Kyoto hotels?


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<p>I am considering a short holiday in Japan using Kyoto as a base and daytripping by train from there. Does anyone have recommendations for budget-to-moderate priced hotels within easy walking distance of the train station? For health reasons I would need western furniture (bad knees) and a guaranteed smoke-free room (severe allergy) which I know will present a bit more challenge.</p> <p>I'm also debating between going in the spring or fall. Which might be best? </p>

I was in Japan last fall (great time to go, lots of color) on a group tour. We stayed at the Aranvert Hotel in Kyoto ( which was nicely located. The lobby isn't much to look at, but the rooms were well equipped and comfortable. The hotel has several categories of rooms, it might be a good tactic to book in the lowest category, then upon arrival take a look at a few rooms and upgrade if you'd like. They offer a good buffet breakfast with both Japanese and western choices.
I'd also recommend contacting one of the "Goodwill Volunteer Guide" clubs organized by the Japan Tourist Bureau:
I contacted the Sakura Volunteer Guide Club in Kyoto about a week before my arrival and asked for a volunteer guide to accompany me on "The Philosophers Walk" - a lovely 2km walk along a canal lined with temples, boutiques and small restaurants. We had a great afternoon together.
These clubs are all over Japan. I first learned about them in this ITN article:’s-good-will-guides/

Thanks for the hotel recommendation; a little bit of a walk from station but rate for single room looks very good and hotel photos look nice. I had read about the guides also and have already bookmarked that. They also operate in other towns to which I hope to day trip.

Maybe upon arrival you should take a taxi to the hotel, especially if you have luggage. It will be about a five minute ride. After that,and with no luggage, its an easy stroll. There is also a bus that runs up/down that main street.