Hotels in Kyoto
Hotels in Kyoto range from the traditional ryokan, Japanese-style inns, to more conventional options like luxury hotels, business hotels, guesthouses and teeny-tiny capsule hotels. All are extremely well equipped to cater to travelers of all stripes. For a truly authentic Japanese experience, consider staying at a ryokan instead of the more commonplace Kyoto hotel. There, you’ll be greeted with a deep bow by the proprietress and served a cup of hot green tea. After a full day of sightseeing, you’ll be served a full-course dinner of kaiseki, Japanese haute cuisine which consists of multiple courses, prepared with artistic flair by a top chef. After dinner, you can sink into a hot bath while maids quietly prepare your futon bed for the night. A few highly recommended ryokan include Tawaraya, Hiiragiya Ryokan and Yoshikawa, all located in downtown Kyoto.
If you’re looking for more conventional accommodations, our favorite hotels in Kyoto include the Hotel Granvia Kyoto, a sleek modern hotel located directly above Kyoto Station, with its famous “bullet trains”; the Hyatt Regency Kyoto, a favorite among frequent travelers located in Kyoto’s Southern Higashiyama sightseeing district; and the Kyoto Hotel Okura, located in downtown Kyoto and offering splendid views of the Higashiyama Mountains.
Hiirogiya is among Kyoto’s most illustrious ryokan. Their 33 rooms— featuring lacquered bathrooms with wooden tubs—have hosted the likes of Elizabeth Taylor and Charlie Chaplin. A night at this 145-year-old staple includes a kaiseki dinner served in your room.
This 17-room ryokan in Gion, the traditional geisha quarter, holds candlelit evening tea ceremonies and makes a good base for exploring the city's many temples.
Billed as Kyoto’s first design hotel, the property opened in 2007 with 13 unique rooms: No. 201 has a sexy red, black, and white scheme.
Super Potato is one of the designers behind the 189-room hotel with traditional flourishes—kimono fabric headboards; washi paper lampshades—in the Higashiyama Shichijo district.
This centrally located 327-room value hotel has spotless accommodations near shop-filled Sanjo-dori.
The Arashiyama neighborhood of Kyoto, full of bamboo groves and Zen temples, is the site of the city’s newest—and most exquisite—ryokan, or traditional inn.
This intimate 1801 ryokan near the Nishiki food market serves owner Haruji Ukai’s seafood kaiseki meals.
A 16-acre compound installed on the tree-covered Higashiyama Hills just outside of Kyoto, this historic 1890 hotel has hosted kings, queens, presidents, and celebrities.