Kyoto, also sometimes referred to as the thousand-year capital is the capital city of Kyoto Prefecture situated in a valley in Kansai region, Japan. This specific positioning results in hot and humid summers and relatively cold winters with occasional snowfall. With a large natural water table, Kyoto has an abundance of freshwater wells. However, such wells are drying up fast due to large scale urbanization that interferes with the amount of water getting into the tables. Its economy majorly relies on information technology and electronics. Kyoto, which was for a very long time the capital city of Japan, has been Japan’s cultural center. Having 2,000 religious places (1,600 Buddhist temples and 400 Shinto shrines), imperial palaces, gardens and traditional wooden houses, it is no wonder it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also famous for its delicious Japanese cuisine and geisha (female entertainers often found in Gion District). It is such a beautiful place to visit. Read on to know more about best HomeAway vacation rentals in Kyoto, Japan.
Stay in this house located on a quiet lane that leads up to Kiyomizu Temple where you can marvel at cherry blossoms and autumn colors. The interior presents a mix of Japanese design and beautiful antiques with modern features. The house has two bedrooms, one with three futons and the other with a queen bed–hence comfortably accommodating five guests. It features one bathroom, a well-equipped, full-sized kitchen to prepare your meals in, internet, a library, and a small Japanese garden on the deck. Visit temples, gardens, restaurants, coffee shops and the various shops selling traditional handicrafts and arts as you explore the steep and ancient back lanes to Yasaka Shrine (10 minutes away) or Gion district (10 minutes away).
Prime Location - Sweet Traditional Home Away From Home, Family friendly!
Top guest reviewskitchen supplies air conditioning comfortable beds)The downstairs includes a generous sized kitchen/dining area a toiletThe bed is very comfortable as an alternative to the traditional matsNo more five-star hotels for usThe kids loved the steep stairsThe hot water was plentiful and water pressure was great
Host:Acco helped us with our bags and she is extremely helpful and so easy to talk toAcco was tremendously helpful with usfriendly helpful and an incredible hostessprovided well annotated local map and finally helped again on departurethe owner met us on arrivalRead more reviewsIt was conveniently located yet very quiet being only a street back from busy streets with access to restaurants and supermarkets A few minutes to bus access and 12 minutes to the subwayThe bus stop is just 10 mins awayIt is in an excellent location right by Gion district and only a few minutes walk away from Kiyomizu-dera templeThe house is very well located near Kiyomizu-dera templeThe place is slightly older than expected from picture and is a 15 to 20 min walk north to Gion but close to Kiyomizu temple
Located on a quiet narrow cobblestone lane just 20 meters (65.6ft) off the Sakura tree-lined Shirakawa canal, this house comfortably accommodates four guests. The neighborhood comprises of old wooden houses, family-run restaurants and shops, temples, shrines, and historic sites. Amenities include two bedrooms, one bath, a kitchen where you can prepare your meals, wireless internet, books, and a peaceful Japanese garden at the back of the house that has rare, old Buddhist stone carvings. Explore the museum district and Heian Shrine that are just a five-minute walk away and Gion which is ten minutes’ walk away.
HISTORICAL CONVENIENT HIGASHIYAMA AREA KOTO INN RESTORED TRADITIONAL KYO-MACHIYA
Top guest reviewsThere is a well appointed kitchen and a fridgeIt has all the modern appliances including washing machine and fully equipped kitchenThe master bedroom is a nice size but the second bedroom is much smaller If you are traveling with friends or another couple you might want to discuss or flip a coin for who gets the larger roomEnjoyed eating in one night as wellIt was great to have both the traditional bedroom and living space as well as modern kitchen and bathroom facilities After long days of sightseeing it was lovely to relax back in the calm of the M...The facilities are very good and everything was well kept clean and worked wellthe house is clean and very nicely renovatedWith Gion just south and Downtownand it is generally very quietThe toilet is amazing and the bath is really wonderful
Host:David was a fine hostThe hosts were very nice and helpfulGreat communication with host and very interesting accommodationthey also provided us with information about where to go and what to visitFor the most part the amenties are modern and very good and the owner and his assistant communicated very well and were very helpfulRead more reviewsThe location is away from other tourists but still convenient to the subway and Heian shrineThe location is brilliant for exploring KyotoThe neighbourhood has some lovely restaurants and is close to some great sightsit is located very close to the subway station and the gion areajust minutes later It is in a pedestrian zone
This lovely house combines Japanese decor with some Western comfort to ensure comfort for foreign travelers. With one bedroom that has two queen beds, it comfortably accommodates four guests. Amenities include a kitchen to prepare your meals in, a spacious modern Japanese shower and bath area, internet, TV, and a common tatami room next to the lobby overlooking a Zen garden. The house is a walking distance from the Gion District, shops, cafes and restaurants, and the subway. Stay in this house that is strategically located near local amenities and explore Kyoto.
