You Can Do Your Own Cooking! 10 Recommended Hotels With a Kitchen in Kyoto

Haven’t you ever had times during travel when you thought, “It would be nice if I could use a kitchen for a bit...”? In addition to enjoying delicious food at the cafes and dining spots at your travel destination, you can also enjoy buying and savoring local dishes and ingredients at your lodging. Here are some hotels and guesthouses in Kyoto that come with kitchens so that you can do just that!


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1. Citadines Karasuma-Gojo Kyoto


You can do your own cooking at the attached kitchen in this apartment-style hotel, which is perfect for long stays. All of the guestrooms come with free Wi-Fi. They have multiple room types to match your needs, and even in their studio-type rooms, there is a bright and roomy kitchen area. The kitchens are equipped with everything you’ll need, including a toaster, microwave, cookware, utensils and more. You can enjoy the depachika (department store basements where food is sold) at Daimaru Kyoto in Shijo Station, which is next to Gojo Station (the station nearest to the hotel). Or you can get your hands on ingredients and dishes that you’ll only find in Kyoto at Nishiki Market, which is also known as “Kyoto’s kitchen”.



At Nishiki Market (Kyoto's kitchen), there are lots of sidedishes on sale.



[Citadines Karasuma-Gojo Kyoto Information]

Address: 432 Matsuya-cho, Gojo-dori, Karasuma Higashi-iru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto  京都府京都市下京区五条通烏丸東入松屋町432 (Google Map)

Access: 1 minute walk from Gojo Station on the Subway Karasuma Line

Estimated price: 5,500 yen

Check-in: 2:00 PM

Check-out: 12:00 AM

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2. Prinz



In this building complex - which has a stylish exterior and interior - there is a cafe-restaurant, gallery, apartment hotel and bookshop. Although there are only 2 small-scale apartment hotel rooms, you can see the garden from them, and they’re designed like a small European hotel. Also, in each room, the bath and toilet are separate. In addition to daily comfort devices like a TV and coffee maker, there’s a kitchen attached, so its appeal lies in giving others a chance to live like a Kyoto local. If you walk a little further from Chayama Station (the nearest station on the Eizan Electric Railway), you'll find a place called Momiji Tunnel that is surrounded by maple trees and located between Ichihara Station and Ninose Station. In the fall, the leaves change colors, and the area is illuminated during the summer. You can catch sight of the beautiful scenery from the train window.





A photo of the Momiji Tunnel during the summer.


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[Prinz Information]

Address: 5 Tanaka Takahara-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto  京都府京都市左京区田中高原町5 (Google Map)

Access: 5-minute walk from the Kamihatecho Kyotozokeigeidai-mae Bus Stop on the #5 bus headed to Iwakura from the Kyoto Bus Terminal
2-minute walk from Chayama Station on the Eizan Electric Railway
Around 20 minutes by taxi from JR Kyoto Station 

Estimated price: 13,500 yen

Check-in: 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Check-out: 12:00 AM

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3. Parkside Umekoji


This is an apartment-type hotel (rather than a guesthouse) with a full range of facilities available, such as a bathroom with a TV, toilet, kitchen, washing machine, standalone TV, PC, air conditioner and free Wi-Fi. The kitchen comes equipped with a 2-burner gas stove, microwave, and refrigerator. You can borrow cookware at the front desk. It’s located close to a bus station, as well as sightseeing areas like Nishi Hongan-ji Temple and Umekoji Park (where Kyoto Aquarium is). It’s recommended for anyone who wants to stay like a Kyoto local. There are convenience stores in the area, so you can easily buy side dishes and basic groceries.



A photo of the lush greenery at Umekoji Park.


