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The Old Town Of Kyoto: 10 Unique & Affordable Airbnb Rentals - Updated 2020

The Old Town Of Kyoto: 10 Unique & Affordable Airbnb Rentals - Updated 2020
Crystal
Crystal
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Japan is widely known for innovative minds, often coming up with new inventions that take the world by surprise. But even amongst the country’s steadfast development, one can trace the contemporary footsteps back to the cultured traditions that started it all, including geishas decked out in silken kimonos, taking small steps past ancient shrines of worship.

Explore Kyoto with 10 rustic vacation rentals with a touch of modern comfort, located in the heart of the region:

1. Pottery workshop flat near Daijo-ji Temple, Fushimi-ku (from 28 USD)

Book a stay with Azumi at his pottery-workshop-cum-home for a unique solo traveller’s experience! Azumi’s place is perfect for travellers looking for an exchange of cultural differences and an authentic experience of the local lifestyle. Feel free to ask him about the best spots in town; he will be more than happy to show you around! The living space may be bare in terms of furnishings, but it is rich with untold stories if you just ask. With a single bed separated from the shared space by a thin veil of curtain, you need not fear for your safety as Azumi’s home has been reviewed by tons of travellers, both male and female, who returned with a deeper cultural understanding of Kyoto, so why not try out a different kind of accommodation?

Pottery Workshop Flat

Address: Fushimi-ku (see map)

Price: from 28 USD

Number of Guests: 1

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2. Tin house near Kujo metro station, Minami-ku (from 118 USD)

Located 10 minutes away from Kyoto’s train station, this tin house was originally in ruins until the host, José, ran into it. After some re-designing and renovation works, the house now sports a chic new look that stands out from the other traditional houses in the area. The low ceilings (1.7 meters / 5.6 feet high) are supported by wooden beams, reminiscent of ancient Japanese architecture. Taller people may need to bend a little to get into the house! Cook up a storm in the fully-equipped kitchen; some sunny-side up eggs and perfectly toasted bread sound good for a simple breakfast! Stocked with tons of books and magazines about your new neighbourhood, feel free to spend rainy afternoons indoors with a light read. Rest up in the traditional tatami-style bedroom. The futons are kept behind the sliding doors.

Tin House

Address: Minami-ku (see map)

Price: from 118 USD

Number of Guests: 3

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3. Stylish loft near Arashiyama, Ukyō-ku (from 56 USD)

This modern loft is located a short train ride away from the tourist district of Arashiyama, all whilst still being located in a quaint little neighbourhood for some peace and quiet. With a sofa overlooking your neighbourhood and a small coffee table for meals, this homey space is perfect for a couple on an exploration trip! Sink into your cushy futon as you wrap yourself up in the sheets. Hooray for single beds with no more stealing of blankets! Complete with a variety of facilities for daily use, feel free to use the kitchen for an easy meal and the washer for your dirty laundry.

Stylish Loft

Address: Ukyō-ku (see map)

Price: from 56 USD

Number of Guests: 2

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4. Cosy apartment near Nijo Castle, Nakagyō-ku (from 67 USD)

Located at a short 5-minute walk away from Karasuma Oike station, this historical studio is found amidst bustling modern restaurants as well as the ancient towers of Nijo Castle. With a selection of 3 silky-soft futons, keep warm during the colder months by turning the heater up to the maximum. Try your hand at making traditional Japanese tea. The kitchen is stocked up with all basic kitchen necessities, as well as an ornate tea set!

Cozy Apartment

Address: Nakagyō-ku (see map)

Price: from 67 USD

Number of Guests: 3

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5. Traditional house near Philosopher's Path, Sakyo-ku (from 261 USD)

Built atop a sloping hill, this 75-year-old inn is located near tons of old heritage sites. The Ginkakuji, Philosopher’s Path, and Kiyomizu Temple are all within a 30-minute driving distance away. Find solace in the stone garden, where you can practise simple meditation to free your mind from troubled thoughts. Spend the cold winter evenings in the washitu-style room, where tatami mats are laid out for your convenience. Tune in to a local channel on the LCD TV while keeping your toes toasty warm! With three bedrooms of varying sleeping capacities to choose from, the comfortable bedding will have you dreaming of your adventures tomorrow!

