Destination guide

Be enchanted by Kyoto

Prepare to strike some entries off that Japan bucket list – Kyoto is one of the country's top draws. In spring, Kyoto vacation rentals fill up to bursting for hanami – the viewing of the beautiful cherry blossom that brings the parks and shogun palaces to life in a flamingo-pink hue. For the rest of the year, travelers flock to meander along ancient lanes where gabled Shinto temples arch overhead, to encounter white-faced geishas moving between the pine-scented parks, to hop UNESCO pagodas and see the Imperial Palace. There's rarely a dull moment in this enthralling and venerable city.

Things to do

Kyoto is shrines and temples galore

In a city where UNESCO World Heritage Sites are nearly as common as bubbling ramen noodle stalls, you can rest assured there'll be no shortage of things to put on the itinerary. The amazing Fushimi Inari-taisha should figure. It's dedicated to the god of rice and beckons with enthralling spirit paths, leading into the forest at the bottom of Inari Mountain. Nijo Castle could come next, its Edo-period fortifications a relic of the mighty shoguns that once ruled Japan. After those, you could delve into Arashiyama, an area of western Kyoto where shrines and temples hide between swaying bamboo groves.


Blossoms and baths in Kyoto

Kyoto becomes the stuff of National Geographic pages every springtime when its cherry trees bloom into life with their pinkish petals and people flock to marvel at their beauty. Called hanami, it's an official festival in these parts. There are marked paths where you can wander between the gorgeous flowers in Eastern Kyoto, along with castle-topped parks in the heart of the city. Once you're done photographing the branches, you should also find some time to unwind in a traditional sento bathhouse. They aim to channel the Zen and relax the spirit with their cumin-scented tubs and steam rooms.


When does Kyoto blossom?

There's no question about it – Kyoto vacation rentals are at their most popular during the spring. That's almost entirely down to the cherry blossom festival, which magnetizes photographers, nature buffs and culture lovers sometime between March and May. That said, you can also expect mild, dry days that are great for sightseeing at that time of year, mirrored again when fall comes around in September and October. Expect winters – November to February – to be cold and summers – June to August – to get humid and hot.

Natural features

Kyoto is Japan's nature city

It's not just the parks, with their enticing cherry blossoms, that give this city a reputation as one of the greenest in Japan. It's also the fact that you can stray to the outskirts and bag a Kyoto vacation rental that's near wilder escapes like Uji or Kurama. The latter comes with natural hot springs that babble from the mountainsides, while the former does a great impression of New England when fall swings around, its forest turning to amber and auburn with the seasons. In the midsummer, remember that Lake Biwa is also on the menu – you can swim and laze on the beaches there.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Kyoto

The nearest airport is in Osaka (ITM-Itami), located 24 mi (38.6 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could also fly into Kobe (UKB), which is 40 mi (64.4 km) away.

If you prefer to travel by train, Kyoto Sanjo Station, Kyoto Jingu-marutamachi Station and Kyoto Kawaramachi Station are the main stations that serve the city. You can see more of Kyoto by jumping on the metro at Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae Station, Shiyakusho-mae Station or Sanjo Keihan Station.

Where to stay around Kyoto?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 303 vacation rentals near Kyoto. From 193 Houses to 54 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Kyoto for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Kyoto?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Kyoto:

  • Higashiyama Ward: 125 vacation rentals
  • Tominagacho (Kawaramachidori): 54 vacation rentals
  • Kamihonnojimaecho: 17 vacation rentals
  • Gion: 74 vacation rentals
  • Nakagyo Ward: 136 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Kyoto?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Kyoto. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Kyoto Station: 280 vacation rentals
  • Kyoto Gion-Shijo Station: 279 vacation rentals
  • Kyoto Kawaramachi Station: 279 vacation rentals
  • Kyoto Arashiyama Station: 279 vacation rentals
  • Kiyomizu Temple: 279 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Kyoto listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Kyoto?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 193 Houses in Kyoto. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Kyoto include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 54 rentals available
  • Studios: 54 rentals available
  • Townhouses: 17 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Villas and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with internet/wifi in Kyoto?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with internet/wifi among our 271 vacation rentals with internet/wifi available in Kyoto. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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