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Central Kyoto 2min Subway Traditional Chemical-Free Townhouse

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renovated traditional room with 100% natural chemical free walls, gold leaf folding screen

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Last updated: 08/31/2014
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Kyoto townhome description

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.

Property Type

  • 2 story
  • Townhome

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

              • Housekeeper Optional

              Suitability

              • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

                preferably over 25, no minor is accepted...moreless

              • Children Welcome:

                since our walls are made of natural and fragile materials, please keep your children from leaning against and touching the walls...moreless

              • Non Smoking Only:

                smoking is allowed ONLY outside the house...moreless

              • Wheelchair Inaccessible:

                the private cobble alley may difficult without any assistance for a wheelchair to safely access. The entrance has about 30cm height difference....moreless

              • Pets Not Allowed:

                please, only human are allowed...moreless

              Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

              • Bedroom 1: 2 sleep sofa /futon

                Main bedroom - with air con upstairs - the most quiet...moreless

              • low roof bedroom 2: 2 sleep sofa /futon

                traditional architecture - low ceiling, but with charms...moreless

              • Entrance guest bedroom 3: 2 sleep sofa /futon

                set up as a guest room and dining room...moreless

              • 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

              Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

              • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

                ...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

              Other Amenities

                  • 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

                  Entertainment

                      • Stereo:

                        JVC compact CD stereo radio - bring your CDs...moreless

                      Theme

                      • Family
                      • Historic
                      • Tourist Attractions

                      Attractions

                      • Autumn Foliage
                      • Botanical Garden
                      • Churches
                      • Cinemas
                      • Coin Laundry
                      • Duty Free Shops
                      • Festivals
                      • Library
                      • Live Theater
                      • Museums
                      • Playground
                      • Pond
                      • Restaurants
                      • Ruins
                      • Water Parks
                      • Winery Tours

                      Leisure Activities

                      • Antiquing
                      • Photography
                      • Scenic Drives
                      • Sight Seeing
                      • Walking

                      local services and businesses

                      • ATM/Bank
                      • Fitness Center
                      • Groceries
                      • Hospital
                      • Laundromat
                      • Massage Therapist
                      • Medical Services

                      Location Type

                          • Downtown:

                            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

                          • Cycling
                          • Hiking
                          • Mountaineering

                          catering options

                              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

                              Dining

                              • Dining:

                                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

                              • Dining Area
                              • Seating for 6 people

                              General

                              • Internet:

                                free secured Wifi...moreless

                              • Telephone:

                                free mobile phone with a credit of 3,000yen is provided as a complimentary service (the credit can be added at a nearby participating store)...moreless

                              • Air Conditioning:

                                one is the up-stair room only, in the extreme hot summer July and August, shut all windows and one AC deliver sufficient cooling with the aid of two fans...moreless

                              • Heating:

                                use air-con and oil heater, however on a request basis we have a gas fan heater (mainly used Dec-Feb only)...moreless

                              • Linens Provided:

                                We provide up to six clean sheets and linens for futons...moreless

                              • Towels Provided:

                                We provide up to six (or twelve for longer stay) clean hand and bath towels...moreless

                              • Washing Machine:

                                a vertical drum washing machine with dryer functions is provided at your disposal...moreless

                              • Clothes Dryer:

                                a vertical drum washing machine with dryer functions is provided at your disposal. it takes a while to get them completely dry. Try first with a lighter load when using the dryer....moreless

                              • Parking:

                                public parking within 100 meter distance, from 1,000 yen for the first 24 hours...moreless

                              • Living Room:

                                the entrance guest room and/or kitchen can both be used as a connecting living room...moreless

                              • Hair Dryer

                              house cleaning

                                  • Housekeeper Optional

                                  Kitchen

                                  • Kitchen:

                                    our gas fired kitchen has 3 stoves, please use a ventilator when cooking or heating, but NO FULL-SCALE cooking with deep-frying, grilling fish, etc. ...moreless

                                  • Refrigerator:

                                    comes with a freezer compartment and another that you can select from deep-freeze, chilled, or slow defrost...moreless

                                  • Stove:

                                    3 stoves, no oven...moreless

                                  • Microwave:

                                    microwave but also has an oven function. when using as an oven, make sure to remove the plate inside it before baking anything...moreless

                                  • Dishes & Utensils:

                                    A set of six plates, glasses, wine glasses, and cutlery is provided. Two sets of plastic plates, cups, and cutlery provided for children ...moreless

                                  • Pantry Items:

                                    kitchen papers, salt and pepper, soy sauce, coffee and tea...moreless

                                  • Coffee Maker:

                                    help yourself with coffee provided in the cabinet...moreless

                                  • Toaster
                                  • Ice Maker

                                  Outside

                                  • Balcony:

