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Sean

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, Japanese, Spanish (so-so)

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

18 Reviews
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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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.

The Moon Room is great for families since it is less than ten minutes' walk from a major playground/ children's center as well as the Manga Museum.

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.

In addition to regular wifi in the room, pocket wifi is provided to help you when you explore the city. And my handmade map is an insider's guide to eating in what must be one of the best culinary cities in the world.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Sean

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Sean (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, Japanese, Spanish (so-so)

About Sean

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 purchased this apartment in 2012

Why Sean 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.

Reviews

4.9
based on 18 traveler reviews

Designer Space In Central Kyoto (The Most Unique Room You'll Find In The City)
average rating of 4.888889 based on 18 reviews
5

the location is superb. you can walk to the imperial palace and other sites.

  • 5 of 5

Shawn was great. He made us feel right at home with maps and restaurant recommendations. The apartment is very spacious by Japanese standards. The beds are a little firm, but the street is quiet and so we slept well. But the highlight has to be the location. There are very nice restaurants on the same street and a nice grocery near. There is also a fabulous French bakery within 5 minutes walk. The subway is also close. We were very happy with our selection.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Excellent location

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the Moon Room for 3 very comfortable nights. The location was perfecr, being a short subway ride from Kyoto station. There are plenty of eateries and shops nearby. A coin-operated laundrette is also nearby which is very handy especially foe those on longer trips.

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Can't wait to return to Kyoto

  • 5 of 5

It was our first visit to Japan and a VRBO rental and both places did not disappoint us. We spent 4 of the most wonderful days in Japan. To start with Sean sent us great directions on how to get to the apartment, he also sent us pictures of the outside of the apartment with the Yucca Tree, you cannot miss this place.

The recommendations for restaurants were right on, we tried the Mexican Restaurant that was on Sean's list of favorite restaurants and it did not disappoint us, food was great.

The apartment is quite big, compare to the other hotel rooms we stayed at. The beds are very comfortable, the pillows are firm, the bathroom is quite big, the water pressure is great, we only had one instance of a problem when the tenant's in the upstairs apartment turn off the hot water, but Sean was an e-mail and phone call away and was able to fix the problem immediately. The neighborhood is quite lovely and safe, he provided us with a portable WIFI that was quite helpful when we got lost.

There is absolutely nothing negative that we can say about the Moon Room or its host. We highly recommend the Moon Room. Thanks Sean, it felt like our second home, we hope we can return someday.

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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A Hidden Treasure

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the Moon Room for a week during Sakura season in April 2016.

Great central location and cosy spot! A 2-minute walk to Marutamachi subway station that takes you to all parts of Kyoto with ease. The Moon Room, located on a quiet quaint street, is comfortable, well maintained and lacking nothing. Decor is unique and appealing. It had free wifi and a wifi toggle for use. It speaks volumes when we look forward to returning to the Moon Room after a long day out and about!

Great hospitality from Sean, owner of the Moon Room. Always helpful and responsive -from initial queries months before our trip, in the lead up to and throughout our stay. Sean provided a map and guidebooks for our use, restaurant recommendations, and passed on invaluable information on how to get around Kyoto and what to see. Always there for us in an unobtrusive manner, yet with a highly personalized touch. We also appreciated his professional approach to running the business. We definitely wish to secure the Moon Room for our next visits!

Thoroughly enjoyed our stay - we highly recommend the Moon Room!

  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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Moon Room was great

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 4 found the Moon Room comfortable, clean & perfectly located for our stay in Kyoto. It is within walking distance of great restaurants and many of the sites. It is also conveniently located close to trains.

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Would stay here again

  • 5 of 5

The room was perfect for us - we were a family of 3, 2 adults and a 10 year old. Could easily work for a family of 4 or 5 OR 4 adults. There is a double sized bed and a 1.5 sized bed plus a couch if you would need it. If we would ever go back to Kyoto, we would seek out the moon room again. Close to the transit lines and near great restaurants.

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
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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

Kyoto Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Gion Matsuri
Jul 7 2016 - Jul 31 2016
2 night minimum stay
$150
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Autumn high season
Sep 16 2016 - Nov 27 2016
2 night minimum stay
$150
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
 
Spring High Season 2
Mar 23 2017 - May 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
$150
 
 
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

Owner's 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
Building Type:
  • building
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 6
  • 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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