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Convenient Places to Stay for the 2023 Kyoto Gion Matsuri: Top 31 Hotel Recommendations for Families and Couples

Convenient Places to Stay for the 2023 Kyoto Gion Matsuri: Top 31 Hotel Recommendations for Families and Couples

Date published: 3 March 2022
Last updated: 29 May 2023

Heading to Kyoto this summer? We've got some insider tips for you! When the Gion Matsuri festival takes over the city in July, popular hotels near the festival grounds and surrounding areas tend to book up fast. So, to ensure you have a stress-free stay, we highly recommend securing your accommodation at least two months in advance.

Now, let's dive into the exciting options we've curated. Whether you're traveling with your family or looking to enjoy the festivities as a couple, we've handpicked accommodations that are perfect for you. Picture yourself staying in the charming Gion district, right at the heart of the festival buzz, or in other popular areas where you can easily explore Kyoto's remarkable sights.

While these sought-after accommodations are in high demand, there are still a few hidden gems with available rooms. It's your chance to make your travel dreams come true!

Table of Contents
  1. What and when is the Gion Matsuri Festival?
  2. Where to stay for the Gion Matsuri (Gion Festival)?
  3. Recommended Places to Stay for Families
  4. New openings & five-star options! Recommended family-friendly hotels in the Gion area
  5. Convenient base for Kyoto sightseeing! Recommended family-friendly accommodations near Kyoto Station
  6. The ultimate Kyoto sightseeing experience! Recommended family-friendly accommodations in the Arashiyama area
  7. Recommended accommodations for couples
  8. Romantic city views and exquisite dining! Recommended accommodations for couples in the Gion area
  9. Private open-air baths and a rooftop bar! Recommended accommodations for couples near Kyoto Station
  10. Tranquil retreats and colorful kaiseki cuisine! Recommended accommodations for couples in the Arashiyama area
  11. Hotels for the Gion Festival are Fully Booked? Check Out These Alternatives a Little Further Away!
  12. Recommended accommodations for families
  13. Recommended accommodations for couples
  14. Browse available accommodations in Kyoto
  15. Browse fun experiences & tours to enjoy alongside the Gion Matsuri

What and when is the Gion Matsuri Festival?

The Gion Matsuri Festival in Kyoto boasts a history of 1,150 years and is considered one of Japan's top three major festivals. Spanning a month from July 1st, this grand event features a plethora of captivating festivities. For detailed information on the highlights of the Gion Matsuri, including access details, check out this article we have prepared for you!

*Please note that due to the impact of COVID-19, there is a possibility of changes or cancellations in the event.

Where to stay for the Gion Matsuri (Gion Festival)?

When considering the best areas in Kyoto to stay for the Gion Matsuri, the following are recommended:

  1. Gion: As the heart of the festival, staying in the Gion area allows for easy access to the main festival venues and vibrant street processions. It also offers a chance to explore the historic streets, traditional teahouses, and geisha culture.
  2. Downtown Kyoto: Areas such as Shijo-Kawaramachi and Karasuma are convenient for accessing the festival while providing a bustling urban atmosphere. These areas offer a variety of accommodation options, dining establishments, and shopping opportunities.
  3. Kyoto Station Area: This area serves as a convenient base for exploring the city and has excellent transportation connections. It provides easy access to Gion and other festival locations while offering a wide range of accommodations, from budget-friendly options to upscale hotels.
  4. Higashiyama: Located in the eastern part of Kyoto, Higashiyama offers a charming atmosphere with its traditional machiya (townhouse) architecture, narrow streets, and historical sites such as Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Yasaka Pagoda. Staying here provides a unique blend of cultural immersion and festival proximity.
  5. Arashiyama: Located in the western outskirts of Kyoto, Arashiyama offers a serene and picturesque setting, known for its bamboo groves, Togetsukyo Bridge, and beautiful temples. It can be conveniently reached via the Hankyu Line. Staying in Arashiyama allows you to experience a more tranquil side of Kyoto while still being within reach of Gion Matsuri festivities.

