Kyoto (京都) is often described as the most beautiful city in Japan. It is home to some of the nation’s most precious national treasures, including the Golden Pavilion, the shrine of a thousand torii (鳥居) gates, Nijo Castle (二条城), and streets where Geisha (芸者) in training roam. Anyone interested in Japanese culture must take a trip to this historical place, whether it’s by strolling the streets of Gion (祇園), taking breathtaking photos of grand temples, or seeing the city by the comfort of a traditional rickshaw.
No vacation is complete without its hotel, and finding the perfect place to stay can be a challenge. Relux, a luxury hotel website, has hand-picked fantastic first-class hotels for you to choose from. Here are 76 excellent luxury hotels in Kyoto to make your holiday perfect.
The Mitsui Garden Hotel aims to blend with its traditional Kyoto surroundings by using Japanese natural materials, Its concept is to “inherit and reproduce the tradition of Kyoto” and provides comfortable accommodation for its guests without disturbing the authenticity of the area.
With its public spa complete with amenities and its central location, it’s the perfect place to stay for a night in real Kyoto.
If you’re looking for something a little more modern, the Ritz never fails to impress. A blend of the traditional and the modern and overlooking the Kamogawa (鴨川) River, the Ritz offers a luxurious atmosphere to really indulge while on your trip.
The Ritz Carlton Kyoto (ザ・リッツ・カールトン京都) also offers various activities for its guests. These include Kyoto sightseeing cycling tours, running, art, miniature Japanese garden making, Japanese sake (酒) tasting, and sushi (寿司) cooking classes. With high-quality chefs in their restaurant area, a spa, sauna, fitness center and indoor pool, you won’t be short of luxuries during your stay.
With just 13 rooms in this charming little inn, the focus of the staff is to treat each guests with a personal experience. With its concept of “sharpness and softness, spirit and beauty”, Kyoto Yunohana Resort Suisen (京YUNOHANA RESORT 翠泉) combines beauty and comfort in its space to ensure a relaxing and refreshing stay.
Suisen offers an outdoor hot spring, where it is said that in the Sengoku Era (戦国時代), samurai came to heal their wounds. View the nature of the area around you while you relax. Additionally, this hotel offers a shuttle bus service, making it simple for you to find your way there.
Kyoto Brighton boasts spacious, luxurious rooms perfect for overlooking Kyoto’s fusion of the old and new. Local cuisine is served with tea to give you a real introduction to the city and its culture.
Kyoto Brighton Hotel (京都ブライトンホテル)’s breakfast, “Hotaru (蛍)’s Breakfast”, was voted No.1 in West Japan by the media, and is unmissable for those who want to start the morning with something special. For sophistication and delicious food, stay at Kyoto Brighton Hotel.
Gion is one of Kyoto’s most beautiful districts, and by staying at Gion Hatanaka (祇園畑中), you’ll have great views of some breathtaking Buddhist temples. With its traditional style, breathtaking cuisine, and luxury scented bath, this place is perfect for a city getaway.
Just five minutes from Kyoto Station (京都駅) is Kyouyumoto Hatoya Zuioukaku (京湯元 ハトヤ瑞鳳閣), a fusion of old and new and a choice of two hot springs that will heal your body after a tiring day of traveling.
This hotel was ranked in the top three Pavilion hotels by the Michelin Guide Osaka (大阪) and Kyoto in 2016, so you can expect exceptional service from their elegant choice of karaoke (カラオケ) rooms and top-quality dining.
Also, this hotel has been around for a long time, it was reborn in 2016 to adhere to the current times, although old Kyoto heritage is still included in the decor. Newly renovated restaurants including Japanese and French dining are also available.
An indoor pool and spa facility is also at the hotel, ensuring you a comfortable stay while you explore one of Japan’s most historic cities.
Arashiyama (嵐山) is a beautiful area just outside of Kyoto City, famous for its bamboo forest, streets of wandering geisha, and picture-perfect views. Here lies Ryotei Rangetsu (旅亭 嵐月), a hotel which prides itself on Japanese natural beauty and impeccable service to its guests.
Bathe in the public spa and absorb the natural beauty of Arashiyama. This hotel also accommodates for special occasions such as weddings.
