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Description from the owner
: Kyoto, Japan, Asia View Map
Accommodations: House, 2 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 1 Bath (Sleeps 2-6)
Ojizo-ya -â€ś The House of the Goddess of Travelers
In a small, narrow, quiet alley, in the midst of a vibrant, fascinating, traditional neighborhood in Kyoto, loaded with history and small stories from the past and present is Ojizo-ya Ă˘â‚¬â€ś a traditional, cozy Japanese house which has been renovated to provide luxury-level comfort to its guests, yet has been designed to retain the spirit, esthetics, and beauty of the traditional Japanese town house.
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Ojizoya -Rental traditional house - Kyoto
Kyoto, Kinki, Japan
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Rates shown in $ USD (Rental listed originally in JPY) (change)
|Rate Summary||$127||$127||$760||$0||3 nights|
|All Dates||$127||$127||$760||-||3 nights|
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Additional notes from owner
Normal Season Rate:
2 Guests .... ÂĄ13,000/night 3 Guests .. ÂĄ16,000/night
4 Guests ... ÂĄ18,000/night 5 Guests ... ÂĄ20,000/night 6 Guests .. ÂĄ22,000/night
High season rate add 2,000JPY/ night on above rates.
High Season is as below.
Apr.1-13, Apr.27-May.5, Jul.13-16, Sep.14-15, Oct.12-13, Nov.15-30, Dec.31-Jan.3
Payment only in Japanese yen.
Credit card acceptable.
AvailableUnavailable Last updated: May 08, 2013 ◀▶
What Past Guests Are Saying
We thoroughly enjoyed staying at this property. It is well appointed, and in a good location - a bit difficult to find, but once you're there, you'll never forget it. the hosts provide lots of information about seeing Kyoto. Soon after arrived, we found that the toilet was not working properly, but it was fixed very quickly - no problems. Staying here really made our visit to Kyoto a better experience.
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Live Like a Local
My family and I stayed at this machiya for three nights. It was conveniently located near train stations, bus stations, convenience stores and restaurants. The machiya was well-cared for and tucked away in a quiet neighborhood, making you feel like a local. The owners, Avi and Wendy, made the experience truly special by recommending great sights and restaurants to check out while in Kyoto. They helped to point us in the right direct and made our Kyoto experience even more memorable. The machiya was also stocked with guide books and information to make exploring the historic city effortless. I thank my hosts for such a great experience in Kyoto!
Wonderful traditional Japanese experince!
Located in a small alley at a residental area. Very very quite at night! Even you can hear your own steps. 15-20 minutes by bus from Kyoto station and 10-15 minutes walking distance from nearest bus stop. Can simply walk to many Kyoto attraction - temples/shrines and to Gion (geisha area) .
Its a beautiful 2 storey house. Fully equipped with kitchen and kitchenettes, cloth washer, toiletteries and towels and etc. The house made by wood with tatami room and the sliding doors and wall made papers. eventhough the house is pretty small I like the layout of the house. Very cute! There are 2 bicycles - and we used it to go to the convenience store at the main road.
We cover Kyoto by bus - we bought the daily pass for 500 yen - can save a lot of money as one way bus ride is 200yen.
**Just one minor problem. Prior to our arrival, Wendy did give alot of useful information and have provided us the map to the house via emails. Until we arrived at the Kyoto station, we emails her about our arrival by using internet at the Tourist information Centre as we dont have our own internet access. But accidently, after disembark from the bus at the nearest bustop at the house we realised that we dont have the maps. We just have the address of the house - we thought that we can reach the house by showing local peoples there the address. We ask taxi driver, and few locals but they dont even know where is it. We call Wendy via public phone but she didn't pick up. And we call the other number that we have. The guy that pick up the phone not really friendly and not really helpful- and even very sarcastic! Just waste our coins for the call and we got nothing! Yes it is our fault that we dont have the map that they already provided via email but he not supposed to be mad at us because of that. End up, we go back to Kyoto station to get internet access and print back the map and find the way to the house on our own.
Just for reminder for other traveleller: Make sure you print your maps if you plan to stay here!~
Overall, we satisfied with the house. And we love Kyoto!
