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.
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.
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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