A modern yet charming hotel in central Kyoto awaits you for a sophisticated stay among some of the city’s Shogunate historical sites and Toji-Temple (東寺)’s pagoda.
An indoor pool and spa facility, as well as nine bars, cafes and restaurants awaiting you, you are guaranteed a satisfying stay at Hotel Okura.
Kyoto Garden Resort Ryokan Shourotei (文珠荘 松露亭) is a special Japanese inn that is located in the precinct of the Chion-Temple (知恩院). Silence greets you as you take in the beautiful natural sites. Bathe in the hot spring, hailed the “bath of the gods”, to heal your mind and spirit during your stay.
Special seasonal food is served with selected ingredients from local areas. Make your experience truly special with Japan’s authentic beauty.
This hotel gets its inspiration from the concept of water and is a charming nature-centered accommodation is worth considering for an authentic and unique experience. This wooden, cabin-like hotel features a public hot spring which is said to rejuvenate your skin with natural minerals.
A meal of “Kyoto-style seafood kaiseki (海の京懐石)” is also offered to guests with a pleasant view of the sea.
This spacious hotel breathes elegance and serenity, with traditional pieces of artwork decorating the interior. The hotel looks over the Kamogawa River and is conveniently located so you can reach popular sightseeing spots easily. A mini kitchen is included in your room if you’d prefer to cook your own meals, but there is also a restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner at an additional cost. The hotel staff will also provide recommendations if you’d prefer to eat out.
The Aoi Hotel gives you a homely sense of staying in Japan with its elegant Japanese style, while still providing modern comforts.
If you love tea, Nazuna Kyoto Nijo-tei (京都 茶の宿 七十七 二条邸) is the perfect luxury hotel for you! Close to the famous Nijo Castle, this hotel provides luxurious Kyoto bedding for their guest bedrooms, meals with local ingredients, and a tea-themed experience!
Soak up the fragrance of a tea bath, burn tea incense, and join a tea ceremony to really feel Japanese tea culture. With its wooden design and luxurious modern additions, the Nazuna Kyoto Nijo-tei is for those who want to experience the real Japan even in the comfort of their hotel.
Nishijin (西陣) is a district in Kyoto where handwoven textile ori originated, and it remains a strong industry in that area. This traditional street is where Shinshinen is located.
A fusion of the old and new, this hotel only provides the best for its guests. The chef from an acclaimed historical Kyoto restaurant prepares your meals with locally sourced ingredients on artistic tableware. This district is where traditions of Kyoto live on, giving you an authentic feel of old and modern Japan.
No trip to Kyoto is complete without a visit to one of the most beautiful districts in the regions, Arashiyama. Home to the famous bamboo forest and abundant with geisha and breathtaking sights, it is worth only a visit. Why not consider staying in Arashiyama instead of the city center?
Arashiyama Benkei (嵐山辨慶) overlooks Arashiyama and the Oigawa (大堰川) River. No matter what time of year you go, you are guaranteed beautiful and seasonal sights. Make the most of your stay by relaxing in the outdoor spa and sampling some seasonal ingredients crafted by the chefs.
If you don’t mind staying in an area outside the city, consider staying at the beautiful Sumiya Kihoan (すみや亀峰菴). Located at the foot of a mountain, this traditional Japanese inn offers professionally prepared, local food, and includes a spa, hot spring, and even a library!
This inn is perfect for those seeking a quiet stay just outside of Kyoto.
Solaria Nishitetsu offers a peaceful garden within the hotel and an excellent location in Higashiyama (東山), Kyoto that is perfect for sightseeing. Nearby is both a shopping center and luscious views of nature so you can enjoy both sides of Kyoto in one area. With a stunning, premium interior and public spa, it’s a great choice for visitors to Kyoto.
This hotel has an excellent boat theme and serves fresh seafood from the nearby Sea of Japan, which is visible from the hotel. Enjoy a luxury hot spring to rejuvenate after a long day of sightseeing before settling into a luxurious semidouble bed. Stay somewhere a little different – try Kasyouen Hanare Kai (夕日ヶ浦温泉 佳松苑はなれ櫂)!
This hotel has a cozy and homely feel to it, yet offers a luxurious experience. Its facilities and programs include spa treatments, teatime, and wine tasting. The nearby Enryaku Temple (延暦寺) and cable car view of Lake Biwa (琵琶湖) is recommended by the hotel staff.
