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Top Kyoto Historic Hotels

Theatre and Library Residence -Kyoto Murasakino-
5/5Exceptional! (9 reviews)

"Outstanding host and great experience during our stay in a traditional wood frame home in Kyoto!"…"

Reviewed on May 17, 2018

Theatre and Library Residence -Kyoto Murasakino-
Kyoto Inn Gion
3 out of 5
435, Rinkacho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
The price is CA $83 per night
4.8/5Exceptional! (290 reviews)
Fantastic customer service

"Exceptional customer service, from the moment I walked in the door I was greeted by friendly and helpful staff. It was raining on the day I arrived, immediately they went and retrieved several towels to dry myself and my bags. All staff were incredibly friendly throughout. Rooms were spacious, clean ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 28, 2020

Kyoto Inn Gion
Ryokan Yoshida-sanso
The price is CA $1,577 per night
4.8/5Exceptional! (47 reviews)

"beautiful and perfect location close to the university."…"

Reviewed on Dec. 13, 2019

Ryokan Yoshida-sanso
Gion-Kinpyo
4.5 out of 5
The price is CA $433 per night
4.8/5Exceptional! (56 reviews)

"Excellent quiet location. Breakfast option was great. Perfect for our family of 4"…"

Reviewed on Jul. 8, 2019

Gion-Kinpyo
Ryokan MOTONAGO
3.5 out of 5
511 Washio-cho, Koudaijimichi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
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4.7/5Exceptional! (116 reviews)
Amazing Ryokan Experience

"This small Ryokan is located in the Gion area of Kyoto. Housed inside a very old wooden inn, a single host family runs the establishment. Check in opens kind of late, but the staff were nice enough to allow us to check in a few hours early to drop off our bags, made our trip so much easier. The location ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 7, 2019

Ryokan MOTONAGO
Rinn Nijo Castle
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4.7/5Exceptional! (385 reviews)
Lovely stay

"The staff are super friendly, the room Is nice and clean, the place is 10 minute away from the station. Will definitely visit this inn again."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 2, 2020

Rinn Nijo Castle
Kyoto Brighton Hotel
The price is CA $184 per night
4.6/5Exceptional! (993 reviews)

"very traditional Japanese welcoming hotel with beautiful rooms and wonderful service. Located next to imperial palace and Kyoto University. Very pleasant and excellent ROI"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 18, 2020

Kyoto Brighton Hotel
Gion Maifukan
3.5 out of 5
4 4 0 Kamibentencho Higashiyama Ward, Gion-Machi Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
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4.6/5Exceptional! (120 reviews)

"Amazing!!! We loved staying here. Perfect location, nice size and clean room. Staff was so friendly and helpful!"…"

Reviewed on Nov. 14, 2019

Gion Maifukan
Japanese Inn Yoshimizu
3 out of 5
Bentendo Ue, Maruyama Koen, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
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4.6/5Exceptional! (224 reviews)

"Bathrooms were amazing, the tub was greatly appreciated after a long day walking around"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 28, 2020

Japanese Inn Yoshimizu
Citadines Kyoto Karasuma-Gojo
The price is CA $79 per night
4.6/5Wonderful! (995 reviews)

"Interesting hotel. It's an apartment hotel so our room had a small kitchen which was useful for preparing convenience store food. The room was pretty large and had a standard bathroom with a deep tub and removable shower head. There were vending machines and coin operated laundry on the bottom floor ..."…"

Reviewed on Apr. 9, 2020

Citadines Kyoto Karasuma-Gojo
Hyatt Regency Kyoto
The price is CA $287 per night
4.6/5Wonderful! (998 reviews)

"We like the tranquility of the property. It will be ideal if there is an onsen onsite."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 22, 2020

Hyatt Regency Kyoto
The Screen
4 out of 5
640-1 Shimogoryomae-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
The price is CA $346 per night
4.4/5Wonderful! (177 reviews)

"Wonderfully spacious room, felt so at home here. Very friendly and helpful front of house staff. Fully recommend!"…"

Reviewed on Dec. 2, 2019

The Screen
Hotel Sunline Kyoto Gion Shijyo
4.3/5Excellent! (364 reviews)

"Great location, clean and spacious and nice staff. A little dated but good value and I’d stay there again."…"

Reviewed on Dec. 30, 2018

Hotel Sunline Kyoto Gion Shijyo
ANA Crowne Plaza Kyoto
4 out of 5
Free Cancellation
The price is CA $82 per night
4.3/5Excellent! (988 reviews)

"Low season, good price, excellent view of nijojo Castle."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 25, 2020

ANA Crowne Plaza Kyoto
Sunroute Hotel Kyoto
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4.2/5Excellent! (1,036 reviews)

"The hotel was great. Very easy to get to from the train station; there were buses that stopped almost directly across the street. The bus is your lifeline in Kyoto so being so close to a stop was a big plus. The staff was very nice and helped us make dinner reservations during our stay. They also ..."…"

