Kyoto Hotel Guide

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Kyoto offers a wide range of accommodations, including domestic and international hotel chains, inexpensive hostels and vacation rentals. It is also a great city to experience a traditional ryokan. Below is a brief introduction to Kyoto's main hotel districts, their advantages as a base for tourists and some recommended hotels:

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Kyoto Station (more details)

Although not as atmospheric as Kyoto's city center, the area around Kyoto Station is very convenient and offers lots of hotels, shops and dining options within easy reach. The station is a major transportation hub with easy access to virtually all of the sightseeing spots around Kyoto, direct trains to Nara and Osaka and shinkansen connections to Tokyo, Hiroshima and beyond.
Backpackers Hostel Ks House Kyoto
One of Kyoto's most popular hostels. A ten minute walk from Kyoto Station.
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Hotel Granvia Kyoto
Located inside Kyoto Station, this is Kyoto's most convenient 4-star hotel.
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Hotel Hokke Club Kyoto
Inexpensive, no-frills business hotel conveniently located across from Kyoto Station.
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Hotel Kintetsu Kyoto Station
Convenient business hotel located inside Kyoto Station.
Reserve through Rakuten
Hyatt Regency Kyoto Hotel
Elegant luxury hotel located near Sanjusangendo Temple.
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New Miyako Hotel Kyoto
Reasonably priced 3-star hotel located just across the street from Kyoto Station.
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Central Kyoto (more details)

The area surrounding the intersection of Shijo and Kawaramachi has the largest and most atmospheric collection of shopping and dining options in the city. A wide range of popular hotels can be found in the area, mostly located along Shijo and Sanjo street and further north around the Kyoto City Hall. Despite lacking a JR train station, the area is nonetheless a secondary transportation hub for Kyoto, with bus and train connections to the various sights around the city in addition to direct trains to Osaka.
Khaosan Kyoto Guest House
Cheap and popular hostel located in the heart of the city near Kawaramachi Station.
Reserve through Agoda or Booking
Royal Park Hotel The Kyoto
Modern hotel along Sanjo Street close to Pontocho and other dining options.
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Tawaraya
We consider this to be the best ryokan in Japan. Housed in a beautiful building, Tawaraya offers high class Kyoto cuisine and great hospitality.
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Eastern Kyoto (more details)

Calmer and quieter than other parts of Kyoto, the area around Eastern Kyoto is no less atmospheric. The area boasts a wide range of modern and traditional accommodations, especially in the Higashiyama District due to its distinct historic flair. Eastern Kyoto also offers a larger selection of vacation rental properties in its more residential neighborhoods.
Japan Experience Houses
Wide variety of vacation rentals in quieter residential neighborhoods. Good traveler support.
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Motonago
Atmospheric traditional ryokan in the center of the historic district welcoming many foreign guests.
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The Westin Miyako
High quality resort hotel in the hills near Nanzenji Temple.
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Ryokan Hirashin

3min walk to Shijo Karasuma Sta. Spacious Japanese-style rooms. 140 years of history. Public baths renovated in 2006.

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Ryokufuso

Conveniently located in the Kyoto town. 5min walk to Nishi Honganji. 5min by taxi from JR Kyoto Sta. Free Wi-Fi in lobby. The dining hall is renovated in 2015.

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Gion Hatanaka

A traditional ryokan situated in a quiet area of Gion. Close to Yasaka Shrine and Kodaiji Temple. Maiko performs at night. Experience the quality hospitality.

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Ryokan Motonago

A real traditional inn at Gion with 11 rooms, friendly staff. Walking distance of Kiyomizu-dera, Yasaka-jinja and more.

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Hotel Sanoya

3 min from north exit of JR Kyoto Sta. but in quiet area. Cozy, clean Japanese rooms with bath. Internet PC in lobby.

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Ryokan Wakamiya

Inexpensive, cozy inn with helpful staff. 7 min walk from JR Kyoto Sta. Free Internet PC. Communal baths on top floor.

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Backpackers Hostel Ks House Kyoto

One of Kyoto's most popular hostels. A ten minute walk from Kyoto Station.

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Hotel Granvia Kyoto

Located inside Kyoto Station, this is Kyoto's most convenient 4-star hotel.

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Hyatt Regency Kyoto Hotel

Elegant luxury hotel located near Sanjusangendo Temple.

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Khaosan Kyoto Guest House

Cheap and popular hostel located in the heart of the city near Kawaramachi Station.

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New Miyako Hotel Kyoto

Reasonably priced 3-star hotel located just across the street from Kyoto Station.

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Royal Park Hotel The Kyoto

Modern hotel along Sanjo Street close to Pontocho and other dining options.

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