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Designer Space In Central Kyoto (The Most Unique Room You'll Find In The City)

Sean Lotman

Member since: 2013
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Speaks: english, Japanese, Spanish (so-so)
Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Sean Lotman

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, Japanese, Spanish (so-so)
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
May 18, 2015
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Designer Space In Central Kyoto (The Most Unique Room You'll Find In The City)

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

Kyoto Apartment Rental Photos and Description

1 Bedroom With Living Room Setting Close To Downtown

I know, I know. You're coming to Kyoto and have been thinking about staying in a machiya, which is a great idea. But after a long day of walking around town, you're going to want to come back to a comfortable room well-suited for relaxing, reading, conversation, pleasure. If you're interested in a homely, cozy, utterly unique experience, you should definitely consider sleeping in The Moon Room.

Our apartment is located in Kyoto's Nakagyo-ku neighborhood (literal meaning is Downtown). Unlike other B&Bs and guesthouses near Kyoto Station or Higashiyama, Nakagyo is quite central when it comes to dining and entertainment (and I have prepared a homemade map with suggested gourmet destinations). Our space is just a five minute walk from Marutamachi Station, on the main north-south subway line (Karasuma), and about ten minutes from Karasuma-Oike, where the two subway lines intersect, thus marking the center of Kyoto.

Nijo Castle and the Imperial Palace are just ten-minute strolls away, while Higashiyama and its wonderful temple complexes are less than an hour on foot (quicker by bus).

The neighborhood itself, though so close to Downtown and its dizzying attractions, is quiet and traditional and it is not unusual to see women in kimono or monks chanting. Many of the neighborhood's machiya houses specialize in old-time industries like printmaking, woodcutting, and tatami-producing, as well as stores selling tea, ivory, dolls, medicinal herbs, and Japan's oldest incense producer.

Nevertheless, The Moon Room is also a wonderful place to relax on a windy or lazy day, to contemplate, relax, or pleasure in the romance of living. Designed specifically by a local artist, there is nothing quite like our space in all of Kyoto. It is part of a first wave of what we hope is a designer's renaissance in this very old city.

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Sean Lotman (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Call Owner
Enter your email address to view the phone number
Speaks: english, Japanese, Spanish (so-so)
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
May 18, 2015

About Sean Lotman

I'm a native of Los Angeles, who has been in Japan for about ten years, eight in Tokyo, two in Kyoto. After studying history at UC Santa Barbara, I've worked as a writer and photographer. My wife, a photographer as well, recently took over the family business, the oldest soba restaurant in Japan, in business since 1465.

Sean Lotman purchased this apartment in 2012

Why Sean Lotman chose Kyoto

The Moon Room is downstairs from our own apartment. We collaborated with a designer friend to give it a very unique aesthetic. We wanted the space to feel both romantic and homely and are very happy with how it turned out.

The immediate area is quiet but within five minutes the atmosphere becomes lively. As a photographer I'm prone to long walks and other days, particularly rich in blue sky sunlight, I'm partial to long bicycle rides around town, often ending up by the Kamo River.

What makes this apartment unique

I'm very lucky to live in Kyoto. It is one of those rare cities that combine both history and modernity (like Rome) and cosmopolitanism with nature (like San Francisco). Kyoto is not so busy as Osaka or Tokyo, but is just as rich culturally.

Why HomeAway

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights
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Reviews

4.8
based on 9 traveler reviews

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Designer Space In Central Kyoto (The Most Unique Room You'll Find In The City)
average rating of 4.7777777 based on 9 reviews
5

Great place to stay in Kyoto!

  • 5 of 5

We couldn't have had better accommodations in Kyoto. Our host, Sean, was very friendly and gave us great tips on what to see. His hand-drawn map marked with places to eat and shop was invaluable. The Moon Room was very close to transportation (subway, bus) and many sights were within waking distance (Imperial Palace, Nijo Castle). We had a great time and would definitely go back!

  • Submitted: May 21, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
New York, NY, USA
5

The Moon Room is a Kyoto Gem

  • 5 of 5

We enthusiastically recommend the Moon Room and our host Sean. The location is convenient to mass transit making planning daily adventures easy. Sean is a wonderful host, full of suggestions for restaurants and places to visit, more knowledgeable than many of the hotel concierges we encountered on our trip. The apartment consists of a living/dining room and a bedroom and small galley kitchen. It was spacious compared to Japanese hotel rooms and it was a pleasure to have a place to relax. We would certainly return and recommend the room to friends. Although we were two people the apartment could accommodate four easily.

