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About Kyoto

Ancient capital, and Japan’s most famous cultural hotspot, Kyoto, is an enchanting contemporary destination. Home to thousands of temples, shrines and ancient landmarks dotted along cobblestone streets, this age-old city brims with wonders for heritage and art aficionados alike. Modern Kyoto, too, is fascinating, with its top-notch restaurants, designer shopping and trendy nightlife scene. Fuse both old and new with a stay at one of the best places to stay in Kyoto; you’ll find something for a whole host of tastes and budgets on our Gurus' list.

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Base yourself in downtown Kyoto for easy access to hip restaurants, cafés, galleries and museums, as well as the train and subway links which will enable you to criss-cross the city. There’s no shortage of temples and shrines in Kyoto, but Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Kinkakaku-ji and Ryoan-ji Temple are particular highlights. The neighbourhoods of Higashiyama and Gion — once the geisha district — are well worth exploring on foot or by bicycle with an expert guide. Pop into traditional teahouses, admire ryokan and Edo architecture, or peruse quirky antique shops before savouring kaiseki cuisine. Don’t miss the International Manga Museum, historic Nijo Castle, the Imperial Palace or the bustling, five-block Nishiki Market, either.

Venture to Kyoto’s western edge to experience laid-back Arashiyama, a quaint neighbourhood surrounded by mountains and trees. Some of the best places to stay in Kyoto are in this area — perfect for admiring the spring blossoms and the changing colours of the autumn leaves.

The Best Places to Stay in Kyoto

For Traditional Charm

  • Hiiragiya is one of Kyoto's best-loved ryokans. Run by the same family since 1818, it's top of the list for those looking to experience timeless Japanese style and the culture of staying in restful inns. Interiors reflect designs from the late Edo to Showa period. A classic.
  • Kyoto Garden Ryokan Yachiyo is a charming traditional property set in gorgeous Japanese gardens. A lovely hideaway in the city, the hotel offers classic rooms with tatami matting, futon beds and garden views. Intimate and tranquil, just moments from the historic Nanzen-ji Temple.
  • Yoshikawa is something of a Kyoto institution. Open for over 70 years, this little ryokan offers traditional rooms as well as an acclaimed tempura restaurant. For foodies eager to experience a classic stay.
  • Kanamean Nishitomiya offers traditional Japanese accommodation in seven guestrooms set in the heart of Kyoto. Relax in the garden with a drink and enjoy splendid half-board kaiseki cuisine. A wonderfully peaceful city spot.
  • Motonago Ryokan is an intimate historic house with rooms featuring futon beds and woven tatami flooring. The thirteen-part regional meals offer the perfect insight into Japanese cuisine. Small, well-located for cultural explorations, and offering larger rooms for groups.
  • Yoshida Sanso has just five guestrooms set within manicured Japanese gardens. Kaiseki dinners are excellent, there are temples within walking distance and the vibe is low-key and tranquil. Brilliant for couples seeking traditional charm.

For Families and Groups

  • 22 Pieces has suites which sleep up to five guests in the Minami Ward. Contemporary interiors offer self-catering facilities and simple, stylish furnishings. Hire bicycles to explore the city on two wheels. Appealingly affordable.
  • The Old Modern sleeps up to 14 guests, making it a great family or group choice. Located in Gion and bursting with history, this is an excellent spot for those looking to explore the geisha district on foot, and to benefit from the self-catering facilities of a private house.
  • The Reign Hotel is a stylish, affordable choice with a brilliant Danish restaurant. Families and groups will appreciate the reasonable rates and flexible room options. Expect minimalist, pared-back Scandinavian chic. Child-friendly and modern.
  • Share Hotels Rakuro prides itself on showcasing Japanese craftsmanship in rooms and shared spaces with lots of light wooden furnishings. Guests share access to a well-equipped kitchen, but there's also a lively cafe-bar. With generous suites for groups and families, this is an excellent city base for sociable travellers.
  • Hotel Imagine has large suites with extra beds for little ones, making it a great family choice. Interiors are bedecked in light wood, with white linens, low armchairs and a dreamlike-feel. Suites can accommodate up to six guests.

For Couples

  • Auberge Azabu offers an intimate bolthole for couples, with five guestrooms fusing traditional Japanese style with modern amenities. The buzzy French bistro — where dishes are paired with rare imported wines — is terrific. Very romantic.
  • The Root2 Hotel is ideal for a chic city break. The eight suites boast crisp white linens, brass accents, marble walls and jewel-like tiles in the big bathrooms. For hip, design-minded couples.
  • Indigo House is a classic 'machiya' townhouse in bustling Gion. Whilst the apartment sleeps four, it's really best as a cosy couples' hideaway. Expect traditional Japanese interiors, a spacious bedroom and easy access to the wonders of Gion, Kyoto's famous geisha district.
  • The Junei has seven luxurious suites, fusing Japanese design with contemporary comforts. Rooms feature a soothing colour palette, dining areas for in-room dinners and lovely garden views. Big tubs complete the romantic picture.
  • Nanzenji Sando Kikusui is a recently restored heritage hotel with just five suites. Expect slate and wooden accents, gorgeous views of the hotel gardens, and flavoursome cuisine in a restaurant headed by a Michelin-starred chef. Romantic luxury.
  • If you haven't found the perfect hotel on this list you might want to check out our Gurus' recommendations for romantic hotels n Kyoto?

For Luxury

  • The Ritz Carlton overlooks the Kamo River. Swish, spacious rooms frame verdant views, the walls are bedecked with traditional art and the rejuvenating spa awaits. A luxurious base for exploring central Kyoto in style before returning to the atmospheric bar and restaurants.
  • The Mitsui Kyoto offers understated elegance just moments from the UNESCO-listed Nijo Castle. Contemporary elements are complemented by tatami mat flooring, washi lights, and kimono textiles. Dine in two superb restaurants and kick back in the thermal spa.
  • The Four Seasons Kyoto promises a five-star stay in the heart of the historic city. Highlights include the sumptuous spa, sophisticated guestrooms with floor-to-ceiling windows, and the Michelin-starred Sushi Wakon Restaurant. Pure luxury.

For a Tranquil Escape

  • Hoshinoya Kyoto is a stunning riverside property set in a forest — which dramatically changes colour along with the seasons. Rooms feature paper screens, picture windows, Japanese mats and wooden baths. Dine on inventive regional dishes in a magical setting. A relaxing, luxurious spot, focusing on authentic experiences in nature.
  • Arashiyama Benkei is a beautiful traditional guesthouse with just ten light and airy rooms, all with tatami mats and garden views. The best have hot spring baths. The restaurant specialises in great regional cuisine and the Katsura River is moments away. River cruises come highly recommended. A soothing stay.
  • Suiran Hotel sits on the banks of the Katsura River on the outskirts of Kyoto. Expect swish interiors with forest views, private terraces with hot tubs and delectable cuisine in the waterside restaurant. A restful, indulgent choice.
  • Aman Kyoto is amongst the city's most luxurious hotels. Set to the north of Kyoto, in a forested area which has long inspired artists, the hotel reimagines classic ryokan design to create immensely indulgent, reflective spaces. Sink into Japanese cypress baths, take part in an ancient tea ceremony and unwind in minimalist bliss.


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  • Fly to Osaka's Kansai International Airport, an hour and 20 minutes from Kyoto by car or train. Alternatively, catch the fast train from Tokyo; you'll be in Kyoto in under three hours.
  • Kyoto is best navigated by public transport, but you may want to drive if you're exploring beyond the city itself. Contact our online partner Rentalcars if you would like to hire a car.
  • Travel during the summer, spring or early autumn, when temperatures range between 20 and 30°C degrees. The changing hues of the leaves in the city's gardens in spring and autumn are spectacular.



