Kyoto is one of Japan’s oldest cities and it’s a popular destination for families. However, this is a huge city so there will be a lot of walking. If you have kids, it’s best to stay at hotels in a convenient location, particularly near Kyoto station. Before reviewing the top-rated rooms, we’ll show you the best options for your family. So before you book, consider these Kyoto hotels to make the most of your vacation.

Hotels Closest To Kyoto Station

If it’s your first time in Kyoto, finding a hotel near the station is the best thing to do, especially if you have a family with young kids. Kyoto Station is huge and you can easily get lost! Hotel Granvia Kyoto is the best option since it’s located within Kyoto station, but it is more pricey since it’s a 5-star hotel. It’s worth staying here for at least one night to get your bearings and familiarize yourself with this bustling city. Here are other some other hotels all within a 2-minute walking distance from Kyoto Station.

Best Kid-Friendly Kyoto Hotels

  • Hotel Granvia Kyoto (photo above) – Directly inside Kyoto Station, this is the best place to stay as mentioned. The station has everything children love – a mall, a cinema, and several food courts that serve their favorite dishes. After a day exploring the station, they can cool off with a swim in the hotel’s indoor pool.
  • Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto – This is another great option for families. Inside rooms, there are living and dining areas, plus a washer and dryer. They also offer babysitting, an indoor pool, and child-friendly menus with cheeseburgers and fries.

Best Kyoto Ryokan For Families

  • Kyoto Hot Spring Hatoya Zuihokaku Hotel – Just 5 minutes from Kyoto Station, this hotel’s baths are fed from a private natural spring beneath the hotel. Its spacious traditional-style rooms are perfect for families with kids. During the day, you can relax in the indoor and outdoor baths on the Hotel’s top floor.
  • Hotel The Celestine Kyoto Gion (photo above) – This Gion hotel is a popular Kyoto accommodation, known for its relaxing free public bath. Its Japanese-style Celestine Higashiyama suite is the best choice for families. Rooms are larger than the typical apartments, and they’re very modern too.

Most Affordable Kyoto Hotels For Families

  • Hotel Vischio Kyoto by GRANVIA (photo above) – If you’re planning a family vacation to Kyoto in January, the Family rooms at this hotel are an incredible value. Starting at $259 USD per night, they feature four single beds and a large living area. They also offer a delicious breakfast buffet that’s half-price for kids under 12, and children under 5 eat free.
  • Hotel New Hankyu Kyoto – Check out Connecting Triple Rooms at Hotel New Hankyu Kyoto. Starting at $191 USD per night, these connecting rooms are big enough for six. Also, Kyoto Station with its restaurants and shopping center is only 5 minutes away.

1. The Thousand Kyoto

At the Thousand Kyoto, the Suite with a tatami area is ideal for families with kids. With two double beds, two futons, and a large tatami area it’s big enough for four. The hotel is close to popular attractions, including Kyoto Tower and the mall at Kyoto Station. For the younger ones, there are parks and playgrounds close by, including Minami–Iwamoto Park. Other family attractions like the Kyoto Aquarium and Kyoto National Museum are within a few subway stops too.

  • Guest Reviews: Our room was comfortable and nicely decorated. Breakfast was great and the kids loved the room service robot.
  • Star Rating: 5 stars
  • Best Family Rooms: Suite room with tatami area
  • Address: 600-8216 Kyoto, Kyoto, Shimogyo-ku Higashishiokojicho 570

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2. Hotel Vischio Kyoto by GRANVIA

Hotel Vischio Kyoto is one of the city’s best family hotels to stay with kids. With four beds and a living area, the hotel’s Family rooms have everything you need. At the breakfast buffet, kids 6-12 years old are half-price, and children under 5 eat for free. There’s plenty to do next door at Kyoto station, including restaurants, a shopping mall, and a cinema. Other kid-friendly attractions located close by are the Kyoto Railway Museum and Kyoto Aquarium. Both attractions offer free admission to children three and under, plus discounted rates for older kids and teenagers.

  • Guest Reviews: The room was comfortable and spacious. It was a great location close to Kyoto station. Breakfast was delicious.
  • Star Rating: 4 stars
  • Best Family Rooms: Family room
  • Address: 601-8002 Kyoto, Kyoto, Minami-ku Higashi Kujo Kamitonoda-cho 44-1

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3. Hotel Alza Kyoto

Hotel Alza Kyoto is in the city’s Gion district near the Kamo River. Look for the family rooms which have a bit more space for kids to play. If it’s still too small, the Executive twin is the largest room. For a fun day out, take the kids to the Kyoto Zoo, just a short drive from the hotel. Or visit another nearby attraction, the city’s famous Nishiki Market. They offer a variety of prepared Japanese foods and sweets, guaranteed to please the entire family.

