Accommodations: House, 2 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 1 Bath (Sleeps 2-5)
Ojizo-ya -“ 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 - 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.
Outside the House
On the outside wall of Ojizo-ya is a shrine which is... shared by three houses. This shrine is dedicated to the goddess Ojizo (hence the name of the house). Ojizo is the goddess of both children and travelers. So during your stay here at The House of Ojizo, you, the traveler, will be personally protected while you enjoy both the ambience of the house and the attractions of its location.
Ojizo-ya is within easy walking distance of some of Kyoto's major sightseeing spots in the Higashiyama district in The Eastern Mountains, including Sanjusangendo Temple, the National Museum (3-5 minutes walk), the Kiyomizu area with its picturesque Ninen & Sanenzaka streets (15 minutes walk), Miyagawa-cho a Geisha area (15 minutes walk), and a bit further on there is Gion, another famous Geisha district.
Ojizo-ya is also a few minutes away from the Kamo river (Kyoto's main river which runs through the city) and a great local park, where you can do as the Kyoto-ites do - take an early morning jog, stroll along the river side, or relax on a park bench and watch the world go by. You can also take a 20-30 minutes enjoyable walk along the river right into the city center.
The Heart of the City
While it is easy to get to the city center by walking along the Kamo river or through local neighborhoods, Ojizo-ya also benefits from good transport links. It is a short 10 minutes bus drive from Kyoto station (the main rail station and gateway to the city) and only a 3-5 minutes walk to Keihan railway Shichijo station on the Keihan railway line. In 3-5 minutes you can also reach a bus station and access the many bus lines including the comfortable Raku Bus a special bus line which runs through the main sightseeing spots of Kyoto. After experiencing the heart of the city, travel back to the heart of the home and back into local life.
Ojizo-ya is located in a really fascinating area which you can find out more about by looking at our â€œBehind the veilâ€ tour, Please look at Windows to Japan website for more details. . The house is just a few minutes away from many local restaurants, coffee shops, a traditional sweet-making shop, a public bath with open air bath, and a local children's playground, visits to which will provide you with a feeling of completeness as you experience the local life of Kyoto in a down to earth neighborhood before heading back to the heart of the house.
Inside the House
Ojizo-ya can accommodate one person or one group of up to six and has two floors of accommodation.
The first floor boasts a fully equipped kitchen, living room (convertible to a bedroom with traditional Japanese futons for up to 2), laundry space, en suite western-style toilet, shower & bath, and access to a Japanese garden which can be viewed from the living room.
Second floor accommodation (sleeps up to 3) has two separate bedrooms, one with a western-style double bed, the second with traditional Japanese futons, and a balcony.
Inside the house you will also find 'Kyoto guide' with lots of maps and information on sights and things to do. In Kyoto and we are more than happy to help guests plan their itineraries while in Kyoto. Please refer to our planned tours.
We, your hosts at Windows to Japan (a tour operator agency based in Japan which creates and organizes tours in Japan) can offer much more to help you optimize your Japanese experience, by planning and arranging parts of, or your entire tour in Japan by introducing unique windows through which you can unveil more layers of Japan’s enigmatic culture.
We offer special tours with reduced rates to guests staying in our houses. For more information, please contact us.
Ojizo-ya is a NON SMOKING property. No Daily Cleaning is offered.
Normal Season Rate:
2 Guests .... ¥13,000/night 3 Guests .. ¥16,000/night
4 Guests ... ¥18,000/night 5 Guests ... ¥20,000/night 6 Guests .. ¥22,000/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.
Left on 01/20/2014 for a stay in December 2013 | BOB J
We were extremely happy with Ojizoya and would strongly consider staying there again! It was extremely cozy, very well located and the support staff were most helpful. I like to run and the river front was a 4min jog from the Machiya... Not only for running but also to take a serene walk it was ideal. Gion district, Sanjo shopping district, museums and Shrines are all very walkable with some great sightseeing along the way. I strongly recommend Ojizoya and its representatives.
