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Quiet, Comfortable, Heavenly convenient!!! Great for couples or families.

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • children welcome


About the property

Peaceful Japanese Style House - 2 Bedroom, functional kitchen with a river view!


This house is in the center of Kyoto and very close to three major train lines and the subway. Its in a quiet neighborhood

You can find many cafes, bars, restaurants and many sightseeing spots such as Kiyomizu Temple, Yasaka Shrine, the Kyoto National Museum and many many more all within 15 minutes of this Guest House.

The house comes equipped with high-speed internet, a 60 inch flat screen TV, an ice-making refrigerator, 2 air conditioners, microwave oven toaster and a drum style washer/dryer.

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, Japanese
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 15, 2017

About Ken

I grew up in Canada, went to school in the United States and have spent the last 15 years of my life in Kyoto. I fell in love with this city, its temples, shrines and festivals within my first few years here and don't think I'll ever leave.

Ken purchased this house in 2004

Why Ken chose Kyoto

This house faces the Takase river. The view offers cherry blossoms in Spring, fireflies in early summer, beautiful leaves in Autumn. This house is in a wonderful area. Easily accessible in a quiet and safe neighborhood.

What makes this house unique

Fantastic location (central) with a riverside view. Quiet neighborhood and traditional neighbors. Well equipped facilities and lots of helpful information to make your stay in Kyoto memorable.


Shimogyo-ku House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 4
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • River ...
  • Town ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • The toilet is modern with a bidet and warm seat(appreciated on Kyoto's cool winter days). The toilet and shower/bath are in separate rooms.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • East Bedroom - 2 sleep sofa /futon , beautiful view of the river!
    West Bedroom - 2 sleep sofa /futon , opens out to a quiet balcony
  • The bedrooms are both on the 2nd floor. The front bedroom, facing East, overlooks a quiet stream and the back bedroom opens out to a nice balcony. There are 2 new AC/Heaters in both of the bedrooms upstairs that will keep you comfortable during your stay.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • roller blading
*** compatibility regarding electronics and games is not guaranteed. Private chef available - please inquire.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(28 traveler reviews)

Quiet, Comfortable, Heavenly convenient!!! Great for couples or families.
average rating of 4.928571 based on 28 reviews

Just what I wished for!!

  • 5 of 5

To address questions asked: The listing description is completely accurate. The location is perfect for walking to transportation, and sites. The layout works well and was a perfect accommodation for myself and my daughter giving us each the privacy we needed. Having a washing machine for a two week stay could not be beat. The house was immaculate. Ken, the owner provided all the information we could have needed regarding restaurants, stores, sites etc.. This was my fifth trip to Japan but in many ways it felt "all new" because we were "living" in the city, and Ken made that possible. I would definitely recommend this property to best friends and relatives.

I took this trip to celebrate my 70th birthday and to share it with one of my daughters. We visited fabulous temples many of which are within walking distance, an easy cab, or subway from around the corner. We went to Nara. We went into the surrounding country side which is very quickly amazingly rural and agricultural. We went to markets, and really neat stores. We loved the local pubs including Kura Kura where we returned three times (English menu) and An Gies which has great fish. People were very friendly with banter and we shared tastes of all the dishes. Ken is a food writer and his recommendations after I said what I was looking for were right on. I cannot recommend this property more highly and yes a beautiful small river is right outside the door and although near busy streets, it is a very very quiet area.

  • Submitted: May 25, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Joel, It was truly a pleasure meeting you and your daughter during your stay at KiYOMiZU House. I am thrilled you enjoyed your stay here. Thank you for taking such good care of the house and appreciating all the amenities. I truly love Kyoto and could see the same love in your eyes too. KiYOMiZU House will always be here, waiting for your next trip to Japan!!! Happy 70th!!!
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Superbe emplacement et très bon accueil

  • 5 of 5

Nous avons loué cette maison durant 9 jours. Avec 2 chambres, la maison est un peu petite pour une famille de 5 mais très bien aménagée et équipée. L'emplacement dans Kyoto est idéal: proche des quartiers intéressants (5-10mn à pieds), du train et métro, location de vélos, parking etc... Mais surtout Ken, a été un hôte extraordinaire, disponible, multipliant les petites attentions et nous faisant partager sa passion et connaissance du Japon et de Kyoto. Un 'plus' très appréciable dans ce pays à la culture passionnante mais un peu hermétique. Si il est disponible, je recommande d'ailleurs de faire un tour guidé (payant) d'une demi journée avec lui. Il vous donnera de bonnes adresses et de précieuses 'clefs' pour profiter de la ville.

Bref, une belle découverte, et évidemment, une recommandation.

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great house, great location, great host

  • 5 of 5

We couldn't have asked for more from our stay at Kiyomizu House. It was just as described and really comfortable. Ken's recommendations and tips were extremely helpful.

