The 15 Coolest Hotels in Tokyo
Jul 29, 2019
We've spent hours researching blogs and glossy magazines for the best hotel recommendations. These are our top picks of the coolest hotels in Kyoto. Bon voyage!
Updated Jan 17, 2020
“Very futuristic vibe. The capsule felt like I was on a spaceship. Extremely cool experience and very clean! Highly recommend this for anyone who wants to experience a capsule hotel.”
Offering a spaceship-like atmosphere of clean lines and calm spaces, 9 Hours Kyoto provides unique capsule beds just a 2-minute walk from Kawaramachi Train Station. Completely non-smoking, the hotel has separate floors for men and women.
The custom-designed capsules at 9 Hours Kyoto Teramachi include a light-based alarm clock, specialised pillow and high-grade linens. Room wear and slippers are provided. Showers and toilets are shared, and the hotel offers its own Japan-made bathing amenities. Guests can stay in beds next to one another by reserving a two capsule room.
A convenience store is right next to the hotel, which is a 10-minute taxi ride from JR Kyoto Train Station. Yasaka Shrine is a 15-minute walk and Kodai-ji Temple is a 20-minute walk away.
The lobby has free Wi-Fi and a free-use internet station. The 24-hour front desk offers luggage storage.
“Great hotel with a modern design aesthetic and very spacious rooms for Japan. Walking distance to Gion District with some very nice restaurants close by. Wouldn’t hesitate to stay here again!”
ENSO ANGO TOMI Ⅱ features a restaurant, garden, a fitness centre and bar in Kyoto. The property is located 1.8 km from Sanjusangen-do Temple, 2 km from Samurai Kembu Kyoto and 2.1 km from Kiyomizu-dera Temple. The accommodation provides a 24-hour front desk, a shared lounge and luggage storage for guests.
All units in the hotel are equipped with a kettle. Featuring a private bathroom with a bidet and a hairdryer, rooms at ENSO ANGO TOMI Ⅱ also provide guests with free WiFi. At the accommodation, every room is equipped with air conditioning and a flat-screen TV.
A buffet breakfast is available daily at ENSO ANGO TOMI Ⅱ.
Kyoto International Manga Museum is 2.1 km from the hotel, while Shoren-in Temple is 2.9 km away. The nearest airport is Itami Airport, 48 km from ENSO ANGO TOMI Ⅱ.
“Fantastic modern hotel, yet with Japanese elements. Beautiful, stylish interior, very nice onsen, and perfect location with lots of small restaurants and convenient stores really close. Highly recommended!”
Situated just a 3-minute walk from Gion-Shijo Subway Station, Kyoto Granbell Hotel features modern architecture with hints of traditional Japanese design. Free WiFi is available throughout the property and there is a 24-hour front desk with luggage storage at this hotel.
The rooms are air-conditioned and come with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, sofa and refrigerator. Each room includes a private bathroom fitted with a bath, hairdryer and free toiletries. Slippers are included for a comfortable stay.
The public bath, Komorebi, is available to staying guests and looks out into an inner Japanese garden. The lounge on site comes with large sofas, wooden tables and free coffee for guests. For a convenient stay for both business and leisure travellers, there is a 24-hour currency exchange machine located within Kyoto Granbell Hotel.
Guests can enjoy a Japanese and Western-style buffet breakfast at the restaurant and bar, Takedokoro, at this hotel for an additional fee. For those that prefer, Bar Konjiki provides guests with a place to relax with a drink at the bar counter that features gold-leaf decor and traditional wooden designs.
Bicycles are available for rent for an extra charge at the property on a first-come, first-serve basis. Guests can take an 8-minute walk to Yasaka Shrine, a Shinto shrine located in the district of Gion. Kiyomizu-dera Temple is a 12-minute drive from Kyoto Granbell Hotel, while Heian Jingu Shrine is 20 minutes by bus and on foot from the property. A popular attraction for families, Kyoto Aquarium is a 30-minute bus ride away. The nearest airport is Osaka Itami Airport, 39 km or about 70-minutes away via train from Kyoto Granbell Hotel.
