Quaint old 1 story Japanese row house in traditional neighborhood, located in Kyoto city.
Quiet and relaxing space. 4 rooms, plus, kitchen, bath, and toilet. All of the rooms can be separated by sliding doors. We can prepare up to 4 single futon sets and one double futon set. Beds can be set up in three separate rooms, including the main room (we only set up futons for the number of guests booked). This is an old Japanese house, in a quiet old neighborhood, simple and charming. It is comfortable for those not seeking luxury or a modern environment, and for those who prefer something quirky to something smooth and polished. Because it is an older house, it is sometimes difficult to keep all of nature outside--we have repellents on hand, but you may see some insects.
The kitchen is narrow, with a high ceiling. Equipped with new 2 burner gas stove; refrigerator with freezer; An assortment of cooking and dining utensils; Drip coffee maker; and Electric kettle. Coffee, tea provided. Japanese vegan soy butter and locally made vegan baguettes provided upon request.
This is an independent house, and the group or persons booking this listing have private access to the entire space. Host lives in a separate house nearby, not in this rental house. The house includes equipped kitchen, washing machine, wi-fi, private garden, and 2 bicycles. Additional bicycles may be provided according to availability, number of guests, and scheduling. Please be sure to book the correct number of guests in your party, even if traveling with children, as we will only prepare the number of futon beds in relation to the number of guests booked.
Because of the private nature of the house, it can feel like a small world unto itself. But, this is an older quiet neighborhood, so it's very important to be mindful of not being noisy. Moreover, this is a Machiya (a wooden row house), so your neighbors are just a thin wall away in some places. Talking and living quietly is a very important aspect of respecting your neighbors' comfort and privacy. Guests must use quiet voices at all times, especially in the evening, and also while walking in the neighborhood streets. Please take extra care when pulling suitcases through the streets after 8pm, as the noise can disturb neighbors. If you are traveling with children, please monitor noise levels carefully. Pets must be discussed with us before you book. There is no smoking anywhere inside the house of private garden. Trash and recyclables must be separated and disposed of according to city regulations, as displayed on the house trash bins. We keep costs down by employing a minimal cleaning service. For this to continue, the house should be left clean and tidy (NO UNWASHED DISHES, left, for example). Bicycles are provided for use at your own risk, and must be replaced by guests if lost, damaged, or stolen. Any damages to house, items, and/or any extra cleaning fees necessary, must be paid for by guests.
Security Deposit (optional)
10,000 yen security deposit, upon arrival
Serene and charming, this is an old quiet neighborhood with a few families and many elderly residents. There is a nearby local kindergarten, from which children's singing and recitations can often be heard. This is not the best location for evenings out on the town or for shopping at higher-end retail venues. However, there are some nice second-hand stores in the area. Kyoto has some amazing vegan restaurants, easily accessible from the house by bicycle, train, or bus (check Happycow for exact locations). The nearest supermarket and shopping center is around a 10-minute walk from the house, and there is a very good bakery/cafe with vegan options within a 2 or 3-minute walk. The nearest train stations are at least a 15 minute walk from the house. The house is within a 2 minute walk of Kyoto Yasui Kindergarten. PLEASE check carefully before booking, to ensure that you will be happy with the location.As for sightseeing opportunities, this house is located in Uzumasa, the home of the Tōei Uzumasa Eigamura studios and the center of Japan's television and film industries. Other interesting places in the area: Arashiyama, a hill famed for its maple leaves and the Togetsu-kyō, the Bridge to the Moon;Ninna-ji, a Buddhist temple with a fine pagoda;Ryōan-ji, the Zen Buddhist temple with the karesansui (dry-landscape, i.e. raked stones) garden; Tenryū-ji,the head temple of the Tenryū branch of Rinzai Zen Buddhism; Sagano, a neighborhood with many temples, including the Nonomiya Shrine as well as Rakushi-sha, the Fallen Persimmon Hut. A ten-minute bike ride from Kitano Tenmangu shrine, where a large flea market is held monthly on the 25th.
Little Heaven is a lovely vegan restaurant within a 10-minute bicycle ride of the house. Tentation D'Ange is a local bakery, around a 3 minute walk from the house, which offers vegan bread, and a salad brunch set in a beautiful setting. Miyoshinji Temple has large gardens with many stone pathways for walking, and offers morning meditation classes in English. Konoshima shrine is a little shrine in a peaceful wooded area. Both the temple and shrine are around a 15 minute walk from the house.
Around a 20-minute walk to JR Hanazono or Enmachi station and around 15 minutes to Subway Uzumasa Tenjingawa (Please search Kyoto Yasui Kindergarten on a map app, to find our location in relation to train stations). A 3 or 4-minute walk from the Nishinokyo Fujinokicho bus stop, route number 27. A 10-minute walk from supermarkets and restaurants. Around a twenty-minute walk from the Aeon Kyoto Family Shopping center. Bicycles are useful for getting to most places of interest in the city.
Payment Details & Cancellation Policy
Time Of Payment
Please pay 50% at booking and 50% by arrival.
Paypal, Payoneer, or Japanese Postal transfer
50% is nonrefundable at any time before arrival. Dates cannot be changed within one month of arrival.
About Your Host
Vegan dreamer; creative and compassionate educator; determined animal welfare supporter; happy world traveler...And now, Kyoto host :-) Come enjoy a stay at one of the charming little houses in old Kyoto, and as a bonus, help stray and abandoned animals in Japan.