Kyoto is a beautiful ancient town where modernity meets tradition. Some would say that its the most “Japanese” place ever. To truly experience this city steeped in history, one must give staying at a Ryokan (a traditional Japanese inn) or a guesthouse a go. Not only will you be able to immerse yourself in their culture, but you’ll also get to experience first-hand, the extent of Japanese hospitality. Here are some accommodations that will help kickstart your trip-planning:
Price: From $23/night
This guesthouse was established in 2007, converted from an old Japanese home into a guesthouse that offers the traditional Ryokan experience. The location is terrific, close to center, the streets of Gion and the Kiyomizu temple. Also known for their friendly and hospitable owners, we are pretty sure you’ll feel right at home here.
Price: From $59/night
For travelers who want to experience an authentic yet casual Ryokan in Kyoto, then look no further. It is very conveniently located within walking distance of Kyoto Station, which is both the gateway to the city and main subway station and bus terminal for visiting all the major tourist spots around town. Because the inn sits along a quiet alleyway behind Higashi Honganji Temple, you can have the luxury of a quiet and peaceful atmosphere in the midst of a busy city.
Price: From $53/night
Kamoya Ryokan features Japanese-style tatami rooms and is very conveniently located in the heart of Kyoto’s culturally rich Higashiyama district famed for the Kamo River. Ride your way to the numerous temples and shrines as well as restaurants and cafes from their in-house bicycle rental service.
Price: From $36/night
An old Japanese house built 50 years ago with modern facilities. The house is decorated with Japanese paintings and Japanese style hanging scrolls and dolls, you’ll definitely feel like you’ve stepped back in time in this house. There’s also a special service of calligraphy lessons from the host if you’re keen on learning your name in Kanji!
Price: From $66/night
A top-notch guesthouse that provides shared facilities like the shared kitchen, shared lounge, along with free WiFi for guests. Its location in the Shimogyo Ward is ideal for travellers who enjoy exploring the city’s culture, temple and sights. Kiyomizu-dera Temple is 1.7 km from Guesthouse Maika, while Kyoto International Manga Museum is 2 km from the property.
Price: From $58/night
Ninehours is a capsule hotel designed to offer more freedom to guests. Guests can check in 24 hours a day and use the facilities for as little as 1 hour. The custom-designed capsules include a light-based alarm clock, specialised pillow and high-grade linens. Room wear and slippers are provided. And if you want to stay with your better-half, you can opt for a tworoom. Whether your travel is for business or pleasure, staying at Ninehours will ensure a stress-free and enjoyable trip.