It is an old traditional Japanese house up in the hill near the Golden Pavilion.
The district is really quiet and is surrounded by nature.
It takes about five minutes to the nearest minor bus stop (Kinugasa Himurocho) and 20 minutes walk to the main bus stop (Ritsumeikan Bus Terminal).
Space: The house has a tatami room, a bedroom, a living room, a kitchen, 2 bathrooms and a shower room with a bath tub.
We also have a table tennis table.
It is pretty spacious.
Equipments: Towels, soaps, conditioners, shampoos, a hair dryer are available.
We can also provide dishes, glasses, pots, coffee maker, refrigerator and other kitchen utensils. (We don't have any microwave nor rice cooker)
We have a washing machine too.
Feel free to ask anything about the town or the house.
The nearest bus stop is 5 minutes away from the house and the main bus stop is 20 minutes away.
Parking is also available.
I made a homepage with a (website hidden) map that shows the way to the house so I will send it to you once you decide to stay at my house.
Check in/ Check out: The times for checking in and out are flexible however if there is another guest checking in or out on the same day please allow me to adjust the time. In this case the guest checking out will have to check out by 12 and the guest checking in will be able to check in from 13.
We arrived in Kyoto rather late and Ayaka picked us up at the station.Talk about a warm welcome! Her spacious traditional Japanese house is a fantastic way to stay, allowing you a unique experience. It is not centrally located, but only a 15 minute walk from Kinkaku-ji and Ryoan-ji, two of the most famous sites in the Kyoto. And a 30 minute walk from Funaoka Onsen, a very famous hot spring bath. Being surrounded by nature is simply extraordinary on a visit to any city. We highly recommend staying here for a few nights before moving to a central location. A great experience for us and our kids!!
We had very good time for 7 days. The house is cozy and beautiful. Ayaka is very helpful. She provide us a lot of useful information. We will definitely stay there again if we go vacation at Kyoto in the future.
非常感謝Ayaka 能提供這樣好的房子, 我們一家人6人,住得非常高興, 我們還想到京都的Ayaka的家玩, 如果喜歡大自然住這裡,比住城市中的Hotel 好得多.
這次來我們有看到雪景, 非常漂亮, 從Ayaka位在山上的家看出去, 會看到京都市區的夜景,白天可看到沿山而建的日本風格的房子, 及遠山綠樹,雖然不是花季來,我們可以想像到花季的美景
This was such a great place up in the hills/mountains just outside of the Kyoto town center. Ayaka was very communicative and helpful in arranging a late arrival for our group of five. She also went above and beyond to show us the grocery store when we arrived late with some difficulty.
We loved the traditional Tatami room where we all slept. The heater kept the room nice and warm. There were two toilets in the home which is great for large groups and hard to find. We loved the ping pong table for entertainment as well. The kitchen was well equipped and allowed us to cook up a nice dinner after a long day of touring Kyoto.
*If you are interested in taking a cab the first time you find this place, my advice is not to do it at night. A few cabs without GPS turned us away with the address written in Japanese. A more patient driver plugged in the address, but he still needed the map on my phone to find it. If you won't have service, a printed map may be helpful. By day, the bus service is very easy and the place is located within walking distance to the Golden Pavilion and the Zen Garden.
*Cross the street directly outside the house and go up the stairs. Beautiful trail leads to some nice shrines and surprises.
We would 100% stay here again and recommend this traditional, beautiful home. Thanks Ayaka!!
Ayaka's place is amazing. A genuine family home away from the tourist zone. This property is perfect for a travelling family trying to break away from standard hotel accommodation.
Special thanks to Ayaka for visiting (with yummy cheesecake) and for arranging taxi's for us when the snow made catching the bus that little more difficult.
We would love to visit again.
Absolutely amazing place to stay in Kyoto - especially at this price, it's an absolute steal. For a bit more than, say, the Toyoko Inn (which is hard to book anyway), you can have a bona fide Japanese tatami experience (in an actual Japanese house) in a green, hilly area on Mt. Kinugasa. Seriously awesome - one of the genuine highlights of our 7 days in Kansai. Please strongly consider this location - not a splurge at all if you do the math. I would certainly stay here again if available.
Like a storybook. At first, it may seem as if it's on the far outskirts of town (which it kind of is), but due to the house's proximity to Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion) Temple, Kyoto bus transport is very much within reach. Major bus stops can be found within a 15 minute walk (trust me, it's shorter than it sounds).
The location itself may be a bit difficult to find on foot, as it's nestled deep within a very authentic and quiet Japanese neighborhood, but that's part of the charm, right? On top of a hill close to a stunning vista of the city and literally surrounded by a bamboo grove. Awesome.
This is a whole house, so lots of room. Can sleep 4 comfortably. With 2, it was like a castle. No central heating, but the rooms get plenty warm with AC. And that electric blanket was very warm! Has just about everything you'd want - washing machine, fridge, plenty of silverware and cooking wares, and even a table tennis table! (Although space is limited, and I stopped playing after I hit my head trying to go for a ball =P)
(I also found an extra can of Asahi in the fridge - score! =P)
Host: Ayaka was amazing as our host - very, very helpful and considerate. Gave us a tour of the surrounding area and made sure we were familiar with the geography. Even picked us up by car from Kyoto Station, which was very generous. Also makes terrific desserts. =)
WiFi hotspot was very helpful. Don't expect LTE speeds, and make sure your WiFi devices aren't leaking data when you're not using them. If so, it's possible to reach the data cap. For some reason our WiFi experience was better in the mornings...
We stayed in Ayaka's home for a few nights while exploring Kyoto. She and her friend were kind enough to offer to pick us up from Kyoto Station when we arrived. This was very helpful and allowed us start relaxing instead of navigating the bus system on our first night. She even treated us to a delicious dessert from the cheesecake shop where she works! As a fellow pastry chef, I loved this sweet gesture. The house is larger than I expected and is very pretty. A couple of things to be aware of are the sleeping arrangements (no beds, tradition tatami room with mattresses you will need to set up on the floor) and the fact that the house is at the top of a steep hill. It is not very near to any restaurants so it is a good idea to pick up a few groceries for breakfast, snacks, etc. For us, these things were not a problem at all. The house is within walking distance of the golden temple, Kinkaku-ji, which was a great starting point for a day of temple and shrine exploring. Ayaka was very responsive to any questions and gave us great recommendations. I want to mention a restaurant near Arashiyama that she told us about. The lunch we had at Matsu was the best meal we had in Japan, and probably one of the best of my life. Don't miss it!
Ayaka is very helpful especially when we need help to deal with Japanese speaking only services. We like every aspects of this accommodation except that it is a bit hilly.
Ayaka is a great host and the house is fantastic. We felt very at home in our short stay and would recommend it to friends. We liked staying up in the mountains and Ayakas friend suggested a wonderful noodle place around the corner. Although a little difficult to find, the place was worth the extra effort. The house is very large and well equipt.
Me and my family stayed at Ayaka's house for two nights. Her mom was there to greet us and show us around. The house is very cute, has plenty of room, and all the necessities. Towels, sheets, pillows, and blankets were all pre-prepared. There is also a folder of guides of maps + free mobile wifi! The house is conveniently located next to Kinkaku-ji. It's only a 15 minute walk down hill to the major buses (you can get one day bus pass for 500 yen). Ayaka is also super sweet and prepared cheesecakes. I would love to come back and stay here again. 100% recommended!