Perfect Location - Best area of Eastern Kyoto - comfortable family accommodationKyoto, JP
Explore the temples, shrines, gardens, and culture that make Kyoto a truly unique place while staying in this house that accommodates five guests. It has two bedrooms, one with two single beds and the other with three futons. Other features include one bathroom, a modern kitchen where you can prepare your meals, a tatami room, TV and internet. Visit Kiyomizu Temple, shrines, downtown, Gion and the renowned geisha district that are a walking distance away.
≪10 min to Gion≫Historical Japanese house near to Gion area
Top guest reviewsNice size bedrooms sufficient bathroom and shower facilitiesthe living space was a bit tight with five people(I especially liked the little garden) yet equipped with modern comforts like a high-tech bathroom and heatingAs expected there is practically no sound insulation so be prepared to hear everything that is going on outside and next doorWas very hot when we visited and the air-con worked greatThe house was clean and big enoughtThe shower and bath were absolutely divinethe bedrooms are very spacious and the bathroom with separate bathand we were delighted with our stay
Host:She made sure we understood everything we needed to know about the propertyour host was delightfulShe was super helpful during our stay and added to our whole wonderful experiencecomfortable and quiet Roxanna was an exemplary host always happy to go that extra mileWe had a wonderful time When we arrived at house Marika was there to greet us and was so friendlyRead more reviewsI used to live in Osaka and have visited Kyoto many timesthe house is serviced by a number of buses and train stationsThe location is the bestWe found the one day passes the easiest way to get aroundThe location was very convenient for lots of restaurants sights transportation and shopping
How amazing would it be to stay in a house with a garden designed by a renowned architect and was featured in a book? Gion Kyuraku features a garden that was designed by Mr. Sano who is a famous architect. The house comfortably accommodates six guests. Amenities include two bedrooms, one-and-a-half baths, kitchen, internet, and TV. Its location allows one to see Maiko-sans and Geiko-sans every night. Tour nearby temples such as Kenninji Temple (2-minute walk), Kyomizu Temple (10-minute walk), Hokan-ji Temple (5-minute walk) and Rokuhara Mitsuji Temple (1-minute walk). Hanamikoji Dori, a historical street in Japan is only a 3-minute walk away. Dine in family-run diners or Michelin rated restaurants that are also nearby.
Gion Kyuraku - Traditional Luxury in Machiya in Gion/Kiyomizu Area! - Free WiFi
Top guest reviewsall facilities (kitchen bathroomThere are two bedrooms upstairs and one downstairs along with a living room and dining areaThe washer/dryer in the kitchen was a nice bonus Because we were two adult couplesbut we were very comfortable and warm with the heaters in each roomit to say everything in the description is accurateThe Machiya is very clean and comfortableHer attention to details is very evident in the machiya as wellThe house is clean efficient and everything is in perfect working orderand we look forward to returning one dayThis property is everything the description says and more I am always wary of presentation pitches and photographs being presented in a over flattering light but this machiya is exactly as descri...
Host:All communication with regard to various questions and our booking was always answers very quickly with detailed helpful adviceFinding the house was made easy with the detailed instructions both english & japaneseRieko was a gracious and considerate host quickly answering any questions we had having the heat on maps out for usThey could not have been more accommodating andThomas and Rieko were very helpful and gave us great information including restaurant recommendationsRead more reviewsIt is in a real Kyoto neighborhood with a terrific supermarket just 1 minute away and a 10 walk to the best of ancient KyotoThe location is perfect with most of the interesting places in Higashiyama and city center at walking distanceThe machiya is perfectly located in the center of historic Kyoto within walking distance of many important sitesVery nice neighborhood to see the sights and walk aroundThe location is also very central
Located in the heart of Kyoto District, this house has four bedrooms and hence can comfortably accommodates eight people. Amenities include one Japanese-style modern bathroom with a tub, a fully equipped kitchen, internet, TV, and three bicycles. You can find supermarkets, bakeries, coffee shop, restaurants, a DVD rental shop, Kyoto International Conference Center, Kyoto Concert Hall, and Kyoto Botanical Garden near the house. If you happen to be there on August 16th, you can see two out of the five giant bonfires lit in the mountains during the Daimonji Festival through the windows.
