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__TOC__ <div> </div> [[Image:Nijo_Castle.jpg|thumb|250px|Ninomaru Palace, Nijō Castle]]
'''Central Kyoto''' encompasses the urban heart of Japan's [[Kyoto|former imperial capital]]. From the carefully tended gardens and stately buildings of the Imperial Palace in the north to the massive, ultra-modern showpiece structure of Kyoto Station in the south, this district has a bit of everything that makes Kyoto what it is today: a marbled mix of old and new, of immeasurably ancient traditions and fast-paced modernity.
[[Image:Ninomaru_Garden.JPG|thumb|250px|Ninomaru Garden, Nijō Castle]]
* <see name="Nijō Castle" alt="二条城 nijō-jō" address="" directions="Nearest bus stop: Nijojo-mae. Nearest subway station: Nijojo-mae" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="Open daily, 8.45am-5pm, with last admission at 4pm" price="Admission &yen;600¥600">Certainly one of the highlights of Kyoto, with fine gardens and splendid centuries-old structures. The castle was originally built by the Tokugawa shoguns to serve as the shogun's residence in Kyoto. The series of ornately-decorated reception rooms within the Ninomaru Palace complex is particularly impressive, and known for its "nightingale floors" - wooden flooring which makes bird-like squeaking sounds when stepped on so as to give advance warning when someone was approaching. From the empty base of the donjon that once overlooked the innermost section of the fortress (known as the Honmaru), you can get good views over parts of the castle compound and the wider city beyond.</see>
*<see name="Nijo Jinya" alt="" address="" directions="Just south of Nijo Castle" phone="" url="" hours="" price="Tour &yen;1¥1,000" lat="" long="">This former (and still inhabited) samurai house offers a look into how people used to live. The guided tour focuses on the measures taken to avoid and deal with the risk of fire and attack, with several trap doors and escape routes, along with some innovative anti-conflagration architecture. However, it's not a cheap tour and no photos are allowed. Moreover, '''tours were suspended for two years''' from the end of 2009 Golden Week (May) while repairs are carried out. </see>
* <see name="The Museum of Kyoto" alt="" address="" directions="Located on Takakura-dori. Nearest bus stop: Shijo Karasuma. Nearest subway station: Karasuma Oike" phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.bunpaku.or.jp/info_english.html" hours="Open daily 10am-8.30pm" price="Admission &yen;500¥500">This The museum features many ancient artifacts. It may be particularly worthwhile if you have a burning an interest in ancient pottery, otherwise not really worth a visit. It is undergoing rennovations from New Years and '''will reopen in July 2011'''.</see>
* <see name="Kyoto International Manga Museum" alt="京都国際マンガミュージアム Kyōto Kokusai Manga Myūjiamu" address="" directions="1-minute walk north from the Karasuma Oike subway station" phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.kyotomm.jp/international/english/" hours="Open 10 AM to 6 PM (last admission 5:30 PM); closed on Wednesdays - or the following Thursday if Wednesday is a national holiday - and during the New Year holidays (as well as during regular maintenance periods)" price="Admission ¥500 ¥800 adults, ¥300 high-school students, ¥100 elementary school students; special exhibits cost extra">Housed in an old elementary school building, the museum holds over 300,000 manga-related items ranging from rare Meiji-era publications to the works of contemporary artists. One of its main attractions is the so-called "Wall of Manga": a vast collection of some 50,000 volumes arranged on shelves running along the building's corridors. Much of the collection is in Japanese, but there is a sizeable selection of manga translated into various foreign languages (including English) on the ground floor. Visitors are welcome to pick out and read anything they choose from the "Wall of Manga" (although the books can't be checked out for offsite reading), which explains the large numbers of children and young adults that throng the museum - and the large Astroturf field just outside - during opening hours. The museum also hosts special temporary exhibitions and other manga-related events.</see>
* <see name="Nishi Honganji" alt="" address="" directions="Nishi Honganji, a 15-minute walk northwest from Kyoto Station" phone="075-371-5181" url="http://www.hongwanji.or.jp/english/" hours="Open from 6 AM to 5 PM" price="Entrance is free" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">One of Kyoto's [[World Heritage Site|World Heritage Sites]], the current building dates back to the 1600s. It is the head temple of the Honganji sect of the Buddhist Jodo sect.</see>
* <see name="Higashi Honganji" alt="" address="" directions="From 5 minute walk north from Kyoto Station, Higashi Honganji is a five-minute walk" phone="075-371-9210" url="http://www.tomo-net.or.jp/" hours="" price="Entrance is free" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">The majestic main hall of Higashi Honganji, said to be the largest wooden structure in the world, can accommodate up to 5,000 people and is the headquarter of the Shinju Sect of Buddhism. The "hair rope" is perhaps the most interesting site in the temple, as it is just that; an extremely thick rope made mostly from human hair.</see>
*<see name="Shosei-en Garden" alt="" address="" directions="Two blocks east of Higashi Hongan-ji Temple" phone="075-371-9210" url="http://www.tomo-net.or.jp/guide/syoseien.html" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Also known as '''Kikoku-tei''', Shosei-en Garden was commissioned by Prince Minamoto no Toru. He created the Ingetsu Pond was designed to look like the Shiogama coast in [[Miyagi|Miyagi Prefecture]]. During the Tokugawa Period the garden was given to Higashi Hongan-ji Temple, restoring the old sections and adding on to the garden.</see>
