View from the main entryway to the coffee shop and bar on the first floorLobby
Historic and Elegant Suite in a Former Ryokan
Hosted by Kojiro And Seanacey
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6 guests
3 bedrooms
6 beds
1 bath
6 guests
3 bedrooms
6 beds
1 bath
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NEW OPEN ANNOUNCEMENT: Our machiya townhouse annex space is newly renovated and now accepting reservations. Please check under "other listings" in our host profile or send us a message for more information!

About this listing: Travel back in time at Kinse: 250-year history with modern amenities. The suite spans the 2nd floor, and has AC, soaking tub, wi-fi, Japanese futon bedding, and tatami floors. Easy bike/transit access to all Kyoto sights.
(Please note: NO kitchen.)

The space

Before booking, please read our entire description carefully to see if the space is a good fit for your needs. Our antique building is suited best to travelers who appreciate its quirks and care about preserving it for future generations.

The building began its life over 200 years ago as an ageya where geisha entertained, and then became a ryokan about 100 years ago. Now we only only take one booking at a time for the second floor suite, and the first floor has a coffee shop and bar. It has been officially recognized as an historic scenic property by the city of Kyoto.

On the first floor, you'll find a western style room with vaulted ceilings and many stained glass designs dating back to the early 1900s. The space houses our coffee shop and bar, which is usually open from 3 p.m. 'til 10 p.m. (closed on Tuesdays and occasionally for special events). Periodically we host concerts and other events in the space--please ask us for details about events during your stay!

Once you climb the stairs to the second floor, the three bedrooms, living rooms, and soaking tub are yours to enjoy after days of Kyoto sightseeing. The atmosphere downstairs is usually relaxed and quiet, so the upstairs remains peaceful for airbnb guests.

Guest access

The guest space does NOT include a kitchen or any place for food preparation. There are a variety of restaurants within walking distance.

The space does NOT include a laundry facility. There is a small coin laundry about a 5 minute walk from our place.

Large groups please take note: there is only one toilet and one shower.

The guest space includes:
-3 separate tatami mat bedrooms
-1 large tatami mat living room
-Western-style parlor
-Traditional futons for sleeping (set up according to number of guests)
-Free Wi-Fi
-AC in bedrooms and living room for heating/cooling
-Large bath/shower room with soaking tub
-Western style toilet
-Hot water kettle and tea
-Small combination lock safe

Interaction with guests

We love hosting and helping our guests make the most of their time in Kyoto. We're always glad to provide recommendations, directions, help with reservations, etc. Just ask!

Guests are also welcome to join us in the cafe/bar space downstairs during business hours of 3~10pm. We don't serve meals but have coffee, tea, light snacks, and a selection of Japanese whisky and other alcohol. There are several local restaurants within a 10 minute walk of our place.

Other things to note

Events at Kinse: We have 2-3 concerts per month in the 1st floor cafe/bar space, often jazz, singer/songwriters, or other instrumental music. Guests are always welcome to attend our live music events for no charge. We ask musicians to finish their sets by 10:00 p.m. which means that all is usually quiet by 11:00 p.m. or midnight. If you have any questions about planned events, just send us a message before booking and we'll let you know what's on the calendar.

Ikebana workshops: Seanacey is trained in Japanese flower arranging (ikebana) and has been certified by the Sogestsu school of ikebana to teach. She offers ikebana workshops in English in the cafe/bar space. For more information, please check our website after booking.

Multi-Use Building: The upstairs space will be yours to use exclusively, but the front entrance and lobby are shared with the cafe/bar. There is also a coffee roaster who comes in most mornings to work in the lobby area. Kojiro's aunt is a tea ceremony teacher who holds tea practices for her students in our building, so you may see her in the lobby sometimes in the mornings and evenings.

Free parking on premises
Wireless Internet

Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
2 floor mattresses
Bedroom 2
2 floor mattresses
Bedroom 3
2 floor mattresses

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in time is 4PM - 12AM (midnight)
Check out by 11AM

-Please understand that our listing DOES NOT include a kitchen.

-We only have ONE TOILET. Please consider carefully if traveling with a large group.

-Each bedroom has its own AC/Heating unit, but the hallways and bathroom are very hot in the summer and very cold in the winter. Please consider if you are sensitive to heat/cold.

-No shoes allowed on 2nd floor (please use slippers in the hallways, socks/bare feet on the tatami mats). Shoes are okay on the 1st floor.

-If you want to bring visitors upstairs who are not included in your reservation, please notify us first. All visitors must be out of the building by 10:00 p.m.

-There are sometimes events or concerts in the cafe/bar space (3~4 times per month). If you stay upstairs, you are welcome to come to our public events free of charge. Events/concerts usually finish by 11:00 p.m.

You must also acknowledge
Must climb stairs - One steep flight of stairs


342 Reviews

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John User Profile
October 2017
Kojiro and Seanacey were excellent hosts and the place was as described. It is an older building with some modern amenities. It has lots of character and fine touches. We loved the bathtub! :)

Nikki User Profile
October 2017
The Kinse Inn is such a special place to call Home while visiting Kyoto. It is so beautiful, and also close to the train and bus stations. Kojiro and Seanacey are very kind and helpful. Would highly recommend staying here!

Yuval User Profile
September 2017
I have traveled to Japan many times and I have stayed in many different places, and this beautiful, full-floor ryokan on top of a super hip cafe/bar is the best place I have every stayed. The luxurious private ryokan on the second floor is spacious and incredibly authentic, and having home-roasted coffee and an excellent whisky selection just downstairs is a dream come true. Kojiro is an attentive and very accommodating host (and barista and bartender!) who lives nearby in case of any problems. Book this place for a unique and unforgettable experience in Kyoto.

Ramy User Profile
September 2017
Korjiro was a terrific host! This stay was one that I'll remember most from this trip in Japan. The house was traditional and has tons of character. You wake up to the smell of fresh coffee and are extremely close to everything. Korjiro is extremely knowledgeable and offers excellent recommendations. He made our experience in this city exceptional.

Ryan User Profile
September 2017
I had a fantastic stay. This is truly a unique jewel in Kyoto. There is nothing like it around. Design and history fans will love it. Amazing Old Kyoto mixed with Art Deco from the 1920's. Great opportunity to stay off the beaten path and have a real local experience. Pick up a rental bike and you are in a great position to explore. Coffee roasted in the lobby and an awesome bar on the first floor. This spot will make your stay in Kyoto memorable.

Gretchen User Profile
September 2017
Kojiro and Seanacey's place is SO cool (lots of historical, old world charm), great location (only one stop away from Kyoto Station), very quiet in the morning and at night, and they themselves are wonderful people. The kind of hosts who will give you a wealth of help and recommendations, and hang out with you in the shop downstairs too! Speaking of which, you can buy the coffee shop's beans that you see them roast impeccably on the shop floor every day -- if you want to take a bit of the place home with you.

Nathan User Profile
September 2017
For a first trip to Japan, the historic value of this location made the experience even more immersing! Kojiro is helpful and responsive to all questions in a timely manner. The bath and shower is excellent! The cafe on the first floor is a nice place to get a drink after a day exploring the city. We are very pleased to have spent time here for part of our trip.

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Kojiro spent most of his school days in Tokyo but moved back to his hometown, Kyoto, 10 years ago and is now running the cafe/bar. Seanacey is originally from Portland, Oregon and teaches flower arranging. We met in 2006 in the States and got married in June 2013. We look f…
Languages: English, 日本語
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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