At Hoshino, you get a view of both the lake and Kyoto’s townscape so you can get a taste of both the city life and tranquility that Kyoto has to offer.
If you’re looking for a hotel that is purposely kept quiet for a peaceful time, Kashoen Hanarefuuka (佳松苑 はなれ風香) might just be for you. This hotel for adults has rooms which all face the ocean, a hot spring to revitalize your skin and body and seasonal food.
The hotel’s concept is “Instead of thinking ‘Don’t waste your time with doing nothing’, but rather ‘Don’t waste this moment, do nothing,'”. If you want to spend your vacation in a tranquil space for relaxation, consider Kashoen.
Renovated in 2016 and just a few steps away from Kyoto Station, the Kyoto Century Hotel (京都センチュリーホテル) is perfect if you’d like to stay somewhere central, classy, and comfortable. Restaurants are readily available, and there are meeting rooms for those traveling on business.
Don’t fancy staying in a hotel room? Why not try a Kyoto townhouse! With no curfew like a regular hotel, this rented out house gives you a taste of real Japanese life with all the comforts of a first-rate hotel.
With a concierge providing advice on tours, taxis, and restaurants and a private spa, this cute Japanese cottage is exactly what you need for a private getaway!
Genmyoan (玄妙庵) is renowned for its scenic views, including Amanohashidate (天橋立), one of Japan’s top three scenic views. All of the rooms in this tea-house themed hotel also have an ocean view.
Genmyoan offers a buffet with locally sourced fish, rice, and vegetables, and provides an open-air bath for washing away all worries as you soak up the scenery around you.
Seikoro (晴鴨楼) is a picture of natural Japanese elegance and beauty. With seasonal food, a public spa to relax in after a long day of sightseeing, and its central location, it’s perfect for those looking for an authentic stay in Japan’s culture capital.
At Matsui-Honkan (松井本館), a Japanese garden greets you before entering the hotel, where the staff will greet you with a welcome drink and Japanese sweets. This hotel boasts a spa, a dance from Maiko (舞子), or Geisha, and an optional head massage or facial at an additional charge.
Kyoto Tokyu is perfect if you’re looking for something a little more modern, but still very much in line with Kyoto-style tradition. You can choose your own room depending on the scenic view it offers, and enjoy a variety of cuisines, including Japanese, Chinese, and Italian at the variety of nearby restaurants.
This townhouse was renovated to make Hotel Shiki Juraku (四季十楽). “Juraku” means ten ways to feel entertained and comfortable; according to the hotel’s concept, these ten ways are food, photographs, flowers, architecture, goods & accessories, art, gardening, body care, clothing, and books.
The Japanese cottage-like accommodation offers beautifully arranged seasonal breakfasts from a chef who has published several books. For a stay in a Kyoto townhouse with great memories, consider staying at Hotel Shiki Juraku.
Kizashi’s two main concepts are “extraordinariness” and “modernity”. Their unusual mix of dark and light for their decor and services such as the spa and meals served in your room are extra features that make your visit to Kyoto extra special.
This beautiful lodging hosts a rare steam bath in its spa and offers local barley rice with grated Japanese yam called “tororo mugi rice (麦飯とろろ膳)”, a favorite among guests. Overlook the river as you sample local dishes and take in the beauty of the hotel’s garden celebrating the transition of seasons.
Kuraya (藏や 清水五条) stays true to authentic Kyoto style yet is equipped with modern necessities. Refresh yourself in the open-air hot spring and relax in his townhouse. Best of all, only one group can stay per night, so it’s completely private.
This two-storey townhouse offers a personalized experience for all its guests, providing a personalized itinerary, a guidebook, and even arrangements to surprise your loved one if you’re planning to do something special for them. Comfortable cotton or silk pajamas are also provided.
This hotel has two locations: Ushitora-cho (艮町), which is at the crossroad of Hanayamachi (花屋町) and Shinmachi (新町) streets, and Nishinotouin Nishigawa-cho (西洞院西側町). With a tea room and elegant Japanese garden, this traditional inn offers a relaxing and comfortable stay.
Okukifune is home to a stunning view of the river, and a choice between Japanese-style rooms and western-style rooms so you can stay with full comfort and enjoyment. The food offered here changes with the season so that whenever you decide to stay, you will be offered something different.
