About the property
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- Minimum Stay2 nights
1 Bedroom With Living Room Setting Close To Downtown
I know, I know. You're coming to Kyoto and have been thinking about staying in a machiya, which is a great idea. But after a long day of walking around town, you're going to want to come back to a comfortable room well-suited for relaxing, reading, conversation, pleasure. If you're interested in a homely, cozy, utterly unique experience, you should definitely consider sleeping in The Moon Room.
Our apartment is located in Kyoto's Nakagyo-ku neighborhood (literal meaning is Downtown). Unlike other B&Bs and guesthouses near Kyoto Station or Higashiyama, Nakagyo is quite central when it comes to dining and entertainment (and I have prepared a homemade map with suggested gourmet destinations). Our space is just a five minute walk from Marutamachi Station, on the main north-south subway line (Karasuma), and about ten minutes from Karasuma-Oike, where the two subway lines intersect, thus marking the center of Kyoto.
The Moon Room is great for families since it is less than ten minutes' walk from a major playground/ children's center as well as the Manga Museum.
Nijo Castle and the Imperial Palace are just ten-minute strolls away, while Higashiyama and its wonderful temple complexes are less than an hour on foot (quicker by bus).
The neighborhood itself, though so close to Downtown and its dizzying attractions, is quiet and traditional and it is not unusual to see women in kimono or monks chanting. Many of the neighborhood's machiya houses specialize in old-time industries like printmaking, woodcutting, and tatami-producing, as well as stores selling tea, ivory, dolls, medicinal herbs, and Japan's oldest incense producer.
Nevertheless, The Moon Room is also a wonderful place to relax on a windy or lazy day, to contemplate, relax, or pleasure in the romance of living. Designed specifically by a local artist, there is nothing quite like our space in all of Kyoto. It is part of a first wave of what we hope is a designer's renaissance in this very old city.
In addition to regular wifi in the room, pocket wifi is provided to help you when you explore the city. And my handmade map is an insider's guide to eating in what must be one of the best culinary cities in the world.
I look forward to hearing from you.
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- May 19, 2018
I'm a native of Los Angeles, who has been in Japan for about ten years, eight in Tokyo, two in Kyoto. After studying history at UC Santa Barbara, I've worked as a writer and photographer. My wife, a photographer as well, recently took over the family business, the oldest soba restaurant in Japan, in business since 1465.
Sean purchased this Apartment in 2012
Why Sean chose Nakagyo-ku
The Moon Room is downstairs from our own apartment. We collaborated with a designer friend to give it a very unique aesthetic. We wanted the space to feel both romantic and homely and are very happy with how it turned out. The immediate area is quiet but within five minutes the atmosphere becomes lively. As a photographer I'm prone to long walks and other days, particularly rich in blue sky sunlight, I'm partial to long bicycle rides around town, often ending up by the Kamo River.
What makes this Apartment unique
I'm very lucky to live in Kyoto. It is one of those rare cities that combine both history and modernity (like Rome) and cosmopolitanism with nature (like San Francisco). Kyoto is not so busy as Osaka or Tokyo, but is just as rich culturally.
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Great location and host - highly recommend!
The apartment is exactly as advertised. It’s in a quiet neighbourhood, within walking distance to a number of attractions, and on the main subway & bus routes to get to the vast majority of attractions and hang-out spots. There's plenty of room (especially by Japanese standards) and all the basics. We especially appreciated the coffee and cream, and all the soaps/shampoo/etc. Sean is a wonderful host. His electronic site/map was super helpful throughout our stay, and he was incredibly responsive both before and during our trip.
Some general Kyoto tips:
- Subway and busses were super easy to use, and the combo pass paid for itself
- If you want to dine at a specific restaurant, I highly recommend making reservations. You’ll never go hungry as there are tons of options, but you may not get your first (or third) choice if you just walk in (although maybe Golden Week made things worse for us). Sean is more than willing to help with reservations if the restaurant only speaks Japanese (and you don’t).
- Even in crowded touristy places there are amazing spots of peace & quiet. Ask Sean about his favorites before you head out.
Enjoy the stay!
Overall great place & super hospitable, helpful host
Moon Room is conveniently located & charming & modern in its decor. It’s perfect for 4 adults or less. I would say any more would be a tighter squeeze unless everyone knows & likes each other a lot! A full sized bed next to a twin are shown in the main photo & behind the brick wall is an additional small living room/sleep space. The kitchenette is truly a small kitchenette with an electric burner, toaster oven & mini dorm size fridge. No microwave. Good for breakfasts. Not for preparing say a dinner for a few people.
The reason for 4 stars instead of 5 is while the space was mostly clean, the areas under the bed & on the shelving area (dishes, cookware) were dusty. I know Sean has the room cleaned professionally but his cleaning crew could be more thorough. It’s obvious that the kitchen isn’t used often with many good, nearby food options, but it would be nice to have clean cookware when it’s needed & not have dust when something drops under or at the head of the bed area.
