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Traditional Kyoto House on the Kamogawa River

Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan

Listing #133193


House | Entire Home
Rates from JPY ¥120000 | Monthly

About

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.

Bedrooms
2

Bathrooms
1

Offices
1

Size
78 m2

Suited For
4

Property Type
House

Availability

From February 1, 2020 until May 31, 2021

Additional Dates

August 25, 2021

Minimum Stay

3 Weeks | Dates are flexible for this listing

Location

House in Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan

Closest University

Kyoto University

Nearby Universities
Ritsumeikan, Doshisha, Kyoto Fine Arts and Design

Comments: Kamigomo Jinja, Misonobashi, Kitayama, Kitaoji

Surroundings

  • Walk to Campus
  • Suburban
  • Writer's Sanctuary
  • Historic Home
  • Architectural Gem
  • Near Mountains
  • Near Restaurants
  • Near Shops
  • Near Public Transportation

Rental Rates and Terms

Rates from JPY ¥120000 Monthly | Negotiable

The cost of utilities can be discussed

A cleaning service is not included

Comments: Available at 70000 monthly for immediate 2021 winter occupancy (up to March 15).

Considerations

Ask about the suitability of the home for young kids

Pets are not allowed

Smoking is not allowed

A car is not available

Features

Interior

Furnished

Connectivity

High Speed Internet

Wi-Fi

Exterior

Balcony or Patio

Garden

Accessibility

Stairs

Temperature Control

Air Conditioning

Appliances

Oven

Stove

Microwave

Refrigerator

Washer

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