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Hyatt Regency Kyoto
The Hyatt Regency is an excellent, stylish and foreigner-friendly hotel at the southern end of Kyoto’s Southern Higashiyama sightseeing district. Many travellers consider this the best hotel in Kyoto...
Cross Hotel Osaka
Cross Hotel is going for a trendy urban look, with black, white and dark red featuring in the stylish rooms and common areas. Rooms are average size, but they had us at the spacious Japanese-style bathrooms – a rare treat...
The Westin Miyako Hotel Kyoto
This grande dame of Kyoto hotels occupies a commanding position overlooking the Higashiyama sightseeing district (meaning it’s one of the best locations for sightseeing in Kyoto)...
Hotel Granvia Kyoto
Kyoto Station Area
Imagine being able to step out of bed and straight into the shinkansen (bullet train). This is almost possible when you stay at the Hotel Granvia, a fine hotel located directly above Kyoto Station...
Arietta Hotel Osaka
Located in Honmachi, about 10 minutes' walk north of the Minami district (and served by the Midō-suji subway line), the Arietta has a warm, boutique-hotel feel...
Dormy Inn Premium Kyoto Ekimae
Kyoto Station Area
Located almost directly across the street from Kyoto Station, this clean, efficient new hotel is a great choice. Rooms are clean and well maintained and the on-site spa bath is a nice plus.
Apa Hotel Himeji Eki Kita
This is the best midrange choice in town. It is pretty much everything that a good business hotel should be: well run and clean, with reasonably sized rooms (for a business hotel, that is).
Grampus Inn Osaka
The Grampus Inn Osaka is an inexpensive business hotel very close to Namba Station. It truly deserves the appellation 'standard-issue business hotel', as that's exactly what it is. The low price and convenient location are the main draws here...
Hotel Universal Port
This brand new luxury hotel near Universal Studios Japan is great for families with children. The theme of the hotel is 'water'. Everything is blue in the hotel, including the inside of the elevators...
Osaka Namba Washington Hotel Plaza
The Osaka Namba Washington Hotel Plaza is a large business hotel that gets its fair share of foreign visitors...
Yumoto Onsen Ohara Sansou
Kitayama Area & Greater Kyoto
A pleasant inn, Ōhara Sansō has a soothing outdoor bath. Unfortunately, the rooms are on the small side and the walls are thin. It’s just before Jakkō-in; look for the large tanuki (racoon dog) figure out the front.
Hotel Nikko Princess Kyoto
Nikko’s entry into the Kyoto market is a welcome addition and maintains the chain’s high standards. Centrally located only a short walk from most Downtown attractions, this smart, understated hotel has excellent service and good on-site restaurants...
The Palace Side Hotel
Overlooking the Kyoto Imperial Palace Park, this excellent-value hotel has a lot going for it, starting with a friendly English-speaking staff, great service, washing machines, an on-site restaurant, well-maintained rooms and free internet terminals...
Hearton Hotel Shinsaibashi
The Hearton Hotel Shinsaibashi is a typical serviceable business hotel in a convenient downtown location. The facilities are clean but unremarkable. The real plus here is the location...
Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport
This is the only hotel at KIX and it charges accordingly. But if you can live with that, it's a decent place to spend the night. The rooms are fairly spacious with some good views...
Hyatt Regency Osaka
The Hyatt Regency Osaka is another absolutely elegant and gorgeous hotel in Osaka. It's located on Sakishima Island and has great views of Osaka Bay. It's a classy operation in all respects...
Kansai Airport Washington Hotel
The Kansai Airport Washington Hotel is reasonably priced, serviceable, clean and friendly - the best deal near Kansai International Airport. Hotel prices at or near Kansai International Airport are higher than at similar places in downtown Osaka...
Ana Crowne Plaza Hotel Kyoto
Directly opposite Nijō-jō on the west side of Downtown Kyoto, this large hotel gets plenty of foreign guests. Rooms are typical for a hotel of this class, and there are all the usual on-site facilities (pool, restaurants and bars)...
Swissotel Nankai Osaka
This is Minami's most elegant hotel, with stunning views and direct connections to KIX airport via Nankai-line trains that depart from Namba Station below the hotel. Rooms are clean and well appointed...
Kyoto Hotel Okura
This towering hotel in the centre of town commands an impressive view of the Higashiyama Mountains...
Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto
Kyoto Station Area
Though a little dated, and too busy and large for some people’s taste, this long-running hotel has all the facilities that you’d expect from a first-class hotel, including a revolving rooftop restaurant...
Hotel Unizo Kyoto
They don’t get more convenient than this business hotel: it’s smack in the middle of Kyoto’s nightlife, shopping and dining district – you can walk to hundreds of restaurants and shops within five minutes...