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Beautifully Renovated House in Central Kyoto: Only 2-stops from Kyoto Station!

Thomas N.

Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english, Japanese
Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights

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Thomas N.

Member since: 2011
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Calendar last updated:
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Beautifully Renovated House in Central Kyoto: Only 2-stops from Kyoto Station!

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights

Overview

Kyoto House Rental Photos and Description

1 Bedroom + Den, Living Room, Well-equipped Kitchen, Bathroom, Sleeps 4

The renovation of Senraku House located in downtown Kyoto was completed in Spring 2011. Now, modern convenience has been added to its history of the house.

This small Traditional Japanese House is on a quiet lane-way in a very convenient area in Kyoto: 24HR convenience stores, 24HR supermarket, cafés, bakeries, IZAKAYA, restaurants, banks, department-stores, drug stores, a rent-a-cycle (bicycle-rental) shop, a rent-a-car office, Sento (a type of traditional Japanese communal bath house), hospital, and everything you need are close by.

Nijo Castle, Nishiki Market, and Shinkyogoku Shopping Arcade are within a short walking distance, and from the train station which is less than 10 minute walk away from the house, you can visit and see numerous historic sites in Kyoto: such as Kinkakuji (Golden Pavillion), Heian Shrine, Ginkaku-ji, Sanjusangendo, Kiyomizu Temple, Gion Geisha District, Yasaka Shrine, and Arashiyama.

Location! Location! Location!: Senraku House is located in Central Kyoto: Visiting beautiful historic sites in Kyoto is very easy from the house. You can even take a day trip to Nara, another old capital of Japan, to Ohara, an old nature reserved area with temples, hot springs and unique small shops, and to other cities like Osaka, Kobe from its prime location of Sen-Raku House.

Gion Festival: During the Gion Festival in July, one of the three major festivals of Japan, the House becomes part of the festivities. One of the prime locations of the Gion Festival is only a minute away.

Living in Kyoto!, not Visiting Kyoto!!: The house has well-appointed kitchen, laundry machine, high-speed internet connection with laptop computer, and 32 inch flat screen TV; so you can experience “Living in Kyoto” , not “Visiting Kyoto” at Sen-Raku House.

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Thomas N. (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Call Owner
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Speaks: english, Japanese
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
May 14, 2015

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Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights
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Reviews

4.9
based on 26 traveler reviews

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Beautifully Renovated House in Central Kyoto: Only 2-stops from Kyoto Station!
average rating of 4.923077 based on 26 reviews
5

Perfect place to call home in Kyoto

  • 5 of 5

We were very lucky to be able to call Senraku House our home for 3 weeks in Kyoto. It is an amazing and beautiful hidden gem. Last year, we stayed in Rieko and Thomas' wonderful, larger Gion Kyuraku machiya with our adult children but this time, it was just the 2 of us, with my brother coming to visit us for a short time, and Senraku House was perfect. It was very special to live in this traditional and sparkling clean machiya house, with its tamami floors, low eating table, comfortable futon sleeping mats, and tasteful decor, and yet, have every modern convenience - washer and dryer, large bathroom and shower, WiFi, fully equipped kitchen, air conditioner, and big screen TV. Everything is labeled in English so there is never a doubt as to how to operate anything.

Senraku House is conveniently located in central Kyoto and it is easy to walk, take a bus or the subway, or catch a taxi to anywhere that we wanted to go.

Rieko and Thomas are another reason to stay at Senraku House. This time, we had primary contact with Rieko and she is just amazing: so warm and friendly, helpful, full of great suggestions (she told us about the best place to see cherry blossoms, the best craft fair, and a small local restaurant for really good soba), and always just an email away if we had any questions. I know she must be as kind to everyone who stays at Senraku House but she certainly made us feel as though we were her special guests.

We love Kyoto and Rieko and Thomas with their comfortable, beautiful properties make us feel as though Kyoto is our second home. We can't wait to go back.

Thank you!

