breakfast was reasonably priced.
Don't get me wrong, this is a lovely place, but absolutely not for the solo/couple traveller. The distance from the centre, combined with a rather unnecessary half eleven lockdown, is crippling. For large groups (mostly school kids when I was there) though this is a fantastic place. Keep an eye out for the wild boar in the back...