Response from Avi Lugasi - 05/20/2012
Thanks for choosing our house and glad to know that you enjoyed your stay in Kyoto!
It is true that in Japan usually address is not helpful, as street usually doesn't have names plate. So MAP is a MUST!
And I am so sorry that our staff gave you bad impression about his explanation. I am sure that he didn't mean to be mad with you or any guests. As we have more than one house running, probably he didn't understand which one you meant.
Anyway, thank you very much again for staying with us and having left a note to let us know how you feel. We do appreciate that and we will take more care for the future guests.
A cosy, comfortable home in a good location.
There is ample room in this machiya for a family of four, and it would still be comfortable for a close-knit family of six. It is in a good location, with many must-see sites within short walking distance and close access to buses and the subway. Kyoto Station is a pleasant half-hour walk away as an alternative to catching a taxi in good weather.
Perfect vacation house in the heart of Kyoto
Last week we stayed at the Ojizoya Rental House in Kyoto for 5 nights with our 3 children (10,10,7).
We absolutely loved this house. The fact it is a traditional Japanese house with tatami room, futons and sliding paper doors made the whole Kyoto experience that much more authentic.
It is ideally located in the centre of the city but in such a quiet and peaceful neighbourhood. Our kids walked by themselves to the local playground to mingle with the local kids.
We walked to many of Kyoto's top sites from the house and a few times took taxis which were surprisingly cheap.
The kitchen is well equipped, the bathtub really great and the sleeping quarters comfortable.
We really only have positive things to say about this property and the owners.
We'd recommend this to couples, families or groups of friends who are travelling to Kyoto.
Gem of a House in an Excellent location
3 adults and 2 children (9 & 13) stayed 6 nights at the end of March 2012 and our experience was excellent.
I received professional and prompt responses to all my inquiries prior to and during our stay. Wendy arranged for MK Taxi to take us to house to and from Kansai airport which made our arrival/departure a breeze. Wendy recommend a wonderful restaurant (Isoya - separate review) and offered to make reservations on our first night. Wendy also arranged a guide for our Classic Kyoto tour. Chiharu was warm and friendly with an excellent command of English. Above all, she had a fine sense of esthetics and was able to convey a depth of love and knowledge about the places she took us to. She was also very attentive and accommodating to our needs.
My husband and I loved the house and the neighbourhood from the start. We were entranced by the efficient use of space and the elegance of the design. The house had every amenity. For example, coffee machine, microwave, generous towels, bedding, and toiletries (loved Japanese shampoos). There were even fresh flowers to greet our arrival. Once we figured out the various hot water on demand buttons (described in the folder at the house), everything worked really well. The Wifi was handy to communicate with our friends who stayed at other hotels, folks back home.
It was a great experience for all of us to use our 'inside voice' and be conscous of the space and each other. The house felt intimate rather than crowded. The living room downstairs had a large table which was ideal for gaterings. Didn't get a chance to fully use the kitchen aside from boiling some eggs and reheating using the microwave. Toilet and bathroom are separate and everyone enjoyed the warm Japanese toilet seat. The soaker tub was a very enjoyable after long days of walking. Washing machine was easy to operate and there is a covered balcony upstairs with washing lines and clips.
Location was perfect. Higashiyama was historic and contained many sights. We spent hours wandering around our neighbourhood and discovering little shops and eating places. Sadly we were not able to try them all. Within 5 minutes walking distance from the house, we tried 3 great little noodle places run by folks who have probably been making the same stuff for 50 years. Prices are way cheaper than in the touristy areas. No English menus but our iphone app can say "Beef", "Chicken" or "Fish" or "Vegetable". Be adventurous and you will be rewarded with great tasting food. 2 minutes from the house is a historic Wagashi (Japanese confectionery/pastry house). We booked a 75 minute, hands-on, seasonal mochi lesson (around $25 USD per person) and were the only non-Japanese folks there. However, there was an English instruction sheet and our instructor actually lived in Montreal for a few years so we conversed in English and French. The nights that we return after the hustle and bustle of downtown Kyoto, the neighbour and house was a tranquil haven. Each morning, we eased into frentic sightseeing via a quiet walk to the bus stop or subway. Everyone we met in the neighbourhood was reserved but very ppolite and helpful.
