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Pan and Circus Reviews

616 Azuchi-cho,Gojo-agaru,Kawaramachi-dori,Shimogy, Kyoto, Japan

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72 Total Reviews
  • 81%Value For Money
  • 80%Security
  • 93%Location
  • 87%Staff
  • 85%Atmosphere
  • 71%Cleanliness
  • 73%Facilities

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Trouble dropping off my bag, and then trouble checking in. There doesn't seem to be a way into the building unless you know the code prior, even when I came back during check in time there were still no staff present. Frustrating. Apart from that the hostel was fine.

  • 21st Jun 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


It might not be everyone's cup of tea. But what it lacks in electronic bidets and modern hostel chic it makes up ample in quirky charm and an understated chilled out atmosphere; such as the staff/dj playing some nice minimal tech during bar hours and the various paintings adorning the communal areas. If Jun'ichiro Tanizaki ran a hostel, i would imagine it might be something like this.


Overall, amazing. Such a quirky fun place to stay. Couldn't ask for more and will be back. Only negative was disrespectful talking guests late one night but that's no fault of Pan and Circus. Great experience!


Unique hostel experience, in a really good way! Staff was very friendly and the rooms were comfortable. I would appreciate more clarity on the check-in process though; there was no one in the hostel when we came to check in in the middle of the afternoon. Otherwise great experience, would definitely recommend.

  • 29th May 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • All Male Group, 18-24
  • (1 review)


We had a really great time in pan and circus, staff were really nice, we met lot of people in the hostel :)

  • 25th May 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • France
  • All Male Group, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Quirky and very enjoyable! Outstanding location and atmosphere.


Nice place to stay and closed to everything. The bus stop just in front of the Hostel. Staff are friendly. Good place for sleep at night and travelling for the whole day. Only one comment is should have Staff stand by during day time. I was arrived at noon and found nobody with the door shut. i little lost that time, since it was our first time in Kyoto.


There is only one shower and it's kind of advised to use the public baths nearby.


Really fun little hostel in a great location. Has all the basic facilities, and a much better kitchen than I saw anywhere else I stayed in Japan. The bar downstairs is lively and the staff are friendly and helpful. Also in a good location with the bus stop just outside and in walking distance to a lot of the sights of Kyoto.


An unusual hostel, but it works! It's a bit of a quirky place, with retro pictures and furniture, but the staff are friendly and we enjoyed our one night stay.



  • 4th Mar 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Japan
  • All Female Group, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Pan and Circus has an amazing atmosphere, friendly, fun, welcoming, quirky, cheap. The interior decorating is the most remarkable part. Everything is made from recycled parts and vintage. At times it feels like things are going to fall apart, doorways are crooked, the main door needs a special procedure to use, the winter insulation on the windows is bubble warp. BUT IT WORKS. Where it matters its clean and functional. This is a fantastic hostel for the solo traveller, I love it.

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