Kyoto is one of the most visited cities in Japan. With its 1600 temples, maintained cultures such as the Japanese tea ceremony, geisha, and kimono, and a huge amount of things to do, it remains as one of the country’s most popular destinations to visit. Many people stop over for a day or two on the way to Hiroshima, and others prefer to spend longer in Kyoto to soak up the local culture and explore more of what it has to offer.
Kyoto is home to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This includes the stunning Daigo-ji Temple with its beautiful gardens, the vast Kiyomizu-dera Temple, the historic Nijo Castle, and the hugely popular Kinkaku-ji Temple (Temple of the Golden Pavilion). These are only a few of the several UNESCO sites in Kyoto. Kyoto is also home to the equally fascinating Imperial Palace and Gardens, where visitors can stroll around and appreciate Japanese architecture.
Aside from historical landmarks, visitors to Kyoto can also relax at one of the city’s wonderful public baths. There are over 140 bath houses in Kyoto, and they are a great place to unwind after a day of sightseeing. Kyoto is also home to perhaps Japan’s most famous Geisha district, an area called Gion. Visitors can find some nice restaurants and unique souvenirs on Hanami-koji Street or can seek out an Ochaya restaurant to experience amazing Geisha dancing, music, and entertainment.
Kyoto has great events and festivals all year round, but it is very well-known for its beautiful Cherry Blossoms at the beginning of spring. Visitors flock to Maruyama Park to see great cherry blossoms or can glimpse some on the famous Philosophers Path which is lined with trees. Visitors who arrive at the beginning of February can also see the lesser known Plum Blossoms, which are particularly impressive in the Kyoto Botanical Garden.
These are just a few of the endless list of unmissable spots in Kyoto! Your trip to Japan isn’t complete without at least one night in this traditional city. Here is a list of 30 gorgeous hotels in Kyoto to suit any budget.
Kyoto Century Hotel is ultra-modern and stylish and is highly rated for being just two minutes away from Kyoto Station. All air-conditioned rooms have free internet, a kettle, and a refrigerator. The hotel features five different dining options for its guests and optional massage treatments.
The restaurants serve western and Japanese buffets for breakfast and you can take advantage of the hotel’s dry cleaning services and luggage storage. There are also shops and drink vending machines on-site.
Shiraume is located in Gion, one of the prettiest districts in Kyoto. It is a ryokan, a Japanese traditional inn, with a Japanese dining room, sliding doors, and futon bedding. On-site facilities include a bar, Japanese-style public baths, and a small library.
The ryokan also offers traditional meals made with seasonal ingredients. Shiraume is perfect or those who would rather stay in a quiet inn than a regular hotel.
Hiiragi-ya is also a ryokan and has been under ownership of the same family for six generations. This charming inn has been stayed at by many famous Japanese people including authors, politicians, scientists, and the imperial family, many of whom have considered Hiiragi-ya their home away from home.
Facilities include a traditional Japanese setting and each room has its own wood bath. Most rooms have a garden view and traditional, healthy meals are served using local ingredients. For a luxurious stay in one of Kyoto’s finest ryokans, choose Hiiragi-ya.
Ohanabo is a seven-minute walk from Kyoto Station and provides traditional-style accommodation with modern necessities. You can have traditional “kaiseki” meals in your room, request a massage, and soak in the public bath. The air-conditioned rooms at Ohanabo provide a yukata robe, slippers, a TV, electric kettle, a fridge, and a toothbrush and toothpaste. The rooms have tatami flooring and comfortable futon beds, giving you an authentic experience.
ANA Crowne Plaza is right in front of the beautiful Nijo Castle and a one-minute walk from Nijojo-Mae Metro Station. It has five restaurants, an indoor pool, and a traditional Japanese garden. All guestrooms have air conditioning and heating, free internet, a minibar, and a TV.
The restaurants offer Chinese, French, and Japanese teppanyaki cuisine. Laundry and dry cleaning services are offered and there is also a sauna to use at an extra charge. For a luxurious stay near one of Kyoto’s best sightseeing spots, book a stay at ANA Crowne Plaza.
