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As part of our super guide to Japan and Kyoto, we couldn’t miss our already mythical post (because we do it from all the cities we visit) about where to sleep in Kyoto.
So in this post we are going to review the characteristics of our accommodation and tell you what budget you need approximately in accommodation for a stay in Kyoto of between 3 and 4 days. Also, we are going to make some extra recommendations about accommodation in Kyoto.
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Accommodation in Kyoto: here’s what you need to keep in mind
When looking for accommodation for your stay in Kyoto, there are three things to consider:
If you want to find a good hotel at a reasonable price, you will have to book it well in advance, because otherwise it will be really expensive. The only way to find good deals is to look at it in advance.
Pay close attention to the location. Kyoto isn’t Tokyo, but it’s pretty big, so make sure your hotel is within walking distance of a bus stop, the best way to get around in Kyoto. This will make it much easier for you to get around when you start your tourist day.
In addition to the hotel price, you will have to pay a tourist tax for each night you stay in the city. The price of this fee will depend on the price of your hotel but ranges from 200 to 1,000 JPY per person per night. You can read more about this here.
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Accommodation in Kyoto by zones
As we always do in this type of post, we are going to divide the city into the main areas where you will be able to stay so that it will be easier for you to choose.
In this case we have divided Kyoto into 5 zones, and if we have to choose which is our favorite to stay in, it would undoubtedly be the center of Kyoto and the area around the station, as it is the best communicated area of the city.
I leave you below a map of the city with all the options available and with prices so you can get an idea:
Kyoto Center and Kyoto Station, our favorite sleeping area in Kyoto
If you ask us where to sleep in Kyoto, our first choice would undoubtedly be this area, because despite being the most expensive (although you can find bargains if you look ahead) it is the best communicated of all, both by bus and by subway.
If you plan to use Kyoto as a base for visiting other places in this area of Japan, staying in this area is the best option because you will be very close to the train station from which all lines to nearby cities depart.
Where to Sleep in Kyoto: Downtown and Kyoto Station
In addition to transport, this area is one of the most complete in terms of leisure facilities, and you will not be lacking in shops and restaurants where you can dine at the end of the day or have breakfast at the beginning of the day.
This is the area we chose when we visited Kyoto.
Where to sleep in Kyoto: our recommendations in the downtown area
Here are our recommendations for accommodation in central Kyoto:
We understand the southern part of Kyoto as everything below Kyoto Station.
In this area there is a lot of hotel offer and it is easy to find good prices. In addition, you will be relatively close to the Fushimi Inari shrine and the train stops from which you can travel by direct train to Nara.
Where to Sleep in Kyoto: South
It is a well communicated area, although not as much as the central area or the area around the station and it also has interesting restaurants to end the day before going to sleep at the hotel.
You have to keep in mind that the further south the hotel is, the cheaper it will be, but the worse the communication will be.
Where to sleep in Kyoto: our recommendations in the south
Here are our recommendations for accommodation in southern Kyoto:
East Kyoto, great for exploring the Higashiyama area
The Higashiyama area is one of the most beautiful areas in Kyoto and has the highest concentration of temples in the whole city. In this area you will always find places to visit.
Where to Sleep in Kyoto: Higashiyama area
This is not an area where we would stay (unless we found a bargain), mainly because it is worse communicated than the previous ones and it is perfect to move around, but not so much around the rest of the city.
In addition the south zone of Higashiyama is usually full of tourists to almost all hours and is something more expensive if you compare it with others better communicated.
Where to sleep in Kyoto: our recommendations in the east
Here are our recommendations for accommodations in eastern Kyoto:
Gion Komachi ; 8.6/10 score in Booking and about 79 euros a night without breakfast.
Kyoto Inn Gion The Second >> 9,3/10 of score in Booking and around 69 euros the night WITH breakfast
Kamoya Ryokan > 9/10 score in Booking and around 64 euros per night without breakfast.
⭐KAREN Kyoto Higashiyama >> 9,5/10 of score in Booking and around 71 euros the night without breakfast
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West Kyoto, perfect for exploring the Arashiyama area
If you have read our Kyoto guide, you will have seen that this area has quite a few things to see and do, among them the Arashiyama bamboo forest (which was the last thing we noticed), so it can be a great option to stay here if you want to be surrounded by nature or you want to enjoy some of these places more in solitude (at the beginning of the day or at the end).
Where to Sleep in Kyoto: Arashiyama area
However, you have to keep in mind that this area west of Kyoto is quite far away from everything else, so unless it’s your first time in the city and you decide to spend more time there, we wouldn’t choose it.
If you finally choose it, the closer it is to JR Saga Arashiyama station, the better.
Where to sleep in Kyoto: our recommendations in the West
Here are our recommendations for accommodation in western Kyoto:
North Kyoto is not the same as the West. It is true that there are many important points of interest nearby, such as Nijo Castle or the Kyoto Imperial Palace, or the Golden Pavilion in the northwest area.
Where to Sleep in Kyoto: Northern Zone
But beyond that it is not an area that we would recommend even though it is especially easy to find accommodation at good prices.
Where to sleep in Kyoto: our recommendations in the northern area
Here are our recommendations for accommodation in the northern part of Kyoto:
Where to sleep in Kyoto: our experience in the Hale Temari Riokujo
Our hotel for these 4 nights in Kyoto was the Hale Temari Kyoto Rokujo, a traditional hotel (with tatami) located about 20 minutes walk north of Kyoto Station.
If I am honest, and despite the fact that we were treated with luxury, we would not repeat in this hotel because sleeping on tatami only convinces us if the mattress to be put on the floor is fat and soft, and in this case it was not.
Besides, the bathroom we had inside the room was tiny. It’s true that outside there was another huge shared bathroom with a shower and a great tub, but in the end, it was shared.
Where to stay in Japan: Hale Temari Hotel in KyotoWhere to stay in Japan: Hale Temari Hotel in Kyoto
We paid for the 4 nights in this hotel without breakfast 251 euros and as I told you a little above, despite the treatment and cleaning we would not repeat, especially for so many days.
If it was just for one night, we’d pick it out again, no problem.
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