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Best Hotels in Kyoto

  • The Reign Hotel Kyoto (Minami ku Higashikujo Yanaginoshitacho 67-1) 51 rooms from £35

    Value chic  -  With stylish modern design and entry-level rooms starting below $50, this is a very reasonably priced stay
    Boutique  -  With just 51 rooms, sleek contemporary design, and Danish inspired cuisine this is a unique boutique stay
    Families  -  Luxury Deluxe Twin rooms (sleeping up to four) are good for families while kids will love the Loft Rooms
    Designer  -  Japan meets Scandinavia in this stylish minimalist hotel — a fresh option in Kyoto
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    A stylish contemporary boutique pitched at great value and offering something a little different to the traditional Kyoto hotels. Sleek rooms are minimalist with a Scandinavia-meets-Kyoto aesthetic. The popular Danish restaurant is worth booking for alone. A hip city base. See More

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  • Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Shijo Kyoto (Nishinotoin-dori, Shimogyo-ku) 278 rooms from £78

    Museums  -  Admire the expansive collection at the Kyoto International Manga Museum for a sense of modern Japanese culture
    Value chic  -  A stylish and affordable city pad, with simple, modern rooms in a good location
    Groups  -  Large rooms with multiple beds are perfect for group trips
    Cycling  -  Hire a hotel bicycle to explore the city on two wheels
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    A contemporary property located in the heart of Kyoto. Sophisticated rooms are minimalist in style with large windows, crisp white linen and soft hues. Indulgent Japanese meals are served in the restaurant and a public bath provides the ideal spot to unwind after a day exploring the city. See More

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  • Citadines Karasuma-Gojo Kyoto (Karasuma- Higashiiru Shimogyo-ku) 124 rooms from £80

    Local exploring  -  Boasting a central location with excellent transport links.
    Great walks  -  Take a stroll through the picturesque moss-covered garden of Saiho-ji, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    Sights nearby  -  Explore the many Buddhist temples in the city, some within walking distance.
    Local markets  -  Get lost in the bustling Nishiki Market and sample the wares.
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    Smart serviced apartments in the centre of the city. A selection of apartments sleep between two and five people. Decor is simple and clean; creams throughout with a functional layout, kitchens and city views. Breakfasts are served and and there's a communal lounge. Well located and priced. See More

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  • Rc Hotel Kyoto 10 rooms from £85

    City Style  -  A trendy and chic industrial conversion with incredible attention to detail and a unique style. Cool and aloof yet welcoming
    Value chic  -  Super-stylish interiors, a great location and very reasonable room rates
    Sights nearby  -  The Kiyomizu-dera Temple is literally right next door and is part of the Ancient Kyoto UNESCO World Heritage Site
    Views  -  The sloping roofs of the 46-meter tall pagoda, Hokanji Temple can be viewed from several of the guestroom windows
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    A superbly orchestrated industrial conversion in the heart of Kyoto. Every room sings with the careful consideration that went into its decor, with hand-selected art and traditional handicrafts doing a lot of the heavy lifting. The rooftop terrace and lobby lounge are popular hang outs. Very hip! See More

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  • Karasuma Kyoto Hotel Kyoto 238 rooms from £95

    Value chic  -  An affordable hotel choice for couples, groups of friends or families travelling together
    Close to nightlife  -  A 10-minute walk from downtown Shijo-Kawaramachi, which is brilliant for an evening out
    Local exploring  -  Within walking distance of both the downtown bustle and Nijo Castle
    Great walks  -  Stroll through the manicured gardens of Nijo Castle, or along the city's lively streets on a guided walking tour
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    A smart contemporary hotel boasting a very central location. Uniformly designed rooms are functional and light with modern en-suite bathrooms. Feast on Chinese or Japanese fare at the hotel's restaurants. Perfectly positioned for both business or sightseeing. See More

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  • Hotel Muso Kyoto 10 rooms from £108

    Local exploring  -  Located in the centre of Kyoto, close to many of the city's top sightseeing sites, including a collection of shrines and museums
    City Style  -  Smart, minimalist rooms with simple decor, modern furniture and whirlpool tubs to relax in after a day exploring the city
    Families  -  Space for up to 4 guests in the rooms, and each comes with the use of a kitchenette
    Local markets  -  Nishiki Market is less than a 10 minute walk from the hotel, and sells a collection of lcoal and traditional food products
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    A modern hotel in the centre of Kyoto. Simple rooms blend modernity with authentic Japanese style, neutral colours, spacious beds and sleek bathrooms. All rooms are self catering, and some benefit from a whirlpool tub. Perfectly suited for couples looking for a chic base to explore the city. See More

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  • Royal Park Hotel Kyoto (Nakagyo-ku) 172 rooms from £115

    Local exploring  -  Boasting excellent transport links with Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae Subway Station and Sanjo Keihan Station within walking distance
    City Style  -  A smart city hotel with monochromatic interiors - perfect for a business trip or chic city break
    Sights nearby  -  A 20-minute walk from Kyoto Imperial Palace, or a 10-minute bus ride from Nijo Castle
    Restaurant  -  Monsieur Ito serves Western dishes using local ingredients
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    A smart property in the heart of Kyoto, with light, airy rooms. Expansive suites have antique furniture, large beds and an elegant, monochrome feel. International dishes are served in the restaurant and massages can be arranged on request. Well-located for a chic business or leisure stay. See More

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  • Miru Kyoto Nishiki Kyoto 23 rooms from £92

    Romantic Break  -  With well-equipped rooms, a great location and attentive staff, book this hotel for your next romantic city break
    Local exploring  -  Set close to the vibrant shopping district surrounding Nishiki market, this hotel is great for Kyoto sightseeing
    City Style  -  With high-tech rooms and a smart city location, book this hotel for chic Kyoto style
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the beautiful Shoren-in Temple, located at the foot Kyoto's Higashiyama mountains
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    Classic machiyas style blends with modern Japanese hospitality at this chic hotel in downtown Kyoto. Guests can choose from traditional or Western-style rooms, all equipped with a free smartphone service and organic toiletries. Set close to Nishiki market, this hotel is a great base for sightseeing. See More

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  • BnA Alter Museum Kyoto 31 rooms from £122

    Artworks  -  As well as rooms designed by artists, the property hosts a vertical gallery showcasing the best contemporary Japanese art
    Local exploring  -  Situated in the centre of Kyoto, close to both cultural sites and bars and restaurants for night-life
    City Style  -  It's hard to beat this design-let boutique hotel/art gallery for a stylish cutting-edge stay
    Boutique  -  No two rooms are the same here. Expect the unexpected in the 31 artist designed guest rooms
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    A boutique hotel/art gallery hybrid in the centre of Kyoto. Each of its concept rooms is designed by one of fifteen emerging Japanese artists. Striking colours blend with comfortable furnishings to create a unique atmosphere, plus there's a 10 storey gallery showcasing Japanese contemporary art. See More

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  • Granbell Kyoto Kyoto (Yamatooji-dori) 105 rooms from £123

    Local exploring  -  Right in the heart of Higashiyama Ward, ideal for exploring the old town on foot and observing the shrines and ancient landmarks
    City Style  -  A perfect marraige between slick modern design and traditional Japanease ryokan features to create a wonderfully stylish hybrid
    Cycling  -  Rent a pair of bikes from the hotel and head off to explore this ancient and magnificent city
    Other Activities  -  The cool bar restaurant is a great spot to hang out, have a few drinks and enjoy yourself
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    A beautiful marriage between tradition and contemporary flare, in the heart of Kyoto's old city. The rooms are a perfect embodiment of this with their tatami floors, minimalist style and plush modern comforts. The lobby/bar is a cool spot for a drink and the restaurant offers excellent food. See More

