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Destination guide

Culture-seeker? You might have met your matcha in Kyoto

Say 'konnichiwa' to 1 of the most Instagrammable cities in the world. Kyoto was the capital of imperial Japan for more than 1,000 years, and there's nowhere else like it. Nestled among the ultra-modern city, you'll find traditional 'machiya' townhouses, historic districts, and more shrines, temples and palaces than you can shake a cherry tree at. Kyoto vacation rentals are about soaking it all in, enjoying the festivals, drinking matcha tea and experiencing the Japanese bath houses, and that's before we get onto the world-class eateries and unique nightlife. We'll raise a glass of sake to that – 'kanpai'!

Things to do

Where UNESCO goes, the travellers will follow

With 14 UNESCO World Heritage Sites within city limits, the only problem you'll have in Kyoto is fitting it all in. There are literally thousands of temples and shrines, with the sprawling and beautiful complex of Fushimi Inari-Taisha and the 'Golden Pavilion' of Kinkaku-ji among the favourites. Kyoto's famous for its parks and trees, and among the most famous is the Imperial Park. While you're there, you might want to book onto a tour of 1 of the imperial palaces. And if it's museums you're after, then you've got a vast selection covering everything from art and manga to trains and toys.

Activities

Kyoto's activities will be samu-right up your street

Better get reading up on your Japanese culture, because Kyoto vacation rentals are an opportunity to really immerse yourself in Japan. With its many traditional festivals and customs, a good starting point might be to take yourself down to an 'onsen', or traditional bath house. It's 1 of the most quintessential Japanese experiences, though bear in mind most require you to leave your underwear behind in the locker. Another way to soak up the culture is by indulging in Kyoto's nightlife and exquisite dining, and you might even find yourself inspired to take a Japanese cooking class.

Weather

In springtime, the only pretty ring time

If there's 1 season when everyone wants to book their Kyoto vacation rentals, it's in the spring, when the cherry and plum blossom transforms the city. April and early May is your window for this, though it's worth knowing that flights and accommodation costs get a lot steeper during cherry blossom time. Summers in Kyoto can get pretty hot and humid, and June/July can be a bit wet. Winters, on the other hand, are quite chilly, with snow from time to time. One of the best times to visit is autumn, with mild weather, lovely colours in the trees and lower rates than springtime.

Natural highlights

Kyoto's mountain vistas are the cherry on top

Small is beautiful – at least that's Kyoto's motto. Despite its fame and status as a former capital, it's more compact than many other Japanese cities. Kyoto's set in the central part of Honshu, Japan's biggest and most populous island. The city's a mix of ancient and modern, where modern steel and glass buildings rub shoulders with vast, manicured parks and traditional houses. It's set in a valley surrounded by forested mountains, some of them containing temple complexes like Enryaku-ji. Kyoto's famous for its cherry and plum trees, which are celebrated in the springtime with the 'hanami' cherry blossom festival.

How to get there

Travelling to and around Kyoto

The nearest airport is in Osaka (ITM-Itami), located 24 mi (38.6 km) from the city centre. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could also fly into Kobe (UKB), which is 40 mi (64.4 km) away.

If you prefer to travel by train, Kyoto Sanjo Station, Kyoto Jingu-marutamachi Station and Kyoto Kawaramachi Station are the main stations that serve the city. You can see more of Kyoto by jumping on the metro at Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae Station, Shiyakusho-mae Station or Sanjo Keihan Station.

How many holiday accommodation are available around Kyoto?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 676 holiday rentals around Kyoto. From 365 holiday houses to 176 flats & apartments, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay around Kyoto is on Stayz.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Kyoto?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of holiday rentals for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Kyoto:

  • Higashiyama Ward: 307 holiday homes
  • Nakagyo Ward: 372 holiday homes
  • Komatsucho: 162 holiday homes
  • Shimogyo Ward: 417 holiday homes
  • Sakyo Ward: 94 holiday homes

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Kyoto?

Stayz offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places in Kyoto. From Stayz travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Kyoto Saga-Arashiyama Station: 679 holiday rentals
  • GEAR - Art Complex 1928: 684 holiday rentals
  • Torin-in Temple: 670 holiday rentals
  • Nishimura House Garden: 667 holiday rentals
  • Kyoto Gion-Shijo Station: 676 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Kyoto listed on Stayz where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Kyoto?

Yes, of course. Stayz offers 365 Houses in Kyoto. Our other popular types of Kyoto holiday rentals include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 176 holiday houses
  • Townhouses: 17 holiday houses
  • Studios: 175 holiday houses

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Bed & breakfasts and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with internet/wifi in Kyoto?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with internet/wifi among our 599 holiday homes with internet/wifi available in Kyoto. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

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