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Winter discount! Best value - Kamo Riverside Rental - Kyoto riverside location

Bedrooms 1
Space 215 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Efficiency with loft, kitchen, bathroom - Perfect for couples or longer stays

Enjoy Kyoto from this holiday rental, convenient to downtown by public transport. Easy access to buses, subway, and trains. The Kamo Cottage is an affordable and quaint cottage on the Kamo river that sleeps 2-4.

- Conveniently located near major transportation, you can easily get to all the major sightseeing areas of Kyoto. The Kamo Cottage is also walking distance to the subway. Beautiful cottage with wood floors, comfortable double thick futons in the sleeping loft, 1F queen bed, a full kitchenette, bath, shower, TV, wireless Internet (Wifi), and everything you need. Shopping, groceries, restaurants, laundromat, and convenience stores are only minutes away.

Access: Please be aware that the location of this property makes it unique and special, but that it is not 'barrier free' access. We can help you to arrange taxis and other services.

The entrance from the riverside via stairs may be difficult for regular daily use of strollers.

Upon arrival we will be happy to assist you with suitcases, children, etc. Please arrange a convenient time with us in advance.

More Details

Property Manager
Mike, reservations manager
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, Japanese
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 8, 2018

About Mike, reservations manager

I have lived in Kyoto since 1997, and in this location on the Kamo riverside since 2001. Originally from the US, several years after starting my teaching career in Colorado, I relocated to Kyoto. I have been teaching, studying, and enjoying the culture here for many years and would be happy to share some of that insider information with you if you stay in our weekly rental guest cottage.

Mike, reservations manager purchased this cottage in 2005

Why Mike, reservations manager chose Sakyo Ward

There is nothing in Kyoto comparable to this location on the riverside.

What makes this cottage unique

Convenience, peace and quiet, views, and access to everything.


Sakyo Ward Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 215 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • River ...
  • Town ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Safe
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • 2 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - combination tub/shower , tub , shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Loft - 2 sleep sofa /futon
  • There are two futon sets up in the loft, so it is suitable for a couple with children. The new queen bed sleeps two.
  • Books ...
  • Television ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
We do not provide bicycles with the rental, but there are places nearby that rent bikes by the day or week.


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Winter discount! Best value - Kamo Riverside Rental - Kyoto riverside location
average rating of 4.84 based on 25 reviews

nice place to stay, location is near bus stop and friendly host.

  • 5 of 5

hi Yuko,

thank you for your helping especially that night we lost the way to go back home without your support we would be cold outside . your house is very nice . i will recommend my friends to stay here. thank you

  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much, and we were happy to host you during your time in Kyoto. Coming from Thailand I know you were not used to the colder weather here, however Kyoto is very nice in the fall and winter! The Kamo Cottage seemed to work well with your group and we are so happy that you were comfortable staying along the riverside with us. We would love to help you or your family and friends if you come to Kyoto another time. Best of luck with your future travels! Mike and Yuko
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  • 5 of 5

My boyfriend and I stayed here for about 5 nights and we totally loved it. We didnt get to meet Mike but we did meet Yuko and we totally loved her. She was extremely nice and helpful. The space was just right for the two of us and possibly more people can stay, there was a loft with futons. We recommend this place to anyone who would like to get a feel of living in Kyoto and being a local. It's a bit out of the way from the touristy areas but we had no problem getting around (Demachiyanagi Station is a short walk that will take you to Gion-shijo) Overall this was a great place. Don't hesitate to book here, you won't be disappointed. Thank you Mike and Yuko.

  • Submitted: Nov 8, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind review Jen, and I'm sorry that I was out of town and busy with work during most of your time in Kyoto. You are correct that the location and house are really unique, all of our visitors love walking out directly onto the riverside. Although downtown is ~15 minutes away by bike, there are good bicycle rental places just down at Demachiyanaggi station, and the Subway or bus directly to downtown is also a short walk. Good luck with your future travels and we would love to host you again if you come to Kyoto another time.
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Fantastic riverside nook

  • 5 of 5

This is a great place to stay in Kyoto! Quiet and next to a peaceful river. Close to transport.

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much, we are happy that you enjoyed the unique riverside location of the Kamo Cottage. Complete privacy and right on the river, yet still walking distance to the shops, subway, and Demachiyanggi train station. We would love to host you or your family/friends another time. -Mike
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Lovely little cottage by the river

  • 5 of 5

This small cottage is just at the back of the owner's house. Mike and Yuko are very welcoming and know the area well so can help with advice on places to go. I was a lone traveller and it was very good for my needs. It would also be very comfortable for a couple and even a small family as there is one large bed and a couple of futons up the stairs. I liked the location, the riverside setting is lovely and you have easy access to the downtown area from Demachiyanagi subway station and the subway and bus services will get you wherever you need to go. Check with the owners before you go how to locate the property as the website does not give an accurate location. I would recommend this cottage as a very good base for exploring Kyoto and its local area.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Home from Home

  • 5 of 5

We arrived in Kyoto during silver week and the place was fully booked but we managed to find this great place north of the center in a peaceful location by the river. We enjoyed the place and the kitchenette. Mike and co were really nice and gave us good advice of what to do in and around Kyoto. A great base for exploring and tube/train options less than 10 mins away. Good places to buy groceries less than 10 mins away too.

Wifi was great. Good to have the use of the washing machine too.

If we come back to Kyoto, we would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for staying with us, and we really enjoyed meeting you and chatting as well. You certainly made the most of your time in and around Kyoto! You are very lucky to have visited our lovely city at the beginning of our favorite season! Good luck with your continuing travels and we would love to host you again sometime. -Mike, Yuko, and family.
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Kamo Cottage, Kyoto Japan

  • 5 of 5

Mike and Yuko’s Kamo Cottage is ideally located for those wanting to explore Kyoto. The river view and self-contained accommodations make for a great base. Bus and subway stops are located within easy walking distance and provide easy access to the Shinkansen, local trains or the inner city. Nearby community shopping coupled with the cottage’s cooking facilities provide an easy way to keep your food bill under control while living like a native.

Mike and Yuko are both knowledgeable and gracious. Both speaking English is a special bonus when looking getting around or locating a place to purchase specialty items. We would recommend the Kamo Cottage for anyone, especially adventurous travelers, looking for a quiet refuge in Kyoto.

  • Submitted: May 27, 2013
  • Stayed: October 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Nearest Train
500 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
Ramen, chinese, sushi
Car: not necessary

Walking distance from the Keihan train and subway, as well as convenience stores, supermarkets, restaurants, and bicycle rental. Demachiyanaggi area is at one end of the train going directly to Osaka, and also the terminus for the above ground small railway going north to the hot spring/temple town of Kurama


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $0

Kids under 12 free, no cleaning fees.

The Kamo house is an ideal rental for longer stays

Contact us for special seasonal deals. Long term rates are available at certain times of the year, and the Kamo house is a good way to experience Kyoto if you plan to visit on business or for a longer time.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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