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  • Hotel Nikko Princess Kyoto Kyoto (Higashi-iru Shimogyo-ku Kyoto-shi) 216 rooms from £128

    Local exploring  -  Well-placed for exploring the city, with nearby transport links, and easy access to the shopping and business districts
    Great walks  -  Take a stroll through the stunning Arashiyama area, especially beautiful during the cherry blossom season.
    Business meetings  -  Excellent facilities for business meeting and corporate events
    Other Activities  -  Join the hotel's Samurai school to hone your Kembu skills
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    The grand lobby sets the scene for this elegant property. Rooms are European in feel with large windows, pretty cornicing, crisp white linen and large luxurious bathrooms. Well positioned for exploring the city and the hotel also offers a number cultural excursions. An ideal city base. See More

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  • Kyoto Garden Ryokan Yachiyo Kyoto 17 rooms from £130

    Hideaway  -  A chic traditional property set in beautifully landscaped gardens and offering a quiet hideaway in the heart of the city
    Sights nearby  -  The historic Nanzen-ji Temple is just alongside the hotel; the Eikando and Heian Jingu Shrine are a short walk away
    Local markets  -  Discover the tastes of the region at Nishiki Market, best-visited first thing in the morning
    Local exploring  -  Just moments from some of the city's most impressive shrines; ideal for cultural explorers
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    A chic traditional property set in gorgeous Japanese gardens. Large floor-to-ceiling windows perfectly frame the views. Classically styled rooms feature tatami mat flooring, futon beds and the best have indulgent luxury bathrooms. A tranquil property, well located for exploring the historical city. See More

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  • Tassel Hotel Sanjo Shirakawa Kyoto 20 rooms from £130

    Local exploring  -  A great location for exploring some of Kyoto's highlights. You're right by several museums
    City Style  -  Chic modern interiors that'll satisy both Japanese and Western tastes
    Sights nearby  -  The gorgeous Heian-jingū Shrine is a short stroll from the hotel
    Views  -  Some rooms have river views
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    A sophisticated modern hotel on the banks of the Shirakawa river. Beautifully conceived spacious rooms come in Western and Japanese styles, some with tatami mat floors, all with crisp linens and gorgeous views. No restaurant but plenty close by. A chic central stay. See More

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  • Hotel Granvia, Kyoto Kyoto (Karasuma Chuo-guchi, Shiokoji-sagaru, Karasuma-dor) 536 rooms from £132

    Business meetings  -  Business travellers will appreciate the excellent amenities, meeting rooms and city views
    Learning  -  Delve into Kyoto's history in the Arashiyama area and at the Fushimi Inari Shrine
    Sights nearby  -  Just a 3-minute walk from Kyoto Tower, one of the city's top attractions
    City Style  -  A smart, modern choice for a city break with excellent amenities
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    A slick property boasting a central location next to Kyoto Station. Contemporary rooms feature floor to ceiling windows, crisp white linen, large modern bathrooms and epic city views. A choice selection of international restaurants and elegant bars. The perfect base for city exploring. See More

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  • Villa Sanjo Muromachi Kyoto from £132

    City Style  -  A beautufully comfortable and elegant city stay, just a few minutes walk from many of the city's attractions!
    Local exploring  -  The property is situated in the heart of Kyoto's Old Town, Gion. So you can walk to many attractions
    Local markets  -  10 minutes from Nishiki Market, Kyoto's famed foodie market where you can experience the city's gourmet reputation first hand
    Sights nearby  -  Just a few minutes walk away is Nijo-jo Castle, the only surviving castle with dozo earthen storehouses
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    An elegant hotel in the heart of the old town. Modern stylish rooms with Japanese and Western vibe boast crisp clean lines & indulgent en suites. Plus there's a gallery, lounge and varied breakfast spread. Exceptional service and proximity to Kyoto's best restaurants and sights set this place apart. See More

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  • Kyono Mori Yurinsha Kyoto (Shimogyo-ku) 6 rooms from £109

    Local exploring  -  With the city's main attractions close by, book this hotel as a base for your local sightseeing in Kyoto
    Romantic Break  -  The thoughtful extras at this hotel make it a special place to stay, perfect for a couples' getaway
    City Style  -  Set in the heart of Kyoto in a charming townhouse, book this hotel for chic city style
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the nearby Sanjusangen-do Temple, a Buddhist temple of the Tendai sect in the Higashiyama district of Kyoto
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    This cosy, family-run hotel is nestled in the centre of Kyoto. Stylish guestrooms feature crisp white linens set off against wooden floors with homely soft furnishings. Start the day in the bright and airy breakfast room with a hearty à la carte or American breakfast before sightseeing. See More

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  • Kyoto Hotel Okura Kyoto (Nakagyo-ku Kawaramachi-Oike) 322 rooms from £141

    Families  -  Family suites are brilliant for trips with little ones, as are a range of workshops and hotel-organised activities
    Designer Shopping  -  The nearby Shijo Kawaramachi district is filled with luxury stores, including the Takashimaya Department Store
    Business meetings  -  A business centre and various meeting or conference rooms are ideal for those travelling for work
    Great walks  -  Borrow one of the hotel's dedicated maps to visit nearby historic sites on foot
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    A grand hotel standing tall in central Kyoto. Rooms are classically designed with soft hues, large floor to ceiling windows and contemporary bathrooms. Elegant reception rooms of epic scale make for glamorous evenings and there's a choice selection of restaurants too. Ideal for travel or business. See More

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  • The Westin Miyako Hotel Kyoto (Higashiyama-ku) 499 rooms from £141

    Museums  -  Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art and the Museum of Traditional Crafts are just a few hundred metres away
    Romantic Break  -  Sumptuous suites and chic bars and restaurants make this a wonderfully romantic hotel choice
    Great walks  -  Don't miss the famed Philosopher's Walk, which begins just a few minutes from the hotel
    Business meetings  -  Generous event spaces are ideal for business meetings and conferences
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    A grand hotel nestled into a lush hillside overlooking the city. Smart rooms are simply dressed with large windows to enjoy the views, contemporary bathrooms and crisp white linen. An elegant restaurant serves up continental dishes. Well located to visit Kyoto's many attractions. See More

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  • Dhawa Yura Kyoto Kyoto 123 rooms from £142

    Local exploring  -  The hotel boasts a prime spot by the Kamo River and most of the city's highlights can be reached on foot
    Spa  -  Enjoy the eight pillars of relaxation in the 8lement spa, the first of its kind in Kyoto
    City Style  -  Chic and luxurious the property offers the best of modern East-meets-West styling
    Restaurant  -  Grill 54th offers delicious all day dining that celebrates the best local produce and Kyoto specialities
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    A smart hotel close to Kyoto's Kamo River in Sanjo. Luxurious rooms are designed to bring out the best of East-meets-West styling with muted palettes dotted with pops of vibrant colour. Plus there's a grill restaurant, atmospheric bar and fabulous 8lements spa. A fine base for local exploring. See More

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  • Share Hotels Rakuro Kyoto (Kyoto-shi) 56 rooms from £112

    Groups  -  Groups will appreciate the larger suites - with space for 4 - as well as the communal ethos in shared spaces
    Other Activities  -  Hotel-organised trips to a local Kyotoan craft workshop reflect the hotel's ethos andare not to be missed
    Yoga  -  Speak to the team about the latest yoga timetable for restorative and energising classes
    City Style  -  A cool modern property with a focus on local craftmanship and group gatherings
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    A chic contemporary offering in the heart of historic Kyoto. Minimalist rooms feature pale wooden furniture, floor-to-ceiling windows and crisp white linen. Downstairs, you'll find a shared kitchen and a fully-fledged café-bar. A lively space, well-suited to hip, design-conscious travellers. See More

