Family-Friendly, Bright and Cozy Traditional Japanese House up to 5 People

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Last updated: 09/08/2016
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Property description

Located on a quiet lane leading up to the Chawan-zaka approach to Kiyomizu Temple (an UNESCO World Heritage site) and 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 and is maintained and managed by the proprietors of the Kaguraya Bed and Breakfast (recommended in the Lonely Planet Japan Guide).

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 modern kitchen adjacent to a dining area with a traditional Japanese mizuya cupboard. The dining area opens out on to a deck beneath which flows a small stream from the temple. There is a western-style toilet and a full Japanese-style bathroom (complete with the book “How to Take a Japanese Bath”) downstairs. The two bedrooms are upstairs. The large, high ceiling-ed Japanese-style tatami mat bedroom sleeps up to 3 people in single or double futons. This room has a 32' flat screen TV and DVD player. 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. There are also 2 bicycles available for guest use. Our modern machiya-style house in Gion-Kiyomizu is perfectly located for enjoying the best the ancient city of Kyoto has to offer.

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Property Type

  • House

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters
  • Non Smoking Only

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 2-4

  • Bedroom 1


  • Bedroom 2


  • Queen size Beds (1) in addition to several futon in the tatami room there's a queen size tatami bed in the western bedroom...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom


  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Video Library


  • Cinemas
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing


  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet


  • Cooking Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator


  • Deck / Patio


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Basic Rate: 16,000 JPY/night for 2 persons.
Add 2,000 JPY per night for each additional guest. Max. 4 adults.
Payment in Japanese Yen by Visa, Mastercard, Paypal.
Lower weekly rates negotiable for longer stays during some seasons.

Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.

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Last updated: 09/08/2016
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Entrance to Kiyomizu Temple is 5 minutes on foot.


Owner info

About the owner: 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.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
bright, warm and cozy

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Speaks: english

Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • the Kiyomizu house

    the Kiyomizu house

  • dinning room

    dinning room

  • Japanese room in winter

    Japanese room in winter

  • kitchen


  • wash stand

    wash stand

  • famous balcony at Kiyomizu temple

    famous balcony at Kiyomizu temple

  • Sannenzaka path

    Sannenzaka path

  • Yasaka pagoda from the front

    Yasaka pagoda from the front

  • one of the many shops nearby

    one of the many shops nearby

  • Festival in Ebisu shrine

    Festival in Ebisu shrine

  • two Maikos

    two Maikos

  • front door

    front door

  • Japanese room in summer

    Japanese room in summer

  • Western room

    Western room

  • toilet


  • bathroom


  • cherry blossom in Kiyomizu temple

    cherry blossom in Kiyomizu temple

  • Sannenzaka stairs nearby

    Sannenzaka stairs nearby

  • Yasaka pagoda from the back

    Yasaka pagoda from the back

  • more shops

    more shops

  • Ishibekoji 10 min from the house

    Ishibekoji 10 min from the house

  • local rickshaw

    local rickshaw

VRBO #169453

This listing was first published here in 2008.

Date last modified - Tuesday, September 20, 2016

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