For the independent traveler to Kyoto looking to live very much as a local, the Gion Apartments are a perfect alternative to run-of-the-mill hotels in the same price category. Each apartment is outfitted with the same basics that one has for apartment living, such as a fully equipped kitchen, laundry facilities, and more space than one finds in a typical hotel room. The apartments are furnished with a careful eye to aesthetics as well as comfort.   For more info, go http://oldkyoto.com/