Get The Complete Kyoto Experience With These 7 Popular Hotels - Updated 2024

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Kyoto is a popular destination in Japan where tourists wish to get a taste of the most authentic Japanese culture possible. Choosing the right hotel is important - is the hotel merely an accommodation to spend a night or is it part of the Japan experience? Here are 7 hotels in Kyoto that will definitely be part of your spectacular memories.

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) Superhost status, recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and amenities. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on June 20, 2024.

1. Listed in Michelin Guide: Hotel Vista Premio Kyoto Kawaramachi Street (from USD 63)

From inns to luxurious hotels, various hotels line the streets of Kyoto. When looking for a place which is wallet-friendly, many choose to sacrifice either the quality or convenience of the place. Hotel Vista Premio Kyoto Kawaramachi Street is a splendid hotel for those who want the best of both worlds.

Listed in the Michelin Guide Kansai for 2 straight years, Hotel Vista Premio Kyoto Kawaramachi Street is a business hotel which is “one-rank above others”. Located in close proximity from 3 train stations, convenience is certainly not an issue for this hotel. Security is also well guaranteed - the streets around the hotel are well lit at night and a card-key is also required when accessing the elevator.

Hotel Vista Premio Kyoto Kawaramachi Street is best known for its magnificent breakfast that is served from 7 am to 10 am daily at the hotel restaurant. The buffet style breakfast serves numerous International and Japanese cuisine made from the fresh vegetables grown in Kyoto.

For those with a large number of heavy luggage, Hotel Vista Premio Kyoto Kawaramachi Street also has a delivery service to JR Kyoto Station Shinkansen Hachijoguchi for a reasonable price of 750 JPY (7.4 USD) per luggage.

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Hotel Vista Premio Kyoto Kawaramachi St

Address: Nakagyo-ku Kawaramachi-Rokkaku Matsugae-cho 457
431 meters (0.3 ft) from Nishiki Market

Restaurant 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Non-smoking rooms Internet services Lift Safety deposit box Soundproof rooms Luggage storage

2. Fashionably Kyoto: The Screen (from USD 263)

The Screen is a hotel located 7 minutes from the Keihan Railway Jingu-Marutamachi Station by foot. It is an accommodation that allows you to have a comfortable rest and experience interesting Japanese culture.

A total of 13 rooms are available in The Screen, worked on by various creators to design a never-before experienced atmosphere. Seen in the photo is the lounge, designed in a chic manner yet with a touch of Japan.

All the rooms in The Screen are equipped with a hot tub bath, allowing you to have a luxurious rest in your room. Each room is designed based on a different concept - including Japanese traditional rooms, forests and the Kyoto atmosphere. Furthermore, a private lounge and sky lounge is available at The Screen where you can enjoy a great night view of Kyoto.

The Screen was listed in the Michelin Guide and is extremely popular amongst tourists so make sure you book your room early!

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The Screen

Address: Nakagyo-ku Shimogoryomaecho 640-1
1.36 km (0.9 mi) from Nishiki Market

Restaurant Room service Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Terrace Non-smoking rooms Laundry Dry cleaning

3. Great inn at amazing price! Guest House Na-No-Hana

Editor's Note: There's no photo available at the time of writing

Guest House Na-No-Hana is a guest house exclusive to females only. Popular with travellers on both business trips and vacations, it is a quiet and clean accommodation that promises safety. It is located about 10 minutes from the Karasuma Line/Tozai Line Karasuma Oike station.

Various plans are available in Guest House Na-No-Hana. One of them is the dormitory style room that can be as cheap as 3,000 JPY (29 USD). Each bed can be covered with a curtain so privacy is well maintained in this room. There are also private rooms provided which also come at a reasonable price of 7,000 JPY (69 USD). Basic amenities are provided too.

Located close to the train station and popular tourist spots, this is definitely a wonderful choice when travelling to Kyoto.

ゲストハウス菜の花 Guest House Na-No-Hana

Address: Kyoto-city, Nakagyo-ward, Iseya-cho 338

Access: 5-minute walk from Hankyu line Kawaramachi Station Exit 9

Contact : +81 75-241-7881

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4. Hotel Anteroom Kyoto: almost like an art gallery! (from USD 44)

Hotel Anteroom Kyoto was opened in 2011 and is a hotel that is almost like an artwork itself. The lounge, art space and rooms are all filled with various types of inspiring art.

The art gallery “Gallery 9.5” will welcome you once you step into Hotel Anteroom Kyoto. It is named as such because the hotel is located between Kujo and Jujo, which means 9th street and 10th street respectively. Paintings and sculptures created by local artists are placed on display at Gallery 9.5 and you can view them for free.

A total of 61 rooms are available in Hotel Anteroom Kyoto and they are compact and designed in a simple style. Basic amenities are provided.

