I'm attending a conference in Kyoto at the Kyoto International Conference Center. I'm looking for accommodation that has quick public transport to the ICC, is inexpensive (but probably not a monastery, as I don't want it to be deliberately austere, have curfews, or encourage religious practice), and ideally be somewhat Japanese-style.
From the ICC's link to the Japanese Inn Group, I found Ryokan Rakucho (though not really a ryokan, as it doesn't provide any meals), charging 5,300 yen per night for a single person. This is viable, but appears to be more expensive than hostel accommodation. Would the following generalisations be true about minshukus and doyas versus youth hostels in Kyoto?
- Minshukus and doyas provide your own room, whereas hostels provide you with just a bed in a shared room (though some provide you with the option of having your own room for a higher fee).
- Minshukus and doyas are more expensive than a hostel bed.
Also, how do minshukus and doyas tend to compare with hostels in Kyoto in terms of overall number of customers staying at the place, ease of booking for people not proficient in Japanese, and proximity to public transport?