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

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

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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Sakyo Ward House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 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.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • 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.


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Apple House - for the City, Temples, Shrines and Mountains!
average rating of 4.888889 based on 190 reviews

Great hospitality-True Japanese living experience

  • 5 of 5

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 !

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
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Friendly owner, well-appointed, well-looked-after.

  • 4 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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The perfect place to stay in Kyoto

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
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Very lovely and warm welcome place to stay!!!

  • 4 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: May 30, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
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Perfect house - wonderful surroundings....

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
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Kyoto from a native perspective.

  • 5 of 5

If you want to experience Kyoto with an authentic Japanese in the market, riding the bus (or bicycle), walking through the neighborhood streets past home gardens, small shops, parks, and schoolyards all accessible to the major attractions, then Apple House is a perfect place for you - a traditional house in a residential neighborhood. Start your day with a home prepared breakfast salad, fruit, and toast all from purchases at the local market (or even a bit of rice left from last night's meal). Make your way to the #5 bus stop and you have access to all the major regions and attractions (with a couple of transfers). Upon returning home, stop at one of the numerous markets for fresh fish and vegetables to make for dinner, followed by a quiet evening of relaxation and a calming traditional bath. After a chat and tea in the traditional tatami mat room, make your way upstairs for a restful night's sleep on futons spread across two more tatami rooms.

Your host, Hiroko, will provide you with all the necessities to take advantage of your new home...plenty of comfortable bedding, kitchen supplies, and even books, games, and CDs for your entertainment. A couple of bicycles are waiting for a quick trip to the local bakery for dessert or just to tool around the city streets.

While you need not worry about speaking any Japanese, learning just a bit (hello, goodbye, please and thank you, etc) will go a long way for making new friends and enjoying interactions at the market. If you have any problems, Hiroko is ready to help (even providing transportation from the train station at the start and conclusion of your trip...the value of this cannot be underestimated!) and speaks English fluently. All in all, a wonderful place to stay!

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
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Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
February 19, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for sharing your wonderful place with us. We had an amazing time in Kyoto! Everyday, knowing that we had the little Apple House waiting for us was comforting and made us extremely happy.

You helped us not only with the Apple House but also with ideas and knowledge of the Japanese culture. We truly appreciate everything you did for us! It made our trip in Japan more enjoyable.

The kids loved the bicycles and they had a lot of fun riding them! And after cold evenings, the heated blankets were the most satisfying thing you could possibly have! We will keep all the origamis that are so carefully folded and made for us! Thank you.
Jan 2015
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Nearest Point of Interest
Shugakuin Imperial Villa
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Shisendo Temple
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Takaragaike Park
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Children's playground
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Sekizanzenin Temple
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Manshuin Temple
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Tanukidani ( Raccoon Valley )Temple
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Ginkakuji ( The Silver Pavilion )
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Kinkakuji ( The Golden Pavilion )
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Kitano-tenmangu Shrine
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Arashiyama area
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"Eiga Mura" ( Samurai movies made here! )
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Kurama Village
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Kyoto Imperial Palace
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Heian Shrine
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Gion district
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Nijo Castle
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Toji Temple
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Katsura Imperial Villa
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Mount Hiei
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Shimogamo Shrine
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Kamigamo Shrine
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Fushimi-inari Shrine

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


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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