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PAINSTAKINGLY RESTORED TRADITIONAL JAPANESE HOUSE NEXT TO GOSHO IMPERIAL PALAC

Joshua Levine

Advertiser since 2011
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Speaks english, french, spanish, Basic Japanese, Vietnamese
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights

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Joshua Levine

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PAINSTAKINGLY RESTORED TRADITIONAL JAPANESE HOUSE NEXT TO GOSHO IMPERIAL PALAC

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights

Overview

Overview

Kyoto House Rental Photos and Description

House, 2 Bedrooms, 1.5+ Baths, (Sleeps 4-6)

Enjoy traditional Kyoto in an authentic, recently renovated machiya with two traditonal Japanese gardens. In the Spring, view cherry blossoms fall right from our mature sakura tree or take a picnic under the numerous trees across the street on the magnificent Imperial grounds.

Our house consists of two generous sized floors, each has a bedroom, sitting room and private toilet. However, being a kyomachiya, there are no clear designated use for these rooms. You can rearrange the furniture and sliding doors to suit your needs. The kitchen and traditional Japanese bathroom on the ground floor are shared by the two floors.

For your comfort, we have added heaters and air conditioning, brand new quality futons and down comforters, and luxury hotel standard linens.

We call this property the KARAVANSARA Gosho Machiya and it is part of our boutique hotel chain focused on world cultural heritage travel experiences. We have two other locations already operating in Siem Reap, Cambodia and searched throughout Kyoto for over one year to find this gem of a machiya, This district is rich in history and the house is on 'MUROMACHI' street. Named after the Japanese medieval peirod (1336-1573) where the first Ashikaga shogun, Takauji, established his administrative headquarters.

Keywords: Machiya,Traditional Japanese House, Japanese Gardens, Central Location, Easy Subway access, Next to Kyoto Gosho

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Joshua Levine (Owner)
Advertiser since 2011
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Speaks english, french, spanish, Basic Japanese, Vietnamese

About Joshua Levine

We are both architects with a passion for fine details. We have been working for the past 5 years in restoring heritage properties in Japan, Cambodia and Vietnam. We enjoy the diversity and richness of the cultures of Asia and our goal is to offer authentic, cutural experiences to our guest. We are calling this property the Karavansara Kyoto which is now the flagship property of our boutique hotel chain: the Karavansara.

After 14 years in Vietnam and Cambodia, we now live about 10 minutes away from this house in Kyoto.

Living in this town is a dream come true. The food is delicious. The environment is vibrant and green. There is always something to see and do.

Joshua Levine purchased this house in 2010

Why Joshua Levine chose Kyoto

Kyoto is one of the great cultural destinations of Japan.

We looked for over 1 year before we found this house. We loved the character of the house especially the three gardens.

What makes this house unique

Our property is centrally located with walking access to two subways stations as well as Kyoto Gosho, which is the 'Central Park' of Kyoto. The area around the house is full of small restaurants and craftshops.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Joshua!

Grand Arigato for our stay here!

It was really unforgettable experience.

All was best!
May 2014
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Why HomeAway

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights
Travel with confidence
Travel with confidence
Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
Add vacation protection services to your booking
Three services to protect your trip:
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Ensure you're prepared in case of accidental damage.

Reviews

Reviews

5
based on 18 traveler reviews

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Painstakingly Restored Traditional Japanese House Next to Gosho Imperial Palac
average rating of 5.0 based on 21 reviews
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Painstakingly Restored Traditional Japanese House Next to Gosho Imperial Palac
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p346338vb
-+81 (80) 1432-2141
Kyoto Japan
5

Absolutely perfect setting for our stay

  • 5 of 5
Our family of five adults and an infant stayed in early April and had the most amazing time. Joshua's apartment provides a really wonderful setting for your stay in Kyoto. Compared to the cramped quarters we shared in Tokyo, this apartment was more than enough space for the five of us and our infant. The rooms were very comfortable and quite spacious. You will be floored by just how beautiful this place is, from the gardens to the tatami rooms, it was just absolutely amazing.

The location itself was also perfect, less than 10 minute walk to two different supermarkets and a number of great restaurants. The Imperial Gardens are literally around the corner and were just stunning at this time of year.

Joshua did a great job explaining how everything worked and gave us some solid advice for how to spend our time in Kyoto. Prior to our stay he was very prompt in his responses to our questions via email. If we ever go back there is no doubt we would stay here again over a hotel.
  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you for much for choosing our traditional Japanese house for your stay in Kyoto. Your arrived at the perfect time to enjoy the spring time colors! We also really love the neighborhood. We looked for a very long time for this house and one of our main factors was the proximity to the Gosho (Imperial Gardens) and the quietness of the area. It is still one of the best mixed residential areas in Kyoto and is full of small scale businesses, restaurants and houses. Please come again...maybe in the Fall next time so you can see the city in a completely different color.
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Painstakingly Restored Traditional Japanese House Next to Gosho Imperial Palac
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Kyoto Japan
5

Brilliant tradtional experience with modern updates

  • 5 of 5
I lived in Japan for two years about 7 years ago, so when I began to plan my first trip back, I knew I wanted to give my fellow travelers (my husband and another couple) time in an authentic Japanese house. I lived in an old-style townhouse, and was extremely picky when I hunted through VRBO, finally landing on Karavansara. Every expectation I had was exceeded, and I cannot recommend this place highly enough.

