Best Places to Stay in Kyoto

Kyoto Prefecture, Erik Eastman

Kyoto is the essence of traditional Japanese culture, and if you want to know more about this nation’s rich history, it’s the place to be. Home to amazing sights, spiritual destinations, and a legacy that’s second to none, there’s so much going, which can make it at times a difficult place to know where to begin when it comes to planning logistics like accommodation. 

If you want to book on a budget, consider staying at a hostel, but if you’re chasing something fancy, the city has plenty of luxury options too. Alternatively, if you want to embrace the city’s traditional culture, then a night or two at a classic ryokan is the way to go. To help you figure out where to stay in Kyoto, we’ve put together this handy little guide:

 

Neighborhoods

Kyoto consists of a variety of unique areas, each with their own appeals and attractions. Given the diversity of this city, where you stay has a big impact on how you’ll enjoy your trip, so for that reason here’s a breakdown of Kyoto’s top neighborhoods.

 

Downtown Kyoto

Downtown Kyoto

Downtown Kyoto at Night, Pappa Neo

If you want to be in the heart of the action, Downtown Kyoto is the best place in the city to base yourself. Downtown Kyoto is within walking distance of so many highlight destinations, including two of the city’s main sightseeing areas: Southern Higashiyama and Northern Higashiyama. It’s also within walking distance of both of the city’s subway lines and two train lines as well as hundreds of restaurants, shops, and bars.

 

Kyoto Station Area

Another excellent central location to be based in the Kyoto Station area. Here you’re not only surrounded by more restaurants and shops than you can count but also being so close to Kyoto Station, offers convenient access to public transport for day trip destinations throughout Kyoto and wider Japan. There is a downside, though, and that is that you’ll have to travel to do your sightseeing in Kyoto.


 

Southern Higashiyama

Southern Higashiyama

Southern Higashiyama, Danny Burley

Home to many of the city’s most impressive sights, including the traditional atmospheric streets that line this pocket of Kyoto, Southern Higashiyama is also a great place to be based. It’s also surrounded by excellent dining establishments and quick access to the historic area of Gion

 

Central Kyoto

Central Kyoto

Central Kyoto, Geoff Whalan

Looking at the map, Central Kyoto is a huge area that covers the middle of the city. While there are plenty of good accommodation options in Central Kyoto that aren’t too far from downtown and the subway lines, you will have to travel if you want to explore Kyoto’s more famous sightseeing districts and the beating heart of the downtown area home to many of the city’ best bars and restaurants.

 

Arashiyama

Arashiyama

The bamboo groves of Arashiyama, Patrick Foto

Arashiyama is situated all the way over on the west side of the city. Although it’s not Kyoto’s most popular area to set up a home base, it is perfect for those who want to avoid the business of the city and enjoy getting up close with nature. This more lush destination is also home to one of the city’s finest accommodation options: the stunning Hoshinoya Kyoto.

 

Northern Higashiyama

While there aren’t many hotels in Northern Higashiyama, it is a pristine place for those who want to embrace Kyoto’s greener side and are not fussed about hopping on a bus to explore the more central districts. There are a handful of local charms and for sleeping a few quaint ryokans, guesthouses, and vacation rentals in the area too.

 

Kibune

Kibune

Kibune, Norio NAKAYAMA

Sitting up tall in the mountains that loom from the north of the city, Kibune is ideal for anyone who wants to escape the city for a night. Isolated enough to feel like a real retreat, but close enough to get into all the action. This secretive destination is a real hidden gem.


 

Luxury hotels

Stay in style at these breathtaking hotels.

The Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto

The Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto

The Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto, The Four Seasons Hotel

Transform your stay into a full-on cultural experience at The Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto. Positioned in the historic district of quaint Higashiyama, this complex is built around an 800-year-old garden, which was mentioned in an epic poem called The Tale of Heike that dates back to the 12th century. It’s an intimate hideaway that transports guests to a different time. You can also experience tea ceremonies in Kyoto, Michelin-star sushi, and ancient healing spa treatments, all without within the premises.

