Discover a selection of 500 vacation rentals in Kyoto that are perfect for your trip. Whether you’re traveling with friends, family, or even pets, Vrbo vacation homes have the best amenities for hanging out with the people that matter most, including gardens and backyards and WiFi. Prices start at $40 per night, and condos 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

Be enchanted by Kyoto

Prepare to strike some entries off that Japan bucket list – Kyoto is one of the country's top draws. In spring, Kyoto vacation rentals fill up to bursting for hanami – the viewing of the beautiful cherry blossom that brings the parks and shogun palaces to life in a flamingo-pink hue. For the rest of the year, travelers flock to meander along ancient lanes where gabled Shinto temples arch overhead, to encounter white-faced geishas moving between the pine-scented parks, to hop UNESCO pagodas and see the Imperial Palace. There's rarely a dull moment in this enthralling and venerable city.

Things to do

Kyoto is shrines and temples galore

In a city where UNESCO World Heritage Sites are nearly as common as bubbling ramen noodle stalls, you can rest assured there'll be no shortage of things to put on the itinerary. The amazing Fushimi Inari-taisha should figure. It's dedicated to the god of rice and beckons with enthralling spirit paths, leading into the forest at the bottom of Inari Mountain. Nijo Castle could come next, its Edo-period fortifications a relic of the mighty shoguns that once ruled Japan. After those, you could delve into Arashiyama, an area of western Kyoto where shrines and temples hide between swaying bamboo groves.


Blossoms and baths in Kyoto

Kyoto becomes the stuff of National Geographic pages every springtime when its cherry trees bloom into life with their pinkish petals and people flock to marvel at their beauty. Called hanami, it's an official festival in these parts. There are marked paths where you can wander between the gorgeous flowers in Eastern Kyoto, along with castle-topped parks in the heart of the city. Once you're done photographing the branches, you should also find some time to unwind in a traditional sento bathhouse. They aim to channel the Zen and relax the spirit with their cumin-scented tubs and steam rooms.


When does Kyoto blossom?

There's no question about it – Kyoto vacation rentals are at their most popular during the spring. That's almost entirely down to the cherry blossom festival, which magnetizes photographers, nature buffs and culture lovers sometime between March and May. That said, you can also expect mild, dry days that are great for sightseeing at that time of year, mirrored again when fall comes around in September and October. Expect winters – November to February – to be cold and summers – June to August – to get humid and hot.

Natural features

Kyoto is Japan's nature city

It's not just the parks, with their enticing cherry blossoms, that give this city a reputation as one of the greenest in Japan. It's also the fact that you can stray to the outskirts and bag a Kyoto vacation rental that's near wilder escapes like Uji or Kurama. The latter comes with natural hot springs that babble from the mountainsides, while the former does a great impression of New England when fall swings around, its forest turning to amber and auburn with the seasons. In the midsummer, remember that Lake Biwa is also on the menu – you can swim and laze on the beaches there.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Kyoto

The nearest airport is in Osaka (ITM-Itami), located 24 mi (38.6 km) from the city center. 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.

How many vacation rentals are available around Kyoto?

Our 2021 property listings offer a large selection of 706 vacation rentals around Kyoto. From 161 condo and apartment rentals to 418 house rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.