One potential minus. While all five of us could fit upstairs, 2 slept downstairs in the living room. During our stay, it was unseasonably cold in Kyoto. Upstairs was really warm with a heater. Downstairs, our friend felt the cold draft on her head which impacted her sleep even though her bedding was really warm and there was a heater. We used the chairs to block the sliding doors and she wore a hat to sleep which improved things somewhat for her. Also, needing to put a sweater on when one gets up because only the bedrooms are warm is a bit inconvenient but we have to remember it is a real house and not a hotel.
I would recommend Ojizoya to anyone who wants to be immersed in a Japanese neighbourhood.
Number one miss represented holiday property in Japan
Upon arrival the two taxi drivers were both disorientated and lost. They required a phone call to the owner to identify the property. We were introduced to the owners husband who provide us with basic information with the property. He facilitated our first restaurant meal in the area this was excellent. The property itself however was untenable for the fowling reasons.
1. The bathroom is effect an outside unheated area. It has a stone floor which is very cold. It has a stainless steel deep bath which takes at lease 30 minutes to fill due to soft water pressure (we called it the ice room-you would always come out with cold feet). The shower is adequate. But there is a request to leave a window open due to lack of ventilation /extraction
2. The laundry is outside and it was an experience to put the washing machine on whilst it was snowing.
3. The air-conditioning is effective in the main living area if all doors kept closed.
4. The kitchen area is small, cramped and poorly lit. The gas stove has no adequate flash back and is a fire hazard. There was no dishwasher. There is a small fridge.
5. There is one small downstairs toilet.
6. the upstairs bedroom area is at the top of very steep narrow stairs. The rail was inadequately attached to the wall. It is very difficult to get up and down the stairs and extremely hazarders. Certainly not safe for the very young or elderly. A fall would un-doubly result in serious injury.
7. The property did have internet connection but there was no T.V or radio.
8. There was no key for the property instead a code was provided to lock the door. The difficulty being there was no light to accurately identify number after hours.
9. the area in which the property was sited in, was some what similar to the australia Collingwood area in the 1920â€™s -1930â€™s times move on the area is now being resettled by the up and coming professionals i.e the street has two recent up market BMWâ€™s and other imported vehicles which show that there has been recent house development in the area. At the present time this house is not up to current standards. This house has got the potential to be a excellent holiday property but requires substantial infrastructure re-development.
Finally in retrospect it was certainly an experience but not one I would recommend to others certainly not at the cost per night. It was not an authentic Japanese house. There are a number of traditional Japanese hotels which are called Ryokans one we would recommend in Yamanouchi hotel which was truly authentic.
Kyoto is a wonderful place to go to not only for its temples and Japanese gardens but also for its fantastic modern architecture of itâ€™s railway station.
Response from Avi Lugasi - 02/16/2012
From the beginning of the contact, we suspected the guest for been a problematic one, we actually decided not to accept him but he insisted again and again calling our office and sending mails.
He refused to pay deposit and never paid deposit as we required to ensure his booking.
So the result is that we never sent him a map of the house, as we do with all our guests, (As he didnâ€™t pay deposit we didnâ€™t know if they are coming) so of course the taxi drivers had difficulty in finding the house!
In Japan, most of the time, address only is not enough to find a house specially in traditional neighborhoods.- so his first comment is far off and he manipulate the facts, by giving partial information.(Not having the map of the house)
Even when getting to the house he asked us again and again to accept his family staying in our house, and we didn't want to turn down a guest, which is not our policy. But he still didnâ€™t pay the full amount and he promised to pay it in one of the following day.
As for the rest of his comments by numbers in accordance to his comments
1, His comment of the bath is manipulative and not correct- The bath has a very advance water hitting system â€“ and is inside the house â€“ of course mad of stone ( Actually bath tiles) I never saw a bath room made differently.
I did ask him to leave the window open BUT CLEARLY JUST AFTER FINISHING TAKING BATH!!! As closing the window will make the bath room moldy.
