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“A wonderful place to stay in Kyoto”
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Fully renovated machiya vacation house for multiple families, couples, and friend groups.
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Fully renovated machiya vacation house for multiple families, couples, and friend groups.
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Fully renovated machiya vacation house for multiple families, couples, and friend groups.
Wood deck
Internal entrance door
Front view of the house
External gate and wood deck
Wood deck - bamboo and table/chairs installed in 2017
Entrance area seen from the island kitchen
The combination of a stainless island kitchen and the orange color wall is one of the unique design
Living area next to the tsuboniwa Japanese garden and the tea room
Garden and tea room
Twin room
Center room (can accommodate one double mattress)
Entrance area
Access to the house from various locations within Japan
The house location relative to the entire city of Kyoto
3 min walk to subway/tram/bus stations.  Two supermarkets in 1-2 min.  Dozen's of local foods.
The house location relative to the city's major sightseeing spots and public transportation network
Another view of kitchen area
Another view of kitchen area
Dining area
Dining table connected to the island
Entrance hall seen from island kitchen
Brass-made faucet
View of kitchen and living areas (before installing furniture)
Looking up the big opening from the entrance hall
Living area
Tuboniwa (坪庭) Japanese garden and the tea room seen from the living room
Tea room and the garden
Garden and tea room
A view of garden from tea room
Plant in the garden
A view of the garden
Wood deck with a table and chairs
Ceiling light in the living room (installed on Sep 2017)
Look for where this is after checking in...
Look for where this is after checking in...
Stairs to the second floor
Mino-washi (美濃和紙粕紙) paper lantern above the stairs (installed on Sep 2017)
Mino-washi (美濃和紙粕紙)paper lantern in the center room of the second floor (installed on Sep 2017)
Center room on the second floor seen from the top of the stairs
Center room facing the big opening and roof window
Looking up the roof from the center room
Glass sliding doors into the tatami room
Tatami room (can accommodate one double size mattress)
Two cloth pleated screen in the tatami room
The twin beds can be combined into an ultra king size bed
Closer look at the two-cloth screen
Three air conditioners equipped in the house
1st floor plan view
2nd floor plan view
House sectional view from the south
House sectional view from the north
Welcome foot light at the entrance
Map of neighborhood (English)
Map of neighborhood (Japanese)
House location relative to the entire city and the Kyoto's 17 World Heritage sites
Hankyu Saiin station entrance (阪急西院駅)
Randen Sai station (嵐電西院駅)
Nishioji Shijo bus stop to go to Golden Pavilion or Kinkaku-ji temple (西大路四条 bus stop to go 金閣寺)
Hankyu (阪急) Oasis supermarket, 2 min walk from the house
Inside Hankyu (阪急) Oasis super market
Inside Hankyu (阪急) Oasis super market
FRESCO supermarket and Times parking (30 second walk from the house)
One of Izakaya (居酒屋) restaurants near the stations
One of Izakaya (居酒屋) restaurants near the stations
Japanese Italian restaurant in machiya 町家.  2 min walk from the house
Jijnrai (神来) ramen shop.  3 min walk from the house
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3 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 6
Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Kinki

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Cop1966
Singapore, Singapore
Level 4 Contributor
23 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“A wonderful place to stay in Kyoto”
Reviewed October 24, 2019 for a stay in October 2019

We stayed at My Pavilion to Arashiyama for a week in October 2019. Our family consists of my wife and I plus two daughters, 12 and 15.

We spent a wonderful week in Kyoto and part of that was due to the great accommodation.

Communication with Shimpei, the owner, was thorough and very useful, whether it was the emails we exchanged or the vast amount of information on his website. Shimpei was also there to greet us upon our arrival and pointed out some useful things, and explained the garbage collection system. The instructions in the house, for the washer, etc, were in Japanese and English and were very clear.

The house was spacious, and we fully utilized the three large upstairs bedroom spaces so the girls had their own rooms. The kitchen was fully equipped, and we made a couple of dinners after a long day of sight-seeing. Our favorite space was the small tea-room next to the garden. We fought for the two seats in that space. The lounge area is also spacious and it was a house that we could relax in when the typhoon blew through Japan.

