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The ancient capital of Japan for over 1,000 years, Kyoto remains the most historically important city in Japan. At first glance, Kyoto appears to be like any other Japanese city. It is a sprawling metropolis with a population of over 1.5 million people, and it possesses prosperous industrial and technological sectors. However, with a good map in hand and some planning in mind a visitor will quickly discover the incredible richness of Kyoto's past. There are over 1,700 Buddhist temples, 300 Shinto shrines, palaces and gardens, and some of Japan's top museums and galleries are located in this city. Although there is so much to see and do in Kyoto, even a short-time visitor can soon get an appreciation of what this ancient imperial capital has to offer.

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High Season Ideas:
Flexible Dates - let us know if your dates are flexible for your stay in Kyoto.
One or Two Nights in a Ryokan - ryokans have rooms but staying 3-5 nights might be impossible. Try one night for the ryokan experience and then the other nights in a Western hotel.
Alternative Destinations - staying at a ryokan is an important part of your Japan experience but Kyoto might not be the ideal location for this during high season. Try a hot spring ryokan or a nearby destination in the Kansai Area, Rural Kyoto, Nara, Lake Biwa or Kurashiki. If you have a JR Rail Pass then you will be able to be more flexible.
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    Heianbo

    Style: Traditional Ryokan

    Welcome to Heianbo. Ideally located from JR Kyoto train station, this Traditional Ryokan is full of character and atmosphere. Within Heianbo, guests cross a small traditional Japanese bridge, to reach the guest rooms. All of the 20 guest rooms at Heianbo are Japanese-style, and most of the guest rooms have their own private baths and toilets (there are 2 guest rooms without their own private toilets or bathing facilities). Notice for guests with allergies, this ryokan has 2 pet cat...

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    ¥7000 ~ ¥10000

     

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    Tamahan

    Style: Traditional Ryokan

    Welcome to Tamahan. This Traditional Ryokan is located in the historical Gion section of Kyoto. Many years ago Tamahan was originally a summer home of a stock trader who lived in Osaka. Tamahan first opened for business in 1929 as a ryokan specializing in Kyoto cuisine. This ryokan has continued this tradition, and today it is still serving the same high quality Kyoto cuisine. Tamahan is a special ryokan, unlike most ryokans in Japan, appealing to a certain kind of guest. It is a very, ve...

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    ¥20000 ~ ¥70000

     

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    Kawashima Ryokan

    Style: Traditional Ryokan

    Welcome to Kawashima Ryokan. This Traditional Ryokan is conveniently located near many of the best places to go sightseeing in Kyoto, including the historic Gion district and a number of old temples. This traditional ryokan has been in business since 1901, and it is currently in its third generation of family ownership. Traditional Japanese meals are served to guests at Kawashima Ryokan. Check-in time is after 15:00 and check-out time is before 10:00 am. English and French are spoken.

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    ¥7000 ~ ¥10000

     

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    Gion Fukuzumi

    Style: Modern Ryokan

    Welcome to Gion Fukuzumi. This Modern Ryokan is located in the heart of the historical district of Gion in Kyoto, and guests can easily access some of the world-famous historic sights such as Kiyomizu Temple and Yasaka Shrine. Inside Gion Fukuzumi, guests are greeted with the fragrance of incense and the smell of freshly-cut flowers. All of the 23 guest rooms are traditional Japanese-style rooms, and guests can soak in the indoor and outdoor baths while taking in the view of Kyoto's Higas...

    Price Per Person:
    ¥10000 ~ ¥20000

     

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    Ryokan Motonago

    Style: Traditional Ryokan

    Welcome to Ryokan Motonago. This Traditional Ryokan opened over 30 years ago and the building is over 100 years old. Originally, the building was a private house so each room is unique and has its own different style and design. Motonago Ryokan is a cozy and friendly Traditional Ryokan with 11 traditional Japanese-style rooms, and Kyoto-style meals are served in the guest rooms. There are also shared baths (same gender only) for both women and men. Situated near the Gion district, the Mot...

    Price Per Person:
    ¥15000 ~ ¥20000

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    Izuyasu Ryokan

    Style: Traditional Ryokan

    Welcome to the Izuyasu Ryokan. This Traditional Ryokan (opened in 1839 and remodeled in 2013) is perfectly located in the center of Kyoto, it takes only a few minutes by walk from the JR Kyoto train station to the ryokan. This ryokan is a real illustration of the historical ryokans in Kyoto. The ryokan staff will welcome you and make you feel comfortable in their hotel, they do speak basic English. In this ryokan guests have a chance to experience the Kyoto Kaiseki. If you want to stay in...

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    ¥20000 ~ ¥30000

     

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    Karatachi

    Style: Modern Ryokan

    Welcome to Karatachi. This Modern Ryokan is located south of JR Kyoto train station near the JR Inari train station. It is located near Fushimi Inari Shrine which is the most famous of several thousand shrines dedicated to Inari (Shinto's God of rice) across Japan. Karatachi has all Japanese-style guest rooms, and none of the guest rooms have private baths or toilets. Guests can bathe in the ryokan's shared baths (same gender only). Check-in time is after 15:00 (3:00pm) and check-out time...

