Hidden Inn is a beautiful & modern fully furnished Japanese vacation rental townhouse which can accomodate up to 6 people. When you stay at Hidden Inn, you rent the whole house and can come and go as you please. Ideal for couples, families or groups of friends travelling together. The house is fully equipped and centrally located to make your stay in Kyoto as comfortable and relaxing as possible. A short walk to shops, restaurants and sightseeing, but in a quiet residential neighbourhood, away from traffic and noise.
Affordable Luxury and Great Value
Although located in the old Japanese capital of Kyoto, Hidden Inn is a modern and clean, fully air-conditioned townhouse furnished with Western style (and size) furniture. The queen size bed provides space and comfort and the dining table seats 6.
Renting this house provides great value particularly to traveling families. On a cost per person basis, staying at Hidden Inn Kamitoryo-cho deluxe townhouse is much cheaper for families than comparable five star accomodation in Kyoto city. Kitchen and laundry facilities allow guests to save money by eating in and avoiding expensive hotel laundering costs. The central location means guests can walk, rather than taxi, to many local sightseeing spots.
Management is more than happy to provide ideas and advice regarding travel plans, eating out, using local transportation and where to find bargains.
Sliding glass doors in the main bedroom open out onto a private balcony with a small table and seating for four. In warmer weather guests may find this a great place to read during the day and enjoy a glass of wine in the evening with views of Kyoto tower.
Convenience of a Home away from home
Hidden Inn provides all the convenience of a home away from home. Guests may come and go as they like, cook in the townhouse themselves without having to pay for expensive hotel food.
The townhouse has a fully equipped kitchen. Guests therefore have the option of buying takeout (perhaps sushi or a bento?) and bringing it home to eat or cooking themselves. All appliances, plates, cutlery, etc necessary are available and ready to use.
The townhouse has high speed (1Gbit) fiber optic internet with wifi, a large flatscreen TV, Sony Playsation 3 with a wide selection of games, DVD/Bluray player etc to ensure that guests have something to do if the weather turns bad or they just need a break from sightseeing.
There is nothing worse than having to do laundry during your vacation. Hidden Inn has a brand new washer dryer which minimizes the hassle. Guests need not hang their clothes outside or lug them to a coin laundry. Iron and ironing board are also provided for guest's convenience.
Quiet and Convenient Location
Hidden Inn management chose the location of the property very carefully. This is to ensure that guests can relax and enjoy their vacation without the typical noise associated with large hotels and roadside traffic. The townhouse is within a residential area with a strong sense of community. You are sure to see the friendly locals as you come and go and experience local atmosphere which is likely to be quite different from home.
Hidden Inn Kamitoryo-cho is located in a quiet downtown neighbourhood away from major traffic routes but within easy walking distance to shops, restaurants, convenience stores, post office, banks and tourist attractions such as temples, gardnes and shrines. Hidden Inn is less than 1500m from the city center and less than 10min by taxi from Kyoto station.
Warm hospitality and Insider Local Knowledge
A vast range of maps, guides and recommendations is made available to guests so that they can enjoy Kyoto and get the most out of their stay. We realize that it can sometimes be a little intimidating for travellers without Japanese skill especially those visiting for the first time. Thus we do our best to make ourselves available and provide assistance. Luckily the warmth of the locals and their wonderful hospitality makes out job a bit easier! The owners and managers of Hidden Inn are also great lovers of Kyoto and are eager to share their insight with guests....Read more
Hidden Inn Kyoto Modern Luxe Central Townhouse Kyoto, Kinki, Japan
Additional Location Information
Hidden Inn Kamitoryocho is located in the Eastern sightseeing and temple district of Kyoto (Higashiyama). The townhouse is within a residential area with a strong sense of community. You are sure to see the friendly locals as you come and go and experience local atmosphere which is likely to be quite different from home.
The house is located in a quiet downtown neighbourhood away from major traffic routes but within easy walking distance to shops, restaurants, convenience stores, post office, banks and tourist attractions such as temples, gardens and shrines. Hidden Inn is less than 1500m from the city center and less than 10min by taxi from Kyoto station. The nearest station is Gojo Kiyomizu on the Keihan line. Hidden Inn is about 5min walk to the south-east from this station.
Paid parking is available about 50m from the house.
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Car is not necessary
Last updated on May 06, 2015
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Left on 11/28/2013 for a stay in October 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Nov 28, 2013Stayed Oct 2013
It was a pleasure to be welcomed by the kind owner who provided a good service and great advices to visit the area.
A nice appartment, well equipped.
Located not sof far from central train station by feet .
We couldn't expect better in this range of price.
Left on 05/08/2013 for a stay in March 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed May 8, 2013Stayed Mar 2013
The house is conveniently located close to a major subway line making access to points of interest easy and fast. It is quite large for Japan and certainly enough space for two couples to share. We enjoyed the light and the balcony from which we could see Kyoto tower. This house is like a 5-star hotel, but bigger. We were very impressed with the quality of the facilities. Everything we needed was available and the owner gave us some great tips on exploring Kyoto.
