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Senraku - Beautifully Restored Japanese House in Central Kyoto! - Free WiFi

Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

House, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

The complete renovation of Senraku House located in downtown Kyoto was done in 2011, and we have been upgrading the house since then. Now, modern convenience has been added to its history of the house. This small Traditional Japanese House is on a quiet lane-way in a very convenient area in Kyoto: 24HR convenience stores, 24HR supermarket, cafés, bakeries, IZAKAYA, restaurants, banks, department-stores, drug stores, a rent-a-cycle (bicycle-rental) shop, Sento (a type of traditional Japanese communal bath house), hospital, and everything you need are close by. Nijo Castle, Nishiki Market, and Shinkyogoku Shopping Arcade are within a short walking distance, and from the train station which is less than 10 minute walk away from the house, you can visit and see numerous historic sites in Kyoto: such as Kinkakuji (Golden Pavillion), Heian Shrine, Ginkaku-ji, Sanjusangendo, Kiyomizu Temple, Gion Geisha District, Yasaka Shrine, and Arashiyama.

Location! Location! Location!: Senraku House is located in Central Kyoto: Visiting beautiful historic sites in Kyoto is very easy from the house. You can even take a day trip to Nara, another old capital of Japan, to Ohara, an old nature reserved area with temples, hot springs and unique small shops, and to other cities like Osaka, Kobe from its prime location of Sen-Raku House.

Gion Festival: During the Gion Festival in July, one of the three major festivals of Japan, the House becomes part of the festivities. One of the prime locations of the Gion Festival is only a minute away.

Living in Kyoto!, not Visiting Kyoto!!: The house has well-appointed kitchen, laundry machine, high-speed internet connection with laptop computer, and 32 inch flat screen TV; so you can experience “Living in Kyoto” , not “Visiting Kyoto” at Sen-Raku House.

Keywords: Japanese House, Rental House, Kyoto Vacation Rental, Traditional House, House in Central Kyoto

More Details

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, Japanese
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 16, 2017

About The Owner

I am from Toronto, Canada. Eight years ago I moved to Kyoto, Japan with my family. Having Japanese heritage but growing up very Canadian! I wanted to find out more about my Japanese culture and also expose our kids to it. Currently, I am teaching English to a diverse group of Japanese students. This allows me to see Japan though their eyes and also teach them about Canada and its culture. When I do get some free time, I like to walk along the Kamo River with my wife and kids. We as a family enjoy traveling around Japan and North America to teach our kids about other cultures. Kyoto is a wonder place to live, visit and raise kids. We would like many travelers to experience “Kyoto-Living”.

The Owner purchased this house in 2011


Nakagyo-ku House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • 4-futons can be spread in the bedroom on the 2nd floor.
  • Television ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling


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(31 traveler reviews)

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Senraku - Beautifully Restored Japanese House in Central Kyoto! - Free WiFi
average rating of 4.935484 based on 31 reviews
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

We picked a winner!

  • 5 of 5

This property is in a great location. has great facilities and is very clean.

Access to the property was easy.

Our host Rieko is lovely and very helpful, thoughtful and kind. She went above and beyond to ensure our stay was pleasant. 4th time visiting Kyoto. Best accommodation yet.

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Four times to Kyoto and Sernraku was the best accommodation. Thank you for the excellent compliment. We try to help our guest in any way we can. That is what real Kyoto hospitality is. Hope to see you on your fifth visit to Kyoto. Thank you once again for your winning review.
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Amazing House

  • 5 of 5

It was very good, the house so clean, the location and above all the hostess, Excellent!! very friendly and helpful, I highly recommend it.

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

It was very good, the house so clean, the location and above all the hostess, very friendly and helpful, I highly recommend it.

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Jose, California, USA

Beautiful home in great location

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at Senraku house. The home consists of a good-sized tatami room, modern kitchen and nice bathroom downstairs and a large bedroom, study and closet upstairs. The home is beautifully appointed and meticulously clean. We loved the opportunity to wash and dry our clothes. Rieko was a super help to us in navigating Kyoto. Her maps and tips made all the difference. Heartily recommend her lovely home.