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  • Node Kyoto Kyoto (Nakagyo-ku) 25 rooms from £118

    Artworks  -  The rooms and common areas function as a living gallery space, with works by top local and international artists on display
    Designer  -  Moody hues, plush fabrics, and contemporary artworks all set in an industrial style building. A very chic stay
    City Style  -  This is an achingly hip space which is as popular with those from the local art scene as it is travellers
    Bar  -  The capacious bar is the setting for a regular schedule of exhibitions plus chic events and openings
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    A hip boutique hotel with the feel of an art gallery with its large private collection of contemporary works. Rooms are simply styled with cool grey hues and pale wooden floors. The largest nine are fitted with bathtubs. Western fare is served in the restaurant while the bar is the place to be seen. See More

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  • Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto Kyoto (Higashi Horikawa-dori, Shimogyo-ku) 489 rooms from £153

    Designer Shopping  -  Kyoto Porta and Aeon Mall are just 6 minutes' walk from the hotel, offering shops galore
    Weddings  -  Expansive banquet halls make this a top spot for a large city wedding or celebration
    Foodies  -  Top of Kyoto offers panoramic city views and delectable French cuisine
    Other Activities  -  Families will love a fun day out at the Kyoto Aquarium
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    A sleek contemporary property located in the heart of Kyoto. Smart rooms are well proportioned and feature floor-to-ceiling windows, clean lines and luxury bathrooms. A restaurant, with a view, serves up continental buffet and A la carte options. A chic base for city exploring. See More

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  • Hotel Shikisai Kyoto 8 rooms from £155

    City Style  -  Choose between individuallly themed Western or Japanese style rooms, all equally spacious and well-appointed
    Local exploring  -  Nestled in the centre of Kyoto's busiest streets, boundless adventures await in the surrounding city
    Boutique  -  This is an eight room design hotel where you'll find an eclectic mixture of themes and styles
    Sights nearby  -  The Kunjyukan museum is just one of the nearby necessities for your trip to Kyoto
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    An eight room design hotel in the centre of Kyoto. Choose between four western style studios (each with a different theme) or four Japanese style suites. All are beautifully conceived and the best offer a well equipped kitchen. There's a charming salon for tea and rooftop garden for city views. See More

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  • La Viola Kyoto 12 rooms from £159

    Local exploring  -  Located in the centre of Kyoto, many of the city's sites and attractions are within walking distance
    Boutique  -  Rooms designed with sleek furnishings, chic decor and luxurious bathrooms
    Contemporary  -  Rooms feature modern furniture from up and coming Japanese brands
    Local markets  -  Head to Nishiki Market (25 minute walk) for the city's local food and goods, with 100 shops and restaurants to choose from
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    A contemporary boutique hotel in the centre of Kyoto. Twelve individually designed bedrooms feature modern furniture and chic decor from Japanese brands. There's a welcoming bar/lounge with terrace offering complimentary snacks and drinks 24/7! A smart city base. See More

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  • Motonago Ryokan Kyoto (Higashiyama-ku Kodaiji-dori Washio 511) 11 rooms from £163

    Other Activities  -  Take a guided tour through Gion to admire Edo architecture and to discover the history of the neighbourhood
    Great walks  -  Enjoy a stroll through the picturesque Maruyama Park - especially beautiful in the spring
    Groups  -  Larger rooms sleep up to four guests; ideal for groups of friends keen to travel together
    Local exploring  -  A traditional property within walking distance of some of Kyoto's main sights.
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    A charming traditional ryokan in an ancient part of Kyoto packed full of historical and religious sights. Authentic rooms feature tatami-mat flooring and futon beds; some rooms have space for families or groups. Thirteen-part regional meals offer a true Japanese experience. Laid-back and intimate. See More

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  • The Screen Kyoto 13 rooms from £184

    Boutique  -  The thirteen room have all been created by a different Japanese or International designer
    Weddings  -  The Screen has its own chapel with a view on the top floor!
    Restaurant  -  Bron Ronnery serves French style cuisine created from the finest Kyoto vegetables
    Sights nearby  -  Close to the Imperial Palace and downtown Kyoto
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    Gorgeously sleek & modern, The Screen offers contemporary design in a luxe setting with 13 rooms each with a different theme and style. Natural light streams throughout and amenities range from an exclusive day spa to a spacious communal lounge, French restaurant and champagne garden rooftop bar. See More

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  • Hotel The Celestine Kyoto Gion Kyoto (Higashioji-nishiiru, Yasaka-dori, Higashiyama-ku,) 157 rooms from £147

    Local exploring  -  Higashiyama Ward is a great choice for travellers interested in old town exploring, walking and ancient landmarks
    Great walks  -  Kamo River is only a six minute walk, a refreshing start to the day. With birds such as herons and Japanese wagtails
    Sights nearby  -  Many sights nearby, such as The Oldest Zen Temple, Maruyama Park and the Tower of Yasaka, a majestic landmark
    Restaurant  -  Serves Japanese cuisine including tempura and sushi
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    A stylish hotel set in the heart of Kyoto. Spacious interiors are that perfect combination of minimalist style with a nod to Japanese design. The restaurant serves delectable Japanese cuisine and the property boasts its own public bath in an idyllic garden setting. City perfection. See More

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  • The Thousand Kyoto 222 rooms from £192

    Local exploring  -  Excellent location in Central Kyoto close to many of the city's top sites, the neighbourhood is also known for great shopping
    Foodies  -  Innovative Italian cuisine is served at Scalae Restaurant, or enjoy seasonal, traditional kaiseki food courses at Kizahashi
    Contemporary  -  Trendy rooms with modern furniture and furnishings. Expect spacious beds, luxe linens and stylish artworks
    City Style  -  Modern, urban style rooms with grey colour tones, contemporary furniture and sleek decor
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    A contemporary hotel in the heart of Kyoto. Luxurious accommodations feature stylish interiors, sleek colour palettes, trendy decor and modern amenities. There is a range of delicious Japanese and Italian food, and a tranquil gym and spa with a selection of relaxing treatments. A chic city stay. See More

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  • Nagi Kyoto Shijo Kyoto 12 rooms from £209

    Contemporary  -  A mix of Japanese and Western style decor in the deluxe bedrooms, with dark colour palettes, sleek bathrooms and modern decor
    Local exploring  -  Ideally located in Central Kyoto to visit many of the city's top museums and sites, and there is a metro station close by
    City Style  -  Sleek, modern rooms with plush linens, spacious beds and luxe amenities ensure a smart city stay
    Local markets  -  Nishiki Market — a 10 minute walk away — is known as 'Kyoto's Kitchen' and offers an abundance of food products
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    A comfortable, contemporary hotel in the heart of Kyoto. Rooms boast elegant Japanese décor with Western-style influences, lounge area, spacious luxurious bathrooms and modern furnishings. Families can easily be accommodated. No restaurant, but in-room breakfasts can be ordered. A chic city stay. See More

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  • Solaria Nishitetsu Hotel Kyoto 200 rooms from £184

    Romantic Break  -  With comfortable suites, a charming restaurant and onsen baths, book this hotel for a couples' city break
    City Style  -  Located in the centre of Kyoto with a Japanese-style garden, this hotel has lots of local city charm
    Local exploring  -  Set in the heart of Kyoto, this hotel makes the perfect base for local sightseeing
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the Kiyomizudera Temple, a 15-minute drive from this hotel. The temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
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    This stylish city hotel overlooks the Kamogawa river in Kyoto. The smart guestrooms have screen-style headboards and dark wood accents, complemented by deep purple and blue soft furnishings. Soak in the hotel's open-air bath after exploring the Japanese gardens. See More

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  • 22 Pieces Kyoto (Minami-ku) 22 rooms from £192