* <see name="Tō-ji Temple" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.toji.or.jp/" hours="Open 9 AM to 5:30 PM" price="Entrance fee: ¥500 (special exhibitions have separate fees)">Although its famed for its pagoda, the tallest in [[Japan]], the other structures within the complex are equally impressive with surprisingly colorful interiors and a variety of precious Buddhist sculptures on display. The rest of the temple grounds are made up of a relaxing garden, with many cherry blossoms in the spring. It is also famous for its flea markets, held on the 21st of every month.</see>
* <see name="Kyoto Tower" alt="" address="" directions="Just north of Kyoto Station" phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.kyoto-tower.co.jp/" hours="Open from 9 AM to 9 PM" price="Entrance fee: &yen;700¥700">A sightseeing tower that provides views of Kyoto's urban sprawl.</see>
*<see name="Bukkoji Temple" alt="" address="Shinkai-cho Shimogyo-ku" directions="" phone="075-341-3321" url="http://www.bukkoji.or.jp/english/index.html" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">A temple of Shin Buddhism established by Shinran.</see>
*<see name="Shinsen-en Garden" alt="" address="167 Monzen-cho, Nakagyo-ku" directions="" phone="075-821-1466" url="http://www.shinsenen.org/" hours="Open from 9 AM to 10 PM" price="Admission is free" lat="" long="">Although cherry blossom-viewing and festivals can be seen all over Japan today, Shinsen-en Garden is where the very first organized cherry blossom viewing festival took place.</see>
 
*<see name="Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum" alt="" address="Kankiji-cho, Shimogyo-ku" directions="10-min walk from Tanbaguchi, 20-minute walk from Kyoto Station" phone="075-314-2996" url="http://www.mtm.or.jp/eng/umekoji/index.html" hours="9:30 AM-4:30 PM" price="¥400 for entrance, additional ¥200 for steam train ride." lat="34.98899" long="135.7434">This former locomotive depot preserves 19 steam locomotives. At the center of the museum is a 20-track roundhouse surrounding a turntable that houses and exhibits the preserved locomotives. The roundhouse is an Important Cultural Property designated by the government of Japan as the oldest reinforced concrete-made car shed extant in Japan. There is also a short exhibition operation track to operate trains. A steam train locomotive operates three times a day and makes a round trip on the track in about 10 minutes.</see>
===Imperial Park===
* <buy name="Toji Flea Market" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">On the 21st of each month, Toji hosts a large flea market on and around the temple grounds. It's like a one-day festival, with long rows of food vendors joining an odd assortment of sellers &mdash; everything from elegant Japanese crafts and rare plants to piles of old postcards, photos, movie posters, and appliances from decades past.</buy>
* '''Gallery Gado''' 27 Miyashiki-cho Hirano, Kitaku (''on Kinukake no Michi, near Kinkakuji''). 075-464-1655. Open everyday, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Gallery Gado sells modern woodblock prints (''ukiyo-e'') with traditional themes. The gallery also has catalogs of the work of artists who are maintaining this art form. All prints are authentic woodblock prints; postcard-sized prints are available for &yen;800¥800, medium-sized prints for &yen;2000¥2000-3000, and large prints for a few ten thousand yen. [http://www.gado.jp]
* '''Junkudo''' (''8th floor of BAL building on Kawaramachi-dori between Shijo and Sanjo streets''). +81 075-253-6460. Open daily 11 AM to 8 PM. Huge bookstore with big selection of English books and magazines.
[[Image:Sushi.jpg|thumb|250px|Sushi on offer in central Kyoto]]
*'''Musashi Sushi''' one of the oldest kaitenzushiya (conveyor belt sushi) restaurants in Kyoto, it is located directly across chain Kappa Sushi at the corner of Sanjo/Kawaramachi. All of the sushi is handmade, though it may take a while to see something new float by. Fortunately, the seats surround the chefs, so you can request whatever you want if you don't see something you like. Price: &yen;137 ¥137 per plate (usually 2 pieces per plate).
*'''Mikoan''' - Owned by a female Joudou Shinshu priestess. Go here for some good, cheap vegetarian food, as well as to pet her two cats. From Teramachi, go across Shijo and walk down the street for a few blocks. There will be a very small alley with a sign on it that advertises the restaurant on the right hand side.
*'''Kappa Sushi''' is a chain kaitenzushiya (conveyor belt sushi) restaurant on the corner of Sanjo and Kawaramachi at the entrance to the Shinkyogoku/Teramachi covered mall. Lots of variety and cheap prices, but the sushi isn't handmade &mdash; machines are used to cut the rice and fish. Price: &yen;100 ¥100 per plate (usually 2 pieces per plate).
*'''Mr. Young Men''' is a pleasantly grubby okonomiyaki restaurant downtown, at the corner of Shijo and the covered shopping street of Teramachi. Basic English menus are available. A basic dish of Osaka-style okonomiyaki will run about &yen;800¥800, although a few variations (including a bizarre cheese and potato version) are available for about the same price.
*'''Hati Hati''' is an Indonesian restaurant on Kiyamachi, near Takoyakushi. It has great food and atmosphere, but it's occasionally converted into a bar and a performance space for local bands and DJs at night on weekends. For really late night food on Kiyamachi, there is a cheap, open-air '''falafel''' cafe a couple doors down from Hati Hati that never seems to close.
*'''Donguri''' is a cheap yet very nice okonomiyaki restaurant on the Northwest corner of Kawaramachi and Shijo. It's a sub-level place so it might take a bit to find it. It's is next to the OPA department storeExcelsior Coffee; if you walk past The Body Shop you went too far. It's about &yen;500 yen ¥500 for an okonomiyaki and about &yen;300¥300-500 for a namachuu (mid sized mug of beer). Expect to pay ¥800-900 in the evening. Great place for a date or nicer evening.
