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Hostel Ebi is the hostel I was hoping to find in Kyoto: small, family-run, simple, and stylish at the same time, with capsule-style beds and right downtown, in Shijo Karasuma.

The dorms, mixed or female-only, consist of wooden bunk beds custom-built, a bedside table, light, and a comfortable curtain that provides just enough privacy. Once more, I chose an upper bed for even more privacy. Bathrooms and shower rooms are on the lower floor, basic, but with everything, you might need, and in the female dorm, there’s even a wide make-up table perfectly lighted 🙂

The common sitting room is very comfortable and well furnished, just like the pretty open kitchen. I never cooked during my stay, but we actually had yummy homemade ramen all together one night, and I had lots of sake and matcha in the evening while working on my blog.


Hostel Ebi is situated next to the wonderful Nishiki Market and at only 600 m from Kyoto International Manga Museum. There are plenty of shops, mini markets and restaurants of any kind all around and by the way, I highly recommend both the ramen restaurant on the ground floor (try the lemon ramen!) and the many stalls at the market. On the ground floor, there’s also a very cool Irish Pub open till late 😉

There’re many buses, tram, and metro stops within walking distance, and the main train station is a 30′ walk from the hostel, and I enjoyed strolling back and forward, the same thing to reach the Imperial Palace or the Nijo Castle. Gion, the world-famous geisha district, is right on the other side of the river, behind the Nishiki Market, and the temple area is only a bit further.

To sum it up: it’s really ideally located to fully enjoy Kyoto!  

A few words on the staff: both the owner and his staff are most welcoming and helpful, and I felt at home and will definitely stay there again on my next trip to Japan!

P.S. Wifi is great in the whole hostel and on the roof terrace you get laundry facilities.

Personal note

Thanks to my previous job and often for pleasure, I spent almost more time in hotels than at home in the last seventeen years. Here are those I consider special places not to be missed. Those I truly hope to come back to again and again…

These posts have nothing to do with sponsorships.

These are just places where I stayed and that I loved and felt like have to be recommended to everybody.

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Silvia's Trips

Hi there! My name is Silvia and after 15 years between the Paris Opera and the Palau de les Arts in Valencia I now run a boutique hotel in Cinque Terre, deal with tourism management and blogging, sail, horse-ride, play guitar and write about my solo trips around the world. For more info about me and my travel blog check my full bio.