Yadoya Dejavu (宿屋デジャヴ) is named so because of the nostalgic feeling staying here grants its guests. A combination of the old and new, Yadoya Dejavu mixes old Japanese elegance with modern comforts. Have a relaxing time at this charming private space.
Why not relax in nature near Kyoto but outside the city by staying at Ippenan (いっぺん庵), with its seven separate guest accommodations and outdoor hot spring where you can relax and bathe under the stars. Meals are included in this package, so for a rich stay in one of Kyoto’s most desirable areas, take a look at Ippenan.
Located near Nijo Castle, the Campton townhouses maintain old Japanese architecture and style. A kotatsu (こたつ), a Japanese table with a heated blanket underneath to keep warm in winter, is provided in each of the rooms. The townhouse also has a Japanese garden so you can relax and enjoy the Japanese way, surrounded by nature, even in a busy city.
Izuyasu originally took in priests and travelers who came to pray at the temple and has a long history of hospitality. Each room in this traditional ryokan is different, so you can choose according to your personal taste and needs.
Fresh and regional ingredients compliment the dishes offered at Izuyasu.
Monjuso (文珠荘) is beside one of the three scenic views of Japan, Amanohashidate, and was constructed by the leading architect of the imperial palace. The baths are drawn from spring water and are said to give you silky skin by washing away any impurities.
Relax in a room either facing a line of pine trees or the canal and sample the “umami (旨味)” flavor of the meals in the open kitchen.
Although this inn opened in 2000, it retains the tradition of the old Chitose (千歳) inn that was in business back in the Edo period (江戸時代). Wine to Oyado (ワインとお宿 千歳) not only has refreshing hot springs with skin-cleansing water and cuisines prepared from foods from the morning market, but also over 50,000 wine bottles in its wine cellar.
Wine is recommended to go with certain foods. If you’re a fan of wine, this hotel would be a great choice.
With seasonal food, scenic beauty, and ultimate relaxation, Mahito-Onsen Sumihei (間人温泉 炭平) is a great choice. Two outdoor spas and an ocean view are the highlights of this elegant ryokan. You can also enjoy local food such as fresh crabs in winter and seasonal vegetables.
This “oasis of tranquility” has everything you’d expect from a modern hotel, and overlooks Kyoto’s townscape. A fitness center, several restaurants to choose from, both an indoor and outdoor pool, and a spa facility complement this impressive hotel.
This downtown hotel was conceived by a publishing company and is a modern place to stay with a traditional twist and is perfect for a city break. Breakfast is also offered at this hotel.
High-grade silk is produced in Nishijin, where you’ll find this villa. Western and Japanese styles are blended to create a modern yet nostalgic atmosphere for its guests. With the surrounding history and culture, this villa is an excellent choice for those interested in Japanese crafts and architecture.
Gion Kinpyo (祇園 金瓢) is in an excellent location to see some of old Kyoto. Sip sake while relaxing in the beautifully scented bath and stroll the streets of Gion, one of Kyoto’s most popular areas filled with geisha.
Some perks of staying at Gion Kinpyo include bike rental, the chance to rent kimonos to wear, and luggage delivery service from Kyoto Station.
This townhouse features a Japanese fist floor and a comfortable western-style bedroom on the second floor. Within walking distance of popular spots such as Gion, this is a great place to stay for city relaxation.
Staying at Machiya Residence Inn will make you feel as if you’ve traveled back in time. Located on one of Kyoto’s old and quaint roads, this hotel is one of Kyoto’s traditional wooden houses. A tour of the local area is also offered once a day so you can find out about the rich history of the nearby streets.
The townhouse is equipped with a kitchen, living space, and bedrooms. Feel like a Kyoto citizen and opt for a special townhouse during your stay.
Only a nine-minute walk from Kyoto Station, yet in a quiet area next to the Takase River (高瀬川), is Kyoto Takasegawa Villa (京都 高瀬川別邸). It is a traditional Japanese-style building, and offering high-quality breakfast from a local restaurant sent straight to your room. The bath is made from Japanese cypress wood, said to improve the quality of the water and benefit your skin.
As well as these impressive qualities, rooms are provided with modern perks such as a 40 inch TV and microwave ovens.
