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The ultimate Guide to finding the best Ryokan in Kyoto

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Kyoto is a unique city in Japan that you should definitely see. Because without Kyoto, no Japan travel itinerary is complete!

While we already talked about the most beautiful temples in Kyoto in another post, in this article, we want to help you find the best Ryokan in Kyoto (some of the Kyoto Ryokans featured even come with their own bathroom (onsen)!), so that you can experience a fantastic stay in traditional Japanese style.

Below, we will look at the top 10 ryokans in Kyoto for different budgets. But before we start looking for the best ryokan to stay in Kyoto, let’s take a look at the different neighborhoods in Kyoto (wards).

What is a Ryokan?

A ryokan is a traditional Japanese accommodation, which can literally be translated as an inn.

This type of Japanese accommodation was already used during the Edo period not only in Kyoto but also in the rest of Japan. The decor of this type of accommodation is typically Japanese: the floor is covered with so-called tatami mats, which is a kind of braided straw. Even the beds are typical Japanese as you sleep on a traditional futon bed. But there is also an increasing amount of rooms with western beds available.

Meals (breakfast and dinner) are included in the price of the night in many ryokans and are also typically Japanese. You might notice already that the experience of staying in a Ryokan and staying in a hotel are totally different.

If you want to get to know the real Japan, you should spend the night in a ryokan at least once. As the cultural and traditional capital of Japan, Kyoto is a perfect choice.

Finding the best Ryokan in Kyoto – Comparison

Ryokan in KyotoStarsLocationPriceReferences, Availability, & Booking
Kyoto Takasegawa Bettei3Shimogyo Ward$$Click here
Kyoumachiya Inn Rakuoan3Shimogyo Ward$Click here
Gion Maifukan4Higashiyama Ward$$Click here
Luck You Kyoto3Shimogyo Ward$$Click here
Yadoya Kikokuso3Shimogyo Ward$$Click here
Yadoru Kyoto Nishijin No Yado5Kamigyo Ward$$Click here
Ryokan Tori3Kamigyo Ward$$Click here
Yasaka Yutone Kyokoyado3Higashiyama Ward$$$Click here
Muromachi Yutone Kyokoyado3Shimogyo Ward$$$Click here
Ryokan Mugen (Adult Only)3Kamigyo Ward$$Click here

In which Neighborhood to stay in Kyoto

Kyoto is divided into a total of 11 neighborhoods, so-called wards. The top Ryokans in Kyoto, which we will take a closer look at below, are located in 3 different of these wards. Therefore we would like to briefly introduce these three wards to you. This will give you an idea of ​​which of Kyoto’s neighborhoods might fit best with you.

Shimogyo Ward

If you are looking for accommodation in the center of Kyoto, this is the place for you. You are definitely right in the middle of where things are happening. You will find everything you need here: restaurants and shops of all kinds.

This area is rather modern in contrast to the other wards presented here. In spite of everything, this neighborhood is one of the most important in the city, as it is home to the Kyoto Station.

The Shimogyo Ward is perfect for travelers who arrive or depart by train, like to be in the center or close to shopping opportunities. This area is also great for enjoying a delicious drink in one of the bars in the evening.

Attractions in Shimogyo Ward

  • Nishi Honganji
  • Higashi Honganji
  • Kyoto Tower

Higashiyama Ward

This part of the city is probably the best for getting to know the traditional Kyoto. Old wooden houses and narrow streets with typical Japanese restaurants and small shops let you immerse yourself even more in the culture of the ancient Japanese capital.

This area of Kyoto offers a beautiful picture, especially at night, when the streets are illuminated by lanterns. You will find “typical Japan”, as you know it from travel magazines.

This part of the city is perfect for those who want to experience traditional Kyoto and want to be close to the main attractions.

Attractions in Higashiyama Ward

  • Kiyumizu-dera Temple
  • Toyokuni Shrine
  • Tofukuji Temple

Kamigyo Ward

The Kamigyo Ward was once the area of the city that was home to the city’s rich and noble citizens. It’s hardly surprising that the Imperial Palace is located in this ward.

