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The Perfect Spots to Set Up Base For Sightseeing! 5 Recommended Hotels Around Gion, Kyoto

Since ancient times, Gion, Kyoto has been a geisha district. The many stores lined up along the streets contributes to the splendid atmosphere of this neighborhood, and one might just find themselves wanting to just forget time and enjoy the sights and sounds to their heart's content! Here are 5 popular hotels that are located in the Gion area.

2017.03.16

1. Sasarindou

This popular hotel is conveniently located right by Hanamikoji, the street most symbolic of Gion. There are 3 types of guest rooms, the standard double, standard twin, and deluxe twin types. There are even some deluxe twin rooms that are equipped with larger bathtubs and saunas! Also, guests at Sasarindou rave about the free breakfast, which has a good selection of both Japanese and western foods. The best thing is that it is buffet-style, so you can eat to your heart's content. English-speaking staff are also available at all times to help foreigners who might not be able to speak Japanese.

The stylish exterior.




The standard twin room where travelers can rest and relax.

2. Hotel Sunline Kyoto Gion Shijo

This popular hotel is situated right by Yasaka Shrine. Conveniently located within walking distance from tourist attractions such as Kennin-ji, Kodai-ji, and Kiyomizu-dera, as well as a shopping area where you can get your souvenirs from the many stores lined up along the street. There are 7 types of guest rooms, from semi-double to deluxe twin rooms. A special characteristic of Hotel Sunline Kyoto Gion Shijo is that the bathtubs are really spacious, so that guests can enjoy taking a leisurely bath. As most staying guests are foreigners, not only are the signs displayed within the hotel in multiple languages, but English, Chinese, Korean, and French-speaking staff are also available. The buffet-style breakfast, which has about 50 different items on the menu, is well-received by guests.

The wide and spacious deluxe twin room.




All rooms in this facility are equipped with free Wi-Fi, and cables for use with LAN access points.

2. Hotel Sunline Kyoto Gion Shijo

3. Maifukan

This popular ryokan is just a minute's walk away from the stone-paved streets of Ishibe Koji. Located just in front of Yasaka Shrine's south gate, Kodai-ji, Kiyomizu-dera and other must-visit tourist attractions are within walking distance. Guest rooms are made wide and spacious, and come with free internet and Wi-Fi facilities. All rooms are also equipped with Apple TV-compatible LCD TVs. Within the premises, there is even a bag store and French restaurant. Also, a bicycle rental service is available for 1,300 JPY (incl. tax) per day. What better way to get around sightseeing in Kyoto than on a bicycle?

The modern-looking exterior.




Guestrooms here cater to a variety of needs, from couples to families.

4. APA Hotel <Kyoto Gion> EXCELLENT

This popular hotel chain has many branches throughout Japan. This particular one, APA Hotel EXCELLENT, is conveniently located where tourist attractions are easily accessible. Yasaka Shrine is right beside this hotel, and if you take a short walk you will find Kiyomizu-dera. Walk a little further up and you will get to Gion Shotengai, where well-established stores line up the streets. This hotel is convenient for both sightseeing and shopping. There is a wide variety of room types, from single to premium twin. All rooms are equipped with a 32-inch or wider LCD TV, a paid video on demand theater system, and free Wi-Fi access. Also, there is a Starbucks on the first floor, and a bar in the basement.

※Picture below is of a different branch.

4. APA Hotel <Kyoto Gion> EXCELLENT

5. Kizashi The Suite

This chic and modern boutique hotel is also located where there is easy access to must-visit tourist attractions, so guests can enjoy the sights and sounds of Gion area to their heart's content. The 8 guest rooms in this property are all suites, and both Japanese and western-style rooms are available. All rooms are equipped with Simmons beds and original amenities. Some of the bathrooms even have jacuzzis or carbonate onsen water! Also, the exclusive concierge is available at any time throughout the day to answer to requests such as "I want to see maiko (apprentice geisha)" or "I want to rent a bicycle." For dinner, you can request room service, which serves cuisine from famous Kyoto-representative restaurants, or even Japanese-style set meals that have been featured in the Michelin guide.


What did you think of these hotels? There are so many other accommodations around the Gion area that these do not begin to cover them all. Whether you place importance on functionality or atmosphere, please choose your hotel based on your budget and liking!

*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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