JamHouse Buddha is housed above Charanke, a small restaurant and bar, and was one of the most interesting places we stayed at. I wished we had more time to get acquainted with the other occupants and owners.

Again, the location is prime - a two minute walk takes you to Nijo castle and Nijojomae subway, and bus stops are a few minutes' walk away too. It's pretty much in central Kyoto so all attractions are a fairly reasonable distance away.

Mina-san and Kosuke-san welcomed us and were both very friendly. Kosuke spoke some English but we mainly communicated in Japanese (or at least I tried). They were very flexible about us leaving our luggage at Jamhouse ahead of check-in time.

A narrow staircase takes you to a cubby-house like room with two bunk beds, concrete walls and an assortment of lamps, curtains and carpets. It was a cosy place with a sort of battered charm to it - apparently like poor university accommodation during the 80s in China, according to my parents.

Unfortunately, we could only stay in for one night because they were celebrating their first year anniversary on the next night.

Unfortunately, I also spent most of that night sleeping to stop a worsening flu so I couldn't join my friends for sake and snacks downstairs in Charanke, but apparently the food was excellent.

The place provides a kitchen (with microwave and kettle) and bathroom facilities with shampoo and bodywash.

We 'shared' a room with another gentleman - in other words, we shared the bathroom and kitchen with him and he stayed in a separate room that opened out into the open space where our bunk beds were.

Tie-dyed blankets hung over the bunks provided us with adequate privacy. You do have to be fairly small not to feel cramped in the place with four other people but it was definitely manageable for us.

I definitely recommend Jamhouse if you want something a little quirky and rustic and you're looking to do a lot of activities in the area and want a 'central' base to call home.