Kyoto home stay independent.
Travelers to Kyoto can easily spend a week visiting the city’s historical attractions such as the Kyoto Imperial Palace, （京都御所）Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion 金閣寺) which is world heritage of UNESCO and Sanjusangendo. （三十三間堂）All sections of the city contain more than one locale well worth a thorough visit, Notably, some of Japan’s oldest traditions, such as the tea ceremony, flower arranging, and geisha schooling originated in the city. These ancient customs, while still practiced throughout Japan, can only be observed in their original setting in Kyoto. Maybe it takes about 5 days to visit important sightseeing spots. Only 2 or 3 days are little bit short.
Near Daitokuji and Golden Pavilion at the heart of Japanese Culture, our district is called Murasakino.
its means violet-field which is read by the famous Japanese poem Manyoushu( edited in 7th century)
When you arrive our house. You are already member of our family but we respect your privacy.
We call it Independant homestay
We let you your own room key like hotel, your own individual room is located in 3rd floor,
You can use 2nd and 3rd floor of the house as families. The family lives 1st and 2nd floors,
off course if you need our help, we are always available your questions and needs.
so you are not alone but you are not all the time with family. We don’t prepare your meals, but we are always with you.
adress is 4 sendocho murasakino kitaku kyoto city
http : / / konaka - residence . com
The Konaka residence is a traditional and cozy space. If you want to experience how Japanese live their lives then this is the place for you. The hosts are very friendly and the rooms are clean. The location is a little far from the city center but it's easy to get around with the buses in the city. It's relatively close to Kinkakuji and Shimogamo Shrine. There are also local shrines/temples such as Imamiya that are not in guidebooks but you should definitely check out. There are other rooms rented out to travelers so it's a semi-hostel environment where you can mingle with other travelers.
Had a nice stay with very helpful people. Very traditional feel to the
room. It was nice. Thanks!
Nice place in a nice area! Hosts are very kind and helpful. Convenience stores, bakery, wineshop, bank and bus stop all within walking distance makes it a convenient place to sat. Just wish they had the shower facilities in the upper floors too for it can be a bit of a hassle to walk down to take a shower especially during the cold season.
I stayed 4 nights in the Konaka residence, I have nothing but good things to say about this place. As soon as I entered the gate I received warm welcome from Mrs. Konaka, she is very happy to suggest tour tips to travellers and to be honest without her I wouldn't be able to visit so many wonderful places around Kyoto. During my stay, Mr. and Mrs. Konaka, as well as Mrs. Konaka's sister Mrs. Senda tried their best to make me feel like I'm at home, thank you very much!
-Entire house is very clean
-Convenient location (10 sec walk to restaurants/supermarket/bakery, there's a nice butcher shop 5 min walk east on Kita Oji Dori for wagyu, 10 minutes walk to bus stop that goes to Kyoto station)
-As a wine lover, I found it awesome that Mr. Konaka owns a wine shop in the front that sells many delicious bottles.
-Many nice restaurants in the area (sushi across the street and izakaya 10 min walk west on Nishioji Dori)
-Love to have a sip of coffee and watch the sunrise at the balcony
-Access to the kitchen is a nice plus, cooked a very tasty wagyu meal one night.
The next time I return to Kyoto I will come back for sure, thank you!
First of all, after the first night at Ritsuko place, I get out.
The reason was he didn't mention on the description of the house a lot of things (check it out: it's a description of Kyoto, not of the place):
- She is not at home, she is always in France
- The house is ran by her parents, and they NOT speak english
- The shower is OUTSIDE, 1 floor down
- The place is 30-40 MIN by bus from Kyoto center
- They don't give you bycicle for free, you have to pay it.
Each of this things are not mentioned in the review, and is not fair, that's why I left.
Second, Ritsuko promised me a refund for the remaining booked days, and I had it, but she cut from the refund 20% for no reason.
I've tried to contact her asking "why", but she disappeared and she didn't answered my 4 messages.
So, the place is fine, go if you want, it's not the best home-stay ever, but it's fine.
But the host is a mess and not honest, avoid to have to deal with her, the worst Airbnb experience I've had (and I had it a lot, check out reviews if you want).
My friend and I had a great stay at Ritsuko's place in Kyoto. She was away during the stay but her parents gave us a very warm welcome, giving us a map and lending us a guidebook as well as giving us detailed instructions on the bus routes and what we should see. It was a pretty easy bus ride to all the temples around kyoto. The room was clean and large and comfortable, and it was nice having a few restaurants and convenience stores very close by too. I would stay at the konaka residence again the next time I'm in Kyoto with no hesitation. Thank you!!
Nice place, very clean, helpfull guests - ready to go back to this place.
we had a good time at the Konaka residence! we would recommend it. It was clean, the whole family is very friendly and always very helpful. a detail was disturbing, that there was only one shower for all.
many good restaurants nearby, exactly opposite good sushi!
We had a great stay at Ritsuko's, very traditional. She picked us up from the train station and gave us lots of advice. I would recommend communicating by phone call if possible because it was difficult to get in touch via email about when we could arrive. It also helps if you know Japanese, but isn't required.
Well, this was one of the best experiences I ever encountered on my journeys. They are really friendly and always helpful. They even drove me to the onsen mentioned in the lonely planet. However, they also showed me their onsen around the corner. And this is it, everything is around the corner and you can easily stay and plan your daily journeys. The room is clean and calm.
I would alwas visit them once again, if I ever find the time to get to Japan once again.