About This Listing
Travel back in time at Kinse Inn: a 250-year history balanced with modern amenities.
The suite spans the entire 2nd floor, and has AC, soaking tub, wi-fi, garden views, comfy futons, and tatami floors. Easy bike/transit access to all Kyoto sights!
We only take one reservation at a time, so when you stay at Kinse the second floor is yours to use privately.
Our building began its life as an ageya (restaurant where geisha entertained), and then became a ryokan (traditional Japanese-style inn) about 100 years ago. Now it holds a coffee shop and bar on the first floor and a suite for guests on the second floor. It has also been officially recognized as a historic scenic building 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). If you're lucky, there might even be a concert or art show in the space--please ask us for details!
Once you climb the stairs to the second floor, the suites bedrooms, living rooms, and soaking tub are yours to enjoy after long days of Kyoto sightseeing. The atmosphere downstairs is decidedly relaxed and quiet, so the upstairs remains peaceful for our airbnb guests.
The guest space includes:
-3 Tatami mat bedrooms
-1 Large tatami mat living room w/ garden view
-Traditional futons for sleeping
-Free high-speed Wi-Fi
-Powerful AC for heating/cooling
-Large bath/shower room with soaking tub
-Hot water kettle
The space does NOT include a kitchen or laundry facility. There is a small coin laundry about a 5 min. walk from our place.
Interaction with Guests
We love hosting and helping our guests have a wonderful experience 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. We don't serve meals but have coffee, tea, light snacks, and a selection of Japanese whisky and other alcohol. There are several great restaurants within a 10 minute walk of our place.
We are in a quiet but centrally-located area, which was historically a geisha district but is now a residential neighborhood. Our place is one stop away on the JR line from Kyoto Station.
Near our place:
--Central Market, 5 min: Kyoto's version of the Tsukiji Market in Tokyo. Walk around in the morning to see all kinds of seafood, meat, and produce for sale. Shop for knives, ceramics, and other Japanese kitchenware in the covered market area. Try a traditional Japanese breakfast at one of the local eateries.
--Japanese-style baths, 2 min: After a day of temple viewing, soak and sauna your aches away at a nearby bathhouse. Your pick between the "super sento" style place (lots of soaking pools and a rooftop bath) and a quieter neighborhood bathhouse.
--Sumiya Museum, 2 min: Learn more about the geisha district heritage of the neighborhood with a tour through this historic building.
--Nishihonganji Temple, 10 min: named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Most Kyoto sights are easily accessible by bike (our favorite way to get around the city) and there is a rental place nearby. By bike, it takes about 15 minutes to ride to the city center, and 15-45 minutes to get to most temples. If buses or trains are more your speed, there are stops located within easy walking distance. The nearest train stop is Tanbaguchi Station (JR Sagano line) and a 5 minute ride will get you to the main Kyoto Station. Tanbaguchi station is also convenient to get to Arashiyama, the location of the iconic Kyoto bamboo groves.
-No Smoking inside guest rooms (Smoking permitted in front of the building)
-No shoes allowed in 2nd floor guest space (slippers okay in the hallways, socks/bare feet on the tatami mats). Street shoes are okay on the 1st floor.
-During open coffee shop and bar hours, please help us maintain a peaceful atmosphere for any other customers
Traveling with Children: We are currently only accepting reservations for families if children are age 10 or older.
Events at Kinse: We have 1-2 concerts per month in the 1st floor cafe/bar space, often jazz or other instrumental music. Guests are always welcome to attend our live music events for no charge. We also 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 or concerns about planned events, just send us a message before booking and we'll let you know what's on the calendar.
This is a very special place. It's an historic Ryokan that's been in the family for generations. It's been beautifully restored and now has a modern bath. The neighborhood seems quite morning class combining aspects like a nearby traditional public bath house with some hip cafes and pop ups. Enjoyed our stay.
After the hustle and bustle of Tokyo with its super modern skyscrapers and high-rise apartment buildings Kyoto was a breath of fresh-air and Kojiro and Seanacey's house could not have been any more traditional.
