On the Island of Honshu, lies the most beautiful city in Japan. Kyoto is a combination of old and new, from historical sites to shrines to temples and modern structures, Kyoto will let you experience two worlds in one place. Visiting wooden houses and imperial palaces here are the order of the day, like Kyoto and Sento - discover the lifestyle of the imperial family in the past. You never get feel close to Japan without tasting their finest cuisines, food fanatics, add Nishiki Market and Pontocho in your bucket list - the right places to find varied dishes. If you’re interested in something ancient, Market Street is where you should be, which presents numerous specialty shops. Lastly, venture to the western part of Kyoto, the Arishiyama, and witness the cherry blossom that can captivate every heart. Check out this article to explore unique homestays in Kyoto, Japan!
Situated close to a lot of bus stations, KYO Sakura House will show you the real beauty of Kyoto. Begin your Kyoto escapade by visiting one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Tofuku-Ji Temple, which presents a breathtaking view of autumn leaves. You will easily reach within a 10-minute walking distance. After which, why not jump to Fushimi Inari-Taisha Shrine and Kiyomizu-Dera Temple to complete your day one. At last, rest in this superb accommodation, which offers everything you need and want. All things inside the rental show the real culture and tradition of Japan, from slippers to a TV to the interior and design, what can you say, all in a Japanese way.
KYO Sakura House
Address: Minami-ku Higashikujō Kamigoryōchō 12-5
Price: from 58 USD
Linens, towels and laundry washed in accordance with local authority guidelines Laundry WiFi available in all areas Guest accommodation sealed after cleaning Non-smoking rooms Shared kitchen Private check-in/check-out Tour desk
Located in the Higashiyama Ward district of Kyoto, Beautiful Hakusaka brings comfort in every corner with a Japanese vibe. This rental gives you the opportunity to experience life in Kyoto in an old-fashioned way, from ancient landmarks to old town walking and exploring, you’ll get a glimpse of what Kyoto was in the past. With impeccable service, outstanding ambiance, stunning views, and great amenities, from a kitchen to a balcony, there’s nothing you can wish for than staying at this place while being immersed in Japanese culture.
Offering a million worth of city views, Lily’s Guest House has a simple yet vibrant ambiance which can make you feel at eased and relaxed. Situated in Shimmachidōri and an eight-minute walk to Demachiyanagi Station, this rental will bring you closer to your dream destinations in Kyoto. A range of famous attractions are accessible at a maximum of 2.2 km (1.37 mi), from Samurai Kembu Kyoto to Eikan-do Zenrin-Ji to Shoren-in Temple and Kyoto International Manga Museum. Seeing all the interior, furnishings, equipment, and guest rooms, I bet you’ll sing the “Turning Japanese” song - this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that should not be missed.
Lily's Guest House
Address: Sakyo-ku, Yoshida Ushinomiyacho 5-19
Price: from 95 USD
Meet your relatives from the other side, Fluffy Koo’s “Registered” Homestay treats its guests like family members. Situated just walking distance to Fushimi Inari Shrine and 15 minutes away from Kyoto station and Gion area, this rental encourages you to explore and meet more potential Japanese friends. The home is full of charm, though modern along with interior and equipment, Japanese design was left behind to a large extent. From a delicious breakfast to a kitchen to the garden, there’s no reason for leaving this beautiful home.
