Kyoto is one of the world-known tourist spots in Japan. Without a doubt, the city has a number of attractive hotels and ryokans to cater the needs of tourists. The following lists the top ten accommodations, as voted by reviewers in Trip Advisor.
1.Hotel Kanra Kyoto
A small hotel that boasts modern room décor and spacious bathroom. Despite the modern-ness, you can also enjoy a sense of traditional Japanese culture.
The breakfast hall is also stylish!
A hotel with a relaxing atmosphere, decorated with modern Japanese interior design.
Unlike other hotels, patrons are not charged per head. Instead, hotel prices depend on the size of the room. This hotel is thus an economical choice for families and those traveling in groups.
3.The Ritz Carlton Kyoto
The hotel’s location allows patrons to have a magnificient view of the Kamo river.
The hotel exterior is beautifully designed, which showcases a blend of both Japanese and European styles.
The hotel’s interior is decorated with famous local handicrafts (such as Nishijin and Shippomon), giving an essence of traditional Kyoto culture.
4. The Screen
A designer’s hotel, whereby all of the its 13 rooms were individually created by different local and international interior designers.
Here, you can experience a fusion of both traditional Japanese culture and creativity.
Address: 640-1 Shimogoryomae-cho, Maruta-machi, Tera-machi, Chukyou-ku, Kyoto
5.Hotel Anteroom Kyoto
This desinger’s hotel and sharehouse was previously built as a student’s dormitory. Here, you can experience modern Kyoto’s art and culture. It has facilities such as a gallery, restaurant and bar.
There is also an artistic feel in the hotel lobby.
Located in downtown Kyoto, this contemporary-Kyoto styled ryokan was recently renovated.
It is known for its beautiful interior, great food and great customer service.
Its spacious rooms are popular among family and group travellers.
In particular, the wall designs in the hot bath area are chosen to provide a relaxing atmosphere for the patrons.
7. Kyomachiya Ryokan Sakura
This ryokan is located close to Nishi Honganji and is just a 10 min walk from Kyoto station. With its traditional Japanese “mini-hotel” atmosphere and reasonable prices, this ryokan is also popular among foreign travellers.
This ryokan is about 100 years old and located in Arashiyama, one of Kyoto’s famous tourist spots whose scenic views are preserved since the Heian era. One must-see is the river views here.
This ryokan is accessible by taking a small boat from Togetsukyo bridge.
This picture shows the ryokan’s famous Mizu no niwa (water garden). It is also known as the Mizube no shitei (Private residence by the water).
Located nearby Higashi Honganji, this ryokan gives an aura of an old-fashioned small inn. Despite that, you can enjoy cozy atmosphere inside with its interior made of wood.
In the hot bath area, there is a section with a small garden with ikebana (arranged flowering) and a Japanese cypress plant. The latter gives a gentle sweet smell, making your hot bath experience more enjoyable.
This is one of the best ryokans in Kyoto. It was built during the Meji era and many famous people stayed there.
In the main building (honkan), most structures are preserved as they were between the late-Edo and Showa period. Here, you can experience the real ancient Kyoto.
In the new building (shinkan), you can experience a taste of contemporary Japanese.