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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 the 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, 2 upstairs. 1 up-stair room is air-conditioned for maximum comfort, 2 other rooms, 1 up and 1 down, can be used as bedrooms with fans and oil heaters. In the extreme hot months, use the two air-cons and close all the windows that cool the entire facility. 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.
Free mobile phone rental (call only with 3,000 yen credit - you can add credit at nearby participating stores), free internet Wifi. Gas-powered kitchen stove and rice cooker, 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.
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).
Rental Agreement: Regardless of the duration of the rental, we would like you to read, sign and return our rental agreement before check-in.
Check-in: 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 and check-out is noon. If you need to check-in earlier or check-out later, just ask the owner upon making the reservation.
Access: 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 per passenger NO booking fee, NO tips - payable with credit card to the driver)
*Some past review mention about the bike rentals, this service is unfortunately terminated to better engage with our neighbors. However, there are bike rental shops within 5-10min walk.
As in all other traditional Japanese rooms, there is no so called 'bed room. They are multi-function rooms that can also be used as bedrooms when futons are used. We have 4 rooms - 3 rooms, 2 upstairs, 1 downstairs - that can be converted into bedrooms. ...moreless
There is 1 bathroom with a shower and a tub with Japanese wet area where we use to rinse our body. The automated thermostat maintains your desired temperature without having to add hot water and let you know in Japanese that the bath is ready....moreless
I also operate a responsible travel agency that specializes in the rural and community-based tourism thruout Japan. We can also book you a shuttle van service from Kansai International Airport at no extra charge (you pay to a driver with a credit card or cash). Don't hesitate to contact me for travel assistance too....moreless
JVC compact CD stereo radio - bring your CDs...moreless
Duty Free Shops
local services and businesses
2 min walk from Kyoto Subway Gojo station (K10), about 10 min walk from JR Kyoto station. Despite the convenience, very quiet and safe location, private alley in front enters no car - good for kids...moreless
sports and adventure activities
Guests Provide Their Own Meals
the entrance guest room has a low table, it comfortably sits 4, but 6 is manageable, no child highchair necessary as you sit on the tatami floor...moreless
Autumn Foliage Season Oct 25 - Nov 15 3 night min stay
Winter Holiday Season Dec 30 - Jan 3 3 night min stay
Summer air-con supplement1 Jul 1 - Jul 14 3 night min stay
Gion Festival Jul 15 - Jul 18 3 night min stay
Summer air-con supplement2 Jul 19 - Aug 31 3 night min stay
My Standard Rate 3 night min stay
$325 Sat, Sun
Additional information about rental rates
For a 50% refund, cancellation must be made seven full days prior to listing's local check in time (or 3:00 PM if not specified) on the day of check in, otherwise no refund.
If the guest cancels less than 7 days in advance, the nights not spent are not refunded.
If the guest arrives and decides to leave early, the nights not spent are not refunded.
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Some reviews talk about the bicycle service though we unfortunately terminated the service in June, 2013. However, there are rental bike shops within 5-10min walking distance.
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
10-15 min walk - Toyota and Mazda rental car offices, Kyoto station, Nishi-Honganji Temple (World Heritage), major banks to exchange money
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
Inhouse activities in English at added cost:
1) pottery class
3) tea ceremony
4) furoshiki - wrapping cloth
Other English-guided activities in the city
1) bicycle ride to Nishijin textile area and visit to factory and artisans
2) paper lantern making and meditation at a Buddhist temple
3) incense aroma class and visit to Imperial Palace
4) Japanese garden visits - with history and on-site interpretation
5) Japanese sweets (wagashi) making
*we can cater to your desires, just inform us
Year Purchased: 2007
About the owner: 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.
I speak English and Spanish on top of my mother tongue Japanese, so do not hesitate to contact me with these languages.
Why the Owner Chose Kyoto: Our house in 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. 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 Unique Benefits at this Townhome: Free mobile phone rental (call only with 3,000 yen credit - you can add credit at nearby participating stores), free internet Wifi. Gas-powered kitchen stove and rice cooker, 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.
Some reviews mention free-bike rentals, however we have unfortunately terminated our service to better engage with our neighbors. There are bike rental shops within 5-10min walk. We can give the information if you are interested.