Utano Youth Hostel is housed in a beautiful, traditional Japanese-style building surrounded by lovely gardens, close to World Heritage Sites such as Kinkakuji, Ryōan-ji, and Tenryuji Temple. It’s just a short taxi ride from the metro which is a few stops from the main JR station in Kyoto.

The hostel offers spacious shared dorms and private rooms, free Wi-Fi, internet access, a well-equipped kitchen, barbecue area, large Japanese baths and a tennis court. You can rent a bike and there are many social activities organised by the hostel including playing games, sweet making and day trips.

Utano Youth Hostel is perfect for those that wish to experience Kyoto’s nature, people and culture. Go on one of the walking tours of the city and make sure you visit Kyoto Studio Park - a working TV and movie set that doubles as a theme park.

What travellers think

Best for

  • Relaxing
  • Sightseeing
  • Nature-lovers
  • Unique atmosphere

Green rating



Amazing staff, extremely clean and a great place to meet new people. It is an hour bus ride to the central station, however given that it is out of the city there are great walks to do around the area. They also do events every night which is another great way to meet people. You can have breakfast and dinner here so if you don't wish to go out or cook yourself it's a great alternative.


Avatar for Lorna


Thu 04 Feb 2016

Simply the best


Avatar for Ernest


Wed 03 Feb 2016

Travel tips...

Attraction tip


Avatar for Katherine


Fri 16 Oct 2015

Where next?

Take a train ride out to Lake Biwa. Hop off at Omimaiko Station and follow the footpath along the water. You end up at this great little beach food stand - it has a little patio with umbrellas so you can sit and enjoy a beer with the incredible view.

Avatar for Paul


Wed 29 Jul 2015