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[Parkside Umekoji Information]

Address: 90 Hanabatake-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto  京都府京都市下京区花畑町90 (Google Map)

Access: Close to the Nanajo Omiya, Kyoto Suizokukan-mae Bus Stop via the #205 bus from JR Kyoto Station
Around a 20-minute walk from the JR Kyoto Station central gate

Estimated price: 4,500 yen

Check-in: 4:00 PM

Check-out: 11:00 AM

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4. Service Apartment Kaede


Located within walking distance from Kyoto Station, this accommodation is close to many famous sightseeing spots like Nishi Hongan-ji Temple. There are 20 rooms in this traditional Kyoto-style building, all with different atmospheres. For example, they have rooms with a modern Japanese-Western layout, tea room-style with a Japanese layout, and more. Also, each room comes with a kitchen, so you can do your own cooking. There’s an electric cooker and refrigerator, and you can borrow utensils and cookware at the front desk. Each room has free internet via a free LAN connection, and there is free Wi-Fi in the lobby. They offer reasonably-priced breakfasts at the lobby, which is tastefully designed with black and wooden tones. There are lots of shops selling Buddhist items in the area, as well as buildings that are reminiscent of ancient Kyoto.



There are lots of shops selling Buddhist items on the street in front of Nishi Hongan-ji Temple. 


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[Service Apartment Kaede Information]

Address: 228 Butsuguya-cho, Hanaya-cho-sagaru, Aburanokoji-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto  京都府京都市下京区油小路通花屋町下ル仏具屋町228 (Google Map)

Access: 10-minute walk from North Exit of JR Kyoto Station

Estimated price: 6,000 yen

Check-in: 3:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Check-out: 11:00 AM

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5. The Palace Side Hotel


This is the hotel adjacent to the historic Kyoto Imperial Palace, which has been open year-round since July 2016. Each guestroom is equipped with free Wi-Fi and amenities to ensure a comfortable stay. A portion of the double and twin rooms have a mini-kitchen that comes with a microwave, tableware and cookware. Inside the hotel, there is a space that guests can use freely that is equipped with a library, mini-kitchen, lecture room and more. It’s recommended that you buy and bring back some of Kyoto’s “obanzai" (Kyoto-style home dishes) to enjoy eating it there. Also, at the cafe terrace where you can see the view of the Kyoto Imperial Palace spread out before you, they offer a reasonably priced buffet-style breakfast and lunch menu.


An example of the food that comes with the breakfast-included plan. 


An image of Kyoto Imperial Palace, which is open year-round. 




[The Palace Side Hotel Information]

Address: 380 Okakuen-cho, Shimodachiuri-agaru, Karasuma-dori, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto  京都府京都市上京区烏丸通下立売上ル桜鶴円町380 (Google Map)

Access: 3-minute walk from Exit 2 of Marutamachi Station on the Subway Karasuma Line

Estimated price: 3,800 yen

Check-in: 2:00 PM

Check-out: 11:00 AM

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6. Kyoto Guesthouse Roujiya


At this guesthouse (which is a renovated old Kyoto townhouse), you’re surrounded by a retro townscape that has the atmosphere of ancient Kyoto. There are dormitory-style and individual rooms, free Wi-Fi, and even women-only rooms. There is a shared kitchen where you can do your own cooking. It comes equipped with a microwave, toaster, tableware and basic seasonings. There’s enough in the area to ensure a comfortable stay, including supermarkets and restaurants within walking distance, as well as a shopping street and public bath. Also, if you walk for a few minutes, there is a 800m long shopping street called Kyoto Sanjo Shopping Street, which has around 180 shops that include restaurants, grocery stores, greengrocers, drugstores and more. You can buy things that will be convenient for your stay or buy things that you can only find in Kyoto!


A Japanese-style private room.




[Kyoto Guesthouse Roujiya Information]

Address: 22-58 Ikenouchi-cho, Nishinokyo, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto  京都府京都市中京区西ノ京池ノ内町22-58 (Google Map)

Access: 6-minute walk from Nijo Station on the Subway Tozai Line

Estimated price: 3,300 yen

Check-in: 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Check-out: 10:00 AM

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7. Kamo River Kiyomizu Gojo


This apartment-type guesthouse (with a brand-new feel) is a lodging that has a bathroom with a TV included, toilet, kitchen, washing machine, TV, PC, air conditioning, free Wi-Fi and more. The kitchen has an electric burner, microwave, electric kettle and refrigerator, and you can borrow cookware from the front desk. There are single rooms, as well as double, twin, triple and deluxe rooms that can accommodate up to 4 adults, so it’s perfect for families or groups of travelers. Also, it’s only a 25 minute walk to the popular tourist spot Kiyomizu-dera Temple, making its location another appealing point. There are many Japanese sweets cafes and shops selling souvenirs on the road to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, so why not drop in while on your stroll?



