Where to Stay in Kyoto

by Erina - TripleLights travel specialist

After a long day at on your feet, there's nothing better than coming home to a clean and comfortable place to rest and recuperate. In a city like Kyoto where there are endless things to see, you might be on your feet for longer than usual and so you'll want to have a place booked before arriving in the city. We've provided some lodging options in Kyoto for those with varying budgets: 

High-end

 

Hotel Mume


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Mume, which derives its name from scientific name for the cherry plum, is a gem of a boutique hotel with the design of the hotel based on a truly unique concept. There are seven rooms that are attentively decorated according to a Japanese concept that expresses the four beautifies of nature: Ka-Cho-Fu-Getsu, and each room contains pieces of antique furniture from throughout the world that have been handpicked and purchased by the hotel owner herself. Not only are the interiors beyond exceptional, the service is raved about as nothing short of outstanding: snack and teas at check-in and free flow drinks at happy hour are a few of the many perks. Their breakfasts are also known to be light, tasty and refreshing. As this hotel is incredibly popular and also has limited space, you should make sure to book plenty in advance (a few months would not be stretching it). If the boutique hotel isn’t already charming enough, it is located in the quaint Gion area, which makes it a perfect base for exploring the city and its treasures.

Address:
261,Shinmonzen St.
Umemoto-cho,
Higashiyama-ku,
Kyoto 6050064 Japan

Access: From JR Kyoto station, you can take a 15 minute taxi ride or take the Kyoto City Bus #206 to Gion and get off at Chion-in-mae. Walk on Sinmonzen St. for 1 minute before reaching the hotel.

Price range: 20,000 – 30,000 yen

Website: http://www.hotelmume.jp

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Tawaraya Ryokan


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For over 20 years, Forbes Magazine has honoured Tawaraya Ryokan one of the top 10 best hotels to stay at in the world. That being said, the inn has been around and serving guests for over 300 years, with its establishment during the Edo period. Instead of opting for a traditional boutique hotel experience that you can get anywhere else in the world, why not splurge on a authentic Japanese lodging experience?

You can expect top-notch hospitality at Tawaraya and royalty treatment, regardless of whether you are a celebrity or not. The décor of the inn is traditional and mininamlist as expected, and the private gardens add a contemplative dimension to the traditional hotels. All the distinct elements of a traditional inn stay are present at Tawaraya: your room is enclosed in shoji screens, there are no beds present and the bathtub is constructed of cedar. You can expect them to be more tastefully executed then most inns throughout Kyoto.

Although inside the doors of Tawaraya lies a peaceful and serene haven, the location of the ryokan is ideal for those wishing to discover the hustle and bustle of Kyoto city centre.

You will be served dinner in your room by an attendant, which is a traditional Kaiseki set course meals that lasts around two hours. Then following dinner, your room will be magically converted into a sleeping quarter, with traditional style futons laid out on the floor, and in the morning, you will be served either a Western or Traditional breakfast.

The entire ryokan experience is meant to be a simple indulgence and Tawaraya delivers precisely that.

Address: 278 Nakahakusancho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 604-8094, Japan

Price: Starting from 50,000 yen per person.

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Hotel Kanra Kyoto


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This boutique hotel is an exemplary fusion between a traditional ryokan and boutique hotel and epitomizes minimalist Japanese design. It is evident that there are strong influences of the ryokan style (you’ll immediately take notice of the tatami floors and cedar wood bathrooms & bathtubs), but instead of the classic futon (floor mattresses), there are standard western beds installed in these rooms. Take your relaxing Kyoto stay to a whole other level by booking a night at this hotel. A stay at a top-notch ryokan (traditional Japanese style inn) will cost you anywhere from 40,000 to 50,000 yen so booking a night or two at this hotel is a great way to economize yet partake in both a traditional and luxury experience.

Address: 185 Kitamachi Karasuma-dori Rokujo-sagaru Shimogyo-ku Kyoto

Price range:

Access: From Kyoto Jr Station, it is a 12-minute walk or from Gojo Station (Karasuma Line, No.8 Exit), it is a 1 minute walk.

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Check-in: 15:00 pm

Check-out: 11:00 am

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Mid-range

 

Chishakuin Kaikan


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A stay at this "hotel" will be unlike any other experience you've had. In fact, it may not even be appropriate to call this establishment. The accommodation, a "shukubo" in Japanese, is run by a temple (Chishaku-in) and you essentially will be living the life that of the Buddhist monk for a day. All of the rooms are tatami-style with traditional Japanese bedding, which you lay down yourself when it is time to get some rest. You will take a bath in the common ofuru (bath) in the premises and have the chance to savour the vegetarian shyojin ryouri for breakfast (and dinner upon request). The most unique experience of booking a night at this shukubo is that you can partake in the Buddhist morning prayers or chants in the wee hours of the morning, followed by a tour of the Japanese garden by one of the monks. While the pricetag may not be that of a hostel, the cultural experience makes the few extra thousand yen worth the investment.