    Families  -  With innovative suite layouts that can accommodate up to five people, this hotel is great for parents travelling with children
    Local exploring  -  With a central location and bike rental available to help you get around, book this hotel to maximise your local exploring
    City Style  -  With a stylish and modern hospitality concept, plus a great city location, book this hotel for contemporary Kyoto style
    Sights nearby  -  Walk to nearby Kyoto Tower and head to the top-floor observation deck for great city views
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    This chic hotel, located in the Minami Ward of Kyoto, offers guests the chance to select 22 Japanese products from their boutique to enrich their stay. The stylish and contemporary accommodation is perfect for families or a group stay, with multiple beds and self-catering facilities. See More

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  • Fauchon L'Hotel Kyoto 59 rooms from £247

    Local exploring  -  Embrace the cultural tapestry of Kyoto, stepping out from a haven of French-Japanese luxury to explore ancient streets & temples
    City Style  -  Savor the fusion of French flair and Japanese elegance in the Fauchon, plus unique gourmet dining and luxurious spa treatments
    Restaurant  -  Capture sunset views over Kyoto's mountains from Le Grand Café, enjoying exquisite Parisian cuisine with a Japanese edge
    Sights nearby  -  Explore Kyoto's historic Gion district, a short walk away, for an authentic immersion in geisha culture
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    Fauchon L'Hotel is the pinnacle of pink-hued luxury in the heart of Kyoto. French gourmet meets Japanese sophistication in opulent decor, where magenta and gold sit alongside bamboo and washi paper. With rooftop bars and macaroons galore, indulgence is the word that springs to mind. See More

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  • Hyatt Regency Kyoto Kyoto (Higashiyama-ku) 187 rooms from £256

    Total relaxation  -  Riraku Spa offers shiatsu, acupuncture, aromatherapy and more: perfect for relaxation
    City Style  -  A glamorous property with fabulous service right in the heart of Kyoto
    Yoga  -  Relaxation-focused yoga classes are a wonderful way to unwind
    Cycling  -  Hire a hotel bike to explore the city on two wheels
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    A chic luxury property set in pretty Japanese gardens in central Kyoto. Contemporary rooms are simply styled with pop-art, crisp white linen, large windows and indulgent bathrooms. Boasting three exemplary restaurants and a spoiling spa making this a tough one to beat. See More

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  • Yasaka Yutone Kyokoyado Kyoto 7 rooms from £269

    Total relaxation  -  Yasaka Yutone Kyokoyado features rooms with a deep private cypress wood bath for pampering soaks
    City Style  -  A smart property which manages to combine both Western and Japanese styles and comforts
    Local exploring  -  Kōdai-ji Temple and Ryoma's Tomb are a short stroll from the hotel
    Restaurant  -  Enjoy seasonal Japanese dishes prepared with carefully selected locally sourced ingredients. You need to book in advance
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    A seven room traditional machiya townhouse in the centre of historic Kyoto. Authentically styled rooms combine Western modern comforts with tatami mat floors and deep cypress wood baths for pampering soaks. Book ahead for delicious local kaiseki cuisine. A charming ryokan experience. See More

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  • Yoshikawa Kyoto (Nakagyo-ku) 8 rooms from £215

    Foodies  -  The hotel is home to a celebrated tempura restaurant which attracts visitors from near and far - great news for foodies
    City Style  -  With elegant, Japanese-style guestrooms and a central city location, book this hotel for classic Kyoto charm
    Local exploring  -  With the city's main attractions located close by, book this hotel as a base for local sightseeing in Kyoto
    Sights nearby  -  Spend an afternoon exploring Nara, the ancient capital of Japan, with its freely roaming herds of deer and spectacular temples
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    This hotel is located in the heart of Kyoto, close to the Imperial Palace. Opened over seventy years ago, the hotel is something of a local institution; recently renovated, it now offers bright, Japanese-style guestrooms and extensive spa facilities, in addition to an excellent tempura restaurant. See More

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  • Kanamean Nishitomiya Kyoto (Rokaku Sagaru Nakagyo-ku) 7 rooms from £276

    Romantic Break  -  Lovely accommodation, a quiet atmosphere and excellent cuisine-perfect for a romantic getaway
    Great walks  -  Meander through the city's streets on an expert-led guided tour focusing on food or history
    Museums  -  Visit the fascinating Kyoto National Museum or Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum
    Foodies  -  A foodie favourite, this intimate inn has a Michelin-starred restaurant
    Recommended by  -  Relais & Chateaux

    Located in the heart of Kyoto, Kanamean Nishitomiya offers traditional Japanese accommodation-think tatami woven-straw flooring and futon bedding. Relax in the garden with a drink and enjoy splendid half-board kaiseki cuisine! A wonderfully charming and incredibly peaceful city spot. See More

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  • Ryokan Mugen Kyoto (Kamigyo-ku) 5 rooms from £221

    Wildlife Area  -  Take a day trip to the bamboo forest in Arashiyama, a nationally designated Historic Site and Place of Scenic Beauty
    Romantic Break  -  With well-appointed guestrooms and a charming bar, this hotel is a great hideaway for a romantic break
    Great walks  -  Discover Kyoto on foot with a long city walk, stopping at the beautiful Seimei Shrine on the way
    City Style  -  Set in the heart of Kyoto in a heritage property, this hotel has lots of local city charm
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    This heritage ryokan is located in Kyoto, Japan. Built over 160 years ago, the hotel has undergone a recent renovation and offers Japanese-style and Western guestrooms with contemporary artwork and traditional indoor clothing. Enjoy drinks in the cosy hotel lounge after sightseeing. See More

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  • Hoshinoya Kyoto Kyoto (Nishikyo-ku Kyoto-shi) 25 rooms from £315

    Great walks  -  Strolls through the colourful forest and along the Oi River in spring or autumn are particularly lovely
    Total relaxation  -  A tranquil riverside property situated in stunning leafy countryside
    Spa breaks  -  Experience spa treatments based on the practices of Zen Buddhism
    Sailing  -  Enjoy a romantic river cruise in a traditional boat at dawn

    A stunning riverside property set in thick forest that dramatically changes colour along with the seasons. Traditional rooms include paper screens, picture windows and Japanese mats; the larger rooms have wooden baths. Dine on inventive regional dishes in a superb setting. The perfect rural escape. See More

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  • Kyomachiya Hotel Shiki Juraku Kyoto 10 rooms from £251

    City Style  -  Kamigyo Ward is a great choice for travellers interested in walking, city walks and architecture
    Local exploring  -  Offering a central location, with the Imperial Palace just 900m away
    Great walks  -  A desirable central location, with beautiful walks around the Imperial Palace and its surrrounding gardens, temples and shrines
    Sights nearby  -  Imperial Palace and Nijo Castle are just 900 m from the hotel
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    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    Ten traditional machiya townhouses boasting wonderfully luxurious interiors set within the complex of Kyoto Imperial Palace West. Rooms are light, spacious and decorated with that appealing Japanese minimalist style. A calm base just minutes from the city's main sights. See More

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  • The Gion House (upper level) Kyoto (Higashiyama Ward) 2 rooms from £251

    Families  -  A small self-catering property with just two rooms, this is an ideal choice for families seeking a private stay
    Hideaway  -  Also a romantic spot for design-minded couples looking for a private space of their own in the city
    Sights nearby  -  A visit to the iconic Fushimi Inari-Taisha shrine is a must on any visit to Kyoto
    Other Activities  -  Participate in a tea ceromony, the roots of which lie in Zen Buddhism
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    A traditional wooden 'machiya' set in the geisha quarters of Gion. having undergone a full renovation by renowned Kyoto-based architect Geoffrey Moussas the small property is a chic, yet authentic, holiday home. Featuring just two rooms it's an ideal base for families or groups. See More

