The 12 Best Airbnbs In Kyoto, Japan

October 3, 2020
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If you’re looking for the best Airbnbs in Kyoto, you’ve come to the right place. We combed through thousands of Airbnb listings in Kyoto and the surrounding area to find the homes with the best amenities and the most positive reviews at the lowest prices.

#1 Luxury Stay At Umeda Hipster Haven

5 Guests | 1 Bedrooms | 1 Bathrooms

Book Now: $70 per night, airbnb.com

Located close to the Kyoto city center, this apartment is surrounded by trendy bars and hip street food. It is right in between Osaka-Umeda (the shopping district) and Nakazakicho (Zakka Hipster Haven). It would be well suited for a group of 5 friends looking to spend a bachelor/hens party or simply to let loose and relax.

Here’s the property description from Airbnb:

“Bon Condominium Umeda Apartment is located in a peaceful neighbourhood while it’s also proximity to transport and shopping! A stone’s throw away from Osaka’s bustling Umeda area, the narrow streets of the Nakazakicho open in new window neighbourhood are packed with cafes, art and crafts stores, and small boutiques. There are many department stores, shopping areas around Umeda/Osaka area. Perfect base for visiting Namba, Kyoto, Nara, Kobe and beyond!”

Amenities

Wifi | Essentials | TV | Heating | Washer | Laptop-friendly workspace | Air conditioning | Hot water | Room-darkening shades | Bathtub | Elevator | Paid parking on premises

Reviews

“Great location close to the central Umeda station with great food options in the area. Space is also very stylish and finding it was not a hassle at all. !” – Bryan
“The photos are accurate to the place. Everything is nice and comfortable. Location is also A1 given this price point. ” – Lawrence
“we were a little bit disappointed about what we saw in with the picture and what really was there, also funny the changing behavior when we first check-in and the after reservation. Nevermind great location” – Bertrand
“Very clean, modern and spacious apartment. Convenient location next to local market and restaurants.” – Christina
“I really suggest this host, great communication, the apartment Is bright and big, modern and new, perfect position for shopping and food” – Elena

#2 Green Log Okawase Surrounded By Nature

4 Guests | 1 Bedrooms | 1 Bathrooms

Book Now: $110 per night, airbnb.com

Melt your worries away in this environmentally-friendly retreat. Wake up early for a walk around the lush greenery surrounding this log house while soaking up the fresh breeze and morning sun. The property boasts of amenities that will keep you warm in the cool weather at Kyoto with a heating system, hot water for showers and an indoor fireplace. A great location for a solo trip or even with family or friends to rejuvenate.

Here’s the property description from Airbnb:

“A full-scale healing log house “Green Log Okawase surrounded by nature. Would you like to experience a villa life where you work in the city center on weekdays and spend the holidays relaxing in a green villa while avoiding the hustle and bustle of the city center? In the neighbourhood, you will find the Yoshikawa hot spring “Yokatan” the product sales office “Yamada Nishinosato” (about 15 minutes by car) and many other golf courses (Yoshikawa are Mita city Hyogo prefecture).”

Amenities

Laptop-friendly workspace | Dryer | Air conditioning | TV | Indoor fireplace | Heating | Hot water | Wifi | Essentials | Bathtub | Children’s books and toys | Stair gates

Reviews

“Before I came to the house I just wondered if it was warm enough in the cold weather(5 degree I think) , the heater worked great and I was not feel cold during the vacation. This is an amazing place, I will come again.” -書暉
“If you are looking for quiet, well designed and spacious home with equipped kitchen for holidays, this is the right one.” – Yoichi
“Cool tranquil and clean. Great space for a trip to Kyoto”- Mei
“I was able to feel nature and have a very comfortable time!” -裕葵
“It was clean and had all the amenities so it was very comfortable. We were very satisfied with the quick response to sudden changes in time. I will use it again.” -孝行

#3 A Spacious Loft In Arashiyama

4 Guests | 2 Bedrooms | 1 Bathrooms

Book Now: $40 per night, airbnb.com

Spacious indoor and outdoor living areas, plus a location close to metro stations, shopping and dining, will set you up nicely for a memorable stay. Alongside this, there are temples nearby to visit for a cultural experience, ideal for business travellers.

