Peaceful Kyoto Bungalow - Bicycles + parking
Peaceful Kyoto Bungalow - Bicycles + parking
4 guests
1 bedroom
3 beds
1 bath
4 guests
1 bedroom
3 beds
1 bath
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Ages 2 - 12
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Under 2
4 guests maximum. Infants don’t count toward the number of guests.
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Sunny little house in traditional Japanese neighborhood, around a 20-minute walk from JR Emmachi or 15-minute from Uzumasa Tenjingawa subway. Quiet neighborhood. Peaceful retreat in beautiful historic Kyoto. Bicycles provided.

** Please contact us for a last minute booking discount (one week or less before check-in) **

The space

Lovely 1-story Japanese house with private garden, in peaceful residential neighborhood. Centrally located in Kyoto, most places of interest are accessible via bicycle. A few minutes walk from a beautiful bakery/cafe, and around a 10-minute walk from supermarket/department store. This is an old house, and though much of it has been improved, there are still a few of the issues associated with aging buildings. 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. 1 double futon and 2 single futons available, depending on number of guests booked, with 10 cm mattresses. There is one gas heating unit installed in the living room along with an air conditioning/heating unit. There is 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 will only prepare the number of beds 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 right down the street. They will likely be helping at check-in, and are often 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 with, would be very welcome.
It is important to note (again) that this is an old Japanese house and impossible to heat thoroughly in colder months. It can also be a bit damp. While localized heating sources and warm bedding are supplied, guests who find cold particularly intolerable may not be comfortable.

Free parking on premises

Extra people $19 NZD / night after 2 guests
Cleaning Fee $58 NZD
Security Deposit $449 NZD
Weekly Discount: 15%
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 floor mattress
Common spaces
2 floor mattresses

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.***


Safety features
Carbon monoxide detector
Fire extinguisher

On Fridays and Saturdays the minimum stay is 3 nights.

19 Reviews

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Peter User Profile
October 2017
Mixed feelings, very nice quiet enviroment, but too small kitchen, no place to prepare food. Only one sink in whole house, you have to wash up dishes and brush your teeth in same sink. Difficult if you are more than two persons living there. Very few amenities, not even a knife to cut vegetables

Amy User Profile
October 2017
Absolutely beautiful, traditional Japanese house in a wonderful, quiet area. And all going towards an amazing cause! We loved staying here, thanks so much!

Yoon Kyung User Profile
April 2017
As the information shows the location from subway station is not good. But if you wanna stay at quiet and friendly place this house is best for you.

Roberta User Profile
April 2017
This house is exactly as described and is the REAL Kyoto. If you have any interest at all in how real Japanese people live, especially in the post-war period, this is the house for you. It is a bit of a walk from the station and initially is a bit difficult to find, I wish that was a bit clearer but they host did everything in their power to make that clear. They send you a ton of information about the place. I think this place can easily accommodate three people but four or more might be a stretch. Clean place, VERY quiet (this is not a party house and you are not in a party neighborhood), it was exactly what we needed after crazy Tokyo. The nice thing about the station is that it is a JR Station, by the way, so if you have a JR pass you can use the station for free! Thanks to Maneki, we were very pleased with this place.

Mark User Profile
December 2016
Our hosts were great. Very helpful and great communication. The neighborhood is exactly what we hoped for: a quiet, safe, traditional Japanese neighborhood. The house is incredibly cute. If you can stay here, DO IT. We recommend packing light; otherwise the walk to / from the train can be a bit of a hassle. The provide nice bikes, though, so getting around is great. For some reason, the gas went out at our location one day (maybe someone was working on the gas line or something), but out hosts were gracious enough to give us another place next door to bathe at. Thanks again for everything :)

Anna User Profile
November 2016
The house is truly peaceful and comfortable. It does have low ceilings but that's typical for a traditional Japanese home. It is convenient to have a washer and a kitchen in the house. It is a great place to stay and provide a lot more space than a hotel. The owner provided bikes which makes it convenient. There is a local bus #27 just a couple minutes away. We make good use of our daily bus passes and caught the #27 bus to our connection with other major bus routes nearby such as route 11, 93 or 203. Or it's just a 12 minutes walk to the bus stops for these major routes. The JR train stations is also nearby, about 1 km away.

Kazumi User Profile
November 2016
It was a cosy and peaceful house. Everything needed for daily life is there. Although we did not use, coffee and tea are also provided. There is a lovely bakery nearby, which we enjoyed so much, and there are many shops and restaurants if you go towards JR Emmachi station. Free bicycles were also very good to explore the central parts of Kyoto. We went to the Imperial palace almost everyday by bicycle from the house. I cannot find any major drawbacks of the house, but some might find neighbours' voices disturbing at night (though it was rarely loud).

Ukyo Ward, JapanJoined in July 2014
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