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    ¥7000 ~ ¥10000

     

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    Togetsutei

    Style: Traditional Ryokan

    Welcome to Togetsutei. This beautiful Traditional Ryokan is located in the heart of Arashiyama. Togetsutei has 25 traditional Japanese-style rooms, and all of the rooms have their own private bath and toilet. There are shared indoor baths for both women and men at Togetsutei (same gender bathing only), and a sauna is also available. Japanese style meals are served in the privacy of the guest rooms. Check-in time is after 15:00 and check-out time is before 10:00 am. Parking is available.

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    ¥15000 ~ ¥30000

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    Kikokuso

    Style: Traditional Ryokan

    Welcome to Kikokuso. This wooden, 2 story Traditional Ryokan has a genuine family atmosphere and is conveniently located in central Kyoto. Kikokuso has 5 Japanese-style guest rooms and a very pretty Japanese garden. This is an old-fashioned traditional ryokan and only one guest room has a private bath and toilet - the other 4 guest rooms do not have private baths or toilets. There is also a shared rock bath for the guests, and traditional Kyoto style cuisine is served as well. Check-in t...

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    ¥15000 ~ ¥30000

     

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    Nishiyama Ryokan

    Style: Ryokan Hotel

    Welcome to the Nishiyama Ryokan. This family-run Ryokan Hotel has 25 Japanese-style rooms, and most rooms have their own private bath and toilet. From the large, shared baths (same gender only) at the Nishiyama Ryokan, guests have a nice view of the waterfall in the ryokan's Japanese garden. Nishiyama Ryokan is conveniently located in the center of the major sightseeing attractions in Kyoto. Guests will be served fresh, seasonal Japanese-style cuisine. For guests staying more than 1 night...

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    ¥10000 ~ ¥15000

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    Yoshikawa

    Style: Traditional Ryokan

    Welcome to the Yoshikawa. This Traditional Ryokan is located in the central Kyoto, near the Kyoto Imperial Palace Park and Nijojo Castle. Yoshikawa was built about 120 years ago in the Sukiya architectural style. Its garden is a good example of Enshuu style. Each of the ryokan's 8 Japanese guest rooms have a private bath and toilet. Yoshikawa is well known in Kyoto for its traditional kaiseki and tempura.

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    ¥30000 ~ ¥70000

     

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    Hiiragiya Ryokan

    Style: Traditional Ryokan

    Welcome to Hiiragiya Ryokan. This Traditional Ryokan opened for business in 1818 and it is one of the finest ryokans in Kyoto. It has been operated by the same family for 6 generations. This 2 story wooden ryokan has Japanese-style guest rooms. From some of the rooms, guests can enjoy the view of Hiiiragiya Ryokan's Japanese garden. This ryokan has "family baths" where you can reserve some private time in the public bath (not a hot spring bath). These baths are open from 15:00 to 23:00 an...

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    ¥30000 ~ ¥100000

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    Yachiyo

    Style: Traditional Ryokan

    Welcome to Yachiyo. This Traditional Ryokan opened for business in 1916 near Nanzenji Temple, and originally it was the Kyoto residence of the present owner's (Mr. Nakanishi) great grandfather. Yachiyo was designed in the traditional "sukiya" style of Japanese architecture, and the roofs of the main building are made of Japanese cypress. Yachiyo's 330 square meter Japanese garden is stunning, and it was designed by Jihe-e Ogawa who designed the world famous garden at Heian Jingu Shrine. T...

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    ¥15000 ~ ¥30000

     

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    Arashiyama Benkei

    Style: Traditional Ryokan

    Welcome to Arashiyama Benkei a Traditional Ryokan. Arashiyama Benkei was a Heian Period (794 to 1185) country estate once used by vacationing court nobles. Arashiyama remains famous for Ukai, an ancient method of catching Japanese trout using trained cormorants birds. Kyoto ryokan Arashiyama Benkei's location at the foot of Mt Arashiyama in Kyoto allows our visitors to experience the beauty of the changing seasons. A traditional Japanese ryokan, Kyoto Ryokan Arashiyama Benkei's esteemed g...

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    ¥30000 ~ ¥50000

     

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    Kyomachiya Ryokan Sakura - Honganji

    Style: Modern Ryokan

    Welcome to the Kyomachiya Ryokan Sakura - Honganji. This Modern Ryokan is only a 10 minute walk from Kyoto JR Station. Kyomachiya Ryokan Sakura - Honganji is a 3 story inn with 30 guest rooms all with a private bath and toilet. Views for your room will be either of the Kyomachiya Ryokan Sakura - Honganji's garden or of Kyoto city. Dinner is not served but you can order a Japanese breakfast when checking in.

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    ¥7000 ~ ¥15000

     

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