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.
The inn was exactly as I have expected. Full of historic nuance and made livable in style by the effort of our hosts. The building itself is 250 years old but the modern amenities like the air conditioners, the modern bathroom have made our stay very comfortable. There is no TV but it is almost sacrilege to watch TV in these surroundings. We didn't enjoy the coffee bar on 1F but the setting is stunning with period furnitures dating back to Taisho or even Meiji era. Kojiro and Seanacey are extremely helpful and they have prepared a cool little map to help you explore the neighborhood. There are many hidden gems and I won't spoil the fun for would be visitors.
Kojiro and Seanacey are exceptional hosts and very welcoming as Kinse is not only their business but also their home. The neighbourhood is quite with plenty of places to eat which Seanacey and Kojiro tell you about. The San-in line is just over a 5 min walk away...and be sure to walk there first thing in the morning when the market is open as it is a sight to see the hussle and bussle of the goods being unloaded.
The kinse is full of charm and has a great atmosphere especially if you are lucky enough to stay when there is a concert. We were, and it was the icing on the cake!
Truely a great place to stay with great people.....and the best coffee I tasted during our whole trip in japan.
This place was absolutely amazing. You cannot go wrong staying here. Very comfortable with plenty of space for our group. The hosts Kojiro and Seanacy were equally awesome! Having the bar downstairs was nice to grab a nightcap drink before bed. Great location withing a 5 min walk to a train station. The historic nature of the inn was spectacular! If I'm ever back in Kyoto. This is where I'll be staying.
To experience the traditional Japanese house, Kinse is the place must visit! The host is also very helpful and nice~
Very welcoming couple, very much enjoyed staying at their traditional, 250 year old classic Japanese home. Very nice small Japanese onsen nearby I went to every night.
The place was exactly what the reviews said ... With only two people the space was massive and we also enjoyed a concert that was being (email hidden) downstairs.
The house is right next to the JR line and close to major bus stops to get around 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 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!