About this listing
My traditional Kyoto townhouse is a very quiet residential neighborhood about 20 minutes walk from Kyoto station or 5 minute taxi ride. It is also 10 minutes walk from the local subway station and buses to downtown Kyoto. Come with portable WIFI!
Our traditional Kyoto townhouse has been fully refurbished, and is a very quiet residential neighborhood about 20 minutes walk from Kyoto station. It is also 10 minutes walk from the Kujo subway, and JR/Keihan railway stations where you can easily get to Nara/Osaka. The local bus stops are within 10 min walk on Kujo Dori and it will take you 15-20 mins to get to Koyomizu temple/Gion etc.
The minimum stay during winter is only 2 nights and we expect the guests to book at least 3 nights for the rest of the months.
The house is one-storey, with two bedrooms, gallery kitchen with all amenities, Japanese-style bathroom, and a small 'tsubo-niwa' Kyoto style 'pocket garden' with a Japanese maple (momiji) tree.
The master bedroom has a western-style double bed, wooden floors, desk for writing, and a direct view onto the garden.
This room can fit two people in the double bed, and if necessary, one additional person on a futon. It has sliding doors to go to the kitchen/bathroom and tatami room respectively.
There is a Japanese-style bedroom with tatami mat floors, and two single futons that can be put together for a couple. This room can fit maximum two people. During the day time, you can also use as a second lounge and it has also direct view onto the garden. The master bedroom and the tatami room have their own access to the other rooms in the house so they provide privacy if you want. So the house also works well for a group of friends.
There is a living room next to the garden, with small table, sofa.
One person could sleep in this room if necessary on a futon.
The house is perfect for 2 - 4 people, but could accommodate up to 5 if the living room was also used as a bedroom.
The house is very quiet, with little traffic outside and is a perfect place to come back to after a busy day sightseeing. There is very fast fibre-optic internet (wifi), plus air-conditioning with heating funtion. The kitchen has a microwave, toaster and oven, a stove, rice cooker, kettle, and fridge-freezer.
Our neighborhood is not far from the Kamo-gawa river, and there are various restaurants within walking distance. There is a large supermarket and two convenient stores 5 minutes on foot, with everything you could need.
About 10 minutes walk away is the bus stop for the 207, which leaves about every 10 minutes to Gojo-Kiyomizu, Gion and the Shijo-Kawaramachi shopping area (about 15 minutes). Tofoku-ji temple is also about 10-15 minutes away on foot. Toji Temple is about 20 minutes on foot.
The house was fully renovated in September/October 2013, and is a really comfortable place to relax and experience an authentic Japanese neighborhood!
You solely use the whole house when you are there with all the amentities we provide.
Interaction with Guests
I am the owner of the house! Self check in/out service in place. My local manager Asuka is contactable when it is needed. We respect your privacy during your stay.
The nearby intersection of Kawaramachi street and Kujo street is called Kawaramachi-Kujo. Kujo means 9th district, and since Kyoto is laid out on a grid pattern, everyone knows where this is. Kawaramachi-Shijo is ‘4th district’ and is due north.
So, if you need to explain to a taxi driver, or anyone where you are staying, telling them ‘Kawaramachi-Kujo’ will get you within about 100m of the house.
I recommend using the buses 202 and 207, which leave from the Kawaramachi-Kujo intersection. The bus stop is at the end of the street, on Kujo street before it starts to rise to the river bridge. The fare is 220 Yen (JR passes and ICOCA cards are NOT valid), and you pay when you get off. You can get change from the machine next to the driver, but NOT with 5000 or 10000 yen notes/bills). These routes are great for visiting Higashiyama. Get off at Gojo-zaka for Kiyomizu-dera temple. Stay on for Gion. 207 goes left then to Kawaramachi (yes, the same Kawaramachi street!), and 202 goes straight to Higashiyama-Sanjo). There are many restaurants on Higashiyama street only about 5 mins after you get off.
For trips to other destinations by bus in Kyoto (for example Ginkaku-ji), it is best to walk to Kyoto station and take a bus from the stops on the north side of the station. Walk to the Hachijo-West exit, then keep straight to walk through to the Karasuma side (north). Buses to tourist destinations get VERY busy in the peak season (spring, autumn).
For some destinations (Nijo castle, for example), the subway may be better. Walk to Kujo station, which is 10 minutes away west on Kujo street.
For Gion (if you don't want to take a bus or cycle), or Demachi-Yanagi (for Shimogamo shrine or Kurama), take the Keihan railway (JR passes not valid) from Tofuku-ji station.
For Nara, you have a choice of JR from Tofuku-ji station, or the private Kintetsu railway (JR passes not valid) from either Toji station (15 minuites walk west on Kujo street) or Kyoto station (Kintetsu Kyoto station is in the same building as JR, and near the Hachijo-West exit).
Other Things to Note
Please be aware that we only accept bookings for minimum 4 people during March, April, May, July, Oct, Nov and New Year.
We do not allow smoking in the house. The garden has a very delicate Japanese maple, and moss garden, so please do not enter the garden or place anything in it.
From Sep 1 - Nov 30, 2015 the minimum stay is 3 nights.
The apartment is clean and well equipped. Rooms not big but enough for 2 couples, if not concerned about privacy problems.
Great little place for 3 boys exploring Kyoto. We split taxi's from Kyoto station with our bags and it was only $230 yen each. It was rally just a place for us to sleep, shower and head out. Big Supermarket just around the corner and the JR line is around a 10 minutes walk away. It's not the prettiest suburb, but you get the feeling real people live here.
In hindsight a place closer to Gion would of served us better and cut travel times down significantly, but as long as you understand the distance and you don't mind a walk its great.
Other than the initial exchange of information, we really had no contact with the host, but that just meant it was easy for us.
Cozy nice house with plenty of space for our family with 2 young boys.
Location is not very near to the station, especially if you bring small children to walk with, but should be okay for adults.
Overall stay was enjoyable.
This house is very well kept. It's clean and equipped with all necessities. The location is a little far from both the train and subway station (about 10 to 15 mins walk), but you will get used to the walking. There's a supermarket nearby where we get our food.
house is big enough and facilities are well prepared. Matt and Asuka are very helpful and warmly.
This apartment is great for a couple but I wouldn't recommend it for more than 2 people as the fold out mattresses weren't too comfy. The apartment is a 5 min walk from the subway & the apartment has everything you would need. The wifi kept dropping in and & out, the heating didn't work so well & the apartment could have been cleaner.
Not so near to station by feet but easy to find! Better take the taxi the first time especially in winter and with the luggage with you!
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