Not Just Sushi

Where to stay (in Kyoto)

Say I’m heading to a new city. I need somewhere to stay, but without knowing the lie of the land there, how could I know which area would be best? You can check on, and whilst you can filter by area, this facility won’t help much if you don’t know anything about what’s what.

I created this video to help first time visitors to get a feel for the city, get quickly orientated and hopefully aid in their choice of an area to stay.

I divide the city into the following main areas:


If you want to be in the hustle and bustle and would like to have fairly equal distances to the main attractions then downtown is good.

In the neighbourhood:

  • Kyoto Imperial Palace
  • Nijo Castle
  • Nishiki Market
  • Pontocho

Station area

This area is handy if you’re just in town for a short stay or want to use Kyoto as a base to explore the Kansai area where it would be easy to get to Osaka, Kobe or Nara, for example.

Short bus ride:

  • Fushimi Inari Shrine
  • Fushimi Sake District
  • Tofukuji Temple
  • Toji Temple


If you want to get away from the crowds, then a place up in these hills might suit. Gion is great if you want to feel you’re at the heart of the most famous Geisha district.

In the neighbourhood:

  • The Kyoto National Museum and Municipal Museum of Art
  • Gion Geisha and Temple Quarter
  • Kiyomizu-dera Temple
  • Ginkakuji Temple
  • Nanzenji Temple

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