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Your Kyoto home. Quiet, Japanese-style house by Kamo River, 11mins Kyoto Station

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

2 storey Japanese-style house, a tranquil oasis just steps from the Kamo River

Newly renovated 2 Storey House, 2 Bedroom (Sleeps 4), 1 Living Room, 1 Bath in a quiet neighbourhood.

The Location

Our house is a perfect place to base yourself while you explore the many attractions of Kyoto. Located down a traditional Kyoto laneway, there is no loud traffic noise to keep you awake at night, yet you still have the convenience of being centrally located, close to bus and subway, supermarket and convenience stores. Kyoto Station is only an 11 minute subway ride away and a bus will get you to the downtown Kawaramachi/ Shijo shopping area in around 10 minutes. We are a 10 minute walk to the Kyoto Botanical Gardens and the world heritage listed Shimogamo Shrine. Kinkakuji Golden Pavilion, Daitoki temple complex and Nijo Castle are short bike rides away. Gion is 30 minutes by bike or 10 minutes by taxi.

The River

With the beautiful Kamo River and its riverside park area only steps away, our tranquil oasis gives you a home to relax in after a hard day's sightseeing. Lined with cherry blossoms in spring, lush green trees and grass in summer, vibrant reds and yellows in autumn and brushed by flurries of snow in winter, the river is the place where Kyoto locals go to catch a breath of fresh air in their busy lives. Couples meet and relax, families play, students practice musical instruments, people jog or stroll, taking in the beautiful scenery. The area is great for picnicking, safe for jogging any time of day or night, has lots of room for kids to run around and play and is a great place to unwind and discover the real Kyoto.

The House

Our two storey house has been lovingly renovated with a true Japanese feeling in mind. You will get the chance to feel what it’s like to live in a real Japanese-style house. Two rooms upstairs and living room downstairs have tatami matting floors. Paper sliding doors, dark wood frames and gentle lighting live in harmony with the latest TV, air conditioning, washing machine and toilet technology. For those not comfortable with sitting on the floor all the time, we have a sofa upstairs and table and chairs in the kitchen downstairs. For the light or late sleeper, all upstairs windows are fitted with “amado” sliding window shutters allowing you to make the room as dark as you’d like. Air conditioner/ heat pump heaters are installed upstairs and downstairs so you needn’t be worried about being too hot or cold. Everything in the house has been selected to make your stay more comfortable. The futons are soft, the sheets are fresh and the pillows plump. A perfect place to rest your weary head. If you’d like to experience one of the quintessential Japanese customs of winter, we also have a kotatsu (Japanese style heater table) available for your use in the cold seasons.

Local events include Kami-Goryo Jinja Festival (the oldest festival in Kyoto) and Aoi Matsuri (one of the 3 main festivals held in Kyoto) in May, easy access to Gion Matsuri downtown and Mitarashi Matsuri at Shimogamo Jinja in July, watching the Daimonji fires on the hills surrounding Kyoto in mid-August. There is always something to see or do in Kyoto.

More Details

Sandra Yamane
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, japanese
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
April 28, 2017

About Sandra Yamane

Sandra and Takaaki:

Sandra was born and raised in New Zealand but fell in love with Kyoto the first time she came here. Something about the city is so welcoming and she is proud to now call it her home. Takaaki is born and raised in Kyoto, loves visiting temples and shrines and appreciates the beauty of traditional Japanese design.

Sandra Yamane purchased this house in 2014

Why Sandra Yamane chose Kyoto

After living in the area for several years, we were lucky enough to be able to buy the property, which had been in his family for the last 80 years, directly from the owner. The people in the neighbourhood have always been kind and welcoming and we want to share some of that hospitality with our visitors.

What makes this house unique

Wonderful location steps away from the Kamo River. The River is great in all seasons and so many temples and shrines are within easy walking/ cycling distance.


Kamigyo-ku House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
  • High tech Toto toilet with heated seat, bidet and wash functions. Japanese 'washi' wallpaper on the walls and a retro glass light shade make this a very restful restroom.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • 2 Japanese style bedrooms upstairs, sleeping 4, are separated by sliding 'fusuma' doors. Both rooms have traditional tatami matting on the floor and futons and bedding can all be stored in the cupboards allowing for plenty of space during the day.
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • festivals
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(22 traveler reviews)

Your Kyoto home. Quiet, Japanese-style house by Kamo River, 11mins Kyoto Station
average rating of 4.909091 based on 22 reviews
San Antonio, TX

Wonderful house in a quiet neighborhood

  • 5 of 5

We just loved our home in Kyoto! The house is well maintained and is Japanese style which was fun and different for us. We loved the quiet neighborhood. It was great to get out of the tourist crowd at the end of the day. The house is a 10 minute walk from the subway line so it was easy for us to get anywhere in Kyoto. Sandra was great to work with and gave us some excellent restaurant recommendations. We would highly recommend staying here and would love to come back someday!

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so pleased you enjoyed your time in Kyoto! Thank you so much for the little present. I shall always remember the alamo ;-) There's so much to see and do here in Kyoto so if you get the chance please come back sometime and explore the city some more.
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Perfect Home Base in Kyoto for a Family

  • 5 of 5

Our family of four loved Sandra's house for our recent multi-day visit to Kyoto. It is close enough to the center to be convenient while separate enough, in a friendly neighborhood, to feel like home. A lovely and well-designed space, it has every convenience, is immaculately clean, and everything is clearly explained in the on-site materials -- very useful when maneuvering Japanese appliances. Sandra is the perfect host, who provided extremely useful information in advance and while on-site. Also, Sandra's husband Takaaki is a wonderful guide, available to hire for tours of Kyoto's innumerable shrines and temples. We wish we were still there!

