|Minimum Stay||4 nights|
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Senraku house was the perfect location for us. It is close to a 24-hr grocery store, ATM and within walking distance of public transportation, the Nishiki market and the Daimaru department store. We really appreciated the map of Kyoto and the welcome letter that awaited us upon our arrival at the house. The kitchen was well-equipped and the washer/dryer was definitely an added bonus. It was like our home away from home. We could not have been more pleased with this accommodation.
This place was the perfect relaxing place to stay in Kyoto after the hustle and bustle of Tokyo. It is very convenient to almost everything Kyoto has to offer. There is a full super-market just down the street and small wonderful restaurants just outside the door on the main street.
We loved that it is off a secluded private alleyway, yet you can catch a taxi if need be by just walking about 20 steps to the main street.
It has all the modern conveniences, yet gives the feeling of living in a very old Japanese style home. Our hosts thoughtfully provided all instructions in English on cards placed throughout the house and gave us a map in English with various points of interest already marked. It was exactly what we needed. We walked to most of the shrines and parks we visited, although the subway is very close by and taxis are plentiful. We didn't get our fill of Kyoto and will need to go back.
This was a great place to stay while in Kyoto. We loved it and I highly recommend it.
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Base Rate 2-tenants
Jan 1 2015 - Dec 31 2015
4 night minimum stay
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.
1 guest : 20,000 yen
2 guests: 20,000 yen
3 guests: 22,000 yen
4 guests: 24,000 yen
1 guest : 23,000 yen
2 guests: 23,000 yen
3 guests: 25,000 yen
4 guests: 27,000 yen
Rates are subject to change until the reservation is confirmed.
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