1 Bedroom With Living Room Setting Close To Downtown
- english, Japanese, Spanish (so-so)
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 Ward
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.
Max guests: 6
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Centrally located, comfy flat
Our family of 3 were very happy here. The space is big enough and Sean was very generous with his guidance on what to see and where to eat in Kyoto. The neighborhood is a very convenient location, close to subway and lots of restaurants and convenient stores. A good find for the price.
Even though Sean was away on a family trip while we stayed at his place he was always available to help! He was also very accommodating and kind. The place is very comfortable and we enjoyed at time when we were there. It maybe a “room”. But it functions as an apartment with a lot of space for 4 adults.
The size of the unit is like a typical studio apartment in the U.S. It has a sitting area, sleeping area, bathroom and kitchenette area (dorm fridge, microwave, counter top burner, coffee maker). The property is in a nice neighborhood. It is a short walking distance to transportation (less than 5 minutes). There are many great local restaurants nearby. Sean (property owner) was very responsive. He always answered all enquiries very promptly. His guide to things to do in Kyōto and local restaurant guide was great.
Great location and huge space!
Loved the area and really enjoyed how close this place is to the train line.
Cool spot, excellent host, great location.
My sons and I really enjoyed staying at this location. We are big guys and had no issues with the space. The beds were super comfortable. The shower was great, really hot water with excellent pressure. The apartment is less than 5 mins from the metro and finding a taxi was never an issue. Super markets and drug stores are 5 to 8 mins away respectfully.
Sean, the host, is really amazing very accommodating and helpful. He’s even created a website with his recommendations for food and the like. You can’t go wrong, if I ever find myself in Kyoto again I hope this apartment is available.
Sean, thank you for everything your apartment made our stay in Kyoto that much better.
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.