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Where to stay in Kyoto For First Time Visitors

A comprehensive guide on finding the best accommodation in Kyoto

Are you wondering where to stay in Kyoto? Check out our district comparison and key pro and cons to help you find the best place for your needs. I remember when I visited Kyoto the very first time, I wanted to stay right in the heart of the city but later realised my location was not ideal given the nature of outdoor activities which interest me. In this guide, I'm going to tell you which areas are best and why. Whether you like to party, want to spot Geishas or fancy several hiking trails, at the end of this article you will find where to stay in Kyoto.

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Where to stay in Kyoto for first-time travellers?

Kyoto is divided into several districts and each of them is appealing to a different type of traveller. Japan's old capital city is a popular tourist destination which means it has accommodation ranging from budget hostels, through traditional ryokans, to luxurious hotels. To taste what is like to be in Kyoto, I strongly recommend trying a ryokan with an onsen. A ryokan is a traditional Japanese inn some dating back for hundreds of years. An onsen is a Japanese hot spring, where you can relax after a long day of sightseeing. Here is a list of the different type of accommodation you can get in Japan:

Types of Accommodation in Japan

Ryokans

Ryokans are found throughout the city, especially in the vicinity of an onsen. Ryokans are not just places to sleep, but an opportunity to experience a traditional Japanese lifestyle. Many Japanese people go to ryokans to escape the daily stress. There is a great element of hospitality when you decide to stay in a ryokan. You can sleep in a traditional room with tatami floors and futon beds, Japanese style baths and local cuisine. We recommend staying in a ryokan which offers breakfast and dinner. Dinner is usually huge, incorporates several types of food and it's guaranteed to be delicious. Ryokans tend to be expensive and most tourists stay for one or two nights just to experience this exquisite Japanese accommodation. Because of their emphasis on traditional style and atmosphere, ryokan may seem a little rigid. On the contrary, ryokans are incredibly relaxing and rather addictive.

Japanese ryokan room

Hotels

When searching for a place to stay in Kyoto, most people tend to settle for hotels. Hotels in Japan are clean but small. Breakfast can be included depending on the type of hotel you are after. Most rooms come with air conditioning, a tv and free wifi included in the price. Beds are usually comfortable even though they are quite small. The bathrooms are always clean and they come with the great Japanese toilets which the whole world loves so much. Japan has the best customer service in the world and hotels are no different. Rooms can be smoking or non-smoking in Japanese hotels. You can select your preference before check-in. I strongly advise emailing the hotel as well, just to make sure your preference is registered.

Business Hotels

Business hotels can be capsule hotels or just normal hotels with smaller rooms than usual. These hotels have very basic rooms. They cost less but space can be a bit challenging. Business hotels are usually quiet, well looked after and have the same amenities as any other hotel. If you travel solo, business hotels are great. As a couple or family, space can be limited and you can find yourself in a situation where you can't open your suitcase as there is not enough space on the floor. We recommend checking the room sizes before you book your accommodation.

Japanese Guesthouses

Guesthouses in Japan are also called "gaijin houses" or "foreigner house". This is an inexpensive type of accommodation for those who need to stay in Japan for longer periods and want to avoid the hassle of renting and furnishing a normal house. There are several guesthouses who actually offer weekly contracts.

Japanese B&Bs

Bed and breakfasts are usually family run accommodations which offer traditional rooms and include breakfast, dinner or both. B&Bs in Japan are a bit cheaper than ryokans but they also have fewer facilities. Often, these might have shared bathrooms.

Exterior Samurai House Nikko

Vacation Rentals

Vacation Rentals are similar to Airbnb in a sense. You can get an apartment and have access to various facilities such as a kitchen which can come in handy when you visit an expensive place like Japan. There are also vacation rentals which can offer you the chance to stay with a host so you can further experience Japan with the aid of a local.

Machiya Rentals

A machiya is a traditional wooden townhouse found throughout Japan and they are especially typical in Kyoto. Machiyas are quickly disappearing. Many argue that their destruction has a serious adverse effect on the historical, and traditional atmosphere of Kyoto. The reason for their disappearance is because Machiyas are difficult and expensive to maintain, are subject to greater risk of damage or destruction from fire or earthquakes. There are groups, however, which are taking action to protect and restore Machiyas in Kyoto.

