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 Kyoto, I…

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 definitely be tried.  Once we entered the property, we felt the luxury and authenticity at once.  The surrounding neighborhood is very quiet…

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 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 frank,…

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 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 3 star…

Ohanabo

This is one of 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  Facilities tend to be outdated.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 personal touch, I really think you should stay here.  Staff has plenty of heart.  They welcomed us with warmly…

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…

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 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.  An access to the property from Kyoto Station wouldn’t be convenient, though.  It takes 10min by taxi from the station.  It…

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 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 a 5-star hotel service, or if this is your first time staying at…

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…

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. …

Heihachi Tea House Inn

Well, to be honest, I wouldn’t recommend the ryokan, but if you want to experience 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 amazing…

Yado Kiramachi

  Absolutory this is a small spectacular place in Kyoto to stay with attentions 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 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 in Kyoto, I…

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…

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…

Nazuna Kyoto Nijo-jo

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

Hyatt Regency Kyoto Hotel

If this is your first visit Kyoto, I really think you should stay at Hyatt Regency Kyoto Hotel.  An 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…

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…

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. …

Solaria Nishitetsu Hotel Kyoto Premier

This hotel wouldn’t be luxury, but if this is your first visit Kyoto, I would highly recommend Solaria Nishitetsu Hotel Kyoto Premier.  An 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…

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…

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 a long…

Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto

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

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 Kyoto, I wouldn’t recommend it. …

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…

Suiran, a Luxury Collection Hotel Kyoto

  If you love 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…

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 a long term, the property would be great as there is a small kitchen including a microwave, induction cookers, a fridge, an…

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 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…

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…

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, family, small groups,…