  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the nice review. It was so great to meet you and your family and I'm very glad that you could join in on the Christmas Party at my school. The kids absolutely loved having "real" English speakers around (even though they were all quite shy!) and thought the boys were very handsome :) We hope that you'll be able to make to back to Kyoto some time in the future. There are so many things left for you to see! If you're thinking of coming again, my favourite time of the year in Kyoto is late April - May. It's just after the peak cherry blossom season (which is of course spectacular) so there are less people around. Trees and plants have new green growth, there are gorgeous flowers everywhere and the temperature is warm but not too hot - perfect for sightseeing. Until we see you again - Happy New Year !
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Delightful, welcoming house

  • 5 of 5

This small but perfectly formed Japanese-style house was a far better option for us (a couple) than a hotel and there's potentially room for four or more people. The property is well equipped and cosy and we could spread out a bit, cook, and maybe most importantly borrow bikes to get around Kyoto. Sandra, the owner, handled the booking very efficiently, provided good (and needed) instructions to find the place and was welcoming and attentive. The neighborhood is also calm but not far from downtown by bike along the river or taxi. We'd stay here again like a shot if (when?) we find ourselves back in Kyoto.

  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind review. It was lovely to meet you both and thank you for the restaurant tips for around Kyoto. It's always interesting to get other people's opinions for places we might not have had the chance to discover yet. I'm also very much enjoying the TV tips as well! Wintery days at the kotatsu watching good TV is one of my favourite Japanese experiences. I'm glad the weather was cool enough for you to be able to experience the kotatsu too :)
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Great time in Kyoto

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time in this Japanese house! We used the bikes everyday to ride along the river. The Gion Matsuri festival was very special and we saw a lot of Japanese ladies in kimono. The beautiful shrines are near by with the golden temple as our favourite. The house was well equiped, located in a quiet Japanese neighbourhood. Thank you Sandra and Takaaki for your hospitality and advice about Kyoto.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review! I just realised that my response hadn't registered on the website. So sorry! I'm very glad you all had a good time in the city. Gion Matsuri is always exciting to see. Japanese sure know how to celebrate festivals in an impressive way. It was great to see the photos of Sophie as a geisha. Some of the best I've seen. Perhaps you can come back some day and see more of the real thing performing. The geiko/ maiko dances in Spring are particulary wonderful :)
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Amazing Japanese style house!!!!!

  • 5 of 5

This was our first trip to Japan for vacation and adventure. I was traveling with my husband and adult son. The two bedroom house was ideal for us. Kyoto was the end of our 18 day stay in Japan. What a wonderful way to end our time in Japan. We thoroughly enjoyed our 6 night stay in Kyoto at this house! Sandra, the owner, was a gracious host who gave us numerous tips on restaurants, rail and bus travel in the city, and suggested sights and activities for us to discover.

She even has developed a handbook binder for her guests that includes the sights, bus routes, taxis, restaurants in the neighborhood with English menus, and how to use the appliances (in English with pictures! )The Japanese style House is located in a residential area that allowed us to experience the everyday culture of Kyoto. It was just a short walk or bike ride to train, bus and neighborhood grocery store. The house itself was immaculate! Everything we needed was in it (laundry soap, shampoo, etc.)There are 2 bedrooms upstairs and a spacious kitchen, living room and bathroom area on the first floor. We loved the shower and fancy toilet! All appliances are new and even bikes were included in our rental. We HIGHLY recommend this rental house for anyone visiting Kyoto that wants a true Japanese culture experience!!

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Like home, in Kyoto

  • 5 of 5

Become a citizen of Kyoto and rent this house from Sandra. It has everything two (or as many as four) people need in order to reside comfortably in this residential area of Kyoto.

Everything is modern and works perfectly, from the full kitchen to the bathroom to the a/c. At first we had doubts that our 65+ western bodies would be comfortable on the futons, but after Sandra's assurances, we learned we were wrong and slept very well indeed.

The house is on a quiet narrow lane (cars can't make it there) with a Shinto shrine on the corner.

Sandra is a very well-prepared, conscientious, friendly, knowledgeable host. And she is right next door. She has binders of information about Kyoto (where to eat, walk, or relax) and how to operate the modern house. (It seems that everything says "Konichiwa" when you turn it on.)

Be aware that the stairway to the second floor is rather steep by American standards.

Highly recommended. And ask Sandra about the frog-inspired Karrota, Mina Chodo's teppanyaki eatery nearby.

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words. It was a pleasure to meet you and Susan and I’m very happy you had a pleasant stay in Kyoto. I’m also glad that you had the courage to try sleeping on futons! It amazes me that real futons (not the foldaway sofa type that is called “futon” overseas) haven’t spread beyond the shores of Japan. They are so comfortable and so easy to pack away to give you extra space in a room. Chodo-san from Kerotta was very happy with the frogs you gave her to add to her collection. We always enjoy eating at her restaurant and I think she really enjoys meeting people from all around the world. Perhaps we’ll see you again in Kyoto in the future for more futons, frogs and teppanyaki.
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Nearest Train
750 Metres
Subway Kuramaguchi Station
Nearest Restaurant
350 Metres
Kangaan Vegetarian Buddhist Cuisine
Car: not necessary

local 'sento' public bath within 10 minutes walk.


Rates & Availability

Kamigyo-ku House Rental Rates

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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 8.0%

Rates: All payments are to be made in yen. Rental rates fluctuate depending on the exchange rate.

Low season from:
1 or 2 guests : 22,000 yen
3 guests: 25,000 yen
4 guests: 28,000 yen

Mid season from:
1 or 2 guests: 25,000 yen
3 guests: 28,000 yen
4 guests: 31,000 yen

Please contact us for high season rates and please note that all rates are for the entire property, not per person.

All payments are to be made through Paypal

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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