|Minimum Stay||3 - 5 nights|
Ajiro was renovated in 2013, yet retain the original features of the original Japanese house in the traditional manner. Ajiro is located in a quiet neighbours, in a small ally off the main street. The main attractions nearby are National Museum, Sanjusangendo and Kamo river and they are all within 5 minute walk from the house.
Provided for your comfort are 3 single futons. There are a small dining table and chairs, fully equipped kitchen, and washing machine. Wifi Internet connection is also available. Our check in time is between 15:00 and 21:00.
Price appears is for 2 people use. Please ask for the quote for 3 people.
We had such a wonderful stay here this October and I wholeheartedly recommend this property. Prior to our arrival all queries were answered promptly and, as promised, Yuki was at the arranged meeting point exactly on time on our arrival day. We were given plenty of info to help us with our stay and a tour of the property to acquaint us with everything. This is a traditional property, so separate toilet and bathroom downstairs (both of which were great). All toiletries provided, as well as washing powder for the machine. A small kitchen area which was more than sufficient (enough to make ourselves breakfast and suppers in the evening if needed), but to be quite honest Kyoto has such a wealth of places to eat, for all budgets, that it was often easiest to eat out. Upstairs, an open plan sleeping area sufficient to take 3 futons. A small balcony with a washing line was useful to dry clothes. The property has been renovated very sympathetically and is delightful. Lovely antique furniture and a well thought out design. Yuki has done a great job. Yuki himself was so kind. He dropped by one evening with his daughters to check we were all ok and had bought us cakes and some juice. A lovely thought. Yuki lives next door with his family so is always contactable if needed. He kindly organised a taxi for us on our departure day and even came out onto the street at 4am in the morning to check all was ok. He was a real star in making sure that we got to Kyoto station in time for our bus to Kansai airport. Thank you Yuki for a most wonderful and memorable stay in Kyoto.
Yuki and his family went out of their way to make us feel at home. They live right around the corner, so whenever we had a question, they were literally right there. When we arrived, Yuki gave us all the information we needed about the neighbourhood, the city and the surrounding area, and his English is excellent. They attended to all our needs, and we will never forget the lovely surprise birthday cake they brought for our daughter!
The apartment was just what we needed. It's in a good location in a quiet neighbourhood on several bus and train lines, with a couple of convenience stores nearby for groceries and cash withdrawals.
The kitchen/dining area was small, but suitable for 2 adults and 1 child. The upstairs bedroom was spacious and the futons comfy. Just be sure to bring an eye mask because the sun streams through the paper blinds in the morning. There is a washing machine and the outside balcony is used for drying laundry, which was not a problem at the height of summer. Good A/C, water pressure, everything works. The whole apartment is bright and airy, and very tastefully designed and furnished. Like most Japanese buildings, the walls and ceiling are very thin, so don't let your kids jump around upstairs or the ceiling feels like it will crash in. In addition to the delicate structure and fixtures, there are some valuable, breakable decorative items and furniture, so maybe not the best choice if you have a toddler or two. Also, the stairs are a bit steep, but fine unless you have a mobility problem. We thought the price was very good for what we got, and probably compares favourably with other lodging in Kyoto.
Thanks again for a wonderful stay in one of the most fascinating cities in the world!
My husband and I are Canadians and recently booked this accommodation for over 3 weeks. What a treasure! This townhome is tucked down a lane in a traditional Kyoto neighborhood that is well located near sights, the subway, buses and Kyoto Train Station. The moment the owner turned the key and we stepped through the entrance, we knew our stay would be special. Recently renovated, the house reflects a charming blend of modern convenience with traditional beauty. Sliding wooden doors, vintage light fixtures, a gorgeous tatami room, fresh flowers and natural light are just a few of the features. A small couch in the lower level (and not shown in the pictures) provides a comfortable spot to plan a day of Kyoto sightseeing.
Most importantly, though, the owner and his family welcomed us with kindness. They answered endless questions we had about culture, neighborhoods and unique places to visit. The owner has almost ten years of experience in the hospitality business, operating a guesthouse; this provides him with the insight to know the needs of foreign visitors.
If this is the type of accommodation you are seeking, don't hesitate. This place is a gem.
As people who had not visited Japan before and knew very little Japanese, we were, not surprisingly, a little anxious about our decision to stay in a traditional Japanese house rather than a Western style hotel. As our taxi came to a stop on a small back street in Kyoto, we were relieved to be met by our host who spoke fluent English.
Not only did he hand us the keys, but he took the time to walk us through the property and acquaint us with all of its features. He also provided us with printouts of the local attractions organized by city sector.
When the weather turned out to be unseasonably cool, he called to offer us winter coats, a gesture we very much appreciated.
Recently remodeled, the house consists of a living room, kitchen, bathroom downstairs and a spacious tatami mat bedroom/sitting room upstairs. Everything was spotless. We were particularly impressed by the fine craftsmanship throughout. Although the house had some idiosyncratic features by Western standards, we found it easy to adjust to.
We very much enjoyed the fact that we had not chosen to stay in a more conventional lodging. By the end of our five night stay, we had come to appreciate the personal connection we had established with our host and his family - including two utterly delightful little girls - who lived literally around the corner.
Superbe petite maison, très soignée à tous points de vue (petits bibelots, très bons couchages, propreté irréprochable,...), bien placée dans Kyoto. Le propriétaire est sympathique, attentif et de bon conseil.
a very nice small house, very clean, japanese construction & decoration, good site in Kyoto.
Yukinori is a very pleasant man, who can give good advice about Kyoto.
We had a wonderful stay in this charming house in a quiet and peaceful but convenient location downtown Kyoto. Buses and trains commute very frequently, there are small supermarkets around which are open quite long, so you can get most important things whenever needed. The house has two very efficient ACs, you have a washing machine, fridge, you can make filter coffee, etc. The owner even provides coffee powder, filters, etc. as well as towels, detergent to wash, shampoo, soap, etc. so you need not to care for anything but getting there. We would stay there definately again if we should come to Kyoto! Thank you for the wonderful time we had!