Recommended Places to Stay for Families

Introducing recommended accommodations for family travelers, including those with young children or traveling together with grandparents.

We have considered the following points in our selection:
・Optimal location for the Gion Festival: To ensure you make the most of your visit to Kyoto's famous festival, we handpicked accommodations situated in highly recommended areas for easy access to the festivities.
・Trusted recommendations from Booking.com: Rest assured that the hotels we feature have been carefully evaluated, taking into account the ratings and reviews provided by families who have experienced them firsthand. These accommodations have received glowing reviews from families just like yours.
・Family-friendly amenities and services: We understand the importance of comfortable and enjoyable stays for families. That's why we've prioritized accommodations that offer spacious family rooms, character-themed options that will excite the little ones, and essential amenities such as baby beds and high chairs. What's more, these family-oriented establishments go the extra mile by providing kid-friendly meals and even welcoming children at buffets.
Please bear in mind that each accommodation may offer different room configurations and services catering to children, so we recommend checking the respective website for the latest and most accurate information.

New openings & five-star options! Recommended family-friendly hotels in the Gion area

Gion Elite Terrace

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・Rating: 9.3/10
Experience the convenience of a newly opened hotel, just unveiled in March 2023, located within walking distance of the Gion Matsuri festival venue. This contemporary establishment offers spacious family rooms and some rooms are equipped with private saunas, adding to its allure. Indulge in a family-friendly buffet that caters to both adults and children, ensuring a delightful dining experience for all.

Here's what actual guests had to say about their stay at Gion Elite Terrace:
"This is a brand new hotel. The family room was very big, and the furniture is beautiful. Everything is very clean. You will find all you need, even a washing machine. The location is perfect, next to a bus stop, convenient store, and many temples. The staff is very helpful and friendly. They also speak English very well. This hotel is really worth the price, and we will come back."
"We would book again next time we visit."

  • Gion Elite Terrace
    • Address 44-21, Bishamoncho Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto, 605-0812
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    • Nearest Station Gionshijo Station (Keihan Line)
      11 minutes on foot

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THE HOTEL HIGASHIYAMA by Kyoto Tokyu Hotel

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・Rating: 8.3/10
A brand new hotel that opened in July 2022, located near Yasaka Shrine. THE HOTEL HIGASHIYAMA by Kyoto Tokyu Hotel offers a selection of exclusive products from Kyoto's finest select shops that you won't find anywhere else, as well as a Tea&Bar concept produced by Gion Tsujiri. Families can rest easy knowing that there is a complimentary shuttle bus from Kyoto Station. Stay in spacious family rooms and immerse yourself in Kyoto's rich cultural heritage.

Here's what actual guests had to say about their stay:
"The rooms were big (for Japan standards) - they were able to include 4 full-size beds in our room to accommodate 2 adults and 2 teens. We loved the location - easy access to subways. The beds were comfortable. We could walk to many parks, shrines, and Gion. We would definitely stay here again on our next visit to Kyoto!"

The Westin Miyako Kyoto

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・Rating: 9/10
A 5-star luxury hotel located near Yasaka Shrine. The rooms feature designs inspired by the nature of Kyoto's Higashiyama area, creating a relaxing atmosphere. The hotel also offers a natural hot spring spa facility for guests to unwind. Families with children can enjoy kid-friendly meals and a welcoming buffet. The complimentary shuttle bus service from Kyoto Station is another convenient perk for guests.

Here's what actual guests had to say about their stay:
"I loved the view of the city of Kyoto from my room. The location was also perfect to reach all sites by bicycle. We rented bikes during our stay, and the hotel organized this for us and had a parking space specially for our bikes. Breakfast was fabulous. The hotel onsen was the perfect retreat when we returned from a whole day of cycling, visiting all the usual tourist sights. We will come back!"

Kyomachiya Ryokan Sakura Urushitei

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・Rating: 8.9/10
If you're looking to stay at an inn within walking distance of the festival venue, we recommend Sakura Urushi-tei. This traditional Machiya inn offers a unique experience of Japanese architecture and culture. They have family rooms available as well. Enjoy a breakfast that caters to vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free diets.

