First of all, what is a guest house? A guest house is usually a hostel where you can stay at a reasonable price; about 2000 – 4000 yen per night (20 – 40 USDs). If you want to save money, this is the accommodation for you. However to get the best price, you may need to share a room with other travelers. If you travel in a group, you can rent a whole room and do not need to share it with unknown people. Basically, it’s a hostel for backpackers. They tend to have a common room where you can chat with other people and PCs where you can use Internet (usually for free).
Kyoto is one of the most attractive sightseeing spots in the world, so there are many guest houses. In fact there are at least 50 guest houses in Kyoto. I introduced three cheapest guest houses based on specific conditions. This time, I’ll list as many as I can in different areas with a link to the official site (if they have one).
Kyoto Station Area (JR)
Oyado Sato: http://nagomi-oyado-sato.com/eng/index.html
Ikoi no ie: http://www.ikoi-no-ie.com/eng/index.html
Taro Cafe: http://www.tarocafe.jp/english/index_e.html
K’s House Kyoto: http://kshouse.jp/kyoto-e/index.html
Kyoto Tomato Guest House: http://kyoto.ihostelz.com/enindex.html
Gion Shijo Station Area (Heihan)
Kyoto Guest House Kinta: http://www.kyoto-kinta.com/index.html
Kyoto Guest House Rakuza: http://rakuza.gh-project.com/e/home.html
Karasuma/Shijo (Hankyu/Subway Karasuma)