Kyoto Airbnb Guide – The 7 Most Unique Airbnb Apartments in Kyoto

A comprehensive guide to the most unique Airbnb apartments in Kyoto - including detailed information about each apartment and how to make your booking. Read on!

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Ride the Shinkansen for 3-4 hours from Tokyo southwards and you’ll arrive in the most traditional city in Japan – Kyoto. The combination of timeless historical glamor and modern conveniences makes Kyoto a hit with visitors who flock here in their millions each year.  

To ensure tourists aren’t sleeping on the streets, Kyoto has numerous accommodation options on offer. However, the best way to achieve a deeper understanding of the rich Japanese culture is to live among the locals, which is perfectly possible if you stay with Airbnb. Hot on the heels of our Tokyo Airbnb guide, we would like to introduce the 7 best and most unique Airbnb apartments in Kyoto. 

Note: If Airbnb is not for you, take a look at the article below for some more conventional options:

Where to Stay in Kyoto – Everything You Need to Know

1. The modern among tradition

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Price: 7,148¥ per night + 4,085¥ cleaning fee + services fee

Property type: Entire apartment 

Accommodates: 2 

Bedrooms: 1 (Double bed) 

Beds: 1

Basic amenities: Available

Internet: Available (Portable pocket wifi)

Closest station: Kiyomizu-Gojo Station, Kawaramachi Station

Area: Gion 

You want tradition but don’t want to leave modern conveniences behind? This apartment allows you to have it all! Conveniently located in the heart of Kyoto, the apartment feels highly integrated into its surroundings and offers a splendid view of the whole of the city. It is fully equipped with brand new home appliances and is very accessible: tourist spots such as Gion, Shijo-dori street, Nishiki market and various temples are within walking distance, Kyoto station is just an 8-minute train ride away. Though the host is not based in Kyoto, a comprehensive information packet is provided including instructions about the apartment, how to use utilities, electronics and so on. This is definitely one of the best Airbnb apartments in Kyoto. 

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2. The cozy home away from home

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Price: 8,093¥ per night + 4,552¥ cleaning fee + services fee 

Property type: Entire apartment 

Accommodates: 2 

Bedrooms: 1

Beds: 2 (Single beds)

Basic amenities: Available

Internet: Available (Portable pocket wifi)

Closest station: Kawaramachi Station, Shijo Station

Area: Gion

This spacious, centrally located apartment has everything to satisfy your needs: from snacks prior to checking in, umbrellas on rainy days and extra pillows to modern appliances and devices like a washing machine and portable pocket wifi. You will feel right at home!  The exceptionally thorough information and instructions provided will instantly familiarize you with Kyoto and the surrounding neighborhood offers a variety of shopping, dining and sightseeing options to guarantee an enjoyable stay.

3. The nicely decorated wooden apartment

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Price: 7,437¥ per night + 5,005¥ cleaning fee + services fee 

Property type: Entire apartment 

Accommodates: 2

Bedrooms: 1

Beds: 1 (Double bed)

Basic amenities: Available

Internet: Available (Portable pocket wifi)

Closest station: Keihan-sanjo Station, Higashiyama Station

Area: Higashiyama

This apartment is cute, bright, clean, and comfortable. The wooden interiors and the pastel decorations are serene and the small balcony looking onto the streets below is perfect for soaking in the atmosphere of the city. The apartment is well-connected to other areas, temples and restaurants by bus, subway or on foot and the hosts never fail to stay responsive and attentive, even preparing welcome messages with tea packets for guests. If booked up, there are other equally nice rooms in the same building available on the site. 

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4. The downtown apartment

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Price: 7,029¥ per night + 4,004¥ cleaning fee + services fee 

Property type: Entire apartment 

Accommodates: 2

Bedrooms: 1

Beds: 2 (Semi-double bed) 

Basic amenities: Available

Internet: Available (Portable pocket wifi)

Closest station: Kyoto Station

Area: Downtown Kyoto – Kyoto Station

This apartment is only 4 minutes away from Kyoto Station ensuring effortless access to not only sightseeing spots in Kyoto but also other nearby cities: Osaka, Nara and Kobe. The cleanness, the airy space and the contrasting color scheme all create a sense of luxury and overall hotel-like experience at a fraction of the price. There is absolutely no reason not to stay in this apartment!    

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5. The stylish concrete apartment

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Price: 5,418¥ per night + 1,500¥ cleaning fee + services fee

Property type: Entire apartment

Accommodate: 2

Bedrooms: 1

Beds: 2 (Single floor mattress)

Basic amenities: Available

Internet: Available (Portable pocket wifi)

Closest station: Nishi-kyogoku Station

Area: Western Kyoto

This apartment is highly recommended for travelers who want to avoid the crowds. Located west of the Kyoto Station area, this apartment is not only affordable but also boasts a picturesque view of the river, a spectacular sunset and a welcoming local neighborhood. There is a bicycle rental shop, a bus stop and a train station nearby which makes it possible to reach the most popular tourist spots in 30 minutes. The concrete walls and classy interior add a unique, stylish touch to this place that you’re sure to find agreeable.

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6. The 50-year-old classic Japanese house 

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Price: 4,907¥ per night + 1,500¥ cleaning fee + services fee

Property type: Private room

Accommodate: 3-8

Bedrooms: 2

Beds: 2-3 (Semi-double bed and single floor mattress) in each room

Basic amenities: Available

Internet: Available

Closest station: Kutsukawa Station,  Shinden Station, Joyo Station

Area: Between Kyoto and Nara

For a traditional experience, this renovated 50-year-old house is your best bet. A stay here is your chance to fully immerse yourself in some real Japanese culture and lifestyle. The house also has a delicate personal touch and a thoughtful artistry throughout. What’s more, there is a remarkable variety of local restaurants, supermarkets and convenience stores nearby should you not want to stray too far. The host is friendly and kind and is willing to spend time with travelers while sharing insights into Japanese history and culture. The house is located between Kyoto and Nara so it is convenient to get to both cities. Overall, this house provides an authentic experience unique to this part of Japan. 

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7. The pottery workshop

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Price: 2,964¥ per night + 1,000¥ cleaning fee + services fee

Property type: Semi-private room

Accommodate: 1

Bedrooms: 1

Beds: 1 (Single bed)

Basic amenities: Available

Internet: Available

Closest station: Daigo Station

Area: South East of Kyoto Station

This is a precious opportunity to stay with a Japanese pottery craftsman and to learn about the local culture or even learn how to make pottery (if you are lucky enough). Guests stay in a small, tidy, semi-private room on the first floor of this pottery workshop. The interior stresses bareness and simplicity and as such is a delight. Though the house is located in the southeast of the downtown area, it is still convenient to travel to many popular landmarks, one of which is Daigoji temple – a selected UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. The host used to be a pottery wheel craftsman for 20 years and his spectacular hospitality together with an eagerness to share food and life stories will make your stay enjoyable and help you to acquire a deeper understanding of the culture. 

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