Historic and Elegant Suite in a Former Ryokan

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Entire guest suite hosted by Kojiro And Seanacey

  1. 6 guests
  2. 3 bedrooms
  3. 6 beds
  4. 1 bath
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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.)

We have two other machiya townhouses nearby with full kitchens:
Kokinse A: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/17819697
Kokinse B: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/17818811

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.

We are fully licensed and registered with the city of Kyoto as a lodging provider.

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.

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What this place offers

Wifi
Free parking on premises
Air conditioning
Luggage dropoff allowed
Hair dryer
Refrigerator
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Where you’ll be

Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan

We are in a quiet neighborhood, which was historically a geisha district but is now a residential area. Our place is one stop away on the JR line from Kyoto Station. Access to downtown Kyoto (shijo street, gion, etc.) takes about 20 minutes by bus, 10~15 minutes by taxi, 15 minutes by bicycle.

Nearby attractions:

--Nishihonganji Temple, 10 min walk. Named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this is a working temple where you can experience buddhist services early in the morning. Impressive wooden temple structure dating to 1591. In the neighborhood to the east of the temple you can find shops selling incense, rosary beads, altars, singing bowls, and other Buddhist items.

--Sumiya Museum, 2 min walk: Learn more about the geisha district heritage of the neighborhood with a visit to this historic building and garden.

--Central Market, 5 min: Kyoto's version of the Tsukiji Market in Tokyo. Walk around in the morning to see seafood, meat, and produce for sale. Look for ceramics and other Japanese kitchenware in the covered market area. Try a traditional Japanese breakfast at one of the local eateries. If you plan to go here, be sure to ask us for directions!

--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 (multiple soaking pools and a rooftop bath) and a smaller neighborhood bathhouse.

Hosted by Kojiro And Seanacey

  1. Joined in June 2012
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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 forward to welcoming you to Kyoto!
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…

Co-hosts

  • Hiroki

During your stay

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!

Occasionally, if we are away from Kyoto, our staff member Hiroki will be there to help you with check-in and anything else you need during your stay.

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.
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…

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House rules

Check-in: 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Checkout: 11:00 AM
Not suitable for children and infants
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events

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