About This Listing
The house is refurbished with environmentally-sound materials and finishes. It is walkable from Kyoto station for 15min or 2-3 min from Gojo subway station. Enjoy the charm of a century-old house with the convenience of the modern equipment.
Our place is a renovated traditional Kyoto style 100 year-old townhouse called Kyo-machiya nestled in the central Kyoto - 2 min walk from Gojo subway station and Karasuma-Gojo bus stop, 10 min walk from JR Kyoto station. Despite the convenient location, the neighborhood is very quiet due to taller apartments that surround our property and the residential area that circles our place.
The traditional Japanese houses do not have what others call 'bedrooms'. Instead, we have multi-functional rooms that can be used as dining room, bed room, guest room, tea room, etc. as futons can be easily folded and put away in the closet to maximize space usage. We have 4 rooms - 2 on the ground floor and 2 upstairs. We have a big air conditioner on the ground floor that cools the entire ground floor with an aid of a calculator fan. Another air-con is found upstairs. These both aircons can be used as heaters in winter time, however we have a big gas-fired heater and 2 oil heaters to supplement for both that may still feel cold. Each room can sleep 2 persons. So 4 persons will be good for the space, however if you don't mind the limited space, 6 persons can sleep here. Due to the limited space, the townhouse is available for 6 persons including children that require futon. For infants that do not require futon nor linen service, we allow up to 2 infants free of charge - we consider infants are aged between birth and 12 months. You still need to declare them if you want to benefit from this offer.
Free mobile phone rental (call only with 3,000 yen or more credit - you can add credit at nearby participating stores), free internet Wifi. Gas-powered kitchen stove, microwave oven, refrigerator, washer/dryer, shower/bath tub, hair dryer. No beds but we will provide the futon with clean sheets and towels (bath and hand). We provide only biodegradable and chemical-free soaps/shampoos/conditioners/house cleaning products.
From Kyoto Station - it is probably the easiest to use a taxi
Osaka (Kansai Internatinal) Airport - you can either take a Haruka express JR train to Kyoto station and take a cab or have us book a mini-van shuttle bus that comes right to our house alley (3,500 yen plus tax per passenger NO booking fee, NO tips - payable with credit card to the driver)
Duration of rental:
We only accept guest who spend at least 3 nights. Please make an inquiry for stays over one week for discounted rate during low season (January and February).
Regardless of the duration of the rental, we would like you to read, sign and return our rental agreement before check-in.
If our place is booked for any reason, we also have two other properties. Just drop me a line for a more detailed inquiry.
You enjoy the entire house except for some closets that are owner's property.
Interaction with Guests
We have a key-box just outside our door. Once you arrive, you will need to open the box with a given code. The standard check-in is 3pm and check-out is by noon. If you need to check-in earlier or check-out later, just ask the owner upon making the reservation.
I will meet with the guest if they are also booked with me to do a Kyoto experiential tour otherwise the guest can enjoy their privacy.
Despite the convenient location, the neighborhood is very quiet due to taller apartments that surround our property and the residential area that circles our place. The pathway in front of the house is dotted with carved stones and are safe for the kids to play as long as they respect our neighbors. There are 6 identical townhouses in front and next to ours that really give the look of the old Kyoto.
Shops, restaurants, and places of interest:
5 min walk - 24hr - convenience stores, super market, McDonald, Noodle and beef bowl (Nakau), Curry restaurant, and a dozen other restaurants, pediatric hospital, dry cleaning, post office, natural spring public bath (sentou), Higashi Honganji Temple, bike rental shop
10-15 min walk - Toyota and Mazda rental car offices, Kyoto station, Nishi-Honganji Temple (World Heritage), major banks to exchange money, bike rental shop
10 min bike - Kiyomizu temple (World Heritage), Nijo Castle (World Heritage)
15 min bike - Gion geisha district and much more!
*public parking within 2 minute walk - cost between 900 and 1,500 yen for 24hrs
NO FULL-SCALE cooking - no grilling fish or deep-frying
NO DISTURBANCE after 10pm - respect our neighbors
NO SMOKING - you can smoke outside
NO GUESTS - day visit is okay, but nobody stays overnight
NO PETS - only human allowed!
NO LEANING - against the wall, the traditional wall is organic and fragile
RECYCLE - help us separate into the correct bins provided
WASH - pots, dishes, glasses, utensils, once used, please wash them and return to the original place
STAY - do not remove any items or articles from the house, we do not want to bill you for the lost items
entrance guest room, can also be used as a bed room, all chemical free natural walls and tatami mats
Masaru先生的房子交通十分便利 对于京都行程的规划十分方便 通过市内地铁以及京都站的巴士可以抵达各个景点 我有留下一本《门外汉的京都》 通过此书可以更深一步加深对于京都的认识
We were amazed by how authentic the Kyoto town house felt and impressed by the amenities. Masaru was helpful before our stay and during, supplying tons of helpful hints about how to maximize the several days we spent in the city. Definitely recommend such accommodations while staying in one of Japan's most tradition-rich cities.
Masaru's house was in an excellent location. 3 mins walk to Gojo subway station or a pleasant 15 min stroll to Kyoto Station. The house itself was very well equipped, though the actual house was 20% smaller than how it looked in the pictures. No complaints though cos we spent most of our time out exploring the beautiful city of Kyoto. Convenience was more important for us.
