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Kyoto: places to stay as a couple, medium budget

6 days ago

Our first time to travel in Japan and would like to ask assistance which is the best place to stay or book an accommodation in Kyoto? We do prefer accessible in transportation near train or subway station. Will appreciate any suggestion or recommendation for accommodation. Thanks in advance!

4 replies
Canada
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4 days ago

I've been to Kyoto twice and both times stayed at OYO 43997 Guest house Sanjyotakakura Hibiki (can be booked on this site). The rooms are large and the hotel is about 5 min from a metro station. The staff are great and they have lots of information in English.

Singapore
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4 days ago

Thank you so much for your suggestion. U really appreciate your kind help :)

Australia
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4 days ago

In terms of where to stay in Kyoto, there are probably three main "areas" to consider -

1. In and around Kyoto Station, particularly the area to the north of the station (though there are also hotels on the south side).

2. "Downtown" (which is really 'uptown') and could be considered to be the area from Shijo-dori in the south (from Omiya in the west, to Karasuma and to Kawaramachi in the east) and north from there, up to and beyond Karasuma-Oike towards the Imperial Palace.

3. East of the river, including Higashiyama and Gion.

There's no right and wrong in terms of where to stay; everybody has their preferences and it may depend on what you're planning on doing. The area around Kyoto Station is viewed by some as less "interesting" than other areas. However, there is no shortage of shops and restaurants in, around and under the Station and if you're planning a number of day trips (Himeji, Osaka, Arashiyama, Nara, for example) being close to the Station has its advantages. Downtown has lots of shops, restaurants and other things to do. East of the river is an older, more traditional area but is much less served by public transport (trains and subways at least) and you may be more reliant on buses (or taxis) for getting around, depending on your hotel location.

Many of the "tourist sites" - whatever they may be considered to be - are generally not within any of these areas so usually require some sort of 'trip' to get to. Thus being close to convenient public transport is a plus. Buses can be a good (and interesting) form of transport but can take a bit of figuring out (in terms of where they go) and can get crowded at times. We avoid taking buses from outside Kyoto Station - there are invariably long lines (or so it seems) - better to take a train or the subway closer to where you’re going and then get a bus (or walk) from there. There are only two subway lines (one running north/south, the other east/west, intersecting at Karasuma Oike) and a couple of train lines other than JR - the Hankyu line running east/west along Shijo-dori and the Keihan Main Line, running north/south just east of the river.

If you haven't already, I would study the map of Kyoto and, armed with a list of places you think you want to go to, figure out where they are and how you're going to get there. I would want to be fairly close to a subway or train station that would facilitate "getting around". Japan-guide.com may be helpful in figuring out how to get to places as it has descriptions of probably all the places you’re likely to want to go and it usually includes “access” information on how to get there.

Once you decide what area you want to stay in, this website can then obviously help you to search for specific hotels that meet your criteria (price etc.).

Singapore
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4 days ago

Thank you so much Tony for your very helpful response. We will follow your advised/suggestion. Really appreciate it a lot ^_^ this will really help us plan better in our 10 days travel in Japan.

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