All of the traditional touches I was looking for were here. All beds are futons on tatami floors, which are super comfortable. Other houses had 1 futon room and 1 western bedroom - no matter how comfortable a futon is, if you see a friend sleeping on a western bed, you won't appreciate it! This made sleeping arrangements quite fair. We rented the whole house, which was perfect for two couples - enough privacy for each, and share spaces to hang out (especially if we were up early with jet lag!).

The bathroom is a marvel, and was a highlight of our trip! A deep soaking tub with a low window to look out on one of the many beautiful gardens. Absolute bliss, and the perfect way to chill out after a busy day. The house has speedy wifi and air conditioner/heating units in the bedrooms. The clothes washer in the kitchen was also great.

Our cabbie had some issues finding the place, though if you ask to be brought to the closest hotel (The Kyoto Garden Palace) and walk about 1 block, that's much easier. The neighborhood is very quiet, and most of the recommended sights and things to see in Kyoto are in other spots of the city. However, the Imperial Palace Park is a stone's throw away, and you really get a sense of "living" in the area, since it's residential.

We felt right at home here, and it will be the first place I recommend to anyone traveling to Kyoto (especially in a small group!) who doesn't want to be cooped up in a hotel and is looking for a touch of the traditional.
  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for staying with us. The house is special and I am glad that you had a chance to enjoy the ambiance and the details.

We hope to see you all in Kyoto again sometime soon.
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Painstakingly Restored Traditional Japanese House Next to Gosho Imperial Palac
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-+81 (80) 1432-2141
Kyoto Japan
Orlando, Florida
5

A Gorgeous Traditional Kyoto Home!

  • 5 of 5
Our group of 4 friends stayed in this home from July 9th to 15th of 2012. We loved this place so much, we really did not want to leave! It gives a very traditional feeling with the comfort of modern amenities at the same time. It was tough to find the place at first, because we did not expect it to be set back from the road in the manner it was. Once we found it, we actually walked up to the door at first and then walked away, thinking there was no way that the place was that beautiful! Linh met us just a minute later, and was nice enough to sit with us for an hour and go over all the little things in the house and recommend a few cool places to check out in Kyoto.

The rooms are all a nice size, we never felt cramped for space. There are Heaters and A/C units that are on remote controls, so you can adjust to whatever you are comfortable with. The futons take a night to get used to, but you can stack them if you need a little extra beneath you. They provide plenty of backups!

WiFi is provided free of charge, so you can connect with your laptop, smartphone or tablet with no problems.

The kitchen is nice. No stove, but a toaster oven and hotplate if you would like to do a little cooking. We spent the entire time enjoying the local fare however, so we never actually used it. The counter is really cool, as it is made out of just one piece of wood! There is a washing machine in the kitchen as well, so you can do laundry if you are on an extended stay.

The wash room was awesome. It has been updated for modern convenience and it is super nice. It is sort of a combination of a traditional Japanese washroom and a Western one. You can stand and take a shower if you like, or you can sit and scrub yourself the traditional way. There is a tub to soak in afterwards if you like as well. The entire thing is controlled digitally, with an on-demand water heater installed as well, so you never run out of hot water! There are 2 separate bathrooms in the home as well, one upstairs and one downstairs, so it worked out really well for 2 couples.

Last but not least were the gardens attached to the property. It was so nice to wake up and have a cup of coffee / tea in the morning while viewing such a lovely traditional little garden.

This was our first trip to Japan, and I feel that we chose really well staying in this home. We are already planning on heading back in 2014, and Josh and Linh will be hearing from us when we return! Highly recommended!
  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
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Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Painstakingly Restored Traditional Japanese House Next to Gosho Imperial Palac
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Kyoto Japan
Wenatchee, WA, USA
5

Charming

  • 5 of 5
We spent five nights in this lovely home last week. My husband and I were travelling with our adult son so this house was perfect for us as it was much more spacious than one hotel room and more economical than two rooms. The home was just as pictured-clean and well maintained, quaint while at the same time functional. We especially liked the bath and shower room--particularly after a day of sightseeing. There is a well equipped kitchen that we didn't use because it was a vacation! We did use and appreciate the washing machine, however. And the futons were a pleasant surprise for us. My husband and I had never slept on one before and were a little worried about it, but our backs never felt so good! Joshua and Lin were very accomodating and helped us get our bearings when we arrived by providing a map and tips on how to get around. The house is in a quiet neighborhood with a few shops and restaurants within a block or two. We had no trouble catching a taxi just outside when we wanted one, but found the nearby subway the best way to get around. We would highly recommend this home to anyone visiting Kyoto.
  • Submitted: May 7, 2012
  • Stayed: Apr 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers
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Painstakingly Restored Traditional Japanese House Next to Gosho Imperial Palac
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-+81 (80) 1432-2141
Kyoto Japan
Zurich Switzerland
5