He claims of soft water pressure in the bath but good pressure in the shower- IT IS THE SAME SYSTEM!. The pressure is strong on both!
??Washing machine- he wrote that it was an experience to put it in the snow- well -while it is true the washing machine is next to a small Japanese stone garden it is all covered with transparent roof!!!! and walls
3. Heating - In Japan you could rarely find a central heating so of course doors should be closed to keep spaces warm?
??The kitchen is beautify renovated and to NOT TO THE SIZE OF WESTERN STANDARD as we are talking about a Japanese house. We never promised dishwasher and the fridge size is far more then enough to accommodate ALL our guests needs â€“ He uses again manipulative language to harm our good reputation.
As for the gas stove- Japan is known for super sensitivity of gas safety- this include ALL equipment concerning that ,the gas stove gas special safety futures which of course he was not aware of as many other things.
5. Toilet â€“ It is a Japanese house and this is the usual standard of toilet one in a house â€“ This guests should have stayed in a hotel as he does not understand the3 value of traditional Japanese house â€“ this is NOT AWESTERN HOUSE and NEVER promoted as such- we made it to western level comfort but did not make it a western house!
6.The stairs are the standard in Japanese traditional houses nothing exceptional- he never mentioned to us his physical limitation which he had and made it difficult for him to walk up or down the stairs- we had cases when people said they have some limitation and we advised them clearly.
7. On the web we specify what is and what is not in the property, by choice we decided not to put TV or radio to keep some kind of feeling and experience to the house.
8.The key issue is an absolutely mean and deceiving comment. As we showed them personally and repeated it to EACH one of them ( 4 all together) not to pay attention to the numbers but to the shape of pressing the code, we created the code in a VERY easy shape to remember.
9. Again manipulative comment â€“ The area is rich with history with some over 400 years shops and restaurants â€“ The new built houses are in the new cheap material known for modern Japanese houses which create in Japan lots of allergy related diseases but of course our guest who do not have any respect or understanding of the culture would not notice that (One comment they made on the phone is that the futon provided are good just for children- Well this is a arrogant western comment â€“ these futons are one of the basics of Japanese culture.)
The house was left in a VERY BAD condition with lots of garbage and dirty closes all over the worst we ever saw.
Family friendly in a wonderful location
Our lo is 2 years old. We also another single family member staying with us part of the time we were renting the house. There was enough room for us all to sleep comfortably. It really was a completely furbished holiday house, complete with dishwashing, laundry powder and bath soap, shower and conditioner. There were two bikes to use, one complete with a child's seat which was perfect. Our lo loved it. Kyoto is perfect for riding around, everything is so close and it's flat with pathways and bike parking areas everywhere. The house is only 20 minutes walk from our fave temple, Kyomizu and 5 minutes walk to another famous temple, Sanjusangendo but the we still felt very much like we were in the suburbs and having a Japanese suburban living experience (it is an older style traditional Kyoto home). The owners are lovely, very helpful and flexible. The toilet is a western style toilet (if that's important to you). Supermarket is 5 minutes walk away and there are also convenience stores for when it's not open. The river is 10 minutes walk away and has a lovely path that you can walk along. There are two children's playgrounds very nearby as well. The train and bus are also only a few minutes walk away - the location of this vacation home is great. Prompt responses to questions that I raised. The maps were easy to use. There was internet access, but no wi-fi which we wanted to access mail from our phones.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Fun and authentic experience with wonderful guidance
We so enjoyed this house. It was the best spot I have ever stayed in Kyoto. The hosts were wonderful and helpful. The house was perfect for our family of six (four children from 4 to 13). We loved being in a quiet and authentic Japanese neighborhood, close to Gion and Kiyomizudera. Watch out for low doorways if you are tall, though!
Cooper City, Florida
I stayed at this traditional Japanese home with my family, a total of five, and we had a great experience. We stayed for two nights and enjoyed the home and the neighborhood. You can get a real sense of Japanese living. The owners were very accommodating and helpful. I would definitely stay here again.
Make sure you have the address in Japanese to give the taxi driver.
