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Top 10 Highly Rated Guesthouses Based on Word of Mouth Around Kyoto’s Famous Spot, Kinkakuji

Guesthouses, which are famous among tourists visiting Japan, also dot the area around Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion), a famous temple in Kyoto that is known all over the world. Below are 10 guesthouses found in the vicinity of this temple that are enjoying rave reviews from guests according to an online booking site!

1. Guesthouse Kioto

Guesthouse Kioto is a guesthouse that uses a renovated Kyo-machiya (a traditional house passed down to Kyoto) that is over 85 years old. The guestrooms available here are dormitories exclusive to men and women, and private rooms. The living rooms and drink bar serve as venues for guests to meet and mingle with fellow guests. There are also shower rooms, refrigerators, microwave ovens and other facilities that guests can use. The staff are always available, so you can consult them about your travel plans and places you wish to visit, and they can give you recommendations on dining and drinking spots in the neighborhood. Wi-Fi is free throughout the property. English-speaking staff available.

Sample room rate: Dormitory: 2,700 JPY per person, per night

1. Guesthouse Kioto

100 Mizomae-cho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

2. Hibi Kitano

Hibi Kitano is a guesthouse that gives guests a taste of staying in a traditional Japanese machiya. There are a total of seven rooms available here, comprising five rooms with a view of the garden on the first floor and two rooms on the second floor – a room in a renovated historic “kura” (storehouse) that was built about 220 years ago and a bright room with a skylight window. There are also common facilities that guests can use, such as separate bathrooms for men and women, and washrooms with heated floors. Wi-Fi is free in the guestrooms. English- and Thai-speaking staff available.

Sample room rate: From 12,960 JPY per night for two persons

2. Hibi Kitano

14-1 Suehiro-cho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

3. Kyoyado Yaezakura

Kyoyado Yaezakura is a guesthouse in a traditional Japanese machiya that you can book as a whole house. There are two spacious Japanese-style rooms inside. There is also a kitchen equipped with an IH stove, refrigerator, microwave over, kitchen utensils and tableware, as well as bathrooms, living room, and an elegant garden. Wi-Fi is free throughout the property. English-speaking staff available.

Sample room rate: 9,500 JPY – 11,500 JPY (incl. tax) per person when five or more guests will be staying in the house

3. Kyoyado Yaezakura

31-17 Kinugasa Tenjinmori-cho, Kita-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

4. Mosaic Machiya KSK

Mosaic Machiya KSK is a guesthouse that is located in the quiet neighborhood of Kamishichiken. The guestrooms here are Japanese-style rooms that are simple and filled with a clean feeling. Inside, you will find a bathroom and a courtyard that also serves as a space for enjoying light snacks and drinks, so you can have a pleasant stay. There is also a cafe and bar that offers a diverse menu that includes coffee, Japanese sake and food, where guests and locals can interact and have fun. Wi-Fi is free in the guestrooms. English-speaking staff available.

Sample room rate: 11,000 JPY – 12,000 JPY (incl. tax) per room per night

4. Mosaic Machiya KSK

702 Shinsei-cho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

5. Guest House Kingyoya

This is a guesthouse that uses a renovated Kyo-machiya. It offers various types of rooms for guests, such as spacious and comfortable adjoining Japanese-style private rooms, and exclusive dormitories for men and women. You can choose to have your accommodation plan be without meals, or come with breakfast where you can enjoy nutritious Japanese dishes that are centered in home-polished rice. Further, there is a common space where guests can mingle, as well as bathrooms, washing machines, refrigerator and microwave ovens. Wi-Fi is free throughout the property.

Sample room rate: Dormitory: 2,700 JPY per person, per night without meals

5. Guest House Kingyoya

243 Kanki-cho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

6. Guesthouse HANA Kyoto

This is a guesthouse that is housed in a nearly 100-year-old traditional Kyo-machiya that has been transformed into a modern building. It offers a wide array of guestrooms that can fit a few guests to big groups, including rooms with a view of the garden. There is a common space where guests can enjoy free drinks, as well as bathrooms, washing machines/dryers and other amenities. All rooms have a vault with a key. Wi-Fi is free throughout the property. English-speaking staff available.

Sample room rate example: 3,166 JPY – 4,000 JPY per person when three guests will be staying in a private room

6. Guesthouse HANA Kyoto

572-1 Nishiyanagi-cho, Shichihonmatsu Nishi-iru, Itsutsuji-dori, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

7. Oto

Oto is a guesthouse that is close to a lot of famous spots in Kyoto, such as Kinkakuji and Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. Inside, there is a kitchen (with refrigerator, microwave oven, etc.), washing machines and dryers, communication space, and shower rooms with bathtub. Various kinds of rooms are available here, including Japanese-style private rooms and dormitories with beds. Wi-Fi is free throughout the property.

Sample room rate: Dormitory: Around 1,250 JPY (incl. tax) per person, per night

7. Oto

638-27 Kitamachi, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

8. Sakura Komachi

This is a guesthouse that boasts excellent location that is just a 3-minute walk to Kinkakuji. It is a minimalist lodging facility that only has two guestrooms – one each Western-style and Japanese-style rooms. The Japanese-style room can be converted into a private room or a dormitory, depending on the need of the guests. There is an annexed cafe and dining bar, where staying guests can enjoy 20% discount. There are shared baths and toilets. Wi-Fi is free in the guestrooms. English- and Korean-speaking staff available.

Sample room rate: Dormitory: From 3,000 JPY (incl. tax) per person, per night

8. Sakura Komachi

10-2 Kinugasa Kaido-cho, Kita-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

9. Kamishichiken Karen

This is a guesthouse with a homey atmosphere. Guests can choose from a Japanese-style room with tatami flooring and Western-style room with bed, with every room equipped with coffee maker and pot. There is also a shared space, as well as kitchen and bathrooms. You can also avail of the bicycle rental service for a fee, which is very convenient for sightseeing. Wi-Fi is free in the guestrooms. English- and Chinese-speaking staff available.

Sample room rate: Around 13,000 JPY per night for two adults

9. Kamishichiken Karen

590-7 Nishiyanagi-cho, Kita-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

10. Kamishichiken Uan

Kamishichiken Uan is a guesthouse with a simple modern vibe. The guestrooms here have balconies, while the common space is equipped with microwave oven and refrigerator. There are also bathroom and laundry facilities. Wi-Fi is free throughout the property. English-speaking staff available.

Sample room rate: Around 2,600 JPY per night

10. Kamishichiken Uan

664-74 Toriimae-cho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

The area around Kinkakuji is a place where you can fully enjoy dining and shopping thanks to the restaurants serving delicious food, cafes, and souvenir shops there. Why not try staying in any one of the guesthouses featured in this article?

*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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