My friends and I were happy staying in this lovely traditional house. The location was good. Masaru also sent us some useful information before we arrive about some recommended restaurant and info of some convinience shop around. The house has everything we need!
Thank you very much to share with us a beautiful house!!,excelent taste,conviniently located, very comfortable for a family of 5.
We highly recommend this place.
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About the Host, Masaru
Hi, thanks for checking in. I love to travel so now I am working in tourism industry. I also have traveled to nearly 50 countries in all continents except Antarctica. The more I travel, more I like my country, Japan.
Our townhouse in Gojo, Kyoto is renovated, but with environmentally friendly materials and finishes not to mention your soaps and detergents provided in the house are of equal importance. Another prime property in Kamishichiken is also a renovated traditional house in the heart of Geisha quarter so the fully immersion in the traditional style now can be achieved without the awkwardness of staying in the Western hotels or extremely attentive traditional ryokan. I would like you to enjoy Kyoto while staying in a traditional house and make memories of a lifetime. Please feel free to contact me for advice before and/or during your stay.
The parking fee for the first 24 fluctuates seasonally but normally (phone number hidden)yen. Credit card accepted.600-8161
Noodles and beef bowls, basic breakfast starts from 200yen! Park the bike near the foot of an overpass, make sure you dont block the pedestrians come and go.600-8302
Have you tried ohagi? Japanese sweets made with sticky rice and sweetened red beans. The store is in business for centuries and many come just to buy them.600-8179
Very close and very interesting place, you will love it if you like art. 11:30-19 Closed Tues and other days unknown. Up the stairs, the first door to left in room 202, check out other local artists600-8108
24hour convenience store closest to the townhouse. The store itself is smaller than others so the supply is limited.600-8108
5 min walk. 24hr open and has a wide variety of daily needs.600-8311
The family-run restaurant delivers reasonable and quality Japanese food with good selection of sake. English menu available but they speak only a little English. Lunch (phone number hidden), Dinner 17:30-23:00600-8454
If you dont mind being naked with others in a public bath for an authentic Japanese experience, this is it. Take your towel and soap. Pay at the cashier and separates into men and women. Adult410yen600-8304
Tiny traditional family owned soba restaurant. Excellent quality. If you are big, avoid lunch time.Shimogyo Ward Kyoto Prefecture
Its a Spanish Tapas that opens at 7:30am and closes around 10pm. Food is good and reasonable if you want to get a break of the Japanese food.600-8177
If you have your luggage, use exit/entrance #6 that leads you to the surface level with a lift/elevator. The closest and easiest exit/entrance is #4.Kyoto Prefecture
24hr, if you are desperate, here is the last option.600-8105
Reasonably priced restaurant for all meals. Buy the tickets from the vending machine as you enter. English menu available, ask the staff.600-8105
Its a liquor store, but you can also drink and eat snacks that sell there at the store price. Many salaried workers head off after 5pm. Yes, no bar stools, extremely tiny shop.Shimogyo Ward Kyoto Prefecture
Kyoto style soba noodle made fresh in the restaurant. Good atmosphere, good price, even good sashimi. Try obanzai the set of daily appetizer to start off.600-8105
Only 2 bike spaces, ATM has English menu600-8171
Some Japanese food can be greasy and tasty. Try the ramen noodle. Make sure you slurp the noodle :) Stools only, no chair.Shimogyo Ward Kyoto Prefecture 600-8177
Bigger than a closer Lawson, easier to park the bikes600-8180
Run by a couple with no English, but tell them you are staying with Takayama and they should treat you right. Daily menu in Japanese only 18:00-24:00 Closed Wed. Dont spread by social media please!Shimogyo Ward Kyoto Prefecture
The ATM has the ENGLISH menu either right or left top corner.600-8456
Next to a 24hr supermarket600-8406
Go there if you need good coffee but not Starbucks. Smoking is the only bad thing, so try sit closer to the street. Try fat-toast with potato salad and eggs that comes with coffee of your choice.Shimogyo Ward Kyoto Prefecture
It is our favorite bakery though it is a ten-min away. Very small shop but tastes good. Open 7-18:30 Closed on Thursdays
The first floor is a casual Western-Japanese dining perfect with kids especially when you are tired of the Japanese food. The upstairs is a white table cloth French - try Chef Menu from 3,500yen.Shimogyo Ward Kyoto Prefecture 600-8336
Japanese cooking class. Check the website and make sure you tell that you are referred by Takayama with a hope that the owner takes a special good care. (website hidden)Shimogyo Ward Kyoto Prefecture
Italian restaurant open for lunch and dinner. Prepare to be seated for a while. Takes time to be served, but the food is good and reasonable. Closed Wed.Shimogyo Ward Kyoto Prefecture 600-8415
Wide selection of rental bikes, from standard to electric assisted and luxury.Shimogyo Ward Kyoto Prefecture
My wifes favorite Japanese restaurant. (website hidden) Lunch 11:30-14:30, Dinner 17:00-19:30. Phone reservation only, try walk-in and/or make a reservation there for other nights.600-8445
If you like the international coffee, weve got it! Some outside tables available.600-8412
We go to this restaurant for the last three generations, impeccable food, Sunday closed. Lunch is reasonable starting less than 4,000yen, dinner about 10,000yen per person, michelin star rated.605-0074