This guesthouse provides heated flooring for winter and high-quality air conditioners for the humid summer. The lovely traditional garden can be seen from the wooden bath and the house is provided with a fridge, microwave, electric kettle, pots, pans, and cutlery for your use.
This charming townhouse offers a taste of Japanese life by mixing old architecture and style with modern necessities. This charming house is open to just one group per night, giving you the privacy that a hotel doesn’t always offer.
This larger townhouse is better for families and groups, so if you’re traveling to Kyoto in a large group and would like to stay together in one private house, consider this Kyomachiya suite room! The house includes a kitchen for personal cooking, high-quality beds, and spacious rooms to enjoy a comfortable, relaxing, and homely stay.
This hotel in the countryside is said to be the place where samurai came to heal their battle wounds 500 years ago. This modern hotel has a naturally-sourced outdoor hot spring and a kitchen garden, where you can try fresh vegetables cooked in their infrared stone furnace.
When the sun goes down, the hotel is lit up, making it a great place to relax and spend time even after nightfall.
The Lakeside Hotel is a classy and modern establishment located in Tango (丹後). All rooms have a unique color scheme and either has a view of the lake or the garden. Italian food is served with local ingredients. For a modern and relaxing stay, choose the Lakeside Hotel.
In the oldest area of downtown Kyoto, in a town infused with history, sits townhouse Kamishichiken Hitoyado (上七軒HITOYADO). This teahouse-style lodging has a Japanese garden, rare wine, and a tatami mat library to soak up some local history. Appreciate the artwork around the building and enjoy a granite bath with water jets for the ultimate comfort.
Brand new as of September 2017 is the Celestine Kyoto Gion (ザ セレスティン京都祇園). The staff, dressed in kimonos, will greet you and take you to the Kyoto-style rooms, decorated with a blend of innovation and tradition.
Enjoy classic Japanese dishes such as sushi or tempura (天ぷら) in the hotel’s restaurant, which is equipped with a stage for maiko, or geisha, entertainment.
Located in Kawaramachi (河原町), an area known for shops and restaurants, is the Royal Park Hotel. Convenient yet quiet, the hustle and bustle of the outside city disappears when you step inside. The staff are committed to a tranquil and calm atmosphere for a relaxing stay.
The hotel has a restaurant serving breakfast and a bar for the evening, where you can enjoy seasonal cocktails and soak up Kyoto’s nighttime wonder.
This lovely townhouse on Nene no Michi (ねねの道), meaning “Nene’s street”, is where the wife of the famous Hideyoshi Toyotomi (豊臣秀吉), a samurai, lived the remainder of her life after her husband’s death. The townhouse has a living area, kitchen, garden, and bathroom overlooking the garden. Tea, a fridge, a microwave, and an espresso machine are provided in the kitchen.
This mix of Japanese inn and guest house boasts lovely views for all seasons. From the nearby Lake Biwa, you can enjoy views of the cherry blossoms during blooming season, the red leaves of autumn, and the snow views of winter. Relax in this quaint townhouse and leave your troubles behind.
This townhouse provides a bath with a garden view, a kitchen stocked with cookware, a wooden bathtub, and a bed with a special Simmons mattress to provide maximum comfort. The building is a renovated 101-year-old Kyoto house, with old doors and pillars to maintain its original style. Meals are not provided at this accommodation.
Located right beside Nijo Castle is Washi no Yado Nazuna. The interior design was inspired by washi paper and is used with interior furnishings and decorative pieces. This hotel has a Japanese garden, and seasonal foods are served to guests. You can also engage in activities such as making matcha (抹茶) green tea, visiting temples, and renting kimonos to wear as you stroll through town.
Feel like you’re in the Showa era (昭和時代) of 80 years ago in this seaside inn in Tango. The evening meal serves local fish and sake, and views of the Sea of Japan from the bedrooms. With a spa and hot spring, you can fully enjoy what the area of Tango in Kyoto has to offer.
Nagomiyado Towa Bettei is only an eight-minute walk from Kyoto Station, and is decorated with a Japanese-style interior including incense for a calming atmosphere. At this townhouse, you can eat dinner prepared by the owner and chef in the privacy of your own room. Have a relaxing stay at Nagomiyado Towa Bettei.