  • Submitted: May 22, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review of Senraku house. We strive to keep the house meticulously clean but is it wonderful guest like yourself that help achieve this high standard. Senraku is also conveniently located with many restaurants and a grocery store within a few minutes walk. Hope to see you again.
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Calgary, Canada

A Great House In Kyoto!

  • 5 of 5

Just returned from 4 great days at Senraku House in Kyoto. The house was perfect for our stay and is a classical Japanese beauty with all the modern amenities. Everything was perfect, including the great shower and the washer/dryer. It is close to many attractions, many great restaurants, the Nishiki Market and public transit. Rieko and Thomas were very helpful throughout the booking and arrival process and gave us many local tips including directing us to a local festival on the day we arrived. Don't hesitate to book this centrally located house, you will not be disappointed! Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: May 20, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for a great review of Senraku House. We are so happy that you enjoyed all aspect of the Kyo-machiya. Again thank you for the wonderful recommendation. We will amine not to disappoint future guests.
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Perfect place to call home in Kyoto

  • 5 of 5

We were very lucky to be able to call Senraku House our home for 3 weeks in Kyoto. It is an amazing and beautiful hidden gem. Last year, we stayed in Rieko and Thomas' wonderful, larger Gion Kyuraku machiya with our adult children but this time, it was just the 2 of us, with my brother coming to visit us for a short time, and Senraku House was perfect. It was very special to live in this traditional and sparkling clean machiya house, with its tamami floors, low eating table, comfortable futon sleeping mats, and tasteful decor, and yet, have every modern convenience - washer and dryer, large bathroom and shower, WiFi, fully equipped kitchen, air conditioner, and big screen TV. Everything is labeled in English so there is never a doubt as to how to operate anything.

Senraku House is conveniently located in central Kyoto and it is easy to walk, take a bus or the subway, or catch a taxi to anywhere that we wanted to go.

Rieko and Thomas are another reason to stay at Senraku House. This time, we had primary contact with Rieko and she is just amazing: so warm and friendly, helpful, full of great suggestions (she told us about the best place to see cherry blossoms, the best craft fair, and a small local restaurant for really good soba), and always just an email away if we had any questions. I know she must be as kind to everyone who stays at Senraku House but she certainly made us feel as though we were her special guests.

We love Kyoto and Rieko and Thomas with their comfortable, beautiful properties make us feel as though Kyoto is our second home. We can't wait to go back.

Thank you!

  • Submitted: May 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for a perfect review that will definitely benefit out future guests and help them with their stay in Kyoto. We both know that it is the small things that make our guest stay truly memorable like informing our guest of local events that are not in any travel guide or items that are time sensitive. For example the perfect time and place to view the annual cherry blossoms etc... Thank you once again for a great review and hope to see you both again in the near future.
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Nearest Point of Interest
Nijo Castle - 15 min. walk
Nearest Point of Interest
Nishiki Market - 12 min. walk
Nearest Point of Interest
Shijo / Karasuma Station - 10 min. walk
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Kyoto Imperial Palace
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Yasaka Shrine
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Kiyomizu Temple
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Heian Shrine
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Toji Temple
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Gion Area
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Nanzenji Temple
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Golden Pavillion
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Silver Pavillion
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Fushimi Inari Shrine
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Daimaru Department Store
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Kyoto Teishin Hospital
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Small Local Park
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Higashi Honganji Temple


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 8.0%

Rates: Payment in Yen. The above rates fluctuate depending on the exchange rate.
Please note that the rates are for the entire property, not per person.

(Regular Season)

1 guest : 20,000 yen
2 guests: 20,000 yen
3 guests: 23,000 yen
4 guests: 26,000 yen

Please contact us for high season rates-Mar, Apr, May, Jul, Mid. August, Oct, Nov, Dec, Beg/End Year

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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