It was nice to stay in this place. I felt like I was back on time and living in a old japanese house. Clean and organised. Very good location. It was a little hard to find it, but someone helped us. Love it the living room.
We had a great time in Kyoto and stayed at this guest room for 5 nights.
We really enjoyed it but it is obvious that it has some bad points which did not really bothered us but could potentially be a problem for others.
To summarize :
- If you plan to spend a lot of time in your room and you need something comfortable : forget it.
- If you find important to have a warm and cosy place with a very friendly owner who can give you advice on your trip : Run in the opposite direction immediately.
- If you love taking your time in a large comfortable bathroom and relax in a bath : Do not even read the end of my review.
- It is really cheap ( we paid like ten euros per night per person in August, which is really cheap for a private room in Kyoto).
- It is a really beautiful old house. It was very pleasant to stay in a typical Kyoto old house, and it is not so easy to find.
- It still has the basic thing you need in August : Air conditioning !
To summarize, if you just plan to use the bedroom to sleep, have a low budget, and want to enjoy a stay in a beautiful old Japanese house, this is a perfect deal !
Wow. A really think this should be in the top 10 Things To Do in Kyoto. It's like a time machine. We booked the family room and it's located in an old japanese house almost like it was some 100 year ago. With tatami, low table, futons, sliding doors, small garden (with your own cherry tree), toilet outside and all that. You can really feel how it was to live in Japan some time ago and pretend to be a Japanese family for a while. When we later went to Nara, there was a Japanese House Museum, and they were telling us about all those things, and we were like "we actually _lived_ in such house a few days ago would you believe". Although, to help you through, they do have some modern facilities as well, like western toilet, hot shower, wifi, aircon and electric blankets. So from the comfort point of view, it was actually better than I imagines from the description. Everything is in a good condition and clean. It's not too far from the station (some 8 mins). Pleasant neighbourhood (much prettier than central kyoto). Very convenient to explore the north-west of the city. It's best to do so by bike and you can rent bikes from the hostel. Note though that there are only a few bikes, so book them in advance. The owner has pretty good English and he lives nearby so he comes quickly if you ring the bell at the reception. The shared kitchen is very small so don't expect much cooking. But there is a microwave (and a convenience store nearby). The only thing is that Japanese houses were not really designed for cold weather. So, even in early spring, it was rather chilly in the morning (although the futons were warm and you can use the heater if you want). But I don't think it'll be fun in winter. There isn't much soundproofing either. But overall, as I said, comfort-wise it's not that bad, and experience-wise it's a must do.
Good in warmer months however having many outdoor passages between rooms makes it cold moving around in the winter. Rooms themselves are lovely however with a hot shower.
The owner is lovely and is more than willing to help with anything.
If you are exploring the city I highly recommend hiring a bike (which you can do from the guesthouse itself)
This place is really good if you are looking for a not expensive place.Small and cozy traditional Japanese style, the guys in charge are nice but not really sociable, perfect to visit the north west side of Kyoto. They rent bikes for 500 yen all day until 1 a.m. (which is really cheap, in downtown is around 800 until 6 or 7 pm) so you can ride your bike to downtown (around 20-25 min) and enjoy the neighborhood. Good for: price, style, bikes, to visit non touristic places, clean and budget travel.
Be aware of: don't expect a fancy guesthouse, probably during winter it might be cold, the shower and bathroom are shared and outside, the walls are thin so you can hear guests in the room next to you or they can knock the wall to keep your noise down. But I recommend it!