Address: 445-3 Myohoin Maekawacho, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, 605-0932, Japan (map)

Website: fourseasons.com

Hours: Open 24 hours

Phone: +81755418288

 

Hyatt Regency Kyoto

Hyatt Regency Kyoto

Hyatt Regency Kyoto, Hyatt Regency

The Hyatt Regency Kyoto blends traditional Japanese beauty into every aspect of the hotel experience. Welcoming guests with a lush bamboo grove, at this luxury establishment, a maiko (apprentice geisha) performs traditional dance shows for guests every evening. Each of the rooms features Japanese wooden bathtubs and sliding screen doors for that added local Kyoto touch.

Address: 644-2 Sanjusangendomawari, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, 605-0941, Japan (map)

Website: hyatt.com

Hours: Open 24 hours

Phone: +81755411234

 

Hotel Granvia Kyoto

Hotel Granvia Kyoto

Hotel Granvia Kyoto, ホテルグランヴィア京都

Sitting inside the city’s main train station, Kyoto hotels don’t come more central than the Hotel Granvia. While the building’s powerful architectural style is elegant and enthralling, the highlight has to be the views of the Kyoto Tower, available from each of the various rooms. This impressive hotel is not only idyllically positioned in the heart of the city, but also offers a range of facilities including a wedding chapel, a banquet hall, restaurant, on-site stores, and spa facilities.

Address: Japan, 〒600-8216 Kyoto, Shimogyo Ward, Higashishiokojicho, 901番地 内 Kyoto Station Building (map)

Website: granvia-kyoto.co.jp

Hours: Open 24 hours

Phone: +81753448888

 

Ryokans

For some classic Kyoto-style hospitality spend a night in a traditional ryokan.

Togetsutei

Togetsutei

Togetsutei, Giovanni Consiglio

Explore Arashiyama the most picture-perfect locale in Kyoto the right way, by staying at the picturesque Togetsutei. Sitting west of the city’s urban area, Arashiyama is a truly awe-inspiring natural wonder with stunning architecture and incredible natural beauty. All the rooms of this ryokan offer a plethora of luxurious amenities, private gardens, and mesmerizing views. When not venturing into the wonders of Arashiyama, you can also enjoy the ryokan’s gift shop, onsen, and spa.

Address: 54-4 Arashiyama Nakaoshitacho, Nishikyo Ward, Kyoto, 616-0004, Japan (map)

Website: togetsutei.co.jp

Hours: Open 24 hours

Phone: +81758711310

 

Hoshinoya Kyoto

Hoshinoya Kyoto

Hoshinoya Kyoto, 星のや京都/HOSHINOYA Kyoto

Nestled right in the heart of Arashiyama, this picturesque Kyoto ryokan will sweep you into bliss with its river views and magnificent scenery. The ryokan was originally built in the Meiji period and is beloved for its cozy ambiance as well as eye-catching decorations, including lanterns and handcrafted furniture. Of course, Hoshinoya Kyoto also boasts extremely well-curated rooms, first-rate service, and delectable meals created by the well-known chef Kubota Ichiro. When staying at this ryokan, don’t forget to check out its water and atmospheric open-air tearoom. They don’t call Hoshinoya the best ryokan in Kyoto for nothing.


Address: Japan, 〒616-0007 Kyoto, Nishikyo Ward, 嵐山元録山町11−2 (map)

Website: hoshinoya.com

Hours: Open 24 hours

Phone: +81570073066

 

Kinse Inn

Kinse Ryokan

Kinse Ryokan, きんせ旅館

Kinse Inn was once an ageya or in English, we’d call it a pleasure house for the elites. Today, it has been renovated into a café and stunning Kyoto ryokan. On the café’s ground floors are glorious stained-glass windows and vaulted ceilings that serve as remnants of Japan’s Westernization period during the 1900s.

Head upstairs, and guests will find a small traditional Japanese bath where you can unwind after a day of non-stop sightseeing in Kyoto. Additionally, it has a more authentic Japanese charm, with calligraphy scrolls and paper lanterns that decorate the inn’s rooms. The whole second floor can be privately rented for those who want to spare no expense immersing themselves fully in this extraordinary ryokan in Kyoto that boasts over two centuries of history.