Here’s the property description from Airbnb:

“The chic designed interior is clean with modern and up-to-date appliances.
The kitchen is new with a high-tech IH cooktop and all the necessary cooking utensils. The room is fully furnished with a large table set, top-of-the-line linens and towels for a comfortable hotel-standard stay.
The room has very high ceilings and a loft. There are two single beds, one sofa bed in the 43㎡(463ft) room and one single bed on the loft.”

Amenities

Wifi | Iron | TV | Heating | Essentials | Washer | Laptop-friendly workspace | Air conditioning | Pocket wifi | Ethernet connection | Hot water | Bathtub

Reviews

“Best place to stay at Kyoto. Right in the middle of the town, easily accessable, and extremely comfortable and spacious. We had a flawless stay.” – Can
“Very nice, clean, cost-effective place. I want to stay here again.” – Suguru
“Cute, cozy and comfortable. Nice practical apartment for business trip”- Amy
“The apartment is huge, spacious, and very comfortable! It was very easy to find, in a great spot near the trains, and check in was very easy. Everything is labeled, washer works very well, there is a refrigerator, and the bath is very clean.” – Arthur
“She really put a lot of thought into creating a wonderful experience. This location is close to the train station so you can easily get around. Also bus stops are around the corner.” – David

#4 Premium/Luxury Stay At Kitano Machiya + 2 Bikes

3 Guests | 1 Bedrooms | 1 Bathrooms

Book Now: $90 per night, airbnb.com

An eclectic array of artisanal products, paintings/prints by local artists, lacquered glassware, ceramic art fill this compact Japanese living style apartment with minimalistic modernity and amenities. A great stay for couples, cook up a Tonkatsu curry on a cold night or head to the tiny Zen garden for a little morning stretch.

Here’s the property description from Airbnb:

“100-year old Kyoto townhouse, fully renovated (Oct 2015). Run of house. Perfect for:- Honeymoon couple- People wanting to self-cater (fully equipped kitchen)- People wanting an extended stay in Kyoto- Long stay? Ask us about special rates!”

Amenities

Wifi | Dryer | Heating | Essentials | Washer | Air conditioning | Hot water | Dedicated workspace | Microwave | Refrigerator | Coffee maker | Private entrance

Reviews

“We loved the location, layout, and complimentary breakfast foods. We found the bathroom to be not as clean as we would have liked. We really appreciated the hosts’ prompt responses” – Kristina
“Great neighborhood! So quiet and interesting. House was a perfect choice for us.” – Sharon
“This house is a perfect home base for your Kyoto adventure. There’s so many great sites within a 30-minute walk (or short train ride) that it was just prefect for us. The house is stylish, comfortable and quiet.” – John
“Lovely place! Clean, efficient and pretty, “A charming, quiet place with excellent hosts.” – Barbara
“Duncan’s place was great! Very clean and he’s very responsive. Great hospitality — he left us fruit and drinks when we checked-in.” – Kyle

#5 Kumo Machiya Takasegawa With Free Bikes

3 Guests | 2 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms

Book Now: $70 per night, airbnb.com

Set among cherry trees and a stunning Takasegawa river, guests can relax in the hot tub, swim in the infinity pool, and watch the stars from the balcony. Have a memorable stay in the Japanese cultured home with 2 friends or a small family.

Here’s the property description from Airbnb:

“Kumo Machiya takasegawa is located in the most prosperous business district of Kyoto. These places are the tourist attractions that can best appreciate the culture and customs of Kyoto, and also one of the tourist attractions you must visit when you come to Kyoto. Takasegawa is a traditional old-fashioned town house. After the transformation of the designer, the rebuilt Takasegawa faces Takasegawa river and the cherry trees on both sides.”

Amenities

Wifi | Dryer | Heating | Essentials | Washer | Air conditioning | Hot water | Ethernet connection | Hot tub | Kitchen | Coffee maker | Stove

Reviews

“10/10, the host is excellent, thank you for everything.” – Sean
“Amazing home in a great location! Highly recommend!” – Marcus
“Lovely little place in a beautiful area of Kyoto! We had a great stay, thank you -” – Clare And Michael
“Great place. Clean, organized, tasteful design. Great place to stay if staying for a few days.” – Alan
“This is a wonderfully well set up, conveniently located house. Walking distance to Gion, Pontocho and centrally located for easy train and bus access to Nara, Arashiyama and Fushima Inari (go as early as you can).” – Aaron

#6 A River View Japanese House With 2 Bedrooms

5 Guests | 2 Bedrooms | 1 Bathrooms

Book Now: $120 per night, airbnb.com

Nestled between two rivers, this home offers a family-friendly environment for children to be as comfortable as possible with a crib and bathtub. There are nearby supermarkets, 24-hour convenience stores to serve you as and when you require anything.

Here’s the property description from Airbnb:

“「Tabitabi Stay Kawama」is located between Kamo-river and Takase-river, and the word 〝Kawama〞means inter-river in Japanese. On the second floor, there is a specially-built independent balcony facing to Kamo-river. Opening the window, you could enjoy the breeze from the Kamo-river, to feel the charm of the mother river.”

Amenities

Wifi | TV | Heating | Essentials | Washer | Laptop-friendly workspace | Air conditioning | Hot water | Room-darkening shades | Pack ’n Play/travel crib | Crib | Bathtub

Reviews

“The atmosphere along the Kamogawa was good, the room was clean and easy to use. It was helpful to have breakfast delivered to the room every day!” – Takaya
“It was a clean space with a sense of cleanliness!” – 伊藤
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#7 Modern Meets Tradition In This Spacious Home

6 Guests | 2 Bedrooms | 1 Bathrooms

Book Now: $80 per night, airbnb.com

This apartment features a blend of original Japanese finishes and chic contemporary decor, contrasting textures and patterns, and heating facilities to keep you warm in the Japanese cooling climate. A comfortable stay with state-of-the-art facilities for a group of 6 friends on a Kyoto roadtrip.

Here’s the property description from Airbnb:

“KYOBU Horikawa Rokujo is our beautifully fully reformed Japanese house. Conveniently located a 14-min walk from Kyoto Station and 7-min from Gojo subway station, it’s the perfect spot to navigate to anywhere in the city. This traditional house was renovated and decorated to keep the Japanese spirit of its original architecture while providing all the comforts of a modern home, including free wi-fi, washing machine and air conditioners. We are sure that it will meet your highest expectations.”

Amenities

Wifi | Iron | TV | Heating | Essentials | Washer | Laptop-friendly workspace | Air conditioning | Hot water | Room-darkening shades | Bathtub | Window guards

Reviews

“Stylish and clean space especially for the bathroom & toilet” – Fung
“Everything about this place is just perfect. – We loved the location: quiet but with so much character and some cozy dinning options around. Also close to Kyoto Station.” – Ivan
“Everything was clean and welcoming. Had a lovely time, was comfortable overall” – Zhao
“It is a 2-floor building and the facilities there is clean and suitable for a family with the needs of cooking and washing clothes. The decorations there is a mix of Japanese culture and modern. .” – Ive
“The room is so beautiful with a traditional style. The facilities in the house is really good and comfortable.” – Chonnanat

#8 Secret Terrace And Bamboo Forest In Classic House

6 Guests | 2 Bedrooms | 1 Bathrooms

Book Now: $70 per night, airbnb.com

Experience indoor-hidden terrace living at a private retreat with bamboo cut outfittings. Heating & AC depending on the weather, laptop-friendly workspace plus a customized terrace room with plenty of space, this simplistic lodge will feel make you feel cozy and welcomed.

Here’s the property description from Airbnb:

“Terrace bathroom and bamboo tree in house. This house was build 50 years ago. We had created terrace bathroom and bamboo forest in the house. This is entire home maximum 6 persons can stay.”

Amenities

Wifi | Iron | Heating | Essentials | Washer | Laptop-friendly workspace | Air conditioning | Hot water | Ethernet connection | Bathtub | Room-darkening shades | Free parking on premises

Reviews

“With all the necessities needed and information in hand, we could explore the local shops, and bigger cities using our car. The house itself was roomy and cozy, with enough stuff for bigger parties of up to 6 people.” – Aran
“Oguri’s place is exactly same as photos, stylish and comfortable, I love old style house with modern soul! The kitchen is well equipped, bed is comfortable” – Mika
“Details is everything! Would like to say Big thanks to Oguri San who is super nice host. Very considerate person.” – Maggie
“Amazing house! The bath was so relaxing and beautiful 🙂 This whole machiya experience was just amazing.” – Nanako
“Oguri san’s place is very clean, comfortable, and so you feel like you don’t want to leave the place! The mixture of western and japanese culture gives a fancy taste within the house. ” – Erika

#9 Traditional Japanese Styled 2-Bedroom Home

5 Guests | 2 Bedrooms | 1 Bathrooms

Book Now: $130 per night, airbnb.com

Enjoy the Japanese culture with the nearby attractions – a famous Sakura spot – Sewari Sakura and Byodoin Temple. Amenities in this home include a 24-hour hot water supply, bathtub, and a crib perfect for families with children.

Here’s the property description from Airbnb:

“TabitabiStay Taishi remodelled from a traditional Japanese-style [Machiya]. It is designed with a lot of hand-dyed Japanese style Tang paper, wallpapers made of tin and gold foils, and other traditional Japanese crafts and elements. We also retain the original properties of the machiya. Here, you can experience the original and traditional Japan, and also you can feel the ingenuity of combining modern elements with traditional craftsmanship.”

Amenities

Wifi | Heating | Essentials | Washer | Laptop-friendly workspace | Air conditioning | Hot water | Ethernet connection | Room-darkening shades | Crib | Bathtub | Paid parking off premises

Reviews

“Very conveniently located, plus clean and big enough space with all necessary comforts”- Aing Un
“This stylist place is as nice as it look on photo. The house is equipped with modern amenities and soooo comfortable to stay in. Love the fact that there are a family mart and a big market near by.” – Khanh
“The house was very clean and seems to be right in the middle of everything. The hosts was very responsive and accommodating. ” – Frank
“Great location with restaurants, supermarket and convenience store close by. Cosy place done up in stylish Japanese style.” – Jean
“It was very stylish design with traditional part of Japanese culture. There is a Family Mart right outside of the house, making daily needs (breakfast, snacks, drinks) much much easier to get.” – Iris

#10 Japanese And Western Combination Stay

5 Guests | 2 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms

Book Now: $130 per night, airbnb.com

A marriage of modern facilities and the tradition of a Japanese bath, this home offers a relaxing stone bath and hot spring bath. Enjoy the tranquil setting of this home located in Kyoto central, which is suitable for a family of 5 people.

Here’s the property description from Airbnb:

“Special features are as follows: 1 Japanese-style large courtyard, the courtyard is raised with koi, the koi can swim directly from the courtyard through the stipulated design. You can see the movement of the koi in the stone bath, hot spring bath. British furniture, design and practical high-voltage appliances, (4) One- door entrance cherry blossoms (dwelling) (5) Because of resident men, women and women, separate preparation space, reduced rest area.”

Amenities

Wifi | Dryer | Iron | Heating | Essentials | Washer | Laptop-friendly workspace | Air conditioning | Hot water | Children’s books and toys | High chair | Baby bath

Reviews

“The house and space is wonderful, it has many touches that are uniquely Japanese while still very comfortable and familiar for those of us not from here. ” – Adam
“Our stay was wonderful. The Airbnb unit was immaculately maintained and had a wonderful lay out for our group. I would highly recommend to all Kyoto travelers who want a full service travel experience.” – Charles
“This traditional home was beautiful with many artistic touches including traditional tatami mats, Japanese hot tub, koi pond, private Japanese garden, antiques and lovely hand made wall paper.” – Rani
“The room has a fish pond and a stone bath. It is very comfortable to live in, and the managers are also very happy to communicate. Very recommended.” – Yu Ren
“The location of the famous hotel is in a quiet residential area of ​​Kyoto and close to the subway station. The design of the homestay is simple and atmospheric, and the indoor and outdoor landscape layouts are beautiful in Japan. ” – Lujun

#11 Cozy House In A Quiet Setting

7 Guests | 3 Bedrooms | 1 Bathrooms

Book Now: $40 per night, airbnb.com

Whether you’d like to relax with friends or entertain the extended family, this three-bedroom big island vacation rental makes it easy. If you are a fan of Japanese green tea, this home is located close to Uji Byoudoin (known for green tea and world heritage).

Here’s the property description from Airbnb:

“This is a cozy Japanese style house with modern conveniences of updated kitchen and bathroom. If you want to experience what it’s like to live in Japan, here’s your chance! Your home away from home in Kyoto. This is an entire home rental for max 6 person stay.”

Amenities

Wifi | Dryer | Iron | Heating | Essentials | Washer | Laptop-friendly workspace | Air conditioning | Hot water | Ethernet connection | Room-darkening shades | Bathtub

Reviews

“Location is in between Kyoto and Nara but the house is very close to the station. Orguri’s house is a must stay. It’s quite stylish and the neighbourhood is really nice.” – David
“I had a great stay at Oguri’s place. The property is very close to a train station, which makes it very convenient. Yet, it was very quiet with friendly neighbours.” – Mariko
“Really enjoyed my stay, thank you. The house was 2-3 min walk from the train station, super close, convenient. The house had newly updated modern kitchen and bathroom and very clean.” – Kaz
“It is a house in a quiet residential area. The access is very good within a few minutes from the station. It is an old private house, but the facilities provided are new and easy to use” – Junichiro
“Oguri’s house is in a small town where older people tend to live. Kyoto is easy to get to in around 30 minutes by train.” – Lars

#12 Traditional Japanese Stay With The Kamo-gawa River View

6 Guests | 3 Bedrooms | 1 Bathrooms

Book Now: $170 per night, airbnb.com

Awake to the soothing sounds of the Kamo-Gawa river starting your day at this polished home in Kyoto-shi. You can access nearby stations – 2 min walk from Keihan Line “Kiyomizu-Gojo” station and 9 min walk from the subway “Gojo” station within walking distance from this home.

Here’s the property description from Airbnb:

“Traditional Machiya with all the amenities rent for one group. We always keep the house clean to make you relaxed. In the twilight, sit down the sofa and look at Kamo Riv. In the morning, drink fresh coffee in the modern living room.”

Amenities

Wifi | Iron | TV | Heating | Essentials | Washer | Laptop-friendly workspace | Air conditioning | Hot water | Children’s dinnerware | Hot tub | Kitchen

Reviews

“The experience is superb! The house has spectacular view of Kamogawa-river. It’s cozy and super clean.” – Tomoya
“Very enjoyable stay in Kyoto.” – Harry
“Maya’s place was clean and spacious enough for the 4 of us. We had a great time, would stay here again!” – Andri
“Amazing house, clean, quiet and great location! Highly recommend!” – Andrii
“This house is perfectly located. Great access to so much to see and do in Kyoto. The train is nearby and very easy. Walking on the river is fantastic and hidden gems like Murmur Coffee are superb” – Christopher
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