The hotel is one of the most important aspects of travel for many tourists. Since needs and wants for the facilities are different for each person, it is better to research before choosing the right one. However, when it comes to Kyoto, there are many (maybe too many) accommodation choices – from five-star hotels to low cost hotel styles.
The following is the ranking of the hotels in Kyoto, determined by users of a few popular hotel booking sites in Japan (Rakuten Travel, Jalan and Yado Clip).
Luxury Hotels (Rakuten Travel)
Comment: If this ranking had been determined by Japanese AND foreign visitors, the western luxury hotels such as Westin Miyako and Hyatt Regency might have been included. Nonetheless, for people who are looking for Japanese atmosphere for accommodation, Hotel Kanra can be very interesting.
Business (& City) Hotels (Jalan)
Comment: Understandably, all of the hotels above are located near Kyoto Station. And three out of five hotels (Kintesu, Sakura, Almont) are relatively new (built later than 2010). APA is ranked No.1 because of its very reasonable price.
Guest Houses / Backpacker Hostels (Yado Clip)
Comment: As for guest houses, facilities at scenic spots or in the city center tend to be popular. Most of these places use traditional Japanese houses.
There is more useful information on hotels and other important aspects of Kyoto travel in our Kyoto e-Guidebook. For those who want to have memorable, meaningful and stress-free experience in Kyoto, please check this Kyoto e-Guidebook.