Where To Stay In Kyoto In 2020 - Updated 2022

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Japan is one country that is technologically advanced, typically a leader when it comes to technological trends. Even with the vast modernism, tradition is something that people hold high, and you can see many of these traditional traits in Kyoto. From ancient castles, shrines, and temples, - even some that are listed collectively as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO - all are preserved really well and have been interesting tourist destinations for many years. To visit them all, you might need a strategically located accommodation so you won’t encounter any hassles when planning your stop. Keep reading the article to find out where to stay in Kyoto in 2020 to get around easily in this gorgeously traditional locale.

1. Kyoto Station Area (from USD 40)

Sotetsu Fresa Inn Kyoto-Hachijoguchi is a three-star economy hotel that’s always ready to welcome its guests. Their front desk offers 24-hour service. As you enter your room, what you will get inside surely won’t disappoint you. Each room has a private bathroom that’s complete with free toiletries, slippers, and hairdryer. As you relax, you can enjoy local entertainment on the flat-screen TV. The location is also strategic for you to go around, it’s only 7 minutes from the JR Kyoto Station, 11 minutes by car to Tofuku-ji Temple, and close to many other attractions as well.

Sotetsu Fresa Inn Kyoto-Hachijoguchi

Wifi Available

Address: Minami-ku Higashikujo Nishisannocho 11
Accommodates: 10

24-hour front desk Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle Laundry Facilities for disabled guests Ironing service Internet services Lift

2. Shijo (from USD 42)

Stay at The Royal Park Hotel Kyoto Shijo for an experience that can be compared to a five-star hotel. People who stayed here are very satisfied with the location. It’s close to everywhere - the train station, TKP Garden City Kyoto, Shoren-in Temple, and Kyoto International Manga Museum. During your stay, you can enjoy their varieties of breakfast - whether full English/Irish or American - every morning. The staff at The Royal Park Hotel Kyoto Shijo are also friendly and always happy to help you. You can even get a full detailed map from the hotel that will also tell you which bus or train to take if you want to go to a particular place.

The Royal Park Hotel Kyoto Shijo

Wifi Available

Address: Shimogyo-ku Karasuma-dori Bukkoji Agaru Nijo Hanjiki-Cho 668
Accommodates: 10

Restaurant 24-hour front desk Non-smoking rooms Laundry Dry cleaning Facilities for disabled guests Ironing service Internet services

3. Higashiyama (from USD 44)

Located at the fascinating Higashiyama Ward, Tassel Hotel Sanjo Shirakawa is the perfect place to stay if you want to visit several interesting places, such as Shoren-in Temple, Samurai Kembu Kyoto, Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and many others. Each room in Tassel Hotel Sanjo Shirakawa has a seating area and a desk where you can work if you’re here for a business trip, as well as air conditioning and a flat-screen TV. The staff are friendly and they’re always more than happy to help you with everything - including giving you directions and transportation if you want to go around.

Tassel Hotel Sanjo Shirakawa

Wifi Available

Address: Higashiyama-ku Oidecho 103-3
Accommodates: 10

24-hour front desk Non-smoking rooms Internet services Lift Express check-in/check-out Safety deposit box Soundproof rooms Heating

4. Gion (from USD 205)

There are many things that The Hotel Kiyomizu Gion can offer to their guests. Their facilities are fantastic with a working desk inside the room, a flat-screen TV, air conditioning, wardrobe, and also a private bathroom. Moreover, for their guests, The Hotel Kiyomizu Gion offers daily free happy hour at their bar, from 8pm to 11pm. From white and red wine, whisky, coffee and tea, to juice, everyone can enjoy their favourite drinks during this period. Then in the morning, be energized by their Asian breakfast for an additional fee. The Hotel Kiyomizu Gion is located near Higashiyama Ward, where it’s known as the favourite destination for travellers who are into exploring old towns and ancient landmarks and architectures.

5. Arashiyama (from USD 106)

If you want to try to stay at a semi-traditional Japanese residence, then you should try visiting at Japaning Hotel Liv Ranrokaku. The place is what the Japanese call a ryokan, or an inn with a traditional touch, like a room with tatamis and a communal bath, that includes a female-only open-air bath. Each room is equipped with air conditioning, TV, and a fridge. Before you start going around, make sure you try their Asian breakfast that’s being served every morning at the accommodation. From Japaning Hotel Liv Ranrokaku, you can visit Katsura Imperial Villa, Kinkaku-ji Temple, and many others. When you stay here, you can also have an option whether you want your room to have a mountain view or a river view.

Time to be enchanted with the olden charm of Kyoto

Prepare yourself for days of exploring Japanese temples and shrines - Kyoto is full of them. All of the accommodations we recommend are gorgeous, comfortable, and guaranteed to make your stay in fascinating Kyoto all the more memorable.

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