===Mid-range===
*'''Kappa Sushi (on Pontocho)''' is a reasonably-priced (for fresh sushi) restaurant. They have an English menu which is, unfortunately, inferior to the Japanese menu. Specials change daily, but are generally on the pricey side. Sit at the sushi bar, and eat well-apportioned nigiri off of banana leaves with your fingers. Not a bad place to try real o-toro for &yen;800 ¥800 a plate.
* '''efish''' 798-1 Nishihashizume-cho +81 075-361-3069 (''near the Idemetsu gas station, across the river from Keihan Gogo 京阪五条 station''. Open every day, 11 AM to 11 PM (until 10 PM in the winter). This cafe, tucked away down a hidden side street, has a trendy ambiance and river views. For lunch, try the okra curry (&yen;850¥850) or soup and bread set (&yen;650¥650). [http://www.shinproducts.com]  * '''Shishin Samurai Cafe & Bar''' [http://www.universalpeace.co.jp/shi-shin.html], 230-1 Kamimyoukakuji-cho Nakagyo-ku, (075) 231-5155, proclaims that an increase of food production, food self-sufficiency, and the decrease of food waste can prevent war. This cafe serves local Japanese foods as much as possible to increase food self-sufficiency and sustainability. In addition this cafe uses 5% of its gross sales to aid homeless people and orphans who are suffering from a lack of food. Furthermore, this cafe aims to reintroduce declining Japanese traditional customs and keep these traditions alive. Also, this cafe plans to hold lectures, discussions and forums concerning peace and food sustainability. Open Wednesday to Monday 12:00 to 23:00 (please, note different menu items during cafe and bar times).
* '''Siam''' (シャム)A tiny but wonderful Thai curry restaurant on Marutamachi-dori about 100m east of Nishioji-dori. The food is delicious, reasonably priced and spice levels are indicated on the menu. Relax in a soft-lit room decorated with exotic paintings from Bali, while the friendly staff prepare your meal right in front of you. English menu available. Open: 11:30-15:30 & 18:00-21:00. Closed: Wednesdays.
*'''Anil''' A nice Nepalese restaurant in the Daini Kankou building 6th floor on Kiyamachi. It's got a great atmosphere and awesome food. The dahl, cheese nan and momo dumplings are highly recommended.
 
* <eat name="Torikizoku" alt="鳥貴族" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.torikizoku.co.jp/" hours="5 or 6 pm to late" price="All food/drink ¥300 each">Torikizoku is the most popular yakitori chain in Kansai. There are several locations in Kyoto - most convenient for travellers is in Kawaramachi/Shijo, just before the bridge, or between sanjo and shijo, on kiyachou-dori. The yakitori is delicious, comes in generous serves and is very cheap. It's very popular with both locals and expats, and is always busy. Try to come before 7:30 to secure seats. Look for the Japanese characters on the distinctive yellow and red sign. </eat>
===Splurge===
* '''Pontochō''' (先斗町) is a narrow lane running from Shijo-dori to Sanjo-dori, one block west of the Kamo River. One of Kyoto's most traditional nightlife districts, the restaurants here run the gamut for super-exclusive geisha houses to common yakitori bars. Many have pleasant open-air riverside terraces. Rule of thumb is, any establishment with a menu and prices outside is OK, but others are best skipped.
* '''Mishima-tei:''' If you have a yearning for ''sukiyaki'', and your pockets are deep, you must visit Mishima-tei at the junction of Teramachi-dori and Sanjo-dori. Here you will be bowed in and shown to your own private tatami room by your personal kimono-clad hostess. There, having helped you to order, she will prepare your ''sukiyaki'' feast on the hotplate set between you. Order the "premium beef", and the richly marbled meat will just melt in your mouth, and require almost no chewing whatsoever: it is delectable – and it should be since two of you will spend around &yen;25¥25,000 in less than an hour on 360 grams of beef and a few vegetables! (For the cost-shy, there is a 'tourist set' on the menu which results in a bill of about &yen;13¥13,600 for 2.)
