Entire home/apt

3 guests

1 bedroom

2 beds
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About this listing

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.

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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.

The space
Accommodates: 3
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Check In: 3PM - 9PM
Check Out: 12PM (noon)
Room type: Entire home/apt


Extra people: 19 / night after 2 guests
Cleaning Fee: 58
Security Deposit: 322
Weekly Discount: 15%
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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

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.***



Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund. Cancel within 7 days of your trip and the reservation is non-refundable.

Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
Fire extinguisher

3 nights minimum stay

17 Reviews

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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

Sophie User Profile
July 2017
So lovely!

Christine User Profile
July 2017
I stayed here with a friend for a few nights and we loved our stay! It was a traditional Japanese home - we slept very comfortably on the futons and it was a very quiet neighborhood (perfect for me because I am an extremely light sleeper). Communication with Maneki was easy and the check-in/check out processes were very smooth. We were given a tour of the house and explanations of how to use the different utilities, and given a comprehensive booklet of recommended restaurants and sights. Highly recommend!

Elise User Profile
April 2017
This is a lovely home. All the amenities you can ask for. Loved the shower and the beds were very comfortable. The owner and volunteers were fantastic to make sure everything was okay and assisted with local activity information.

Doneva User Profile
April 2017
My stay at this traditional Japanese home was the quiet and restful experience I needed after being in the busy environment of Osaka the week before. Susan and the volunteers were very nice. For modern appliances the house only lacks a television which I didn't miss at all. Should you need to run out to get something stores aren't too much of a walk or bike ride away. I would definitely recommend a stay here!

Matias User Profile
March 2017
This is an amazing japanese style house that includes everything you may need as well. One of the most pleasant stays so far in Japan. I would definitely try to stay here again or recommend it further.

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Quaint Kyoto guest houses in a traditional Japanese neighborhood, helping to support animal welfare in Japan.

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