Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan
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.
August 25, 2021
3 Months | Dates are flexible for this listing
Kyoto Sangyo University
Comments: Kamigomo Jinja, Misonobashi, Kitayama, Kitaoji
High Speed Internet
Balcony or Patio
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