                                    There is a tiny balcony that can be used to sun-dry some items, but not recommended as it has a low clearane...moreless

                                  • Bicycles:

                                    All Panasonic bicycles with 3 gears subject to availability at the time of booking - 1 has a child seat, helmets available for adults only ...moreless

                                   

                                  Reviews

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                                  Rental basis: Per property
                                  Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                                  Autumn Foliage Season
                                  Oct 25 - Nov 15
                                  3 night min stay
                                  $325
                                  Winter Holiday Season
                                  Dec 30 - Jan 3
                                  3 night min stay
                                  $325
                                  Summer air-con supplement1
                                  Jul 1 - Jul 14
                                  3 night min stay
                                  $325
                                  Gion Festival
                                  Jul 15 - Jul 18
                                  3 night min stay
                                  $325
                                  Summer air-con supplement2
                                  Jul 19 - Aug 31
                                  3 night min stay
                                  $325
                                  My Standard Rate
                                  3 night min stay
                                  $275 $325
                                  Sat, Sun

                                  Additional information about rental rates

                                  Fees:

                                  • cleaning $50
                                  • Tax Rate 8%

                                  Notes:

                                  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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                                  Calendar

                                  Last updated: 08/31/2014
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                                  Location

                                  114 Kilometres
                                  Nearest Airport
                                  Kansai International Airport (KIX)
                                  180 Metres
                                  Nearest Train
                                  Kyoto Subway Gojo Station
                                  3.7 Kilometres
                                  Nearest Motorway
                                  Kamogawa Higashi (Hanshin Highway Kyoto #8)
                                  200 Metres
                                  Nearest Barpub
                                  Many to choose from Japanese, Western, Asian, etc
                                  200 Metres
                                  Nearest Restaurant
                                  Many to choose from; FOUR 24hr restaurants

                                  Car: Not Necessary

                                  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

                                  2) ikebana

                                  3) tea ceremony

                                  4) furoshiki - wrapping cloth

                                  5) origami

                                  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

                                   

                                  Owner info

                                  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.


                                  Contact us

                                  Speaks: spanish, english
                                   

                                  Photos

                                  • renovated traditional room with 100% natural chemical free walls, gold leaf folding screen

                                    renovated traditional room with 100% natural chemical free walls, gold leaf folding screen

                                  • entrance guest room also used as a bed room chemical free natural walls & tatami

                                    entrance guest room also used as a bed room chemical free natural walls & tatami

                                  • some connections to the outer world, a plant and sunlight

                                    some connections to the outer world, a plant and sunlight

                                  • up-stair air-conditioned room - use as a main bed room, chemical-free walls

                                    up-stair air-conditioned room - use as a main bed room, chemical-free walls

                                  • hand painted 'green tea' wall in a shape of fan, 100% natural diatomic material

                                    hand painted 'green tea' wall in a shape of fan, 100% natural diatomic material

                                  • another look thru our hallway to the other side of the house

                                    another look thru our hallway to the other side of the house

                                  • not a roomy toilet but functional, heated toilet seat and warm bidet functions

                                    not a roomy toilet but functional, heated toilet seat and warm bidet functions

                                  • natural building materials and finishes that are proven safe for our health

                                    natural building materials and finishes that are proven safe for our health

                                  • up-stair room, perfect for reading or writing letters - also used as a bedroom

                                    up-stair room, perfect for reading or writing letters - also used as a bedroom

                                  • this room can also be a tea room or dining room with a hand-carved zelkoba table

                                    this room can also be a tea room or dining room with a hand-carved zelkoba table

                                  • up-stair air-conditioned room - use as a main bed room, chemical-free walls

                                    up-stair air-conditioned room - use as a main bed room, chemical-free walls

                                  • modern style gas fired kitchen with microwave oven and a refrigerator

                                    modern style gas fired kitchen with microwave oven and a refrigerator

                                  • front alley is private and no car enters thus a perfect place for kids to play!

                                    front alley is private and no car enters thus a perfect place for kids to play!

                                  • we have 5 of these Panasonic bicycles with 3 gears for you to explore Kyoto city

                                    we have 5 of these Panasonic bicycles with 3 gears for you to explore Kyoto city

                                  • again, not so roomy bath/shower but functional and has a good view of a garden

                                    again, not so roomy bath/shower but functional and has a good view of a garden

                                  • stairs with natural walls and polished Kitano cedar railing

                                    stairs with natural walls and polished Kitano cedar railing

                                  $275 - $325 per night (USD)
                                  3

                                  3 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
                                  Sleeps 6

                                  View calendar: Updated 08/31/14
                                  Minimum stay: 3 nights
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