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Kyoto 603-8064 Japan

Listing # 133193

Rates From JPY 120000 Monthly
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Last Updated: Thursday, February 11, 2021

Traditional Kyoto House on the Kamogawa River

Traditional and very spacious two-story 1920s wooden house. Right on the Kamogawa river in a peaceful, green, preserved historic neighborhood in northern Kyoto. Walking distance to Kitayama or Kitaoji metro, 12-15 minutes to downtown. Tatami rooms, 2 western beds + futons, modern kitchen, bath/shower, garden. Air-con/heat. Two month minimum.
(For minimalists or those looking to be in central Kyoto, we have a small apartment downtown suited for single occupancy, available immediately, and another larger studio apartment that accommodates two; please inquire.)

Further detail/amenities: This is a very roomy house. The central first-floor sleeping/living room is 16.4 sq. meters with tatami, double bed and/orJapanese futon and large storage closet, air conditioning/heating, and sliding doors that can be opened out to include the adjacent spaces and garden. The second floor has a sitting room and fully furnished western bedroom with a queen-sized bed (space heater only), with good views of both the river directly in front of us and Mt. Hiei in the distance to the east. We are in the middle of a row of townhouses inhabited by artists, teachers, businesspeople, and retirees.
Modern facilities include a full kitchen, a Japanese bath/shower, balcony, washing machine, and heated electric toilet. Traditional features include Japanese bath, paper screens, finished earthen walls, and a side garden ("tsubo niwa").
A restful quiet neighborhood, a quick bike ride to the city center and with good subway and bus connections. Our location on the river makes it easy to be active, walking, running, cycling, or just relaxing. On the river look for herons, cormorants, egret, hawks, and koi--along with cyclists, runners, waders, sunbathers, and children with insect nets.

Please note: The main living area downstairs is heated/air-conditioned, but the other spaces (including upstairs, kitchen, and bath) are not.The house is quite cold in winter, and by Kyoto standards cool in summer. This is a hundred-year old,"organic" wood house; all the main rooms are tatami. The house shows its age; whether one finds this inviting is a matter of taste. A machiya invites a simple, unique way of living.

My partner and I have lived in Japan on and off since 1990, and have hosted guests from all over the world for years. We find that exploring off Kyoto's beaten track—far from the crowds and discovering unknown temples and neighborhoods—offers a different kind of satisfaction than the standard itineraries.


Number of Bedrooms
Number of Bathrooms
Number of Offices
Surface Size
78 Sq. Meters
Suited for
4 people
Property Type


Available from Saturday, February 1, 2020 until Monday, May 31, 2021
Available from Wednesday, August 25, 2021 onward
Minimum Stay
3 week(s)
Flexible With Dates

*Approximate location of the property is within the blue radius. Red markers indicate surrounding points of interest including schools, universities, libraries and museums.

City Kyoto
Postal Code - State or Province 603-8064 Kyoto
Country Japan
Neighborhood Keywords Kamigomo Jinja, Misonobashi, Kitayama, Kitaoji
Closest University Kyoto University
University nearby Ritsumeikan, Doshisha, Kyoto Fine Arts and Design

Rental Price:

JPY 120000 Monthly
Rental Fee Comments
Available at 70000 monthly for immediate 2021 winter occupancy (up to March 15).
Rent Negotiable
Utilities Included
Cleaning Services Included


  • Near Shops
  • Walk To Campus
  • Near Restaurants
  • Sub Urban Environment
  • Near Mountains
  • Near Public Transports

Additional Information:

  • Furnished
  • Available for Academic Term
  • Available for Long Term
  • Architectural Gem
  • Available for Short Term
  • Writing or Country Retreat
  • Historical Home


  • Modern Kitchen
  • Washer
  • Air-Conditioning
  • High Speed Internet
  • Wireless Network
  • Computer
  • Stairs
  • Balcony or Patio
  • Garden
  • Other:


Kid Friendly
Small Children Safe
Smoke Free
Pets Welcome
Car Available

Perform Housesitting Duties?:


About Member

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Academic Pending Confirmation Academic Faculty or Staff (Universities, Research Institutes, and Museums)
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About Me
I am presently an English professor at Minot State University, North Dakota, but previously spent 10 years at Kobe City University of Foreign Studies and 6 years at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. We have maintained our ties to Japan and have a summer residence in Kyoto as well as two small rental apartments. We have been renting out our properties to international visitors for the past four years, and enjoy helping make their stays in Kyoto possible.


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