100yrs Traditional House (JP Style)

House - Private room · Kamigojocho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 600-8377, Japan
Your host, Toru
56 Reviews
Response rate: 99%
Response time: within a few hours

The Space

My house was built over 100 years ago and renovated it and i started accepting guests from January 23rd, 2013!

There are 3 rooms(2 Japanese Style and 1 Bunk Bed Style) on the 2nd floor and 1 room(1 Japanese Style) on the 1st floor. Basically, I do not have a Single room in my house because i want many guests to have a chance to stay in my traditional house.If you are ONE person, you need to share the room with other guest.

Male and Female dorms are shared by 2 or 3 people. Same room could be arranged for couple or family as a private room if you request me and it is possible.

As the house is renovated from a traditional Japanese house, rooms on the 2nd floor are built with an open ceiling so sound may leak out. No keys for all rooms, but there are lockers with key.

You can spend a relaxing night in the Japanese Style tatami room or Western Style bunk bed room with comfortable futon mattress.

You may also share your travel experience and information with other travelers in the common living room. If you got any problem with your trip, feel free to ask and we will try our best to help. The atmosphere in here makes you feel like at home.

Luggage can be kept from 8:00a.m on the check-in day and by 11:00pm on the check-out day. There is no curfew.

A bus stop is located right next to the guest house, with buses going to tourist attractions like Gion (祇園), Ginkakuji (銀閣寺), Higashiyama area (東山区), and also to Kyoto station.
Only 10~15mins walk to Nishihonganji(西本願寺) and Higashihonganji(東本願寺).

Bicycle rental service is available so you can also travel the city by bicycle. (5oo yen/day)

Shared facilities:
-Shower room (with shampoo and shower gel)
-Kitchen (with basic cooking utensils, seasoning, fridge, microwave, oven)
-Living room (with Kotatsu, a Japanese style table with heater)
-Hair dryer
-Washing machine(100JPY)

*Free Wi-fi
*Free coffee and tea
*Free city map

-Convenient store (approx. 2mins walk)
-Supermarket (approx. 8mins walk)
-Japanese public bath house (approx. 5mins walk)
-Nearest train stations (approx. 9mins walk):
*Keifuku Arashiyama Line Shijoomiya Station 京福電鉄嵐山本線四条大宮駅
*Hankyu Kyoto Line Oomiya station 阪急大宮駅

401 Kamigojo-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto City. (English)
京都市下京区上五条町401 (Japanese)

Phone Number:

*From Kyoto Station (about 10 mins):
-By city bus route 206 (Terminal A3) to Omiya Gojo (大宮五条) and approx. 15seconds walk
-By JR bus to Gojo Omiya (五条大宮) and approx. 15seconds walk

When you get off Omiya Gojo or Gojo Omiya bus stop, you can toward the north(15seconds) and you can see my house on your left side.
Fee: 220yen (One Day Bus Pass 500JPY)

*From Osaka:
-By Hankyudensha (阪急電車) to Oomiya station (大宮駅)and approx. 8mins walk

Room type: Private room
Accommodates: 10
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 10
Extra people: $41 / night after the first guest
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Moderate

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • Toru is a very kind and helpful host.
    He helped me to have a great stayed in Kyoto.
    The only regrate is that my time is too short in Kyoto.
    If there is any chance to go to Kyoto again, Toru will be my 1st choice.
    Thank you again

    July 2014
  • We stayed at Torus house for four nights and our experience was wonderful! The house has been renovated really well and has everything one needs during travels. Everything was clean and neat. Toru and the girls working there are really friendly and always ready to help and answer questions. Futons are really comfortable!

    As was mentioned before, the house is traditional so the walls are thin. Light sleepers might find it hard to sleep as the house is next to a more busy street. This goes also for people staying at the same house as you can hear everybody talk. But if you stay in such a house, this is to be expected :) As for me, the sounds did not bother me at all and I slept like a log.

    I do definitely recommend this place to anyone who wants to have a more traditional experience.

    July 2014
  • The house was really traditional and we enjoyed staying in it. Toru (email hidden). He answered all the questions we had and helped us when we needed him. He also offers a lot of services such as bike rentals, towel rental, city bus pass which is very practical. However, if you are traveling by train or subway, it is a ten minute walk of the stations, but the bus stop is right in front of the house. It was a really positive experience to stay at Toru's house!

    July 2014
  • Love the house, is perfect if you want to experience Japan. Toru and the girls working they are very helpfull and nice the location is perfect. I will def. come back. Thaks Toru.

    June 2014
  • toru was a very nice host and was very helpful with our questions. he upgraded us to his other house which was a short walk away and it was a very pleasant experience living in the traditional house. the place was excellent and spacious and the facilities were awesome. his instructions were also clear and detailed. i would highly recommend this place.

    June 2014
  • 非常好,没有缺点

    June 2014
  • It was a beautiful experience in a nice (website hidden) was great and the acceptance too.
    Very nice and kind people. Thank you very much.

    May 2014
  • We visited Kyoto with small children and Toru offered us to stay in the other building with more privacy. This was very considerate.
    The place was very well organized and clean. It has all amenities such as bathtub, modern toilet, kitchen, fridge, coffee machine etc. The traditional Japanese interior definitely adds to the experience, and is reasonably child-friendly. There is no space to play on the outside though, but the kids are probably tired from the sightseeing. The neighborhood is very calm and quiet. The walking distance to a local train station is about 800 m, and we could reach the main railway station by taxi for about 1,000 yen.
    Definitely recommended for families with children.

    May 2014
  • It was really nice sleeping on a Japanese style bed. Toru was very friendly, and the staff there were very friendly too. They have showed me how to reach different places. It is in the middle of all the attractions so it was easy for me to reach different locations. The guesthouse is near the train station going to Osaka, so that was convenient to me as well as my next destination was Osaka. The guesthouse is very clean and beautiful.

    May 2014
  • Toru and his helpers were available throughout the day. They offered suggestions on particular days and there was even a small gathering they were holding at the guest house one night that we were invited to.

    The house itself is conveniently located to a bus stop and the facilities are extremely clean, complete with a shoes-off policy and slippers you can borrow. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of having sliding doors and wooden flooring, giving the house a very bamboo/Japanese feel. I also liked that it had a urinal separate from the main toilet.

    The only drawback was that our room, a traditional Japanese room for 3 people, was next to the street and its walls/doors weren't very soundproof. So, if you're a very light sleeper, the sounds of cars and snoring might be bothersome. They do offer earplugs though and for my two friends, that was enough. I say if you're doing Kyoto right, you should be so tired when you get back that the noise won't be a problem anyway.

    May 2014
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My name is Toru. I have traveled round the world over 30 countries and i had a chance to stay at local houses in each countries. Now i want to give the opportunity to travelers who are visiting Kyoto in Japan. If you got any problem with your trip, feel free to ask and I will try our best to help. The atmosphere in here makes you feel like at home.
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