Fushimi Shrine Kyoto

Kyoto Neighbourhood Map

When is the best time to visit Kyoto?

Finding where to stay in Kyoto might be difficult if you decide to visit during peak time. Accommodation in Kyoto gets booked pretty quickly and sometimes even months in advance. I do recommend getting something as soon as possible. The cherry blossom festival in Spring and the Koyo festival in the Autumn are extremely popular.

The best time to visit Japan is towards the end of Autumn and the beginning of December. That's usually when you will find cheaper accommodation and the tourist attractions will be less crowded.

Planning an extensive trip? Read how to enjoy 2 weeks in Japan! Don't forget to also check where to stay in Tokyo or where to stay in Osaka.

Kyoto Gion Shrine Temple Night

Downtown Kyoto

Where to stay in Kyoto - Stay in Downtown Kyoto for the best shopping streets

Downtown Kyoto is the place to be for first-time visitors. This is where you will find the most amount of shops, restaurants and bars. Downtown Kyoto is a relatively small area which means it can be explored on foot.

There are several things to do, but it’s not the main sightseeing destination. You can visit the Nishiki Market which is amazing for foodie travellers looking to have a fresh bite. There are other food markets around such as Daimaru and Takashimaya.

Pontocho Alley is incredibly atmospheric and a great place for evening photography. You have easy access to the nearby Teremachi and Shinkyogohu shopping arcades.

Downtown Kyoto is a roughly square area bounded on the east by the Kamo-gawa River, on the west by Karasuma-dori, on the north by Oike-dori, and on the south by Shijo-dori.

Why stay in Downtown Kyoto

Downtown Kyoto is great if you wish to position yourself right in the middle of the city. It's fantastic because of the proximity to various hotels and restaurants as well as several subway stations.

Because of its key location, Downtown Kyoto can be a little expensive. It is not as close to various attractions, interesting places and districts, hence it doesn't feel as authentic.

Things to do in Downtown Kyoto

  • Nishiki Market
  • Pontocho Alley
  • Teremachi & Shinkyogohu Shopping Streets

Where to Stay in Downtown Kyoto

Matsui Honkan
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Matsui Honkan

Ideally located just a 2-minute walk from lively Nishiki Market and Pontocho Street, Matsui Honkan boasts large public baths and chic Japanese-style rooms. It is within a 10-minute walk from Shijo, Karasuma and Kawaramachi subway stations. Fitted with tatami (woven-straw) flooring and traditional futon bedding, each room offers a relaxing ambience and facilities like a flat-screen TV, a fridge and a telephone. Yukata robes and tea sets are available in the room.

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NEST AT NISHIKI, KYOTO

Attractively situated in the Nakagyo Ward district of Kyoto, NEST AT NISHIKI, KYOTO is situated less than 0.6 miles from Kyoto International Manga Museum, 1.1 miles from Samurai Kembu Kyoto and 1.6 miles from Nijo Castle.

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Super Hotel Kyoto Shijokawaramachi

Super Hotel Kyoto Shijokawaramachi provides accommodation with free WiFi in Kyoto, well situated 0.9 miles from Samurai Kembu Kyoto. The property is around 1 miles from Kyoto International Manga Museum and 1.4 miles from Shoren-in Temple. All rooms include a desk and a flat-screen TV. Every room comes with a private bathroom.

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Where to stay in Kyoto For First Time Visitors
Where to stay in Kyoto For First Time Visitors

Kyoto Station

Where to stay in Kyoto - Stay around Kyoto Station for food & day trips

There are lots of restaurants and shops around the Kyoto station area. In fact, there is a food shop in the basement of the station, which has amazing discounts for food just before closing time. A great place to grab a bargain.

The subway and train hubs are both right in the station and more often than not, you will find yourself having to take the subway to get to the Kyoto Station anyway, before carrying on to another district. At least this is what happened to us. So the Kyoto station is not really epic for sightseeing, but it's a great location if you wish to visit various areas around Kyoto.

There are several things to do around. You have the Kyoto Station building, of course, the Higashi-Hongan-ji, Nishi-Hongan-ji and To-ji Temples.

There is also the Kyoto Tower nearby, which offers fantastic views of the city. Who doesn't like seeing Japan from above?