==Drink==
* <drink name="Zen Cafe" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="&yen;390 ¥390 per drink (Spirits, basic cocktails and draught beer) and bar snacks">A place to meet travelers and locals as it is located next to popular hostel "K's House". The staff are friendly and speak good English and are happy to offer advice on what to see and do from a local's point of view.</drink>
* <drink name="Bar This Way" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.barthisway.com/" hours="Open from 7 PM to 1 AM (close at 3 AM on Fri. & Sat.)" price="Dutch beer sells for &yen;650¥650, gyoza for &yen;700¥700">A Dutch-owned bar located next to Royal Hotel (between Kawaramachi Sanjo and Oike dori). They offer a large selection of beers especially from The Netherlands and Belgium and many other drinks and food (including handmade gyozasoup). The staff speaking Dutch, English, Japanese, Chinese and German are friendly and prices very reasonable. Bar This Way is on the 3rd Floor (Tanakabld.) and you need to use the elevator to get in.</drink>
* <drink name="Ing" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="Sapporo sells at &yen;600 ¥600 each shareable bottle">No night in Kyoto is complete without the requisite after hours visit to all-night Ing (a.k.a., "Box Bar," or "the office"). Proprietor Hako-san will keep bringing you the booze, and he's happy to join you for a drink when offered. Food there is always an option - tofu salad & potato pizza are good for the price (&yen;600¥600). Get ready for Rolling Stones, competitive Jenga, sharing tables with odd drunk people, and clothes permanently soaked in smoke. Good luck finding it. If you see '''Hamid's Falafel''' you're on the right track. Ing is on the second floor of a building slightly south of Hamid's. </drink>
* <drink name="Sake Bar Yoramu" alt="酒BARよらむ" address="Nijo-dori east of Karasuma" directions="Marutamachi and Karasuma-Oike subway stations" phone="+81-75-213-1512" email="[email protected]" url="http://www.sakebar-yoramu.com/index_eng.html" hours="6 pm - 12 am, closed Mondays and first Sunday of the month">From the unusual to the standard, this sake bar has both an impressive selection of traditional Japanese rice wine. Even more impressive is the barkeep and owner, who's from Israel, who can translate your preferences in wine into sake. Well-aged sake is available, busting the myth that sake does not age. Traditionally-brewed sake ranging from slightly cloudy to yogurt-like may also be available.</drink>
*<drink name="Nikki's Bar" alt="" address="Nishi-Kiyamachi 804 Daini Kankou Building" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="200020:00-050005:00 daily" price="700yen¥700" lat="" long="">This is a nice little bar ran by a gregarious Nepalese guy named Nikki. It's got a great bunch of regulars and new customers are always warmly welcomed. It's located just north of Hamid's Kebab shop. Mixed drinks and beer run &yen;700 ¥700 per drink and shots are &yen;500¥500. It's a little hard to find because it's on the 8th floor. If you can't find it ask the folks working at Hamid's.</drink>
*<drink name="Pub Africa" alt="" address="KyotoRokkaku Terrace Bld 1F" directions="" phone="075-255 4518" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Although many think this is an Africa-themed bar, there is nothing very African about it. If there's a football match from home that you need to catch, they'll show it here, and they have cheap Asahi jugs. Beers half off during Happy Hour. Also, their fooseball table is very well kept. Across from the Hub, infra.</drink>
===British and Irish Pubs===
*'''The Hub''': on the small streets connecting Kiyamachi to Kawaramachi, lots of TVs for sports, cheap beer (&yen;700¥700/pint) (especially with a &yen;500 ¥500 membership) and more expensive imports; food, however, is mediocre. This is basically the headquarters for English-speaking tourists and gaijin residents for happy hour. Avoid the cheap cocktails at Happy Hour hour (5- they are mostly ice cubes with little to drink7 pm) discounts cocktails only. If you want some inside information about where to go, where to eat, what to see, etc., ask a group here. One of the larger bars in Kyoto, it is a popular spot for happy hours and goodbye parties. The real draw is the foosball, darts tournaments, and, upstairs in the back, the pool table.
*'''Hill of Tara''': a quiet Irish-style pub with good food. A bit more expensive than the frozen stuff from the Pig or the Hub, but a much mellower scene. In the Spring and Summer, they have a nice, though small, second floor balcony.
*'''McLoughlin's''': Is presided over by the most amiable owner/chef Tadg McLoughlin (formerly of Tadg's Irish Pub), located on Kiyamachi between Sanjo and Nijo. Food is reasonably priced, with main course starting at ¥1,200 and a 5 course special menu which is great value. Great quality beers, domestic and foreign (including microbrews). The staff are friendly and speak English. Live music on weekends. Giant screen TV (Mr McLoughlin being a Rugby fanatic), darts, foosball and a great view of east Kyoto. Happy hour is 5pm-8pm. Recently '''Name changed name to Tadg'sin summer 2010.'''
==Sleep==
===Budget===
====Hostels====