The lounge of Hotel Anteroom Kyoto is also filled with artwork as well as a library of guidebooks. There is also a bar located there with various choices of drinks and food. Local artists will come and perform their music for free at the bar at night and is a splendid place to spend a relaxing night with friends after a trip around Kyoto. Apart from that, the restaurant “Anteroom Meals” in the hotel provides fantastic breakfast too. For those who want to spend an artistic experience in Kyoto, this is the ideal hotel for you!

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Hotel Anteroom Kyoto

Wifi Available

Address: Minami-ku Higashikujo Aketa-cho 7
3.28 km (2.1 mi) from Nishiki Market

Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Non-smoking rooms Laundry Dry cleaning Facilities for disabled guests Internet services Lift

5. Stay in Kyoto’s homes! Machiya Residence Inn Kyoto (from USD 278)

Machiya Residence Inn Kyoto is an inn chain in Kyoto where you will get to stay in Kyoto’s traditional houses. A total of 14 branches are located in the Kyoto city area and among them is the Machiya Residence Inn Yuusai Hatoba-an.

Located just 5 minutes from Sanjo Ohashi bridge, the historical streets around the inn make you feel like you always belonged in Kyoto. Machiya Residence Inn Yuusai Hatoba-an is in a building built about 1,200 years ago. The antique building was renovated and only 1 group can stay there each night. The different branches located around Kyoto hence allow a different experience.

The entire house is for you to stay and its design completely replicates ancient Kyoto houses. Fireboxes are located in the room and these are things you cannot see in modern Japan. The stairs are also unlike today’s versions and are all part of the Kyoto experience. Even old furniture and cutleries are available in the inn!

A total of 6 people can stay in Machiya Residence Inn Yuusai Hatoba-an and the different branches cater to different groups of people. You can only experience staying in the true Kyoto houses at Machiya Residence Inn and numbers are limited, so make sure you reserve them early!

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Hatoba an Machiya House

Wifi Available

Address: Higashiyama-ku Motomachi 382-12
830 meters (0.6 ft) from Nishiki Market

Garden Non-smoking rooms Family rooms Internet services Heating Luggage storage WiFi Available Free WiFi

6. Aoi Hotel Kyoto: Modern yet traditional

Aoi Hotel Kyoto is a hotel opened by the hotel chain Aoi Kyoto Stay. The concept of Aoi Kyoto Stay is to stay in a traditional Japanese house with a long history. Many of the houses used for their hotels are built around a hundred years ago and you will get to experience what it is like to live in Kyoto.

Located in the residential area, the exterior of Aoi Hotel Kyoto is not very grand. However, you would be brought into a different world once you step into the hotel compound. The small Japanese-style garden will welcome you to the wonderful rooms inside.

Only 6 rooms are available in Aoi Hotel Kyoto and each of them is designed in a different manner. Incorporating both European design and Japanese design in the rooms, the fantastic collaboration creates a luxurious and grand atmosphere. Shown in the photo is room 301, designed to emulate traditional Japanese rooms, such as the tatami and Japanese sliding doors. There are also interesting antiques placed within each room so this is a great place for history lovers!

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Aoi Hotel Kyoto

Address: Shimogyoku Kiyamachidori Bukkoji Agaru Tennocho 146
613 meters (0.4 ft) from Nishiki Market

7. Convenient and comfortable: The Lower East Nine Hostel (from USD 12)

The Lower East Nine Hostel
Source: 古都の U助

The Lower East Nine Hostel is located in a building that was built during the Taisho era (year 1912 to year 1926). It is located within walking distance from Kyoto station and even closer to the Karasuma Line Kujo station.

Opened recently in October 2015, the rooms in this hotel are presented in a dormitory style. Various types of rooms are available, including female rooms for 12, mixed rooms for 8 and rooms of 4 too. The double decker beds are not just there for sleeping - they are part of the Lower East Nine Hostel that gives the rooms a spacious feel. Basic amenities such as towels and soaps are provided, as well as communal shower rooms and washrooms. Of course, there are also private rooms available in The Lower East Nine Hostel.

On the second floor of The Lower East Nine Hostel, a living and dining room are provided where you can enjoy a wonderful time interacting with your friends and other guests as well. The Kyoto tower can also be seen from the windows! A café and bar are also located within the hotel which serve various drinks and sweets. Beer and wine are also available at night!

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Blend of cultures

These hotels are affordable, reasonable and filled with great reasons to choose them. Unique traditional Japanese culture is well harmonised with what excites the world today in these hotels. Comfortable accommodation filled with exciting adventures; what more could you ask for?

Any must-sees we missed? Tell us about them in the comments section or write a post here to help out fellow travelers!
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