If you like history, you can check out the Kyoto Railway Museum, which is one of the best in the world. If you are a family with kids, this is a must!

Why stay around Kyoto Station

The proximity to so many shops and restaurants available right in the train station is great. You can get bargains for dinner and you have plenty of epic food to enjoy, available in restaurants located right in the station. You can get on a train or subway and visit the district which interests you.

The area is not very pretty. It's a bit built up with concrete and nothing traditional Japanese. If you wish to enjoy a more traditional atmosphere in Kyoto, then perhaps this is not the best place. Practical, yes, pretty, no.

Things to do around Kyoto Station

  • Kyoto Station
  • Higashi-Hongan-ji and Nishi-Hongan-ji Temples
  • Kyoto Tower
  • Kyoto Railway Museum

Where to Stay around Kyoto Station

Hotel Granvia Kyoto
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Hotel Granvia Kyoto

Ideally located within Kyoto Station, Hotel Granvia Kyoto boasts an indoor swimming pool, a fitness centre and 9 dining options. The hotel offers spacious rooms with chic décor and modern facilities. Free WiFi is provided throughout the property. Rooms have large windows and are fitted with an LCD TV, extra-long beds and a bathroom. A minibar and an electric kettle are provided.

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Kyoto Century Hotel

Only a 2-minute walk from Kyoto Station, Kyoto Century Hotel provides air-conditioned rooms with free internet. The hotel features 3 dining options and massage treatments. All rooms at Century Kyoto feature a TV with satellite channels, refrigerator and electric kettle. The private bathrooms have a bathtub, shower and hairdryer.

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ibis Styles Kyoto Station

Ideally located right in front of JR Kyoto Station, rooms in the Ibis Styles hotel features free Wi-Fi, a fridge and a flat-screen TV, an electric kettle and tea bags are also included. The en suite bathroom has a bathtub and free toiletries.

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Gion

Where to stay in Kyoto - Stay in Gion for traditional Japan

Southern Higashiyama has to be the most important sightseeing district in Kyoto. It literally has it all, from impressive temples to preserved narrow alleyways. It is also the city's main geisha district. In all honesty, this is probably the best place to be based in Kyoto if you wish to experience everything the city has to offer.

I especially love it because of its atmospheric streets which look absolutely fantastic during night time. Really great if you like photography.

The Southern Higashiyama runs from Shichijo-dori in the south to Sanjo-dori in the north. The mountains form its eastern boundary and the Kamo-gawa forms its western boundary. It is here that you will find Gion, the famed Geisha quarters.

A large majority of things to do in Kyoto can be found here, in Southern Higashiyama. Apart from Gion, you can also visit several dazzling temples, including Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

For the evening, grab your camera and photograph those beautifully preserved lanes. Don't forget to check out the Kyoto National Museum. Why not try a tea ceremony here, to learn more about the Japanese way of life.

Why stay in Gion

It's obvious that for first-time tourists and travellers Gion is the best place to stay in Kyoto. As it is in such a great location, your accommodation will very likely be quite expensive. However, for a few days at least, I would try a hotel here so you can experience Kyoto in all its greatness.

If budget travelling is your thing, Southern Higashiyama might not be the best choice. Prices will be quite high and certain restaurants as authentic as they look might be more tailored towards tourists.

This can only mean one thing: tourist traps. An option could be to position yourself right in between Southern Higashiyama, Central and Downtown Kyoto.

Things to do in Gion

  • Gion - a preserved traditional Japanese district
  • Yasaka Shrine
  • Maruyama Park
  • Kiyomizu-dera
  • Kyoto National Museum

Where to Stay in Gion

Yadoya Manjiro
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Yadoya Manjiro

Built in the Sukiya-style of around 1900, Yadoya Manjiro features Japanese-style rooms with relaxing garden views. The inn is a 5-minute walk from Kiyomizu-dera Temple and offers concierge services and a shared lounge. Tranquil rooms feature low furniture and traditional futon bedding on tatami (woven-straw) floor, paper screens and Japanese art decorations. They are fitted with a fridge and a safe.

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Teramachi Matsubara grandereverie

The rooms in the hotel are equipped with a kettle. With a private bathroom fitted with a bath and free toiletries, rooms at Teramachi Matsubara grandereverie also feature free WiFi, air conditioning and a flat-screen TV.

