Best Hotels in Kyoto, Japan

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On a tree-lined street with restaurants and shops, this upmarket hillside hotel is a 9-minute walk from Shichijo train station and 2 km from Kiyomizu-Dera, a hilltop Buddhist temple.

Airy, polished rooms with sitting areas offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and iPads, as well as minibars, tea and coffeemakers, and balconies with garden views. The 1- and 2- bedroom suites add separate living rooms; some have kitchens. Room service is available.

Amenities include 2 restaurants and a chic bar, plus an indoor pool, 2 hot tubs and a 24-hour gym. There's also a spa. A tranquil garden has a pond and a teahouse. Breakfast and valet parking are extra.

Set in the contemporary Kyoto Station complex, this sprawling, high-end hotel features interiors filled with modern art. It's 2 km from Tō-ji Buddhist temple and 4 km Nijo-jo Castle.

Warm, sophisticated rooms offer free Wi-Fi, minifridges and flat-screen TVs. Upgraded rooms add sitting areas, while club-level rooms have access to a private lounge with drinks. Suites include living rooms and espresso machines. Room service is available.

The 8 dining options include an upscale French restaurant, and a 15th-floor restaurant/bar with panoramic city views. There's also an indoor pool, a fitness center and a hot tub. Parking is available (fee).

A 5-minute walk from Kyoto train station, this sleek hotel on a tree-lined street is a 9-minute walk from an observation deck on the Kyoto Tower and 4 km from the 8th-century Fushimi Inari Taisha Shinto shrine.

Relaxed rooms offer Wi-Fi, flat-screens and safes, plus minifridges and Nespresso machines. Upgraded rooms add sitting areas. Suites feature separate living areas. Club level quarters provide access to a private lounge.

There's a refined Italian bar/restaurant with a terrace. Other amenities include meeting space and a business center, as well as an exercise room. Breakfast is available.

A 3-minute walk from views at Kyoto Tower, this contemporary hotel is 4 minutes on foot from Kyoto train station and 4 km from Maruyama Park.

The minimalist rooms feature flat-screen TVs, rainfall showers and minibars. Suites add sitting areas, some with tatami floors, and/or kitchenettes. Some offer terraces.

There are 2 restaurants, 1 of which serves Italian cuisine. Other amenities include a garden and a modern tea bar.

On the shores of the Kamogawa River and with views of the Higashiyama mountains, this luxe hotel with a serene vibe is a 6-minute walk from a subway station and 2 km from the vibrant district of Gion.

Elegant rooms feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screens and marble bathrooms. All come with garden, river or mountain views. Suites add living rooms; some offer furnished decks. Room service is available 24/7.

Hiking, cycling and art tours are complimentary, as are craft workshops and a kids' treasure hunt. Dining options include 4 refined restaurants, 1 serving Italian fare, and a polished bar. There's also a 24-hour gym, an indoor pool and a spa.

Within the Higashiyama district, this refined, upmarket hotel with a traditional vibe is 15 minutes' walk from Kiyomizu-dera, an iconic temple on Mount Otowa, and 3 km from Kyoto railway station.

Understated rooms provide complimentary Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, as well as minibars, Nespresso machines and teamaking facilities. Upgraded rooms add living areas.

A train station shuttle is free. There's a minimalist bar, and a warm restaurant featuring wooden partitions. Other amenities include a gender-segregated, communal bathhouse and an elegant garden. Parking is available (fee).

Set in a striking circular building among parkland, this polished hotel is a 6-minute walk from Kokusaikaikan train station and 7 km from the iconic Kinkaku-ji, a Buddhist temple covered in gold leaf.

Airy, relaxed rooms with park views offer free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, as well as minifridges. The 1- and 2-bedroom suites add living rooms; some also have dining areas.

Parking is complimentary. The 4 dining options include upscale French and Chinese restaurants, a traditional Japanese eatery and a tea house. There's also an elegant bar.

Along the Kamo River in the Gion geisha district, this elegant hotel is a 2-minute walk from Sanjo train station and an 11-minute walk from the Yasaka Shrine.

Refined rooms feature hand-painted lacquer furniture, traditional hand-carved wooden artwork and tea ceremony sets. All have Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and heated floors, plus en suite bathrooms with whirlpool tubs and TVs. Upgraded rooms offer sofabeds, balconies and/or river views. Breakfast is available and served in-room.

There's an entrance lobby with striking glass mosaics of paintings by a local 18th-century artist, as well as a lounge with tatami mats.

In the downtown district of Kamigyō-ku, this refined hotel is a 6-minute walk from the Kyoto Imperial Palace, a 10-minute walk from Imadegawa subway station and 2 km from the 17th-century Nijō Castle.

Sleek, modern rooms feature complimentary Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, as well as rainfall showers, minifridges and desks. Some have balconies with city views; suites add separate living rooms.

A free subway shuttle is available. There are 4 upscale restaurants, including teppanyaki and Cantonese eateries, as well as an understated cafe in the lobby atrium.

Laid-back hotel offering simply furnished rooms & suites, some with kitchenettes, plus free Wi-Fi.



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