Ideally located just a 10-minute walk from the iconic Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Guesthouse Soi offers various rooms including private Japanese-style rooms and dormitory rooms. Both Kiyomizu Gojo and Shichijo stations for the Keihan Main Line are situated within a 10-minute walk. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. All rooms at Guesthouse Soi are air-conditioned, and come with free toiletries and towels. Some rooms feature a private bathroom. While staying at the hostel, guests can rent a bicycle to explore the city or use the coin launderette on site. A shared kitchen is also provided for guests’ convenience. Guesthouse Soi is a 3-minute walk from Umamachi Bus Stop, which is a 13-minute bus ride from JR Kyoto Station. Keihan Fushimi Inari Station is a 6-minute train ride away from Kiyomizu Gojo Station.

This is our guests' favourite part of Kyoto, according to independent reviews.

Couples particularly like the location — they rated it 9.0 for a two-person trip.

Guesthouse Soi has been welcoming guests since 1 Sept 2014.

Property highlights

Situated in the best rated area in Kyoto, this property has an excellent location score of 9.1

Breakfast info



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Room type
1 sofa bed
1 large double bed
1 sofa bed
1 large double bed
1 sofa bed
1 futon bed
1 single bed
1 sofa bed
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Travel Sustainable Level 2
This property has told us they’re making considerable investments and efforts towards sustainability by taking steps that can have environmental and social impact. We’ve worked with experts including Travalyst and Sustainalize to create the Travel Sustainable programme – making it easier for you to experience the world more sustainably.
Guest reviews


Value for money
Free WiFi
High score for Kyoto
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See what guests loved the most:

  • Mark
    The staff and the owners were very friendly, even my request to check in later was answered directly and then implemented.
  • Thorsten
    Very nice traditional room, very clean, very friendly staff
  • Rachel
    United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    Traditional style with modern comfort, The hosts were so welcoming, the girl on the front desk was also so helpful and kind!
  • Paulsson
    It was easy to both check in and out. The staff was professional and nice.
  • William
    United KingdomUnited Kingdom
    The hosts were incredibly friendly and made sure that we had a fantastic time in Kyoto. Bike hire from the hostel is cheap and definitely the best way to travel.
  • Philémon
    Everything. The hosts were exceptionally friendly, welcoming and attentive. The room was not that big but it had a nice place to store the luggage which makes it bigger. The breakfast was simple but extremely pleasant. The house was super clean...
  • Sommer
    Good vibes and amazing service, breakfast was tasty!
  • Ieva
    United StatesUnited States
    I usually don't write any reviews unless the place to stay is exceptionally good, which is the case for this guesthouse. It is in a calm and quiet neighborhood within a walking distance to Gion and Kiyomizu-dera. I mostly enjoyed the friendliness...
  • Yutan
    I loved my stay and really felt at home at Guesthouse Soi. The owners and staff are welcoming and hospitable, and it was just an overall good vibe. This was also where I interacted most with other travellers on my entire solo trip. Although I am...
  • Darien
    United StatesUnited States
    Staff was incredibly nice, and made an excellent breakfast. Even the cheaper free breakfast was very nice. Always a good energy inside, with a lot of interesting people coming and going. Nice lively environment during the day, and quiet at night....

Property questions and answers
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The property usually replies within a few days

  • Hi, on the check-out day, can we store our luggages at your guesthouse till 4pm?

    Yes, it is no problem to keep your luggages at our guesthouse.
    Answered on 8 March 2023
  • Hey there! I really want to come and stay here next april but none of the dates are available :( will booking be open at a later date?

    Thank you for your inquiry. At the moment I plan to accept the reservation for next April probably around the end of year. I am sorry for taking a lot..
    Answered on 23 September 2022
  • Hi I Would like to ask is your place near to Higashimaya district and Kiyomizudera district and if it’s walking distance how long. Thank you

    Thank you for your inquiry, our guesthouse is located in Higashiyama district and we are 13 minutes away walking from Kiyomizudera area.
    Answered on 23 August 2023
  • Hello, I have a daughter who will be living in Osaka. If I book just for me can I pay for her to stay in my room if she comes for a night or 2?

    ​Hi! It is no problem to add another guest but some rooms can be very squeezing expecially if both of you have a big suitcases. Please book for one gu..
    Answered on 12 January 2023
  • Hello,I would like to know how much does it cost a room for a long term stay? I’m planning to stay a minimum of 4 weeks, starting mid-june.Thank you

    Hi, thank you for your inquiry and sorry for the late reply. I have just realized your message. Because I blocked the date 18th of June, it is why you..
    Answered on 2 June 2022
  • Hello, Can I bring my kid who under 2 years old?

