Where to Stay in Kyoto

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Kyoto is easily one of the most mysterious and bewildering places in visit and explore in all of Japan. With its bountiful Zen gardens, historical temples, and phenomenal Shinto shrines, it seems as if there is most certainly something to explore around every corner and crevice of Kyoto. Those who have visited Kyoto are all super quick to agree that Kyoto is most certainly one of the most rewarding and fascinating cities in Japan that visitors of all walks of life should strive to visit at some point in their lives. If you are heading to Kyoto for either work or play, you are certainly going to want to be sure that the accommodations that you are looking for are going to be the best ones for your needs and desires. In this article, we will be exploring some of the tops options to consider staying at on your next trip to Kyoto.

Kyoto is the home to some of the best Ryokan (which is a traditional Japanese inns) in all of Japan. Even if you opt to stay only one night in a ryokan, and the rest in a hotel or hostel, you will certainly appreciate the overall experience that a ryokan has to offer its guests. At the local area ryokans, you will be able to indulge in some of the finest Japanese cuisine of which is crafted using only local ingredients, sleep on traditional Japanese futon mats and many even offer the experience of being able to enjoy relaxing in a Japanese onsen .

If you are a bit unsure as the where you would like to stay in terms of areas the most popular locations of Kyoto are: Downtown Kyoto Area, Gion & Southern Higashiyama, Kyoto Station/ Shimogyo, Central Kyoto, Northern Higashiyama Area and Arashiyama. Here, we will go about breaking down some of the top spots of each area that you may want to consider staying at.

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Downtown Kyoto Area

One of the best reasons to consider staying in the downtown area of Kyoto is the fact that you can enjoy each and every aspect of the city basically all within walking distance or super close drive. From shopping to historical adventures or just sitting back and enjoying some incredibly delicious Japanese cuisine, you can take it all in downtown. 

The Solaria Nishitetsu Hotel Kyoto Premier is a bit on the higher end of the pricing spectrum, but this contemporary hotel boasts streamlined rooms and suites and comes complete with a fantastic restaurant, bathhouse and unmatched river views.

Also read about: The best Ryokans in Kyoto  

Hotel Gran Ms Kyoto is a great option if your budget is a bit of concern and you are simply looking for a great spot to stay at for a really cost-effective price, you may want to check into the Hotel Gran Ms Kyoto. Here you find everything that you need to make your stay comfortable, including on-site laundry services and the price is truly unbeatable. 

Sunroute Hotel Kyoto is a mid-price hotel, this one has everything you are looking to get out of a decent night’s stay, at an affordable rate. The hotel itself is quite comfortable and it also provides guests with an on-site Italian restaurant and breathtaking views of the river.

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Gion & Southern Higashiyama

There is a ton to do in Gion and Southern Higashiyama. It is also the capital area where you can take in and enjoy the sights of the beautiful and wondrous Geisha. There are a ton of great places to explore, shop and eat at, as well as some great places to stay.

Gion Yoshi-Ima is three-star hotel is about as close to a traditional Japanese setting as you can possibly imagine! Each of the rooms is decorated with Japanese-style tatami floors and also boasts several tea ceremonies throughout the day. Meals are always included in your rooms rates as well.

If you are of the budget consciousness mind frame, you will certainly want to consider opting to check out the Gion Ryokan Q-Beh. This spot provides guests with casual dorm and also private rooms in a quiet, tranquil setting along with a shared kitchen and access to free WiFi.

The Westin Miyako Kyoto is beautiful spot provides not merely lodging options alone but it also located in a gorgeous mountain location. The Westin Miyako Kyoto offers guests the opportunity to be able to take in some of the most stunning views of the city while relaxing in their charmingly refined rooms. The hotel also provides guests with any indoor and outdoor pool and also restaurants right on site.

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Kyoto Station/Shimogyo

One of the most popular places to stay, there is a ton of adventure that can be taken in when you opt to stay at Kyoto Station/Shimogyo. Regardless of what your budget is or what your plans are, opting to stay in Kyoto Station or Shimogyo is going to be a great option for your needs and travel desires. 

Biwako Hotel is a super posh and luxurious hotel that is actually surprisingly affordable. It offers super modern rooms and suites along with fine dining on-site, a pool and even hot springs baths. You can get all the rest and relaxation you are desiring at Biwako Hotel.

Business Hotel Nishiotsu is a great spot if you are trying to stay within a tight budget, or as the name states are going to be traveling to Kyoto on business, then the Business Hotel Nishiotsu is going to be a great spot for your needs. The rooms are pretty basic, clean and offer a convenient spot to place your head for the night. It also offers free parking on-site and WiFi as well. 

If you are planning on staying at a decently affordable location that is conveniently located in Kyoto, be sure to consider the Hotel Brighton City Kyoto Yamashina. The Hotel Brighton City Kyoto Yamashina provides their guests with incredibly modern, upscale rooms at super affordable prices. There is also a gender-segregated communal bathhouse and a sauna located right on site for your personal enjoyment.

Before you head to Kyoto, be sure to do some research into the area that you are planning on mainly visiting, once you know where all of the sites and things to do are then from there you can go about finding the best spot to stay. The options for accommodations in Kyoto are incredibly abundant and you can be sure to be able to find the perfect room for your personal needs and your budget!

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