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Luck You Kyoto Bukkoji-Higashimachi

All rooms in the Luck You Kyoto Bukkoji-Higashimachi ryokan are fitted with a flat-screen TV. The private bathroom is equipped with a bath, free toiletries and a hairdryer. The reception can offer helpful tips for getting around the area.

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Central Area

Where to stay in Kyoto - Stay in Central Area for the best hotels

This is a huge area right in the middle of Kyoto. There are lots of good hotels around and you aren't too far away from downtown and subway lines.

You will have to take the subway in order to see the main tourist attractions. There are several things to do around, including the beautiful Kyoto Imperial Palace.

The botanical gardens are also nearby, alongside various shrines, gardens and ponds and the Nijo Castle.

Why stay in Kyoto Central Area

This is literally the middle of the city and there are great hotels around. There are several nearby subway stations for your ease.

The area is not as popular because there aren't many specific tourist attractions around. It has many office buildings around. Apart from the Imperial Palace and the Nijo-jo Castle, you do have to travel a little to get to important tourist attractions.

Things to do in Central Area

  • Kyoto Imperial Palace
  • Nijo Castle
  • Ryukoku Museum
  • Higashihonganji Temple
  • Kyoto International Manga Museum

Where to Stay in Central Area

Ryokan Tori
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Ryokan Tori

One of our bestsellers in Kyoto! Ryokan Tori is located in Kyoto, 1.2 miles from Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. The property is around 1.4 miles from Nijo Castle and Kyoto Imperial Palace. All guest rooms in the ryokan are fitted with a kettle, a shared bathroom, while selected rooms are fitted with a balcony and others also offer a garden view. All rooms will provide guests with a fridge.

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Yutaka

Set 650 yards from Nijo Castle, Yutaka is a 3-star hotel with air-conditioned rooms, private bathroom and free WiFi. Attractions in the area include Kyoto International Manga Museum, 1.3 miles away, or Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, situated 1.7 miles from the property.

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Kyoto Shinmachi Rokkaku grandereverie

Located within Kyoto, within 750 yards of Kyoto International Manga Museum and 1.1 miles of Nijo Castle, Kyoto Shinmachi Rokkaku grandereverie provides accommodation with free WiFi. Guest rooms come with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a kettle, a bidet, free toiletries and a desk. All guest rooms will provide guests with a fridge.

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Northern Higashiyama

Where to stay in Kyoto - Stay in Northern Higashiyama for nature & shrines

Northern Higashiyama is a great place to stay especially if you like a greener area. You probably need to rent a bike to get around, especially for going shopping or eating in various restaurants. Worry not, there are always restaurants around.

Don't expect to find many hotels in the areas but you will find some authentic ryokans and guesthouses.

This area is home to a multitude of temples, so it's a fantastic place to spend a day visiting those beautiful Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples with perfectly trimmed gardens.

Why stay in Northern Higashiyama

The obvious choice is because you like nature. This area is greener than the rest. It's also fantastic for peace and quiet.

You will need to travel a little to enjoy Kyoto's more authentic spirit. There are not many accommodations around, which makes the place less touristy but also less desirable.

Things to do in Northern Higashiyama

  • Reikanji Temple
  • Honen-in Temple
  • Higashiyama Jisho-ji
  • The Philosopher's Path

Where to Stay in Northern Higashiyama

Kyoto Nanzenji Ryokan Yachiyo
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Kyoto Nanzenji Ryokan Yachiyo

Located next to the historic Nanzen-ji Temple, Kyoto Garden Ryokan Yachiyo features chic Japanese-style rooms and large public baths. It is surrounded by beautiful Japanese gardens, which change their colours each season. With a relaxing ambience, rooms are fitted with tatami (woven-straw) flooring and futon bedding. A flat-screen TV is provided. Some rooms have views of the garden and some come with a private bathroom.

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Ryokan KANADE

Conveniently located in central Kyoto, Ryokan KANADE offers a Japanese-style garden. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space. The rooms in the ryokan are equipped with an electric kettle, private bathroom fitted with a bath, a flat-screen TV and air conditioning, and certain rooms also offer a balcony. Guest rooms have yukata robes.