    We are sorry but we accept children 3 years and older, because of our limited facility problem. We appreciate your understanding.
    Answered on 19 April 2023
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Managed by Maki Ueta

Company review score: 9.9Based on 356 reviews from 1 property
1 managed property

Company information

Guesthouse Soi is a family running guesthouse by a Singapore-Japanese couple, avid travelers who’s everyday lives are deeply involved with the guests.

Property information

Our guest say they have a feeling of home. If you are curious to see local people’s house, and you need a tidy and comfortable rooms, our place will be your best choice! We have many types of rooms according to each traveler’s different needs. Most of our rooms are traditional Japanese Tatami (woven-straw) floor rooms, and they are for you to try special local experience. Our rooms are suitable especially for families and groups. Reasonable dorm beds are also available for individual backpackers.

Neighbourhood information

We are located in Higashiyama, one of the best preserved historic districts in the city. Easy access from/to Kyoto station and city center (bus all day), and some of the main scenic areas in walking distance. Our guesthouse is in a quiet area along the lower slope to the eastern mountains, good environment with university, museums and luxus hotels nearby.

Languages spoken


Property surroundings *

Facilities of Guesthouse Soi
Great facilities! Review score, 9.6

Most popular facilities
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Free WiFi
  • Laundry
  • Garden
  • Heating
  • Terrace
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Linen
  • Sun terrace
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Shared kitchen
Room Amenities
  • Socket near the bed
  • Clothes rack
  • Bicycle rental
    Additional charge
  • Themed dinner nights
    Additional charge
  • Badminton equipment
  • Children's playground
Food & Drink
  • Coffee house on site
WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
No parking available.
  • Public transport tickets
    Additional charge
  • Shared lounge/TV area
  • Concierge service
  • Luggage storage
  • Fax/photocopying
    Additional charge
  • Tour desk
  • Laundry
    Additional charge
Entertainment and family services
  • Board games/puzzles
Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
  • CCTV outside property
  • CCTV in common areas
  • Smoke alarms
  • Security alarm
  • Key access
  • 24-hour security
  • Designated smoking area
  • Air conditioning
  • Non-smoking throughout
  • Heating
  • Soundproofing
  • Soundproof rooms
  • Fan
  • Ironing facilities
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Upper floors accessible by stairs only
Languages spoken
  • English
  • Japanese
  • Chinese

House rules

Guesthouse Soi takes special requests - add in the next step!


From 15:00 to 21:00


From 07:00 to 10:00



Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodation type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check the conditions of your required room.

Children and beds

Child policies

Children older than 3 years are welcome.

Children 10 years and above will be charged as adults at this property.

To see correct prices and occupancy information, please add the number of children in your group and their ages to your search.

Cot and extra bed policies

Cots and extra beds are not available at this property.

Age restriction

The minimum age for check-in is 18

Mastercard Visa Discover JCB Diners Club American Express Cash Guesthouse Soi accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.


Smoking is not allowed.


Pets are not allowed.

The fine print

Group policies may be applied and a deposit may be charged under the following circumstances:
- 1 room is booked for over 5 nights
- 2 rooms are booked for over 3 nights
- 3 or more rooms are booked

- Please contact the property directly for more details regarding group policies.

- Late check-ins after 22:00 must be confirmed by the hotel in advance.

In response to Coronavirus (COVID-19), additional safety and sanitation measures are in effect at this property.

Food & beverage services at this property may be limited or unavailable due to Coronavirus (COVID-19).

An accommodation tax per person per night is not included in the price and needs to be paid at the property.

Please inform Guesthouse Soi in advance of your expected arrival time. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly with the contact details provided in your confirmation.

License number: 京都市指令保保医第601号

FAQs about Guesthouse Soi

  • Guesthouse Soi offers the following activities / services (charges may apply):

    • Children's playground
    • Themed dinner nights
    • Badminton equipment
    • Bicycle rental

  • Guesthouse Soi is 1.7 miles from the centre of Kyoto. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.

  • Check-in at Guesthouse Soi is from 15:00, and check-out is until 10:00.

  • Guests staying at Guesthouse Soi can enjoy a highly-rated breakfast during their stay (guest review score: 9.2).

    Breakfast option(s) include:

    • Asian

  • Room options at Guesthouse Soi include:

    • Quadruple
    • Triple
    • Twin
    • Bed in Dormitory

  • The prices at Guesthouse Soi may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates you select, hotel's policy etc.). See the prices by entering your dates.