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  • The Gion House (lower level) Kyoto (Higashiyama Ward) 2 rooms from £251

    Families  -  Offering just two rooms this is the perfect place to rent out as a family when looking for a little privacy
    Local markets  -  Head to the bustling Nishiki market and sample local dishes before shopping for local crafts and textiles
    Great walks  -  Walk along Philosopher's Path, a tranquil route designed for meditation
    Sights nearby  -  Kyoto is home to some of Japan's most spectacular temples
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    A 100-year old wooden machiya house set in the historic geisha area. Featuring just two bedrooms; one with traditional tatami mat floors and a futon bed and the other western-styled. With a fully equipped kitchen and living room, this is the ideal spot for families or friends to hire exclusively. See More

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  • eph Kyoto Kyoto (Minami-ku) 19 rooms from £260

    Romantic Break  -  With chic suites, attentive service and excellent breakfast, this hotel makes a great option for a romantic city break
    City Style  -  With boutique interiors inspired by traditional Japanese design, book this hotel for contemporary Kyoto style
    Local exploring  -  Set steps away from many of Kyoto's top attractions, book this hotel as a smart base for local sightseeing
    Great walks  -  Discover downtown Kyoto on foot with a long city walk; stop at the Kyoto Tower on the way for great views from the top
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    This boutique hotel is nestled behind an almost indiscernible doorway in the Minami Ward of Kyoto. Interiors feature modern architecture inspired by traditional Japanese design, from the lobby bamboo lightbox to the suites' sakura ceilings. Start the day with a gourmet breakfast before sightseeing. See More

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  • The Junei Kyoto 8 rooms from £261

    Honeymoons  -  A romantic honeymoon choice, complete with big cosy beds and impressive bathtubs for long soaks
    Families  -  The rooms can easily accommodate four adults and two children, so ideal for family groups
    Cycling  -  Hop aboard one of the hotel's bicycles to explore historic Kyoto at your own pace
    Other Activities  -  Experience a traditional Japanese tea ceremony in a beautiful setting
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    Comprising of just seven suites, this boutique property offers a luxurious and intimate stay in the heart of the city. The spacious modern rooms' design is inspired by traditional Japanese style. Regional dishes are served in the customary way (in-room) and each suite has a large spa bath. See More

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  • Ace Hotel Kyoto Kyoto (Nakagyo-ku) 213 rooms from £262

    Designer  -  Fully renovated in safe hands by Kengo Kuma and Associates plus long-time Ace collaborators LA-Based Commune Design
    Local exploring  -  Centrally located on Karasuma Street surrounded by chic boutiques, restaurants, and centuries-old miso stores
    Landmark  -  Set in a landmark 1926 building by modernist master Tetsuro Yoshida
    Local markets  -  A visit to the historic Nishiki Market is a must, filled with popular food and local crafts stalls
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    Old meets new in this trendy Ace Hotel offering set in central Kyoto. The landmark brick building has been artfully updated mixing traditional Japanese design with retro-inspired American style. With a hipster cafe, three restaurants, bikes on offer & a rooftop bar — this is an undeniably cool stay. See More

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  • Hotel Imagine Kyoto (Kitakarasuma-cho) 13 rooms from £265

    Families  -  With family suites available that can accommodate up to six people, this hotel is great for parents travelling with children
    Local exploring  -  Set within walking distance of Kyoto Station, this hotel is perfectly placed for local sightseeing in and around the city
    City Style  -  With contemporary interiors and a central location, book this hotel for chic Kyoto style
    Great walks  -  Explore the area on foot with a city walk; stop at the Kyoto Tower for great views from the top-floor observation deck
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    This contemporary hotel is located in the Minami Ward of Kyoto. Smart guestrooms blend Japanese custom with modern style, featuring traditional futon beds on raised wooden platforms and tatami seating areas with low armchairs. The spacious suites make this hotel perfect for a family stay. See More

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  • The Root2 Hotel Kyoto (Minamiku) 8 rooms from £272

    Romantic Break  -  With romantic suites, an excellent restaurant and attentive staff, book this hotel for a couples' city break
    Foodies  -  The hotel restaurant serves contemporary, international cuisine and is a great spot for foodies
    City Style  -  With lavish interiors and a central city location, book this hotel for luxury Kyoto style
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the neighbouring Toji Temple, a historic Buddhist temple with a 5-story wooden pagoda and sculptures of deities
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    This opulent boutique hotel is located in the heart of Kyoto. Indulgent guestrooms have marble walls and crisp, white linens, set off by brass accents and selected design pieces. All suites come with a complimentary iPad for guest use, one of many thoughtful touches that make this hotel stand out. See More

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  • Amber House Gion Kyoto 2 rooms from £279

    Local exploring  -  Well placed in the heart of the city with many of the attractions within walking distance
    Families  -  With just two rooms this is an ideal property to rent out in its entirety
    Sights nearby  -  Take a walk around the nearby gardens of Kenninji, the oldest Zen temple in Japan
    Great walks  -  Explore the streets of Gion the famed geisha area of Kyoto

    A charming renovated machiya house set on a quiet street in Old Gion. The house has two rooms which have both been beautifully restored keeping the building's traditional style yet with all the contemporary luxuries. Featuring a fully equipped kitchen this is an ideal house to rent in its entirety. See More

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  • Momijiya Annex Kyoto 8 rooms from £362

    Back to Nature  -  A restorative retreat surrounded by mature trees, and banked by the rushing Kiyotakigawa river.
    Sights nearby  -  Just a few minutes walk from Saimyo-ji Temple and ten minutes from Kozan-ji Temple
    Great walks  -  There are several excellent trails from right outside the door
    Restaurant  -  Serving delicious, seasonal and traditional dishes
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    A traditional Ryokan on the outskirts of Kyoto. Japanese style rooms offer simple interiors, embellished by private balconies (with outdoor tubs) overlooking the tree-lined banks of the Kiyotakigawa River. The restaurant serves fabulous local cuisine on a picturesque outdoor deck. A rare find. See More

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  • Kyoto Shijo Takakura Hotel Kyoto (Shijyosagaru) 16 rooms from £300

    Local exploring  -  Set steps from Kyoto's main attractions, this hotel makes an ideal base for sightseeing in the city
    Romantic Break  -  With stylish suites and attentive service, this hotel is a great city hideaway for a romantic break
    City Style  -  With boutique interiors and an unbeatable location, book this hotel for sleek Kyoto charm
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the Yasaka Shrine, the grand head shrine of all Gion shrines in Japan and one of the most popular sightseeing destinations
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    This boutique city bolt-hole is located in the vibrant Shijo Karasuma district of Kyoto. In the elegant lobby, Venetian-style mosaics recall the rich colours of Edo-period Japanese painting. Guestrooms similarly blend heritage inspirations with contemporary comforts for a stylish stay. See More

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  • Auberge AZABU Kyoto (Shimogyo-ku) 5 rooms from £300

    Local exploring  -  Set in the heart of bustling Kyoto, 15 minutes' walk from the main station, book this hotel as a base for your local sightseeing
    Foodies  -  The hotel runs a charming French bistro restaurant, making it a great option for foodies who like fusion cuisine
    Romantic Break  -  With stylish guestrooms and a pretty Japanese garden, book this hotel as a romantic city bolt-hole
    Great walks  -  Explore downtown Kyoto on a long city walk, stopping in at the Kyoto Tower to enjoy great views from the observation deck
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    This traditional townhouse in Kyoto has been converted into a contemporary boutique hotel, offering guestrooms which blend Oriental and Western styles. Futon beds and sliding paper screens nod to local custom, while the hotel's bistro restaurant highlights European influences. See More

