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5 guests
2 bedrooms
4 beds
1.5 baths
5 guests
2 bedrooms
4 beds
1.5 baths
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Thank you for looking at our spacious, bright, tranquil, elegant "Kominka", a typical Japanese traditional wooden home. Located in one of Kyoto's most culturally significant parts of town, in a green and protected environment, yet very well connected to the city's extensive transit system, our house has undergone extensive refurbishment by award-winning architects to combine absolute comfort,luxury,safety and tradition.

The space

Boasting beautiful views over the surroundings hills and valleys, our house, originally built in the ’30s, was recently completely renovated and beautifully appointed by a renowned designer of famous Tokyo and Kyoto luxury hotels.

The ground floor of our house offers a luminous, spacious open space that leads from the entrance, through the modern kitchen to the traditional Japanese tatami room, allowing you to enjoy the view on the small private Japanese garden (tsubo-niwa) throughout the area.

The bathroom area which we aimed to design with taste also overlooks the garden and completes the layout.

On the 2nd floor a peaceful sleep, lulled by the sound of a small stream running in front of the house, in one of the two Japanese tatami rooms should rejuvenate you after a busy day of sightseeing.

One room provides traditional Japanese bedding (futons), while the other a Western style double bed.

We also have an office area with a desk adjacent to one of the bedrooms.

Finally, by using the vast dressing and storage area, you should limit the clutter in the rest of the house.

Quick description of the layout:
1st floor: Kitchen, Living Room, Japanese Living Room, Bathroom, and Toilet, Japanese Garden.
2nd floor: Two Japanese Bedrooms with Japanese bedding (Futon) and a double bed.
Office area with a desk.
3rd Floor: Storage area and play room (sometimes locked for safety reasons)

The house comes fully furnished with free internet Wifi, TV and DVD player, a gas-powered kitchen stove, microwave/traditional oven, refrigerator, freezer, dishwasher, washer/dryer, shower/ bathtub, hairdryer and, of course, AC units and a very good heating system for the cold Kyoto winter nights.

Please note: we have an ABSOLUTELY NO SMOKING policy in and around the premises of the house for safety reasons.

Guest access

The house is available for rental to one party only.
Guests will have complete privacy and access to the whole house (please note though that the 3rd floor might be locked for safety reasons)

Interaction with guests

On the day of arrival, acting as your own local expert, we will meet you on site and provide all necessary information on the house and its points of interest for sightseeing, shopping and dining.

You will also be able to reach us by telephone and by email throughout your stay for any kind of assistance.

Other things to note

The house with its staircases and skylight might present some hazards for little ones if left unsupervised.

Wireless Internet

Extra people $45 CAD / night after 4 guests
Cleaning Fee $122 CAD
Security Deposit $386 CAD
Weekly Discount: 5%
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
2 single beds

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check in time is 1PM - 9PM
Check out by 10AM

Our house is located in a tranquil neighborhood, please consider the following before renting:

For security reason, this is strictly a non-smoking property. Guests cannot smoke on site including the on-site garden, entrance area, within the building and property grounds. Any violation of this policy might result in eviction from the property and additional cleaning fees will be charged.

Guests are kindly requested to keep the noise level down, particularly after 21:00, as the property is in a quiet residential area.

Late check-in is accepted until 21:30.

Please be informed that our property cannot accommodate pets and cannot accept parties in the house.

Please respect the tradition in Japan of removing one's shoes at all time inside the house.

When accepting to rent, our guests agree and release us from all liability.
This includes any and all liability for personal and fatal injuries or damage and loss of personal belongings.

Thank you very much.


Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
Fire extinguisher

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Martin User Profile
July 2016
Beautifull place. Exactly like the pictures. Location is really perfect for people spending a few days in Kyoto. In a residential neighborhood, it is quiet yet close to the bus stop bringing you to the major sites. You have to understand how the buses work and take daypass, it is well worth it. The house is also a walking distance to the Silver Pavillion, one of the best garden we experienced in Kyoto. The path to get there is filled with Shrines and café. We were there late June 2016 for 4 days with two kids - 6 and 8 - and they loved the open space and the japanese experience ( dining on the floor and sleeping futons). There is two bedrooms and all the beds are really comfortable. The main bathroom on the ground floor is great and functional with a framed view over the small garden. There is a cute little office on the 2nd floor and a few free electrical outlets around the house to recharge. The luggage room/ wardrobe is big and functional and there is a powder room on the 2nd too. We had to cook a few meals because we could not coordinate our visits with the somewhat limited restaurant hours, so we used the kitchen a few times ( mixing homecook meals with prepared food found at the department store - a must in Japan). The equipment is minimal, but everything is there to make meals on a spacious stainless steel counter and with top notch equipment. There is a sunk-in rice cooker. Be aware that there is no oven, as it is the case in most japanese house. But the grill is fantastic. Altought we were sometimes looking for a place to "crash" after a long day of walking Kyoto ( the house does not have a western living room ) - we were always happy to arrive in the peacefull wooden environment of the house. The host (Chris) was not there, but was really helpfull with recommendation and tips via emails. We were welcomed by Nikki, an american living in Kyoto who gave us a great crash course on the place and how to get around. A nice lady ( forgot her name) came to help us leave the house and organised a taxi pickup. The place was clean and smell of the nice wood it is made of. Overall, highly recommended stay. Not the cheapest ( considering the yen value) but well worth the praise. M
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Response from Chie & Chris:
Dear Martin, Thank you for sharing a detailed account of your stay and for the praise on our house, coming from an architect it is all the more humbling ! We sincerely enjoyed your visit, we hope to see you again in one of our houses !
July 2016

Bernard User Profile
October 2017
Beautiful house, superb location and great service. We can’t recommend it highly enough.

Oscar User Profile
October 2017
This is the second time I've stayed at this property. After 3 years, it continues to be immaculately appointed. I will always come back to Eikando house whenever I come back to Tokyo. Impeccable design, impecably clean, all the necessary amenities, great host.
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Response from Chie & Chris:
Thank you so much Oscar. It is always a real pleasure hosting you. We look forward to your next visit in...Kyoto (you made a little typo...)
October 2017

超 User Profile
September 2017
Great place! Nice host and beautiful japanese style design. there is good resuturants nearby, and easy to get bus. nearest subway station takes 10 min of walk, but you will definately love the view along the way. Already decide to back back for sakura next year, do not miss this place.
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Response from Chie & Chris:
Thank you so much for your review. We look forward to your next visit.
September 2017

Sharon User Profile
September 2017
Ideal for a quiet and peaceful holiday, lovely for nature walks, visiting temples, relaxing!

Wolfgang User Profile
September 2017
A perfect place to stay in Kyoto in a calm and green area of the city. A five minutes walk brings you to a bus stop from where you can reach all other places. But also walking in the surroundings offers you a visit to some fascinating temples. The wonderful house, designed in a mixture of traditional architecture and modern living, is spacious and perfect for four people, well equipped with kitchen ware , japanese bathroom and everything you need for living . For us it was the highlight of our trip through Japan, being in beautiful Kyoto and feeling at home in this extraordinary house.

Sander User Profile
September 2017
Absolutely astonishing. This beautiful private two story traditional home is a jigsaw puzzle that amazed and delighted us every day. Just steps from temples and shrines and the philosophers path which we walked and explored and fell in love with. This home is spotless, totally modern in terms of amenities but traditional in all other ways. We loved the quiet, the rooms that transformed in minutes from public to private. The office space and private garden with soaking tub and all upscale appliances. Kyoto is big. So prepare to travel to see every sight. While the home is tucked away it's not far from some special restaurants. Visit omen noodles for the best udon of your life. There's an exquisite okanomayaki spot just up the street and we had breakfast with the ladies that run a coffee shop at the temple just a few blocks south. We found a traditional tofu house on the philosophers path that was perfect and try monk's for a joyful and surprising evening. The buses are simple to ride and $5 a day for unlimited use. If you have a jr pass it's easy to get to the Inari shrine to the south and bamboo grove to the west. I will remember our time in this home forever. Stay here when you travel to Kyoto. It's heaven.
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Response from Chie & Chris:
We are sincerely humbled by your kind words. Thank again for your visit!
September 2017

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Hello there,

We've been fortunate to live in many different countries until we decided to settle back in Japan. We have two little ones who keep us very busy...

It takes us quite a bit of time to find the perfect old traditional Japanese house to restore but it is all the more rewarding a process that we are saving unique architecture from an often certain destruction.

With the help of our team of wonderful artisans and award-winning architects, who have now become friends and trusted advisors, we renovate the premises just like we would fix our own house: to be the haven where our guests can see themselves dwell, even for a short time.

Thank you for looking at our listings, we hope we can have the pleasure of hosting you.

Chie, Chris and the kids...

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