It is quiet and a great place to recharge after touring this wonderful city. The 100 Yen shop a few minutes walk away was very convenient for daily necessities like bread, milk and snacks. Highly recommended for anyone looking for a great space to stay in Kyoto.
Left on 04/15/2013 for a stay in March 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Apr 15, 2013Stayed Mar 2013
This guest house was just right for us! Kids were delighted to see Play Station as soon as they get into the living room! There were variation of restaurants and bars only several minutes walk from the house so I didn't have to worry about cooking;)
After several nights the neighbor started to greet to us. We felt like living in Kyoto. We arranged a MK sky shuttle that came right in front of the house to take us to Kansai airport. This house is highly recommended!
Left on 04/12/2013 for a stay in March 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Apr 12, 2013Stayed Mar 2013
This house was our favorite place to stay in Japan. Beautifully decorated, clean, new, modern, and with in a quiet area away from the hustle and bustle of city life. There are English instructions for everything. The master bedroom is fantastic, especially the bed. There is plenty of natural light and it was nice to be able to have a meal or drink on the balcony in the fresh air. Although we could not communicate with her at all well, a little old lady who we presume lives nearby gave us some Japanese sweets on our first day. What a charming neighborhood.
Getting a cab was never a problem as there were always one or two parked in front of the nearby shrine. Very easy to jump in a cab and be on a train at Kyoto station within 15 minutes. Although the taxis are cheap, clean and efficient, we found the trains to be the best option when available due to heavy traffic. There are many kinds of tickets and cards, so the best option is to get the Icoca card and just use it for everything (JR, subway, train, bus). The manager can provide these.
Since it was out first time in Kyoto and we arrived after 6pm, we decided to take advantage of the "intro to Kyoto" by car tour. This was very helpful in planning the rest of our activities in Kyoto as over 90min or so we could get a quick view of many of the major tourist attractions and get a good feel for the city. Keith pointed out many interesting places which we marked on our map for later exploration. It was great to get such insider knowledge at the start of our trip. And since we were staying for 7 days we got the tour at half price. We will come again since we had a great stay.
Left on 03/13/2013 for a stay in February 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Mar 13, 2013Stayed Feb 2013
It was nice to come home to this cozy and spotless townhouse, a lovely hot shower (great water pressure by the way) and an ultra comfy western size sofa. The perfect place to relax for a bit after seeing the sights on foot. The amenities really made us feel spoiled. Gauging from the amount of time he spent there, the heated toilet seat was a real hit with my husband! We were relieved that although a little narrow in places this house was very comfortable and easy to use and relax. We did not have to makeup futon beds on the floor or eat at those funny little low tables while trying to stop our legs from going to sleep.
The kitchen was well equipped but we could not find any "normal" size plates. My better half suggested this might be why the locals are so thin. The refrigerator appears to be brand new and is just big enough. The manager kindly left some treats in there for us which was a nice touch. Microwave, toaster, kettle etc are all provided. Not a lot of benchspace if you need to make a big meal, but we guess that's normal here.
The house was very quiet during the day but at night time we could sometimes hear the neighbors. I guess that's unavoidable considering the population density in Kyoto. The house is down a pleasant alleyway away from the traffic so at least there was no other noise to worry about.
Hint for future travelers re. taxis: We wanted to avoid using taxis as we thought they would be a waste of money. But in Kyoto the taxis are very cheap and convenient. Actually there were several times when we actually saved money by using a cab rather than the bus. Four a group of 4 adults (bus cost 880 yen) traveling a couple of blocks only cost 650 yen. The MK taxis were recommended by the owner as being both the cheapest and providing the best service.
Left on 02/02/2013 for a stay in January 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Feb 2, 2013Stayed Jan 2013
The house is nicely decorated and everything we needed was provided (except hair conditioner which was strange). They provide laundry liquid, body soap, shampoo, dishwashing soap, tissues, toilet paper, bath/hand towels and all linens. There were both synthetic and feather pillows to choose from and extra blankets if needed. When we arrived late at night exhausted it was lovely to find the manager had already been there earlier and had turned on the lights and heating.
When entering the house there is a small foyer with a cabinet to store shoes. They provide umbrellas, which we luckily did not need. The place has a small closet in the hallway downstairs in which we were able to store one suitcase and there is a large closet (enough for two people) upstairs with plenty of hanging space. There is a small laundry and bathroom area with vanity, a dresser with towels and other supplies and a combination washer dryer system which looked very complicated with lots of buttons and flashing lights all in Japanese. We figured it out after referring to the guest manual. Very nice to not have to go to the local laundromat.
