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Gran Ms Hotel was absolutely the perfect place to stay in Kyoto. On the recommendation of one of Laura’s friends who is Japanese and visits Kyoto often, it kind of felt like we blindly booked Gran Ms without much research into the area, but I couldn’t have been happier. The designer hotel is very new and absolutely beautiful. The staff were so lovely and friendly and were great with the English language, which made asking for help and directions so easy!

Located in the Gion District on one of the main streets of Kyoto, everything was within our reach! From subway stations and train lines, marketplaces and high-end shopping, to all kinds of dining options including traditional and more western options, we were within walking distance of everything we needed. There is a 7/11 located right next door to the hotel, so late night snacks were never a problem. 

Read more: An Essential Guide to Kyoto

Gran Ms Hotel is only a short walk from several different stations. If you’re coming in on the subway you will have to get off at Shiyakusyomae Station on the Tozai Line. This is super easy to get to from Kyoto Station. You will need to get the Karasuma Line first to Karasumaoike Station and then swap to the Tozai Line. From Kyoto station the whole things takes less than 10 minutes, despite needing to change trains. Japanese public transport is just amazing! If you’re coming on the JR Line you need to get off at Sanjo Station. Slightly further away, but still completely accessible by walk.

The hotel includes free high-speed wi-fi in all areas of the hotel for as many devices as you want! It’s a completely non-smoking hotel, so all rooms and areas are non-smoking. The hotel also offers a free laundry, you just need to bring your own detergent.

Prices start from $256 per night. Check out the best prices for your stay.

Hotel Gran Ms Kyoto 
410-3, Shimomaruyacho, 
Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi

Explore more of our adventures around Kyoto.

Happy travels,



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Emma Shaw
Emma Shaw

Emma is a travel photographer and blogger, living in Melbourne, Australia with her husband Thom in between adventures. She started Explore Shaw to share her experiences, travel tips and destination advice, and to inspire others to travel the world and their own backyard whenever they can.

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