Choosing hotels in Kyoto. Which area would you like to stay?
Kyoto is a place where most tourists coming to Japan will go sightseeing. Kyoto is the ancient capital of Japan and there are a number of world heritage sites so that it attracts both domestic and foreign tourists, and has the endless stream of tourists coming in. As you know, there are many hotels and Japanese style inns in Kyoto, but which area will it be recommended to stay? Let's take a look at the hotel situation in Kyoto.
Accommodation area in Kyoto should be selected by sightseeing spots
Kyoto is a city that many tourists come all year round, especially during summer holidays, early-May holidays, and dates that special events are held such as Daimonji Okuribi (the Great Bonfire Event) on August 16th. Although there are bus services, it might be full and you may not be able to get on. Such situations often occur. Also, traffic jams are crazy, and it is said that it often takes more than 1 hour or more to where usually takes just 20 minutes. So, even if you plan to go around many tourist sites, you won't be on time, and you won't be able to go where you want. To avoid this, it is important to choose your accommodation that can be reached by train to the tourist destination. Based on that, I would like to introduce three recommended areas.
Based on that, I would like to introduce three recommended areas.
Three recommended areas to stay in Kyoto
Higashiyama is the most crowded areas with Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Yasaka-jinja Shrine, and Sanju-Sangen-do Temple. We recommend you to stay in Gion area and move around on foot or bicycle. There are direct bus routes to Kinkaku-ji Temple, Ninna-ji Temple, Shimogamo-jinja Shrine, etc. however, using a bus after approaching the nearest station by train, is a key for time-saving.
Staying in this area has a good feature, which you enjoy walking around the city of Kyoto. Walking along the streets lined with variety goods shop and cafés, and if you like alcohol you can also go bar hopping. There are also various types of accommodations, such as guest houses, hotels, and Japanese style inns.
Arashiyama is also a very popular tourist area and suitable as a place to stay in Kyoto. There are many typical Kyoto spots such as Tenryu-ji Temple, Togetsu-kyo Bridge, and a path in bamboo groves. You can walk around and visit many temples and shrines. Also, you can enjoy Arashiyama Onsen hot spring if you choose this area. There are many historical Japanese inns and hotels, as well as guest-houses.
3. Around JR Kyoto Station, JR Sagano Line
It is also recommended to stay in the area around JR Kyoto Station and JR Sagano Line. Not only is it the base point of subways and bus routes of Kyoto city but also it is convenient and can be a base spot for sightseeing of Kansai region including Osaka and Nara. If you use JR pass etc., you can enjoy around the cities with great advantage.
Especially the area around Kyoto Station is very convenient for shopping, and you will have no difficulty to find restaurants and entertainments too. You can also have a good access to Fushimi Inari Shrine with red torii gates, which is the most popular place among foreign tourists. From capsule hotels, guest houses to prestigious hotels, there are a wide range of accommodation options in this area.
If you stay in Kyoto, Airbnb is also one of the options
If you are staying in a big city such as Kyoto, Tokyo, or Osaka, you can also use a service that introduces accommodation facilities using private houses such as Airbnb. In addition to hotels and Japanese inns, local people are offering their homes and rental houses to the travelers, so it is a good idea to check them as backups when no reservation can be made or no places to fit your budget. Room rates are relatively inexpensive. Not only ordinary apartments and houses, but it is also a surprise that you may be able to stay in an old traditional house or house like a castle.
However, the level and service of each room are different, and it is sometimes difficult to find the place where is located in the middle of residential area. It may also take a while for check-in. Before use this service, you need to understand that it is not the same as hotels and Japanese inns will offer.
Find Kyoto style accommodation, using vacation rental sites
Well, how about in Kyoto? As I researched, more than 460 properties were registered as accommodation facilities in Kyoto City. Over 80 sties among them are Japan's unique properties, such as old house and machiya (town house).
What makes us happy is that there are guesthouses in every area of Kyoto, and you may have a chance to stay in a unique Kyoto style town house or old house. In addition, you can also find relatively inexpensive accommodation facilities compared to hotels and Japanese inns.
Different from staying at an ordinary hotel, it could be a great feature that you can experience staying at unique accommodation facilities. I feel that the experience such as interacting with local people and being able to participate in the customs and daily life of the local are actually the essence of the enjoyment of travel.
The following sites are providing the vacation rental services in Japan.
*The above information was last updated May 12, 2018. For further information, please contact the restaurant directly.
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