Address: 79 Nishishinyashiki Tayucho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, 600-8827, Japan (map)

Website: kinseinn.com

Hours: Open 24 hours

Phone: +81753514781

 

Ryokan Sumiya Kihoan

Ryokan Sumiya Kihoan

Ryokan Sumiya Kihoan, Chang Tao

Searching for the perfect place to pamper yourself or spend a retreat with your loved one in Kyoto? Then be sure to book a stay at Ryokan Sumiya Kihoan. Featuring impressive Japanese architecture and lovely grounds wherein guests can immerse into traditional practices like taking part in tea ceremonies in Kyoto. It’s an undeniable taste of old-world Kyoto charm. This ryokan offers guests the chance to choose from a private hot spring bath or a traditional Japanese guest room with impressive mountain views. The inn also has a full-service spa offering therapeutic treatments.

Address: Miyanooku-25番地 Hiedanocho Kakihana, Kameoka, Kyoto 621-0036, Japan (map)

Website: sumiya.ne.jp

Hours: Open 24 hours

Phone: +81771227722

 

Gion Hatanaka

Gion Hatanaka

Gion Hatanaka, Sung Eun Kim

Gion Hatanaka is located in a celebrated historic district known for its ancient architecture and intriguing geishas. And, while the ryokan’s location, right by Yasaka Shrine, is one of its top features, there’s a whole lot more to love about Gion Hatanaka. Each of the guest rooms has a private bath and overlooks private gardens, and the ryokan’s dining offerings include a wondrous and one-of-a-kind culinary course that features a maiko – a geisha apprentice – to eat with you. 

Address: 505 Gionmachi Minamigawa, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, 605-0074, Japan (map)

Website: thehatanaka.co.jp

Hours: Open 24 hours

Phone: +81755415315

 

Hostels

Save some cash and meet like-minded travelers at these popular hostels

 

Guest House Hachi

Guest House Hachi

Guest House Hachi , hachi

Like much of Kyoto’s ancient architecture, this immaculately preserved hostel is a piece of art. Guest House Hachi, a renovated machiya (townhouse), turned stylish hostel establishment is Kyoto’s classical charm at an affordable price. The interior features private rooms with tatami flooring as well as shared dorms. There’s also a small Japanese garden which offers space plenty of opportunities to unwind and soak up the tranquility of the city. Positioned just one stop away from Kyoto Station in historic Shimabara, it’s location couldn’t be better.


Address: 505 Gionmachi Minamigawa, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, 605-0074, Japan (map)

Website: guesthousehachi.com

Hours: Open 24 hours

Phone: +81757462069

 

K’s House

K's House Kyoto

K’s House Kyoto, K’s House Kyoto – Backpackers Hostel

Known throughout Japan as one of the nation’s most reputable hotel chains, K’s House boasts one excellent Kyoto outpost. Sitting just a ten-minute walk from Kyoto Station, K’s House Kyoto is a great spot to set up a home base when backpacking through this fascinating city. Here they have Japanese and Western-style rooms, as well as a lounge with computers free to use and a diner and bar called Zen Cafe. Head up to the rooftop, and you’ll find a terrace with a stunning view of the city.

Address: 418 Nayacho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, 600-8142, Japan (map)

Website: kshouse.jp

Hours: Open 24 hours

Phone: +81753422444

 

Comicap

Comicap Kyoto

Comicap Kyoto, コミカプ 京都新京極店

A capsule hotel with a twist, Comicap is a must-stay for all manga fans. As the bedrooms are decked out wall-to-wall in comic books, including many in English, guests practically sleep in a library that’s nestled right inside a shopping center and only minutes away from Nishiki Market on foot, great for exploring once you’re done geeking out over the collection.

Address: Japan, 〒604-8046 Kyoto, Nakagyo Ward, Higashigawacho, 525-1 4F (map)

Website: comicap.co.jp

Hours: Open 24 hours

Phone: +81752547330

 

Hostel Ebi

Hostel Ebi

Hostel Ebi, YOYOGAGA

Hostel Ebi is a small, cute venue that’s perfect for solo travelers as it encourages guests to socialize and share meals together, but if you want to get a good night’s sleep, don’t worry! It becomes quiet and peaceful in the evenings. Sitting right next to Nishiki Market, and surrounded by many including a friendly pub in the same building, it’s also very accessible for those who want to get out and make the most of their evenings.

Address: Japan, 〒604-8144 Kyoto, Nakagyo Ward, Motohonenjicho, 683 錦ビル 4F 烏丸 (map)

Website: hostel-ebi.com

Hours: Open 24 hours

Phone: +81752115811

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