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Cozy Kyoto Cottage - Bicycles provided
Cozy Kyoto Cottage - Bicycles provided
3 guests
1 bedroom
2 beds
1 bath
3 guests
1 bedroom
2 beds
1 bath
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Cozy little 1-story Japanese house. Small 1LDK, enclosed private garden, around a 20-minute walk from JR Emmachi or 15 minutes to Nishioji oike subway. Quiet, traditional neighborhood, not far from cafes and supermarket. Wifi. Bicycles provided.

The space

Quaint little Japanese house, most comfortable for 2 or 3 people. Pretty retreat in central Kyoto, in very quiet and peaceful area. Beautiful cafe and bakery a few minutes walk from house, and supermarket/department store a 10 minute walk away. House has 1 double futon and 2 single futons available, depending on number of guests booked. This is an older Japanese house, with a few imperfections and inconveniences, but it has lots of character. It is comfortable for those not seeking luxury or a modern environment, and for those who prefer something quirky to something smooth and polished. Because it is an older house, with attached garden, it is sometimes difficult to keep all of nature outside--we have repellents on hand, but you may see some insects. Please be warned: It can be a bit cold and difficult to heat thoroughly during the winter months, as well as the opposite during the summer. The bath area for this listing is located outside the main house, adjacent to the private garden. There is one gas heating unit installed in the living room, and another air conditioning/heating unit installed in the bedroom.

Guest access

This is an independent house, and the group or persons booking this listing have private access to the entire space. Host lives in a separate house nearby, not in rental house. The house includes equipped kitchen, washing machine, wi-fi, private garden, and 2 bicycles. Additional bicycles may be provided according to availability, number of guests, and scheduling. Please be sure to book the correct number of guests in your party, even if traveling with children. We cannot accept additional guests arriving without prior notice, and we will only prepare the number of futon beds, towels, etc., in relation to the number of guests booked.

Interaction with guests

As needed :-) I am a native English speaker, with some Japanese ability, living nearby. I'm happy to provide information about the area, but I am also a teacher and busy animal welfare enthusiast, so prefer more independent travelers. Volunteers for our animal welfare group (and assisting with the guesthouses) stay in a house very nearby. They will likely be helping at check-in, and are usually available to help or advise.

Other things to note

Due the very quite neighborhood, we require all guests to check in before 9pm. If you are delayed for any reason at all, and hope to check in after 9pm, you will need to pay a late fee on arrival, to cover extra staff costs. Neighbors in the area do not speak English (though host is Native American), so knowing a few Japanese words to greet people on the street, would be very welcome.
It is important to note (again) that this is an old wooden Japanese house and impossible to heat thoroughly in colder months. It can also be a bit damp. Beyond that, the bath area is technically outside the house (though accessed via covered walkways). While localized heating sources and warm bedding are supplied, guests who find cold particularly intolerable may not be comfortable.

Pets allowed
Family/kid friendly
Wireless Internet
Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 floor mattress
Common spaces
1 floor mattress
House Rules
No smoking
No parties or events
Check-in time is 3PM - 9PM
Check out by 12PM (noon)

Because of the private nature of the house and garden, it can feel like a small world unto itself. But, this is an older quiet neighborhood, so it's very important to be mindful of not being noisy. Moreover, your neighbors are just a thin wall away in some places. Talking and living quietly is a very important aspect of respecting your neighbors' comfort and privacy. Guests must use quiet voices at all times, especially in the evening, and also while walking in the neighborhood streets. Please take extra care when pulling suitcases through the streets after 8pm, as the noise can disturb neighbors. If you are traveling with children, please monitor noise levels carefully. Pets must be discussed with us before you book. There is no smoking anywhere inside the house or private garden. Trash and recyclables must be separated and disposed of according to city regulations, as displayed on the house trash bins. We keep costs down by employing a minimal cleaning service. For this to continue, the house should be left clean and tidy (NO UNWASHED DISHES, left, for example). Bicycles are provided for use at your own risk, and must be replaced by guests if lost, damaged, or stolen. Any damages to house, items, and/or any extra cleaning fees necessary, must be paid for by guests. ***Guests who arrive after 9pm for any reason at all must pay a late fee on arrival, to cover extra costs. The fee will be 2,000 yen from 9pm to 12am, and 5,000 yen from 12am to 9am.***


23 Reviews

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Gary User Profile
October 2017
Cozy cottage in Kyoto was a unique experience. It was most comfortable having 3 rooms plus inside toilet and a wee garden sitting area. All one needed was provided including 2 bikes. The instruction how to get there and how to utilize the facilities were clear and made for a stress free stay. The communications regarding our stay were clear and professional and Celia was friendly and caring.

Greg User Profile
November 2017
We had a bit of a mixed experience with this place. First, the good: the staff running the place was very kind, helpful, and communicative. The place itself was also very nice; it has a very nice nostalgic machiya feel to it. On the other hand, the location isn't so great. It has good access to Arashiyama and areas like Daitokuji, but anything on the west or south side of town requires 45 minutes to an hour to reach. Also, we had some problems with the cleanliness of the space (which was taken care of very quickly and professionally when we voiced our concern to the staff).

Sarah User Profile
October 2017
The cozy cottage was quaint and quiet and close to the station and only a few stops from central Kyoto. Location wise it provided a good base for exploring the city. It also offered a good insight into a traditional Japanese house and neighbourhood. The host was available and helped up to check in although we were late arriving. The wifi did not work properly throughout our stay (could only be used outside the house) and the house is pretty basic- there were some issues with pests at the house and the towels were quite old. The bathroom is also outside the house and not particularly comfortable.

Abby User Profile
October 2017
Cozy yet spacious for 2 adults and 1 very energetic 20-month-old boy. This place is ideal for families with small children as you can put the little ones on the floor mattresses without worrying about them falling off. We loved the Japanese-style set-up, and this accommodation is much more affordable than ryokans. The beds were actually very comfortable and there's AC/heat in the bedroom that works great. Note that you have to go outside a little bit to get to the shower (it's located around the back of the house and there's no heating), so if you're sensitive to cold then perhaps this isn't the best place in the wintertime. We stayed in a warm October time period so actually quite enjoyed the setup. Kitchen amenities were great, washing machine worked just fine. Host's communication was excellent and they provide local maps and any information you need about transport and places to eat in the area. Thanks for the great stay!

Patrick & Karen User Profile
September 2017
The location was very quiet and peaceful and we felt very much part of a neighbourhood as we were able to ride the bikes around and feel like locals. Everything was convenient to access and the house was very cute - but you need to be mindful if you are tall!

Laura User Profile
August 2017
If you want to stay in a typically japanese house, it's the right place to stay !! The house is really beautiful ! The hosts were also available for us and helped us if we have any problems. The subway is not so far from the house, just 10 min by walk ! I loved to stay there and if I come back to Kyoto, for sure I would like to go in this house again ! Thank you very much !! It was a great experience and I hope to come back again !!!

Lukas User Profile
July 2017
Free bikes and fully equipped house... we had a great time in kyoto

Ukyo Ward, JapanJoined in July 2014
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