  • Guest Reviews: The room was large with excellent facilities. Great location, we loved that it was close to Kyoto’s shopping district.
  • Star Rating: 5 stars
  • Best Family Rooms: Executive twin room
  • Address: 605-0086 Kyoto, Kyoto, Higashiyama-ku Benzaitencho 3-33

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4. Hotel Kanra Kyoto

Hotel Kanra Kyoto’s Suite annex has bigger rooms compared to other hotels. This spacious suite is big enough for five. It has a large terrace, plus indoor and outdoor baths. If the adults need a night out, babysitting is available for an extra charge. There are food options for all ages, including Western and Japanese breakfasts plus wood-fired pizzas. Bicycle rentals are available, so you can enjoy a day out exploring some of the area’s popular attractions.

  • Guest Reviews: The room was spacious with a separate seating area. The wooden bath was a special addition.
  • Star Rating: 5 stars
  • Best Family Rooms: Suite annex 
  • Address: 600-8176 Kyoto, Kyoto, Shimogyo-ku Rokujo-sagaru Karasuma-dori Kitamachi 190

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5. Aoi Hotel Kyoto

This is a good option if you’re looking for a homely stay. Aoi Hotel’s Deluxe tatami rooms have everything, including two beds, futons, a kitchenette, a washer, and a dryer. Located on the Kamo River, it’s a short walk to the Kamo-gawa Riverside. It’s a great place for kids to wade in the river or play on the banks on warm days. Another popular local attraction for kids is the Shinkyogoku shopping area. It’s lined with shops that sell items that are popular with Japanese schoolkids.

  • Guest Reviews: The room was nice and big with a large balcony. We loved the location along the Kamo River.
  • Star Rating: 5 stars
  • Best Family Rooms: Deluxe rooms with tatami areas
  • Address: 600-8013 Kyoto, Kyoto, Shimogyoku Kiyamachidori Bukkoji Agaru Tennocho 146

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6. Hotel Granvia Kyoto

This 5-star hotel is easily the best option since it is part of Kyoto Station. Especially if you’re coming back from a long day out exploring. The hotel’s family rooms offer a spacious floor plan and 5 beds. Inside the hotel, kids will love cooling off in the pool. Within the station, there are plenty of things to keep them occupied too including a theater. The Eat Paradise Food Court on the 11th Floor has several family restaurants that offer dishes that children love.

  • Guest Reviews: Our room was big with a view of Kyoto Tower. We were close to shopping and the pool was a bonus.
  • Star Rating: 5 stars
  • Best Family Rooms: Family room
  • Address: 600-8216 Kyoto, Kyoto, Shimogyo-ku Karasuma-dori Shiokoji-sagaru JR Kyoto Station Karasuma Chuo-guchi

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7. Hotel The Celestine Kyoto Gion

Hotel the Celestine Kyoto is a 5-star family-friendly hotel in Kyoto’s Gion district. The hotel’s largest room is the junior Suite Celestine Higashiyama. It’s perfect for a family of four. Kids will enjoy the breakfast buffet, juices, and snacks. Kiyomizu-dera Temple is a nearby attraction that’s popular with families. There’s plenty to do at the temple, like ringing bells, and exploring an incredible underground passage Tainai Meguri.

  • Guest Reviews: Our family of four was very comfortable at the Celestine Gion. Walking distance to many attractions.
  • Star Rating: 5 stars
  • Best Family Rooms: Celestine Higashiyama junior suite
  • Address: 605-0933 Kyoto, Kyoto, Higashiyama-ku Komatsucho 572

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8. Kyoto Hot Spring Hatoya Zuihokaku Hotel

This 5-star hot springs hotel is 5 minutes away from Kyoto station. What makes this hotel unique is the private hot spring. Their twin tatami rooms are ideal for families, with two beds, two futons, and a spacious tatami area. You’ll have no problem keeping the family fed, with the kid-friendly restaurants inside the food courts at Kyoto Station. Besides the station, the area features another popular family attraction, Kyoto Tower.

  • Guest Reviews: The room was nice and big with comfortable beds. The onsen and breakfasts were very nice.
  • Star Rating: 5 stars
  • Best Family Rooms: Twin room with tatami area
  • Address: 600-8234 Kyoto, Kyoto, Shimogyo-ku Minamifudou-cho 802 

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9. Kyoto Century Hotel

Kyoto Century Hotel is in an excellent location, minutes from Kyoto railway and subway stations. It’s in a good location with easy access the city’s many attractions. In the Century comfort deluxe rooms, you’ll find 6 beds, more than enough for a large family. The restaurant’s breakfast, lunch, and dinner buffets offer great value too. Particularly lunch and dinner buffets, which are discounted for kids 12 years and under.

