When your budget is tight, you always check the price of hotels and flights. I researched the 3 cheapest hotels in Kyoto, specifically ones near Kyoto station. I used my favorite hotel searching site, Jalan’s Egnlish version and Japanese version. I chose the setting for one person who is going to stay a night on June 14th. I adjusted a little by comparing the English listing and the Japanese listing.
Tomato Guest House:1900 yen
Staff is very friendly. And a lot of customers have become regular customers. The location is nice, since you can get to the hotel within ten minutes from Kyoto station. A World Heritage site, Nishi Honganji is within a walking distance! No smoking.
K’s House Kyoto:2500 yen
Located near Joseien Garden and Sanjyusangendo Temple, which is one of the most popular sightseeing spots in Kyoto. You can walk to Keihan line’s Shichijo station as well as Kyoto station easily.
Hostel Haruya Aqua:2625 yen
Hostel Haruya Aqua uses a traditional building which was built 100 years ago (renovated of course). 8 minutes to Kyoto station is pretty convenient. You can rent a bicycle for 525 yen.
You can find much more useful and complete information in my Kyoto Guidebook which is now available on Amazon sites. Click here to buy the Kyoto Guidebook (ebook) on Amazon.com (You can find the Kyoto Guidebook on your local Amazon site).