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Apple House - for the City, Temples, Shrines and Mountains!

Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
  • House
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 nights

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


When you visit Kyoto, Japan's capital city for about 1,000 years, why not have a real Japanese experience instead of staying in yet another hotel?

Our comfortable Apple House is located in Shugakuin on the east side of Kyoto City. It is in a peaceful residential area, yet benefits from a variety of local amenities and easy public transport links to all parts of the city. After a busy day full of sightseeing, come home and sleep extremely well.

Do not panic at the thought of "living in Japan"! We live very near and will collect you from the local subway station and help you settle in. The house has clear instructions in English about things such as the washing machine, Japanese bathtub and DVD player, plus plenty of English maps etc. During your stay, we are always nearby. Guests from overseas tell us how "easy to live in" the house is. You will feel at home quickly. ( Please read the positive comments left by people who have stayed with us ).

Shugakuin has three good supermarkets, a 7-11 ( 24 hour ), two bakeries, coffee shops, restaurants, liquor stores, a post-office, banks etc.

Access and Getting Around:

Kyoto is a compact city with tremendous public transport. It is a LOT smaller than Tokyo, and all areas of the city are easily accessible.

Apple House is a five-minute walk from the nearest bus stop. From here the regular Number 5 bus ( every 10 minutes for most of the day ) takes you south along Kyoto's famous east side, past Ginkakuji ( The Silver Temple ), the north edge of the Gion district and through the congested city centre to Kyoto Station.

From Shugakuin station you can easily access Gion, Kiyomizu Temple and Fushimiinari Shrine by train ( Gion about 20 minutes ). Central Osaka is at the end of the line ( one hour ).

Taxis from Gion to Apple House cost approximately ¥2,200 in the early hours of the morning.

Most Kyotoites get around by bicycle, and this really is the best way to get around the city. We provide two modern six-speed bicycles with baskets for you to explore the narrow streets.

It is along the quiet side streets that you will find the "true" Kyoto - local people going about their daily business, chidren playing on roads, elderly people dressed in "kimono" or "yukata", tiny shrines and hundreds of old wooden buildings.


Apple House is a detached house with its own private entrance. The entrance hall has a modern Western-style ( heated seat! ) toilet off it, and leads into the kitchen area. Four people can comfortably sit and eat in the kitchen. Next to the kitchen is a traditional "tatami" mat living room with a low table and chairs.

Also downstairs is the bathroom. Upstairs consists of two more "tatami" mat rooms. These are separated by thin sliding doors ( "fusuma" ). Please note that access to the second bedroom is through the first bedroom. Guests sleep on Japanese futons placed directly on the floor. Extra supportive mattresses are provided for people who are used to softer sleeps. So many of our guests comment on how well they sleep at night.

The house has lots of information and maps in English about the area, getting around etc.

Come and enjoy a piece of real Japan in this special part of Kyoto!

See our website for more information and pictures.

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Calendar last updated:
Apr 20, 2018


    • Air Conditioning
    • Fireplace
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Hot Tub
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
        • Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Traditional Japanese futons, placed directly on tatami. Extra mattresses are provided for guests who are used to soft beds.


        • 1 Bathroom


              • Air Conditioning
                Upstairs and downstairs. They cool / heat. Electric fans are also provided during warm weather.
              • Broadband Access
                High speed LAN cable provided, but no computer - please bring your laptop.
              • Gas Fireplace
                Not a fireplace, but there is a gas heater downstairs.
              • Linens Provided
                Electric blankets are provided during winter.
              • Washing Machine
                We provide laundry detergent. Plenty of drying space at rear of house.


                  • Cooking Utensils
                    Suitable for both Japanese and Western style food. Plenty of cookware, utensils, tableware, cutlery, glassware etc. Salt, pepper, soy sauce and cooking oil also provided.
                  • Kitchen
                    Double gas range with grill, microwave, toaster, rice cooker and electric kettle.
                  • Microwave
                  • Refrigerator
                    A two-door fridge freezer.


                      • CD Player
                      • DVD Player
                      • Music Library
                        A selection of CDs.
                      • Television
                        26 inch flat-screen TV
                      • Video Library
                        A selection of DVDs.


                          • Balcony
                            Narrow and only suitable for hanging laundry.

                            Pool / Spa

                              • Hot Tub
                                Body soap and shampoo provided. This is Japan - please wash yourself under the shower before getting into the tub. The clean, hot bath water is to relax in, not wash in, and is shared with other members of your family / friends!


