Villa Sanjomuromachi KYOTO

If you are looking for sophisticated boutique hotels in Kyoto, I would highly recommend staying at Villa Sanjomuromachi KYOTO.  This is like a hideaway for adults.  There are only 12 rooms.  We never met other guests.  Absolutely the property completely emphasizes private experiences for each guest.  Perhaps, if this is your first visit to Kyoto,…

Gion Hatanaka

If you are a connoisseur of Japan, I would highly recommend Gion Hatanaka.  This is a spectacular place to stay with attention to every detail.  The experience is pure Japan and should be tried.  Once we entered the property, we felt the luxury and authenticity at once.  The surrounding neighborhood is very quiet even though…

Cross Hotel Kyoto

This hotel wouldn’t be luxury, but very cozy, functional, and modern.  If you are a couple, a business person, or a solo traveler, I would highly recommend staying at Cross Hotel Kyoto.  Perhaps, if you have a lot of activities in Kyoto, the hotel would be great.  The location is in downtown Kyoto.  To be…

THE THOUSAND KYOTO

If you are looking for stylish hotels near Kyoto Station, I would highly recommend THE THOUSAND KYOTO.  Perhaps, if this is your first visit to Kyoto, I really think you should stay here.  To be honest, I thought that the property would be like a typical chain business hotel.  Because it is rated a 3-star…

Ohanabo

This is one of the amazing cozy ryokans in Kyoto.  Actually Ohanabo is not luxury.  Facilities tend to be outdated.  The building is aged.  However, it’s truly worth staying here.  If you want to experience signature Japanese hospitality with a personal touch, I really think you should stay here.  The staff has plenty of heart.  They…

Seikoro Ryokan

If you are looking for a traditional ryokan adventure in Kyoto, I really think you should stay at Seikoro Ryokan.  Perhaps, if you are a connoisseur of Japan, I would highly recommend it.  On the other hand, if you are looking for modern ryokans, this is not.  Perhaps if this is your first time staying at…

Hoshino Resorts L’Hotel de Hiei

When I have a chance to visit Kyoto in the summer season, I always stay at this small resort hotel.  Because Kyoto City is much hotter than Tokyo during the season.  It would be hard to walk outside in the city, but luckily, the temperature around the hotel is much lower than in Kyoto city. …

Saka Hotel Kyoto

If this is your first time visiting Kyoto, I would highly recommend Saka Hotel Kyoto.  Perhaps if you love Kyoto like me, I really think you should stay here.  The location is definitely perfect.  Access to the property from Kyoto Station wouldn’t be convenient, though.  It takes 10min by taxi from the station.  It costs…

Hotel The Celestine Kyoto Gion

Some people sometimes ask me “I want to stay in the southern Higashiyama area but there are only ryokans around here.  Do you know where modern hotels are in the area?”  I understand that most of the authentic ryokans have only limited facilities.  Some people wouldn’t appreciate it.  Also if you bring small children or…

Ryokan Inn Yoshida sanso

If you are a connoisseur of Kyoto, I really think you should stay at Ryokan Inn Yoshida-sanso.  This is a spectacular place to stay with attention to every detail.  It is like another world.  On the other hand, if you expect 5-star hotel service, or if this is your first time staying at ryokans, I…

Ryokan Genhouin

We recently stayed at Ryokan Genhouin.  Everything, such as a traditional garden, architecture, and interior, etc., is indescribably beautiful.  It’s like you’re in another world.  The ambiance is very charming, quaint, and serene.  The location would be definitely perfect if you love Kyoto.  The environment surrounding the property is sophisticated.  It’s not great access to…

Nanzenji sando KIKUSUI

What a magical place!  This is a spectacular venue in Kyoto, especially a beautiful traditional garden.  Recently we stayed at Nanzenji Sando KIKUSUI after renovation in June 2018.  If you are looking for a rejuvenating and refreshing oasis in Kyoto, I really think you should stay here.  I’m sure you won’t regret your decision.  Perhaps…

Heihachi Tea House Inn

Well, to be honest, I wouldn’t recommend the ryokan, but if you want to experience a very authentic ryokan adventure, or if you are really keen on Japanese culture, history, and architecture, I really think you should stay at Heihachi Tea House Inn.  Perhaps if you are a connoisseur of Kyoto, the property may be…

Yado Kiramachi

Absolutory this is a small spectacular place in Kyoto to stay with attention to every detail.  This Machiya-style building is quite close to the original.  It seems that it’s been renovated recently.  Actually the property wouldn’t be “pure Kyoto-style”, though.  The property may be for international visitors.  Kyoto is one of the well-known spots in…

Yuzuya Ryokan

If you are looking for an authentic Japanese ryokan adventure in Kyoto, I really think you should stay at Yuzuya Ryokan.  Perhaps, if you are a connoisseur of Kyoto, I would recommend it.  The surrounding environment is very much Kyoto.  On the other hand, if this is your first time visiting Kyoto, I wouldn’t recommend…

Muromachi Yutone Kyokoyado

This is my cup of tea.  No doubt this is one of the best in Kyoto.  If you are looking for a small ryokan adventure, I really think you should stay at Muromachi Yutone Kyokoyado.  Perhaps, if this is your first visit Kyoto, I would highly recommend it.  This is like a secret hideaway for…

Yasaka Yutone Kyokoyado

If you want to get much of an immersive “Japanese traditional experience”, I would highly recommend this small ryokan.  This is like a hideaway for adults.  The location is very much Kyoto.  There are only 7 rooms.  Yasaka Yutone Kyokoyado completely emphasizes private experiences for each guest.  Perhaps if this is your first time staying at…