“Amazing boutique hotel featuring 31 unique art rooms you can sleep in, a multi-floor art gallery showcasing the best of Japanese contemporary art, and a bar with weekly art and music events. An unforgettable experience!”
Situated in Kyoto, 1.6 km from Samurai Kembu Kyoto, BnA Alter Museum offers air-conditioned accommodation and a bar. The property is around 1.7 km from Sanjusangen-do Temple, 2 km from Kiyomizu-dera Temple and 2.2 km from Kyoto International Manga Museum. The accommodation features nightclub and a 24-hour front desk.
All rooms in the hotel are equipped with a kettle. With a private bathroom fitted with a hot tub and a hairdryer, rooms at BnA Alter Museum also feature free WiFi. The units will provide guests with a fridge.
Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a à la carte breakfast.
Shoren-in Temple is 2.4 km from BnA Alter Museum, while Heian Shrine is 3 km from the property. The nearest airport is Itami Airport, 48 km from the hotel.
“A very special place with fantastic staff. You simply have to see for yourself. Rooms are big and tastefully designed and furnished. Bathrooms are top-notch. Great location just off a busy tourist route but still quietly by itself.”
Providing free WiFi and a garden in a renovated 50-year old building with mountain views from the property, Rc Hotel Kyoto Yasaka offers accommodation in Kyoto, 600 m from Kiyomizu-dera Temple. This 2-star inn has air-conditioned rooms with a private bathroom. The property is a 16-minute walk from Samurai Kembu Kyoto. Views include Hokanji Temple from the property.
At the inn, all rooms have a desk. Guest rooms will provide guests with a fridge.
Heian Shrine is 2 km from RC HOTEL KYOTO YASAKA, while Kyoto International Manga Museum is 2.3 km from the property. Osaka Itami Airport is 39 km away.
“Modern luxury accommodation at a reasonable price in a fantastic location, a few minutes walk from Kyoto main station. Very spacious and clean rooms and the staff were very friendly and hospitable.”
22 PIECES offers rooms with free WiFi in Kyoto, in a prime location 1.8 km from Tofuku-ji Temple and 2.9 km from Kiyomizu-dera Temple. This 3-star hotel offers luggage storage space. Kyoto International Manga Museum is 3.2 km away and Samurai Kembu Kyoto is 3.5 km from the hotel.
At the hotel each room includes a terrace with a view of garden or city. All rooms are fitted with a private bathroom and free toiletries, and certain rooms include a balcony. The units will provide guests with a wardrobe and a kettle.
Nijo Castle is 3.6 km from 22 PIECES. Osaka Itami Airport is 36 km away.
“Authentic Japanese luxury. Beautiful room, stunning soaking bathtub, fabulous traditional breakfast, and superb location. A perfect stay!”
Featuring a bar, garden and views of garden, YADORU KYOTO Matcha No Yado is set in Kyoto, 2.1 km from TKP Garden City Kyoto. Among the facilities at this property are a 24-hour front desk and a concierge service, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The accommodation offers ticket service, and luggage storage for guests.
The units come with air conditioning, a microwave, a fridge, a kettle, a shower, a hairdryer and a desk. At the ryokan all rooms are equipped with a wardrobe, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom.
Guests at YADORU KYOTO Matcha No Yado can enjoy an Asian breakfast.
Sanjusangen-do Temple is 3.4 km from the accommodation, while Katsura Imperial Villa is 3.6 km away. The nearest airport is Itami Airport, 46 km from YADORU KYOTO Matcha No Yado.
“The designers did a magnificent job in recreating a Japanese style, yet modern and sophisticated property. Each room even has a tiny zen garden, very small but cleverly designed at the room’s entrance off of the corridor.”
