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Winter discount! Kamo Riverside Rental - amazing location, tranquillity, peace

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 a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 16, 2017

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 Kyoto

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.


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


Kamigyo-ku 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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average rating of 4.818182 based on 22 reviews

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: Jul 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: Sep 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: Oct 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Good day to you Mike and Yuko

  • 5 of 5

We apologize to you, for not writing this review longer ago and that we are doing this barely now.

But we really want to let everyone know how wonderful we felt during the time we spent at your cottage. From the first moment we found your place it was dreamy for us.

Where else could you feel peaceful and free if not as close as possible to the nature.

We realize that if we were to book a hotel or some more centered place, wouldn't have been able to experience everything we did.

We wouldn't find out that in Kyoto's mornings people love jogging or exercising on the sides of the river.

That at the noon they enjoy relaxing or taking a nap on a bench at the shadow of a tree and even under the bridges listening to the murmur of the river.

And when the night falls romance surrounds you from all the places.

Couples are being intimate and share their love at the relaxing sound of students musical instruments, that are practicing each day for becoming better.

Other groups giggling while they're playing with fireworks. Everyone says " hello" to you with open heart and gladness in their voices.

We really felt magnificent during our stay in Kyoto at your place. We are grateful to you for giving us the chance to experience this moments.

Do we recommend your place !? We definitely do ! We've been telling all our friends and all the people we know, about how beautiful the time in Kyoto was for us. How cozy we felt at your place and how wonderful it was that you could just get outside, sit on the side of the river and interact with the nature. No cars, no traffic noises, just pure serenity .

Thank you Yuko and Mike for your hospitality and please forgive us for not interacting with you as much as your other guests, but as you have noticed we were always outside from the morning until night exploring Kyoto and surroundings. Thank you for your help every time we needed, and for the maps you provided in the room, they were many times helpful. Also for providing us with the bikes . It made it so easy for us to make it quick for seeing the shows of the Tanabata festival, to visit Kyoto and some of the temples ( are still many left to be seen) .

We hope to see you again and we would love to Visit Kyoto sometime in the spring, since Kamo river looks amazing with all the bloomed trees.

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much, and we are always very happy and grateful when someone has a good time in our city. You pointed out the most important points for us about living in this beautiful area as well. It is indeed something special to be so near to everything but at the same time, to have the sound of the river as you drift off to sleep. We want to offer our guests the best of both worlds: privacy and comfort, with all the support you need to enjoy your time here. And the people walking dogs, having picnics, and jogging down the riverside are right outside the door! If you happen to be an early riser it is a wonderful place to be for your morning stroll. Also the shops are just walking distance down past the first bridge. It was a pleasure to share our knowledge and information about the highlights of Kyoto with you, and certainly would love to see you again sometime. Happy travels and all the best with everything! MB
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A Perfect Home Base For Kyoto

  • 4 of 5

I love staying in apartments when traveling - I can visit local shops and restaurants and get a real sense of the neighbourhood.

I have a few criteria I use to select apartments:

* We like to have a sitting area. It can be an studio apartment but should at least have a table that we can sit at.

* We may not actually cook but we want the option to make a meal if we want to so it should have a kitchen. We usually eat breakfast 'at home' in the morning so like to be able to make coffee and have a fridge to keep milk and beer cold.

* It should have shops and restaurants nearby. We don't want to have to go into town to grab a bite - we want to eat in the neighbourhood.

* It should be near public transportation. We like being out in regular neighbourhoods but still want to be able to get to the sights. Bus, train, or subway should be within a 15 minute walk.

* It should have wifi internet connection.

Kamo Cottage easily met all of these criteria plus Mike and Yuko provided any information we wanted about Kyoto and the surrounding area. We used the bikes provided to meander through small streets to all the sights and were easily able to get to the subway to explore further afield.

It was quiet, comfortable and perfect.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you again, it was nice to meet you and share some stories. Good luck with your future travels and I hope that we have a chance to meet again in the future if you come to Kyoto again. We also appreciated your helpful comments and as usual, we try to update our rental in order to better serve our guests. -MB
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Cosy Kyoto bolthole

  • 4 of 5

We had a good experience booking with Mike. Everything was straightforward, including payment by Paypal. Mike sent detailed travel instructions ahead of time, and we were pleased with the accommodation, which whilst being bijou provides everything you need (we stayed 11 days).

As our daughter is living in Kyoto we did not need to call on Mike's assistance much, but I feel sure he would have been ready and willing if required.

Recommended for independent travellers, and anyone wanting to absorb the flavour of Kyoto.

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2012
  • Stayed: Apr 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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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.

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