Traditional House

Address: Sakyo-ku (see map)

Price: from 261 USD

Number of Guests: 6

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6. The Samurai House near Yasaka Shrine, Kamigyō-ku (from 146 USD)

This 100-year-old house is a living, breathing artifact. Housing various Samurai armour and oil-paper umbrellas, as well as hanging scrolls from the Edo era, you may feel as though the entire house is a museum itself! Head over to the main living room, where you can enjoy authentic Japanese cuisine (for an extra charge) without taking a single step out of your house. With more than 6 beds for you to choose from, snuggle up on a heated futon during the cold winter months.

The Samurai House

Address: Kamigyō-ku (see map)

Price: from 146 USD

Number of Guests: 8

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7. Chic designer's home near Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, Ukyō-ku (from 73 USD)

Furnished with minimalist ornaments that reflect a delightful blend of ancient Japan and the modern way of life, this apartment is perfect for a family weekend getaway. Swing yourself to sleep on the little hammock in the main living area. Settle down in the main bedroom, where comfortable queen-sized and single beds await you at the end of a long day. If you’d like a more authentic experience, pull out the futons from the closet and call it a night.

Chic Designers Home

Address: Ukyō-ku (see map)

Price: from 73 USD

Number of Guests: 6

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8. Guest house near Ryoan Temple, Kita-ku (from 41 USD)

Located on top of a small hill, this quaint little guest house boasts cathedral ceilings that have just been renovated. Regrettably, this home is only open for females upon the request of the resident host, Keiko. Furnished with ancient tactical war scrolls and tin cavalry statues, take a trip back in time with your best gal pal while lounging in the main living room. Fancy some afternoon tea? The balcony area overlooks the vast greenery of surrounding forests. The lush green foliage makes for a great companion as you enjoy a relaxing afternoon outdoors. After a short hike up to your new home, rest by plopping onto the fluffy single beds.

Guest House

Address: Kita-ku (see map)

Price: from 41 USD

Number of Guests: 2

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9. Traditional art house near Fushimi Inari Shrine, Fushimi-ku (from 108 USD)

Located in a quiet residential neighbourhood, this traditional art house is almost reminiscent of a scene out of a film, with its picturesque outdoor gardens and rustic wall structures. Choose from a total of two rooms, where you get a comfortably heated room complete with your own futon that is snug enough for some cuddles. Head over to the lounge room for some well-deserved alone time. The soft bean bag makes for the perfect spot to chill.

Traditional Art House

Address: Fushimi-ku (see map)

Price: from 108 USD

Number of Guests: 4

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10. Guesthouse Bokuyado near Kyoto Station, Shimogyō-ku (from 65 USD)

In a central location, this 70-year-old guest house is home to a well-maintained Japanese garden. Come home to freshly made beds and thick sheets to keep you warm during the freezing winter nights. Spend some time diving through the trove of books in the hosts’ mini library. The kotatsu (low table with a heating source underneath) in the main living area will keep your feet toasty warm as you read.

Guesthouse Bokuyado

Address: Shimogyō-ku (see map)

Price: from 65 USD

Number of Guests: 2

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Immerse yourself in the rustic charms of Kyoto

Amongst the vintage accommodations and quiet streets, the true beauty of Kyoto can be seen if you take a look past the flourishing green foliage growing in peaceful gardens. The slow way of life aside, the welcoming locals add a touch of homeliness to your foreign vacation here.

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Crystal is a curious child, who loves exploring Singapore in her free time with a camera in hand. Her street photography subjects often include unaware strangers, uncommon architecture, and...Read more

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