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There's really only one place you should go if you truly want to be immersed with Japanese history and culture, and that's the city of Kyoto. With this being a popular destination in Japan, finding a hotel can be tough with options ranging from hotels, ryokans, hostels and Airbnb rentals. Find the accommodation that meets your budget and style of travel.

Hipmunk's Best Hotels in Kyoto

Hiiragiya Ryokan
Hiiragiya Ryokan
277 Nakahakusan-cho, Kyoto
from $1479
Royal Park Hotel The Kyoto
Royal Park Hotel The Kyoto
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4.2
3666 reviews
Kawaramachi Higashi-iru, Sanjo-dori Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto
from $0
Hotel Keihan Kyoto
Hotel Keihan Kyoto
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3.8
2113 reviews
31 Higashikujyo-nishisannou-cho, Minami, Kyoto
from $1
Grand Prince Hotel Kyoto
Grand Prince Hotel Kyoto
Takaraga Ike, Sakyo, Kyoto
from $0
APA Villa Hotel Kyoto-Ekimae
APA Villa Hotel Kyoto-Ekimae
533 Shiokoji-cho,Shichijosagaru Higashinotoin-dori,Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto
from $1
Kyoto Kokusai Hotel
Kyoto Kokusai Hotel
Horikawadori Nijojomae Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto
from $0
Smile Hotel Kyoto-shijo
Smile Hotel Kyoto-shijo
59-61 Nishinotoin, Shijo, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto
from $1
Hyatt Regency Kyoto
Hyatt Regency Kyoto
644-2 Sanjusangendo-mawari Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto
from $1
Kyoto Dai-Ni Tower Hotel
Kyoto Dai-Ni Tower Hotel
570-1 Higashishiokoji-cho, Higashinotoindori Shich, Kyoto
from $6490
Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Sanjo
Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Sanjo
80 Mikura-cho, Nishiiru, Karasuma Sanjo-dori, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto
from $0
More About Kyoto Hotels...

In contrast to the ultra urban Tokyo, Kyoto is writ with colorful shrines, zen state temples, lush green gardens and the secretive geishas that scurry from place to place. It really is hard not to succumb to the charm, beauty, and atmosphere of the city that served as Japan's capital and the emperor's residence from 794 until 1868.

Stay in a Traditional Japanese Inn From the Edo Era

Staying in a ryokan is one of the most unique Japanese experiences you can have. More than just a place to sleep, a ryokan consists of futons over top tatami (woven-straw) floors, sliding doors, Japanese style spas, and traditional meals with regional specialities. Staying in a ryokan gives you a glimpse of what it was like to live in the time of the lone samurai, weary travelers who called them home.

Although considered a luxury accommodation in Kyoto, there are budget-friendly options available as well. Located a short walk from the train station, Ryokan Ohto and Ryokan Shimizu are perfect examples of not needing to spend hundreds of dollars on a ryokan. These two particular ryokans cost anywhere between $60 to $100 a night depending on the time of the year.

Airbnb Options Galore

When you do a search for Airbnb properties, you'll be surprised to see the amount of rentals available in the city. What you get with an Airbnb rental is a modern apartment, fully equipped with appliances and creature comforts. What's great about Airbnb in Japan is that you know you're guaranteed to find a place that's both clean and well-taken after, hallmarks of Japanese culture.

Prices for rentals range from $80 up to $180 so there is quite the variety of choice in the region. In addition, having a local host gives you the benefit of having someone who can recommended restaurants and key locations to see. This is invaluable because getting around in Japan is not always the easiest when you don't speak or read the language.  

Hotels at Incredibly Affordable Prices

Despite what you may think, the hotels in Kyoto are just as affordable and convenient as ryokans and Airbnb. Great hotels like the Kyoto Dai-Ni Tower Hotel can be had for close to $50 and the Royal Park Hotel The Kyoto for just over $70. Hotels in the area are well appointed, clean, and convenient.

Maximum Convenience Near the Train Station

Finding a budget hotel near the train station is your best bet when it comes to easy access to transportation and saving money. Find a place to stay by the train station, and once you step out, all you have to walk over instead of hailing a cab, which is quite expensive.  

Basing yourself near the station is also incredibly easy to get around to all the main destinations you want to get to in Kyoto. All the buses originate and terminate here which makes getting to where you want to go a cinch.  All subway lines also go through the station which adds to the convenience.

Must-see Sights in Kyoto

Kiyomizu Temple has brilliant views of the city down below and the blossoming maple and cherry trees. Near the main hall, you can also find Jishu Shrine, a three-storied pagoda, Okunoin Hall, and the Otawa Waterfall. To get to Kiyomizu, take Kyoto City Bus number 100 or 208 from Kyoto station. Get off at Gojo-zaka or Kiyomizu-michi bus stop and walk 10 minutes up the hill. The ride will take roughly 15 minutes and cost 230 yen.  

Then there's the Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion). Covered in gold, this zen temple used to be the retirement villa of the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu. The temple overlooks a large pond and is as impressive as it is extravagant. A visit includes a pleasant walk around the temple providing a ton of photo opportunities. There is also a garden, teahouse, and souvenir shops nearby. To get here, take Kyoto City Bus number 101 or 205 from Kyoto station. It will take about 40 minutes and 230 yen.  

If there's one castle you should see in Japan, it's got to be Nijo Castle. As another former residence to a shogun, the beautiful walls, gates, and interiors give you one of the last surviving examples of castle architecture of Japan's feudal era. Most impressive of all is how complete the grounds are, and unlike many other temples and palaces in Japan, admission also allows you to walk through the nightingale floors Ninomaru Palace which purposely squeak to guard against intruders. It's a treat to be able to enter in the audience room where only highest ranked visitors were allowed to be in during the Edo period. To get here, the Nijojo-mae subway station along the Tozai line is right at the entrance to the castle.   

Fushimi-Inari Shrine is perhaps the most photogenic of all sights in Kyoto.  Dedicated to the Inari, Shinto god of rice, you'll find the shrineguarded by foxes which are thought to be messengers for Inari. As soon as you start your path through the tunnel created out of housands of red torii gates, you're quickly transported to a scene straight out of the movie Memoirs of a Geisha. To get here, you will need to take a JR train from Kyoto Station south along the JR Nara Line to the JR Inari Station. This connection takes only five minutes and will cost 140 yen one way.  

Wherever you end up staying and visiting in Kyoto, you will be get real appreciation for the old Japanese way of life, ancient traditions, and encompassing culture. Book a place to stay that provides the comforts of home, and keeps you close to your preferred attractions.

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