Here's what actual guests had to say about their stay:
"We had a suite for our family of four. The parents slept in a western bed, and the kids slept on futons on the tatami mats in a screened-in area. There was plenty of space for the four of us, and the kids enjoyed the futon experience. The hotel is very clean and modern. We did use the public bath, which was nice. The breakfast at the hotel is delicious and convenient. They have both Western and Japanese options."

Convenient base for Kyoto sightseeing! Recommended family-friendly accommodations near Kyoto Station

Tenjin-an (A Traditional Machiya Accommodation)

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・Rating: 9.3/10
Located in the heart of Kyoto, just an 8-minute bus ride from Kyoto Station and a 7-minute walk from the nearest train station, is a private rental Machiya townhouse. This townhouse offers two bedrooms, a kitchen, a bathroom, and a washing machine, providing a space exclusively for your family to enjoy. You can also relax on the engawa (veranda) while gazing at the garden view through the open windows.

Here's what actual guests had to say about their stay:
"We had a wonderful time as a family, relaxing in a lovely room. It was great because almost everything we needed was provided, so we had a comfortable stay without any inconvenience."
"Everything was fantastic. The room had a great sense of style and cleanliness, and the kitchen utensils provided were excellent. The garden was also stunning. We could feel the owner's thoughtfulness in every detail. We stayed as a family, and our children were absolutely delighted. We would love to stay here again. Thank you so much for providing such a truly wonderful experience."

  • 京町屋の宿 天神庵
    • Address 下京区天使突抜二丁目387番地2, Kyoto, Kyoto, 600-8456
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    • Nearest Station Gojo Station (Karasuma Line)
      10 minutes on foot

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Kyoto Higashiyamaso

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・Rating: 9.1/10
A ryokan located within a 10-minute walk from Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Experience the warm hospitality and savor traditional Kyoto cuisine. One of the highlights is that some rooms offer a view of the Yasaka Pagoda, allowing you to enjoy the scenic beauty of Kyoto right from your room. Of course, they also have family rooms available, making it a recommended choice for families.

Here's what actual guests had to say about their stay:
"It was our first experience staying at a hotel with a public bathroom restroom and having to book for a shower time slot. However, the hotel did so well in making the public bathroom clean, neat, and convenient, with all the amenities you need and more. Besides, the receptionists were the nicest people, trying their best to take care of and support our needs, even the smallest things. The experience definitely exceeded our expectations, and we were very pleased."

  • Kyoto Higashiyamaso
    • Address Higashiyama-ku Kiyomizu 4-159, Kyoto, Kyoto, 605-0862
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    • Nearest Station Kiyomizugojo Station (Keihan Line)
      17 minutes on foot

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Seikoro Ryokan - Established in 1831

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・Rating: 9.4/10
A long-established ryokan founded in 1831, conveniently located just a 7-minute drive from Kyoto Station. They offer spacious family rooms with a blend of Japanese and Western elements. The ryokan exudes an elegant traditional ambiance, and guests can delight in authentic local cuisine.

Here's what actual guests had to say about their stay:
"Everything was perfection. Best service and meals we had in all of Japan. Much more beautiful history than we imagined, so well done. Would definitely return for another special night!! Our 5-year-old daughter was well catered for, and we really appreciated the garden off our room. Amazing!"
"The room is absolutely stunning. We also did the Matsu Kaiseki dinner course, which was great. We were traveling with a 1-year-old, and the staff were extremely accommodating."

The ultimate Kyoto sightseeing experience! Recommended family-friendly accommodations in the Arashiyama area

The Grand West Arashiyama

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・Rating: 8.8/10
An apartment hotel near Arashiyama with a kitchen, just a 10-minute walk to Togetsukyo Bridge. This accommodation is perfect for families with young children, as it offers kid-friendly meals, toys, and high chairs.