This townhouse is located south of the Imperial Palace, once one of the most important areas in Japan. This modern and spacious inn allows space and time for your friends and family to enjoy the quaint charm of Kyoto city.
Located close to Kiyomizu Temple (清水寺), one of Kyoto’s most popular spots, Kiyomizu Sannenzaka-An (京都清水 三年坂庵) is a modern and stylish hotel with Japanese themed rooms. Hokanji (法観寺) Temple and Yasaka Pagoda (五重塔) are other famous sightseeing buildings and are recommended during your stay.
You can rent out this Japanese home with heated flooring on the first floor and paper lanterns for a warm glow, matching perfectly with the Kyoto-esque feeling of the local area. Modern furniture adorns this rented house that lets you have an unrestricted and private stay.
The local area is famous for breathtaking views that vary during the season, such as fireflies lighting up Philosopher’s Walk in the evening in summer, fall foliage in autumn, and crisp winter views at the Silver Pavilion in winter. Awata Geppaku is great for groups who would like a private townhouse close to some beautiful temples.
The townhouse includes a private spa, and group events such as pottery making, kimono wearing, and tea ceremonies are available to try.
Fushizome An has direct access to popular spots such as Kawaramachi (河原町) and Arashiyama and has all you could want from a guesthouse, including a Japanese garden and private spa as well as modern features. Just five minutes from Omiya Station (大宮駅), it’s a great spot to stay close to sightseeing spots in the heart of Kyoto.
The design of Shouan (正庵) is to look like a painting that changes with the seasons. This beautiful townhouse is a must-see for those who appreciate Japanese architecture. The rentable house includes a Wifi service, kitchen equipment, and a TV.
Why not visit the local market to buy tofu (豆腐) and vegetables and experience cooking like a local? At this guesthouse, you can live in a traditional yet stylish townhouse close to local places to pick up fresh, local ingredients. Children of all ages are welcome.
If you love to cook your own food and would like to try fresh local seafood, try staying at Villa Pescadores. With an excellent view of Amanohashidate, you can indulge in a barbecue on the wooden deck and dip in the infinity pool. This luxurious accommodation isn’t somewhere you will easily forget.
East of the imperial palace lies Suzaku Yamabuki townhouse, where you can breathe in the natural rich scent of local woods and gaze upon the peaceful Japanese garden as you soak in a hot bath after a long day of exploring. With your own space and natural light in the bedrooms, it’s a lovely place to stay for those seeing Kyoto for the first time and beyond.
This is another gorgeous Japanese townhouse with wooden decor. The delicious scent of the wood gives the illusion of being in a forest without leaving the building. If you’re interested in staying in private accommodation rather than a hotel, Rakuryuan Suzaku Senryo (洛龍菴 朱雀せんりょう) is another great choice.
Mibu is a famous historical area in Japan close to popular spots like Yagike (八木家) and Nijo Castle, which is a world heritage site and worth visiting. Enjoy the refined feeling of Japan’s old capital by staying in this traditional townhouse and baskin in history and culture during your trip.
Close to Mibu Doban is another townhouse close to sightseeing spots. With comfortable beds, homely features and relaxing bath, this spacious and private house is an excellent way to enjoy Kyoto in a group.
Guest House Kyoto micasa (ゲストハウス京都みかさ) is another great choice for those looking to stay in a townhouse. Heated floor in winter will warm up your cold feet, and a kitchen and toiletries in the bathroom are provided. Relax in a hot bath or cook a group hotpot, and experience life like a Kyoto resident.
Overlooking the sea and with a wooden deck to cook and drink, Villa Costa de Mare (ヴィラ コスタ・デ・マーレ) is available to rent privately so you and your group have the deck and pool all to yourselves. This luxury villa is located next to Amanohashidate, one of Japan’s top three beauty areas, and right next to the sea for a breathtaking ocean view.
Finally, the last townhouse on this list is in the middle of Kyoto city and is a private house to rent either short-term or long-term. Those wishing to stay for an extended period of time can do so at a discount. Laundry services are also provided. The owner can direct you to local restaurants or you can cook simple meals in the provided kitchen.
With this list of 76 luxury accommodations available in Kyoto, you’re surely spoilt for choice if you’re looking for a high-class service! Whether you choose a villa, hotel, or townhouse, these hotels are sure to provide a satisfactory service. Have a fantastic time!