10 Best HomeAway/Vrbo Vacation Rentals In Kyoto, Japan - Updated 2021

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Kyoto, also sometimes referred to as the thousand-year capital is the capital city of Kyoto Prefecture situated in a valley in Kansai region, Japan. This specific positioning results in hot and humid summers and relatively cold winters with occasional snowfall. With a large natural water table, Kyoto has an abundance of freshwater wells. However, such wells are drying up fast due to large scale urbanization that interferes with the amount of water getting into the tables. Its economy majorly relies on information technology and electronics. Kyoto, which was for a very long time the capital city of Japan, has been Japan’s cultural center. Having 2,000 religious places (1,600 Buddhist temples and 400 Shinto shrines), imperial palaces, gardens and traditional wooden houses, it is no wonder it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also famous for its delicious Japanese cuisine and geisha (female entertainers often found in Gion District). It is such a beautiful place to visit. Read on to know more about best HomeAway vacation rentals in Kyoto, Japan.

1. Charming and quiet traditional home (from USD 180)

Stay in this house located on a quiet lane that leads up to Kiyomizu Temple where you can marvel at cherry blossoms and autumn colors. The interior presents a mix of Japanese design and beautiful antiques with modern features. The house has two bedrooms, one with three futons and the other with a queen bed–hence comfortably accommodating five guests. It features one bathroom, a well-equipped, full-sized kitchen to prepare your meals in, internet, a library, and a small Japanese garden on the deck. Visit temples, gardens, restaurants, coffee shops and the various shops selling traditional handicrafts and arts as you explore the steep and ancient back lanes to Yasaka Shrine (10 minutes away) or Gion district (10 minutes away).

Prime Location - Sweet Traditional Home Away From Home, Family friendly!
113 reviews  Wifi Available
House 5 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 5
Minimum Nights: 2
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 14 days before check-in.

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
kitchen supplies air conditioning comfortable beds)
The downstairs includes a generous sized kitchen/dining area a toilet
The bed is very comfortable as an alternative to the traditional mats
No more five-star hotels for us
The kids loved the steep stairs
The hot water was plentiful and water pressure was great
Acco helped us with our bags and she is extremely helpful and so easy to talk to
Acco was tremendously helpful with us
friendly helpful and an incredible hostess
provided well annotated local map and finally helped again on departure
the owner met us on arrival
It was conveniently located yet very quiet being only a street back from busy streets with access to restaurants and supermarkets A few minutes to bus access and 12 minutes to the subway
The bus stop is just 10 mins away
It is in an excellent location right by Gion district and only a few minutes walk away from Kiyomizu-dera temple
The house is very well located near Kiyomizu-dera temple
The place is slightly older than expected from picture and is a 15 to 20 min walk north to Gion but close to Kiyomizu temple
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2. Beautiful and authentic Machiya townhouse (from USD 200)

Located on a quiet narrow cobblestone lane just 20 meters (65.6ft) off the Sakura tree-lined Shirakawa canal, this house comfortably accommodates four guests. The neighborhood comprises of old wooden houses, family-run restaurants and shops, temples, shrines, and historic sites. Amenities include two bedrooms, one bath, a kitchen where you can prepare your meals, wireless internet, books, and a peaceful Japanese garden at the back of the house that has rare, old Buddhist stone carvings. Explore the museum district and Heian Shrine that are just a five-minute walk away and Gion which is ten minutes’ walk away.

85 reviews  Wifi Available
House 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4
Minimum Nights: 2
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 30 days before check-in.

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Amenities & Room:
There is a well appointed kitchen and a fridge
It has all the modern appliances including washing machine and fully equipped kitchen
The master bedroom is a nice size but the second bedroom is much smaller If you are traveling with friends or another couple you might want to discuss or flip a coin for who gets the larger room
Enjoyed eating in one night as well
It was great to have both the traditional bedroom and living space as well as modern kitchen and bathroom facilities After long days of sightseeing it was lovely to relax back in the calm of the M...
The facilities are very good and everything was well kept clean and worked well
the house is clean and very nicely renovated
With Gion just south and Downtown
and it is generally very quiet
The toilet is amazing and the bath is really wonderful
David was a fine host
The hosts were very nice and helpful
Great communication with host and very interesting accommodation
they also provided us with information about where to go and what to visit
For the most part the amenties are modern and very good and the owner and his assistant communicated very well and were very helpful
The location is away from other tourists but still convenient to the subway and Heian shrine
The location is brilliant for exploring Kyoto
The neighbourhood has some lovely restaurants and is close to some great sights
it is located very close to the subway station and the gion area
just minutes later It is in a pedestrian zone
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3. Bright and colorful townhome (from USD 180)

homeaway kyoto | bright and colorful townhome
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This lovely house combines Japanese decor with some Western comfort to ensure comfort for foreign travelers. With one bedroom that has two queen beds, it comfortably accommodates four guests. Amenities include a kitchen to prepare your meals in, a spacious modern Japanese shower and bath area, internet, TV, and a common tatami room next to the lobby overlooking a Zen garden. The house is a walking distance from the Gion District, shops, cafes and restaurants, and the subway. Stay in this house that is strategically located near local amenities and explore Kyoto.