* <sleep name="Guesthouse Yahata" alt="" address="544 Yahata-cho, Gojo-agaru, Nishinotoin, Shimogyo-ku" directions="off Gojo-dori, west of the subway station" phone="+81 (0)75-204-5897 (Japanese only)" email="" fax="" url="http://yahata-inn.com/" checkin="4-9 PM" checkout="11 AM" price="Bunk beds from &yen;2500¥2500, private rooms from &yen;8000 ¥8000 (2-4 people), with free breakfast"></sleep> * <sleep name="JAM Hostel" alt="" address="Tokiwacho170 Higashiyama" directions="At the corner of Gion-Shijo station at the Keihan line" phone="+81-752013374" email="" fax="" url="http://www.jamhostel.com/" checkin="3-10 PM" checkout="12 PM" price="Dorms from ¥2100, laundry, fast and free wi-fi, common area with bar"></sleep> * <sleep name="Hirano's B&B Kyoto" alt="" address="38 Nakano-cho Oshikoji-sagaru, Shinmachi-dori, Nakagyo-ku" directions="3 min. walk west from the Karasuma-Oike subway station" phone="+81 (0)75-256-3081" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="http://www.geocities.jp/hiranosguest_house/" checkin="" checkout="" price="¥4000 single, ¥3500/person for two, includes breakfast">A quiet and intimate B&B (three guest rooms), near Nijo Castle. Guests experience being at home with a Japanese family.</sleep> * <sleep name="J-Hoppers Kyoto Guesthouse" alt="" address="51-2, Nakagoryo-cho, Higashikujo, Minami-ku" directions="8 min. walk south from Kyoto Station, near Kujo subway station" phone="+81 (0)75-681-2282, SKYPE:jhoppers" email="" fax="" url="http://kyoto.j-hoppers.com/" checkin="3-10 PM" checkout="8-11 AM" price="Dormitory bed ¥2500">A new and clean backpackers hostel. Rental bikes ¥500/day, Internet ¥300/hour. No curfew; up-to-date local information by native staff.</sleep>
* <sleep name="HiranoK's B&B House Kyoto" alt="" address="38 Nakano418 Nayacho, Shichijo-cho Oshikoji-sagaruagaru, ShinmachiDotemachi-dori, NakagyoShimogyo-ku" directions="3 9 min. walk west east from the KarasumaJR Kyoto Station along Shichijo-Oike subway stationdori, 4 min. walk from Keihan Line Shichijo Station" phone="+81 (0)75-256342-30812444" email="hr_hirohira12info@yahoo.cokshouse.jp" fax="+81 (0)75-342-2440" url="http://www.geocitieskshouse.jp/hiranosguest_housekyoto-e/" checkin="3-10 PM" checkout="11 AM" price="&yen;4000 singleDormitory room ¥2500, &yen;3500twin/double/triple room from ¥2900, single room from ¥3500 (prices per person for two, includes breakfast)">A quiet Opened in November 2003, this clean, foreigner-friendly hostel with English speaking staff has amenities like internet access and intimate B&B (three guest rooms), near Nijo Castlekitchens. Guests experience being at home with The hostel itself can be difficult to find, as it is located down a Japanese familynarrow street off the main road.</sleep>
* <sleep name="J-Hoppers Khaosan Kyoto Guesthouse" alt="" address="51568 Nakanocho, Bukkoji-2agaru, NakagoryoTeramachi-cho, Higashikujodori, MinamiShimogyo-ku" directions="8 1 min. walk south from Kyoto Hankyu-line Kawaramachi Station, near Kujo subway stationexit 10" phone="+81 (0)75-681201-2282, SKYPE:jhoppers4063" email="" fax="[email protected]" url="http://kyotowww.jkhaosan-hopperstokyo.com/en/kyoto/" checkin="3-10 3–9 PM" checkout="8-11 8–11 AM" price="Dormitory 10 beds Dorm room, ¥2000; 6 beds Mix(female) Dorm ¥2200; Twin (Double bed &yen)Private room ¥5600(2 person);25004 beds mix dorm, ¥2500." lat="36.655258" long="138.186462">A new Opened November 2010. Staff are very friendly and clean backpackers hostel. Rental bikes &yen;500/day, Internet &yen;300/hourthey provide heaps of local information. No curfew; up, free (but somewhat slow) Wi-to-date local information by native staffFi access, free tea and coffee available at Japanese style living room.</sleep>
* <sleep name="K's House KyotoCapsule Ryokan" alt="" address="418 Nayacho, Shichijo-agaru, Dotemachi-dori204 Tsuchihashicho, Shimogyo-ku" directions="9 7 min. walk east northwest from JR Kyoto Station along Shichijo-dori, 4 min. walk from Keihan Line Shichijo Station" phone="+81 (0)7580-3423113-24446960" email="[email protected]" fax="+81 (0)75-342-2440" url="http://kshousewww.jp/capsule-ryokan-kyoto-e.com/" checkin="3-10 PM16:00–21:30" checkout="11 AM10:30" price="Dormitory room &yen;2500¥3500/person singles, twin/double¥3990/triple room from &yen;2900, single room from &yen;3500 (prices per person)doubles">Opened in November 2003, this clean, foreignerA capsule-friendly hostel with English speaking staff has amenities like internet access and kitchensstyle hotel catering to international budget travelers. The hostel itself can be difficult to find, Operated by the same people as it is located down a narrow street off the main roadTour Club Kyoto.</sleep>
* <listing name="Kyoto Cheapest Inn" alt="Hostel Kyotokko" address="783 Sabamatsu-cho, Marutamachi Omiya-Dori, Kamigyo-ku. " directions="At the south-east of the cross road named Marutamachi Matsuyacho. Near Nijo Castle, 1-3 min. walk from bus stop Horikawa Marutamachi, 7 min. walk northeast from JR Nijo station" address="783 Sabamatsu-cho, Marutamachi Omiya-Dori, Kamigyo-ku" phone="+81 (0)75-821-3323" email="" fax="" url="http://kyoto.cheapest-inn.com/" hours="" price="Dorms from &yen;1000−2500¥2200−2500, private rooms, &yen;7800¥7800. Discounts common in winter" lat="35.0172" long="135.7482" email="" fax="">Credit cards accepted, English available, sheets included. Free wifi, computer use. Long stay discount. Additional charges for various services - use of printer or fax, changing sheets more frequently, etc.Bike rental (¥500/day)</listing>