This neighborhood is slightly smaller than many others and is just outside of the city’s main attractions (except for the Imperial Palace).

The Kamigyo Ward is perfect for anyone who prefers tranquility and relaxation instead of the hustle and bustle of being close to the center.

Attractions in Kamigyo Ward

  • Kyoto Imperial Palace
  • Kitano Tenmangu Shrine
  • Seimei Shrine

The most beautiful Ryokans in Kyoto – Our favorite

Kyoto Takasegawa Bettei

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Location: In Shimogyo Ward, 1,8 km from Kiyomizu-dera Temple & 0,7 km from Kiyomizu Gojo Station

Stars: 3

Facilities: Garden, free WiFi, daily housekeeping, laundry service

Available Rooms: Deluxe Double or twin room, double room, superior double room, triple room, double room with garden view

Rooms: Air conditioning, flat-screen TV, sofa, socket near the bed, Bluray player, heating, microwave, kettle, cupboard, bidet, telephone, fridge

Bathroom: Private Bathroom

Pros Kyoto Takasegawa Bettei: Cedar Bath, much space in the rooms

Cons Kyoto Takasegawa Bettei: A few minutes walking to reach the station

Perfect for: Couples that want to relax

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Best Kyoto Ryokan – Most affordable Option

Kyoumachiya Inn Rakuoan

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Location: In Shimogyo Ward, 2 km from Kiyomizu-dera Temple & 0,5 km from Kiyomizu Gojo Station

Stars: 3

Facilities: Garden, free WiFi, tea/coffee maker, refrigerator, laundry service

Available Rooms: Double or twin room, triple room, family room, three-room house

Rooms: City view, air conditioning, desk, TV, Bluray player, CD player, kettle, socket near the bed, fridge, microwave, bidet

Bathroom: Shared; Private bathrooms in three-room-house

Pros Kyoumachiya Inn Rakuoan: Great bathroom, great price

Cons Kyoumachiya Inn Rakuoan: Walls are a bit thin, not directly near the sightseeing spots

Perfect for: Families (without very young kids) and couples interested in Sightseeing

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Gion Maifukan

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Location: Higashiyama Ward, 0,9 km from Kiyomizu-Dera Temple, 0,7 km from Gion Shijo Station

Stars:

Facilities: Free WiFi, daily housekeeping, parking, 24-hour front desk

Available Rooms: Twin room, Japanese style room, suite with tatami area

Rooms: Air conditioning, flat-screen TV, slippers, fridge, telephone, deposit box, hairdryer

Bathroom: Private bathroom

Pros Gion Maifukan: Very central location, friendly staff

Cons Gion Maifukan: sometimes weak wifi connection

Perfect for: Sightseeing & architecture lovers

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Luck You Kyoto

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Location: Shimogyo Ward, 3,2 km from Kiyomizu-Dera Temple, 0,9 km from Gojo Station

Stars: 3

Facilities: Shared lounge, bike rental, garden, free WiFi, daily housekeeping

Available Rooms: Superior Room (Japenese Style)

Rooms: Air conditioning, flat-screen TV, soundproof walls, hot tub, bidet, heating, hairdryer, fridge, closet, tatami floor

Bathroom: Private Bathroom

Pros Luck you Kyoto: free use of Onsen, Breakfast is included in the room price

Cons Luck you Kyoto: Onsen is closed on Mondays, walk to attractions necessary

Perfect for: Couples & friends that don’t mind walking

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Yadoya Kikokuso

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Location: Shimogyo Ward, 2 km from Kiyomizu-dera Temple, 0,7 km from Gojo Station

Stars: 3

Facilities: Garden, free WiFi, parking

Available Rooms: Standard Room with Shared Bathroom (Japanese Style), Standard Room with Private Bathroom (Japanese Style), Superior Room with Shared Bathroom (Japanese Style)

Rooms: Flat-screen TV, seating area (some rooms), slippers, air conditioning, telephone, iron, heating, hairdryer, tatami floor, table for eating, socket near the bed