Perfect Location - Best area of Eastern Kyoto - comfortable family accommodation
Kyoto, JP
1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

4. Traditional luxury house in the heart of Gion (from USD 297)

How amazing would it be to stay in a house with a garden designed by a renowned architect and was featured in a book? Gion Kyuraku features a garden that was designed by Mr. Sano who is a famous architect. The house comfortably accommodates six guests. Amenities include two bedrooms, one-and-a-half baths, kitchen, internet, and TV. Its location allows one to see Maiko-sans and Geiko-sans every night. Tour nearby temples such as Kenninji Temple (2-minute walk), Kyomizu Temple (10-minute walk), Hokan-ji Temple (5-minute walk) and Rokuhara Mitsuji Temple (1-minute walk). Hanamikoji Dori, a historical street in Japan is only a 3-minute walk away. Dine in family-run diners or Michelin rated restaurants that are also nearby.

Gion Kyuraku - Traditional Luxury in Machiya in Gion/Kiyomizu Area! - Free WiFi
33 reviews  Wifi Available
House 6 Guests 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 6
Minimum Nights: 2
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 30 days before check-in.

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
all facilities (kitchen bathroom
There are two bedrooms upstairs and one downstairs along with a living room and dining area
The washer/dryer in the kitchen was a nice bonus Because we were two adult couples
but we were very comfortable and warm with the heaters in each room
it to say everything in the description is accurate
The Machiya is very clean and comfortable
Her attention to details is very evident in the machiya as well
The house is clean efficient and everything is in perfect working order
and we look forward to returning one day
This property is everything the description says and more I am always wary of presentation pitches and photographs being presented in a over flattering light but this machiya is exactly as descri...
All communication with regard to various questions and our booking was always answers very quickly with detailed helpful advice
Finding the house was made easy with the detailed instructions both english & japanese
Rieko was a gracious and considerate host quickly answering any questions we had having the heat on maps out for us
They could not have been more accommodating and
Thomas and Rieko were very helpful and gave us great information including restaurant recommendations
It is in a real Kyoto neighborhood with a terrific supermarket just 1 minute away and a 10 walk to the best of ancient Kyoto
The location is perfect with most of the interesting places in Higashiyama and city center at walking distance
The machiya is perfectly located in the center of historic Kyoto within walking distance of many important sites
Very nice neighborhood to see the sights and walk around
The location is also very central
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5. Charming residence in the heart of Kyoto District (from USD 280)

Located in the heart of Kyoto District, this house has four bedrooms and hence can comfortably accommodates eight people. Amenities include one Japanese-style modern bathroom with a tub, a fully equipped kitchen, internet, TV, and three bicycles. You can find supermarkets, bakeries, coffee shop, restaurants, a DVD rental shop, Kyoto International Conference Center, Kyoto Concert Hall, and Kyoto Botanical Garden near the house. If you happen to be there on August 16th, you can see two out of the five giant bonfires lit in the mountains during the Daimonji Festival through the windows.

★★★★★10%OFF! 1Min walk from subway station. One of the best area in Central
45 reviews
House 8 Guests 3 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 8
Minimum Nights: 6
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 14 days before check-in.

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Amenities & Room:
He wished he was living in a place like that
so it was like home to have him come over for dinner
The place is very spacious and has all the equipment needed to make your stay a success
The house is pretty roomy by Japanese standards Clean and comfortable with 3 bedrooms as well as a living area well-equipped kitchen washing machine and balcony plus an empty attic area
It had everything we needed and more
it is very close to public transportation with quick access to the downtown environs and whole of the Kansai region
We arrived close to 11PM and he was waiting making sure that the house was warm for us
We've been welcomed by Kenta who speaks a good English was extremely helpful and nice
He also helped us figure out some fun things to do around Kyoto
Kenta was extremely nice and accommodating---from meeting us at the subway providing us with bikes and being available for answering any question we had
he even prepared some drinks in the fridge for us and toys for our girls
A 15 minute train ride from the central station of Kyoto which is nice since you're still in the city
The house is in a quiet residential area but very close to a subway station which makes the location very convenient
The house is very convenient located next to the subway and only one stop away from Kyoto international conference center
There are a few restaurants within easy walking distance and a convenience store called Lawsons (open 24 hours)
but there are a few restaurants within walking distance
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6. Spacious Senraku house in downtown Kyoto (from USD 200)