★★★★★10%OFF! 1Min walk from subway station. One of the best area in Central
Top guest reviewsHe wished he was living in a place like thatso it was like home to have him come over for dinnerThe place is very spacious and has all the equipment needed to make your stay a successThe house is pretty roomy by Japanese standards Clean and comfortable with 3 bedrooms as well as a living area well-equipped kitchen washing machine and balcony plus an empty attic areaIt had everything we needed and moreit is very close to public transportation with quick access to the downtown environs and whole of the Kansai region
Host:We arrived close to 11PM and he was waiting making sure that the house was warm for usWe've been welcomed by Kenta who speaks a good English was extremely helpful and niceHe also helped us figure out some fun things to do around KyotoKenta was extremely nice and accommodating---from meeting us at the subway providing us with bikes and being available for answering any question we hadhe even prepared some drinks in the fridge for us and toys for our girlsRead more reviewsA 15 minute train ride from the central station of Kyoto which is nice since you're still in the cityThe house is in a quiet residential area but very close to a subway station which makes the location very convenientThe house is very convenient located next to the subway and only one stop away from Kyoto international conference centerThere are a few restaurants within easy walking distance and a convenience store called Lawsons (open 24 hours)but there are a few restaurants within walking distance
Stay in this house that combines Japanese tradition and modern comfort to comfortably accommodate five guests. It features a fully equipped kitchen, dining area for four, a tatami room that features a sunken seating area, sliding paper screens and a view of the courtyard garden, one-and-a-half baths, two bedrooms (one with three futons and the other with two single beds), TV, and internet. The bathroom is uniquely designed with fully tiled walls and features hinoki, subdued lighting, and an amazing view of the traditional garden. The garden features a Japanese maple tree, moss, and a stone water feature. Nearby attractions include Kennin-ji Zen temple, the Gion entertainment district, and Kamogawa River.
Lovingly Restored Townhouse In Central Kyoto Kiyomizu/Gion
Top guest reviewsBut for those who aren't comfortable sitting on the floor to eat the first floor also includes a Western dining table and modern kitchen areaThe kitchen was well-equippedThis property is as beautiful as it looks in the photosThere is a bathroom on the first floor with a typical Japanese shower and soaking tub large vanity and separate toiletPerfect amenities and a very comfortable bedIt is impeccably clean and the finishes are top notch throughoutvery well appointed kitchen bedrooms and bathroomsEverything was perfect; the Machiya is beautiful and comfortable the neighbourhood is great and convenient and the hospitality of Naoko was wonderful
Host:She went out of her way to be helpful particularly in arranging a taxi to pick us up the early morning of our departureThey left us a nice note with some origami upon arrivalShe provided helpful information before and during our stay and responded very quickly to our questions and requestsNaoko was a very thoughtful and helpful host -a plus We really appreciated our hosts hospitality and attentionRead more reviewsA perfect location in Gion within walking distance to many attractionsThe location was excellent - walking distance to the subway restaurants and a further walk to the shopping area (15 min)The location is convenient to a metro station (not a JR line) which provides easy access up and down the riverAlso only 25 minute flat walk to Kyoto stationyou can walk everywhere and is near the subway supermarket and restaurants Great internet and appletv
Stay in Senraku house which comfortably accommodates four guests. It features one bedroom in which four futons can be spread, one bath, kitchen, high-speed internet connection and a 32-inch (81.28-cm) flat-screen TV. Within walking distance are attractions such as Sento which is a traditional Japanese communal bath house, Nijo Castle, Nishiki Market, and Shinkyogoku Shopping Arcade. Catch a train at the station which is less than 10 minutes’ walk away and visit attractions such as Kinkakuji (Golden Pavillion), Heian Shrine, Ginkaku-ji, Sanjusangendo, Kiyomizu Temple, Gion Geisha District, Yasaka Shrine, and Arashiyama.
