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Newly renovated 2 Storey House, 2 Bedroom (Sleeps 4), 1 Living Room, 1 Bath in a quiet neighbourhood.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
Spent four nights here with my wife and two kids, coming to Kyoto after four days in Tokyo.
For reference, both my wife and I have lived in Japan and speak Japanese well enough to get around. We wanted to show our kids (6 and 9) what living in Japan was like as opposed to touristing in Japan.
Lots of space, I spent a lot of time downstairs after everyone went to sleep upstairs going through the days photos and planning the next day's activities. This much space is a luxury in Japan.
Free Wi-Fi is awesome.
Sandra and Takaaki were fantastic hosts. They actually live next door, but weren't the overbearing host types. Responsive when we needed something (hairdryer), but left us to ourselves.
Welcome packet containing details of the surrounding area and how to get to different locations was very very helpful. Also the instructions for all of the devices in the house was great.
Location: it is a bit far from downtown, but that's what we were looking for. In a living neighborhood, not overrun with your groups. Also minutes away from the kamo river and river side park- it's a beautiful location. Subway location is about ten minutes away walking.
House is clean and traditional with enough modern touches o be convenient.
Totally nit-picking. Bathroom is on the first floor, sleeping is on second floor. If you have to go to the bathroom at night, be prepared for a steep staircase.
We couldn't get two futons into the smaller sleeping area, and only three futons fit in the larger area. So I ended up sleeping alone in the small area.
All in all, it was a wonderful stay. We ended up eating in quite a bit, and finishing our evenings watching TV around the table, Japanese style. The host and the locations are the best part of this place.
Initially finding it is a challenge, especially at night. And because the area is a non touristy area, it may be a little more intimidating for people who can't speak or read Japanese, but you'll quickly figure everything out.
My wife and two boys 11 and 6 thoroughly enjoyed our authentic house experience for just under a week. The booking was all great - Sandra gets back to you quick with answers for the booking. The house was a unique experience for the whole family, clean and recently renovated. We have never used this site before but can't fault it.
To have a house in a quiet neighbourhood in the middle of our Japan experience was terrific - a chance to wash clothes and base ourselves for a spell. Just out of the main hub we used the bikes in the flat terrain of Kyoto to go exploring or Taxis (almost as cheap with four compared to bus or subway). We cycled along the river (boys loved the stepping stone river crossing). Staying next to the river is a great landmark to orientate yourself when you don't speak to lingo! shops for food and sightseeing nearby ( Imperial palace and Botanical Gardens).
Sandra was around (by email with answers to our questions about anything).
If you want a Taxi it s 2 minute walk to the river road and a cab comes in a minute (710 Yen for the first 2 km's), look for the red light in the front corner window.
There are cheat sheets for local restaurants (a nice stroll over the river), and other bits of information Takaaki and Sandra have put together.
Thanks again Sandra and Takaaki. it was wonderful
2 local 'sento' public baths within 10 minutes walk.
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
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.
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