Kyoto is truly an amazing city, and this house is a great base from which to explore it.

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Kyoto Property

  • 5 of 5

Ken was a fantastic host for our family of two adults and three kids, and the Kiyomizu House is exactly as described. The house is nicely located near the center of Kyoto and on major bus routes (the best way to temple hop). The house itself has everything one needs, including a great washer/dryer. Don't hesitate to stay at the Kiyomizu house. Thanks Ken!

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Stay in Conveniently Located Kyoto House

  • 5 of 5

We lived in Japan some years ago and brought our now teenage children back on a two week trip to experience Japan and revisit the old stomping grounds. The end of our itinerary included a four night stay at Kiyomizu House. In our previous life we lived close enough to Kyoto to make day trips there but this time wanted to experience Kyoto more locally, and Kiyomizu House fit the bill perfectly. The house is located an easy walk to Kiyomizu Temple, Gion, Sanjusangendo, and a lovely (and quiet!) Japanese garden just down the street. The day we visited the garden we stumbled upon a Japanese arts demonstration including shamisen, calligraphy, and ikebana. You never know what you will find in Japan! A convenience store and grocery store are nearby, as are several restaurants. We made good use of the Kyoto subway system and a stop is a very short walk from the house. Host Ken is very friendly and accommodating and will make restaurant reservations and suggestions. A detailed map left in the house by Ken was a great resource, and the washer/dryer came in handy as well. The house is small by Western standards but convenient and clean. Two bedrooms upstairs slept the four of us perfectly on Futons. The kitchen is new and well equipped. A note to anyone with disabilities the staircase is steep going up to the bedrooms although I think a futon could easily be set up in the first floor living room if necessary. With two rivers nearby as landmarks you can easily explore the city without worrying about getting lost! We ran into a slight snag at the end of the trip with transportation arrangements to the airport due to busy cherry blossom season, but Ken set us up with a friend/driver so our sayonara to Japan included Karaoke in the van on the way to the airport. Kyoto is a city not to be missed on any Japan itinerary, and we would definitely plan to stay here again.

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great home along the river in Kyoto

  • 5 of 5

This house was exactly what I'd pictured in my mind when planning our trip to Kyoto. The immaculately maintained home in its quiet, serene neighborhood was what we needed for our vacation. It had everything we needed (full kitchen, washer/dryer, chirping birds) plus it's located close to many historic sites and train stations. Cabs are also easy to find when needed, but we mostly walked everywhere. Our host, Ken, could not have been friendlier nor more helpful. He gave us invaluable info in preparation for our stay and was available for questions while we were in Kyoto.

One word of caution for elderly or special needs travelers: the staircase is very steep and the bathroom is downstairs (both bedrooms are upstairs). If, however, this is not a cause for concern, BOOK THIS HOUSE!

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Shimogyo-ku House Rental Rates

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3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 10.0%

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

*** Please contact us for the high season rates (March, April, May, July, September, October, November, End/Beginning of the Year). ***

Payments must be made in YEN.

*** All reservations are on a first come first served basis.
Your final reservation will be completed by e-mail.
Please note that your reservation is not complete until your payment is made. ***

All payments must be made in yen through Paypal.

** 2016 Rates **

*** Staying 3 nights or more ***
1 guest : 20,000 yen
2 guests: 25,000 yen
3 guests: 28,000 yen
4 guests: 30,000 yen

10% discount for 7 or more days
15% discount for 14 or more days
20% discount for 21 or more days
25% discount for 30 or more days
*** No long stay discounts for April, October & November ***

Taxes are currently based at 8% and are subject to go up according to Japanese law.

Rates advertised are for the current dates only.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Nearest Airport
99.9 Kilometres
Kansai Airport (KIX) 90 mins by train
Nearest Barpub
150 Metres
Lots of bars within 5 mins in all directions
Nearest Train
250 Metres
Nearest Motorway
3 Kilometres
Meishin Highway
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Lots of restaurants within 5 mins walk!!!
Car: not necessary

KiYOMiZU House is half way between Kyoto station and downtown Kyoto in a quiet magical location in front of the Takase river. All of the train lines and subway are within 15mins walking distance from the house, giving you easy access to surrounding cities and sightseeing spots.

Kyoto is famous for its food and there are amazing restaurants all around KiYOMiZU HOUSE.

The neighborhood is old and the neighbors are quiet. Its located in front of the Takasegawa river in Kyoto. You can find cherry blossoms all along this river in spring and even see fireflies in June.

KiYOMiZU HOUSE faces East so there is nice morning light but don't worry - there are also elegant blinds for those who just want to sleep in and wake up at their own pace.

All the appliances in KiYOMiZU HOUSE are new and quite modern so your stay will be very comfortable.

Let KiYOMiZU HOUSE be the place that you call home while you visit the most traditional & remarkable city in Japan.


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