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  • Marufukuro Kyoto (Shimogyo-ku) 18 rooms from £308

    City Style  -  Chic interiors from renowned designer Tadao Ando feature clean lines and subtle colour scheme and lots of original artworks
    Local exploring  -  Close to Sanjusangen-do and Kiyomizu-dera temples. The rest of the city's highlights are easily accessible
    Sights nearby  -  Don't miss Kinkaku-ji temple, a really special golden pavilion just outside the city
    Views  -  View of Higashiyama with its temples can be seen from guest rooms on the 3rd floor
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    Stylish hotel near Kyoto centre, formerly Nintendo HQ. Beautifully designed, minimalist rooms in the Annex, with a more traditional feel in the original building. Common areas cleverly mix vintage & contemporary furniture and plenty of original artworks. A chic city base with an interesting history. See More

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  • Hotel Kanra Kyoto (Shimogyo-ku) 68 rooms from £317

    Romantic Break  -  The Machiya-style rooms induce a sense of tranquility, making this hotel a restful romantic holiday
    City Style  -  With custom-designed interiors and a central location, this hotel has lots of local Kyoto style
    Local exploring  -  Set on a busy street in the heart of Kyoto, this hotel is ideally placed for local exploring
    Great walks  -  Go walking in the beautiful bamboo grove at Arashiyama, a site of natural beauty on the outskirts of Kyoto
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    This stylish hotel is located in the heart of Kyoto. Interiors feature a contemporary take on the city's traditional construction technique, with areas zoned by raised wooden platforms with tatami flooring and terrace cypress tubs. Unwind at the Kanra Spa after a day out sightseeing. See More

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  • Yoshida Sanso Kyoto (Sakyo-ku Kyoto-shi) 5 rooms from £425

    Hideaway  -  A tranquil ryokan set in beautifully manicured gardens that make it hard to believe it's actually in the middle of the city.
    Local exploring  -  Walking distance from a number of shrines and temples.
    Sights nearby  -  Walking distance from Ginkaku-ji temple and Philosopher’s Walk.
    Local markets  -  Feast on the regions' produce at Nishiki Market.
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    A traditional ryokan nestled in beautifully manicured gardens. Comprising of just five Japanese styled rooms. Experience Kyoto-style kaiseki dinners (made up of many courses), wander to nearby temples or simply unwind in the gardens with a good book. A blissful escape from the bustling city. See More

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  • Arashiyama Benkei Kyoto (Sagatenryūji Susukinobabachō) 10 rooms from £488

    Local exploring  -  A chic traditional property, set in pretty gardens and with good connecting links to the city.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the Tenryuji Temple marked as a World Heritage Site.
    Full of character
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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    A beautifully designed traditional guesthouse comprising of just 10 rooms. Light and airy rooms feature tatami mats, garden views and the best have hot spring baths. Regional cuisine is served up in the restaurant. Ideally located for a tranquil stay yet with easy access to the city. See More

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  • Ritz Carlton Kyoto 117 rooms from £500

    City Style  -  A luxury property boasting a glorious spa, atmospheric bar and top-notch restaurants
    Honeymoons  -  A sumptuous choice for well-heeled couples dreaming of a honeymoon in the city
    Views  -  Set alongside the Kamogawa River, offering superb city views
    Sights nearby  -  Make a trip to see the 15th century Ginkaku-ji temple.
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    A chic property perfectly mixing traditional Japanese style with contemporary luxuries. Boasting a central location overlooking the river. Rooms are spacious and comfortable with windows framing the lush views, bonsai plants, modern bathrooms and traditional art. Ideal for exploring the city. See More

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  • Muni Kyoto Kyoto 21 rooms from £515

    Foodies  -  Savor exquisite French cuisine with a Kyoto twist, masterfully crafted by Chef Ducasse, in a serene riverside setting
    Country Escape  -  Admire the unique and colorful Arashiyama Kimono Forest, especially enchanting during its illuminated night display
    Sights nearby  -  Experience tranquility amidst the towering bamboo at the famous Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, a lush, green retreat
    Total relaxation  -  Unwind in elegant tranquility, where nature's embrace meets luxurious comfort and world-class dining
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    A luxury retreat on the banks of the Oigawa River which blends modern elegance with traditional Japanese hospitality. Featuring chic, minimalist interiors, Alain Ducasse dining, and serene spa experiences, it's a tranquil haven amidst nature's beauty, perfect for an immersive Kyoto experience. See More

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  • Indigo House Kyoto 4 rooms from £427

    Groups  -  The house has 4 rooms (split between 2 apartments) and sleeps up to 8 people making this ideal to rent out in its entirety
    Sights nearby  -  Visit nearby Kenninji Temple, visible from the master bedrooms, and understand how monks traditionally live
    Architectural  -  Built in the 1900s, the house was extensively restored in 2015 by renowned architect Geoffrey Moussas
    Local exploring  -  Ideally located for exploring this historic area of Kyoto

    A charming 'machiya' style townhouse offering contemporary luxuries in a traditional setting. Two of the rooms feature traditional tatami matting, while the others are more Western in their design. Offering a fully-equipped modern kitchen, this is an ideal choice for families or groups. See More

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  • Suiran Hotel Kyoto (Saga-Tenryuji) 39 rooms from £547

    Great walks  -  Wander through the beautoful Saganoo Bamboo forest or take a leisurely stroll around the city's streets
    Foodies  -  Enjoy a fusion of traditional Japanese kaiseki and French cuisine at the wonderful restaurant
    Learning  -  Delve into old Japanese court life at the Shigureden Museum
    Back to Nature  -  Suiran Hotel boasts a stunningly tranquil location
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    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith

    The luxurious Suiran Hotel is situated along the banks of the Katsura River in the outskirts of Kyoto. The property offers chic designer accommodation and boasts its own lush garden: perfect for relaxing with a drink. Exquisite cuisine served at the restaurant! An indulgent stay in a stunning spot. See More

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  • Nazuna Kyoto Gosho Kyoto (Nakagyo ku) 7 rooms from £467

    Romantic Break  -  With a romantic Kura bath available for guest reservation, choose this hotel for your next couples' city break
    Local exploring  -  Set just steps away from Kyoto's top attractions, this hotel is the perfect base for local sightseeing
    City Style  -  With stylish, contemporary interiors and an unbeatable location, book this hotel for sleek city charm
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the historic temple complex at Nishi-Honganji, now listed as a UNESCO world heritage site
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    This chic ryokan is nestled close to the Imperial Palace in Kyoto. The hotel is themed around 'Wagashi', traditional Japanese confectionary. The stylish guestrooms feature sliding screens and a blend of wood, wicker and tatami accents. Unwind in the secret Japanese garden after sightseeing. See More

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  • Sowaka Hotel Kyoto (Higashiyama-ku) 23 rooms from £467

    Romantic Break  -  The tranquil atmosphere at this contemporary Japanese hotel is perfect for a couples' getaway; book a relaxing in-room massage
    Foodies  -  A great choice for foodies, with onsite restaurant La BOMBANCE overseen by a Michelin-starred chef
    City Style  -  Set in a historic neighbourhood in Kyoto, this hotel has reams of luxury local city charm
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the beautiful, nearby Kodaiji Temple, located a few minutes' walk from this hotel
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    This stylish hotel is located in Kyoto's charming Gion neighbourhood. Guestrooms blend classic Japanese design with a contemporary inflexion, with sliding doors opening onto the hotel's verdant inner courtyard. Dine at the award-winning restaurant to complete the experience. See More

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  • Roku Kyoto Kyoto (Kita Ward) 114 rooms from £619