Bathroom: Shared; some come with private bathroom

Pros Yadoya Kikokuso: Family run (for 5 generations), very friendly hosts

Cons Yadoya Kikokuso: The doors are closed at 11 p.m. (Curfew)

Perfect for: Couples and families interested in sightseeing & Japanese culture

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Yadoru Kyoto Nishijin No Yado

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Location: Kamigyo Ward, 6,5 km to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, 1 km to Imadegawa Station

Stars: 5

Facilities: Free WiFi, garden, heating, daily housekeeping

Available Rooms: Double Room, Quadruple Rooms

Zimmer: Tatami floor (braided straw), air conditioning, microwave, refrigerator, kettle, bidet, hairdryer, closet, flat-screen TV, toaster, heating, coffee machine

Bathroom: Private bathroom

Pros Yadoru Kyoto Nishijin No Yado: Very new and well equipped

Cons Yadoru Kyoto Nishijin No Yado: Not close to Kiyomizu-dera temple

Perfect for: Couples & families looking for luxury

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Ryokan Tori

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Location: Kamigyo Ward, 7 km to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, 1,1 km to Kitano Hakubaicho Station

Stars: 3

Facilities: free WiFi, refrigerator, daily housekeeping, breakfast included

Available Rooms: Economy Room (Japanese Style)

Rooms: Tatami floor (braided straw), air conditioning, slippers, fridge, heating, hairdryer, kettle

Bathroom: Shared bathroom

Pros Ryokan Tori: Tea ceremony and breakfast included

Cons Ryokan Tori: Outside the center of Kyoto

Perfect for: Guests interested in architecture and city walks

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Yasaka Yutone Kyokoyado

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Location: Higashiyama Ward, 0,7 km to Kiyomizu-dera Tempel, 0,8 km to Gion Shijo Station

Stars: 3

Facilities: free WiFi, heating, daily housekeeping, library, massage service, 3-course menu available, refrigerator, tea/coffee maker, computer

Available Rooms: Double Room, Triple Room, Twin Room

Rooms: Tatami floor (braided straw), air conditioning, LCD TV, sitting area, mini-fridge, coffee machine, bathrobe, heating, hairdryer, kettle

Bathroom: Private with cypress bathtub

Pros Yasaka Yutone Kyokoyado: The cypress bathtub looks extremely beautiful

Cons Yasaka Yutone Kyokoyado: Hardly English-speaking staff

Perfect for: Guests for whom outstanding design is important

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Muromachi Yutone Kyokoyado

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Location: Shimogyo Ward, 2,5 km to Kiyomizu-dera Tempel, 0,4 km to Gojo Station

Stars: 3

Facilities: free WiFi, restaurant with Japanese cuisine, Japanese or Western breakfast, garden, daily housekeeping

Available Rooms: Double Room, Twin Room, Triple Room

Rooms: Tatami floor (woven-straw), air conditioning, flat-screen TV, soundproof walls, coffee machine, bidet, safety deposit box, socket near the bed, refrigerator, heating, alarm clock, kettle, sofa

Bathroom: Private Bathroom

Pros Muromachi Yutone Kyokoyado: Great restaurant right on-site

Cons Muromachi Yutone Kyokoyado: A little bit outside of the city center

Perfect for: Guests who like it a little quieter and want to enjoy traditional Japanese cuisine

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Ryokan Mugen (Adult Only)

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Location: Kamigyo Ward, 6,1 km to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, 1,2 km to Imadegawa Station

Stars: 3

Facilities: free WiFi, lounge, bar, bike rental, parking, garden, laundry service, daily housekeeping

Available Rooms: Single room, Twin room (Japanese style), Standard twin room

Rooms: Tatami floor (braided straw) in Japanese style rooms, air conditioning, bathroom, hairdryer, bidet, sofa, heating

Bathroom: Private Bathroom

Pros Ryokan Mugen: Accommodation in a quiet environment

Cons Ryokan Mugen: A bit outside of the city center, fully booked long in advance

Perfect for: Solo travelers & Couples without kids

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Are you looking for more inspiration? Check out all the accommodations in Kyoto or get more information on TripAdvisor

Have you stayed in a Ryokan in Kyoto? Which is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!

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