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Kyoto lets you back into the world of old Japan, of its religion and royalty and commerce and nightlife. Gion’s streets beckon welcomingly after a day of gazing in awe at the time and positive energy funnelled into the construction and upkeep of Kyoto’s thousands of temples and shrines, proving there is still a lot of life in this beautiful old girl yet. Once a place of geisha silks, parks carefully laid out to reflect the seasons, narrow cobbled streets and wooden dwellings, and classically beautiful art and writing, these things remain but are kept aside like museum pieces rather than part of the regular cycle of life.

Our pick of the best places to stay in Kyoto are ideally placed for exploring this fascinating city, with the majority being centrally located and easily accessible to Kyoto's highlights.

Downtown Kyoto is convenient for the city’s restaurants and boutiques, for the train station and the subway station and you’re within walking distance of both Southern and Northern Higashiyama, which is where you’ll find many of the most beautiful and famous temples and sights. Southern Higashiyama is also a good choice, especially if you want to be close to Gion, and if you’re looking for somewhere a bit more traditional and atmospheric to stay. Greener and more residential, Northern Higashiyama has fewer choices when it comes to hotels, but there are a few ryokan and guesthouses.

There’s a lot of accommodation around Kyoto Station, which is great for when you arrive, and for travelling outside of Kyoto, but it’s not quite as good for local sightseeing. And if you don’t fancy staying within the city then Arashiyama, with its wonderful green gardens and river, and mountain, views, might be perfect. This is also where you’ll find some of the best places to stay in Kyoto.

What Not To Miss

  • Visit the Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, built to honour Inari, the Shinto God of rice. The shrine has spectacular Tori Gates that visitors can stroll through - and if you're feeling active, the climb to the summit rewards with dramatic views. A sign of the Shrine's popularity is how busy it gets, so visitors are advised to get there early in the morning.
  • For a wonderfully tranquil experience, visit the Kinkakuji Temple. Known as the Golden Pavilion, the temple was first constructed in 1397 - making it a fantastic historic site. The grounds and water around the temple are extremely peaceful and make it a must-do experience.
  • Explore Arishiyama, a historic and beautiful town near Kyoto. With major attractions such as the bamboo forest and an abundance of temples - there's a huge variety of things to see and do. The town enjoys a picturesque location amidst mountains, rivers and forests.
  • For something a bit different, visit the Monkey Park Iwatayama - where visitors are able to get up close to these charismatic creatures. It's even possible to feed the monkeys, and the view from the mountain top alone is well worth the climb.
  • Visit Nijo-jo Castle, a historic place where the Shogun used to reside. Visitors are able to take a tour and learn about the fascinating architecture and history of the place and as with many of the sights in Kyoto, it has beautifully tended gardens.

Our selection of the best places to stay in Kyoto offer visitors everything from properties in the centre, ideal for city exploring, to luxurious retreats, ideal for unwinding after a day out and about.

The Best Places to Stay in Kyoto

The Best Hotels in Downtown Kyoto

  • 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.
  • Unwind with a massage and enjoy the delicious cuisine at the Royal Park Hotel, a smart property located in the heart of Kyoto. Rooms are light and airy. Expansive suites have an elegant air with antique furniture and impossibly large beds. International dishes are served in the restaurant and massages can be arranged. Well located with many sights within walking distance.
  • The Ritz Carlton is a chic property perfectly mixing traditional Japanese style with contemporary luxuries and 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.

The Best Hotels in Southern Higashiyama and Gion

  • If you want a true culinary experience, Motonago Ryokan is a charming traditional property in an ancient part of Kyoto packed full of historical and religious sights. Authentic rooms feature tatami-mat flooring and futon beds. Thirteen course regional meals give a true Japanese experience. Ideally located to explore the city.
  • Also fantastic for foodies, with an on-site restaurant and in a great location for the Nishiki food markets, The Westin Miyako Hotel is 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.
  • Gion Hatanaka is an historic property designed as a resting place from the bustling city. Rooms are traditional in style with classic Japanese minimalism; think roll down futons, paper screens, large windows and plenty of light polished wood. Regional cuisine is served alongside green tea and sake. A relaxing stay.

The Best Places to Stay in Northern Higashiyama

  • For absolute tranquility, Yoshida Sanso is a traditional ryokan nestled in beautifully manicured gardens and comprising 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.

The Best Hotels around Kyoto Station

  • With no shortage of amenities for guests, the Hotel Granvia makes a great base for relaxing after wandering the city. A slick property boasting a central location next to Kyoto Station, where 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.
  • Complete with a swimming pool Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto is a sleek modern 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 a city stay.