Just the ticket

  • 5 of 5
We (2 couples in our fourties) spent 5 nights at karavansara house at the beginning of April and have enjoyed every aspect of it. The traditional house in a residential area (but very close to the centre) provides a great insight into Japanese life. The small convenience store owners are obviously used to hapless gaijin and very friendly, and some very good small restaurants can be found in the area. The house is beautifully decorated and provides ample room for four adults - even though we hat a lot of bad weather. Although - typically for Japan - the house is barely insulated, the heaters available were fully up to the task to keep us warm and toasty. As were the wonderful feather duvets which felt like "warm whipped cream" as my sister put it.
We loved the great bath and beautiful gardens as well as the convenience of having a fully equipped kitchen (a coffee plunger might be a good addition...). Another great plus is the Imperial Palace Park being situated right across the road, especially since we were there in full cherry blossom season. We will certainly use this house again, when coming back to Tokio.
  • Submitted: Apr 29, 2012
  • Stayed: Mar 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Painstakingly Restored Traditional Japanese House Next to Gosho Imperial Palac
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p346338vb
-+81 (80) 1432-2141
Kyoto Japan
Singapore
5

An authentic experience

  • 5 of 5
We stayed at Karavansara Kyoto for six nights in April 2012 during the cherry blossom season. This was our eight holiday trip to Kyoto since the mid-1990s and we have stayed in a variety of accommodations including high end ryokans (Tawaraya and Kinmata), hotels (Granvia) and apartments (Gion Apartments).

We paid Yen 23,000 per night for the whole house and, overall, Karavansara Kyoto offers the best value for money of the various accommodation options we have tried in Kyoto.

You will get plenty of space at the Karavansara including two floors of living and sleeping space, a kitchen, a nice Japanese bathroom, two toilets and three gardens. You will get to experience living in a traditional Japanese home with tatami mats and shoji screens without having to abide by the rules of a ryokan (e.g. curfew, kaiseki meals every night). The Karavansara is also located in a quiet residential neighbourhood so after a few nights it feels like you are in fact living in Kyoto rather than just visiting for a few nights.

On the downside, traditional Japanese homes are not particularly well insulated and paper, wood and single glazed windows do not have great heat trapping properties. The first few days of our stay were rather cold with temperatures ranging from 3-12 Celsius; the impact of this was that the house was too cold for our taste. But then we are Swedes used to tripled glazed windows and very good insulation. Later during our stay, when the temperatures rose to 8-18 Celsius, we were perfectly fine. A few electric blankets might have made the difference during the cold spell.

We hope to be back next time we are in Kyoto.
  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2012
  • Stayed: Apr 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thanks. You are so right. We also live in a traditional Japanese house and it is darned cold in the winter. We keep dressed up all the time in warm clothes and slowly acclimate with the seasons. I can fully understand how much of a climatic transition it is from Southeast Asia to Kyoto in the early spring....We hope to see you all again soon. Cheers.

Map

Map

Temple of the Golden Pavilion (Kinkakuji)
Kiyomizudera
Nijo Castle
Nishiki Market (京都錦市場商店街振興組合)
Pontocho
Kyoto Imperial Palace
Ryoanji
Kyoto International Manga Museum
Daitoku-Ji
Nearest Point of Interest
Kyoto Gosho Imperial Palace
Nearest Point of Interest
Imadegawa Station
Nearest Point of Interest
Marutamachi Station
Nearest Point of Interest
Nijo Castle
Nearest Point of Interest
Kyoto Prefecture Hall
Nearest Point of Interest
Imperial Household Agency
Nearest Point of Interest
Teramachi Street
Nearest Point of Interest
Sento Imperial Palace
Nearest Point of Interest
Munakata Shrine
Nearest Point of Interest
Kyoto International Manga Museum

Kyoto is full of traditional arts and crafts. We can help you arrange one day classes in the tea ceremony, ceramic, Zen meditation and many other cultural experiences.

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Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates

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Kyoto House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
Per property
Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
High Season Autumn
Oct 1 2014 - Nov 30 2014
4 night minimum stay
$310
$1,900
$5,900
 
 
High Season Spring
Mar 1 2015 - May 15 2015
4 night minimum stay
$370
$2,500
$9,500
 
 
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
$280
$1,760
$5,300
 

Additional information about rental rates

Notes Guest pay upon arrival at property. For long term stays a deposit of 25% is required.

Amenities

Amenities

Kyoto House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 100 m²
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Linens Provided
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedding is traditional Japanese futon
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Attractions:
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking

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