There are two bedrooms upstairs and they are separated by sliding (and lockable) doors. There is also a nice little balcony but it was too cold for us to use this time of year. The main bedroom is fitted with a lovely big soft bed and has plenty of space including a small reading chair. The second room is a bit smaller. It has a daybed which was a cozy place to read during the day. We didn't use it for sleeping. There were several interesting Kyoto related books in French and English including a copy of the very guidebook we lugged all the way from home! It seems that some of the books are to remain in the house (for guest reference I guess) while others, perhaps items left by past guests, are free to take and use outside the house. We left our guidebook there upon checkout for use by future guests.
"Beautiful house and good base for Kyoto sightseeing"
Left on 01/31/2013 for a stay in January 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jan 31, 2013Stayed Jan 2013
We came to Japan for sightseeing and snow and while Kyoto had plenty of the former we had to travel a bit to find places to ski. The location overall was good for us and a great base for exploring Kyoto on foot. It was less than 10 minutes by taxi from Kyoto station (cost about 900 yen) and the nearest subway is about 5 minutes walk. The house is about one and a half city blocks south of the main restaurant/entertainment/shopping areas. It was relatively simple to head west across the river at Gojo street, then north along the street with the lovely canal. We could arrive downtown in about 15 to 20 minutes. There are several decent cafes, Japanese restaurants, convenience stores and even a McDonalds within short walking distance.?
If you can figure out how to buy the subway tickets at the local station (use the vending machines and check the overhead fare map to see how much to your destination) I highly recommend heading a few stations south to the Fushimi/Tofukuji areas. Tofukuji temple and surrounds was very nice and the Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine was one of the highlights of our trip. Sanjusangendo temple (a few minutes walk south) and Kiyomizu temple (10min walk) were also lovely, though you have to pay about $5 each time to enter these places.
The booking by email was easy, and the manager Keith was very sincere and responsive. He explained that he was new at this and was determined to do whatever he could to make our trip a success. We appreciated his efforts and the recommendations he made regarding local restaurants, sightseeing etc. He apologized that he had not yet completed an insiders guide for the area, but we found the materials provided with the guest manual to be more than sufficient.
I would recommend this place highly and would return here if afforded the chance in the future.
"Great house, convenient location and outstanding service - Great"
Left on 01/28/2013 for a stay in December 2012 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jan 28, 2013Stayed Dec 2012
My family and I recently stayed in Kyoto for one week as a stopover on our way to UK to spend xmas with family. This was our first time to Japan. We had originally booked Granvia hotel in Kyoto station and since we were not so happy there moved to Hidden Inn after the second night. We were lucky enough to meet the owner in person at Kyoto station and he really went out of his way to accommodate us, even picking us up and transferring us to Hidden Inn in his car. The property itself is tucked away in a small enclave which we found rather intriguing. It certainly is aptly named. We probably would have considered the house small if we had come here first, but after the hotel we found this place to be very comfortable for a family of 4. The neighborhood is residential and fairly quiet. It does not take long to walk to gion or downtown areas. We enjoyed walking along the river (Kamo river?) to Sanjo bridge and the nearby restaurants. My favorite place nearby was Koyimizu temple and the surrounding area. It was probably about 10minutes walk from the house. Miyagawa-cho street, which was recommended by the owner, was also lovely, especially with the pretty lanterns at night. The owner personally escorted us to the local supermarket and convenience store so we could pick up food and supplies. The house has plenty of spare towels, tissues, shampoo, cleaning stuff etc so guests don't need to bother with these things. So we mainly bought food. Being able to prepare meals in the house was great and both my wife and my wallet were very happy about this! Everything else in the house worked well though we would have been lost without the guest manual which explained how to use all the controls and gadgets in the house. Japan certainly is high tech. Even the toilet and bath have multiple electronic controls. We would highly recommend this house for couples or families travelling to Kyoto. We look forward to returning in the future (next time when its warmer!)
Left on 01/28/2013 for a stay in January 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jan 28, 2013Stayed Jan 2013
My wife and I recently took a short trip to Japan as it is a destination we have long planned to visit. Our 22 year old daughter and her boyfriend decided to join us at the last minute which meant changing our original accommodation selection to something with more space. Overall we are glad to made the choice to stay at this clean, quiet and well appointed townhouse. This was our first trip anywhere in asia and though we expected everything to be smaller we were surprised by how much smaller. We found the stairs and toilet a bit narrow, but were very comfortable in the main bed (I think it is Queen size) and the shower was fine. Couldn't get the TV in there to work however. All the amenities were fine and seemed just like they described on the hidden-inn website. Once we got accustomed to the narrow spaces we quickly started to enjoy the surroundings, the people, safety, convenience and the overall atmosphere of this exceptional city. We found most of the places we visited and ate at to be very reasonably priced. Some of the lunches in restaurants and cafes near the house were incredibly good value. Thankfully the portions were not as small as expected. We particularly enjoyed the final night's dinner at "Sherry" on Gojo street near the subway. Future guests should note that the owner has a family and a day job which means he was sometimes not available by phone when we tried to call. This was OK for us though because each of the emails we sent to him got comprehensive and helpful replies within minutes. Seems like email might be preferable contact method when you stay here. Would definitely recommend this place highly to potential guests.
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