Here's what actual guests had to say about their stay:
"The facilities were great, extremely kid-friendly and focused. The staff were amazing as well."
"The room was beautiful and very, very big. It was the nicest room we had throughout our entire visit to Japan."
"We spent 3 nights here and were thoroughly happy with the apartment and its location. We would definitely stay again."

Ranzan

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・Rating: 8/10
A popular ryokan located just a 10-minute walk from the famous bamboo grove in Arashiyama, Kyoto. Guests can indulge in kaiseki cuisine featuring local Kyoto ingredients. The availability of kid-friendly meals is an added bonus. Relax and unwind in spacious rooms while enjoying the beautiful scenery of Arashiyama.

Here's what actual guests had to say about their stay:
"Thank you for being considerate of our child's meals. We appreciate it."
"The location was perfect, just a stone's throw away from both the Togetsukyo Bridge and the bamboo grove. Being next to the prestigious Yoshitake Ryotei, we enjoyed a peaceful and relaxing stay. The luxurious Japanese cuisine served during our meals was absolutely delicious. The service was impeccable too. Our family and children stayed in a spacious Japanese-style room adorned with a Matsukaze hanging scroll, while the grandparents had a comfortable stay in the adjacent Western-style room with beds."

GuestHouse Sagano Arashiyama: Rent an Entire House

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・Rating: 9.4/10
A private rental accommodation in Arashiyama with excellent services for children. In addition to providing amenities like baby cots and high chairs, this accommodation also includes a Nintendo Wii gaming console, ensuring enjoyment for children of all ages, from infants to gaming enthusiasts. With a prime location just 500 meters away from the iconic Bamboo Grove and easy access to other popular tourist spots in Arashiyama, the possibilities for exploration are endless.

Here's what actual guests had to say about their stay:
"The room is a two-story independent apartment, and the house is brand new with all the necessary amenities, making it extremely comfortable. They even provided complimentary bicycles for us to explore the nearby area. There were no downsides at all! The landlord was incredibly nice and warmly introduced us to many attractions and restaurants. They thoughtfully considered our needs and provided excellent recommendations!"

Recommended accommodations for couples

If you're planning a couple's trip and yearn for a truly special experience, we've got just the accommodations for you.

When curating this list, we paid close attention to the following key factors:
・Ideal location for the Gion Festival: For couples looking to immerse themselves in the magic of the Gion Festival, we've handpicked accommodations situated in recommended areas, ensuring convenient access to the festivities.
・Trusted recommendations from Booking.com: Rest assured that the hotels we feature have been selected based on the ratings and reviews provided by couples who have personally recommended them. These accommodations have received glowing endorsements from couples just like you.
・Enchanting atmosphere: We understand that couples desire a romantic ambiance to create unforgettable memories. So, we've chosen accommodations that offer breathtaking views, opportunities to savor drinks at cozy bars, and an overall romantic ambiance.
・Tranquil retreats: To ensure you can enjoy moments of relaxation and serenity, we've sought accommodations that provide amenities such as hot springs or large communal baths and spacious rooms, allowing you to unwind and cherish tranquil moments together.
Please note that each spot may offer different room options and services, so we recommend checking the respective website for the most up-to-date information.

Romantic city views and exquisite dining! Recommended accommodations for couples in the Gion area

Grandereverie Hotel Kyoto Shijo Takakura

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・Rating: 9.4/10
A 5-star hotel with excellent accessibility, just a 3-minute walk from the heart of the Gion Festival venue. Nearby, you can explore the traditional and culinary delights of Nishiki Market, making it an ideal location for sightseeing. The lobby showcases Venetian mosaics inspired by masterpieces created by renowned Kyoto artists. Experience a glamorous atmosphere that seamlessly blends antique and modern elements.

Here's what actual guests had to say about their stay:
"It was a celebratory stay, and the staff was kind and ensured a comfortable experience. We felt the hospitality of a first-class hotel. We highly recommend it for special occasions, and we would love to stay here again."
"This is a fantastic boutique hotel, with amazing staff and in a great location. Located really close to a subway station (2 stops from Kyoto main station). It's a few minutes' walk to the Nishiki market and close to the buzzy Gion area."

