For Kyoto Marathon runners who are lucky enough to win the lottery (applications reached 370% capacity), be sure to reserve a hotel AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. 15000 people will flock to Kyoto City at the same time because every runner has to check in one day before the Kyoto Marathon.
Here are five hotels good for Kyoto Marathon Runners. Unfortunately some of the best hotels are already booked. The following hotels were chosen by its location, distance from practice running courses and the goal; Heian Jingu Shrine. These hotels are still available as of this writing (November 24th 2013).
Kyoto Brighton Hotel
Every room at Kyoto Brighton Hotel exceeds 36 square meters, this is far larger than standard Japanese hotels. It has a luxurious atmosphere and it is surely comfortable staying at this hotel after a full marathon. It has two nice jogging courses around the hotel; Kyoto Imperial Palace and Nijo Castle (Nijo Castle is better).
Kyoto Royal Park Hotel
Conveniently located at Sanjo Street. The best jogging course in Kyoto, Kamogawa River is 1 minute away. It is a luxurious style hotel. 20 minutes walk from Heian Jingu. Sanjo Keihan (Subway Tozai) and Sanjo (Keihan Line) stations are very close, which makes this hotel the great starting point for sightseeing.
Kyoto Kokusai Hotel
The World Heritage Site, Nijo Castle is across the street from the hotel. It is about 1.8 kilometers (1.18 mile) around the castle, which is a great jogging course. This hotel has a gorgeous Japanese garden inside its premises.
Hearton Hotel Kyoto
This hotel is located close to Oike Street. Go down to Oike Street and go east, and Kamogawa River will be in sight in 10 minutes. Jog west and Nijo Castle will be seen in 5 minutes. Karasuma Oike Station where both Subway Tozai Line and Karasuma Line stop is 2 minutes away. It is clean and reasonably priced. LAN connection is provided for free.
Kyoto Royal Hotel & Spa
Very close to Kamogawa river and city center. Reasonably priced, still somewhat luxurious. There are many shops and restaurants near the hotel. Also, the shopping arcade is within a few minutes walking distance.