There are many attractive sightseeing spots in Kyoto. In addition to enjoying your time sightseeing, you want to enjoy your accommodations as well. There are many hotels in Kyoto so it can be difficult to choose a hotel for your family’s trip. We will introduce some recommended accommodations for travelers to Kyoto with kids.
For a true Japanese experience –“Ryokan”
For those who would like a true Japanese experience, we recommend staying in a ryokan or Japanese style inn. Take off your shoes and relax in the traditional Japanese tatami room. At night, the ryokan staff will come to your room to prepare the futons for sleeping. Most ryokan provides Japanese style robes called yukata for you to wear during your stay. Dining in your room while wearing yukata is sure to be a great memory for your family.
Following are a couple of family friendly ryokans in Kyoto.
Watazen Ryokan is a popular ryokan for family travelers in Kyoto. It is in an easy to access location. Also, there is a large public bath so you can soak in the hot bath and relieve your tired body.
Ryokufuso is another ryokan which welcomes families traveling to Kyoto. According to their website, they are a friendly Japanese inn full of smiles. They have rooms in various sizes as well as a large public bath. The ryokan is conveniently located, just a 10 minute bus ride, even shorter if by taxi, from Kyoto Station.
For families that prefer their own place – Private Residence
For those who want to relax in a private space without worrying about others, you can rent a place just for your family. You can rent renovated detached houses and townhouses and make yourselves comfortable there as if you were at home!
There are several places which offer these sorts of rentals, but one which is especially family friendly is Private Residence. They have around 15 properties available for rent in Kyoto. For tourists with babies, you can borrow a crib and a chair if necessary. Also, there is a kitchen and a washing machine so it is good for people who plan to stay in Kyoto for a longer amount of time! Depending on the location, up to 10 guests can stay in one space.
For Easy Access – Family Friendly Hotels with Easy Access
Being a city visited by people from all over the world, Kyoto has a variety of hotels with different concepts, so travelers here have many options when it comes to accommodations.
For families traveling here with kids you probably want to consider a few certain things.
- First, the number of people in your traveling party. Some hotels only allow 2 people in one room and some hotels may not count kids under 6 in the number of guests.
- Next, you want an accommodation which is easy to find and access.
When choosing a hotel, keep in mind where you would like to go sightseeing. For information on the geography of Kyoto, see
For families that want to go around and see a lot, the Kyoto Station area is best. As the Shinkansen stops at Kyoto Station, it is easy to get to other places in Japan such as Osaka or Tokyo and the area around the station has everything you could possibly need. For details on Kyoto Station, see
From Kyoto Station you can go just a little north by subway to reach central Kyoto which has many shops and restaurants. The east and west parts of the city are a bit far, but both have several sightseeing spots which may be of interest to you and your family. If that is the case, you may want to find accommodation in the area you wish to visit.
In the near future a hotel will be opening in the Umekoji Park area. For information on Umekoji Park, a kid’s paradise, see
Below are some of our recommendations for hotels in Kyoto when traveling with kids.
MIMARU Apartment hotel complete with a kitchen
When choosing a hotel, it is important whether the hotel is easily accessed or not. MIMARU Hotel Group has apartment type hotels. There are 6 easily accessed locations in Kyoto including one near Kyoto Station.
Every room has a kitchen so you can prepare your own meals if you wish.
Also, there are Pokemon rooms at Shinjo Sanjo, Kyoto Station and Gojo Kawaramachi hotels! Pokemon is very popular around the world. Your child will be delighted seeing the Pokemon motif of the rooms! For more information on MIMARU Hotel Group, see
Within walking distance of popular spots like Nishiki Market and Gion, Cross Hotel is located in Kawaramachi in central Kyoto. It opened 2 years ago so you can enjoy a modern design in a still fresh building.
When traveling with small children it may be difficult to go out, but as there are many shops and restaurants in the area Cross Hotel is convenient. There is also an excellent restaurant and bar in the hotel. They also have cribs available if you need one for your baby, be sure to ask in advance.
Located to the north of Higashi Hongwanji and within walking distance from Kyoto Station, Hotel Kanra is a popular choice among families traveling in Kyoto. They have rooms with tatami and it is a fashionable hotel which is comfortable even when traveling with kids. An added bonus, there is a ramen shop near the hotel and you can often see traveling families enjoying ramen there.
For a ritzy experience – Luxury Hotels
World renowned 5 star luxury hotels are a safe bet when traveling with kids. In Kyoto City you can find luxury hotels which have incorporated an atmosphere of Wa which is the Japanese idea of harmony. Below we will introduce some of the luxury hotels around Kyoto.
Aman hotel was opened last year. It is located in Takagamine, in the northern part of Kyoto city. You can enjoy Zazen or Yoga in their beautiful garden.
The Ritz Carlton
The Ritz Carlton is located in the downtown area of Kyoto city. The hotel faces the Kamo River, so you can enjoy the beautiful scenery. There are some Japanese activities including making wagashi (Japanese confectioneries) and kimono experience.
Hyatt Regency Kyoto
The Hyatt Regency is located in Higashiyama, the east part of Kyoto city. In this area, There are many sightseeing spots including Sanjusangendo Temple.
Also, There is a maiko performance and greeting everyday!
Four Seasons Kyoto
The Four Seasons Kyoto has an excellent tea room as well as a traditional Japanese garden.
Park Hyatt Kyoto
The Park Hyatt Kyoto opened in the fall of 2019, so you can enjoy a very new accommodation if you stay here.
The Thousand Kyoto
Opened in 2019 and close to Kyoto Station, this hotel is the most easily accessed of Kyoto’s luxury hotels.
Choose the best accommodation, then choose some fun things to do!
There really are many different kinds of hotels in Kyoto. Once you have chosen the right kind of hotel for your trip to Kyoto with your kids, you will want to choose the best activities. Luckily we can help you there, check out our services for information on our Kids Club and Babysitting as well as Family Tours.