Piece Hostel Sanjo
A ryokan-turned-hostel, Piece Hostel Sanjo is one of the coolest hostels I've ever stayed at. The design is fresh and minimalistic, and it's a fairly new property, so it's very clean and well-run. There's a bustling kitchen and communal space on the first floor, with complimentary breakfast that's both Western (think toast, jam, peanut butter, and pastries) and Japanese (soup, rice, and fish dishes). It's above a great coffee shop, too, if the powdered stuff in the kitchen doesn't cut it for you. It's centrally located in Kyoto as well, so getting mostly everywhere was easy. One of the best things about it is that it's mere steps from Nishiki Market, which is Kyoto's main food drag and emporium. We would end up there each afternoon to browse the shops, observe the scene, and grab some tempura to nibble before dinner.
By Juliette San Fillipo, AFAR Staff
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Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan