Kyoto is blessed with some of the most popular tourist attractions in Japan, from the stylish geisha district of Gion to the magnificent bamboo groves of Arashiyama. Alongside world-famous landmarks, Kyoto also has an exceptional choice of incredibly luxurious accommodations. If you’re looking to stay in Japan’s former capital city in style, then you’re in luck.

Here are our recommendations for the best luxury hotels in Kyoto to choose from.

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The Best Luxury Hotels in Kyoto

The Hotel Seiryu Kyoto Kiyomizu


The Hotel Seiryu Kyoto Kiyomizu offers incredible service right in the heart of one of Kyoto’s most popular sightseeing neighborhoods. The main hotel building is a converted elementary school, built in the 1930s and designed using a mix of Japanese and Western aesthetics. Beautifully renovated while accentuating much of the original building’s original architecture, the Hotel Seiryu Kyoto Kiyomizu opened as one of Kyoto’s best luxury hotels in 2020.


One of Hotel Seiryu Kyoto Kiyomizu’s biggest selling points is its incredible location. Two of Kyoto’s most picturesque shopping streets, Ninenzaka and Sannenzaka, are both just a few hundred yards away, while many rooms come with wonderful views of Hokan-ji Temple’s Yasaka Pagoda. The hotel’s beautifully decorated rooms range from standard king rooms at 45m² to junior suites at 70m², making this an ideal place for couples or small families.

Meanwhile, the hotel’s French restaurant is part of the exclusive Ducasse Paris group, which operates several Michelin-starred restaurants worldwide. The chic rooftop bar also offers sensational views of Yasaka Pagoda and the ancient rooftops of Kyoto’s Higashiyama district.

The Hotel Seiryu Kyoto Kiyomizu
Higashiyama-ku Kiyomizu 2-204-2, Kyoto, Kyoto

Dhawa Yura Kyoto – Banyan Tree Group


The Dhawa Yura Kyoto Hotel is a supremely stylish and modern luxury hotel situated just east of the Kamo River. The hotel features plenty of exquisite touches, from the stunning bamboo tree-filled central atrium to the upscale design and decor of 1867, the onsite lounge bar, and Grill 54, the hotel’s restaurant.

Guest rooms are equally as well appointed with a range of options available, from double rooms starting at 22m² and deluxe rooms at around 30m². The larger suites are an even more comfortable 54m².


There are two train stations nearby, with both Sanjo Station and Sanjo Keihan Station right on the hotel’s doorstep, making this an ideal location for exploring Kyoto. The geisha district of Gion is less than a ten-minute walk or just one stop by train from Sanjo Station.

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