* <sleep name="Sandal Wood Hostel" alt="" address="2F 32-2 Ttakada-Cho ,Saiin, Ukyou-ku" directions="Bus from JR Kyoto Station, right in front of the Daikokuya Super Market. 5 minute walk to the Saiin Metro Station" phone="+81 (0)75-585-7052" url="" checkin="12:00" checkout="" price="Air-conditioned dorms are of ¥2700 per night" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="" hours="Check-in: noon, no curfew"> New hostel with friendly, English-speaking staff. Guests are always greeted with an unlimited amount of either ice cold water, hot coffee, or iced coffee. It is not uncommon for the hosts to offer plates of fruits and nuts during nights in. Free WiFi, towel use, washer and dryer, common room, left luggage service, and much more. </sleep>
* <sleep name="Tomato Guesthouse" alt="" address="135 Shimizu, Nishi-iru Shiokoji-Horikawa, Shimogyou-ku" directions="7 min. walk west from Kyoto Station" phone="+81 (0)75-203-8228" email="" fax="" url="http://pascon.gozaru.jp/enindex.html" checkin="4-9 PM" checkout="" price="Dorm &yen;2200¥2200, private singles &yen;3600−&yen;3900¥3600−3900"></sleep>
* <sleep name="Tour Club" alt="" address="362 Momijicho, Higashinakasuji, Shomensagaru, Shimogyo-ku" directions="9 min. walk northwest from Kyoto Station" phone="+81 (0)75-353-6968" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="http://www.kyotojp.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="Double en-suite &yen;3490 ¥3490 per person, quad en-suite &yen;2¥2,930 per person, dorm beds ¥2450 per person">A friendly, clean hostel with both dorm and private rooms. There is a beautiful zen garden and traditional Japanese-living roomwith a small library of local travel information. Free wifi, coffee and tea and the chance to try on a kimono. Air-con, bicycle rental , coin operated internet terminals and laundry are also available.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Uronza Guesthouse" alt="" address="427 Yohoji-cho Shimogyo-ku" directions="" phone="075-341-3226" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="http://www.uronza.com/e-index.htm" checkin="4 PM to 10 PM" checkout="11 AM" price="Prices start at &yen;2200¥2200">A guesthouse offering Japanese and Western-style rooms. Online reservations are currently unavailable, so guests need to make reservations via phone or e-mail (staff not likely to speak English).</sleep>
====Hotels, minshuku & ryokan====
* <sleep name="Budget Inn" alt="" address="" directions="near Nishi-Honganji, 7 min. walk northwest from Kyoto Station" phone="+81 (0)75-344-1510" email="" fax="" url="http://www.budgetinnjp.com/" checkin="4:00−9:30 PM" checkout="10:30 AM" price="Dorm bed &yen;2500¥2500/night, private rooms &yen;10¥10,980 triple through &yen;14¥14,980 quad">Under the same management as Tour Club (above). A variety of dorm and private rooms, with elevator access. Kitchen and laundry facilities available. Offers discounts for stays beyond 4 nights.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Crossroads" alt="" address="45-14 Ebisu Banba-cho, Shimogyo-ku" directions="20 min. walk west of Kyoto Station, or #205 bus to Ume Koji Koen-mae then 2 min. walk northwest" phone="+81 (0)75-354-3066" email="" fax="+81 (0)75-354-3022" url="http://www.rose.sannet.ne.jp/c-inn/" checkin="4 PM" checkout="10 AM" price="Three rooms: one person ¥4000, two persons ¥7350, three persons ¥10,400">A ryokan with shared shower & toilet facilities. 11 PM curfew.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Econo Inn Discount Hotel" alt="" address="67 Hirai-cho, Kawaramachi-Gojo Sagaru, Shimogyo-ku" directions="15 min. walk northwest from Kyoto Station, or just south of Kawaramachi-Gojo stop on buses 4, 17, 205" phone="+81 (0)75-343-6660" email="" fax="+81 (0)75-343-6667 " url="http://www.econo-inn-kyoto.com/en/" checkin="3 PM−11 PM" checkout="11 AM" price="Sliding rate scale depending on length of stay: singles go from &yen;5880 ¥5880 for one night down to &yen;3880 ¥3880 for 21 nights or more; a few small short-term singles range start at &yen;3780¥3780">21 Western-style private rooms: singles, doubles, and triples. All rooms have a bath unit, air-conditioner and TV. Caters more to long-term stays.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Hotel Iida" alt="ホテル飯田" address="717 Shiokoji-agaru, Akezu-dori, Shimogyo-ku" directions="3 min. northeast of Kyoto Station" phone="+81 (0)75-341-3256" email="" fax="+81 (0)75-351-3051" url="http://www.hotel-iida.co.jp/e-menu.htmlen/" checkin="" checkout="" price="Singles &yen;5250−7875 ¥5250−7875 (Japanese), &yen;6300−7875 ¥6300−7875 (Western); doubles &yen;8400−14¥8400−14,700; triples &yen;12¥12,600-23,625">Mostly Japanese style rooms, with a few Western rooms, both varieties with or without private bath.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Ikoi-no-Ie" alt="憩の家" address="885 Ushitora-cho, Rokujo-dori, Shinmachi Higashi-iru, Shimogyo-ku" directions="12-15 min. walk northwest from Kyoto Station, 5 min. west from Gojo subway station" phone="+81 (0)75-354-8081" email="" fax="+81 (0)75-354-8068" url="" checkin="by arrangement" checkout="11 AM" price="Singles with shared bath &yen;4750¥4750, private bath &yen;7600¥7600; doubles &yen;7600−8400 ¥7600−8400 shared, &yen;9600−11¥9600−11,000 private; triples &yen;9600 ¥9600 shared, &yen;12¥12,000−&yen;13000−13,500 private; quad &yen;15¥15,000 private">New facility, opened 2007. All non-smoking rooms, some en-suite. The ground floor rooms near the lobby can be noisy. LAN ports in most rooms.