Sora Niwa Terrace Kyoto

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・Rating: 9.2/10
A brand new hotel that just opened in June 2022. On the rooftop terrace, there is a bar and a foot bath where you can enjoy the illuminated night view of Kyoto. With the addition of an open-air bath, you can relax both your mind and body.

Here's what actual guests had to say about their stay:
"This was the best hotel we stayed in during our trip to Japan. It is perfect! Super clean, great location. Quiet in the room even though it's in the center of Kyoto. The onsen is superb. Loved having the open-air and indoor bath."
"Beautiful room, two great public baths, a free drink and footbath on the rooftop bar every evening. Free refreshments, including ice creams. The hotel is perfectly placed to explore Pontocho and the old town of Kyoto."

Garrya Nijo Castle Kyoto - Banyan Tree Group

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・Rating: 9.1/10
A brand new 5-star hotel that just opened in June 2022. This exclusive luxury hotel allows you to experience a sense of extraordinary elegance in Kyoto. The rooms are designed as a tribute to the history and traditional craftsmanship of the ancient capital, adding to its charm. Indulge in exquisite dining and beverages, and savor a truly luxurious and indulgent time.

Here's what actual guests had to say about their stay:
"The rooms are extremely stylish, and the entrance is also chic. The birthday service provided was fantastic."
"Located in front of Nijo Castle, this hotel achieves a harmonious blend of ancient history and modern Japanese aesthetics. With a limited number of rooms, the abundance of staff ensures exceptional service."

Private open-air baths and a rooftop bar! Recommended accommodations for couples near Kyoto Station

NOHGA HOTEL KIYOMIZU KYOTO

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・Rating: 9.1/10
A stylish hotel adorned with Kyoto's traditions, food, art, and music, opened in April 2022. On the top floor, there is a rooftop bar where you can enjoy panoramic views of Kyoto, including Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Kyoto Tower. During the day, you can appreciate the cityscape of Kyoto, and at night, immerse yourself in a romantic atmosphere while sipping drinks by the flickering flames at each table.

Here's what actual guests had to say about their stay:
"Amazing stay, fantastic hotel in a great location. Stayed for 3 nights; wish we could have stayed longer. Very clean everywhere, wonderful staff. Lovely rooftop bar with a fire pit and blankets. Food excellent. Definitely would stay again and will recommend to friends."
"One of the most beautifully designed hotels I've ever stayed in. The perfect mix of Japanese architecture and modern comforts."

Kyoto Umekoij Kadensho

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・Rating: 9/10
A hotel adorned with the charm of Kyoto, opened in March 2022. The large communal bath features spacious open-air baths and cypress baths that offer a sense of openness. For couples who want to find tranquility in a private space, we highly recommend the various private open-air baths available. If they are available, you can use them for free as many times as you like.

Here's what actual guests had to say about their stay:
"Very beautiful facility. All staff are very nice and helpful. Even though they may not be very proficient in English, they still try their best to assist you. The onsen shower room is very comfortable, and the private baths are suitable for couples or families as well. There are also complimentary services such as free drinks on the 1st floor and free noodles at night. The dinner and breakfast are also delicious and satisfying."

  • Kyoto Umekoij Kadensho
    • Address 41-10,Sujakuuchihatacho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto, 600-8843
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    • Nearest Station Umekojikyotonishi Station (JR Sagano Line)
      1 minute on foot

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Hilton Garden Inn Kyoto Shijo Karasuma

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・Rating: 8/10
A hotel located in the heart of Kyoto, opened in November 2022. It offers a convenient location within walking distance of popular tourist spots such as Gion and Nishiki Market, making it an ideal base for sightseeing. The hotel features a warm and inviting design that combines traditional Japanese elements with a modern touch, allowing guests to relax in comfort. Enjoy meals prepared with seasonal ingredients from Kyoto and take advantage of the 24-hour fitness room available at any time.