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Hotel Marufuku Kyoto Higashiyama

Set 450 yards from Samurai Kembu Kyoto, Hotel Marufuku Kyoto Higashiyama in Kyoto provides rooms with air conditioning and free WiFi. Less than 0.6 miles from Shoren-in Temple and a 16-minute walk from Heian Shrine, the property offers a garden and a terrace.  All units in the hotel are equipped with a kettle. Rooms are fitted with a private bathroom with a hot tub, free toiletries and a hairdryer.

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Arashiyama

Where to stay in Kyoto - Stay in Arashiyama for the bamboo forest

Arashiyama is not the most popular place to stay in Kyoto because it's positioned on the outskirts. You can find some seriously fine accommodation around here, but if you want shopping, nightlife and many restaurants, this may not be the first choice.

There are several things to do in Arashiyama, including indulging in some local street food, photographing the Arashiyama bamboo forest and exploring its nearby temples.

In my opinion, Arashiyama is fantastic if you plan to visit Kyoto for its nature and mountains as opposed to city attractions. Perhaps not the best choice for first-time travellers, but definitely a zen place to be in.

Why stay in Arashiyama

Arashiyama looks fantastic. There are so many walking opportunities and the nearby mountains are perfect for hiking lovers. I can't wait to return and enjoy a relaxing night in a superb ryokan.

If you wonder where to stay in Kyoto because it's your first visit to the city, then Arashiyama is a little far from all the great tourist attractions. You will have to commute every morning and evening back to your hotel, which can easily become a bit tedious and pricey too.

Things to do in Arashiyama

  • Arashiyama Bamboo Forest
  • Jojakkoji Temple
  • Nisonin Temple
  • Okochi Sanso Garden

Where to Stay in Arashiyama

Suiran, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Kyoto
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Suiran, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Kyoto

Situated right along the gentle streams of Katsura River and boasting a beautiful Japanese garden, Suiran, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Kyoto offers the perfect getaway for travellers seeking peace and quiet. This upscale accommodation is located just a 15-minute stroll from JR Saga Arashiyama Station and a 3-minute stroll from Tenryuji Temple, which is registered as a UNESCO world heritage site.

Each room is furnished with a flat-screen TV, an electric kettle, a refrigerator and a seating area with a sofa. All rooms include a private bathroom equipped with a bath, a shower and free toiletries. Slippers and bathrobes are also available for your comfort.

Guests can relax at the spa, purchase souvenirs at the gift shop, or soak in the private open-air bath with an advance reservation. Room service, 24-hour front desk and a concierge service are also available on site.

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Rangetsu

Located in a quiet neighbourhood in Arashiyama district, Rangetsu offers Japanese-style accommodations with a private Hinoki cypress wood bath and free wired internet access. Guests can also relax in the public indoor/outdoor baths as well. Keifuku Arashiyama Train Station is a 10-minute walk away.

The air-conditioned rooms feature tatami (woven-straw) floors and Japanese futon bedding. Each comes with a flat-screen TV, a fridge and a safety deposit box. Japanese Yukata robes are provided for all guests. Some rooms have a private open-air bath.

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Hotel Binario Saga Arashiyama

Renovated in 2014, Hotel Binario Saga Arashiyama offers a restaurant, a café and a public bath. JR Sagaarashiyama Train Station and Torokko Saga Station is just a minutes’ walk away. Free WiFi is accessible in all areas.

Each room is air-conditioned and equipped with a flat-screen TV, a safety deposit box and a seating area. An electric kettle and a refrigerator are also provided. Western rooms feature private bathroom facilities, while Japanese-style rooms only come with a toilet. All rooms come with free toiletries and a hairdryer.

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Kurama and Kibune

Where to stay in Kyoto - Stay in Kurama or Kibune for seclusion

Want to visit Kyoto as part of your honeymoon? Or maybe you really like secluded spots? Kurama and Kibune are a pair of tranquil rural villages located 30 minutes train ride away from the North of Kyoto on the Eizan Line.

They are surrounded by forested mountains and you can find the Kurama-dera Mountain Temple, the Yuki-jinja Shrine and the Kurama Onsen here. Kibune is also home to the Kibune-jina shrine.

