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What We Love

  • Free shuttle every 20 minutes to/from Karasumaoike Subway Station
  • The Hotaru restaurant serves traditional Kyoto kaiseki (a menu of small Japanese dishes)
  • Cool views from the rooftop pool and terrace

What To Know

  • Bikes are available to rent
  • WiFi is free
  • Rooftop pool is open July to September
  • It's a short walk to Kyoto's imperial palace


  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
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Classy crash pad with a rooftop pool and terrace within walking distance of Kyoto's imperial palace

The Lowdown

In west Kyoto-Gosho, close to the imperial palace, the Kyoto Brighton is a classy crash pad with a rooftop pool and terrace. Beyond the light-flooded atrium, glass elevators whisk guests up to the 182 spacious rooms, which all have clearly defined seating and sleeping areas. The decor is simple, with light woods and plum carpets and sofas, and all rooms feature nifty air purifiers and bathrooms with soaking tubs and rain showers. There are four restaurants to choose from, including Kakan, which specializes in Cantonese fare, and Hotaru, a top-notch eatery that serves Kyoto style kaiseki (a multicourse menu of small, artistically presented dishes). The lobby bar is also an all-day tea lounge that serves organic brews and bowls of traditional matcha green tea.

In the Area

Kyoto is one of the world’s greatest cultural destinations, and the sights begin just steps from the hotel. The imperial palace, residence of Japan’s royal family until 1868, is just down the road. Sanjusangendo Buddhist Temple dates from 1266 and is one of the world’s largest wooden structures; inside, 1,000 life-size statues of Kannon (the deity of mercy) flank a giant 1,000-armed Kannon. Visit Kawai Kanjiro House, the residence turned museum of an eccentric 20th-century ceramic artist. Kiyomizu Temple, with its famous balcony offering views of the city, is dramatically perched on the side of a hill. From here, it’s an atmospheric walk through the historical streets to Gion, the largest of Kyoto’s geisha districts.

How to Get There

Kyoto Brighton Hotel
Nakadachiuri, Shinmachi-dori
Kyoto, 602-8071 Japan


4.5 Very Good 1013 Reviews
A restful week with 2 young children spent here
Reviewed 2 days ago

Highly recommend as a convenient location for international travelers seeking a refined experience in Kyoto. Great restaurants, competent English speaking staff that are very attentive and helpful and excellent housekeeping services.

This hotel needs to be well reviewed by all
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This wasn’t our first choice of hotel in Kyoto but it should have been. It’s a fantastic hotel. Very comfortable. Very clean and you are so looked after. Most of the clientele were Japanese which was lovely as you didn’t feel that you were in a multinational chain that just happened to be in Japan. We were so looked after.
The food was really good. On our last night, having eaten in the other restaurants, we had the western buffet. The desserts were amazing. Tiny opera cakes, caramel tarts. Such skill.
Please stay if in Kyoto. Don’t worry about the shuttle. It works really well.

Quiet, Beautiful Hotel
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The hotel was very big and beautiful. The staff there were all very good at showing us Japanese hospitality and customer service from the moment you walk in all the way to the front desk. We booked a corner luxury room that had a outdoor patio that was great for relaxing at night or early morning. Very comfortable hotel. Its located in a residential neighborhood so it's best to make use of the shuttle that runs and arrives 2 times during the hour and brings you to the closest metro station. There are also lots of cute little stores and restaurants nearby the hotel within walking distance. I would highly recommend all those travelling to Kyoto to stay here especially if they want to be away from all the hustle and bustle.

A comfortable hotel in a quiet residential neighbourhood
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The hotel is located in quiet residential neighbourhood but in close proximity to the Kyoto Imperial Palace. The hotel also offers a shuttle bus to and from a nearby subway station every 20 minutes. The room itself is comfortable with a sitting area. The hotel offers the option of a Western and a Japanese breakfast, both of which are abundant and tasty. The overall experience has been great.

Very nice hotel
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Hotel has a good location close Palace and park, hotel is very clean and quiet and service and food is lovely. Taxi is always available, hotel room amenities are excellent and rooms are very comfortable. Would stay here again if I ever visit Kyoto again.