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This elegant ryokan has long been favoured by celebrities from round the world. Facilities and services are excellent and the location is hard to beat...
The Westin Miyako 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)...
Hostel 64 Osaka
This non-traditional hostel in a quiet neighbourhood just west of Shinsaibashi is a little out of the way but worth the effort, especially if you're in town a few days...
Capsule Ryokan Kyoto
Kyoto Station Area
This unique new accommodation offers ryokan-style capsules (meaning tatami mats inside the capsules), as well as comfortable, cleverly designed private rooms...
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...
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...
This classic is the ultimate inn here. If you would like to try the high-class ryokan experience, this is a good place. The two onsen baths are exquisite and most of the rooms look out over private gardens. The excellent food is the final touch.
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.
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...
Ise Shrines and Shima
In Ise-shi, this is a quaint wooden ryokan with some nice traditional touches. Go straight past Ise City Hotel, and it's on the right (there is a small English sign). It's at the second light (400m) past the train tracks...
Shin Osaka Youth Hostel
Five minutes from Shin-Osaka Station, this efficiently run hostel is in a large building with great views across the city...
Guesthouse Nara Komachi
One of the best accommodation bargains in Nara is this excellent guesthouse. Choose from dorm rooms or Western- or Japanese-style private rooms with en suite bathrooms/showers. There's a self-catering kitchen and cheap bicycle rentals.
Kinosaki Spa Hyogo Pref.
About 150m on the right on the street heading into town from the station, this ryokan is a good choice. The rooms are clean, with nice Japanese decorations, and the onsen bath is soothing. There is an English sign. Wi-fi in main building only.
Guesthouse Nara Backpackers
In a lovely traditional Japanese building that used to be the home of a tea master, this gorgeous new guesthouse is an utterly charming place to stay for those who want to sample a night or two in a truly Japanese setting...
Osaka Hana Hostel
This is a great new budget option in the heart of Shinsaibashi...
Amanohashidate Youth Hostel
This fine hostel has good views down towards Amanohashidate, friendly owners, well-kept rooms and an excellent hillside location. To get there, take a bus (¥510, 20 minutes) from JR Amanohashidate Station and get off at the Jinja-mae bus stop...
Koyasan Guest House Kokuu
A capsule hotel on Kōya-san? Okay, this place is not your typical capsule hotel. It's a clean, woodsy, light and airy spot, with a variety of nice private rooms in addition to the capsules...
Climb a flight of beautiful, stone stairs to reach the entrance to Gion Hatanaka, a fine ryokan right in the heart of the Southern Higashiyama sightseeing district (less than a minute’s walk from Yasaka-jinja)...
Kyoto Brighton Hotel
The Brighton is a large hotel located on the west side of the Kyoto Imperial Palace, something of an out-of-the-way location. The lobby here is vast, with a couple of restaurants. The rooms are similarly large and well appointed, and service is good...
Kyoto Hotel Okura
This towering hotel in the centre of town commands an impressive view of the Higashiyama Mountains...
Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Sanjo
Just west of the downtown dining and shopping district, this is a clean and efficient hotel that offers good value for the price and reasonably comfortable rooms.