The island kitchen located in the middle of living spaceNight view of the dining area with the ceiling light off
Your Pavilion near Kinkaku-ji
Hosted by Shimpei
Shimpei is the host.Shimpei is a superhost.
5 guests
2 bedrooms
5 beds
1 bath
5 guests
2 bedrooms
5 beds
1 bath
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Newly renovated Kyoto style two-story townhouse (machiya/町家) for 2-5 guests with two bedrooms, living, island kitchen and dining, and mini garden, in a peaceful residential areas near the city's longest traditional mom and pot shopping street.

10 min by four free bikes to Golden Pavilion (金閣寺) and Kamogawa river (鴨川). Great location to explore the north including Kamigamo-shrine (上賀茂神社), Daitoku-ji (大徳寺), Silver Pavilion (銀閣寺), Ryoan-ji (龍安寺), Ninna-ji (仁和寺), and Kyoto Imperial Palace (京都御所).

The space

The townhouse was used for weaving yarn into a traditional Kyoto textile (Nishijin-ori) by the house resident but then 94 years old wooden house was fully renovated into a modern design while maintaining the original house structure (pillars, beams, the roof, etc.) and atmosphere.

The living is floored with white thermo tiles with a set of Scandinavian furniture (sofa and TV board) and British coffee table on top.

The island kitchen area is fully equipped for cooking, which is next to the dining area with a pine made dining table and chairs and bamboo groove decoration.

The flooring bedroom contains two single beds (plus one extra bedding) and two thick curvy wooden beams can be enjoyed under the house roof.

The house is also fully equipped by high-techs such as a 40 inch wide full high resolution TV, a free wireless LAN, a BOSE wireless Bluetooth speaker, a cell phone as taxi/owner pager, an air conditioner (for both summer and winter) for each of all three rooms, an automatic wash and dryer machine, toilet with washlet function. All of these will well support and entertain your life as if you are at home.

Guest access

You have access to the entire house except:
- The storage with a sliding door besides the island kitchen
- Drawers on island kitchen side
- TV board drawers

Interaction with guests

Host is happy to:
- Book restaurants for guests under the name of guest
- Walk through the neighbor (20 min or so)
- Have meals/coffee together

Other things to note

Cancellation fee: If it is defined as "Strict" or 厳格 (where only 50% is refunded), I will return 70% if the notice is in advance of 30 days from the check in date

If you are concerned about the location such as "located relatively in the north and/or 15 min walk to the nearest subway station” or "may be a bit small for 4 to 5 adults" do check out the below property (by the same owner)

★The house is spacious enough up to 6 persons, especially its living space in the 1st floor (a living, a dining, a tea room, and a big entrance hall)

★3 min to the nearest station Saiin (西院), which is direct to Gion祇園/Kawaramachi河原町, Arashiyama嵐山, and Osaka (and Kinkakuji by bus). There are two supermarkets within 30 sec to 2 min walk.

Family/Kid Friendly
Wireless Internet

Extra people £28 / night after 2 guests
Cleaning Fee £49
Weekly Discount: 15%
Weekend Price £153 / night
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
2 single beds, 1 floor mattress, 1 crib
Bedroom 2
2 floor mattresses

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check in time is 3PM - 12AM (midnight)
Check out by 11AM

- No smoking
- Please follow the waste management instruction on the wall of dining kitchen

You must also acknowledge
Must climb stairs
No parking on property - There is a parking lot 1 min walk from the house for 1000 yen per day (need reservation in advance).


Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
Safety card
Fire extinguisher

2 nights minimum stay

91 Reviews

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Tricia User Profile
August 2016
Shimpei more than earned his Superhost status with his genuine accessibility and care for us. He was extraordinarily helpful in arranging appropriate luggage forwarding services both before our arrival and onwards, so that we could spend our last day with minimal luggage before picking up our suitcases at the airport when checking in. The apartment is a fascinating and authentic taste of beautifully planned both traditional and modern high-tech Japanese living in a comfortable and friendly neighbourhood. It's a touch off the direct transport systems, but using the bikes as locals do (supplied free), these are easily accessible and there is excellent bike parking at the nearest metro station, about a 5 min cycle ride away. There are sights which were on our hit-list (notably Daisen-in zen garden), as well as very pleasant restaurants and food shops, within easy walking distance. Alternatively, Shimpei leaves a phone programmed to a local metered taxi service, who arrive promptly at the press of just one button, so lack of Japanese is not a problem. Shimpei's English is excellent and he will assist with any bookings needing a Japanese speaker. Highly recommended for a trouble-free stay.
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Response from Shimpei:
Thank you Tricia and Nick for the stay and for such a great review which certainly motivate me to longer stay with AirBnB. It was an ideal experience for me as well with a lot of learning and fun aspects that we cannot obtain from other channels than AirBnB. Languages were always at least a small issue no matter where I spent outside of Japan so one of my goals is to remove or minimize the stress to maximize the benefits of the precious time and money of the guests. Very much looking forward to seeing you two (and Chris and his group) sometime in the near future! Shimpei
August 2016

