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Designer Space in Central Kyoto (the Most Unique Room You'll Find in the City)

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Last updated: 09/18/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Kyoto apartment description

I know, I know. You're coming to Kyoto and have been thinking about staying in a machiya, which is a great idea. But after a long day of walking around town, you're going to want to come back to a comfortable room well-suited for relaxing, reading, conversation, pleasure. If you're interested in a homely, cozy, utterly unique experience, you should definitely consider sleeping in The Moon Room.

Our apartment is located in Kyoto's Nakagyo-ku neighborhood (literal meaning is Downtown). Unlike other B&Bs and guesthouses near Kyoto Station or Higashiyama, Nakagyo is quite central when it comes to dining and entertainment (and I have prepared a homemade map with suggested gourmet destinations). Our space is just a five minute walk from Marutamachi Station, on the main north-south subway line (Karasuma), and about ten minutes from Karasuma-Oike, where the two subway lines intersect, thus marking the center of Kyoto.

Nijo Castle and the Imperial Palace are just ten-minute strolls away, while Higashiyama and its wonderful temple complexes are less than an hour on foot (quicker by bus).

The neighborhood itself, though so close to Downtown and its dizzying attractions, is quiet and traditional and it is not unusual to see women in kimono or monks chanting. Many of the neighborhood's machiya houses specialize in old-time industries like printmaking, woodcutting, and tatami-producing, as well as stores selling tea, ivory, dolls, medicinal herbs, and Japan's oldest incense producer.

Nevertheless, The Moon Room is also a wonderful place to relax on a windy or lazy day, to contemplate, relax, or pleasure in the romance of living. Designed specifically by a local artist, there is nothing quite like our space in all of Kyoto. It is part of a first wave of what we hope is a designer's renaissance in this very old city.

Property Type

  • Apartment
  • On floor 1

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Suitability

          • Children Welcome
          • Pets Considered

          Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

          • Bedroom 1: 1 double, 1 twin/ single, 1 sleep sofa /futon

            ...moreless

          • There is a semi-double and single in the bedroom. There is a sofa-bed (single-size) in the living room. Futons can be provided as well in the event of a larger party....moreless

          Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Dining:

            It's set up to seat two at the table, though the couch is right there so it is possible to eat together....moreless

          • Dishes & Utensils:

            Dishes provided by the Dutch design company, Arita....moreless

          • Coffee Maker:

            Specialty coffee is provided with brown sugar....moreless

          • Kitchen:

            Full (but small) kitchenette....moreless

          • Refrigerator
          • Toaster
          • Seating for 2 people

          Amenities

          • Towels Provided:

            For those staying a week or longer, fresh towels can be replaced mid-stay....moreless

          • Air Conditioning
          • Heating
          • Linens Provided
          • Living Room
          • Hair Dryer

          Communications

              Theme

                  • Romantic

                  Activities

                  • Botanical Garden
                  • Fitness Center
                  • Medical Services
                  • Massage Therapist
                  • Laundromat
                  • Hospital
                  • Groceries
                  • ATM/Bank
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Shopping
                  • Walking
                  • Museums
                  • Live Theater
                  • Cinemas
                  • Health/Beauty Spa
                  • Restaurants
                  • Zoo
                  • Playground
                  • Cycling
                  • Hiking
                   

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                  Autumn High Season
                  Sep 19 - Oct 20, 2014
                  2 night min stay
                  $150

                  Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest

                  My Standard Rate
                  2 night min stay
                  $130

                  Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest


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                  • Property Damage Protection $49
                  • Taxes Not included

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                  Last updated: 09/18/2014
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                  Location

                  100 Kilometres
                  Nearest Airport
                  Kansai International Airport
                  0.2 Kilometres
                  Nearest Train
                  Marutamachi
                  0.3 Kilometres
                  Nearest Restaurant
                  Honke Owariya

                  Car: Not Necessary

                  Our apartment is located in Kyoto's Nakagyo-ku neighborhood (literal meaning is Downtown). Unlike other B&Bs and guesthouses near Kyoto Station or Higashiyama, Nakagyo is quite central when it comes to dining and entertainment (and I have prepared a homemade map with suggested gourmet destinations). Our space is just a five minute walk from Marutamachi Station, on the main north-south subway line (Karasuma), and about ten minutes from Karasuma-Oike, where the two subway lines intersect, thus marking the center of Kyoto.

