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5 Recommended Guesthouses and Pension Houses in Kyoto

There are many guesthouses and pension houses in Kyoto that are both affordable and convenient for sightseeing. Here are five recommended guesthouses and pension houses in Kyoto. Since Kyoto is full of sightseeing spots, it would be best to decide on the area you will visit and then use the guesthouse or pension house in that area into your sightseeing base.


1. Shizuya KYOTO

Located at a site that is about 10 minutes away from JR Kyoto Station by foot, Shizuya KYOTO is a cozy little guesthouse near the Kamogawa River. This guesthouse has unique two-level bedrooms, but they make sure that your privacy is protected. It is made up of two buildings, the main building that is for the exclusive use of women and a second building where both men and women can stay. An overnight stay in any of the rooms does not come with meals. The bath in this place is filled with water from the local well, so apparently many guests are thrilled by the smooth texture of their hair after their bath, especially after shampooing.
Shizuya KYOTO offers easy access to any sightseeing spot in Kyoto and with its reasonable rates, it seems to have become a major base for all tourist areas in Kyoto. They will even give you extensive guidance and information on nearby restaurants.



2. Kyoto Traveler's Inn

Kyoto Traveler's Inn is located in front of Heian-jingu Shrine. Its staff members were born and raised in Kyoto, and they can provide local sightseeing information. This inn has 38 Japanese-style rooms that are available in two types and 40 Western-style rooms that come in three types, all of which have their own private toilet and bath. There are Western-style rooms that are wheelchair-friendly, too. All rooms have Wi-Fi access and Internet is free. This inn is also home to a banquet hall that can fit a maximum of 30 people, two multi-purpose seminar rooms, the Green Box cafe for Japanese/Western breakfast (separate fee) and a large public bath, so this place is popular among small groups of people for seminars and camps, among other events. Kyoto Traveler's Inn has all the amenities at a reasonable price, so this is the ideal place for people who want to indulge when traveling in Kyoto.

Heian-jingu Shrine – a sightseeing spot that best represents Kyoto

This is a 6-tatami mat Japanese room, but there are 12.7-tatami Japanese rooms as well

2. Kyoto Traveler's Inn

3. Pension Gion

Pension Gion is a pension house that has become famous for having started the "Maiko Henshin," a service where you can dress up like an apprentice geisha that has become a staple in trips to Kyoto. With this service, a hostess who was born and raised from a family of maiko will teach you about makeup, wearing a kimono, and manners. And just like that, you can be transformed into a full-fledged maiko! You can also avail of the special course that will let you go around the places and shops that are associated with maiko while accompanied by the owner, a former maiko, thereby giving you the full maiko experience and Kyoto tour. This pension house has a total of four guestrooms, comprising single and twin rooms. It also has two multipurpose VIP rooms that can accommodate 3-4 people each. Pension Gion is recommended for creating special memories of your journey in Kyoto.

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4. LeBlanc Pension Utano

LeBlanc Pension Utano is a small pension with a total of 11 guestrooms that is operated by a married couple. You can choose between a twin room and a triple room that can fit an extra bed. It also has a dining room for breakfast and dinner, and a living room that guests can freely use, giving this pension a homey vibe. You can avail of the accommodation package with Western breakfast, which comes with fragrant coffee.
When you stay in this pension, you can stroll around Ninna-ji Temple, Ryoan-ji Temple and Kinkaku-ji Temple, as well as arrive at the Arashiyama-Sagano district within 10 minutes using the single-car street trolley called Randen. LeBlanc Pension Utano is recommended as a base for sightseeing in the northwest areas of Kyoto, where you can fully enjoy the serene ancient city.

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5. Pension Koto

Pension Koto is an approximately 10-minute walk away from JR Katsuragawa Station, right next to the Kusebashi Nishizume bus stop. The rooms in this pension house are all Western-style rooms, totaling 11 twin and triple guestrooms. The living-cum-dining room that is facing Katsuragawa River takes pride in the many paintings adorning its walls. From the third floor of the building, you can enjoy a panoramic view of the Katsuragawa River that is rich in variety from season to season.
Guests at this pension rave about the breakfast (separate fee) fare thanks largely to the unlimited homemade rolls. There are also two baths here, which are open 24 hours a day. High-speed Internet is available for free in all rooms. You’ll also be glad to know that they have a parking space within the pension premises that you can use for free.

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There are so many ways to enjoy sightseeing in Kyoto and the lodging facilities listed in this article are the top guesthouses and pensions according to guests. They offer the kind of fine hospitality that you can only enjoy in small-scale facilities. They are also conveniently located and charge reasonable rates. Wouldn't you agree that they are perfect for those who want to cut loose and travel around Kyoto, whether alone or in a small group?

*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.

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