Your Home in Kyoto. Quiet, Japanese-Style House by Kamo River, 11mins Kyoto St(21 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:3 nights
- Property type:House
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
About the Property
2 storey Japanese-style house, a tranquil oasis just steps from the Kamo River
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.
Member since: 2014
- Max. occupancy 4
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
- Botanical Garden
Local Services & Businesses
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Sight Seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Air Conditioning:
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
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My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Tax Rate 8%
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:
Policy available by contacting owner when booking
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Year Purchased: 2014
About the owner: 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.
Why the Owner Chose Kamigyo-ku (Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan):
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.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
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.
The upstairs Japanese-style bedrooms have space for 4 futons.
Looking from the downstairs living room into the kitchen.
Downstairs living room with decorative 'fusuma' doors.
From the kitchen looking back into the living room.
Japanese-style interior: Fusuma and shoji paper sliding doors, tatami mat floors
Retro blue tile bathroom with bath and shower.
The front door with no-key code-access lock.
The nearby river in spring.
The lush green riverside park area in summer with Daimonji in the background.
Kinkakuji- Golden Pavilion is a 10 minute taxi ride away.
The rare beauty of a wintery snowscape at the river.
The view from the laneway looking in at night.
Kitchen with IH cooker.
The downstairs room with the kotatsu table set up and toasty warm underneath.
Upstairs sofa with plenty of natural light to relax by.
Shigaraki pottery wash basin and hand-crafted hinoki cypress wood counter top
High-tech toilet, clean tiles, wood trim, cosy blue Japanese washi wallpaper.
The local supermarket - Kulala Howdy is only 4 minutes by bike or an 8 min walk.
Strolling along the river in spring is a must.
Late summer by the river.
The neighbourhood shrine, steps from the front door, dusted with winter snow.
World Heritage Site Shimogamo Jinja is a 10 minute walk away.
This listing was first published here in 2014.
Date last modified - Thursday, March 23, 2017
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