Discover a selection of 500 holiday rentals in Kyoto that are perfect for your trip. Whether you’re traveling with friends, family, or even pets, Vrbo holiday homes have the best amenities for hanging out with the people that matter most, including garden and internet/WiFi. Prices start at £ 49 per night, and flats & apartments and houses are popular options for a stay in Kyoto. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
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Destination guide

Kyoto – a modern metropolis steeped in ancient tradition

Japan's ancient capital is a beguiling destination replete with colourful temples, sacred shrines, meticulously manicured Zen gardens and tranquil tea houses. But these quaint sights are scattered throughout a mesmerising modern metropolis with sleek glass buildings, buzzing commercial districts and a thriving tech industry. The dining scene is predictably delectable, with restaurants serving everything from comforting ramen noodle soups to minimalist, Michelin-star cuisine. Kyoto holiday rentals range from chic studio apartments to lovingly restored traditional townhouses, so you're sure to find your ideal home-away-from-home.

Things to do

Sensational shrines and tranquil temples in Kyoto

First port of call for many Kyoto visitors is the Fushimi Inari Shrine. Perched on a picturesque hillside, this jaw-dropping complex dates back to the 8th century, and is accessible by a blissful 3-hour hike through 1000s of bright orange torii gates. Nijo Castle is another must-see. Constructed in the 17th century by Tokugawa shoguns, this imposing noble residence is as ostentatious on the inside as its gleaming white exterior suggests. Nishiki Market is sheer foodie heaven – an ever-bustling warren of colourful stalls where you can pick up everything from fragrant green tea to pungent dried seafood.

Activities

Sensational shopping and self-indulgence in Kyoto

Shopaholics of all stripes will be in their element in Kyoto. The city is awash with artisans touting colourful parasols, intricate carved wooden dolls, delicate handmade paper and engraved copper tea canisters. You'll also find tempting boutiques selling everything from flowing kimonos to edgy street fashion, and colourful emporiums stocked with vintage comics, retro video games and all things geeky. Night owls are similarly well catered for, with elegant sake bars, chic cocktail lounges and pulsing dance clubs to check out over the course of your stay. Or, for a quintessential Japanese experience, book a spot in a private karaoke booth and sing your heart out ‘til the early hours.

Weather

Sublime springs in Kyoto

Kyoto holiday rentals are in high demand at most times of year, but the spring months of March to May are particularly popular. The weather at this time of year ranges from fresh to gloriously warm, although rainfall is common, so be sure to pack something waterproof. Summers can become very hot, with intense humidity and heavy downpours. Late autumn is another great time to visit, with mild temperatures ideal for sightseeing. Winter is by far the driest time of year, but it can also get rather chilly.

Natural features

Pristine parks and urban oases in Kyoto

Kyoto is blessed with a wealth of lush parks and gardens. The grounds of the Shugakuin Imperial Palace are particularly awe-inspiring in autumn, when the myriad maple trees turn a vivid shade of red. If, on the other hand, you're lucky enough to be here in spring, head to Haradani-en Garden to admire the exquisite light pink blossom of its countless cherry trees. The Ryoanji Temple is home to Japan's most famous rock garden, while the Saihoji Temple's sensational secret garden is carpeted with vivid moss.

How to get there

Travelling to and around Kyoto

The nearest airport is in Osaka (ITM-Itami), located 24 mi (38.6 km) from the city centre. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could also fly into Kobe (UKB), which is 40 mi (64.4 km) away.

If you prefer to travel by train, Kyoto Sanjo Station, Kyoto Jingu-marutamachi Station and Kyoto Kawaramachi Station are the main stations that serve the city. You can see more of Kyoto by jumping on the metro at Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae Station, Shiyakusho-mae Station or Sanjo Keihan Station.

Can I find a vacation rental around Kyoto?

Yes, our 2021 property listings offer a large selection of 709 vacation rentals near Kyoto. From 165 flats & apartments to 414 houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Kyoto for a holiday or a weekend are on Vrbo.

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