My house was built over 100 years ago and renovated it and i started accepting guests from January 23rd, 2013!
There are 3 rooms(2 Japanese Style and 1 Bunk Bed Style) on the 2nd floor and 1 room(1 Japanese Style) on the 1st floor. Basically, I do not have a Single room in my house because i want many guests to have a chance to stay in my traditional house.If you are ONE person, you need to share the room with other guest.
Male and Female dorms are shared by 2 or 3 people. Same room could be arranged for couple or family as a private room if you request me and it is possible.
As the house is renovated from a traditional Japanese house, rooms on the 2nd floor are built with an open ceiling so sound may leak out. No keys for all rooms, but there are lockers with key.
You can spend a relaxing night in the Japanese Style tatami room or Western Style bunk bed room with comfortable futon mattress.
You may also share your travel experience and information with other travelers in the common living room. If you got any problem with your trip, feel free to ask and we will try our best to help. The atmosphere in here makes you feel like at home.
Luggage can be kept from 8:00a.m on the check-in day and by 11:00pm on the check-out day. There is no curfew.
A bus stop is located right next to the guest house, with buses going to tourist attractions like Gion (祇園), Ginkakuji (銀閣寺), Higashiyama area (東山区), and also to Kyoto station.
Only 10~15mins walk to Nishihonganji(西本願寺) and Higashihonganji(東本願寺).
Bicycle rental service is available so you can also travel the city by bicycle. (100yen/hour or 8ooyen/day)
-Shower room (with shampoo and shower gel)
-Kitchen (wih basic cooking utensils, seasoning, fridge, microwave, oven)
-Living room (with Kotatsu, a Japanese style table with heater)
*Free coffee and tea
*Free city map
-Convenient store (approx. 2mins walk)
-Supermarket (approx. 8mins walk)
-Japanese public bath house (approx. 5mins walk)
-Nearest train stations (approx. 9mins walk):
*Keifuku Arashiyama Line Shijoomiya Station 京福電鉄嵐山本線四条大宮駅
*Hankyu Kyoto Line Oomiya station 阪急大宮駅
401 Kamigojo-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto City. (English)
*From Kyoto Station (about 10 mins):
-By city bus route 206 (Terminal A3) to Omiya Gojo (大宮五条) and approx. 15seconds walk
-By JR bus to Gojo Omiya (五条大宮) and approx. 15seconds walk
When you get off Omiya Gojo or Gojo Omiya bus stop, you can toward the north(15seconds) and you can see my house on your left side.
Fee: 220yen (One Day Bus Pass 500JPY)
-By Hankyudensha (阪急電車) to Oomiya station (大宮駅)and approx. 8mins walk
Toru was a great host - welcoming and super helpful! He has quite a few interesting people staying in his house as well.
Thought not super central the house is not that far from a major train station and we used bikes that were $5 a day.
The house is very nice and warm and has the most amazing solid wood beams - worth checking out!
I had a great stay at Toru's traditional house. Toru and his staff were very friendly and willing to help, creating a warm environment for guests to stay. The house itself had a lot of character, and I had a great sleep on the comfortable futon with the earplugs that were provided. The location was also good, as the bus stop is almost literally right outside the house, and the house is close to the tram to Arashiyama as well. I'd highly recommend staying here!
Toru is a well prepared host. Any question we threw at him, he would not only answer immediately and thoughtfully but he would also conveniently would provide a brochure or timetable or other piece of informative document relating to the subject matter. For instance, "what is the best way to get to x location", "you can catch x bus, it will get off at x, here is a copy of the bus schedule so you can get there and back, the next bus is at x".
My boyfriend and I stayed at Toru's house for 2 nights over the New Year holiday, which was a fantastic time to visit Kyoto and it's spectacular temples. Toru was a super helpful and gracious host while we were there - gave us great recommendations on where to eat and hang out in the area. Overall our stay was clean, comfortable (no frills, no fuss), and surprisingly warm for the time of year.
Toru was incredibly helpful (even though when we were there he was fighting a fever). It's a cosy place with all the amenities you need. The beds and pillows were super warm and comfortable.
The only downside is that the walls are incredibly thin. So if you go to sleep earlier then others or want to sleep in later, you are awoken by conversations in the living room... though Toru did offer us earplugs!
We had a great time overall.
I had a great stay at Toru's place. The house is conveniently and is easy walking distance to many places. Toru was extremely helpful and the place is very clean and quiet, even though it is a shared space. I would definitely stay there again.
Very nice everything. Very friendly atmosphere, very good location and very helpful advises. Thank you very much.
Mr. Toru is a very helpful and informative host. The house is unique and warm to stay. The location is very convenient to bus stop and Omiya station. The only downside is that there is only one bathroom. Need to wait quite a long time to shower, share with all the guests.
The guesthouse is located at the town area where is very convenient to all the tourist spots by bus. The economical transport with just Yen500 per day per adult. Even though the guesthouse is relatively small but cosy and warm place to live in. The most experience and good memory were the hot spring (onsen) nearby walking distance that must try on. Unbelievable to find with just Yen400 (adult and children half price) on onsen that adult and children can really enjoyable especially during the end autumn. The host was given a warm welcome and guidance on the tourist spots to visit and direction. This is very useful for free and easy travellers like us especially with children along. Thanks Toru and his assistance (2 Taiwanese girls) for help.