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Palace Side Hotel" alt="" address="Karasuma Shimodachiuri Agaru, Kamigyo-ku" directions="3 min. walk north from Marutamachi subway station K07" phone="+81 (0)75-415-8887" email="" fax="+81 (0)75-415-8889" url="" checkin="2 PM" checkout="11 AM" price="Singles &yen;6000−7000¥6000−7000, twin &yen;9000−9800¥9000−9800, doubles &yen;9800¥9800">It's exactly where the name suggests: across the street from the Kyoto Imperial Palace and park, on Karasuma (near the intersection with Marutamachi). It's a Western-style hotel reminiscent of a much more expensive hotel that could use a good scrubbing. The staff speak fluent English, and the front desk is always open, as are computers with Internet access in the lobby. It's often used by academic groups from nearby universities, though, so advance reservations should be made. There are discounts for stays of three or more nights.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Ryokan Hiraiwa" alt="旅館平岩" address="314 Hayao-cho, Kaminokuchi-agaru, Ninomiyacho-dori, Shimogyo-ku" directions="15 min. walk northeast from Kyoto Station, or take buses #17 or #205 from pier A2 to Kawaramachi-Shomen, the third stop" phone="+81 (0)75-351-6748" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Singles &yen;4200−5250¥4200−5250, doubles &yen;8400¥8400">A self-proclaimed ryokan (really a minshuku) catering almost entirely to the foreign market, in an old Japanese house plastered with English signs, warnings and tips. All rooms are Japanese style. Traditional breakfast is available for an extra charge. Shared bathrooms or a public bath half a block away. But it's cheap (&yen;4200 for a single, &yen;8400 for a double, breakfast not included) and reasonably friendly, though opinions beyond that vary widely. Slightly inconveniently located halfway between the station and the center of town (it's bit of a hike to either).</sleep>
* <sleep name="Ryokan Kyoraku" alt="" address="231 Kogawa-cho, Shichijo-agaru, Akezu-dori, Shimogyo-ku" directions="6 min. walk north from Kyoto Station" phone="+81 (0)75-371-7161" email="" fax="+81 (0)75-371-1260" url="http://www.ryokankyoraku.jp/en.index.html" checkin="3−10 PM" checkout="10 AM" price="Singles &yen;5200−6000 ¥5200−6000 with shared bath, &yen;6000−6600 ¥6000−6600 private; doubles &yen;9200−10¥9200−10,200 shared, &yen;11¥11,000−12,300 private; triples &yen;13¥13,800−15,200 shared, &yen;16¥16,000−17,700 private">Recently renovated, with 14 Japanese-style rooms (half with private bath, half without) and two Western-style double rooms (both with private bath). 11 PM curfew.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Ryokan Yuhara" alt="" address="188 Kagiyacho, Shomen-agaru, Kiyamachi-dori, Shimogyo-ku" directions="15 min. walk northeast from Kyoto Station" phone="+81 (0)75-371-9583" url="" checkin="3 PM" checkout="10 AM" price="Singles/doubles/triples ¥5,250/9,660/14,490 per room with shared bath, no meals included" lat="" long="" email="" fax="+81 (0)75-371-9580">Japanese style rooms, shared bath, sink in room. Recently renovated, very nice rooms, very clean, very friendly. 11 PM curfew.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Station Ryokan Seiki" alt="" address="24-5, Kitakarasuma-cho, Higashikujo, Minami-ku" directions="5 min. walk south from Kyoto Station" phone="+81 (0)75-682-0444" email="" fax="+81 (0)75-682-0171" url="http://www5.ocn.ne.jp/~seikis/index_e.html" checkin="" checkout="" price="Singles &yen;5500¥5500, doubles &yen;8000−9000¥8000−9000, triples &yen;12¥12,000−13,000">Shabby building, but the staff is friendly.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Super Hotel Kyoto Karasuma Gojo" alt="" address="Karasuma Dori, Gojo Kudaru, Osaka Machi 396-3" directions="10 min. walk from Kyoto Station, or at exit 8 of Gojo subway station" phone="+81 (0)75-343-9000" email="" fax="+81 (0)75-343-9001" url="http://www.superhotel.co.jp/en/s_hotels/karasuma.html" checkin="3 PM−midnight" checkout="10 AM" price="Singles &yen;6090 ¥6090 (&yen;5040 ¥5040 off season, &yen;7140 ¥7140 peak season); doubles &yen;7140−8180−9240¥7140−8180−9240">A Japanese budget hotel chain. All rates include tax and breakfast.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Toyoko Inn Kyoto Gojo-Karasuma" alt="" address="393, Gojo-Karasumasho Karasuma-dori Matsubara-sagaru Shimogyo-ku" directions="15 min. walk north from Kyoto Station, 3 min. walk from Gojo subway station, exit 2" phone="+81 (0)75-344-1045" email="" fax="+81 (0)75-344-1047" url="http://www.toyoko-inn.com/e_hotel/00040/index.html" checkin="4 PM" checkout="10 AM" price="Singles &yen;6200¥6200, doubles &yen;7200¥7200, triples &yen;8200¥8200">A Japanese budget hotel chain. Good value for twin rooms. Online reservations showing vacancies & bookings available on all sites, enter as "General Guest" if you do not have membership. Two other locations nearby, at Shijo-Omiya [http://www.toyoko-inn.com/e_hotel/00027/index.html] and Shijo-Karasuma [http://www.toyoko-inn.com/e_hotel/00053/index.html], with similar prices.</sleep>
===Midrange===