The location was great, and it was an easy tram ride to Arashiyama, and a couple of minutes walk to the train and various bus stops. We also used the JapanTaxi app on several occasions. The house is close enough to the city that we walked for example, to the Manga Museum. There are also lots of supermarkets, convenience stores, restaurants, cafes and bars nearby. Also, the house is located in a really interesting neighbourhood, and the narrow streets are well worth exploring.

It was a wonderful place to stay and we would stay there again if we visit Kyoto, and we will highly recommend it to friends who have families.

Date of stay: October 2019
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
ncferris
Charlotte, North Carolina
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great stay in Kyoto”
Reviewed June 2, 2018 for a stay in May 2018

This was one of the best places we stayed in all of Japan. Shimpei thought of everything one might need. His amenities rivaled some of the nice ryokans we stayed in! The washer/dryer was awesome and the tea room was a nice place to drink coffee in the morning. We enjoyed the area of town - outside the tourist areas but still lots to do. We recommend the Thai restaurant nearby and the Ouch & Oops bar for drinks after.

Date of stay: May 2018
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Management Response
Jun 3, 2018
Hi Ferris and Mike, thank you for staying and leaving the review. It was my pleasure to talk with you two at both check in and out. The Thai restaurant is just a couple of months old and I have not tried either the restaurant and the bar. Now I should try both and thank you for valuable information for me and my future guests!
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Stay83050
1 review
“unforgettable airbnb stay in Kyoto”
Reviewed April 17, 2018 for a stay in March 2018

I am writing my very first review on trip advisor because I would love to share about how great of an experience me, my husband and two kids had at Shimpei's amazing airbnb. Let me start out by commenting on how impressed we were with our host. Shimpei was truly the best airbnb host we have ever had! From the moment I came across his listing on airbnb, to when we booked, up until the day we left, he always went above and beyond!! He was super patient with ALL my inquires about his listing as well as my questions about travel tips --- he always replied super promptly and gave detailed info and advice. Being our first time to kyoto we had sooo many questions and uncertainties. He always made me feel at ease to ask him questions. On the day of arrival he met us at his place and kindly took us around his neighborhood to show us around which was such a nice treat. He was just as patient in person as he was when we communicated via messages prior. He felt more like a friend to us than a host even though we just met him for the first time! As for his place -- we loved every bit of it! it was in a traditional home but decorated very stylish with lots of personal touch (including music playing in the background when we arrived). It was also super clean and had all the amenities we needed. The bed was so comfortable too (our bed at home now feels so much more uncomfortable after having experienced his airbnb bed!!!) His airbnb was also very conveniently located. We LOVED having the subway station and tram station within 5 minutes walking distance as well as two supermarkets within 2 minutes walking distance. Given the convenient location of the supermarket as well as well equipped kitchen, we even had the chance to cook a very nice wagyu beef meal dinner at the airbnb!
If I could, I would recommend all my friends who want to go to Kyoto to stay at his lovely place.. not only because of the lovely home, the convenient location, but most importantly, the warmth and kindness we experienced from Shimpei!!

Date of stay: March 2018
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Apr 19, 2018
Thank you Miriam for the stay AND spending time to write such a detailed and informative comments which should definitely be beneficial to my future guests! Yes, I also didn't feel like we met for the first time but rather felt meeting a friend I had known already. I sometimes felt like this after talking about several topics over months with guests. I enjoyed all prior conversations with you and thought the questions are all useful for me to understand the concerns of those traveling with kids, which in turn I can better serve similar guests in the future. I know that there should be so many questions as I too wanted to ask many when I planned travelling abroad in my life (but there was nobody at the time without AirBnB...). Glad to learn you like the bed - I spent one month for research and end up with the mix of mattress. Looking forward to see your family or your friends sometime in the near future. Didn't know that you cooked wagyu from the supermarket by yourself in the kitchen, great idea to enjoy the beef of the same quality as in restaurants with less budget!
Shimpei
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rubywuq
Ningbo, China
1 review
“A stunning cozy house”
Reviewed May 21, 2017 for a stay in January 2017

A stunning cozy house! Very convenient of transport-1500JPY from Kyotostation and 4 mins walking distance from Shiin station. The house is very comfortable, 2 clean bedrooms with comfy mattresses, big wash room and open kitchen- the stove and microwave are very easy to use and Shimpei San prepared a lot of bowels and cups for use. Also the living room is very warm with heater and cozy with blankets. Very thoughtful for everything! Shimpei San welcomed us at home warmly and explained the house using instructions for us, also recommend the metro to shopping center and sightseeings. Highly recommend to those family and friends who travel to Kyoto!

