Group Booking Terms and Conditions

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General Group Booking Terms

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  • In order to make a group reservation on it is necessary to pay a deposit. The balance is due directly to the hostel according to their payment conditions.
  • The booking deposit is non-refundable.
  • Please note that any cancellations must be notified directly to the hostel at least 24 hours in advance of your scheduled arrival date, unless otherwise stated in the hostel's conditions.
  • are not responsible for changes or amendments to your reservation once it has been processed. All correspondence with regard to changes to your booking need to be dealt with directly with the hostel.
  • Cancellations for reservations must be made directly with the hostel and must conform with the individual hostels cancellation policy (see below)
  • It is your responsibility to pay the balance of your accommodation cost to the hostel in accordance with their payment conditions (see below). Failure to do so may result in your reservation being cancelled by the hostel.
  • Individual hostels may have special booking conditions relating to group stays, please read the hostel booking conditions carefully before making your reservation.

Hostel Specific Terms & Conditions

The remainder of the amount due will be charged to your credit card ???? Should numbers or room selection change, the per person deposit times the number of people who actually travelled will be deducted from the total accommodation charge levvied by the hostel.

The following group types are not accepted by this hostel: Holiday with Friends, Junior / Primary School, High / Secondary School, College / University, Business Trip, Stag/Hen/Bachelor Party, Sports Group, Cultural Group If you have misrepresented the type of group you are booking for, your booking may be cancelled by the hostel."

Any cancellations resulting from agreement to these terms and conditions under false pretences will result in loss of deposit.

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  • Perfect Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Fantastic Cleanliness
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Property Description

Friends Kyo is located in the heart of historic Gion, and 5 mins walk to the main shopping and clubbing districts. Just one street from us is Miyagawa-cho, where Geishas sleep and party. You can spot them, but probably cannot afford them.. but it is ok, you can party with us.

We have a nice lounge with a library downstairs and an awesome roof garden where you can hang out, chill and meet new friends, a nice private cabin with USB power plugs for you to relax in when the day ends and the sun sets/rises. And of course... we do provide free laundry for the really really wild nights.

AND the Hankyu train nearby takes you straight to Osaka Station too!

*** A new accommodation tax will be implemented starting October 1, 2018 in Kyoto City. Accommodations charging JPY 20,000 or less per person per night will need to collect JPY 200 per person per night. We will be adding the tax to your bill. View House Rules

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 9.6

  • Security 9.7

  • Location 9.8

  • Staff 9.7

  • Atmosphere 9.4

  • Cleanliness 9.8

  • Facilities 9.6

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    15 Nov 2019
    Feels like home! The location is perfect and the staff were all very nice and accomodating.
    Philippines, Male, 31-40
  • 10.0


    13 Nov 2019
    I’ve been to many hostels throughout the US, Europe, and Asia. This is one of the better ones I’ve been to. No bunk beds and the walls separating each space was perfect. Nothing bad to say about this one.
    USA, Male, 31-40
  • 10.0


    06 Nov 2019
    Simply put, Stan is the man! Stan is the owner of Friends and he is far and away the most welcoming, humorous, and knowledgeable hostel owner that I’ve met on my travels. On several occasions, he went out of his way to describe the best spots to see in Kyoto and beyond, and he helped to foster an awesome, social environment for all of the guests. If you want to meet some great people, learn a lot about Japan, and share a ton of laughs along the way, I’d highly recommend staying at Friends!
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 10.0


    01 Nov 2019
    I really enjoyed staying at Friends Kyo! Stan is an incredible host and a real joy to be around (thank you for making my stay so special)! Friends Kyo feels really secure (I didn’t bother even using the safe), everything is really clean and the location in perfect. The atmosphere is also very social which is something Stan puts a lot of work and effort into and it’s clear it’s hugely appreciated. Also, the rooftop area is gorgeous! I couldn’t recommend this place enough!
    England, Female, 18-24
  • 10.0


    01 Nov 2019
    Philosephy of this hostel is freinship. Stuff helped you as your best freinds ever. Best hostel ever!
    Israel, Male, 31-40
  • 10.0


    01 Nov 2019
    Very comfortable hostel, clean, friendly owner with spot reccomandations and great atmosphere! One of the best!
    Israel, Male, 25-30
  • 10.0


    25 Oct 2019
    Excellent! A hidden gem in Gion with class A staff. Will definitely be back!
    USA, Female, 41+
  • 9.7


    01 Nov 2019
    Friends Kyo is an excellent hostel located just a short walk from major train stations, restaurants, and nightlife. The staff were friendly and helpful and went above and beyond to make sure your stay was nothing but great. The roof is a beautiful place to relax and take in the view. I would recommend this hostel to anyone!
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 9.4


    29 Oct 2019
    Friends Kyo is a good place to stay and socialize and the location is convenient to train/bus stops. It is located in the historic Gion District, which is famous for the Geisha District. The facilities are good, not great. The beds are a bit hard and there can be up to 8 people in a room with only one shower and two toilets. It wasn’t too much of a problem because everyone was quick and people come and go so it’s never overwhelming. Lastly, the staff is great particularly the owner, Stanley.
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 9.1


    02 Nov 2019
    it was a very nice hostel in a great location. Good privacy with an individual bed with a curtain, Friendly staff, and a rooftop! Compared to other hostels in Japan, it felt like the cleanness could be improved, but it was a good value for money!
    Japan, Female, 25-30
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  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Towels Included
  • Air Conditioning
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Book Exchange
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Common Room
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hot Showers
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Microwave
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Reading Light
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Security Lockers
  • Utensils
  • Washing Machine
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Reception (limited hours)
Food & Drink
  • Cafe
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Wi-Fi