Left on 12/11/2013 for a stay in November 2013 | Edwin
We stayed for 4 weeks in Nov/Dec and the place felt like a home away from home. The house was reasonably well located for some the main sites and handy for most of the main bus routes allowing good access to the more remote sites. It is also close to a Taxi Rank.
We were seeking suitable accommodation for an extended stay in Kyoto and found that the house met our needs perfectly. It was as advertised on the website, was clean and well maintained and the owners were helpful answering questions or addressing concerns.
It was a great experience to stay in a traditional Kyoto house to get the full cultural experience of being in Japan. We also enjoyed the experience of living in a residential and interacting with the locals and shopping in the local shops. We were very sad to leave at the end of our stay.
We would highly recommend Ojizoya as a place to stay for those seeking a similar Japanese experience to ours.
Left on 11/26/2013 for a stay in November 2013 | Lily
Thank you to Wendy and staff of Window to Japan!
We had a great time while staying in Ojizoya, Kyoto. The house is truly situated in the middle of residential area. We felt very comfortable staying there. The accommodation itself was great, we had no problem figuring out how things work, moreover, instruction was also provided.
I would had rated this excellent except for the location of the house. It takes abit of patience to find the house with the map provided. Luckily our shuttle driver arranged by Wendy knows exactly where Ojizoya is located. We were saved trying to figure out the location by ourself.
Ojizoya is located nearby to all subway and stores like 7-11 & Lawson and even walking distance to some attraction places.
I would definitely recommend this place for my family and friends.
Left on 07/18/2013 for a stay in June 2013 | ohiotravelbum
Our family of 4 spent 3 nights in Ojizoya and enjoyed it very much. We felt the charm of an old, traditional Japanese house with its elegantly simple decor and functional design. We are a tall family, and although the entry area, stairway, and toilet area were a bit tight for us (my 6'6" husband did hit his noggin a few times), the main living room and the sleeping areas are large enough to be very comfortable and the shower room is spacious and easy to use. We did not need to use the kitchen much, other than the refrigerator. There is a convenience store a short walk away on the main road to
the north where we got our breakfast bento boxes. I would not recommend this house for people with children under about 6 nor would it be good for someone with mobility issues. We also booked two tours with Windows on Japan, and our guide Emi was very knowledgable, friendly and accommodating. I recommend this company without hesitation.
We stayed five nights and liked the apartment very much. Location was good, in very quiet area but only few minutes walk to railway (two different stations), not long from the main railway station either. Many restaurants quite near, also easy to cook yourself (as well as washing loundry). Info about Kyoto and the apartment available for the guests, wi-fi worked good. Staff was easy to contact and was very helpful, so I would gladly recommend this apartment.
Left on 05/29/2013 for a stay in May 2013 | LadyAlisha
Wendy and her crew were polite and prompt in answering our queries and the booking was done smoothly.
The house was as advertised, very traditional and well maintained, with modern fixtures. It's a great way to live as the locals do. We appreciate the many spare adapters in the house as we had many gadgets to charge each day and the strong Wi-Fi is a dream.
The house is a short walk to 2 train stations along the Keihan line, very convenient for exploring the Higashimya side of Kyoto. Many convenient stores nearby and friendly neighbors too!
The only cons are probably the lack of a tv (even if we don't understand Japanese, it'll be interesting to learn more about the culture) and how dark the alley leading to house can get when we return late at night.
Left on 10/06/2012 for a stay in September 2012 | Kevin O'Grady
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.
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.
Left on 07/12/2010 for a stay in June 2010 | afine
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.
Left on 06/17/2010 for a stay in March 2010 | Paolo
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.
Left on 06/16/2010 for a stay in June 2010 | Minnich
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.
Left on 06/16/2010 for a stay in February 2010 | Alyssa C
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!
Left on 06/14/2010 for a stay in May 2010 | Lisa M
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.
Left on 06/13/2010 for a stay in April 2010 | CKim
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!
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