Fluffy Koo's "Registered" HomestayKyoto, Japan
Top guest reviewswonderful homely apartment with great amenitiesthe beds were comfy and the cat was very friendly (and fluffy)the home was comfortable and had all the essential amenities as described by the hostswe really appreciate the delicious breakfasts comfortable beds passion of koo and chocolata and of course the city tour(make sure you buy a jr pass & mobile wifi) 5the house was clean and beautifulthe place was very clean and welcomingwe feel at ease with the clean and comfortable housethe house is nice and cleanthe room we were shown to was clean and well-equipped for 2 people and was very comfortable
Host:they were so helpfulkei & ritsuko was perfect hostthey were excellent hosts and made us feel very much at home in kyotothey are such outstanding hostamazing hosts at a great price pointRead more reviewslocation is also great near station bus and landmarkspublic transportation is pretty accessible from their place tookei and ritsuko’s house is in a great location and very comfortablethe location is great to use with a jr passthe place is great top location and price is unbeatable
Okay, so you want to be a Japanese local just for a day or two? Good news for you, there’s a nice homestay to experience that. Situated in Hirakata, Kyoto Hirakata Homestay is your home away from home. This home is really like a typical Japanese home - more often you see in Japanese TV shows or movies, which can make you feel excited. The four corners of this rental will give you the feeling that you are already here for a long time, and of course, it offers comfort - lots of comforts. From a kitchen to a hot tub to a WiFi and a fridge - this homestay will not let you down. If you want a little break away from the noise and worries, Hirakata Park is waiting, only 6 km (3.73 mi) away from the rental.
Kyoto Hirakata Homestay
Address: 津田元町2丁目 14-25, Hirakata, Hirakata, Japan, 573-0127
If you really desire to absorb yourself to the daily life and culture of Kyoto, there is no better way to truly enjoy and experience living like a local here than to stay at Play Zendo. From the terrace to a flat-screen TV to interior design and sauna, everything here is so Japanese. If you’re up to a temple hunting, Shoren-in Temple and Kiyomizu-Dera Temple are accessible within 1.8 km (1.12 mi). Most of the travelers in Japan, perhaps, are a die-hard-anime fanatic, good news for you, the Kyoto International Manga Museum is just 1.9 km (1.18 mi) away from the rental.
Address: Shimogyo-ku, Kagiyacho Taktsujidori Fuyacho 203
Price: from 104 USD
Fire extinguishers Lift Luggage storage Internet services WiFi Garden Terrace Free WiFi
Are you interested in the way of life in Japan? Situated in a quiet neighborhood and has easy access to Central Kyoto, Takashi’s traditional homestay will let you experience Kyoto at its finest. You can go anywhere from here as the JR Train Stop and Metro Station are just an eight-minute walk. You’ll be only a few minutes away from the Nishijin Area, the famous weaving district and a traditional area in Kyoto - this is where you can see machiya (old Kyoto townhouses). First to love in Takashi’s Homestay, the homey ambiance of the rental, which makes you feel you belong. The room that you’re going to occupy is simple, yet it has all the necessary things for a good nights’ sleep, from lights to beddings and pillows - all are arranged with love. You are allowed to use the kitchen, which has some basic cooking tools.
Cozy Zen Takashi's HomeStayKyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu, Japan
Top guest reviewsthe amenities were fantastic and the room was very comfortablethe tatami is super comfy (if you like quite hard bed not all westerners are ok with this)we slept in a traditional style room which was divided in two and shared with himthe room was very comfortable and all communal spaces were very cleanwe just fell in love with takashi's tatami room with sliding doorsvery clean and quiet homehouse is very clean with the english cluesneat clean and nice japanese style roomthe house is very clean and friendlytakashi’s place was very clean and tidy
Host:takashi was a great hosthost was responsive to queries as welltakashi was helpful and quick with responsestakashi was an amazing host during our staythe host is great good help if neededRead more reviewsclose to jr station and the free bikes are a major plusthe location is perfectthe location is very good:) the location is great and only a few minutes walk away from the train station and subwaythe location of his house is great too
Live like a local in Kyoto
Rich tradition and modernization are Kyoto’s drawcards, but you’ll discover that its the local’s character and way of life that really give this town its iconic personality. Whether you yearn to meet Japanese friends or experience living like a local, a memorable Kyoto escapade is guaranteed.
Get Trip101 in your inbox
You can buy and claim online, even after you've left home. Travel insurance from WorldNomads.com is available to people from 140 countries. It’s designed for adventurous travellers with cover for overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities.
*5% off when you book with our promo code: TRIP101
*For our Canadian and US travellers, unfortunately due to financial services laws, we cannot provide a discount. This promotional code cannot be used with any other discount offer, including World Nomads Members’ discount for travel insurance policy holders.