Senraku - Beautifully Restored Japanese House in Central Kyoto! - Free WiFi
Top guest reviewsThe home consists of a good-sized tatami room modern kitchen and nice bathroom downstairs and a large bedroomThe stairs are steep to the bedroomThe bathroom is large and has a nice big showerThe kitchen was well-equipped and the washer/dryer was definitely an added bonusand yet have every modern convenience - washer and dryer large bathroom and shower WiFi fully equipped kitchen air conditioner and big screen TVThe house is immaculately clean and the futons were comfortablevery clean Access to the property was easyThe home is beautifully appointed and meticulously cleanthe house so clean the location and above
Host:Her maps and tips made all the difference Heartily recommend her lovely homeOur host Rieko is lovely and very helpful thoughtful and kindWe really appreciated the map of Kyoto and the welcome letter that awaited us upon our arrival at the houseall the hostess ExcellentRieko was a super help to us in navigating KyotoRead more reviewsGreat neighborhood with the best bakery in Kyoto just right across the street and two wonderful restaurantsSenraku House is conveniently located in central Kyoto and it is easy to walkThe house is 5 minutes from the metrolocation is great - just a few blocks from great restaurants and shopping and just a few blocks from easy train and bus optionsclose to quite a few supermarkets and bakeries and nice little local restaurants House is in perfect condition efficient lay-out and
Located at the foot of Kiyomizu Temple, this one-bedroom house comfortably accommodates three people. Its design features a combination of preserved traditional techniques and modern designs that guarantee comfort to its guests. Amenities include one bathroom, internet, TV, and a kitchen in which you can prepare your meals. The house is a walking distance to famous temples, shrines, downtown, and Gion.
≪10 min to Gion≫ Bairin-an Perfect For Two
Top guest reviewsThe bathroom is very modernThe small kitchen is adequately equippedfully equipped kitchen TVThe futon is very comfortablewas a big part of thatThe washer and dryer definitely comes in handyThe property is well maintained and cleanHowever what constitues "early in the am" as their is a house aboveThe futons were extremely comfortable and gave us a good night's rest after a full day of sightseeingThe apartment is so lovely and
Host:The owner was so niceso well taken care ofthe host knows the placeand she really made our stay so memorable and enjoyableRoxana is super friendly and helpfulRead more reviewsLocation is super convenient to Kiyomizu Temple and its surrounding walksThere are many interesting shops and restaurants off Higashi-doriWalking distance to many attractionsthe location was very convenient for sightseeing with other places easy to reach Shops and restaurants were plentiful and within a few minutes of the houseWhat a beautiful place to live in
Located in Kyoto’s Nakagyo-ku neighborhood, this cozy apartment comfortably accommodates six guests. Amenities include one bedroom with a double and single bed and a futon, one bathroom, a kitchen to prepare your meals in and regular WiFi. Pocket WiFi is also provided for your use when exploring the city. It is ideal for families as it is less than 10 minutes’ walk from a major playground and Manga Museum. Nearby attractions include Nijo Castle, Imperial Palace, and Higashiyama.
Designer Space In Central Kyoto (The Most Unique Room You'll Find In The City)
Top guest reviewsThe living room has a couch and table with a view of the streetThe beds are very comfortableit felt like our second homeand we thought the bathroom was awesomeUpstairs is the Cocoon roomMy husband and I (55) were traveling were our 2 adult childrenThe beds were comfortable with reading lamps (which I really appreciated)the water pressure is greatand it was super hot and humidIt was very quiet and close to places
Host:He is from the USHe made us feel right at home with maps and restaurant recommendationsHe was so quick to respond to all my emailsso communication was easy for usSean's guidebook really helps and he is great with suggestionsRead more reviewsThe Moon Room is located within a 5 minute walk from the Marutamachi Stationat all Location is very convenient with a subway stop close by and lots of shops and restaurantsIt is within walking distance of great restaurants and many of the sitesThe location was perfecr being a short subway ride from Kyoto stationThe location is so central to the entire city
Enjoy traditional comfort with a modern twist
Kyoto is a beautiful and unique city with a lot of culture, temples, imperial palaces, and shrines to explore. The culture spreads to their houses which combine traditional and modern architecture. Plan a trip here and stay in one of these best HomeAway vacation rentals in Kyoto, Japan.
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