Just a 12-minute walk from Kyoto Station, Hotel Kanra Kyoto is an entirely non-smoking hotel, offering spacious rooms and a mix of traditional Japanese, modern and Western decor. All guest rooms feature free WiFi access and Japanese tatami (woven-straw) flooring.
Rooms feature a Japanese-style seating area and traditional Kyoto Kiyomizu-yaki ceramics. There is a wash basin, and the en suite bathroom comes with a wooden bathtub and free toiletries.
The 24-hour front desk provides concierge services and free luggage storage. There is a drinks vending machine on site and bicycles can be rented for an additional fee.
The hotel offers Teppanyaki and Italian cuisine, and a cafe featuring local seasonal ingredients. Japanese-style and Western set menus are offered for breakfast.
Nishiki Market is 14-minutes away via train and walk, while the Gion area, Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Nijo Temple are all within a 15-minute drive. Fushimi Inari-Taisha Shrine is 7-minutes from Kyoto Station via train and walk. The nearest airport is Osaka Itami Airport, a 50-minute drive away from the property.
“A spectacular boutique hotel I’d truly recommend to people who’re looking to experience the real Kyoto. Perfect location and stylish rooms. The main building is a beautifully renovated old restaurant built over 100 years ago!”
Open from November 2018, located near Gion district and featuring a Japanese garden, SOWAKA offers rooms in Kyoto. The renovated main building features traditional Kyoto-style decoration for guests to enjoy. Free WiFi is provided throughout the building.
At the hotel, all air conditioned rooms come with an electric kettle, minibar, fridge and wardrobe. Rooms are fitted with a private bathroom with extras including a hairdryer, bathrobe and nightwear.
Staff at the 24-hour front desk can help with information about the area.
Kiyomizu-dera Temple is 1 km away and Heian Shrine is 1.6 km from the hotel. Itami Airport is 39 km from the property.
“Small and intimate Ryokan perfectly located in downtown Kyoto but in a calm and peaceful residential neighbourhood. Fantastic staff, extraordinary breakfast, really nice rooms, superb private onsen in the garden. Just wow!”
Featuring free WiFi, Nazuna Kyoto Gosho is set in Kyoto. The property is around 650 m from Kyoto International Manga Museum, 1.2 km from Nijo Castle and 1.3 km from Kyoto Imperial Palace. The ryokan provides a shared lounge.
At the ryokan, every room includes a desk, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. The shared bathroom is equipped with a hot tub and free toiletries. All units are fitted with a seating area.
When guests need guidance on where to visit, the reception will be happy to provide advice.
Heian Shrine is 2.5 km from Nazuna Kyoto Gosho. The nearest airport is Itami Airport, 49 km from the accommodation.
“Beautiful Japanese style villa perfectly located in a quiet residential area with lots of restaurants in walking distance, yet only minutes to the major Higashiyama sights.”
BenTen Residences offer a Japanese machiya accommodation in the heart of Higashiyama, Kyoto. Yasaka Shrine is 7 minutes on foot, while Kiyomizu Temple is a 14-minute stroll. BenTen Residences was featured as 1 of the Top 10 vacation homes in 2017 by Dwell. Free WiFi access is provided throughout the entire property.
Coming with heated flooring, the accommodation features a Western bedroom and two Japanese-style rooms with tatami (woven-straw) flooring and futon bedding. There are also a living area and kitchenette. Guests will also find a bath with a view of little garden and 2 toilets.
The concierge service is available to create bespoke itineraries and assist guests with arranging cultural experiences, restaurant reservations and airport shuttle. Car and bicycle rental can also be arranged.
Gion District is a 7-minute walk from BenTen Residences, while Heian Shrine is an 8-minute drive away. JR Kyoto Station is 20 minutes by car. The nearest airport is Osaka Itami Airport, 38.6 km from BenTen Residences and Kansai International Airport is 80 km.
This list is manually curated and based on hotel recommendations from blogs and magazines. Please let me know if you think a hotel should be added to the list.
Updated Jan 17, 2020