TRADITIONAL JAPANESE HOUSE AT A PRIME LOCATION, GION AND KIYOMIZU TEMPLE!

Rico

Speaks spanish, english, Japanese
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Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 4 nights

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Rico

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TRADITIONAL JAPANESE HOUSE AT A PRIME LOCATION, GION AND KIYOMIZU TEMPLE!

Kyoto Townhome Rental Photos and Description

2 bedrooms, Sleep 4, 1 Bathroom, Air Conditioning, Internet Access, Balcony

This lovingly restored charming140 year old Japanese town house is located in the heart of Kyoto, near Gion, where geisha are frequently spotted. It is located in a quiet alleyway of Miyagawa-cho, historical Geisha district where over fifty of Tea houses (the place geisha entertain their clients) and Geisha quarters are lined up, you will definitely encounter Maiko/Geisha moving back and forth between tea houses.

Everything is in walking distance: The subway station at Gojo-Kiyomizu is only a 5 min walk and Shijo is a 10min, and 'must see' sightseeing spots in Higashiyama with a number of beautiful old streets and temples including Kiyomizu Temple, Kenninji Zen Temple, Yasaka Shrine, and Kodaiji are only 15 min walk. Popular shopping area Shijo-kawaramachi and Nishiki Market as well. Dinning Out/Bar: Gion and Ponto-cho. 24 hours open convenience stores and grocery stores are within 10 min walk. Easy access to Nara, Osaka, Kobe, and less than 10 minutes taxi ride to Kyoto Station

The owner, Rico, lived in the U.S. for 13 years, 2 years in UK, half year in Spain. Knows English, some Spanish and Japanese!!! She will be on call for 24 hours in case of emergency or any help.

The house is located in an alleyway of 30 houses just behind a geisha district called Miyagawa-cho. This is very rare even in Kyoto.

The house is situated in the center of historic and major sightseeing area, yet you could enjoy a quite time at the house. You could walk to Kiyomizu temple and Kodaiji Temple area in the morning, and decided to come back for a rest, relaxing with a cup of green tea and Japanese sweets. Once you regain your energy again, you are ready to to go to the next adventure like going to Nishiki market (15 min walk).

Or, if you love art, you could visit Kyoto National Museum http://www.kyohaku.go.jp/eng/index_top.html and to Sanjusangendo.

The house is a traditional Japanese house in Kyoto called 'Machiya' and has kitchen, tatami mattress living room, tatami mattress receiption room, bath room, and toilet in 1st floor and two tatami bedrooms on the 2nd floor. The house is decoreated with Japanese anteques, yet still have modern comfort like air conditioning, heater, WIFI internet access, TV, microwave, toaster, tea kettle, washing machine, hair dryer, towels, extra thick feather futons, blend new deep bath tab for after long walk, and western style toilet.

What you can do around here:

-Enjoy walk to famouse Kiyomize Temple, Kenninji Temple( Zeb experience zen practice ), Kodaiji Temple (Zen practice), Sanjusangendo, Kyoto National Museum, Nishiki Market, Chion-in, and Yasaka Shrine are within 5~15 minutes walking distance.

-A bus tour to the beautiful country side where you can see 213 thatched-roof houses. The tour is on every Saturday and Sunday . Miyama tourist Info - http://www.jnto.go.jp/tourism/en/s057.html

-Would you like to make a plan to visit an imperial place (kyoto Gosho), Katsura Rikyu, and Shugakuin Rikyu ? You can make a reservation via online! http://sankan.kunaicho.go.jp/english

-You can be Geisha wearing their costume and make up. It is just 5 minutes walk to the place you can be a Geisha.

-A game called 'To Sen' is held nearby my property, you could play this game with Maiko(apprentice of Geisha), you could hand paint your own fan.

-Attend a tea ceremony!

-Taking a 2 hour Japanese traditional sweet making class. 15 minutes walk from my property.

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Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Rico

This advertiser has been with HomeAway.com since 2011
Speaks spanish, english, Japanese
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My traditional Japanese town house is located in the Geisha district in Gion where many tea houses (where Geisha entertain their guests) are lined up. You will feel that you are truly in Kyoto, and you will definitely see Maiko and Geioko hopping a tea house to a tea house for their work.

Hi, after living over 10 years in the US and Europe, I decided to move back to Japan. I just love Kyoto and enjoying meeting people from all over the world. Hope I could assist you to have a wonderful time in Kyoto. I speak English, Spanish, and just started taking French lesson!

Location is very important when you have a limited time. You would not regret staying at my house because everything is nearby walking distance, fantastic restaurants, pharmacy, convenient stores, supermarkets, ATM and restaurant within 5 min walk.