150m metres away from Karasumaoike Subway Station and just a 15-minute walk from the Imperial Palace is Hotel Monterey, a beautiful European-style accommodation with spa and sauna facilities. Rooms have internet and a TV with pay-per-view channels and laundry services are provided.
Massage services are available upon request and on-site restaurants include the Library Cafe and Bar that sells coffee and cocktails and Zuientei Restaurant serving classic Kyoto dishes. With an excellent location close to the Kyoto Art Centre and Honno-ji Temple, this is a great choice for those who want a bit of luxury during their Kyoto stay.
Arashiyama is one of Kyoto’s prettiest districts and is unmissable if you’re visiting the city. This hotel is located along the Katsura River and features traditional Japanese accommodation with tatami mats and futon bedding. Modern necessities are also included, such as a TV, a fridge, a kettle, and green tea bags.
A multi-course dinner is offered to enjoy in your room and breakfast is also available. Massage services and even karaoke is offered! For a gorgeous stay in Arashiyama at a traditional inn with modern delights, select Arashiyama Benkei.
Michelin Guide recommends this ryokan which is just a fifteen-minute walk from the popular Kiyomizu Temple. All air-conditioned rooms have tatami flooring and futon bedding and come with a fridge, electric kettle, and TV. It’s possible to get a massage treatment and the public bath can be reserved for private use. Baggage storage is also available.
Ita opened in February 2013 and is a chic, modern hotel located five minutes away from both Shijo Subway Station and Karasuma Train Station. All air-conditioned rooms have a TV, a fridge, and an electric kettle, and an air purifier can be borrowed upon request. The en-suite bathroom has a hairdryer. Nearby attractions include Nishi Hongan-ji Temple and Kennin-ji Temple. The famous Kiyomizu Temple is a ten-minute drive away.
This 4-star hotel offers modern accommodation with internet, a TV, fridge, green tea bags and a kettle, slippers and sleepwear, and an en suite bathroom with a hairdryer for its guests. The 24-hour desk provides luggage storage services and the breakfast buffet features western cuisine. Upon arrival, guests receive a complimentary collection of postcards. The hotel is close to Kyoto Station and within walking distance of Higashi Hongan-ji Temple and Fushimi Inari Shrine.
This hotel is a little unusual because it has cool artwork featured throughout the property and an art gallery attached to it. Facilities include a free-to-use laundrette, free wifi, free to use internet PCs and bicycle rentals. All artwork on display are available for purchase, so if there’s a particular piece you like, there’s a chance you can take it home with you!
The compact rooms have a TV, sofa, and table and sleepwear and toiletries are provided. The on-site restaurant provides western meals for breakfast. Kyoto Station is just one stop away and the hotel is close to Kyoto Aquarium and Nishiki Market.
This gorgeous 5-star hotel is a five-minute walk away from Shichijo Station and is located very close to the Kyoto National Museum and Sanjusangen-do Temple. It features a spa, a fitness service, and bicycle rentals. All of their elegant rooms have a TV, a minibar, nightwear, slippers, and a safe. Guests can request a variety of treatments at the spa including shiatsu and aromatherapy, and 24-hour babysitting and concierge is available.
The on-site restaurants include the Grill serving French grill dishes, Touzan serving Japanese food, and Trattoria Sette serving Italian food. The hotel also has a bar, a pastry shop, and 24-hour room service. For a luxurious experience in Kyoto, book your stay at Hyatt Regency.
Sakura Terrace The Gallery is very popular because of its location, which is a two-minute walk from Kyoto Station. Free wifi is available and there is a public bath and sauna for guests to relax in. Free toiletries, a hairdryer, and a TV are included in the room and luggage storage is available at the 24-hour desk. Guests can enjoy a western and Japanese-style breakfast.
This hotel boasts fantastic views of the Higashiyama Mountains and is a ten-minute walk from the Kyoto International Manga Museum. A shopping avenue, free wifi, beauty treatments, and babysitting services are available. Hotel Okura also has an indoor pool and free parking and a free shuttle from Kyoto Station is available to use.
