Historic and Elegant Suite in Kyoto

House - Private room · 京都府京都市 下京区西新屋敷太夫町, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 600-8827, Japan

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!

The Space

When you stay at Kinse the second floor suite is all yours. We only accept one reservation at a time, so you can immerse yourself in the centuries of character and detail in each corner of the space.

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. If you're lucky, there might even be a jazz concert or art show in the space--just ask us for details!

Once you climb the stairs to the second floor, the suite is all yours to enjoy after long days of Kyoto sightseeing. The vibe at the bar downstairs is decidedly relaxed and quiet, so the atmosphere upstairs remains peaceful for our airbnb guests.

Guest Access

In the 2nd floor suite, you'll find all of the necessary amenities to make your Kyoto stay memorable. Tatami mat bedrooms and traditional futons for sleeping, free Wi-Fi, powerful AC for heating/cooling, a western-style parlor, spacious bath/shower room with a soaking tub, and a large living space with sliding paper screens that open up to views of our garden.

Guests have access to up to three separate bedrooms (depending on group size), a toilet room, a bath/shower room with a soaking tub, a large Japanese-style living space, and a Western-style parlor.

Guests are also welcome to join us in the cafe/bar space downstairs during business hours.

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!

The Neighborhood

We are in a quiet but centrally-located neighborhood, near Nishihonganji Temple, Toji temple, and the Kyoto Aquarium.

Getting around

Most Kyoto sights are easily accessible by bike (our favorite way to get around the city) and there is a rental place nearby. It takes about 15 minutes to ride to the city center, and 15-30 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.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 7
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1.5
Beds: 7
Extra people: $40 / night after 2 guests
Cleaning Fee: $55
Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • This truly is a stunning place, rich in tradition and unusual features, and it's HUGE. We had our own bathroom with a nice deep bath, and a bedroom each. It's easy to get to from the station, just 1 stop from Kyoto and Seanacey was most helpful whenever we needed directions or advice. The bar downstairs is quaint & we were lucky enough to be there on a night when there was a local singer / songwriter playing, which apparently isn't that often, so noise isn't a problem. We highly recommend Seanacey & Kojiro and their beautiful home.

    April 2014
  • We had a fantastic stay in Kyoto. You get a real Japanese feeling here. Seanacey and Kojiro were the perfect hosts, so sweet. It's perfect for going sightseeing in Kyoto, easy to take the train from there and cosy to stroll around in the neighbourhood. Seanacey even took us on a guided tour and shoved us places we wouldn't have found ourselves. We would definitely go back if we are so lucky to come back to Kyoto.

    April 2014
  • The Hosts: Kojiro and Seanacey are one of the nicest couples we've ever met, friendly, helpful and very nice, more than one could ever expect. Mobile phone emergency dash is the best illustration of their dedication.
    The Ryokan: Very pleasant, well appointed, the first, living floor, in addition to three Japanese style bedrooms, separate well appointed bathroom and toilets, consists of large Japanese style lounge room and very cosy European style smaller lounge room appointed in stylish furniture and old artifacts.
    The ground floor being the bar/cafe with lots of space and seating, oozing with coziness is just fantastic. Early 1900 style setup and decorations, amended with matching music. Good selection of drinks including good selection of Japanese whiskey. Just sheer pleasure to stay.
    The surroundings: Quiet part of old Kyoto, close to train and several parks and Shrines. Busy wholesale market few minutes walk away.
    Overall: hard to resist, would stay again being in Kyoto.

    April 2014
  • I couldn't imagine a better place to stay in Kyoto than with Kojiro and Seanacey. The place is wonderful, particularly for larger groups. I was originally just going to go with my three sisters, but the parents also wanted to join, so we were a group of six. There were three rooms with two futons each, and the sleeping was as comfortable as futons get. There was also plenty of living space, so it felt like everyone could have some room to him or herself, which is very hard in Japanese houses. There were two large tatami rooms and a western-style sitting room with chairs and a sofa which the older folks particularly enjoyed. The space was beautiful, it was almost like living in a museum. Each room has some interesting and historic details to explore. This proved to be great on the one day that it rained and we didn't want to leave - the house provided plenty of entertainment. There is also a lovely bar/cafe downstairs where we sipped coffee and whiskeys and chatted with our charming hosts and their customers. There was no noise from the bar when we were upstairs. Kojiro and Seanacey are a lovely couple and made sure that we had everything we needed. They made us feel right at home. They also provided a handy map to the area with recommendations for restaurants. When we were leaving, one of my sisters left her cellphone behind. They jumped right into their car and caught her taxi on the way to the station. I will be recommending this place to any of my friends going to Kyoto, and I hope one day to be back myself.