Reviewed on Jun. 26, 2019

Sunroute Hotel Kyoto
Hearton Hotel Kyoto
3 out of 5
Oike-agaru, Higashinotoin St. Nakagyo, Kyoto, Kyoto
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The price is CA $97 per night
4.1/5Very Good! (1,646 reviews)

"A bit old but have everything you need. Near Subway station."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 6, 2020

Hearton Hotel Kyoto
Smile Hotel Kyoto-shijo
The price is CA $39 per night
4/5Very Good! (990 reviews)

"Very clean, which was especially important as we stayed during the Covid-19 outbreak. Had a complaint one night about some noisy neighbours and hotel staff immediately came to sort it out for us. Great breakfast. Clean room. Quite a walk from Kyoto station, but really close to the main shopping street ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 28, 2020

Smile Hotel Kyoto-shijo
APA Hotel Kyoto Gion EXCELLENT
3 out of 5
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $51 per night
4/5Very Good! (853 reviews)
Great location - would stay again for location

"This is our second APA hotel that we've stayed at so far. Nothing that really caught my attention honestly other than the amazing location. I'd stay at this hotel again especially for the location. Literally, the Yasaka shrine is less than a block away. One tiny thing was that it felt a little dusty ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 28, 2020

APA Hotel Kyoto Gion EXCELLENT
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Guide to Kyoto Historic Hotels

When you go on a Kyoto getaway, it's easy to decide on a modern hotel, or a chain you are familiar with. You may be used to your room having all the necessary conveniences. However, staying in an in a more unique accommodation can enhance your stay. Staying in a Kyoto historic hotel still accommodates you with a well-appointed room that is also teeming with character. Moreover, it provides you the chance to immerse yourself in Kyoto's past.

If These Walls Could Talk

A stay in one of these Kyoto historic accommodations can transport you to a bygone era as soon as you step into the front door. With classic charm and fascinating back stories, you'll that these hotels stand apart from other hotels. Don't worry, you aren't required to live like the hotel's past occupants. Although these accommodations may be vintage, they have most modern comforts to help you relax or keep in touch during your getaway. You'll notice rooms furnished with a comfy bed and just about everything else you may want for a wonderful visit.

After you have explored your hotel, you can continue to take in this culturally-rich region by visiting the art museums and renowned landmarks. Of course, all this time travelling will work up an appetite. Be sure to scan the comments section and read the recommendations other visitors to Kyoto believe is merit going to. You can also ask your hotel's front desk staff so you can find out where the local places to enjoy a drink or a marvellous dinner in Kyoto are.

Book Your Kyoto Historic Hotel

If you desire to get the most out of your Kyoto visit, staying in a vintage hotel will elevate your experience in this historic city. Having 2990 of these one-of-a-kind lodgings to select from, you're certain to find one that you'll love. However, just like the past eras you're exploring, these deals won't last indefinitely. Book soon to get your room in one of these historic properties.

Frequently asked questions

What can a history buff expect from a stay in Kyoto?
The historical relevance of Kyoto is well regarded so make time to visit the prominent temples, especially if you love history. While you’re visiting, you may want to admire the picturesque gardens.
What's the best hotel in Kyoto to absorb the local history?
Based on our travel expertise, Rinn Nijo Castle is a top 3-star apartment on Expedia for those interested in history and it features free WiFi. Nijō Castle is a short 7-minute walk away. Other choices to soak up the local history include Ryokan MOTONAGO and Hyatt Regency Kyoto.
How many historically relevant hotels will I find in Kyoto?
Kyoto has 2952 hotel accommodations bookable on Expedia, including 359 hotels designated as historic or close to historic sites.
What are the most important historical sites and other places in Kyoto?
Kyoto is notable for its temples and monuments, and landmarks include Kyoto Imperial Palace, Nijō Castle, and Kiyomizu Temple. Cultural venues include Kyoto MINAMIZA Theatre, Kyoto International Manga Museum, and Kyoto Art Center. Other popular sights include Kawaramachi and Nishiki Market.
What is a historic hotel like in Kyoto?
Historic hotels give guests the opportunity to stay in a place officially recognized with a national historic designation. Historic hotels throughout the world can take the form of castles, stately homes, palaces or even pubs, lodges, old police stations or skyscrapers — as long as it’s of special interest. These types of hotels in Kyoto typically preserve original characteristics like traditional architecture and period features within the guestrooms or public spaces.
What is the difference between a historic hotel and a heritage hotel?
They are quite similar. “Historic hotel” is a term often used in the U.S., while you’ll often hear “heritage hotel” in Asia and Europe. Historic hotels tend to emphasize the building and architecture itself. Heritage hotels draw their meaning mainly from the cultural value and how it shaped the community.
Do historic hotels in Kyoto have modern facilities?
Yes. Every effort is made to preserve treasured traditions and historic facades, while interiors have safety features and modern conveniences. Guests should expect the popular amenities from a contemporary hotel such as private rooms with updated bathroom facilities, heating and air conditioning, and free and fast Internet. In Kyoto, booking a historic hotel doesn’t mean you will stay in a place that’s rundown.

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