The luxurious rooms have extra long beds, a TV, a minibar, yukata robe, and a seating area. There are also a number of restaurants on-site serving a variety of cuisines.
Hotel Kanra is just a twelve-minute walk from Kyoto Station and offers spacious rooms that are a mix of western and traditional Japanese. All rooms have free wifi access and feature a Japanese-style seating area and an en suite bathroom with toiletries and a wooden bathtub. The on-site restaurants offer Italian and Japanese teppan-yaki cuisine and luggage storage is also available. Japanese and western set breakfasts are served.
Nearby is the popular district of Gion, Kiyomizu Temple, and Nijo Temple.
One of the top picks in Kyoto is the Hotel Grand Bach Kyoto Select, which is a five-minute walk from Kawaramachi Station. It has spacious public baths and free wifi is available. The modern rooms have a TV, a fridge, electric kettle with green tea bags, slippers, and a hairdryer.
Laundry services and luggage storage are offered and the restaurant has both western and Japanese meals. The hotel is a ten-minute drive from Kiyomizu Temple and a twenty-minute train ride from Nijo Castle.
This hotel is a five-minute walk from Shiyakusho-mae Station and is close to Kamogawa River. There are two restaurants on site serving Italian and Chinese dishes, and each room as free internet, an air purifier and humidifier, air conditioning, a fridge, and a TV. Nishiki Market is just a ten-minute walk away and you can reach Yasaka Shrine in around fifteen minutes by foot.
This 5-star hotel is a three-minute walk from Shijo Subway Station. It has free wifi, a beauty salon, and five dining options. Inside you’ll find charming European furnishings, and 70 different breakfast items available in the mornings. Guests can opt for a massage or spa treatment or ask the front desk for tourist information.
The rooms have an air purifier and humidifier, a TV, a mini fridge, nightwear, and a kettle. Some of the available dining choices include Chinese, Japanese, and teppan-yaki.
This hotel is actually located in the station so you can arrive within just a few minutes of stepping off the bullet train! All rooms have large windows and a TV, extra-long beds, a minibar, a kettle, and a private bathroom. Free wifi is available throughout the property and guests can use the on-site fitness facility and pool. There are various restaurants offering a range of dishes and there is also a bar that serves drinks until midnight.
Another popular choice, Nagomi Yado Towa is a ten-minute walk from Kyoto Station and offers Japanese-style accommodation. Free wifi is available throughout the hotel. Guests can stay in the Japanese-style rooms or, if preferred, can rent out an entire two-storey Japanese-style townhouse, which is ideal for large groups and families.
All rooms have air conditioning, a TV, a fridge, a kettle, and main rooms have Japanese futons whereas the townhouses have western beds. In-room massages can be requested at an extra cost and you can order breakfast and dinner to eat in your room.
This charming accommodation is located next to Nanzen-ji Temple and features beautiful Japanese gardens and public baths. The guest rooms have tatami flooring and futon bedding and free wifi is accessible from all areas. Unwind in the public baths or make use of the free internet PCs.
Massages can be requested for an extra fee and there are luggage storage and a gift shop on site. You can try traditionally prepared meals at the on-site restaurant which overlooks the gardens or visit nearby areas including Heian Jingu Shrine or Kiyomizu Temple.
This fantastic hotel is the only resort hotel in Kyoto. It features two outdoor pools, a fitness centre, and spa treatments, and has a free shuttle service from Kyoto Station. Rent a bicycle for exploration of the local area or unwind with a massage treatment. Tennis courts, jogging race tracks, and a children’s playground are also featured at this hotel.
Each room has free wifi, a seating area, a minibar, and a TV. Complimentary bottled water is also provided. There are eight dining options on-site including Japanese and Chinese cuisine and the accommodation is close to Kiyomizu Temple, Kyoto Gyoen Garden, and Yasaka Shrine. Book this hotel for a resort experience in one of Japan’s most beautiful cities.