Located in the old part of Kyoto Kojiro and Seanacey's house was exactly what we were looking for to get a feel fore the "real Japan" and this really was the authentic real deal!
From straw mat flooring, futon's, low ceilings, low tables and paper sliding doors we really felt what living in the old days must have been like and absolutely loved it.
The whole area around the house was also super authentic with plenty of history and great restaurants to sample some local cuisine, although booking a table in advance is advised but Kojiro and Seanacy helped us with this.
What was really nice is that Kojiro and Seanacy had made their own little guide of the local attractions which made everything really simple to find and their local advise is top notch, especially to hire bikes to visit the city.
The local bathhouse located literally next door was a great experience and perfect way to unwind at the end of a days sightseeing.
The house doubles up as a bar / cafe during the afternoon / evening so there was always a nice vibe to the house and the selection of local whisky's was also well appreciated. Quick internet throughout helped us keep in touch so a perfect combination of old + new.
If you are looking for an authentic Japanese experience in Kyoto then look no further. Would highly recommend staying here and seeing as we planned to stay for 1 night and ended staying for 3 this should say it all.
Thank you Kojiro and Seanacy and hope to stay again in the future! :)))
我和家人共4人入住了Kinse Inn，度过了非常愉快的两晚。我只想说，关于这座古屋本身的迷人描述以及Kojiro还有Sean的热情都是真的！二楼的空间非常宽敞，可以住6个人没有问题。Sean&Kojiro在我们抵达的下午热情地迎接了我们，他们关于餐馆的建议口味好，价格合理。任何时候都准备帮助我们。Kinse Inn旁边有温泉馆，走路到最近的地铁站大约7分钟，走路去西本愿寺15分钟，打车去其他主要的景点也很方便。稍稍要注意的有一个晚上我们感觉到外面有很多大卡车经过，所以比较吵，可能是旁边有一个批发市场的缘故。但另一个晚上就非常安静。我非常感谢Kojiro&Seanacey的帮助，但愿有一天还能回到京都，住在Kinse Inn。
Thank you so much Kojiro,Seanacey for your help. Look forward to see you again! Take care.
Our very first Airbnb, and what a way to start! Kinse Inn is tucked away on a sweet little street in a little-explored area near the Kyoto fish market - where we twice had breakfast - but is very accessible both by train and by cab. We adored the antique tatami reception rooms, left over from the old ryokan, and slept beautifully on the futons laid out in the different bedrooms. The whole, huge, living space was comfortable, including the modern hot shower! Downstairs the bar has been beautifully restored, and Kojiro serves excellent Japanese whiskies. Seanacey and he were excellent hosts: fun to spend time with and ready to go out of there way to find the best restaurants in Kibune or to show us their favorite spots in Kyoto. We changed the details of our reservation during the process and for some reason the emails never got through, but our hosts raised no problems at all. We will be back!
We had an amazing experience in Kyoto at Kinseinn. The place is real amazing, with a lot of historic pieces that transport you 100 years back. The rooms are clean, the futons were comfortable and the bath is perfect. Seanacey and Kojiro were very helpful and the coffee is really tasty!! 100% recommendable.
Our host was there at the taxi to meet us when we arrived, as we arrived early to leave our bags.
Very warm welcome, and we were shown restaurants, etc. in the local neighbourhood with a map.
We stayed for 2 days in Kojiro and Seanacey's place and if you travel to Kyoto, this is the place to be. The house is awesome and huge. It is in a very calm and nice neighborhood and is well situated. We rented 2 bikes and we could visit a lot a places in Kyoto easy.
When you enter to the house, you can feel the japanese history and tradition.
We met Kojiro and he explained us everything we needed for our stay. He recommended us a lot of places to visit and good restautants to eat.
Everything was perfect!
About the Host, Kojiro And Seanacey
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 works as a printmaker and ikebana instructor.
We met in 2006 in the States and got married in June 2013. We look forward to welcoming you to Kyoto!
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