A photo of the beautifully lit-up Kiyomizu-dera Temple.


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[Kamo River Kiyomizu Gojo Information]

Address: 359-1 Osaka-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto  京都府京都市東山区大阪町359-1 (Google Map)

Access: 5-minute walk from Kiyomizu Gojo Station on the Keihan Main Line

Estimated price: 3,500 yen

Check-in: 4:00 PM

Check-out: 11:00 AM

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8. Piece Hostel Kyoto



This hostel is well-located at just a 5-minute walk from Kyoto Station, and is recommended for people who want to enjoy cultural exchange with other travelers. There are various types of rooms to match your needs, including dormitory-style rooms (co-ed or women-only) and single, double, twin and even family rooms that can accommodate up to 6 people. The building has a stylish exterior and interior, and comes equipped with facilities to ensure a comfortable stay, including free Wi-Fi, a shared library, living room, terrace and kitchen. The kitchen has cookware, implements and ingredients, so you can do your own cooking. However, you’ll be happy to know that they also offer a free, simple breakfast service every morning. They also have a cafe bar where they sell Japanese liquor, cocktails and other alcoholic drinks at night.



They have a free breakfast service. 



[Piece Hostel Kyoto Information]

Address: 21-1 Higashi-Sanno-cho, Higashi-Kujo, Minami-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto  京都府京都市南区東九条東山王町21−1 (Google Map)

Access: 5 minute walk from Hachijo Exit of Kyoto Station

Estimated price: 2,700 yen

Check-in: 3:00 PM - 12:00 AM

Check-out: 11:00 AM

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9. Kyoto Hana Hostel



This guesthouse is in an optimum location for getting to some of Kyoto’s best tourist spots. It’s a 3-minute walk to Higashi Hongan-ji Temple, a 5-minute walk to Kyoto Station, and a 3-minute walk to the electronics retail store Yodobashi Camera Multimedia Kyoto Store. In addition to mixed dormitories and women-only dormitories, there are also private rooms that come with private baths and toilets (a rarity for guesthouses). The entire building has free Wi-Fi, and the living room and kitchen functions as a shared space with a friendly atmosphere that’s unique to guesthouses, making it a place where you can enjoy cultural exchange. There are supermarkets nearby where you can buy ingredients, and the kitchen is equipped with things like a refrigerator, microwave, cookware and seasonings, so you can enjoy cooking for yourself!


A private Japanese-style room with a relaxed atmosphere. 




[Kyoto Hana Hostel Information]

Address: 229 Kogawa-cho, Nanajo-agaru, Akezu-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto  京都府京都市下京区不明門通七条上ル粉川町229 (Google Map)

Access: 5-minute walk from Chuo Exit of JR Kyoto Station

Estimated price: 2,800 yen

Check-in: 3:00 PM - 10:00 PM (contact them if you'll be later than 10:00 PM)

Check-out: 11:00 AM

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10. Kyoto Guest House Lantern


From dormitory-style rooms (where you can stay for a reasonable price) to private Japanese-style suite rooms that veer just a little on the side of luxury, you can choose what best suits your needs at this Japanese-style guest house. Some dormitories have Japanese-style rooms where you spread the futon (traditional Japanese bedding) on tatami mats, while others are Western-style with beds, and there are also women-only rooms. There is free Wi-Fi inside the building and all the rooms, and there is a shared space with a sunken kotatsu and a large TV, as well as a shared kitchen that you can use as you like. The kitchen has a microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker and seasonings that you are welcome to use. In the vicinity, there are convenience stores where you can buy basic groceries. Also, tourist spots like Nishi Hongan-ji Temple and Higashi Hongan-ji Temple are close by, and there are many stores that sell famous Kyoto sweets and handicrafts.


A private Japanese-style suite room with a Kyoto-esque interior design.




[Kyoto Guest House Lantern Information]

Address: 152 Nishiyaoya-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto  京都府京都市下京区西八百屋町152 (Google Map)

Access: 12-minute walk from North-side Exit of JR Kyoto Station

Estimated price: 2,500 yen

Check-in: 4:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Check-out: 10:00 AM

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The information in this article is accurate at the time of publication.

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