    Spa breaks  -  Indulge in a spa retreat with riverside stone massages and onsen pools, surrounded by Takagamine's tranquility
    Families  -  Family fun awaits with treasure hunts and cultural workshops set amidst Kyoto's serene mountains
    Foodies  -  Delight in Chef’s Table cuisine, where French flair meets Kyoto's seasonal bounty
    Swimming Pool  -  Kyoto's only natural thermal pool
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    A chic sanctuary in Kyoto's mountain foothills, where contemporary luxury meets serene natural beauty. Inside, modern Japanese design creates a calm, stylish vibe. With a spa, exquisite dining & cultural workshops, it's a haven for the senses. A blend of elegance, comfort & cultural immersion See More

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  • Hiiragiya Kyoto 28 rooms from £521

    Local exploring  -  Just a street away from the main thoroughfare in Kyoto meaning many of the temples and main attractions are just a stroll away
    Intimate  -  This may be in the heart of the city but it feels a million miles away, with large peaceful rooms and a lovely garden
    Historic  -  An ancient ryokan that has been run by the same family for six generations
    Sights nearby  -  The Imperial Palace and Nijo Castle are within walking distance from the hotel

    An ancient ryokan set in the heart of Kyoto offering personal service and an authentic experience. Rooms are traditional with tatami mats, creaky floors, and Cypress tubs. In-room kaiseki meals are served and breakfasts are a decadent affair. A perfect hideaway yet just steps from the sights. See More

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  • Shinsho-an Kyoto (Sakyo Ward) 4 rooms from £928

    City Style  -  Immerse in Kyoto's soul, steps from iconic shrines, with serene garden views and artisanal kaiseki
    Romantic Break  -  Indulge in intimate luxury, with private onsen terraces and seasonal cuisine, perfect for two
    Foodies  -  Savour Kyoto's kaiseki, a chef's-choice feast, at Shinsho-an's revered restaurant
    Great walks  -  Discover Zen at Nanzen-ji, a temple blending majestic gates with serene gardens
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    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith

    An exclusive boutique gem in Kyoto's serene Okazaki neighborhood. Inside, shoji screens & minimalist design marry with the tranquility of a Japanese garden. With just 4 rooms, it boasts an exclusive restaurant famed for its kaiseki cuisine. It's Kyoto's hidden sanctuary for the discerning traveler. See More

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  • The Old Modern Kyoto 4 rooms from £761

    Groups  -  The house sleeps up to 14 and is ideal for groups seeking a private city stay
    Hideaway  -  A design-led hideaway for couples or groups in Kyoto, brimming with history
    Museums  -  Just a few minutes' awalk from the excellent Kyoto National Museum
    Sights nearby  -  The nearby Kiyomizu Temple is a must-see for culture aficionados

    A spacious house offering modern luxuries in a historic setting. Well-proportioned rooms feature parquet flooring, goose-down duvets and Nespresso machines but the look is still traditional and clean. The central garden and library are ideal spots to unwind after a day's sightseeing. Very chic. See More

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  • Nanzenji Sando Kikusui Kyoto (Sakyo-ku) 5 rooms from £869

    Romantic Break  -  At just five guestrooms, this boutique hotel is ideal for a tranquil romantic break close to beautiful nature spots
    Local exploring  -  The hotel is located in a mountainous area great for hiking, with a temple and native monkeys to explore nearby
    Foodies  -  Foodies can enjoy exceptional Japanese and Japanese-styled French cuisine at the hotel restaurant
    Great walks  -  Take a long walk through Kyoto city centre and discover sights like the Kyoto Imperial Palace on the way
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    This heritage hotel is located in Kyoto. After a complete renovation, the property now offers warm, inviting guestrooms with slate and wood accents plus views onto the beautiful Japanese garden from a cosy terrace. Dine at the acclaimed restaurant, run by a Michelin-starred chef. See More

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  • The Shinmonzen Kyoto (Higashiyama-ku) 9 rooms from £888

    Designer  -  Offering the simplicity of a Ryokan with renowned art works and chic European touches — making this anything but traditional
    Local exploring  -  Gion district is famous for its geisha teahouses, atmospheric narrow lanes, hidden temples and traditional wooden architecture
    Foodies  -  Famed French chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten runs the show here offering Kyoto cuisine with a distinctly modern French touch
    Artworks  -  The property has some big hitters including Damien Hirst, Louise Bourgeois and Hiroshi Sugimoto
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    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith

    Behind its traditional machiya-style façade, lies a contemporary ryokan made for design-lovers. Interiors are styled on a traditional ryokan with chic minimalism, tatami mat flooring, and sharp lines but there are also renowned artworks (think Damien Hirst) and plenty of modern touches. Very chic. See More

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  • The Mitsui Kyoto Kyoto (Aburano-koji St. Nijo-sagaru,) 161 rooms from £990

    Romantic Break  -  For a romantic stay book one of the two Onsen Suites which come complete with private outdoor onsens
    Designer  -  An elegant hotel whose sleek contemporary design is rooted in Kyoto heritage
    Historic  -  Well positioned on a historic site just opposite Nijo Castle
    Sights nearby  -  Visit Nijo Castle, the 17th-century Unesco World Heritage site located just across wide Horikawa-dori street
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    An elegant luxury hotel with a fabulous location set by the UNESCO heritage site, Nijo Castle. While the design is undeniably contemporary there is a traditional feel from tatami mat flooring, washi lights, and kimono textiles. With a thermal spa and two good restaurants, this is an indulgent stay. See More

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  • Aman Kyoto Kyoto (Kita-ku) 26 rooms from £1251

    Romantic Break  -  With luxurious suites, romantic restaurants and a sleek wellness centre, book this hotel for an unforgettable couples' getaway
    Spa breaks  -  Book this hotel for a unique spa break and bathe in the naturally occurring hot springs in the forest, enriched in minerals
    Back to Nature  -  Nestled in a native forest in the north of Kyoto, this hotel feels like a peaceful retreat to nature
    Sailing  -  Travel along with the rapids of the Hozugawa river by boat from Tanba-Kameoka to Arashiyama
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    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith

    This luxury Kyoto hotel is nestled within a mythical forest with natural hot springs. Suites offer guests proximity to the natural environment, located in pavilions with floor-to-ceiling windows, wooden screens and tatami mats. Book a private dinner in the forest for a romantic evening. See More

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  • Park Hyatt Kyoto Kyoto (Higashiyama-ku) 70 rooms from £1259

    Local exploring  -  Set in the historic Higashiyama district it is surrounded by old wooden machiya townhouses, temples, tea shops and shrines
    Contemporary  -  A chic modern take on Japanese architecture with minimalist interiors, ash wood, clean lines, and large expanses of glass
    Views  -  Floor to ceiling windows offer fabulous views across the city's skyline
    Intimate  -  For a Hyatt, this is an intimate stay with just 70 rooms
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    A chic contemporary hotel set in the heart of historic Higashiyama district. Spacious rooms and suites are a fresh take on traditional design using plenty of glass, ash wood, and local artwork. A small spa offers Kyoto-inspired therapies and there are three standout restaurants too. Luxury defined. See More

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  • Four Seasons Kyoto Kyoto (HIGASHIYAMA-KU) 123 rooms from £1411

    City Style  -  With service as good as its facilities plus some very chic design this is a city spot that's hard to beat
    Spa breaks  -  Experience Japanese wellness treatments at their best in the utterly spoiling spa
    Foodies  -  The Michelin starred Sushi Wakon Restaurant should not be missed.
    Sights nearby  -  Walk to popular attractions such as Kiyomizu-dera, Kodaiji and the Chion-in temple
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    A five-star luxury experience right in the heart of historic Kyoto. Set in tranquil gardens the interiors perfectly mix the old and the new. Spacious rooms benefit from floor to ceiling windows offering plenty of light. The spa is a destination in its own right and mustn't be missed! See More

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