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Emily: Miles and points earned from just a few credit cards can help get you to Japan – or anywhere else you might want to go – for a fraction of the price!
My partner, Alfy, and I flew from the US to Japan round-trip with American Airlines miles and ~$110 in Business Class per person. He was raised in Japan and had not seen his family for ~20 years! And for 3 weeks of lodging (including some fancy 5-star hotels), I spent ~$450! In this series, I will show you how you can do it, too!
Those tools, as well as our daily newsletter, will give you tips and tricks for how you can take your own amazing (and nearly free) journey!
How to Use Miles for a Trip to Kyoto Index:
- Part 1 – Introduction and Planning
- Part 2 – Kyoto Airbnb Review
- Part 3 – What to Do in Kyoto
- Part 4 – Where to Eat in Kyoto
- Part 5 – Day Trip to Nara
The best part of traveling is seeing new places and experiencing things I’d never get to see back home. Kyoto, Japan is a fantastic place to explore old temples, see natural beauty, and meet friendly people. And you can ride all around the city (safely!) on a bike! These experiences made Kyoto a very unique place to visit and a place I would love to return to!
In Kyoto, we stayed in a private Airbnb apartment.
The total cost for 4 nights was just $166! Although very basic, the room came with 2 bikes for an additional ~$10 per day. We LOVED riding the bikes all around Kyoto!
Note: Airbnb prices can fluctuate with demand. There are several Airbnbs with similar pricing available.
If you stay in an Airbnb, you’ll get more of an authentic feel for the area you’re visiting, and more amenities for the price. And if you use my Airbnb referral link, you can get $40 off your next stay!
The room came with 2 large beds, a fridge, basic kitchen, and a no-frills bathroom. This would be a good place for a couple, or a family with 2 small children. Or a group of friends who don’t mind sharing a bed. 🙂
We experienced what homes are really like in Japan, with the small bathrooms and kitchens. I loved being able to do our laundry in the unit after our long hotel stays in Tokyo and Hakone, though!
The vanity had minimal shelving. I would have liked some more counter space to store our toiletries.
We really do get spoiled with fancy hotels sometimes. 🙂 But we actually loved this place, especially because of the cheap bike rentals. All we had to do was go downstairs by the elevator and pick up our bikes.
It was super easy, and we rode them for hours every day! We didn’t have to use the local commuter trains once!
Our Airbnb Kyoto was cheap, clean, and close to all of the major sites.
The total cost for 4 nights was $166. Although very basic, the room came with 2 bikes for an additional ~$10 per day. We LOVED riding the bikes all around Kyoto!
If you use my Airbnb referral link, you can get $40 off your next rental! Or you can use hotel points for free nights at many different chain hotels. Use Hotel Hustle or Award Mapper to find hotels you can book with points.
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Have you been to Kyoto? Where did you stay? Tell us about it in the comments below!