  • Submitted: May 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for a perfect review that will definitely benefit out future guests and help them with their stay in Kyoto. We both know that it is the small things that make our guest stay truly memorable like informing our guest of local events that are not in any travel guide or items that are time sensitive. For example the perfect time and place to view the annual cherry blossoms etc... Thank you once again for a great review and hope to see you both again in the near future.
Evanston, IL USA
5

Perfect place to call home in Kyoto

  • 5 of 5

We were very lucky to be able to call Senraku House our home for 3 weeks in Kyoto. It is an amazing and beautiful hidden gem. Last year, we stayed in Rieko and Thomas' wonderful, larger Gion Kyuraku machiya with our adult children but this time, it was just the 2 of us, with my brother coming to visit us for a short time, and Senraku House was perfect. It was very special to live in this traditional and sparkling clean machiya house, with its tamami floors, low eating table, comfortable futon sleeping mats, and tasteful decor, and yet, have every modern convenience - washer and dryer, large bathroom and shower, WiFi, fully equipped kitchen, air conditioner, and big screen TV. Everything is labeled in English so there is never a doubt as to how to operate anything.

Senraku House is conveniently located in central Kyoto and it is easy to walk, take a bus or the subway, or catch a taxi to anywhere that we wanted to go.

Rieko and Thomas are another reason to stay at Senraku House. This time, we had primary contact with Rieko and she is just amazing: so warm and friendly, helpful, full of great suggestions (she told us about the best place to see cherry blossoms, the best craft fair, and a small local restaurant for really good soba), and always just an email away if we had any questions. I know she must be as kind to everyone who stays at Senraku House but she certainly made us feel as though we were her special guests.

We love Kyoto and Rieko and Thomas with their comfortable, beautiful properties make us feel as though Kyoto is our second home. We can't wait to go back.

Thank you!

  • Submitted: May 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for a perfect review that will definitely benefit out future guests and help them with their stay in Kyoto. We both know that it is the small things that make our guest stay truly memorable like informing our guest of local events that are not in any travel guide or items that are time sensitive. For example the perfect time and place to view the annual cherry blossoms etc... Thank you once again for a great review and hope to see you both again in the near future.
Oakland, California
5

Great Traditional Stay

  • 5 of 5

There are a number of positives about this small house. First, it's location is great - just a few blocks from great restaurants and shopping and just a few blocks from easy train and bus options. Next is Rieko who helped us so much with advice and suggestions for restaurants, etc. We also appreciated the huge washer/dryer which we used a lot given how hot it was that week and arriving after a week in Tokyo. The house is immaculately clean and the futons were comfortable. The stairs are steep to the bedroom so it was a bit of a lug to get our heavy suitcases up there but otherwise my tall husband was able to adapt to the short headroom with no problem. The bathroom is large and has a nice big shower. We did appreciate the small sofa upstairs and desk chair as our aging backs did get tired using just the floor seats (its the up and down that we're not used to). All in all, we recommend this property!

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We agree that Senraku’s location is great: convenient for eating at wonderful local restaurants, shopping, and it is located a few minute away from public transportation. Senraku was restored to its original roots with all of the modern conveniences that world class travels depend on. For example, fibre optic high speed Internet, Ryokan grade futons (bedding), immaculately clean facilities, and the list goes on. Features such as the staircase and height of the door opening were restored to their original slender, and not modernised which would have taken away from the charm that guests at Senraku have come to expect. Thank you for your review, and recommending Senraku to our future guests.
5

Great choice for your Kyoto stay

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed at Senraku House for 6 nights and were extremely happy with our choice of this property amongst the many possibilities. We'd recommend this property to friends and family and would definitely stay again on future Kyoto visits.

Why would we give this property 5 stars?

1. Location is extremely convenient and very close to public transportation: subway, bus, and trains.

2. The property is well maintained and extremely clean. It's also tastefully decorated as the pictures on HomeAway accurately show.

3. Rieko and Thomas are extremely responsive throughout the process of renting the house, and provide accurate information on how to navigate to the house so arriving there without getting lost is easy. They also thoughtfully provided us with information on what was going on in Kyoto during our stay. For example, they let us know that the Imperial Palace would be open to the public during our stay without going through the normal application process.

