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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'!


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.


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.


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.

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 809 holiday rentals near Kyoto. From 176 Condos/Apartments to 419 Houses, 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: 375 holiday homes
  • Nakagyo Ward: 462 holiday homes
  • Komatsucho: 214 holiday homes
  • Minami Ward: 235 holiday homes
  • Kamigyo Ward: 188 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? offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places in Kyoto. From travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Kyoto Saga-Arashiyama Station: 806 holiday rentals
  • GEAR - Art Complex 1928: 812 holiday rentals
  • Torin-in Temple: 808 holiday rentals
  • Nishimura House Garden: 801 holiday rentals
  • Kyoto Gion-Shijo Station: 812 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Kyoto listed on 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 Condos/Apartments in Kyoto?

Yes, of course. offers 176 Condos/Apartments in Kyoto. Our other popular types of Kyoto holiday rentals include:

  • Houses: 419 holiday houses
  • Townhouses: 17 holiday houses
  • Guest houses: 9 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 734 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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