    March 2014
  • It's really a nice stay in the historic house. Kojiro and Seanacey parepared very useful map, and provided ausome recommendation for food and place to visit. Next time to Kyoto, i'll book it as well if it's availbe.

    March 2014
  • Our family of 4 (2 teenage boys) stayed 2 nights at the Kinse Inn in Kyoto (March 2014). If you're looking to experience authentic "back street" Kyoto / Japan, this is the place for you to stay. The Inn felt like stepping back in time (but there is WiFi :) with the tatami mats, the slippers and the futons to sleep on (not sure if that's the accurate word for them?). We enjoyed some quiet family time playing cards in the sitting room - we had the whole upstairs to ourselves, so it was private. The neighborhood was also charming and the restaurants recommended by Kojiro and Seanacey were all wonderful and inexpensive. Have your (website hidden) translator app (or something similar) handy because the local restaurant personnel do not speak English. For us, this added to the adventure and we never went hungry.
    Kinse Inn is withing easy walking distance of a train station that is 1 stop away from Kyoto station, but Kojiro and Seanacey will also call you a taxi if needed. Definitely recommended!

    March 2014
  • Those looking for a truly unique Japanese experience should look no further than this lovely converted inn in Kyoto. I can't do justice to just how beautiful the suite is, so please see the pictures; They don't exaggerate. If you're traveling with a group of adults, the suite is especially ideal as it is very large: immense by Japanese standards and could handle three couples easily.

    As a few people have mentioned, the only drawback is the heat. We were there in March when it was cold enough to snow outside. The main rooms have individual heaters that are completely fine, but there is one really nice room without it's own heater and that was chilly.

    The cafe downstairs is a great, cozy place to relax after a day of sight-seeing. The hosts were extremely helpful, recommended some great restaurants and helped with reservations, taxis, etc.

    We would definitely stay there again if we're ever fortunate enough to be back in Kyoto. Don't miss the Sumiya Museum if you are there. It's only a couple doors away, and it is gorgeous!

    March 2014
  • Well maintained property given the age of the building (it's older than the US as a country). The space, I felt, was indicative of Kojiro and Seanacey: traditional Japanese building with some old school US furnishing inside.

    For the money, the space was expansive. Accommodations were good across the board. The hosts were attentive and flexible to our traveling requirements.

    March 2014
  • We really enjoyed our stay with Kojiro and Seanacey. The suite is charming, authentic, conveniently located, and spacious. The shower, tatami mat flooring, and sliding shoji doors are awesome. We recommend popping over to the market (2 blocks away) one morning to see all of the fresh fish preparations and other goods being sold. (similar to Tsukiji fish market in some ways) Also convenient is that there are a couple of spas/public baths down the street which we went to multiple times.

    We would definitely stay here again.

    March 2014
  • Four of us stayed for two nights and had a great time. We got a first hand glimpse into traditional Japanese accommodations and so for us it was more than a place to stay - it was a unique experience. We really enjoyed how much space there was and the rooms were beautiful, with light coming through the screens and a charming sitting room a few steps up from the rest of the second floor. It is lovely and very clean and a perfect retreat after a busy day.
    It's a good idea to ask the charming hosts for directions to local restaurants. In our case they also provided instructions in Japanese to alert restaurant staff about a food allergy one of us had.
    Well done Seanacey and Kojiro!!

    March 2014
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Westview High School, Whitman College
Kojiro spent most of his school days in Tokyo but moved back to his hometown, Kyoto, 10 years ago and is now running a cafe and bar. Seanacey is from Portland, Oregon in the U.S. We met in 2006 in the States and just got married in June 2013. We look forward to welcoming you to Kyoto!
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