A comfortable, spacious and traditional house in a sleepy neighbourhood encircled by two beautiful rivers. On the doorstep to the ancient and beautiful Shimogamo Shrine, one of the oldest Shinto shrines in Japan and is one of the seventeen Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto which have been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Come stay in a funky, traditional and alternative part of town, off the beaten track enough to be relaxing, but connected enough by transport to be convenient!
The place is a very traditional Japanese house. However we have also equipped it with modern conveniences, a recently renovated bathroom area, a good-sized functional kitchen with dining table, and a living room with large TV, couch and a KOTATSU (this is a Japanese style table with a blanket attached and heater under the blanket to keep you toasty and warm). The place has 3 bedrooms (1 downstairs and 2 upstairs) and is really good for small groups and families. Please understand that the stairs are very steep and you should take care! But there is also a bedroom downstairs too for those not able for the stairs.
Please also understand that the bedding and flooring is traditional style. This means tatami (straw) floor mats and futons. Tatami is soft, springy and breathes well in the summer, and has a grassy, herbal fragrance to it. If you are not aware of tatami and its place in Japanese houses and society, please give a little research at first!
You will have access to the whole house to yourself and your group. Enjoy the downstairs space where there is a kitchen, living room and a guest room that can sleep a couple of people. Enjoy the small patio space where you can do your washing and the bathroom area with separate toilet, shower and sink area. Then go upstairs and enjoy the two traditional tatami-mat bedrooms. There is a small balcony up there too, though please be careful when using it!
Interaction with guests
I don't live at the premises, though I am a 15 minute drive away. I give my guests space to enjoy themselves (and I hope they are respectful of the quiet neighbourhood!). We have a 24hr booking team to answer questions quickly, and I answer any questions they can't as soon as I can (given work and sleep constraints :D )
Other things to note
We also provide a curated list of recommended places to visit for each of our properties (and some of the more central areas too) which we update regularly. We hand-pick these places for each area to give the best balance of accessibility even if you don't speak or read Japanese, while still giving you some suggestions a little more off the beaten track compared to standard guide-books.
We are also software developers, and are working on apps to make your life a little easier when travelling. We have finished our first app aimed at travellers, a cool little app that explains dietary requirements such as Pescatarian, Vegan and Gluten-Free in any language. While we can't share this here, we do share this out with our check-in information. We hope it is of some use to some people!
Please understand that this is a really quiet and traditional neighbourhood. The walls are very thin, so please keep voices down after 10:30 as well as the TVs volume!
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I have been working and living in Japan for 9 years, the last 4 of these are in Kyoto. I love it here and hope you do too!
I run a small software studio called NEKOLOGIC. The profits of our Airbnb endeavours go back into software development, where we hope to make things that are of use and fun to travellers to both Kyoto and everywhere else.
Our first app is called NomNomNom: Travel and Eat Freely - an app to help those with special dietary requirements (Vegan, Gluten-Free, Peanut Allergy etc.) explain this in multiple languages when they travel. We can't share the URL here but please do search the full title on your favorite search engine :)
We are also working on games to help people learn Japanese in a fun way! Watch this space!