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Destination guide

Cultural appeal near Kyoto holiday homes to rent

Say 'konnichiwa' to 1 of the most Instagrammable cities in the world. Kyoto was the capital of imperial Japan for more than 1,000 years, and there's nowhere else like it. Nestled among the ultra-modern city, you'll find traditional 'machiya' townhouses, historic districts, and more shrines, temples and palaces than you can shake a cherry tree at. Kyoto vacation rentals are about soaking it all in, enjoying the festivals, drinking matcha tea and experiencing the Japanese bath houses, and that's before we get onto the world-class eateries and unique nightlife. We'll raise a glass of sake to that – 'kanpai'!

History

Historic sites near Kyoto holiday rentals

Kyoto has numerous historic sites to explore on your trip. Holiday homes are available near places like Kiyomizu-dera, an iconic Buddhist temple on Mount Otowa with scenic views from the veranda, and Nijō Castle, a historic wooden castle with lush gardens that was home to shogun Ieyasu. You’ll also like Higashiyama Jishō-ji, a 15th-century Zen temple with picturesque gardens and a sand mound on Mount Fuji.

Things to do

Sightseeing near holiday homes in Kyoto

With 14 UNESCO World Heritage Sites within city limits, the only problem you'll have in Kyoto is fitting it all in. There are literally thousands of temples and shrines, with the sprawling and beautiful complex of Fushimi Inari-Taisha and the 'Golden Pavilion' of Kinkaku-ji among the favourites. Kyoto's famous for its parks and trees, and among the most famous is the Imperial Park. While you're there, you might want to book onto a tour of 1 of the imperial palaces. And if it's museums you're after, then you've got a vast selection covering everything from art and manga to trains and toys.

Activities

Things to do near Kyoto holiday rentals

Better get reading up on your Japanese culture, because Kyoto vacation rentals are an opportunity to really immerse yourself in Japan. With its many traditional festivals and customs, a good starting point might be to take yourself down to an 'onsen', or traditional bath house. It's 1 of the most quintessential Japanese experiences, though bear in mind most require you to leave your underwear behind in the locker. Another way to soak up the culture is by indulging in Kyoto's nightlife and exquisite dining, and you might even find yourself inspired to take a Japanese cooking class.

Weather

Local weather for your stay in Kyoto holiday homes

If there's 1 season when everyone wants to book their Kyoto vacation rentals, it's in the spring, when the cherry and plum blossom transforms the city. April and early May is your window for this, though it's worth knowing that flights and accommodation costs get a lot steeper during cherry blossom time. Summers in Kyoto can get pretty hot and humid, and June/July can be a bit wet. Winters, on the other hand, are quite chilly, with snow from time to time. One of the best times to visit is autumn, with mild weather, lovely colours in the trees and lower rates than springtime.

Natural highlights

Kyoto's mountain vistas are the cherry on top

Small is beautiful – at least that's Kyoto's motto. Despite its fame and status as a former capital, it's more compact than many other Japanese cities. Kyoto's set in the central part of Honshu, Japan's biggest and most populous island. The city's a mix of ancient and modern, where modern steel and glass buildings rub shoulders with vast, manicured parks and traditional houses. It's set in a valley surrounded by forested mountains, some of them containing temple complexes like Enryaku-ji. Kyoto's famous for its cherry and plum trees, which are celebrated in the springtime with the 'hanami' cherry blossom festival.

How to get there

Travelling to and around Kyoto

The nearest airport is in Osaka (ITM-Itami), located 24 mi (38.6 km) from the city centre. 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.

Good for couples

Romantic activities near Kyoto holiday homes

Couples will love the idyllic locations throughout Kyoto. Holiday rentals can be found near places like Arashiyama, a lush venue with a host of monkeys and a scenic bamboo forest, and Gion, a geisha district with hostesses in colourful kimonos and upscale restaurants and boutiques. You’ll also like the Nishiki Market, a historic marketplace with stalls offering all types of Japanese edibles.

Where to stay near Kyoto?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 617 holiday rentals near Kyoto. From 342 Houses to 160 Condos/Apartments, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Kyoto for a long holiday or a weekend break is on HomeAway.

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

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of holiday rentals for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Kyoto:

  • Higashiyama Ward: 290 holiday homes
  • Gion: 213 holiday homes
  • Kita Ward: 76 holiday homes
  • Fushimi Ward: 73 holiday homes
  • Sakyo Ward: 97 holiday homes

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Kyoto?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places in Kyoto. From HomeAway travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Kyoto Station: 627 holiday rentals
  • Sen-oku Hakuko Kan: 623 holiday rentals
  • Mikane Shrine: 608 holiday rentals
  • Kyoto Gion-Shijo Station: 599 holiday rentals
  • Gion Corner: 627 holiday 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 holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Kyoto?

Yes, of course. HomeAway offers 342 Houses in Kyoto. Our other popular types of Kyoto holiday rentals include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 160 holiday houses
  • Townhouses: 16 holiday houses
  • Studios: 160 holiday houses

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Bed & breakfasts and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with internet/wifi in Kyoto?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with internet/wifi among our 540 holiday homes with internet/wifi available in Kyoto. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

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