Claire User Profile
April 2016
Shimpei was an impeccable host who took time and great care to respond to our questions and recommendation requests before and during our stay. We had an amazing time at his beautiful house. Traditional and very comfortable, whilst spacious and highly equipped for our needs as a family. The location with bikes at the house gave us more opportunities to explore the surrounding areas. Highly recommeded, we wouldn't stay anywhere else in Kyoto
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Response from Shimpei:
Thank you Claire for the stay and it was my pleasure to have met you and your family in person and enjoyed the cycling. Bike is useful especially in a place like this which is a bit away from downtown but close to temples/shrines/river. I look forward to hosting you sometime in the near future! Shimpei
April 2016

Holly User Profile
April 2016
We loved staying at this apartment. It was really excellent. Spacious, clean and incredibly helpful in terms of information provided. It is a 15-20 minute walk from the underground station, there are some good supermarkets near by and an excellent converbelt sushi restaurant! Couldn't recommend it highly enough for any one couple or family wanting to stay in Kyoto.
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Response from Shimpei:
Thank you Holly for the stay. I too found the house is not so close to the station, the neighbor is reasonably convenient and livable once we settle in. Hope you come back to the city and looking forward to hosting you again! Shimpei
April 2016

Shimpei's house was absolutely fantastic. It had everything we needed - including extremely helpful instructions in English for everything in the house, and really good recommendations for restaurants nearby. He was always reachable and was flexible with our check in/out. I would recommend his place to anyone staying in Kyoto
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Response from Shimpei:
Thank you Miguel and Valerie for the stay and it was fortunate to have a chance to meet you two in person. Hope you enjoyed the walk to Daitokji temple as well as the visits to all other spots. Looking forward to seeing you again in Japan/Kyoto or London sometime in the near future! Shimpei
March 2016

Faye User Profile
July 2015
My family and I (4 adults and 2 young children below 3 yrs of age), had an amazing week staying in Shimpei's pavilion. The house was very comfortable and well equipped for all, including cot, high chairs, toys and books for the kids. The bikes provided were fantastic and were used most days - it is very easy to cycle around Kyoto. With a family It was wonderful being able to have the freedom of your "own home" - much more relaxing than staying in a hotel! The local area was great - quiet, relaxing, friendly, but with everything you need within walking distance Shimpei was super accommodating and extremely helpful and couldn't do enough for you (he even bought a stair gate for us, for added safety). We will definitely be recommending Shimpei's pavilion to all our friends!
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Response from Shimpei:
Hi Faye, thank you for your stay and valuable comments and feedback and I'm glad to hear that family members feel as if they stayed home, which is one of my important concepts I've been building. I appreciate that you let me know that Yasaka Kansai airport shuttle was so useful. It seems JPY3500 is not different from train and is convenient because it directly comes to the house. I will definitely add it to my arrival information document (and I should try it by myself). Sorry about the number of plates - I was a bit lazy on this aspect. In any case, I hope we have a chance to meet again sometime in the near future. Shimpei
July 2015

Chris User ProfileChris is a superhost.
April 2015
I'd recommend this AirB&B experience to anyone. A kind, helpful and friendly host; nice location in a quieter part of Kyoto and a lovely, clean, hi-tech house. We loved it and there were some very thoughtful extra touches.
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Response from Shimpei:
Thanks Chris for the stay as well as a valuable feedback. I look forward to hosting again if there is a chance. It was a very fun experience to meet and greet with you at the house! Shimpei
April 2015

Simon User Profile
April 2015
In love with Kyoto and this property! It was everything we hoped for and more. Comfortable and well equipped accommodation in a beautiful city. Not only does the house provide a traditional feel but has been fitted with all the wonders of modern Japanese technology. Easy access to the local subway station (10 min walk) which connects you to all the parts of the city you will want to see. Bikes are also available at the property to get around the city and feel just like one of the locals. Cafe over the road from the house serves great coffee and snacks and worth a visit to introduce yourself to the neighbourhood. Great accommodation, fantastic experience and helpful host!
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Response from Shimpei:
Thanks Simon for the stay and feedback. I'm glad to know that you like what I like about the house and neighbor. Bikes definitely help us as the station is 1 km away and many historic spots such as Golden Pavilion are just a bike distance away. I was also lucky to have that cafe over the road as the owner welcomes, guides, and takes care of my guests. I hope I can host you and your group again in the near future! Shimpei
April 2015

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Hello, I am working in a foreign professional firm and the apartment and machiya style house are my second houses in Kyoto. I picked these places because I wanted to stay away from busy, hectic work during weekends.

I was a mechanical engineer for eight years after university and earned an MBA in the US before joining the current firm. I like travelling both domestic and overseas and love talking with all different kinds of people from different cultures. I am also a big fan of great food in Kyoto and Kansai areas. One day I'd like to move to Kyoto and this is my first step to be closer to and familiar with the city. I stay once or twice in Kyoto over the weekend but since this place is so nice, I'd like to share this fun with some other people coming from outside of Japan.

Languages: English, 日本語
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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