Here's what actual guests had to say about their stay:
"Conveniently located, with restaurants and convenience stores right at the intersection. The room is thoughtfully furnished and offers a comfortable accommodation experience."
"The room was clean and very pleasant. With a 12:00 PM check-out, we were able to relax and enjoy our stay at a leisurely pace!"

Tranquil retreats and colorful kaiseki cuisine! Recommended accommodations for couples in the Arashiyama area

Nagi Kyoto Arashiyama

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・Rating: 9.1/10
A hotel conveniently located for Arashiyama sightseeing, opened in 2020. The rooms on the ground floor offer a unique and meticulously designed space that captures the charm of Kyoto's Arashiyama. With Simmons' renowned ultra-king-size beds featured in every room, you can enjoy a comfortable sleep that helps relieve the fatigue of your journey.

Here's what actual guests had to say about their stay:
"A short walk (a few minutes) to Saga Arashiyama station, a convenience store, and delicious restaurants. About a 15-20 minute walk away is the main sightseeing area of Arashiyama (bamboo forest, Togetsukyo Bridge, Tenryuji, etc). We also enjoyed the Japanese-style shower/tub and comfy bed. Most of the staff also speak some English, and most instructions/info were in English and Japanese, so communication wasn't an issue."

  • Nagi Kyoto Arashiyama
    • Address Ukyoku Sagatenryuji Wakamiya17-4, Kyoto, Kyoto, 616-8371
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    • Nearest Station Sagaarashiyama Station (JR Sagano Line / JR San-in Line)
      2 minutes on foot

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MUNI KYOTO by Onko Chishin

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・Rating: 9.2/10
A luxurious hotel opened in 2020, located right in front of the Togetsukyo Bridge in Arashiyama. It offers a premium experience with breathtaking views of Arashiyama's changing seasons, architecture incorporating natural materials, and dining at a restaurant established by a world-renowned chef. For couples seeking to create unforgettable memories during their special journey in Japan, this hotel is highly recommended for indulging in luxurious moments.

Here's what actual guests had to say about their stay:
"This is the perfect place for couples or married couples seeking a peaceful and serene environment."
"It was our wedding anniversary, and the hotel was very thoughtful in preparing a nice floral pot in our room."
"An exceptional hotel, slightly set back from the hustle of Arashiyama. Highly recommended. Extremely nice style."

  • MUNI KYOTO by Onko Chishin
    • Address 3 Sagatenryuji Susukinobabacho, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto, 616-8385
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    • Nearest Station Arashiyama Station (Keifuku Dentetsu-arashiyama Line)
      3 minutes on foot

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Rangetsu

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・Rating: 9.4/10
A hot spring ryokan located in the tranquil area of Arashiyama. For those who want to relax and enjoy the hot springs, we recommend staying in a room with a private open-air bath that offers a view of the beautiful scenery of Arashiyama. Of course, there is also a large communal bath available. You can also indulge in a vibrant and colorful kaiseki cuisine that allows you to savor the seasonal flavors.

Here's what actual guests had to say about their stay:
"The staff were so friendly and accommodating. They go above and beyond to ensure you feel comfortable and happy! I really appreciated the hard work and effort all staff put in. The private onsen was also one of a kind, with an amazing mountain view, day and night."

  • Rangetsu
    • Address Sakyo-ku Sagatenryuji Susukinobaba-cho 7, Kyoto, Kyoto, 616-8385
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    • Nearest Station Arashiyama Station (Keifuku Dentetsu-arashiyama Line)
      5 minutes on foot

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Hotels for the Gion Festival are Fully Booked? Check Out These Alternatives a Little Further Away!

Explore accommodations beyond Kyoto with options in different areas, and consider extending your trip to Osaka, known for its vibrant districts such as Osaka/Umeda Station, Namba/Dotonbori Area, and Universal Studios Japan Area. With a quick 30-minute ride on the local express train from Kyoto to Osaka, many travelers find it convenient to visit both cities. Don't miss the chance to experience the best of both Kyoto and Osaka during your journey!

