, , , , , ,


We took the train from Shin-Osaka station to Kyoto which took about 45 minutes. We had to look for our hostel so we can drop off our luggage. At the Kyoto Station, we didn’t know that we had to exit first so we can go to the subway which is accessible outside the station on the lower ground. There is a tourist information desk outside the exit of the JR station and we had gotten our maps here. You can also buy the all-day bus ticket here.

On the hostel website, the direction says:

From Kyoto station ride on Karasuma line subway to Karasuma-Oike station.
Then transfer to Tozai line subway to Higashiyama station and 3 min walk from Exit 1.

From Kyoto station ride on Kyoto City Bus No.5 ( bound for Iwakura ),
No.206 ( bound for Kitaoji Bus Terminal ) and get off at Higashiyama-sanjo bus stop.
Then 5min walk from there.

We took the first option. I would say that their train system is pretty straightforward and it was easy to navigate. We were also able to use our ICOCA card here.

This is the map of the hostel. Just make sure to remember the stream. It was kind of confusing at first but just remember the stream and this map. It will eventually get you there. We were lucky we took the right turns.

IMG_5359On check-in, I had to pay for our whole stay. They do accept credit card payments. Then we were given our key code. Good thing we were only on the 2nd floor since they didn’t have elevators.

We got the Business single room which can be good for 2 persons. This is probably the biggest room we’ve had in our whole stay in Japan.

IMG_5378It comes with a fridge, a microwave oven, two desks, a tv, a phone, plenty of closet space.


Our comfy bed with the TV on the left and our small veranda outside the doors.

IMG_5380The neighborhood view from our veranda.

IMG_5386Our small but very clean toilet. There is soap, shampoo and conditioner.

IMG_5381And of course an automated, seated toilet. This was even one of the older models but it’s still very nice.

IMG_5389They give you bread in the morning. There are baskets that corresponds to your room number. The bread are actually really good. I love Japanese bread. There’s also coffee and water. If you’d like something else, there’s a vending machine too.

IMG_5365 IMG_5366 IMG_5368They also have plenty of seating at the lounge. There are 2 massage chairs which are just heaven from walking around. They’re probably my most favorite thing about this hostel. Every hotel should have a few.

IMG_5364There is free wifi and also a lan connection with cable in the room. If you don’t have your own device, they also have a computer available for use.

IMG_5363I really loved my stay at Eco Tec. I like the location since it’s very accessible to the subway and the bus. We took a bus back to Kyoto Station just a couple of blocks from the hostel. It is accessible, clean and affordable. I thought that the amenities they had were very thoughtful of the guests. I would highly recommend it and I would love to stay at the hostel again.