  • Guest Reviews: The room was clean, spacious, and well-appointed. It was close to Kyoto station and the breakfast was very good.
  • Star Rating: 5 stars
  • Best Family Rooms: Century comfort deluxe (2 rooms)
  • Address: 600-8216 Kyoto, Kyoto, Shimogyo-ku Higashi-no-toin-dori Shiokoji Sagaru Higashi Shiokoji-cho 680

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10. Almont Hotel Kyoto

The Almont Hotel is one of the more affordable options. The Deluxe twin rooms are big enough for four, and the Japanese/Western-style buffet is priced for families on a budget. However, there are plenty of dining options inside Kyoto Station, Aeon, and Avanti Malls, if you prefer some variety. One of the hotel’s special highlights is the public bathing area. With separate areas for men and women, it’s become very popular with families.

  • Guest Reviews: The room was very nice with plenty of space. The onsen was very relaxing.
  • Star Rating: 4 stars
  • Best Family Rooms: Deluxe twin room
  • Address: 601-0000 Kyoto, Kyoto, Minami-ku Higashikujo Nishiiwamoto-cho 26-1

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11. Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto

Make sure you check out the Two-bedroom residences at the Four Seasons. With a living and dining area, a kitchenette, plus a washer and dryer, it’ll be easy to clean up after kids create a mess! Babysitting services for younger children are also available for an extra charge. Outside there’s a beautiful indoor pool and a relaxing whirlpool. For dining, the Brasserie restaurant offers a variety of dishes kids love, including burgers, sandwiches, salads, and fries.

  • Guest Reviews: Our two-bedroom residence was spacious and relaxing. We all enjoyed the pool and spa.
  • Star Rating: 5 stars
  • Best Family Rooms: Two-bedroom hotel residences
  • Address: 605-0932 Kyoto, Kyoto, Higashiyama-ku Myohoin Maekawacho 445-3

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12. Hyatt Regency Kyoto

Hyatt Regency has a reputation as one of Kyoto’s finest family hotels. For a group of four, the Corner deluxe room is ideal. With a large lounge area and two large beds, it feels more like a private suite. Café 33’s cheeseburgers and Trattoria Sette’s pizzas are so popular with kids that you can order them for takeout to the rooms. If the adults want dinner out or a visit to the spa, there’s babysitting available for a fee. Several local parks and playgrounds are also close by.

  • Guest Reviews: Our room was spacious and well-appointed. The food exceeded all our expectations.
  • Star Rating: 5 stars
  • Best Family Rooms: Corner deluxe room
  • Address: 605-0941 Kyoto, Kyoto, Higashiyama-ku Sanjusangendo-Mawari 644-2

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13. RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto

Larger families will love RIHGA Royal Hotel’s family rooms. Big enough for 6 people, each room comes with 4 beds, 2 sofa beds, and a spacious seating area. You’ll love the hotel’s indoor pool too. For food, KAZA restaurant serves an extensive breakfast, lunch, and dinner buffet with dishes to please both young and old. RIGHA Royal Hotel is a short walk to one of Kyoto’s most famous parks, Umekoji Park. It’s home to two of the city’s most popular attractions, the Kyoto Aquarium and Kyoto Railway Museum.

  • Guest Reviews: Our family room was well laid out with plenty of space. The pool and the breakfast were both outstanding.
  • Star Rating: 5 stars
  • Best Family Rooms: Luxury family room
  • Address: 600-8237 Kyoto, Kyoto, Shimogyo-ku Higashihorikawa-dori Shiokoji-sagaru Taimatsu-cho 1

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14. Hotel New Hankyu Kyoto

Located right across from Kyoto Station, Hotel Hankyu is a very convenient option. With trains, subways, and buses all close by, you’ll have quick and easy access to many of Kyoto’s attractions. With Two connecting triple rooms, there’s plenty of space, with four single beds, two futons, and two tatami areas. There are plenty of dining options for all ages, including the hotel buffet plus the restaurants and food courts inside Kyoto station.

  • Guest Reviews: My family loved this hotel. It was close to shopping stores, restaurants, and supermarkets.
  • Star Rating: 4 stars
  • Best Family Rooms: Two connecting triple rooms
  • Address: 600-8216 Kyoto, Kyoto, Shimogyo-ku Shiokoji-dori Shin-machi Higashi-iru Higashishiokoji-cho 579

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Best Kyoto Family Rooms

Kyoto Hotels Best Rooms
The Thousand KyotoSuite room with tatami area
Hotel Vischio Kyoto by GRANVIAFamily room
Hotel Alza KyotoExecutive twin room
Hotel Kanra KyotoSuite annex
Aoi Hotel KyotoDeluxe rooms with tatami areas
Hotel Granvia KyotoFamily room
Hotel the Celestine Kyoto GionCelestine Higashiyama junior suite
Kyoto Hotspring Hatoya Zuihokaku HotelTwin room with tatami area
Kyoto Century HotelCentury comfort deluxe (2 rooms)
Almont Hotel KyotoDeluxe twin room
Four Seasons Hotel KyotoTwo-bedroom hotel residences
Hyatt Regency KyotoCorner deluxe room
RIHGA Royal Hotel KyotoLuxury family room
Hotel New Hankyu KyotoTwo connecting triple rooms
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