About the property
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- Minimum Stay3 nights
2 storey Japanese-style house, a tranquil oasis just steps from the Kamo River
Fully renovated 2 Storey House, 2 Bedroom (Sleeps 5), 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 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.
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- within a few hours
- English, japanese
- Calendar last updated:
- May 8, 2018
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 Kita Ward
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.
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Splendid, accessible Japanese-style home in quiet Kyoto neighborhood
We (4 adults) had a great time here. The place is nicely renovated, with lots of attention to traditional Japanese design - tatami mats, futon, shoji screens, and beautiful light fixtures. The home is in a very quiet neighborhood on a narrow, no-cars lane. It is away from the major tourist areas but public transportation is close - 10 minute walk to the subway and < 5 minute walk to the bus - and there are plenty of local restaurants and grocery options. Four bicycles (with handlebar baskets) are provided and we used them to get to a lot of the sights. The Kamo River, and it's parallel hiking-biking trails, is less than 1 minute away and provides many kilometers of north-south biking access. The hosts are terrific - Sandra is very attentive and knowledgeable about the area; Takaaki gave us a great Gion evening tour.
Authentic Japanese home tucked away in a convenient neighborhood
The chance to stay in a real Japanese home and neighborhood was a highlight of our trip to Japan. Sandra was a excellent host both before we arrived and while we were there - helping us with transportation and restaurant advice. It was a treat to be right next to the Kamo River for strolling, biking and people watching. The subway was only a 10 minute walk and a simple same-line trip to and from Kyoto station. The house was authentic with futons and tatami mats, but with modern conveniences and Sandra gave us a great orientation to all of it. We are very glad we found this home for our visit to Kyoto.
Charming house, charming hosts
I can't say enough nice things about the experience. The house was lovely and very well equipped. The hosts were on hand and helpful. Lots of thoughtful touches like rice cakes and water left out and the futons made up with an extra mattress because they know westerners struggle with sleeping on them. Sandra's husband went out of his way to research a Sumo match for us to see and helped us buy the tickets and printed english directions out for us. It made our stay in Kyoto one of the best parts of our trip and provided our most enduring memories of Japan.
Thank you so much for your lovely review and thank you for choosing to stay in our house. We try our hardest to help guests make the most of their time in Kyoto and really hope that the house becomes more like a home for anyone who stays. I'm sure you enjoyed the sumo - I'll have to check it out next year when they come to town :)
Perfect for families
This house has a great location with easy subway and bus access. It was fun to stay in a Japanese style home (sleeping on futons on tatami mats) and in a "non-touristy" neighbourhood. This place is great for families (we have 2 kids), and very nice to have a clothes washing machine.
The owner's recommendations for local restaurants and shops were fantastic, we really enjoyed the Tan Tan Men ramen and Kerotta restaurants.
Sandra is very well organized has put together a very good binder of recommendations covering everything from how to get around (including hand drawn maps, directions for taxi drivers, etc), tips on living in a Japanese house, local shops and restaurants, and sightseeing, And she and Takaaki made themselves available to help whenever we needed it.
We highly recommend Takaaki's private tour of the Gion district. He is well organized, thoughtful, and very knowledgeable. See www.yamatoratours.com.
We'll be back for sure!
Thank you for your kind review. I really do hope we see you back again in the future. Kyoto is a great place to base yourself while doing day trips around the Kansai area. We have a lot of recommendations for places to go and things to do for your next trip!
Welcoming home away from home!
From the moment we arrived Sandra and Takaaki were wonderful hosts explaining how everything worked and informing us of interesting local events we might enjoy. The house was equipped with everything we might need, the washing machine that talked to us was a particular highlight (we want one at home) and it was lovely to be able to make ourselves coffee. All the workings of the house and useful transport details are clearly explained in the accomodation handbook. The area is delightful and we used the bikes a lot to ride along the river bank, where the cool water was a welcome respite from the heat. The house itself was also cool despite the muggy weather as we were able to use the shutters and air conditioning to make ourselves comfortable. It was great to stay in such a friendly neighbourhood and in walking distance of supermarket and convenience stores. As it was so hot we used taxis to and from the main attractions we visited (Kyoto national museum, Sanjusangendo Temple (amazing hall of 1000 statues), the brilliant ninja dojo lesson (we did the 2 hour session which was well worth it) and a fantastic evening walking tour of Gion with Takaaki (Yamatora tours) where we learnt so much we never would have found out in any other way, he is so knowledgeable. In cooler weather (or if we were more used to the heat) we could have used a range of public transport to get around easily.
Thank you so much Sandra and Takaaki, I am sure we will be back to Japan and would love to return to Kyoto and your lovely house again in the future.
Thank you so much for the kind review. It was lovely to meet you all and I'm pleased you were able to see as much of the city as you did despite the rather hot weather. There are so many more things to do in the city and many wonderful day trips to places outside the city that you have to look forward to on your next trip. Hope to see you all again soon!
Wonderful house vivit
Sandra and her husband were the so kind and sweet when we got there. The house was amazing and so authentic Japanese style , all brand new and beautiful to be part of. The location was very close to the subway and the four of us were able to be ok with the small spaces as we as American's are a bit larger then the average Japanese. My only regret was the kitchen was beautiful but was not really equipped with the basic cooking supplies needed to cook . There were pots and pans but no salt , pepper, or spices to cook . We as a family wanted to have breakfast there each morning and it was a bit difficult . Other then that the stay was wonderful !
Hi Ginny! Thank you for your review. I'm sorry you don't find any salt and pepper in the house. We normally provide salt, pepper and cooking oil so I'm not sure what happened! I agree with you about enjoying a nice breakfast/brunch at home before heading out to do sightseeing. We like to think that the house, being in a quieter area than most accommodation in the city, can be your little oasis of calm in the hustle bustle of being a tourist in a strange town.
local 'sento' public bath within 10 minutes walk.
Additional pricing information
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.