Otherwise, Sean is a gem. He is the most responsive, kind & gracious host. He was quick to respond to every and any question or issue we had prior & during our stay. He also provided lots of info about the area & detailed instructions on how to locate his place giving options should we be traveling light vs carrying lots of heavy luggage. He also offered to help my daughter who inquired about getting tickets printed to a venue. We SO appreciated his conscientiousness, accessibility & his follow up. For that reason, we would happily rent from him again. Thank you again, Sean!
Great apartment, good location and attentive host.
Fairly large apartment, very close to Imperial Palace, Nijo Castle, subway station and major bus routes. Sean was very attentive and responded quickly when we had a question.
The entire experience from initial booking to waving goodbye to Sean was flawless and wonderful. My husband and I, along with our 20 year old daughter , stayed for 5 nights in both Moon and Cocoon rooms. I can not tell you which we prefer. Moonroom is on the ground floor and is a studio with divided wall with a sitting area and dining table. There is also a little kitchenette for preparing tea and coffee with a sink, toaster oven and mini fridge. The bathroom has a wonderful big shower and a divine Japanese toilet seat.( I'll let you experience this without a spoiler!). The beds were quite comfy and the AC cools the room off quickly, which was great as we were in Kyoto in September and it was super hot and humid!
Upstairs is the Cocoon room. Wow! Sean is a creative guy and his style of architecture and design is just great! This apartment has a separate little tiny kitchen with a retro style bathroom and shower. We loved it too! Again, no way could I chose between Moonroom and Cocoon. Cross your fingers that either is available for your time in Kyoto and book! The location is so central to the entire city. We walked everywhere, so easy!! And there is a grocery around the corner. We didn't cook as the restaurants are close and delicious. There are 7 Elevens everywhere for cash machines.
Sean! I have stayed in quite a few rental apartments with wonderful hosts, but Sean has been the most wonderful by far! The information he sends you with directions in both Japanese and English is thorough and necessary when taking a taxi from the train station and around Kyoto. I kept the address on me so I could present it to taxi drivers. Do this please, it will help you so much! This was our first trip to Japan and I had a difficult time wrapping my head around the planning of local sightseeing. Sean has created an online guide of his favorite restaurants, activities and sights. Although Kyoto has a small town feel, it is still a big spread out city with tons of Shrines and Temples to see. A bit overwhelming. Sean's guidebook really helps and he is great with suggestions! A must is his wife's family's Soba Shop. It is delicious and the history is just so cool! We loved the crepe shop Neuf, yum! And the Nishiki covered Market is like a Japanese style souk! The knife shop is wonderful if you are a cook don't miss it (cash only). Oh, Sean provides a pocket Wifi, so useful!
We highly recommend this quiet and comfortable Oasis!
Great stay in Kyoto in the Moon Room!
This was a really ideal location for our family and worked out well. We loved the list of places to try out -the restaurants we tried (Owadria, Flip Up, Nicotto & Mam, and La Jolla) were super yummy, wished the crepe place was open Wednesday so we could've tried it. The shower was refreshing and soothing and Sean was great to work with. Great place to stay in Kyoto! We loved Kyoto!! Thank you!
Great place to explore Kyoto
We had a great stay in the Moon room. Sean made sure we were comfortable and had any needs at all. Location is very convenient with a subway stop close by and lots of shops and restaurants. It's on a quiet street so we all slept very well.
Highly recommend, we'd love to stay again the next time we're in Kyoto.
Our apartment is located in Kyoto's Nakagyo-ku neighborhood (literal meaning is Downtown). Unlike other B&Bs and guesthouses near Kyoto Station or Higashiyama, Nakagyo is quite central when it comes to dining and entertainment (and I have prepared pocket wifi as well as an online guide/homemade map with suggested gourmet/cafe/bar/shopping destinations). Our space is just a five minute walk from Marutamachi Station, on the main north-south subway line (Karasuma), and about ten minutes from Karasuma-Oike, where the two subway lines intersect, thus marking the center of Kyoto. Nijo Castle and the Imperial Palace are just ten-minute strolls away, while Higashiyama and its wonderful temple complexes are less than an hour on foot (quicker by bus). The neighborhood itself, though so close to Downtown and its dizzying attractions, is quiet and traditional and it is not unusual to see women in kimono or monks chanting. Many of the neighborhood's machiya houses specialize in old-time industries like printmaking, woodcutting, and tatami-producing, as well as stores selling tea, ivory, dolls, medicinal herbs, and Japan's oldest incense producer. Nevertheless, The Moon Room is also a wonderful place to relax on a windy or lazy day, to contemplate, relax, or pleasure in the romance of living. Designed specifically by a local artist, there is nothing quite like our space in all of Kyoto. It is part of a first wave of what we hope is a designer's renaissance in this very old city.