This affordable hotel is a five-minute walk from Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae Subway Station and is a Japanese-style accommodation which includes a public bath, free internet, and massage services. Tatami flooring, a fridge, a safe, and a TV can be found in all guest rooms. Kyoto cuisine is served for breakfast and dinner. Sugicho is located 1.6km from the Imperial Palace and Heian Shrine.
Royal Park Hotel can be accessed in three minutes by foot from both Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae Station and Sanjo Keihan Station. The hotel offers massage services, a bar, and a buffet restaurant. All air-conditioned rooms have a private bathroom with a bath and shower, a TV, a fridge, and an electric kettle with green tea. Luggage storage is available at the front desk and there is a coin-operated laundrette on-site.
Chion-in offers both western and Japanese accommodation and free wifi is available throughout the property. All rooms have air conditioning, yukata robes, and a hairdryer in the bathroom, and you can choose to stay in traditional accommodation with tatami flooring and futons or a room with western beds.
Traditional multi-course Japanese meals are available and there are also vegetarian options. Guests can relax in the public baths or browse the nearby gift shop. The hotel is located five minutes from Chioin-mae bus stop and a twenty-minute walk from Kiyomizu Temple.
Gion Maifukan has both western and Japanese-style rooms and is located a three-minute walk from Yasaka Jinja Shrine. It is also just a fifteen-minute walk from Kiyomizu Temple. All air-conditioned rooms have a TV and fridge with water and tea and coffee making facilities, and nightwear is also provided. Guests can relax on the rooftop terrace or request a massage in their room. Rentable bicycles are also available.
This hotel opened in March 2014 and offers rooms with a traditional yet modern decor. Shijo Station and Karasuma Stations are both within a ten-minute walk from the property. Free wifi is available and there is a public bath for guests to relax after a day of sightseeing. All air-conditioned rooms have a kettle with tea bags, a TV, and a hairdryer in the en suite bathrooms. The 24-hour desk offers luggage storage and in the mornings you can enjoy a traditional breakfast made from local ingredients.
This five-star hotel opened in February 2014 and has some of the most spacious guest rooms in Kyoto. It has a swimming pool and fitness centre and free wifi is available throughout the property. Each room, decorated with Kyoto elegance yet modern, has a TV with a Blu-ray DVD player, bathtub and shower, and a Nespresso coffee maker. The bathroom also has a small TV!
Guests can request massages at the spa or have a workout at the 24-hour gym. The on-site restaurants serve Italian, Japanese, and French food. The Ritz-Carlton Kyoto is located three minutes away from Kyoto Shiyakushomae Subway Station and Nijo Castle is a three-minute train ride away. Book this hotel for a fantastic stay at one of Japan’s most trusted luxury hotels.
Hoshinoya is a hotel that exercises Japanese hospitality to the fullest. It was built from a riverside villa in Arashiyama without disturbing the beautiful surrounding nature. The traditional rooms overlook the seasonal nature such as cherry blossoms, maple leaves, and lush greenery and are available as suites consisting of a study and bedroom.
Modern amenities and traditional ryokan style fuse together at this ryokan. Enjoy a traditional Kyoto meal or have American or continental for breakfast if you’d prefer. There is also a spa offering a two-day refreshment program and an hour-long massage experience. For a luxurious stay in Arashiyama where innovation meets tradition, book a night or two at Hoshinoya.
Finally, this is the most popular five-star hotel in Kyoto. This hotel boasts multiple award-winning cuisine and facilities, which includes five dining options and a bar lounge. All British-style rooms have a TV, a minibar, air humidifier and purifier, a deep bathtub and shower, and nightwear. Bicycles are available to rent and free wifi is available in all rooms.
Nearby is Nijo Castle, the Imperial Palace, and the International Manga Museum. The staff at this hotel are very friendly and are flexible in their guests’ wishes. Try staying at one of Kyoto’s favourite hotels and treat yourself and your loved ones!
These 30 hotels in Kyoto vary in budget but all are in fantastic locations and promise to offer their guests a relaxing stay in one of Japan’s most desirable cities. Whether you’re looking for a traditional ryokan or a chic modern hotel, these hotels have you covered. Have a fantastic time exploring Kyoto!