Nazuna Kyoto Nijo jo

If this is your first visit Kyoto, I really think you should stay at Nazuna Kyoto Nijo-jo.   Access to the property would be very easy.  It takes 5min on foot from Nijojo-Mae Station.  The location is definitely convenient to go sightseeing.  The neighborhood is not very much Kyoto, though.  Perhaps, if this is your first…

Hyatt Regency Kyoto Hotel

If this is your first visit Kyoto, I really think you should stay at Hyatt Regency Kyoto Hotel.  Access to the property would be easy from Kyoto Station.  It takes 5min by taxi.  Perhaps, if you prefer hotels to ryokans, I would highly recommend it.   The ambiance would be lively, modern, and sophisticated.  Hyatt Regency…

Jeugiya

If you love Kyoto, I really think you should stay here.  Perhaps if you want to get an authentic luxury ryokan adventure in Kyoto, I would highly recommend it.  It’s truly worth staying at Jeugiya.  Actually this is not ryokan-style.  This is like a holiday home in Kyoto.  If this is your first time staying…

The Ritz Carlton Kyoto

This hotel is one of the best in JAPAN.  We have stayed at The Ritz Carlton Tokyo, Osaka, and Okinawa but The Ritz Carlton Kyoto would exceed others.  Everything, such as hospitality, ambiance, food, and facilities is impeccable.  If you are looking for luxury hotels in Kyoto, I really think you should stay here.  Perhaps,…

Solaria Nishitetsu Hotel Kyoto Premier

This hotel wouldn’t be luxurious, but if this is your first visit Kyoto, I would highly recommend Solaria Nishitetsu Hotel Kyoto Premier.  Access to the property is easy and great access to public transportation when you go sightseeing.  Also, there are many restaurants, cafés, and shops, etc., within walking distance.   The atmosphere is not very…

Hotel Kanra Kyoto

If this is your first visit Kyoto, I would highly recommend Hotel Kanra Kyoto.  Because the location is near Kyoto Station, and great access to public transportation when you go sightseeing.  Also, there are many shops, restaurants, and cafes, etc., nearby.  Perhaps if you bring small children, it would be much more comfortable than others. …

Aoi Hotel Kyoto

If you are looking for Machiya-style properties, I would highly recommend Aoi Hotel Kyoto.  This is like a holiday home in Kyoto.  Everything, furniture, decorations, and interior tend to be sophisticated.   The ambiance is unique in that it feels luxurious and down to earth.  Perhaps if you plan to stay in Kyoto for the long…

Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto

If you are looking for luxury hotels in the Higashiyama area, I really think you should stay at Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto.  This property would be one of the fine hotels in the world.  The hardware is clearly outstanding and is enhanced by memorable views.  In particular, we were truly impressed with the traditional garden. …

Sumiya Kihoan Ryokan

If you are looking for ryokans with hot springs in Kyoto, I really think you should stay at Sumiya Kihoan Ryokan.  Perhaps if you are looking for secret hideaways for adults in Kyoto, I would highly recommend it.  On the other hand, if this is your first visit to Kyoto, I wouldn’t recommend it.  The…

Kyo Yunohana Resort Suisen

This is my cup of tea.  If you are looking for ryokans with hot springs in Kyoto, I really think you should stay at Kyo Yunohana Resort Suisen.  The property has wonderful rooms with private hot springs.  Perhaps if you are looking for a rejuvenating and refreshing oasis, I would highly recommend it.  On the…

Suiran, a Luxury Collection Hotel Kyoto

If you love the Arashiyama area, I really think you should stay at Suiran, a Luxury Collection Hotel Kyoto.  Perhaps, if you want to get much of an immersive “Japanese-style luxury” experience as you expect, I would highly recommend it.  We were overwhelmed by the beauty of the traditional garden, architecture, and interior.  On the…

Kiraku Kyoto Aneyakoji

This machiya-style villa is one of the best in Kyoto.  If you want to experience Machiya-style properties, I would highly recommend Kiraku Kyoto Aneyakoji.  This is like a luxury holiday home in Kyoto.  You can discover the traditional Kyoto-style way of life during your stay.  It would be wonderful for family or groups, but not…

Kyonoyado Gekkoan

If this is your first visit Kyoto, or if you want to stay at Machiya-style accommodations, I would highly recommend Kyonoyado Gekkoan.  Perhaps if you plan to stay in Kyoto for the long term, the property would be great as there is a small kitchen including a microwave, induction cookers, a fridge, an electric kettle,…

Hoshinoya Kyoto Ryokan

If this is your first time staying at modern ryokans, I really think you should stay at Hoshinoya Kyoto.  Perhaps if you want to experience a ryokan adventure in the Arashiyama area, I would recommend it.  On the other hand, if you are looking for ryokans with hot springs in Kyoto, I would rather recommend…

Aoi Kyoto Stay

 If you are looking for modern Machiya-style accommodations, I really think you should stay here.  This is like a holiday home in Kyoto.  Aoi Kyoto Stay has 6 townhouses in Kyoto city.  In particular, I would highly recommend booking “Aoi Kamogawa-tei” if you are going to stay here.  You can take it easy with a…

Hana Touro Stay Yasakano tou Machiya Premium

This Machiya-style property is very unique, stylish, and cool.  This is like a holiday home in Kyoto.  The location is definitely perfect.  If you want to stay somewhere reminiscent of Kyoto, I would highly recommend Hana-Touro Stay Yasakano-tou Machiya Premium.  It wouldn’t be luxury, but if you love Kyoto, it’s truly worth it.  Just hanging…

Arashiyama Benkei

If you are looking for an authentic ryokan adventure in Arashiyama, I would highly recommend Arashiyama Benkei.  Perhaps, if you love Arashiyama, I really think you should stay here.  I’m sure you can get much of an immersive “Kyoto view” experience as you expect.  Arashiyama Benkei would be great for couples, families, small groups, or…