Stay in Senraku house which comfortably accommodates four guests. It features one bedroom in which four futons can be spread, one bath, kitchen, high-speed internet connection and a 32-inch (81.28-cm) flat-screen TV. Within walking distance are attractions such as Sento which is a traditional Japanese communal bath house, Nijo Castle, Nishiki Market, and Shinkyogoku Shopping Arcade. Catch a train at the station which is less than 10 minutes’ walk away and visit attractions such as Kinkakuji (Golden Pavillion), Heian Shrine, Ginkaku-ji, Sanjusangendo, Kiyomizu Temple, Gion Geisha District, Yasaka Shrine, and Arashiyama.

Senraku - Beautifully Restored Japanese House in Central Kyoto! - Free WiFi
35 reviews  Wifi Available
House 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4
Minimum Nights: 3
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 30 days before check-in.

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
The home consists of a good-sized tatami room modern kitchen and nice bathroom downstairs and a large bedroom
The stairs are steep to the bedroom
The bathroom is large and has a nice big shower
The kitchen was well-equipped and the washer/dryer was definitely an added bonus
and yet have every modern convenience - washer and dryer large bathroom and shower WiFi fully equipped kitchen air conditioner and big screen TV
The house is immaculately clean and the futons were comfortable
very clean Access to the property was easy
The home is beautifully appointed and meticulously clean
the house so clean the location and above
Her maps and tips made all the difference Heartily recommend her lovely home
Our host Rieko is lovely and very helpful thoughtful and kind
We really appreciated the map of Kyoto and the welcome letter that awaited us upon our arrival at the house
all the hostess Excellent
Rieko was a super help to us in navigating Kyoto
Great neighborhood with the best bakery in Kyoto just right across the street and two wonderful restaurants
Senraku House is conveniently located in central Kyoto and it is easy to walk
The house is 5 minutes from the metro
location is great - just a few blocks from great restaurants and shopping and just a few blocks from easy train and bus options
close to quite a few supermarkets and bakeries and nice little local restaurants House is in perfect condition efficient lay-out and
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7. Traditional one-bedroom Kyoto home (from USD 253)

Located at the foot of Kiyomizu Temple, this one-bedroom house comfortably accommodates three people. Its design features a combination of preserved traditional techniques and modern designs that guarantee comfort to its guests. Amenities include one bathroom, internet, TV, and a kitchen in which you can prepare your meals. The house is a walking distance to famous temples, shrines, downtown, and Gion.

≪10 min to Gion≫ Bairin-an Perfect For Two
38 reviews  Wifi Available
townhome 3 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 3
Minimum Nights: 2
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 30 days before check-in.

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
The bathroom is very modern
The small kitchen is adequately equipped
fully equipped kitchen TV
The futon is very comfortable
was a big part of that
The washer and dryer definitely comes in handy
The property is well maintained and clean
However what constitues "early in the am" as their is a house above
The futons were extremely comfortable and gave us a good night's rest after a full day of sightseeing
The apartment is so lovely and
The owner was so nice
so well taken care of
the host knows the place
and she really made our stay so memorable and enjoyable
Roxana is super friendly and helpful
Location is super convenient to Kiyomizu Temple and its surrounding walks
There are many interesting shops and restaurants off Higashi-dori
Walking distance to many attractions
the location was very convenient for sightseeing with other places easy to reach Shops and restaurants were plentiful and within a few minutes of the house
What a beautiful place to live in
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8. Elegant and bright two-bedroom abode (from USD 256)

Stay in this house that combines Japanese tradition and modern comfort to comfortably accommodate five guests. It features a fully equipped kitchen, dining area for four, a tatami room that features a sunken seating area, sliding paper screens and a view of the courtyard garden, one-and-a-half baths, two bedrooms (one with three futons and the other with two single beds), TV, and internet. The bathroom is uniquely designed with fully tiled walls and features hinoki, subdued lighting, and an amazing view of the traditional garden. The garden features a Japanese maple tree, moss, and a stone water feature. Nearby attractions include Kennin-ji Zen temple, the Gion entertainment district, and Kamogawa River.

Lovingly Restored Townhouse In Central Kyoto Kiyomizu/Gion
58 reviews  Wifi Available
townhome 5 Guests 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 5
Minimum Nights: 3
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 30 days before check-in.