The Best Places to Stay in Arashiyama

  • Hoshinoya Kyoto is a stunning riverside property set in thick forest - which dramatically changes colour along with the seasons. Traditionally styled rooms feature paper screens, picture windows, Japanese mats and the larger ones have wooden baths. Dine on inventive regional dishes. The perfect rural escape.
  • Tranquil, with rural views, but also good links to the city, Arashiyama Benkei is a beautifully designed traditional guesthouse with just ten light and airy rooms - all with tatami mats and garden views, and the best with hot spring baths. The restaurant specailised in great regional cuisine is served up in the restaurant.

The Best Hotels in Kyoto for City Exploring

  • Citadines Karasuma-Gojo are smart serviced apartments in the centre of the city which 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 there's a communal lounge. Well located and priced.
  • Matsubaya Ryokan is a recently renovated traditional two-storey wooden guesthouse. Interiors merge contemporary and classical styles creating an airy space with an authentic, yet comfortable, feel. Think tatami mat flooring, a choice of futon or western bed and modern bathrooms. The perfect base for city exploring.
  • For central luxury, Hyatt Regency Kyoto is 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 - this a tough one to beat.
  • Kyoto Hotel Okura is 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 wide range of restaurants too. Ideal for travel or business.
  • Mitsui Garden Hotel is a large reasonably priced property in the centre of Kyoto. You'll find simple but stylish Western style rooms, a restaurant serving Japanese cuisine and large garden spa for relaxation after a day doing the sights.

The Best Traditional Hotels in Kyoto

  • For a great value, authentic experience, Ryokan Shimizu is a charming guesthouse located in the heart of the city. Simple rooms are traditionally dressed with roll down futon beds, soft hues, large windows and tatami mat flooring. Walking distance from some of Kyoto's main attractions.
  • If you're after an authentic experience, Kyoto Garden Ryokan Yachiyo is 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.
  • If you want a true culinary experience, Motonago Ryokan is a charming traditional property in an ancient part of Kyoto packed full of historical and religious sights. Authentic rooms feature tatami-mat flooring and futon beds. Thirteen course regional meals give a true Japanese experience. Ideally located to explore the city.
  • 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.
  • For absolute tranquility, Yoshida Sanso is a traditional ryokan nestled in beautifully manicured gardens and comprising 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.

The Best Sleek and Modern Hotels in Kyoto

  • Karasuma Kyoto Hotel is 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.
  • With no shortage of amenities for guests, Hotel Granvia makes a great base for relaxing after wandering the city. A slick property boasting a central location next to Kyoto Station, where 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.
  • Complete with a swimming pool Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto is a sleek modern 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 a city stay.

The Best Luxury Hotels in Kyoto

  • Unwind with a massage and enjoy the delicious cuisine at the Royal Park Hotel, a smart property located in the heart of Kyoto. Rooms are light and airy. Expansive suites have an elegant air with antique furniture and impossibly large beds. International dishes are served in the restaurant and massages can be arranged. Well located with many sights within walking distance.
  • The grand lobby sets the scene at Hotel Nikko Princess Kyoto. 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.
  • Fantastic for foodies, with an on-site restaurant and in a great location for the Nishiki food markets, The Westin Miyako Hotel is 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.
  • The Ritz Carlton is a chic property perfectly mixing traditional Japanese style with contemporary luxuries and 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.
  • Located in a very tranquil spot, Suiran Hotel is situated along the banks of the Katsura River in the outskirts of Kyoyo. The property offers chic designer accommodation and boasts its own lush garden: perfect to relax in with a drink. Exquisite cuisine is served at their restaurant! A classy stay in a stunning spot.

For a rural escape

  • Hoshinoya Kyoto is a stunning riverside property set in thick forest - which dramatically changes colour along with the seasons. Traditionally styled rooms feature paper screens, picture windows, Japanese mats and the larger ones have wooden baths. Dine on inventive regional dishes. The perfect rural escape.
  • Tranquil, with rural views, but also good links to the city, Arashiyama Benkei is a beautifully designed traditional guesthouse with just ten light and airy rooms - all with tatami mats and garden views, and the best with hot spring baths. The restaurant specailised in great regional cuisine is served up in the restaurant.

Prefer an Apartment?

  • If you prefer your own space, we recommend visiting our online partner, Booking.com for a variety of properties to suit visitors of all needs.

Travel Information

  • Fly to Kansai International Airport, located approximately 97km (60 miles) from Kyoto and about 90 minutes on the direct express train. Or catch the bullet train from Tokyo, with an approximate journey time of 2h15 mins.
  • If you want to rent a car, for prices visit our online partner, Rentalcars
  • Best time to visit - Spring and Autumn are still the best times of year to visit, when festivals and the changing hues of the city’s gardens bring back the colour and polish of the Kyoto’s rich traditions.

