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A charming cozy home with lovely designs ; truly a piece of art. 


The house was created for couples to have a beautiful experience located in the Geisha district of Kyoto.

As you enter the house you will arrive in a cozy living room space with a table and chair looking out to the neighboring garden.
Following is a beautiful Japanese living room with black tatami in which the architect of the house Fumiko Kaneko has installed in a house for the first time, the Black Tatami is normally used only for famous temples.

On the first floor there is a well-equipped kitchen and a relaxing shower room. Upstairs there is a small sofa you can relax on, double bed and a counter table for reading or using your computer.

First floor:
Kitchen, Dining table, Japanese living room, toilet, shower room

Loft: Double bed, sofa, counter table

To note : the sleeping loft space is accessed by a ladder, and could be difficult for tall or elderly guests. It is possible however for 1 person to sleep on the ground floor. The loft height is about 1 meter. The A/C is located in the loft space. 

Our opinion

This heartwarming house is also an artwork created by Fumiko Kaneko. 
It has been presented by the French Institute ‘French culture minister’ as part of an art event between the city of Paris and Kyoto.

House rules

This house cannot accept check ins after 8 pm. 
This is a non-smoking house. Please do not smoke in the house or garden. When smoking outdoors, we ask that you not smoke directly in front of any houses in the neighborhood.
We ask that you take the utmost care to follow the garbage rules outlined by your Travel Angel during check-in.
Please be eco-friendly: conserve energy by turning off lights and air-conditioning/heating units when not in use and when leaving for the day.
Keep the house tidy. If you have moved any furniture during your stay, please be sure it is moved back to its original location.


Starting on October 1st 2018, Kyoto City will impose a municipal accommodation tax on all guests staying within the city, in order to increase the attractiveness of the City as an international tourism destination.
- The tax rate is set at 200 yen per night and per guest who pays a room charge of less than 20.000 yen per night.
- The levy rises to 500 yen for those paying between 20.000 yen to 50.000 yen and to 1.000 yen for those paying 50.000 yen or more.

The accommodation tax will be collected by your Travel Angel during the check-in. 

Floor Plan & Amenities

House plans Poem Box
Stovetop cooker
Microwave oven
Hair drier
Double bed
Air conditioner
This house is not equipped with a TV set



Taxi : about ¥1,000 yen from Kyoto Station (an access map will be provided upon your reservation)
Bus : number 206, stop Kiyomizu-michi 


Latest review

Jan 2020

We loved staying here for 5 nights. The location was great for us as it’s near our favorite temple kiyomizodera and is an easy walk across the river. Communication with host was great and they were very flexible with our check in time. The house has a more design-y feel than most Kyoto rentals, which we also loved. one thing to note is there is an Kyoto extra tax you have to pay in person when you arrive to the host. Ours was 2000 yen for 5 nights. Good to know about it in advance bc we were a little caught off guard when the host asked for payment and we weren’t sure if it was a scam. Googling confirmed it wasn’t. Last thing is you have to crawl up a ladder and through a relatively small space to get to the bed (which is so cozy!). Sometimes I would bump my head if I didn’t move super slowly with caution. We are smaller people so this wasn’t bad, but if you’re tall it may not be the place for you!

May 2019

This place is truly one of a kind. The style is a blend of Kyoto and Paris. The location is superb as well! It’s on a quiet alley but you are a 10-15 minute walk to anything and everything in Kyoto.

per night

house Poem Box

Price for up to 2 people

(Additional guest $18 per night)

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