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Family-friendly, bright and cozy traditional Japanese house up to 5 people

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

Located on a quiet lane leading up to the Chawan-zaka approach to Kiyomizu Temple (an UNESCO World Heritage site), just minutes from the hustle and bustle of the busy souvenir shops and restaurants lining Ninnen-zaka and Sannen-zaka below the temple’s main gates, this modern machiya-style house was completely reformed and refurbished in 2007.

The interior offers a harmonious combination of Japanese design and beautiful antiques with modern features such as hardwood floors and Iranian gabeh carpets. Downstairs, there is a full kitchen and a dining area with a traditional Japanese "mizuya" cupboard. The dining area opens out on to a deck with a small Japanese garden beneath which flows a small stream from the temple. You can hear the stream, birds and the temple bells ringing.

There is a western-style toilet and a full Japanese-style bath downstairs. The two bedrooms are upstairs and get plenty of light. The large, high ceiling-ed Japanese-style tatami mat bedroom sleeps up to 3 people in single or double futons. Across the hall, the Western bedroom has a queen-sized futon bed.

The neighborhood in the Higashiyama district in which the house is located has been catering to tourists and pilgrims for centuries. Kiyomizu Temple is an especially popular destination for viewing the cherry blossoms and the autumn colors. Visit the numerous shops selling traditional Kiyomizu-yaki pottery as you wander the steep and ancient back lanes paved with stone north to Yasaka Shrine (10 minutes), or Hanamikoji Street (15 minutes), the center of the Gion, where the geisha ply their trade. From Kyoto Station, it’s 15 minutes by bus to the Gojo-zaka bus stop, a short walk from the house. Our modern machiya-style house in Gion-Kiyomizu is perfectly located for enjoying the best the ancient city of Kyoto has to offer.

Keywords: Kyoto, machiya, traditional townhouse.

More Details

Owner
Acco
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
July 26, 2017

About Acco

My passions are food and wine, fabrics, pottery, essential oils, Japanese temples, shrines and gardens, being in the nature, exploring Japanese aesthetics, Japanese authors Yukio Mishima and Junichiro Tanizaki, meditation, traveling, and connecting with people.

What makes this house unique

bright, warm and cozy

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Our visit to Kyoto was very successful in every sense, we enjoyed it so much. Much of it was due to your nice house in which we lived for two weeks and felt there like home. We loved the neighborhood and on our last Friday in Kyoto had a long walk through the little alleys of the area. We just loved it and decided that this was the most beautiful area in Kyoto...."
Nov 2010
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Amenities

Higashiyama House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , tub , shower , Shower room, toilet, wash stand and changing room
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Japanese room - 1 baby crib , 3 sleep sofa /futon , Comfortable single size futons, baby cot available
    Western room - 1 queen , Comfortable queen size futon on tatami bed
Entertainment:
  • Books
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • photography
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling

Reviews

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(64 traveler reviews)

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Family-friendly, bright and cozy traditional Japanese house up to 5 people
average rating of 5.0 based on 65 reviews
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5

Characteristic cozy house in great, quiet location with super nice host

  • 5 of 5

Our stay started with Acco meeting us at the bus stop so she could guide us to the house which was super nice. Upon arrival, she went over everything with us - AC remotes, stove, washer/dryer, etc. She also has a manual that outlines everything. The house was exactly what we were looking for - characteristic, cozy (perfect for the four of us), clean, quiet, and in a great location (two minutes from bus stop). Acco also spent time recommending things to do and places to eat on our map which was really valuable. The house was well stocked with really nice dishes, pots, silverware, and even coffee and other essentials.

We'll definitely stay here again and we loved Kyoto.

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great location spacious

  • 5 of 5

Acco the host was amazing and extremely helpful in every way. She is very responsive and the apartment is in a very central location. Very quiet as well. David

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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Fantastic authentic property in a great location

  • 5 of 5

We loved this property. From the moment we arrived we knew we'd picked the right property. Acco was so helpful and friendly. She gave us a lot of great information, flawless english and was easily contactable if we needed help during the day. We slept in the Japeneze room which was extremely comfortable. We would recommend to anyone staying in Kyoto. Thanks Acco.

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Great Location and Great Host

  • 5 of 5

Acco was extremely helpful and knowledgeable and gave us great tips on where to go and what to see. 5 out of 5.

  • Submitted: May 25, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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a cute traditional house in a beautiful neighbourhood

  • 5 of 5

we stayed 2 weeks in this well equipped and clean house which is centrally located, but in a very quiet little alley. near main street with many bus stations, and only a few bus stops from the general station. acco gave us all the info we asked for, and more, and was available all the time, with a lot of generosity and help. this is the 2nd time we stay 2 weeks in acco's house, and we'll stay there again whenever we come again to kyoto.

  • Submitted: May 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Authentic Kyoto!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at Acco's place near the Kiyomizu temple. She was incredibly accommodating and willing to help give us info about the area, checking with us to make sure things are going well on our first day etc. The place is the perfect feel for what you'd want in Kyoto and is in a very nice quiet area that is only a short walk to main streets for simple navigation. Would definitely recommend to anyone to stay here!

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
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Map

Car: not necessary

Entrance to Kiyomizu Temple is 5 minutes by foot. To Gion Geisha District is 10 minutes. To the nearest bus stop is 5 minutes and to the nearest train station is 10 minutes.

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Rates & Availability

Higashiyama House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$160
$1,000
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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