  • Submitted: May 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
4

Central location

  • 4 of 5

The Moon Room is a very convenient place in which to stay in Kyoto. It is close to bus routes, the subway, supermarket and convenience stores, a post office and you could walk to some major shopping/market areas if you don't mind a decent walk. The owner's "mud map" was much appreciated with the locations of many recommended restaurants/cafes etc. marked on it. We tried nearby Indian and Vietnamese restaurants. You may ask why we ate here when holidaying in Japan. The answer is that trying to be a vegetarian in Japan has its challenges. We found the size of the Moon Room very comfortable by Japan standards, and we found the location to be very quiet, but also interesting in watching the local people walking or cycling past.

  • Submitted: May 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Calgary, AB, Canada
5

Excellent location for exploring Kyoto

  • 5 of 5

We were very happy that we chose to stay here. The location was great for getting around Kyoto and central enough to walk to many restaurants, train stations, etc. Sean was a great host and was helpful with giving recommendations of where to go in the area. The room was very comfortable. If we are lucky enough to go back to Kyoto we will definitely be staying here.

  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
4

Patisseries and Chanting Pilgrims

  • 4 of 5

It would be hard to find a better location: a short walk to morning croissants as good as you would find in Paris, countless restaurants, tea shops, and tourist sites all at your doorstep.

Sean was an exceedingly helpful owner, especially when it came to making restaurant and taxi reservations for us. We’re quite familiar with Kyoto, but for people new to the area, his local knowledge is a real plus.

The Moon Room provided plenty of space; though the kitchenette is tiny. The wi-fi was outstanding. We found the one-way street a bit noisy with traffic at night, but we live in the country… so you can’t compare the city to that. However, we never see chanting pilgrims on our street in Santa Fe!

The accommodations were accurately reflected in the photos and description on the listing. It was clean, and easy to find with Sean’s directions, and close to the metro station.

We would recommend this property to anyone coming to Kyoto.

  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
5

Very convenient, comfortable, relaxing

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the Cocoon Room which is owned by the same host and in the same block of units. The location is so perfect, so convenient and the Room is such a relaxing escape from the travelling and sightseeing we had been doing. Our host Sean - a lifesaver! So helpful! We were 3 first time travellers aged 19 and Sean communicated via email and SMS with me and gave great directions and also sent me directions via SMS in Japanese to show the taxi driver! Initially I had not want to spend time at Kyoto however now I can say it is the place I enjoyed the most and want to return...and I will stay at one of Sean Rooms be it the Moon Room or the Cocoon Room either give that special experience -don't worry that it's not a traditional experience coz everything else in Kyoto is the traditional experience so I am happy to have an artz/modern experience at my accommodation. Now let me tell you about my host Sean - it is becoz of Sean that I started to relax on our holiday...and oh! great advice for a restaurant - I am now addicted to soba noodles! And if it weren't for Sean we would not have known we were in Kyoto during the only 5 days of the year that the Emperor's Palace was open to the public. Thank you Sean for a wonderful experience and for communicating with my mum back in Australia with all her concerns!!! I will be back.

  • Submitted: Apr 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Map

Nearest Airport
100 Kilometres
Kansai International Airport
Nearest Train
0.2 Kilometres
Marutamachi
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Kilometres
Honke Owariya
Car: not necessary

Our apartment is located in Kyoto's Nakagyo-ku neighborhood (literal meaning is Downtown). Unlike other B&Bs and guesthouses near Kyoto Station or Higashiyama, Nakagyo is quite central when it comes to dining and entertainment (and I have prepared a homemade map with suggested gourmet destinations). Our space is just a five minute walk from Marutamachi Station, on the main north-south subway line (Karasuma), and about ten minutes from Karasuma-Oike, where the two subway lines intersect, thus marking the center of Kyoto.

Nijo Castle and the Imperial Palace are just ten-minute strolls away, while Higashiyama and its wonderful temple complexes are less than an hour on foot (quicker by bus).

The neighborhood itself, though so close to Downtown and its dizzying attractions, is quiet and traditional and it is not unusual to see women in kimono or monks chanting. Many of the neighborhood's machiya houses specialize in old-time industries like printmaking, woodcutting, and tatami-producing, as well as stores selling tea, ivory, dolls, medicinal herbs, and Japan's oldest incense producer.

Nevertheless, The Moon Room is also a wonderful place to relax on a windy or lazy day, to contemplate, relax, or pleasure in the romance of living. Designed specifically by a local artist, there is nothing quite like our space in all of Kyoto. It is part of a first wave of what we hope is a designer's renaissance in this very old city.

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Rates & Availability

From $130 Per night

Kyoto Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Spring High Season
Mar 20 2015 - May 31 2015
2 night minimum stay
$150
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Gion Matsuri Festival Season
Jul 3 2015 - Jul 26 2015
2 night minimum stay
$150
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Autumn High Season
Sep 18 2015 - Nov 30 2015
2 night minimum stay
$150
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$130
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $25.00

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Kyoto Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Theme:
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • There is a semi-double and single in the bedroom. There is a sofa-bed (single-size) in the living room. Futons can be provided as well in the event of a larger party.
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking

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