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Best Hotels in Kyoto

  • Ryokan Shimizu Kyoto from £35

    Local exploring  -  A well located guesthouse, ideal for city exploring.
    Great walks  -  Take a stroll around the picturesque Shoseien Garden.
    Sights nearby  -  Walking distance from Higashi Honganji Temple.
    Restrictions on children  -  Adult only.

    A charming guesthouse located in the heart of the city. Simple rooms are traditionally dressed with roll down futon beds, soft hues, large windows and tatami mat flooring. Walking distance from some of Kyoto's main attractions. An authentic, well priced, choice. See More

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

    Local exploring  -  Well located to easily access Kyoto's main attractions.
    Sights nearby  -  Walking distance from historical Higashihongan-ji Temple and Nijo Castle.
    Local markets  -  Sample the cuisines of the region at Nishiki Market.

    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.

    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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  • Karasuma Kyoto Hotel Kyoto 238 rooms from £95

    Local exploring  -  Ideally located close to many of the city's main attractions.
    Local markets  -  Sample cuisines of the region at the expansive Nishiki Market.
    Great walks  -  Stroll through the manicured gardens of Nijo Castle.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the impressive Kyoto Imperial Palace.

    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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  • Matsubaya Ryokan Kyoto (Kamijuzuyamachi-dori, Shimogyo-ku) 13 rooms from £110

    Local exploring  -  Surrounded by cultural points of interest and a true Japanese setting.
    Local markets  -  Explore the cuisines of the region at the Nishiki Market.
    Great walks  -  Take a stroll around the nearby Shosei-en Garden.
    Sights nearby  -  A short walk from Higashihongan-ji Temple.

    A recently renovated traditional two-storey wooden guesthouse. Interiors merge contemporary and classical styles creating an airy space with an authentic, yet comfortable, feel. Think tatami mat flooring, a choice of futon or western bed and modern bathrooms. The perfect base for city exploring. 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.
    Sights nearby  -  Discover Nijo Castle and wander through it's manicured gardens.
    Local markets  -  Sample the flavours of the region at Nishiki Market.

    A smart property located in the heart of Kyoto. Rooms are light and airy. Expansive suites have an elegant air with antique furniture and impossibly large beds. International dishes are served in the restaurant and massages can be arranged. Well located with many sights within walking distance. See More

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  • Nest at 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

    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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  • 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
    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    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  -  A conveniently placed hotel perfect as a base for exploring the city.
    Great walks  -  Take a stroll through the stunning Arashiyama area, especially beautiful during the cherry blossom season.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Nijo Castle.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel

    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.
    Local markets  -  Discover the tastes of the region at Nishiki Market.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the impressive Kyoto Imperial Palace.
    Full of character

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

    Local exploring  -  A grand hotel with plenty of amenities to unwind post a day exploring the city.
    Sights nearby  -  Discover the ancient district of Gion. The neighbourhood where geishas were trained.
    Great walks  -  Take a stroll through the picturesque Saiho-ji, a UNESCO heritage site.
    Local markets  -  Sample regional produce at Nishiki Market.

    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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  • 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

    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

    Local exploring  -  Boasting a central location with many of the city's main attractions within walking distance.
    Sights nearby  -  Just a 5 minute walk from the Honno-ji Temple.
    Local markets  -  Explore the lively Nishiki Food Market.
    Restrictions on children  -  Adult only.

    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

    Local exploring  -  Well located within easy reach of many of the city's main attractions.
    Local markets  -  Explore the bustling Nishiki food market and sample the regions dishes.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the World Heritage Site Kiyomizu-dera Temple.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel

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

    Local exploring  -  With many of the main attractions within walking distance this hotel could not be more conveniently placed
    City Style  -  A cool modern property located in the heart of the city
    Sights nearby  -  Walking distance from the famed sights of Imperial Palace and Nijo Castle
    Full of character

    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 find a shared kitchen and a fully-fledged restaurant. A lively space, well suited to the young and the hip. See More

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

    Local exploring  -  A landmark hotel ideally positioned within walking distance from many of the city's historical sites.
    Sights nearby  -  Positioned walking distance from many of the city's World Heritage temples.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor

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

    Local exploring  -  A traditional property well located within walking distance of some of Kyoto's sights.
    Sights nearby  -  Walking distance from Kiyomizu-dera Temple and the Yasaka Shrine.
    Great walks  -  Take a stroll through the picturesque Maruyama Park.
    Local markets  -  Sample the flavours of Kyoto at the Nishiki Market.

    A charming traditional property in an ancient part of Kyoto packed full of historical and religious sights. Authentic rooms feature tatami-mat flooring and futon beds. Thirteen course regional meals give a true Japanese experience. Ideally located to explore the city. 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
    Lively area  -  In the thick of the action.