Nearby train station (Gion Shijo, Kiyomizu-Gojo ) are just 5 min walk. Pontocho, Gion, the most beautiful street in Asia is just 10 min walk. You will know how convenient location this house is yet very quite neighborhood.

In addition to the location, the house is 140 year old traditional Japanese town house. The smell of wood makes you calm and confortable.

The best benefit is the owner speaks native level English and could support you for any emergency matter. Knowing that someone could really help in case of emergency is a huge help when you are in a foreign land where you do not that language. The owner speak perfect Japanese and English.

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 4 nights
Contact the owner directly to confirm reservation details and pay with an approved method (credit card, check, or bank transfer), to protect your payment up to $1,000.
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Reviews

5
based on 18 traveler reviews

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Traditional Japanese House at a prime location, Gion and Kiyomizu Temple!
average rating of 5.0 based on 18 reviews
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Traditional Japanese House at a prime location, Gion and Kiyomizu Temple!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p383090
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Kyoto Japan
Portland, OR
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WONDERFUL HOME IN KYOTO

  • 5 of 5
We really enjoyed our stay here. The reason I chose this place, besides the great location and nice interior, was that Rico sounded like a very helpful, involved host from her reviews.
We were so pleased to see that her reputation is well-earned.
Rico's fluency in English made communication very easy. Her home is very nice, clean, with art and personal touches such as some fresh flowers and persimmons.

Rico gave us advice on activities, restaurants, and answered questions we had in general on customs and Japanese life. We are fairly independent but she made it clear, we can always call on her. Overall, she is just a very welcoming, generous, warm person who you sense is very happy to welcome guests and do whatever she can to make the visit enjoyable.

We have wonderful memories of Kyoto, you and your home. We hope to come back again someday! Thank you Rico! - Amy, Jonathan and family
  • Submitted: Dec 9, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
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Traditional Japanese House at a prime location, Gion and Kiyomizu Temple!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p383090
+81 8042429895
Kyoto Japan
5

PERFECT!

  • 5 of 5
Great location, clean, quiet, a taste of 'real' Japan - this place was perfect! The owner, Rico, made it all so easy to organise and was a wealth of information once we arrived. We will definitely stay here again the next time we're in Kyoto. Thanks, Rico!
  • Submitted: Nov 21, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
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Traditional Japanese House at a prime location, Gion and Kiyomizu Temple!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p383090
+81 8042429895
Kyoto Japan
5

PERFECT LOCATION, TRADITIONAL VALUES - GREAT HOST

  • 5 of 5
We feel lucky to have stumbled upon this wonderful, traditionally designed and appointed, two-story house with modern comforts. The house is located on a quiet alley-way near all the local amenities (convenience stores, food markets, ramen shops, and even a Euro coffee café with a wonderful set breakfast). It is an easy 10 minute taxi ride from Kyoto Center and near several subway lines. A bike trail along the river is minutes away, and famous temples, a well-known geisha entertainment district, and superb dining options are all within easy walking distance.
While the handsome, recently remodeled tatami-floored house and its location were great as a base for exploring Kyoto, what made our visit near-magical was the hospitality of our host Rico, who served as cultural mentor and city-guide. Our stay coincided with the Obon Festival, Japan’s August family-oriented travel, visiting and celebration week. Rico recommended Arashiyama with its World Heritage Tenryu-ji Temple, famous tall bamboo groves and tradition of sending candle-lit lanterns down the river, as a place to view the mountain bonfires, a highlight of the festival. Her dining recommendations for classic, multicourse Japanese fare were spot-on and culinary highlights of our trip.
All-in-all, a highly recommended, handsome and comfortable place to enjoy Kyoto with superior service provided by a knowledgeable, friendly hostess in Rico.
  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
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Traditional Japanese House at a prime location, Gion and Kiyomizu Temple!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p383090
+81 8042429895
Kyoto Japan
5

WONDERFUL MACHIYA PERFECTLY SITUATED

  • 5 of 5
We were 3 a couple & our son 20 years old , we can highly recommend this traditional machiya, the location was perfect. It was so nice to have a tofu fabric , fruits and vegetables a few meters from the house, we had everything we need.
The property was clean, quiet,perfectly situated 10. minutes walk from the Nishiki foof market and shijio dori street. 10 mn walk from kenninj temple and his extraordinary zen garden, yasaka pagoda and kodaiji temple..... the proprietress was very helpfull and nice. but shhh!!! .This is a magical place and if we say too much There will be a lot of people and when we go back there will be no more place ;-) For how not want to return.
Kyoto is a city filled with beautiful treasures, including a well tucked in a small alley .... Rico is and beautiful machiya.
We had a great time in Kyoto, I only wish we'd had the possibility to return!
Veronique from France
  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
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Traditional Japanese House at a prime location, Gion and Kiyomizu Temple!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p383090
+81 8042429895
Kyoto Japan
5