A perfect place for a week in Kyoto
Booked for just a few days, we ended up staying over a week. It was a great base to explore Kyoto from and very comfortable. We loved being in a traditional neighborhood with all that it had to offer: tea shops, interesting food, and short walks to great temples and other sites.
With hindsight, I'd have liked to have booked even longer here and in Kyoto and based our entire month vacation there. It was swell and I can't wait to go back.
The hosts were extremely helpful to us and helped us navigate some of the language/oddness of trying to move bicycles from Tokyo down to Kyoto and back and they had some great ideas for some very nice long-distance bike touring (we ended up biking for two weeks out to the Noto Peninsula, also recommended!).
I would love to stay there again.
Quiet and Quaint. A relaxing week in Kyoto.
Ojizoya: offering so much for the money. The house itself is beautiful inside and out. It offers a very authentic living arrangement for any stay in Kyoto. Ojizoya is located in a slow paced residential district. It is a great location for visiting the eastern side of the city. It is not "centrally" located, but Kyoto is large and offers so many attractions that being centrally located isn't necessarily beneficial. Many sights and restaurants are only a short walk away. Other locations can be reached by using Kyoto's marvelous public transit system avi, the owner is very helpful, and he has designed Ojizoya for the benefit of foreigners. I would stay here again if I could get the opportunity.
A week in Kyoto
My wife, 2 children (teenagers) and I spent a week in Kyoto starting the end of June 2010. Rather than staying in a hotel, we rented this traditional Japanese home (called Ojizoya). It was a wonderful way to stay in Kyoto, as it is an authentic machiya and is located in a quiet, residential neighborhood. From the rental home, we could easily walk to the bus stop, train station, many tourist sites, shops and restaurants. The house is small, but it includes all the necessary things one needs for a short stay in Japan.
Excellent Stay at Ojizoya
Our stay at Ojizoya was extremely pleasant, the house is very conveniently located within walking distance from Kyoto's main sights and very close to excellent public transportation. The house itself was very comfortable, fitted with everything we could need and spotlessly clean. Avi and Wendy were excellent with their help. Highly recommended.
We loved being able to experience one more aspect of Japanese culture by staying at Ojizoya. We have three children under the age of five and a 14 year old daughter and we were very comfortable and enjoyed having the kitchen to cook light meals and save money for a family of six. The location was wonderful, about 5-10 minute walk from Kiyomizu shrine, one of my favorites or all time! We were able to come and go as we please and had no issues while staying there. We plan on recommending Ojizoya to our friends when they visit Kyoto.
Unforgettable traditional Japanese experience
Staying at Ojizoya really added to the traditional Japanese experience that we wanted whilst in Kyoto. Walking through a quiet alleyway of traditional Japanese homes, it was great to be in the middle of a neighborhood far from everyday tourists. The area was quiet and safe, yet very close to the bustling city, and also amongst the working district of the maiko and geisha. Avi, the homeowner/tour guide, was extremely helpful with our group of 6, and waited to pick us up at Kyoto station even though we were running an hour late. Along the way, he showed us some places to go, had maps set out and also dropped us off in the city center to begin our exploration! The 2 bedroom home was cozy and well equipped with internet access, not at all uncomfortable and just perfect for our group. It was a very exciting experience at a traditional Japanese home, and we cannot wait to return!
Best decision made
This was the best decision made for your dtay in Kyoto. The house was beautiful, location amazing and city wonderful. The owner was so friendly and helpful - yes I found the Geisha thank you! We will definitely stay again in the future, we were very sad to leave the house. I was particularly touched with the abundance of fresh flowers in the house, so welcoming and Japanese! Thank you for allowing us to share your wonderful house and city. We will see you again soon.
A wonderful place to stay
My fiancee and I very much enjoyed our stay at Ojizoya. The condo is beautifully decorated and includes every amenity we needed for the four days we stayed there. The kitchen came in handy for those mornings and nights we decided to say in and cook. I would highly recommend the apartment/condo for anyone who wants to visit Kyoto and have an authentic experience. The condo is located within a few minutes to one of Kyoto's famous pottery streets and a pleasant walk away from all the famous shopping markets and temples. A great find. Thank avi for such a wonderful house!