Address: 964 Higashikawaracho, Higashioji-7-josagaru, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0951, Japan (Gion Higashiyama/Kita Shirakawa/Kurama/Yase/Ohara)

Price range: 6,000 yen – 10,000 yen

Access: Take the bus from JR Kyoto station to Hakubutsukan Sanjusangendo-mae".

Check-in: 3:00 pm

Check-out time: 9:30 am

Includes:

Toilet With Automatic Douche
Toothbrush
Hair Dryer (In Some Rooms)
Satellite TV (Free)
Tea Set
Conditioning Shampoo
Pot
Individual Temperature Control
Body Soap
Towel
Bathrobe (Japanese Style)
TV
Slippers

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Budget

 

Capsule Ryokan Kyoto


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On their website, they advertise that ‘this is the first of its kind in the world’. You will have the opportunity to experience two quintessential yet contrasting Japanese styles of lodging at Capsule Ryokan Kyoto. The old and the new come together to offer you clean, fun and stylish compact lodging facilities at ‘Capsule Ryokan Kyoto’. The premises was built in 2010 and it is only a 7 minute walk from JR Kyoto station, so it serves as a perfect base from which to discover all the city has to offer. Another added bonus: all of the staff speak relatively good English.

Address:204 Tsuchihashicho, Shichijo-dori, Aburano-koji, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 600-8226, Japan

Access: When you arrive at JR Kyoto station, please head to the north side (Kyoto Tower), then walk west on the Shikoji St. You then need to turn north onto Shinmachi St. and keep walking straight. Once you reach the Shichijo-Shinmachi intersection, turn left and keep walking straight for 250m. On your left, you will see a brown English sign with ‘Capsule Ryokan’.

Check-in: 3:00 pm – 10:00 pm (if you wish to leave your bags here before check-in time, you can do so starting from 8:00 am).

Website: http://www.capsule-ryokan-kyoto.com

Includes:

Free Kimono try(during 3PM and 9PM)
Free internet(Free PC and Wifi in the lobby, LAN in the room)
Daily house keeping
Luggage storage is available before check-in, after check-out.(Luggage can be held until 10pm for free)
Laundry Washing: 200 yen/load Drier: 300 yen
Kitchen facilities
Free Security Lockers
Free Bath Towels
Free Bicycle Parking

Price: 3000-5000 yen per person
Ryokan Ensuite for 2: 7980 yen (normal season) to 15,960 (high season)
Ryokan Ensuite for 1: 5980 yen (normal season) to 11,960 yen (high season)

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Khaosan Kyoto Guest House


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This award-winning hostel located in the heart of Kyoto city cannot offer you luxury 5-star accommodation but promises to deliver to you a comfortable, clean and friendly experience at an unbeatable value for all guests. The hostel is only a 3 minute walk away from Hankyu Kawamachi line, as well as a brief few-minute walk from other main attractions such as Nishiki food market (5 min), Teramachi shopping area (3 min), and Gion (15 min). There are also free guest PC’s available to be used, as well as free Wi-Fi access. As of 2012, there are free activities offered at Khaosan Guest House, such as a city walking tour or Origami classes.

Address: 568 Nakanocho, Bukkoji-agaru, Teramachi-dori,
Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto city, Japan
Post code 600-8032

Access: Khaosan is located in "Shijo Kawaramachi", the heart of Kyoto city. It is easy to access from JR Kyoto station. You can take the city bus #203, #4, #17, or #5 from Central exit to "Shijo Kawaramachi" bus stop then take a 8 minute walk. You could also take a subway to "Shijo station"(3min/210yen), then walk 15min or change to Hankyu line to "Kawaramachi station" then walk 3min. If you choose to take a taxi from Kyoto station, it will cost you 800 yen.

Website: http://www.khaosan-tokyo.com/en/kyoto/

Check-in: 15:00 pm – 21:00 pm(latest check in is 1 am but you will need to contact the guest house in advance)

Reception business hours: 8:00 – 21:00

Includes:
FREE PC and Wi-Fi access every floor
Fully Equipped Kitchen and Japanese Tatami Living Room (24H)
Shared Shower Rooms and toilets (Shampoo and body soap are provided)
FREE Tea and Coffee
FREE Security lockers in shared dorm rooms
Linens included Pillow, Bed sheets and Blankets

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