Why stay in Kurama and Kibune

The silence, beautiful forested mountains and the luxurious ryokans make a perfect romantic getaway for those who want to enjoy a wonderful night or two.

The area doesn't have much accommodation options. Being far from Kyoto centre, you can miss out on the nightlife in the city, as well as shopping and eating opportunities.

This is a place for short-term relaxation and not an alternative to Kyoto for tourists or first-time travellers.

Things to do in Kurama and Kibune

  • Secluded spot for honeymooners
  • Kurama-dera Temple
  • Nature & ryokans all around

Where to Stay in Kurama and Kibune

Kibune Hiroya
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Kibune Hiroya

Featuring a public bath, Kibune Hiroya is situated in Kyoto, just a 3-minute walk from Kifune Shrine. Free private parking is available on site, and free WiFi is available in public areas. Each room comes with a TV, en suite bathroom and seating area. You will find a kettle in the room. For guests' comfort, slippers and free toiletries are provided. Guests can enjoy meals in a guest room or at the kawadoko, an outdoor deck over the river.

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Kurama Onsen

Surrounded by greenery, Kurama Onsen Ryokan features a sauna and hot spring baths with hydrogen sulphide water and minerals. Japanese-style rooms offer spectacular nature views and free WiFi. A free shuttle is available from Kurama Station. Rooms have a tatami (woven-straw) floor, a low table with seating cushions and a TV. A mini-fridge is provided, and there is a seating area with a table and chairs by the window.

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Fushimi Area

Where to stay in Kyoto - Stay in the Fushimi Area for the Fushimi Inari Taisha

The Southern part of Kyoto is not the most popular. There aren't many things to do, apart from visiting the Fushimi Inari Shrine.

You will have to take the subway to other parts of the city which can be quite expensive and rather tedious to do for several days.

There is quiet nightlife and the streets are more residential. However, it could be a great place for a night or two if Fushimi Inari is the main attraction on your visit.

Why stay in Fushimi Area

Stay in the Fushimi Inari area if you plan an early morning or late night visit to the Fushimi Inari Shrine. These are perfect times to take pictures because there are fewer tourists around.

It is too far away from Downtown Kyoto which means you need to commute to visit any tourist attractions or enjoy the traditional Kyoto atmosphere.

Things to do in the Fushimi Area

  • Fushimi Inari Taisha
  • Azumamaro Shrine

Where to Stay in the Fushimi Area

SO Kyoto Fushimi Inari
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SO Kyoto Fushimi Inari

Featuring 2-star accommodation, SO Kyoto Fushimi Inari is set in Kyoto, 750 yards from Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine and 0.9 miles from Tofuku-ji Temple. Built in 2019, the hotel features a TV, a wardrobe, fridge and a private bathroom with a hot tub and free toiletries in every room.

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I hope you found this article about where to stay in Kyoto useful and you are ready to enjoy Japan.

If you have any questions or wish to add something to the guide, please leave a comment in the comments section below.

Planning more trips around Japan? Don't forget to check where to stay in Tokyo and where to stay in Osaka.

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Tracy
26 Aug 2017

What a wonderful detailed post! Just sent to a friend who is visiting in January! Love your photos!

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Lynne
26 Aug 2017

Thanks for this great guide. It's really helpful, whether planning a stay for the first time or re-visiting. I've been to Kyoto quite a few times and know it can be a bit confusing to get to grips with the various districts and best places to stay in the city.

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Emma
26 Aug 2017

Super helpful ! Especially because I think organizing a trip to Japan can be so overwhelming! I went to Tokyo a few years ago and I would love to explore further. tbh !
Thanks for sharing :-)

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Julianne
26 Aug 2017

Thank you so much - this is a lifesaver! We are traveling to Kyoto in October and had no clue where to start looking. Checking out these accommodations and hope to stay in one of them :)

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C-Ludik
26 Aug 2017

Japan has always been on my bucket list ! First, I would love to go to Japan for the Cherry blossoms & to see Kyoto but there are incredible amount of sights to see. It's good to know that the accommodation in Kyoto gets booked pretty quickly and even months in advance. This means that you really need to plan ahead ;-).

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Alexandria Iveson
26 Aug 2017

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Olivia
27 Aug 2017

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Ashish
04 Apr 2019

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