* <sleep name="Gimmond Hotel" alt="2 min. walk east from Karasuma-Oike subway station" address="Takakura-Oike-dori, Nakagyo-ku" directions="" phone="+81 (0)75-221-4111" email="" fax="+81 (0)75-221-8250" url="http://www.gimmond.co.jp/kyoto/english/e_index.html" checkin="1 PM" checkout="11 AM" price="Including taxes and fees: Singles &yen;9¥9,586−10,741, doubles &yen;16¥16,170, twin rooms &yen;16¥16,747−23,100">A foreigner-friendly hotel, neat and tidy and located downtown near City Hall. Discount for Internet booking.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Hearton Hotel Kyoto" alt="" address="Higashi no Toin Dori Oike Agaru, Nakagyo-ku" directions="2 min. northeast of Karasuma-Oike subway station, exit 1" phone="+81 (0)75-222-1300" email="" fax="+81 (0)75-222-1313" url="http://www.heartonhotel.com/kyoto/" checkin="2 PM" checkout="noon" price="Single &yen;11¥11,000, twin &yen;22¥22,400">Mid range, Western-style hotel located downtown.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Hotel Monterey Kyoto" alt="" address="3 Jyo Minami Karasuma-dori, Nakagyo-ku" directions="West side of Karusuma, south of Sanjo" phone="+81 (0)75-251-7111" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="2 PM" checkout="11 AM" price="Singles around &yen;15¥15,000−&yen;18000−18,000, doubles around &yen;20¥20,000−23,000">Opened in March 2007. The staff are very keen to please. 15 minute stroll to '''Sanjo Shopping Arcade''' and less than five minute walk from subway station. Rates vary but they have discounts for internet booking and travel agents offer combined JR tickets and room rates. Includes spa and two restaurants (French and Japanese).</sleep>
* <sleep name="Hotel Sugicho" alt="" address="172 Moriyamacho, Oike-agaru, Tominokoji, Nakagyo-ku" directions="5 min. walk east from Karasuma-Oike subway station" phone="+81 (0)75-241-0106" url="http://www.hotel-kyoto.jp/" checkin="4 PM" checkout="10 AM" price="Standard plan around ¥9,450−¥18,900, Limited plan around ¥3,900−77,350" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="+81 (0)75-221-7271">Mostly Japanese-style rooms, with a few Western. Breakfast and dinner available. Adjacent to Kyoto Gyoen and the Nishiki Markets.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Kyoto Garden Hotel" alt="" address="Muromachi-dori, Oike Minamiiru, Nakagyo-ku" directions="About 1 min. west of Karasuma-Oike subway station (Karasuma subway line), exit 4-1" phone="+81 (0)75-255-2000" url="http://www.kyoto-gardenhotel.co.jp/index.html" checkin="3 PM" checkout="10 AM" price="Single ¥9240, double ¥12,600−13,650, twin ¥14,700−16,800, triple ¥19,950" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="+81 (0)75-255-2389">Convenient downtown location; a short walk away from the Kyoto International Manga Museum, a long (but manageable) walk away from Nijo Castle. All rooms are non-smoking. Guests with their own LAN-enabled laptops/netbooks can get internet access in their rooms free of charge; just borrow a connection kit from the front desk. Actual rates vary depending on the time of year and discounts/special offers are available for online bookings.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Kyoto Tower Hotel" alt="" address="Karasuma-dori Shichijo-sagaru, Shimogyo-ku" directions="1 min. walk north from JR Kyoto Station, immediately across the street" phone="+81 (0)75-361-3212" email="" fax="+81 (0)75-343-5645" url="http://www.kyoto-tower.co.jp/kyoto_tower_hotel_chain/" checkin="1 PM" checkout="11 AM" price="Kyoto Tower: Singles &yen;8¥8,000−14,500, twin &yen;16¥16,000−31,000. Annex and Dai-Ni: &yen;6¥6,500−11,500, twin &yen;14¥14,000−19,800">Foreigner-friendly hotel, and the location across the street from JR Kyoto Station is impossible to miss. The same company operates two additional hotels nearby: the '''Kyoto Tower Hotel Annex''', a few blocks northwest, and the '''Kyoto Dai-Ni Tower Hotel''', east of the station.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Ryokan Shimizu" alt="" address="644 Wakamiya Agaru Shichijo, Shimogyo-ku" directions="5 min. walk northwest from Kyoto Station, near Nishi-Honganji" phone="+81 (0)75-371-5538" email="" fax="+81 (0)75-371-5539" url="http://www.kyoto-shimizu.net/" checkin="" checkout="" price="&yen;6¥6,000/person (&yen;5¥5,000 during winter), higher near holidays">A modern style ryokan which is welcoming to foreign visitors. The owners can speak some English. En-suite facilities are provided and a Japanese style breakfast is available. There is a communal Japanese bath facility.</sleep>
===Splurge===
* <sleep name="Kyoto Hotel Okura" alt="" address="Kawaramachi-Oike, Nakagyo-ku" directions="at Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae subway station, T12" phone="+81 (0)75-211-5111" email="" fax="+81 (0)75-254-2529" url="http://www.kyotohotel.co.jp/khokura/english/" checkin="1 PM" checkout="11 AM" price="&yen;19¥19,000 for a single, through &yen;49¥49,000 for a double-occupancy corner room; top-floor suites climb higher still">A large, modern Western-style hotel located downtown.</sleep>
* <sleep name="New Miyako Hotel" alt="新都ホテル" address="17 Nishikujo-Inmachi, Minami-ku" directions="across street from Kyoto Station, Hachijo exit" phone="+81 (0)75-661-7111" email="" fax="+81 (0)75-661-7135" url="http://www.miyakohotels.ne.jp/newmiyako/english/" checkin="1 PM" checkout="11 AM" price="&yen;11¥11,550 singles through &yen;57, ¥21,000 doubles, ¥57,750 suites, tax included">The largest hotel in Kyoto with over 700 rooms, and the prices to match: starting at &yen;10,000 for singles and &yen;21,000 for doubles. Located immediately south of Kyoto station. If you get a room facing north, you'll be able to see the bullet trains coming in and out of the station, as well as the glass windows from the exterior of the Isetan department store that seem to reflect the sky if the weather conditions are just right. The new and slightly more expensive south wing opened in late September of 2005. </sleep>
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