    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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  • 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

    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

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

    City Style  -  A glamorous property with fabulous service right in the heart of Kyoto.
    Sights nearby  -  Wander through Gion district with architecture from the Edo period.
    Local markets  -  Discover the region's cuisine at the Nishiki Market.
    Spa

    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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  • 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

    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

    City Style  -  Kanamean Nishitomiya is located in the heart of Kyoto, perfect for those wanting to get to know the city
    Romantic Break  -  Lovely accommodation, a quiet atmosphere and excellent cuisine-perfect for a romantic getaway
    Great walks  -  Meander through the city's streets getting a feel for the place
    Local markets  -  The bustling Nishiki Market is definitely worth a visit
    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

    Local exploring  -  With many of Kyoto's main attractions close by, book this hotel as a base for your local sightseeing in the city
    Romantic Break  -  With well-appointed guestrooms and a charming bar, this hotel is a great hideaway for a romantic break
    City Style  -  Set in the heart of Kyoto in a heritage property, this hotel has lots of local city charm
    Sights nearby  -  Visit nearby Nijō Castle, a flatland castle which consists of two concentric rings of fortifications

    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

    Total relaxation  -  A tranquil riverside property situated in stunning leafy countryside.
    Spa breaks  -  Experience spa treatments based on the practices of Zen Buddhism.
    Great walks  -  Take a stroll through the colourful forest and along the Oi river.
    Sailing  -  Take a romantic cruise down the river.

    A stunning riverside property set in thick forest that dramatically changes colour along with the seasons. Traditionally styled rooms include paper screens, picture windows, Japanese mats and the larger ones have wooden baths. Dine on inventive regional dishes. 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
    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
    Sights nearby  -  A visit to the iconic Fushimi Inari-Taisha shrine is a must on any visit to Kyoto
    Traditional
    Full of character

    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

    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

    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

    Local exploring  -  Situated beside the historic area of Kyoto this property is perfect for exploring the city by foot
    Families  -  The rooms can easily accommodate four adults and two children, so ideal for family groups
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.

    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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  • 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

    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

    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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  • 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

    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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  • Auberga 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

    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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  • 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

    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.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    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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  • Gion Hatanaka Kyoto (Gion Minamigawa Higashiyama-ku) 21 rooms from £453

    Hideaway  -  A traditional rural property built as a respite from the city. Today it remains that way.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the neighbouring Kodaiji temple and Yasaka Jinja shrine.
    Local markets  -  Explore the Nishiki Market and sample the wares.
    Full of character

    A historic property designed as a resting place from the bustling city. Rooms are traditional in style with classic Japanese minimalism; think roll down futons, paper screens, large windows and plenty of light polished wood. Regional cuisine is served alongside green tea and sake. A relaxing stay. 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.
    Sailing  -  Take a cruise down the river (a particularly nice experience in the autumn months when the trees are red).
    Fishing  -  During the summer watch the cormorant fishing that takes place on the Ōi River.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the Tenryuji Temple marked as a World Heritage Site.

    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 and atmospheric bar.
    Sights nearby  -  Make a trip to see the 15th century Ginkaku-ji temple.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor pool.
    Opulent

    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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  • 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
    Local exploring  -  Ideally located for exploring this historic area of Kyoto
    Sights nearby  -  Visit nearby Kenninji Temple and experience the way the monks there live
    Great walks  -  Wander through the picturesque Itawayama Monkey Park

    A charming 'machiya' styled townhouse offering contemporary luxuries in a traditional setting. Two of the rooms feature traditional tatami mat style 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

    Foodies  -  Enjoy a fusion of traditional Japanese kaiseki and French cuisine at their wonderful restaurant
    Back to Nature  -  Suiran Hotel boasts a stunningly tranquil location
    Great walks  -  Wander through the beautoful Saganoo Bamboo forest or take a leisurely stroll around the city's streets
    Sights nearby  -  Tenryu-ji Temple, Togetsu-kyo Bridge and Bamboo Street are all just a short distance away!
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith

    The luxurious Suiran Hotel is situated along the banks of the Katsura River in the outskirts of Kyoyo. The property offers chic designer accommodation and boasts its own luscious garden: perfect to relax in with a drink. Exquisite cuisine served at their restaurant! A classy 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

    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

    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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  • 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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  • The Old Modern Kyoto 4 rooms from £761

    Local exploring  -  Perfectly placed in Southern Higashiyama district with many attractions within walking distance
    Groups  -  The house sleeps up to 14 and is ideal for groups who want to rent out a house in its entirety
    Sights nearby  -  Visit nearby Kiyomizu Temple
    Traditional

    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

    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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  • 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
    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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  • 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

    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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