Whether you’re into temples and teahouses or keen on lively nightlife and stylish shopping, you’ll find it in Kyoto.
Check out our guide to the top areas to stay in Kyoto that will help you get the most from your trip.
It's good to have an idea of how you'll spend your time when you make those all-important Kyoto accommodation decisions.
If you want to be near the sights, then basing yourself in Downtown Kawaramachi is ideal. There are impressive temples and beautiful teahouses within walking distance of each other, as well as modern malls and top-class restaurants.
For traditional nightlife and the chance to glimpse a geisha or maiko, Gion is the place to be! Plus, you’re in striking distance of the clubs in Kiyamachi.
Meanwhile, the area around Kyoto station is one of the best places for tourists who need easy access to Kyoto's transport links, and Central Kyoto has for great value accommodation if you’re travelling on a budget.
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This is one of the top places to stay in Kyoto. There is a good choice of accommodation, from simple budget hotels to top end places with river views.
Plus, there are plenty of restaurants to relax in after sightseeing and taste local Japanese food.
Why should I stay in Downtown Kawaramachi?
This is a one of the best places for tourists to Kyoto to immerse themselves in Japanese tradition.
In Gion you’ll see geishas making their way along traditional cobbled streets, while further west you’ll find the stunning temples of Southern Higashimaya. Accommodation isn’t cheap, but the experience of being here is priceless!
Why stay in Gion and Southern Higashiyama?
This isn’t the prettiest part of Kyoto, but being the main route in and out of the city makes it one of the best places to stay in Kyoto for transport links.
You’ll also find good value Kyoto accommodation here like business hotels and backpacker hostels.
Why stay around Kyoto Station?
Home to two important sites, Kyoto Gosho and Nijo Castle, this is one of the best areas for tourists who want to discover Kyoto’s history.
You’ll have a great selection of restaurants, and accommodation options range from budget guest houses to high end luxury.
Why stay in Central Kyoto?
You will find everything from five-star luxury hotels to simple budget-friendly hotel options in Kyoto. If you are looking for great value, business hotels have everything you need at a reasonable price.
Machiya are long wooden buildings set around a garden courtyard with a design dating back to the Edo period. They are becoming rare, so it is worth taking the opportunity to stay in one while you can.
Ryokan is a traditional Japanese inn. For the chance to sleep on a futon, wear yukata and experience traditional Japanese hospitality, a night or two in a Ryokan gives you chance to enjoy the best accommodation in Kyoto.
These are apartments with private or shared facilities, and a good option for longer stays, as well as giving you the chance to experience day-to-day Japanese life.
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