                  Nijo Castle and the Imperial Palace are just ten-minute strolls away, while Higashiyama and its wonderful temple complexes are less than an hour on foot (quicker by bus).

                  The neighborhood itself, though so close to Downtown and its dizzying attractions, is quiet and traditional and it is not unusual to see women in kimono or monks chanting. Many of the neighborhood's machiya houses specialize in old-time industries like printmaking, woodcutting, and tatami-producing, as well as stores selling tea, ivory, dolls, medicinal herbs, and Japan's oldest incense producer.

                  Nevertheless, The Moon Room is also a wonderful place to relax on a windy or lazy day, to contemplate, relax, or pleasure in the romance of living. Designed specifically by a local artist, there is nothing quite like our space in all of Kyoto. It is part of a first wave of what we hope is a designer's renaissance in this very old city.

                   

                  Owner info

                  Year Purchased: 2012

                  About the owner: I'm a native of Los Angeles, who has been in Japan for about ten years, eight in Tokyo, two in Kyoto. After studying history at UC Santa Barbara, I've worked as a writer and photographer. My wife, a photographer as well, recently took over the family business, the oldest soba restaurant in Japan, in business since 1465.

                  Why the Owner Chose Kyoto:
                  The Moon Room is downstairs from our own apartment. We collaborated with a designer friend to give it a very unique aesthetic. We wanted the space to feel both romantic and homely and are very happy with how it turned out. The immediate area is quiet but within five minutes the atmosphere becomes lively. As a photographer I'm prone to long walks and other days, particularly rich in blue sky sunlight, I'm partial to long bicycle rides around town, often ending up by the Kamo River.

                  The Unique Benefits at this Apartment:
                  I'm very lucky to live in Kyoto. It is one of those rare cities that combine both history and modernity (like Rome) and cosmopolitanism with nature (like San Francisco). Kyoto is not so busy as Osaka or Tokyo, but is just as rich culturally.


                  Contact us

                  Speaks: english

                   

                  Photos

                  • The Moon Room in the afternoon

                    The Moon Room in the afternoon

                  • The sofa-bed. Cocktail, glass of wine, or evening reading, anyone?

                    The sofa-bed. Cocktail, glass of wine, or evening reading, anyone?

                  • The only vacation room in Kyoto with a brick wall.

                    The only vacation room in Kyoto with a brick wall.

                  • Floor-to-ceiling windows viewed from the dining chair.

                    Floor-to-ceiling windows viewed from the dining chair.

                  • Perspective from bed. The rack is for luggage. The kitchen is next to it.

                    Perspective from bed. The rack is for luggage. The kitchen is next to it.

                  • An actual boat lamp. There are two in the room.

                    An actual boat lamp. There are two in the room.

                  • The entrance hall.

                    The entrance hall.

                  • Autumn in Kyoto is vey beautiful.

                    Autumn in Kyoto is vey beautiful.

                  • Kyoto can be a magical place.

                    Kyoto can be a magical place.

                  • The Golden Temple

                    The Golden Temple

                  • Idee Lamp-- specialty mobile lamp good for reading in bed.

                    Idee Lamp-- specialty mobile lamp good for reading in bed.

                  • Kitchen. Fresh coffee is provided.

                    Kitchen. Fresh coffee is provided.

                  • The shower. Shampoo, conditioner, body soap, & towels will be provided.

                    The shower. Shampoo, conditioner, body soap, & towels will be provided.

                  • View when entering bathroom. Shower is on your right.

                    View when entering bathroom. Shower is on your right.

                  • When you take your shoes off there are slippers waiting for you.

                    When you take your shoes off there are slippers waiting for you.

                  • A day in Gion you might meet maiko.

                    A day in Gion you might meet maiko.

                  • Tea ceremony.

                    Tea ceremony.

                  • Rickshaw ride anyone?

                    Rickshaw ride anyone?

                  VRBO #501041

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                  This listing was first published here in 2013.

                  Date last modified - Tuesday, June 24, 2014

                  $130 - $150 per night (USD)
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                  1 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
                  Sleeps 4

                  View calendar: Updated 09/18/14
                  Minimum stay: 2 nights
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