Recommended accommodations for families

  • Marufukuro
    • Address Shimogyo-ku Kagiya cho 342, Kyoto, Kyoto, 600-8126
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    • Nearest Station Shichijo Station (Keihan Line)
      5 minutes on foot

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  • Kyoto Machiya Fukune
    • Address Nakagyo-ku Nishirokkakucho 105-3, Kyoto, Kyoto, 604-8217
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    • Nearest Station Karasumaoike Station (Karasuma Line / Tozai Line)
      8 minutes on foot

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  • BON Condominium Umeda
    • Address Kita-ku, Nakazakinishi, 3-1-4, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, 530-0015
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    • Nearest Station Nakazakicho Station (Tanimachi Line)
      5 minutes on foot

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Recommended accommodations for couples

  • MOGANA
    • Address Nakagyo-ku Tsuboya-cho 450, Kyoto, Kyoto, 604-8276
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    • Nearest Station Nijojomae Station (Tozai Line)
      7 minutes on foot

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  • GOOD NATURE HOTEL KYOTO
    • Address Shimogyo-ku Kawaramachi dori 2 chome Inaricho 318-6 , Kyoto, Kyoto, 600-8022
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    • Nearest Station Kyoto-kawaramachi Station (Hankyu-kyoto Main Line)
      2 minutes on foot

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  • Nazuna Kyoto Tsubaki St.
    • Address Shimogyo-ku Bomoncho 838, Kyoto, Kyoto, 600-8388
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    • Nearest Station Shijoomiya Station (Keifuku Dentetsu-arashiyama Line)
      7 minutes on foot

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Browse available accommodations in Kyoto

If you're looking for accommodations with available rooms during the highlights of the Gion Matsuri festival, specifically the Yamahoko Parade on July 17th and 24th, please check the link below for more options!

Frequently Asked Questions about Accommodations for Gion Matsuri
  1. When is the recommended period for accommodation during Gion Matsuri?
    It is recommended to stay around the dates of the highlight, Yamahoko Parade, which takes place on July 17th and July 24th. Since Gion Matsuri lasts for one month from July 1st, it is ideal to plan for multiple nights and enjoy the different atmospheres.
  2. What type of clothing should I prepare?
    Kyoto's summer can be hot, with temperatures exceeding 30 degrees Celsius. It is expected to be even hotter in the crowded festival areas, so it is recommended to wear breathable fabrics such as cotton and lightweight clothing. It is also useful to have a light outer layer to protect against strong sunlight and the cold air from indoor air conditioning. Since the pre-parade of Yamahoko Parade takes about 2 hours to complete and the post-parade takes about 1 hour, comfortable walking shoes are advised. Additionally, please remember to bring a raincoat in case of rainy weather as Yamahoko Parade takes place rain or shine.
  3. What other spots in Kyoto should I visit besides Gion Matsuri?
    Within walking distance from the Gion Matsuri venue, there are attractions such as Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Kamogawa Noryo-yuka where you can enjoy the riverside atmosphere, and Fushimi Inari Taisha with its famous thousands of torii gates. Arashiyama, known for its natural beauty, is also highly recommended, although it requires a bit more travel.

Browse fun experiences & tours to enjoy alongside the Gion Matsuri

  • Gion Festival
    • Address Yasaka Shrine and others, Kyoto Prefecture Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City, 605-0000
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    • Nearest Station Kyoto Station (JR Tokaido Line / JR Biwako Line / JR Tokaido Shinkansen / JR Kyoto Line / JR Sagano Line / JR San-in Line / JR Nara Line / Karasuma Line / Kintetsu-kyoto Line)
      20 minutes by bus
    • Phone Number 075-561-6155

*The rating scores and reviews mentioned are based on the information obtained from booking.com as of May 2023.
*Please note that the opinions and experiences shared in each facility introduction are personal and actual experiences may vary.

*This information is from the time of this article's publication.
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.

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