Kyoto is a stunning traditional and historic city in the Kansai district of Japan. Famous for its Geisha district, you’ll love walking around the numerous, temples, pagodas and shrines. If it is your first time in Kyoto, we’d recommend hiring a yukata or kimono and exploring the unique sites of Kinkaku-ji, Kiyomizu-Dera and, of course, the Fushimi Inari Taisha. Kyoto was actually once the capital of Japan and you can clearly see its importance in the breathtaking architecture and street design. We think that to truly do Kyoto justice, everyone should stay in a traditional Japanese ryokan, at least once. We’ve scoured high and low to bring you these best ryokans near Kyoto Station, Japan. Scroll below to see what waits for you in this unique city.
This property was recently renovated in 2019 but originally opened its doors in 1911. At just a five-minute walk from Higashi Honganji Temple, this ryokan is in a fantastic location for sightseeing. Stay local, or walk 10 minutes and you’ll arrive at the main JR Kyoto Station.
This ryokan offers an extra splash of luxury, with a wine cellar, an onsite sommelier and a sake expert. You can sample a wide selection of alcohol here, including craft beer and even champagne, all available as a pairing with the traditional Japanese cuisine. Food and drink of such a high standard will be a delight and will need to be booked in advance. The bedrooms are traditionally Japanese, with tatami flooring.
In an excellent central location, close to JR Kyoto Station, this ryokan has the perfect mixture of both modern and traditional elements. The bedrooms are all Japanese style, but there are many options to choose from. The flooring is tatami mats and there is an LCD television in each room. In addition, some of the rooms are ensuite. We love that the walls are lined with art and that the garden can be viewed from the relaxing main lobby area.
There are two things that should be taken into consideration before booking. Firstly, no meals are served at this ryokan, although you are in easy walking distance to excellent eateries. Secondly, there is a daily curfew of 11 pm.
We think that you’ll love the unique design features of these stylish public hot spring baths. In total, there are two indoor baths, an open-air bath and a sauna. This ryokan is a short walk from the JR Tambaguchi Station and free parking is available with prior reservation. All of the rooms are equipped with both air conditioning and an air purifier. Additional features include a flat-screen television, fridge, an electric kettle, and a hairdryer. The hosts kindly provide a yukata and slippers for all guests.
This property is entirely non-smoking and offers modern Japanese-style rooms. You can expect tatami flooring, futon bedding, a low seating area, a flat-screen television and an ensuite with complimentary toiletries. This ryokan is a short 15-minute train ride to the famous Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine. There is free pocket Wi-Fi available on a first-come-first-served basis and guests can also take full advantage of the onsite concierge service. Meals are not provided at this ryokan, but there are a number of fantastic eateries nearby.
Another perfectly located ryokan, Ryokan Shimizu is just a seven-minute walk from the main JR Kyoto Train Station and a three-minute walk to the Nishi-Hongan-ji Temple.
We love that you can rent bicycles from the property for a small additional fee. This ryokan is entirely no smoking and offers air-conditioned, Japanese rooms with an ensuite and free Wi-Fi. There are additional elements in the rooms, such as a television, tea-making facilities and complimentary toiletries. There is also a PC with connected internet in the lobby, which guests can use for an additional charge. It is worth noting that there is no restaurant on site, but there are plenty of eateries nearby.
This 2-star ryokan offers airconditioned rooms that are equipped with a desk, a flat-screen television and use of a shared bathroom. This ryokan is a little further out than some of our other options, so be sure to check the map before booking. However, if you are looking for comfortable rooms at a good price and with full Wi-Fi access, this might be a perfect match. The ryokan itself is also in pretty surroundings, with a small stream running by.
With a welcoming smile, we’re sure that you’ll have a great time at Dozen Ryokan. This property is actually a renovated 100-year-old traditional townhouse. We adore the interior design of the property that gives the ryokan an elegant yet historical feel. It is also in an excellent location, just a short 10-minute walk to JR Kyoto Station.
There are plenty of wooden furnishings throughout the building and the bedrooms feature tatami flooring as standard. There are also plenty of additional extras thrown in, from complimentary toiletries, yukata robes to wear, an iron and free Wi-Fi throughout. Finally, coin-operated laundry services are available.
These simple yet comfortable rooms are slightly smaller than some of the others on our list, but we still think that this property is a great option. Along with the numerous bedroom options, which include air conditioning and green tea, guests can also take advantage of the free internet station or the Wi-Fi in the lobby.
Each bedroom also includes a pay-per-view television, while some include an ensuite and others are with a shared bathroom. Additional onsite features are a coin-operated laundry service and free bicycles. We also think that you’ll love the small courtyard and koi pond.
Address: Shimogyo-ku Nishi Tamamizu-cho 285
385 meters (0.3 mi) from Kyoto Tower
If you are interested in visiting the Nishi Hongan-ji Temple, this ryokan will be the perfect base, as it is right in front of the building! Inside the traditional and spacious rooms, guests can enjoy tatami flooring, a multi-course Japanese meal, relaxing massages and traditional Japanese yukatas. The public baths are available to relax in and you can even purchase souvenirs from the souvenir shop. Dining options include multi-course meals in the main restaurant. A coin-operated launderette is also onsite and photocopying services are provided.
This welcoming and friendly ryokan has both western and Japanese-style bedrooms. Ideal for small families or couples, the western rooms have regular beds and the Japanese rooms have futons to sleep on. This pretty ryokan includes a small courtyard and free Wi-Fi throughout the property. Each of the rooms is airconditioned with a television and the ensuite bathroom includes a bathtub.
Breakfast is available in the lobby area and there are plenty of local eateries nearby. This ryokan also includes a dry cleaning service and is located just 15 minutes from Kyoto Station.
Get ready to relax and unwind
We think that staying in a ryokan is a fantastic way to create beautiful memories of your experience in Japan. We’ve chosen a selection of the best ryokans near Kyoto Station, Japan. Kyoto and these ryokans are extremely popular, so be sure to book in advance.
Get Trip101 in your inbox