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
But for those who aren't comfortable sitting on the floor to eat the first floor also includes a Western dining table and modern kitchen area
The kitchen was well-equipped
This property is as beautiful as it looks in the photos
There is a bathroom on the first floor with a typical Japanese shower and soaking tub large vanity and separate toilet
Perfect amenities and a very comfortable bed
It is impeccably clean and the finishes are top notch throughout
very well appointed kitchen bedrooms and bathrooms
Everything was perfect; the Machiya is beautiful and comfortable the neighbourhood is great and convenient and the hospitality of Naoko was wonderful
She went out of her way to be helpful particularly in arranging a taxi to pick us up the early morning of our departure
They left us a nice note with some origami upon arrival
She provided helpful information before and during our stay and responded very quickly to our questions and requests
Naoko was a very thoughtful and helpful host -
a plus We really appreciated our hosts hospitality and attention
A perfect location in Gion within walking distance to many attractions
The location was excellent - walking distance to the subway restaurants and a further walk to the shopping area (15 min)
The location is convenient to a metro station (not a JR line) which provides easy access up and down the river
Also only 25 minute flat walk to Kyoto station
you can walk everywhere and is near the subway supermarket and restaurants Great internet and appletv
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9. Historical Japanese abode near Gion District (from USD 342)

Explore the temples, shrines, gardens, and culture that make Kyoto a truly unique place while staying in this house that accommodates five guests. It has two bedrooms, one with two single beds and the other with three futons. Other features include one bathroom, a modern kitchen where you can prepare your meals, a tatami room, TV and internet. Visit Kiyomizu Temple, shrines, downtown, Gion and the renowned geisha district that are a walking distance away.

≪10 min to Gion≫Historical Japanese house near to Gion area
50 reviews  Wifi Available
townhome 5 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 5
Minimum Nights: 2
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 30 days before check-in.

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
Nice size bedrooms sufficient bathroom and shower facilities
the living space was a bit tight with five people
(I especially liked the little garden) yet equipped with modern comforts like a high-tech bathroom and heating
As expected there is practically no sound insulation so be prepared to hear everything that is going on outside and next door
Was very hot when we visited and the air-con worked great
The house was clean and big enought
The shower and bath were absolutely divine
the bedrooms are very spacious and the bathroom with separate bath
and we were delighted with our stay
She made sure we understood everything we needed to know about the property
our host was delightful
She was super helpful during our stay and added to our whole wonderful experience
comfortable and quiet Roxanna was an exemplary host always happy to go that extra mile
We had a wonderful time When we arrived at house Marika was there to greet us and was so friendly
I used to live in Osaka and have visited Kyoto many times
the house is serviced by a number of buses and train stations
The location is the best
We found the one day passes the easiest way to get around
The location was very convenient for lots of restaurants sights transportation and shopping
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10. Cozy apartment close to downtown

Located in Kyoto’s Nakagyo-ku neighborhood, this cozy apartment comfortably accommodates six guests. Amenities include one bedroom with a double and single bed and a futon, one bathroom, a kitchen to prepare your meals in and regular WiFi. Pocket WiFi is also provided for your use when exploring the city. It is ideal for families as it is less than 10 minutes’ walk from a major playground and Manga Museum. Nearby attractions include Nijo Castle, Imperial Palace, and Higashiyama.

Designer Space In Central Kyoto (The Most Unique Room You'll Find In The City)
31 reviews
Apartment 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
The living room has a couch and table with a view of the street
The beds are very comfortable
it felt like our second home
and we thought the bathroom was awesome
Upstairs is the Cocoon room
My husband and I (55) were traveling were our 2 adult children
The beds were comfortable with reading lamps (which I really appreciated)
the water pressure is great
and it was super hot and humid
It was very quiet and close to places
He is from the US
He made us feel right at home with maps and restaurant recommendations
He was so quick to respond to all my emails
so communication was easy for us
Sean's guidebook really helps and he is great with suggestions
The Moon Room is located within a 5 minute walk from the Marutamachi Station
at all Location is very convenient with a subway stop close by and lots of shops and restaurants
It is within walking distance of great restaurants and many of the sites
The location was perfecr being a short subway ride from Kyoto station
The location is so central to the entire city
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Enjoy traditional comfort with a modern twist

Kyoto is a beautiful and unique city with a lot of culture, temples, imperial palaces, and shrines to explore. The culture spreads to their houses which combine traditional and modern architecture. Plan a trip here and stay in one of these best HomeAway vacation rentals in Kyoto, Japan.

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