CUTE MACHIYA, EXCELLENT LOCATION

  • 5 of 5
I can highly recommend this delightful townhouse. It was great to stay in a traditional machiya and the location was excellent. It was so nice to have our own space after staying in ryokans, the house had everything we needed and was perfect for my husband and I. We had thought we may stay in and eat some meals at least breakfasts but there were very good very places nearby and the breakfasts were so cheap. There is a good supermarket nearby with lots of great fresh food choices. If you do like to cook, the kitchen is small but has all you need. Rico the proprietress was very helpful in making recommendations, though we preferred to just stroll and find places we liked the look of, which worked perfectly. Rico did book for us a really good kaiseki meal, fabulous. We had a great time in Kyoto, I only wish we'd had longer.
  • Submitted: May 20, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
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Owner's Response: Hello Kathryn,
Thank you very much for your stay with my house.
I am very happy that you found the neiborhood very convenient and you enjoyed your stay at my house.
Hope to have you and your husband back sometime in the near future! Warm regards, Rico
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Traditional Japanese House at a prime location, Gion and Kiyomizu Temple!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p383090
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Kyoto Japan
Denver, Colorado
5

GREAT STAY

  • 5 of 5
Niko's place is just as advertised. Very clean, very traditional Japanese feel.
The location is perfect for exploring Kyoto.
She is a great host, and will help out with directions and other recommendations.
I highly recommend the place
  • Submitted: May 20, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
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Owner's Response: Hello Jack!
Thank you very much for your nice comments on my house.
I really hope to have you all back to Kyoto, yes at my house!
Warm regards, Rico
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Map

Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Kansaki International Airport (KIX) (ITM)
Nearest Train
0.2 Miles
Keihan Kiyomizu Gojo Station

From Osaka Kansai International Airport:

About 80 minute JR train ride (Haruka) to JR Kyoto Station.

From Osaka Itami Domestic Airport:

60-minute airport limousine bus ride to JR Kyoto station.

From Kyoto JR Train Station to the rental home - 10 minutes by taxi and costs you about USD10.00

Gion, Pontocho Yasaka temple, and shijo shopping area are within 5~ 10 minutes walk. Kiyomizu Temple, Sanjusangendo, Koudaiji Temple, Nishiki Market are about 20 minutes walk. Kamo river is just 5 min walk. Fushimi-Inari is only 4 train stop away. Easy access to Golden Pavillion, Silver Pavillion, Imperial Palace, and Arashiyama.

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Availability & Rates

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May 1 2014 - Sep 30 2014
4 night minimum stay
$250
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200.00
Notes Security deposit will be charged for 20,000 JPY (or 200.00 USD) at the time of check in.
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Amenities

Kyoto Townhome Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • townhome
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 75 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • River ...
  • Mountain
  • Town
Theme:
  • Romantic
  • Historic
General:
  • Heating
  • Activities Guide
  • Hair Dryer
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Shampoo
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Wireless Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Iron & Board
  • Air Conditioning
  • Linens Provided
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
Kitchen:
  • Kitchen
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Ice Maker
  • Mini Refrigerator
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Japanese cypress bathroom with a modern equipment. You can enjoy a hot bath as if you were in a hot spring! There also is a public bath about 2 minutes walk from my property. Many Japanese people go to this public bath even if they have their own bath at home. 410Yen
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 sleep sofa /futon , Tatami matress with Futon
    Bedroom 2 - 2 sleep sofa /futon , Tatami matress with Futon
  • Comfortable Futon matress is placed on the traditional tatami room. Conbination of the usage of 2 bedrooms are: A: 3 guests (3 single futon) in one bedroom and 1 guest (1 single futon) in the 2nd bedroom B: 2 guests (2 single futon) in one bedroom and 2 guests (1 double futon) in the 2nd bedroom C: 3 guests (3 single futon) in one bedroom and 2 guests (1 double futon) in the 2nd bedroom
Entertainment:
  • Television
  • Books
Outside:
  • Balcony
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • library
  • museums
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • zoo
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • playground
  • pond
  • theme parks
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
Leisure Activities:
  • sight seeing
  • bird watching
  • walking
  • antiquing
  • photography
Local Services & Businesses:
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • freshwater fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • cycling
  • rafting
  • hiking
Notes:
The traditional Japanese house is equipped with brand new modern features: air-conditioning, western style toilet, free Wi-Fi access. The kitchen has a refrigerator, microwaveoven, 1 IH cooking stove, kettle, rice cooker, pots and pan, cutting board, silver ware and kitchen utensil. Two Japanese-style tatami mat bedrooms sleeps up to 4 people with comfortable Japanese futon bedding , and all rooms are heated / air conditioned. Towels, lines, soap/ shampoo, a hairdryer, and detergents are provided!
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