The 12 Best Kyoto Hotels

Need a hotel in Kyoto? You've come to the right place. We've got the city's 12 best hotels based on a variety of factors, right here.

The former capital, Kyoto is famous for its shrines, temples and palaces as well as the general air of tradition that pervades the city. To explore, you’re going to need somewhere to stay. The good news is, there are many hotels across Kyoto that welcome visitors from all around the world. To help you decide the one for you, we’ve put together a comprehensive guide to the best. We’ve grouped our selections by location, budget, luxury, ryokan, boutique and family in an attempt to cover all of the bases.  

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Best Kyoto Hotels: Location

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Hotel She Kyoto

A modern hotel in the heart of Kyoto, a mere 8 minute walk from Kyoto Station. Rooms offer a mix of Japanese and western design styles and include private bathrooms and access to a shared kitchen and common area. Take a look at our Kyoto Station hotel guide for more hotel recommendations in that area.  

Price: A double room starts from 12,960 yen per night.

Address: 16, Higashikujo-Minamikarasumacho, Minamiku, Kyoto, Japan

Kizashi The Suite

Located in prestigious Gion, right on Shijo street, one of Kyoto’s main thoroughfares, this hotel offers eight exclusive suites for guests to choose from. Kizashi’s hospitality is excellent and classically Kyoto, plus there’s a spa service on hand for extra relaxation. Check out our related article for more hotels and ryokans in Gion, here.

Price: A junior suite starts from 50,000 yen per night

Address: 275 Gion-machi Kitagawa, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Japan 

Best Kyoto Hotels: Budget

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Capsule Ryokan Kyoto

Here, expect a traditional Japanese tatami floor, a futon bed and high-tech gadgets – all within a capsule! Good for solo travelers or those in a group, this place is an interesting mix of Japan old and new, plus, a lot more intriguing than a standard hotel. If you’re not too keen on the capsule idea there is the option of twin rooms with private bathrooms. 

Price: A tatami capsule starts from 3,500 yen (one person) per night / a twin room starts from 7,980 yen (two person) per night  

Address: 204 Shimogyo-ku, Tsuchihashi-cho, Kyoto, Japan

Centurion Cabin and Spa Kyoto

Economy accommodation with a charming Japanese ambiance, Centurion Cabin and Spa is the budget travelers dream. Rooms are comfortable and the spa facilities are 24/7, for those, perhaps, who have yet to kick the jet-lag. Find out more about where to stay in Kyoto on a budget in our dedicated article. 

Price: A capsule room starts from 2,500 yen (one person) per night 

Address: 68-2 Tachiuri Nishimachi,Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan

Best Kyoto Hotels: Luxury

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The Ritz-Carlton Kyoto

Claimed to be the first luxury urban resort in Japan, the Ritz-Carlton’s name alone guarantees quality. The location is also especially good; right on the banks of the Kamo River with views out toward the Higashiyama mountains.

Price: A deluxe room (city view) starts around 77,000 yen per night / a deluxe room (river view) starts around 113,000 yen per night

Address: Kamogawa Nijo-ohashi Hotori, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto,  Japan

Hyatt Regency Kyoto

A five-star hotel in the heart of Kyoto, facilities at the Hyatt Regency include three fine dining restaurants, a fully equipped spa, luxury shops and a baby-sitting service. 

Price: A king room starts around 48,000 yen per night / a deluxe balcony room starts around 94,000 yen per night

Address: 644-2  Sanjusangendo-Mawari, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Japan

Best Kyoto Hotels: Ryokan

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Tazuru

A riverside ryokan (traditional Japanese hotel) on the Kamo, Taruzu offers immersion into the charms of old-school Japan. Each room is traditionally decorated and there are even onsen facilities with views of the mountains.  

Price: from 37,800 yen per night 

Address: 179-1Minoya-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto,  Japan

Heihachi Tea House Inn

An authentic Japanese ryokan established in 1576, Heihachi Tea House has been newly renovated but the original charm remains intact. The hotel also serves traditional Japanese haute cuisine, serves as a tea house and maintains a lovely, private Zen garden. For more on Kyoto ryokans, take a look at our related article, here.

Price: A twin room starts from 27,000 yen (one person) per night 

Address: 8-1 Yamabanakawagishicho,Sakyo-ku, Kyoto,  Japan

Best Kyoto Hotels: Boutique

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Mume

A concept hotel inspired by the beauty of Japanese nature, each room is lovingly designed to the highest of standards. Often considered Kyoto’s first boutique hotel, Mume has a feeling of exclusivity and luxury that’s difficult to compete with.  

Price: A standard room starts from 21,600 yen (one person) per night

Address: 261,Shinmonzen St. Umemoto-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, JAPAN

The Screen

Each of this hotel’s 13 rooms have been personally designed by a plethora of international artists and designers, again, to a very high standard. Choose your room before you arrive to make sure you get the most from your stay. 

Price: A semi-suite room starts from 11,500 yen per night

Address: 640-1 Shimogoryomaecho, Teramachi Marutamachisagaru, Nakagyoku, Kyoto, Japan

Best Family Hotel

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Sakara Kyoto Guesthouse

A perfect Japanese-style, family friendly guesthouse, replete with baby beds, large rooms and easy access to the best of Kyoto’s tourist attractions. The prices are also extremely reasonable. 

Price: A suite starts around 18,000 yen (up to three people) per night

Address: 541-2 Higashiyama-ku, Furukawacho, Kyoto, Japan

Ishicho

A large hotel with more than 100 guest rooms and amenities including hot springs, tatami flooring and large rooms, suitable for families of three to five people. The hotel also serves a variety of excellent food, including a kaiseki option and shabu shabu. 

Price: A family room starts around 29,000 yen (five person) per night

Address: 284 Suemarucho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan

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