7 Homestays In Kyoto, Japan - Updated 2021

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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!

1. Beautiful Hakusaka (from USD 81)

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.


Address: 京都市清井町

Lockers Non-smoking throughout Air conditioning Heating Shared kitchen Ticket service Terrace 24-hour front desk

2. Fluffy Koo's "Registered" Homestay (from USD 49)

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" Homestay
Kyoto, Japan
257 reviews
Private room in house 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
wonderful homely apartment with great amenities
the 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 hosts
we 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) 5
the house was clean and beautiful
the place was very clean and welcoming
we feel at ease with the clean and comfortable house
the house is nice and clean
the room we were shown to was clean and well-equipped for 2 people and was very comfortable
they were so helpful
kei & ritsuko was perfect host
they were excellent hosts and made us feel very much at home in kyoto
they are such outstanding host
amazing hosts at a great price point
location is also great near station bus and landmarks
public transportation is pretty accessible from their place too
kei and ritsuko’s house is in a great location and very comfortable
the location is great to use with a jr pass
the place is great top location and price is unbeatable
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3. Cozy Zen Takashi's Homestay (from USD 55)

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 HomeStay
Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu, Japan
230 reviews
Private room in townhouse 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the amenities were fantastic and the room was very comfortable
the 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 him
the room was very comfortable and all communal spaces were very clean
we just fell in love with takashi's tatami room with sliding doors
very clean and quiet home
house is very clean with the english clues
neat clean and nice japanese style room
the house is very clean and friendly
takashi’s place was very clean and tidy
takashi was a great host
host was responsive to queries as well
takashi was helpful and quick with responses
takashi was an amazing host during our stay
the host is great good help if needed
close to jr station and the free bikes are a major plus
the location is perfect
the location is very good
:) the location is great and only a few minutes walk away from the train station and subway
the location of his house is great too
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4. Kyoto Hirakata Homestay

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

5. KYO Sakura House (from USD 63)

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.

6. Lily's Guest House (from USD 91)

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.

7. Play Zendo (from USD 100)

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.

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.

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