4. We appreciated the detailed instructions in English on how the appliances and heating/cooling worked.

5. The bathroom was first rate with a wonderful shower.

6. We really appreciated the washer/dryer, which worked great. It allowed us to pack light for the trip, and wash a couple loads of clothes during our stay. Rieko thoughtfully provided the soap for the washer and excellent instructions on how to operate the equipment.

6. The house was quiet at night, which was a welcome surprise considering its central city location. We slept great on the futon bedding.

7. Wifi is fine, and Rieko provides the access information you'll need to connect.

For those going to Arashiyama to visit Tenryu-ji, the bamboo grove, and our personal favorites: Okochi Sanso and Gio-ji temple, it's very easy from Senraku House. Walk west on Shijo-dori and go to the Randen Shijo-Omiya station. Jump on the train and go to the last stop. Cost is ~200 yen. The walk from Senraku House isn't far, less than 1000 meters.

I'd caution families with young children that the stairs are quite steep leading to the second floor, so you'd want to take precautions. Older folks with hip or knee issues might have difficulty navigating the stairs too. Guests taller than 5'10" will need to mind the low door heights and duck. This is a traditional house true to its roots, and that's just how they were built back in the day.

All in all, 5 stars.

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your Five Star Review as you have pointed out most of the highlights to Senraku House. To keep to the traditional and historicalness of an old Kyoto house, we consciously left many of the original features intact; for example, the height of the doorways and the pitch of the staircase. We have had many families with infants stay at Senraku with no problems. One thing I would like to add is that Senraku has traditional tatami flooring throughout the house which adds to the traditional feel. Thank you once again for your Five Star Review.
5

Spotless, fully featured and great location

  • 5 of 5

We loved the location as it is just a few blocks down from the center, but the street itself is quiet and atmospheric. The house itself felt like it was brand new, everything was spotless and well maintained. There were helpful annotated maps and guides and the owner dropped by to check if we needed anything. If you want a modern Japanese-style apartment at a great location in Kyoto, this will be hard to beat. We stayed for a week and did some cooking, washed our clothes with the giant washer/dryer that works very well and generally had no problems at all. Professional and pleasant. When we come back to Japan, I would come back here without a second thought.

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. As you stated Senraku is spotless, fully featured and a great location. That is what we want all our guest to experience every time they stay at Senraku. We have done everything imaginable to make all our guest stay trouble free; so that one can experience the true beauty of what Kyoto has to offer. We look forward to seeing you again.
5

Perfect

  • 5 of 5

The property is well located, well appointed, comfortable and neat as a pin. We could not have asked for more in seeking a tatami mat accommodation. We will seek to stay there again when we return to Kyoto.

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for a to-the-point review. A lot of effort goes into maintaining Senraku in tip-top-shape or as you put it “neat as a pin”, we do take pride in providing a neat, clean, and well-appointed house that combines the traditional Japanese home with many of the western comforts. Thank-you again for choosing Senraku for your Kyoto stay, and we hope to see you again.

Map

Nearest Airport
100 Kilometres
Kansai International Airport
Nearest Train
300 Metres
Shijo / Karasuma Station
Car: not necessary

Other Activities: Sightseeing, Shopping

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Rates & Availability

From $170 Per night

Kyoto House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Base Rate 2-tenants
Jan 1 2015 - Dec 31 2015
4 night minimum stay
$170
 

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 8.0%
Notes Rates: Payment in Yen. The above rates fluctuate depending on the exchange rate.
Please note that the rates are for the entire property, not per person.

(Regular Season)
1 guest : 20,000 yen
2 guests: 20,000 yen
3 guests: 22,000 yen
4 guests: 24,000 yen

(High Season)
1 guest : 23,000 yen
2 guests: 23,000 yen
3 guests: 25,000 yen
4 guests: 27,000 yen
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Amenities

Kyoto House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 430 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown
Theme:
  • Budget
  • Family
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • PC
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 2 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Western Style Toilet with automated bidet (Japanese Washlet)
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 4 sleep sofa /futon
  • Japanese Futon Mattress on Traditional Tatami Floor.
Entertainment:
  • Television
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
Notes:
The house is equipped with smoke detectors and fire-extinguishers.

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