Our traditional town house is conveniently located near Tofukuji station, which has both Keihan and JR line access! Also it is about 15 minute walk, 5 minute taxi ride from Kyoto Station which has access to Shinkansen, JR, subway etc.
My Kawanishi-cho house is a comfortable two-storey house just 15 minutes walk from Kyoto station, and 10 minutes walk from either Kujo subway station or Tofukuji (JR/Keihan line) station. The minimum stay during winter is 2 nights and
Downstairs re is a living room, fully-equipped eat-in kitchen, Japanese-style bathroom and a washing/dryer machine. The house has very fast wifi.
Upstairs there are two tatami bedrooms with futons, ideal for up to 5 people because one of the rooms can accomodate up to 3 people easily. Another two people can stay downstairs by putting futons in the living room.
The house is Japanese-style with tatami-mat floors in the bedrooms and living room. It is in a quiet residential area 800 meters (about half a mile) from Kyoto station (15-20 minutes walk), and about 10 minutes walk from Kujo station on the subway (one stop south of Kyoto station) and 10 minutes from Tofukuji station on the Keihan line.
The neighbourhood is quiet and safe however there are two 24/7 convenient stores across the main road and a supermarket about 5 minutes walk away with a good selection of food, plus some small family run restaurants. The area around Kyoto station itself has a large selection of places to eat.
The house is clean and comfortable. It should have everything you need to enjoy what Kyoto has to offer. As is common in Japanese houses, the stairs are steep, so if you have young children you may want them to sleep downstairs. The walls are thin and not insulated as the normal Japanese house are.
You exclusively use the house during your stay. It has a fully equipped kitchen with stoves, big fridge/freezer, washing machine/dryer, air conditioners with heating funtions, modern bath/shower and separate toilet. We provide shampoo, shower gel, professional cleaned towels and bedding.
Interaction with Guests
We provide you the detailed directions in PDF and use them (load them on your phone, if safari doesn't work try chrome, or print them out). I am the owner of the house! Self check in/out service in place. My local manager Asuka is contactable when it is needed. We respect your privacy during your stay.
The nearby intersection of Kawaramachi street and Kujo street is called Kawaramachi-Kujo. Kujo means 9th district, and since Kyoto is laid out on a grid pattern, everyone knows where this is. Kawaramachi-Shijo is ‘4th district’ and is due north.
So, if you need to explain to a taxi driver, or anyone where you are staying, telling them ‘Kawaramachi-Kujo’ will get you within about 100m of the house.
I recommend using the buses 202 and 207, which leave from the Kawaramachi-Kujo intersection. The bus stop is at the end of our small street, on Kujo street before it starts to rise to the river bridge. The fare is 220 Yen (JR passes and ICOCA cards are NOT valid), and you pay when you get off. You can get change from the machine next to the driver, but NOT with 5000 or 10000 yen notes/bills). These routes are great for visiting Higashiyama. Get off at Gojo-zaka for Kiyomizu-dera temple. Stay on for Gion. 207 goes left then to Kawaramachi (yes, the same Kawaramachi street!), and 202 goes straight to Higashiyama-Sanjo-the main shopping and night life area).
For trips to other destinations by bus in Kyoto (for example Ginkaku-ji), it is best to walk to Kyoto station and take a bus from the stops on the north side of the station. Walk to the Hachijo-West exit, then keep straight to walk through to the Karasuma side (north). Buses to tourist destinations get VERY busy in the peak season (spring, autumn).
For some destinations (Nijo castle, for example), the subway may be better. Walk to Kujo station, which is 10 minutes away west on Kujo street.
For Gion (if you don't want to take a bus or cycle), or Demachi-Yanagi (for Shimogamo shrine or Kurama), take the Keihan railway (JR passes not valid) from Tofuku-ji station, which is 10 minute walk from the house. Aslo it takes you about 10 minute on foot to Tofuku -ji temple and 15 minute to To-ji temple which has the famous flea market.
For Nara, you have a choice of JR from Tofuku-ji station, or the private Kintetsu railway (JR passes not valid) from either Toji station (15 minuites walk west on Kujo street) or Kyoto station (Kintetsu Kyoto station is in the same building as JR, and near the Hachijo-West exit). You can also easily do a day trip to Osaka either from Tofuku-ji Station or Kyoto Stantion with the express trains.
Other Things to Note
This is a quiet and quaint Japanese traditional neighborhood. Please treat it and the neighbours with respect.
Please be aware that we only accept bookings for minimum 4 people during March, April, May, July, Oct, Nov and New Year.
Please no smoking in the house. When leaving the house please turn off the air conditioner or heaters.
No shoes should be worn in the house (take them off inside the entrance), and only bare feet or socks on the tatami please.
There is a small balcony on the second floor for laundry to be hung out. Please do not sit on this balcony, or let children on to it.
We have one favour to ask. In Japan, trash has to be put on the street,on specific days in the morning. We need to ask you to put the trash out
on either Tuesday or Friday morning, BEFORE 9am, under the blue netting, one the street. We are sorry to have to ask you to do this, but really appreciate if you can.
Please note that we also put out laundry to be picked up by a cleaning company. This will normally be left just outside the front door. Please do not move them, thanks!
It's a cozy place and make me think I'm at home. I like the bikes they prepare and the neighborhood are nice. They help me to find the house. Glad I chose to stay at this house.
We had a great time in Kyoto. The house is tugged in a quiet residential area but is also very convenient from both the Kyoto station and the regional train lines, a plus if you are trying to hit a lot of places and traveling in group. While the bedroom and the living room have heaters, the rest of the house can be a bit chilly during the winter. We were a group of 4 and the house fit all of us comfortably. One thing I would note is that the ceiling, like most traditional Japanese houses, is a bit low. So if you're over 6 feet tall you will find yourself ducking to go through the doorway a lot. Overall it was very comfortable and we would definitely stay there again.
This accommodation provided us an opportunity to experience traditional Japanese living while travelling through Japan. The location was fantastic, just a short 10-15 minute walk from Kyoto Station, complemented by great restaurants and convenience stores. Many of these were kindly recommended to us by Matt, making us feel more comfortable with the unfamiliarity of the area. Matt also provided us with access to and use of bikes for the duration of our stay. We didn't use them, but it was a great gesture and others who want to move around quickly will greatly appreciate them. The only drawbacks were the thinness of the walls and the overall draughtiness we encountered on the colder Winter nights, but the hot water bottles and extra blankets resolved this.
Nice and spacious apartment with all the amenities that we need. Recommended!
Matt is nice master and his house is great,too.
This house have a good postion,two convenience shop and some little (website hidden) Kyoto station by foot about 15~20 mins,and bus stop near house about 100m.Very quiet and nice.
Thanks Matt fantastic place perfect for our family. Loved the bikes. Everything we needed.
Great homestay. Althougt we only stayed for 3 nights we really feel like a local living in a well equiped house. It is not easy to find for the first time but no problem for rest of the days. Bus stop going to Kiyumizudera is less than 100m away; and subway station is just within 10 min walk. Tofukuji Temple is also within walking distance.
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