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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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