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
  • Unique atmosphere
  • Culture

Green rating



Great. Fantastic.


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Tue 17 Nov 2015

I had a wonderful stay . 1 night is just too short ... Next time I will stay longer. Dinner was awesome to bring my day to a good end . Breakfast was japanese style and I totally loved it !


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Hsing I,

Sat 14 Nov 2015

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