1 Bedroom With Living Room Setting Close To Downtown
- english, Japanese, Spanish (so-so)
I'm a native of Los Angeles, who has been in Japan for about ten years, eight in Tokyo, two in Kyoto. After studying history at UC Santa Barbara, I've worked as a writer and photographer. My wife, a photographer as well, recently took over the family business, the oldest soba restaurant in Japan, in business since 1465.
Sean purchased this Apartment in 2012
Why Sean chose Nakagyo Ward
The Moon Room is downstairs from our own apartment. We collaborated with a designer friend to give it a very unique aesthetic. We wanted the space to feel both romantic and homely and are very happy with how it turned out. The immediate area is quiet but within five minutes the atmosphere becomes lively. As a photographer I'm prone to long walks and other days, particularly rich in blue sky sunlight, I'm partial to long bicycle rides around town, often ending up by the Kamo River.
What makes this Apartment unique
I'm very lucky to live in Kyoto. It is one of those rare cities that combine both history and modernity (like Rome) and cosmopolitanism with nature (like San Francisco). Kyoto is not so busy as Osaka or Tokyo, but is just as rich culturally.
Check-in: 4:00 p.m.
Check-out: 11:00 a.m.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
The size of the unit is like a typical studio apartment in the U.S. It has a sitting area, sleeping area, bathroom and kitchenette area (dorm fridge, microwave, counter top burner, coffee maker). The property is in a nice neighborhood. It is a short walking distance to transportation (less than 5 minutes). There are many great local restaurants nearby. Sean (property owner) was very responsive. He always answered all enquiries very promptly. His guide to things to do in Kyōto and local restaurant guide was great.
Great location and huge space!
Loved the area and really enjoyed how close this place is to the train line.
Cool spot, excellent host, great location.
My sons and I really enjoyed staying at this location. We are big guys and had no issues with the space. The beds were super comfortable. The shower was great, really hot water with excellent pressure. The apartment is less than 5 mins from the metro and finding a taxi was never an issue. Super markets and drug stores are 5 to 8 mins away respectfully.
Sean, the host, is really amazing very accommodating and helpful. He’s even created a website with his recommendations for food and the like. You can’t go wrong, if I ever find myself in Kyoto again I hope this apartment is available.
Sean, thank you for everything your apartment made our stay in Kyoto that much better.
Top place to stay
Really amazing space which is very well positioned for sightseeing. The host was great at communicating and was very helpful with local information. We would stay again
Great location and host - highly recommend!
The apartment is exactly as advertised. It’s in a quiet neighbourhood, within walking distance to a number of attractions, and on the main subway & bus routes to get to the vast majority of attractions and hang-out spots. There's plenty of room (especially by Japanese standards) and all the basics. We especially appreciated the coffee and cream, and all the soaps/shampoo/etc. Sean is a wonderful host. His electronic site/map was super helpful throughout our stay, and he was incredibly responsive both before and during our trip.
Some general Kyoto tips:
- Subway and busses were super easy to use, and the combo pass paid for itself
- If you want to dine at a specific restaurant, I highly recommend making reservations. You’ll never go hungry as there are tons of options, but you may not get your first (or third) choice if you just walk in (although maybe Golden Week made things worse for us). Sean is more than willing to help with reservations if the restaurant only speaks Japanese (and you don’t).
- Even in crowded touristy places there are amazing spots of peace & quiet. Ask Sean about his favorites before you head out.
Enjoy the stay!
Overall great place & super hospitable, helpful host
Moon Room is conveniently located & charming & modern in its decor. It’s perfect for 4 adults or less. I would say any more would be a tighter squeeze unless everyone knows & likes each other a lot! A full sized bed next to a twin are shown in the main photo & behind the brick wall is an additional small living room/sleep space. The kitchenette is truly a small kitchenette with an electric burner, toaster oven & mini dorm size fridge. No microwave. Good for breakfasts. Not for preparing say a dinner for a few people.
The reason for 4 stars instead of 5 is while the space was mostly clean, the areas under the bed & on the shelving area (dishes, cookware) were dusty. I know Sean has the room cleaned professionally but his cleaning crew could be more thorough. It’s obvious that the kitchen isn’t used often with many good, nearby food options, but it would be nice to have clean cookware when it’s needed & not have dust when something drops under or at the head of the bed area.
Otherwise, Sean is a gem. He is the most responsive, kind & gracious host. He was quick to respond to every and any question or issue we had prior & during our stay. He also provided lots of info about the area & detailed instructions on how to locate his place giving options should we be traveling light vs carrying lots of heavy luggage. He also offered to help my daughter who inquired about getting tickets printed to a venue. We SO appreciated his conscientiousness, accessibility & his follow up. For that reason, we would happily rent from him again. Thank you again, Sean!
Our apartment is located in Kyoto's Nakagyo-ku neighborhood (literal meaning is Downtown). Unlike other B&Bs and guesthouses near Kyoto Station or Higashiyama, Nakagyo is quite central when it comes to dining and entertainment (and I have prepared pocket wifi as well as an online guide/homemade map with suggested gourmet/cafe/bar/shopping destinations). Our space is just a five minute walk from Marutamachi Station, on the main north-south subway line (Karasuma), and about ten minutes from Karasuma-Oike, where the two subway lines intersect, thus marking the center of Kyoto.
Nijo Castle and the Imperial Palace are just ten-minute strolls away, while Higashiyama and its wonderful temple complexes are less than an hour on foot (quicker by bus).
The neighborhood itself, though so close to Downtown and its dizzying attractions, is quiet and traditional and it is not unusual to see women in kimono or monks chanting. Many of the neighborhood's machiya houses specialize in old-time industries like printmaking, woodcutting, and tatami-producing, as well as stores selling tea, ivory, dolls, medicinal herbs, and Japan's oldest incense producer.
Nevertheless, The Moon Room is also a wonderful place to relax on a windy or lazy day, to contemplate, relax, or pleasure in the romance of living. Designed specifically by a local artist, there is nothing quite like our space in all of Kyoto. It is part of a first wave of what we hope is a designer's renaissance in this very old city.