                                  • cinemas
                                  • live theater
                                  • museums
                                  • restaurants
                                  • zoo

                                    Leisure Activities

                                      • antiquing
                                      • shopping
                                      • sight seeing
                                      • wildlife viewing

                                        Sports & Adventure Activities

                                          • cycling
                                          • hiking
                                          • mountain biking


                                              • Two modern bicycles ( 6 gears with baskets ) are provided for you to explore the city. There is also plenty of English information and tips about getting around.

                                                House Rules

                                                Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                Cancellation Policy

                                                100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                27 Reviews


                                                Latest reviews

                                                Great hospitality-True Japanese living experience

                                                Jochen D.

                                                We truely felt at home with the family (two children 9/12) in this wonderful Japanese house in a typical narrow living quarter of Kyoto's north-east, with rice fields and moutains very nearby. Hiroko-san, with her heartfelt hospitality, helped us in all aspects and surprised us with her Origami artworks. The house is very clean, equipped with everything you need and well climatized even in the very hot mid-summer. We would always come back !

                                                Friendly owner, well-appointed, well-looked-after.

                                                Graydon B.

                                                It's not 5-star hotel, and doesn't pretend to be. It is: friendly, well-appointed, clean, comfortable, and handy to many of the things to see in Kyoto. It's cute, embedded in the local community, close to shops, transport. We loved it, and made it a base for our week in Kyoto. Hiroko is a kind and attentive host. The no.5 bus and the tram gets to all of East Kyoto, with easy transfer to trains that cover the rest. Stairs inside are a bit steep if you have mobility issues, but our family loved it. Have already recommended it to several Japan-bound friends.

                                                Very lovely and warm welcome place to stay!!!

                                                Mutjarin I.

                                                This our 2nd time to stay at Apple House. The house is lovely and very clean. Price is reasonable. Location is great, not far for the center(We love to take bus). Highly recommend.

                                                The perfect place to stay in Kyoto

                                                Guido B.

                                                This was the 3th time that we had the luck to stay in this cozy, gorgeous and immaculate maintained typical japanese house.The owner, Hiroko san, is always very kind and very helpful. She can give loads of information about what's going on and what's to see in Kyoto, our favorite town in Japan. Like the previous 2 times, it was again a unique experience, living like true residents of Kyoto. Every evening coming back after a busy day, we said to eachother: "back home, sweet home!".

                                                We are already dreaming to come for the 4th time to Applehouse!

                                                Perfect house - wonderful surroundings....

                                                Tony S.

                                                We were staying at the Kyoto Apple House just a week before Christmas. And from the moment we were picked up by the owner Hiroko at the train station until she dropped us off again everything went perfect. The house has all the amenities one could dream of including two bicycles to explore the neighbourhood. We actually took the bikes and rode along the river all the way down to Kyoto downtown. We had bought train-passes but did not use them expect on the day of arrival and for a half-day trip to nearby Nara. We spent most of the time in the close neighbourhood and in the house itself. We cooked our own food and felt so comfortable. We even took a long and relaxing bath in the the heatable bathtube after a day of hiking on Kumara mountain. There are so many attractions nearby such as wonderful cafés, the Kumara hot spring and the many parks and temples just around the corner. Who could ask for anything more. We will back soon!

                                                Take a bite!

                                                Tim T.

                                                We had a great time at the Apple House. It was a unique experience, living like true residents of Kyoto, in an authentic neighbourhood. The house was spacious by Japanese standards and had all the comfort requirements ticked off. It's big enough for a family, so two of us enjoyed the extra room. Hiroko is an excellent host, extremely well organised and so friendly. She loves the Apple House, and we kept discovering quirky references to apples every day. It's an Apple shrine in the best possible way. Two air conditioners made it easy in hot summer. Two bikes made it easy to get around. There is a great park 10min ride from the house, where I spotted deer family during my runs. And the Imperial Garden, which is highly recommended, is 5min walk. The only thing that found tricky was travel to the heart of Kyoto using trains. The closest station is not on the main line and is of little use. Matsumoto station is a fair bike ride away. It's probably best to explore bus options, which we didn't. Either way, travel to and from the house will chew up some of your time. But if you're keen to experience a more genuine Kyoto lifestyle in a comfortable spacious and very reasonably priced house, this one is a great choice.


                                                Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan

                                                There are several temples, shrines and Shugakuin Imperial Villa within easy walking distance.


                                                Additional information about rental rates

                                                We charge Japanese Yen, so above rates will vary with exchange rate. Our nightly rate for 2 people in Low Season is ¥9,000 increasing to ¥16,000 for 4 people in High Season. We ask guests to pay for utilities used - these usually total just a few hundred Yen per day.

                                                27 Reviews
                                                Wonderful 4.9/5
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