Date of stay: January 2017
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Jun 6, 2017
Thank you Ruby for the stay and the review. Yes, it would be cheaper and more convenient to take a taxi from Kyoto station (13 min, 1300-1500 yen) if you have three or four persons. Glad to learn that you fully utilized what the house can offer (big kitchen, etc.). Since last March, Saiin station (阪急西院駅) opened two new exits closer to the house, so now you'll be Kawaramachi 河原町/ Gion 祇園 area within 15 min door to door. Looking forward to your next visit! Shimpei
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balarila
Quezon City, Philippines
Level 5 Contributor
20 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Perfect place to explore Kyoto”
Reviewed May 20, 2017 for a stay in October 2016

On arrival, the host offered to pick us up at the station. But, since we have been to Kyoto before, we declined and met him instead at the house. He was most welcoming and explained all the amenities thoroughly. He also bought tickets to a festival we requested in advance and paid him when we got there. A risk for him so it was an act of great kindness for us. The house, aside from being very comfortable and complete, also had so many nice extras. Shimpei-san filled the refrigerator with many things that would make it possible for us to have a good breakfast the next day without having to blunder through the grocery. Basic spices, cooking oil, bath amenities, towels, and many other little things made our stay most comfortable. All switches and controls for stove, lights, bathroom, AC, etc had english labels affixed alongside the Nippongo. We also had a pocket wifi and a local cellphone to take along. Location was also very convenient. Two groceries were nearby, and two train stations and a bus station are just a quick walk away. Shimpei's house is the perfect base for exploring Kyoto. Everywhere is quick to get to, even Osaka. Chilling out is also ideal. I found myself frequently in the tea room, facing a little garden, reading a book, and enjoying a pocket of serenity. Great location, house with character, and Shimpei's attention to detail at making our touring easy and our stay comfortable make this house a perfect place to stay in in Kyoto.

Date of stay: October 2016
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Jun 6, 2017
Thank you Geodino-san for being the second guest of this house and the detail illustration of the house and the location. Although the area itself is not a major scenic spot, I found the two stations (Hankyu Saiin 阪急西院 and Randen Sai 嵐電西院 and a couple of bus stops within three minute walk will give tourists a great and direct footwork to multiple scenic spots such as Golden Pavilion 金閣寺, Gion 祇園, and Aarashiyama 嵐山. It was also fun to keep communicating via email after the check in during the stay (and to meet you all again back in April). Looking forward to your next visit! Shimpei
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惠琪 李
1 review
“Comfortable home”
Reviewed May 10, 2017 for a stay in April 2017

Shimpei greeted us at home and carefully introduced the things and precautions for the house. The house is very clean and comfortable, things are very complete, suitable for families or a few friends live together. Location is very convenient, there are two supermarkets near the walk 2 minutes to reach. Out of the alley there is a bus stop to Kyoto Station or other attractions are very convenient. From the subway station is also very close as long as 3 minutes, to Arashiyama is very convenient. Shimpei is very attentive, in this trip care about us, and provide us with cherry information. The next time I go to Kyoto I will live Shimpei's house.

Date of stay: April 2017
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Management Response
May 10, 2017
Thank you Julie for the stay and it was my great pleasure to have a chance to meet, greet, and chatted with you all at the house! Although the location itself is not for sightseeing, it gives a great footwork to multiple destinations such as to Arashiyama, Gion, Golden Pavilion, and even Osaka. Groups such as your group (four friends), a family with kids, two families or multiple couples would be the perfect fit to the house. I look forward to your next visit to the city and the house. Kyoto weather is actually more comfortable in May - early June and October than in cherry blossom or colored leave seasons so worthwhile trying other seasons!
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Ying Jay...
1 review
Reviewed November 8, 2017 for a stay in October 2016
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Date of stay: October 2016
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Management Response
Apr 19, 2018
Thank you Ying-Jay for the stay (and SO sorry I missed this review for 5 months now!) and the detail description of the house which will be useful for my future guests. It was very fun to meet all of you six at the check in! Sorry that it took so much time to find the phone but was good that the cellphone was finally found resolved AND I learned how to resolve similar issues next time! Looking forward to your next visit sometime in the near future (and I should come back to Taiwan as well sometime soon!) Shimpei
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