Artist's ZEN & ART house in Kyoto


Entire townhouse hosted by Jinn

4 guests, 2 bedrooms, 4 beds, 1.5 bathrooms
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Entire home to yourself
Self check-in
Committed to Enhanced Clean

All about Jinn’s place

1day 1 group (family) only
Certified Kyoto Traditional House

76 years old traditional house located on the hill,
Very sophisticated area, quiet and peaceful, surrounded by the nature with ZEN garden with big Hinoki Bath.

Convenient for East area of Kyoto such as world heritage "Silver Temple" and many more.
3miles to Gion main area, 3.6miles to Downtown

Suitable for family or couple who loves to relax in a traditional house

The space
-The Space-

1 tatami room 2 futons (3 futons if you need)
1 bedroom 2 beds (1day 1group or family only)
1 Big Hinoki Bath +Shower
1 Living/Dining Room
1 Kitchen
2 Toilets
1 normal bath room + shower

The space we have is Japanese traditional "washitu" with tatami mats, and futon room that is facing the garden.

The Big Hinoki Bath can hold 4 people at once
suitable for family bath time.

-The Equipment-

Every room has Air Conditioner and Gas Fun heater

1st floor:
1st room Tatami room 2 Futons
2nd room 2 Semi double beds

Dining Area:
- 1 table 6 chairs
- 1 low table with 6 cushions
- dishes for 6 people
- Glasses for 6 people
- House Guide
- Guide Books

-Enough Pans to cook food.
-little selection seasoning

Bathroom has heating system

2nd floor
1 Bed room - Double Bed 2 lights
1 small room with low table 3 cushions
Air conditioner & Gas fan heater

Here is some comments of the house from the guests:

"Read through the reviews, you'll see that if you don't book this when it's open you're going to miss an opportunity. We were going to stay in a Ryokan but this was so much better. You have the whole traditional Japanese home to yourself. Jinn provides enough things to do in and around Kyoto that can keep you busy whether you stay for a few days or couple weeks. The pictures don't give you a true feeling of how the home feels when you're actually there. Every morning I wake up now I will lay there with my eyes closed imaging the view looking out the glass doors to the garden. The sun gently nudging to wake up with birds beginning to wake and sing. I pick up my head and first see an older maniured pine and my eyes following the path past flowering bushes and end at the toro under a tree. When I look to my right I will see the beautiful bathtub and just beyond the green moss on the ground backed by a stone wall with other plants and trees. Simply put, the home is amazing and Jinn is absolutely the best host and should be given the title of Super Super Exceptional Host."

"Jinn’s place is incredible. If you’re looking for a peaceful and beautiful experience in Kyoto, look no further, Jinn’s home exceeds all expectations. Jinn was an excellent host, he came to meet us, walk us through his home and made sure we had everything we needed. His communication was super quick and he provided great recommendations to certain things we were looking for. The home itself is spectacular, beautiful garden, amazing tub looking out to the garden, located on a small hill in a quaint neighborhood. There were bikes to borrow and we biked around the neighborhood. We can’t wait to be back, thank you Jinn!"

"We had 2 amazing nights staying at Jinn's house in Kyoto. We were drawn the to the traditional look and feel of the photos and it was even more beautiful when we arrived. The house is very spacious and it was certainly very indulgent for us (just the two of us) to have the whole place to ourselves! Jinn has a great attention to detail - we loved all the beautiful plates / crockery and the furnishings around the house. A highlight included looking through the window while having my morning tea and spotting a huge deer looking straight back at me! But most of all we really enjoyed meeting Jinn in person, who met us on arrival and was so nice and helpful, taking us through the house and explaining to us how to get around on the bus etc. He even took us to a flea market in a temple the day that we arrived that we wouldn't have known about / found otherwise. Thank you again Jinn! We will be back!"

"Jinn is a wonderful host and his house could not be more beautiful. Staying here is a special experience our group felt lucky to have. We loved: biking around the city, the bath (!!!), relaxing in the garden, and discovering great ramen nearby. The busses are super easy, and if your active, many things are a quick jog or bike ride away. We didn't feel hindered by being less centralized and enjoy the peaceful neighborhood. Jinn was so helpful with recommendations, arranging cabs and welcoming us to his home. Can't recommend enough!"

"Where to begin?? Jinn and his house are awesome!! For anyone fond of Kyoto and Japanese culture, Jinn’s place will only bring you to a next level of superb experience which is rare to find elsewhere. We failed to book last year and this time we made it!! Everything, every moment and every breath we had during our stay at Jinn’s house had surpassed our expectation (which was set quite high at the first place). My husband wanted to join me writing his review too, i.e. 与太太Jessin以及父母一行四人在京都游历了一周,都是住在Jinn's house,房子与图片完全一致,而亲历其中,每天清晨在这里睁开双眼都是一幅画,韵味无穷。日本来过两次,包括京都,也住过类似不错的房子。但这里,只能说是一切都超满意,尽在不言中,一切都留待其他游客自己体验。特别是房东Jinn,由预订前的沟通、到达时的恭候、离开时他一大早七点多就来送,以及期间的各种无微不至,都让此行更添美好。 Jinn,you are really really nice,your house is fantastic! We really hope to trip back again.(ps:大路边有家teppanyaki很不错喔,叫Kimassi,旁边就是一家中华料理,好像斜对面路口是家fresco ,但店家英语不咋的,所以点餐只能乱来了) ---Samuel Jinn has pulled his heart as an artist and host into his house, and amazingly he is young, handsome and considerate. We feel completely home away from home!! Thank you Jinn san!! Love Kyoto more, can’t wait to plan our next trip."

"We couldn't possibly be more pleased with our experience at Jinn's house. Traditional, spacious, well equipped with an amazing garden that is a wonder by it's self. Jinn was an amazing host. Always ready to answer all our messages within minutes. Polite, well organised and punctual. We definitely recommend this house to anyone looking for an authentic Kyoto experience."

"Jinn's house is located in a quite residential area on the hillside. 5-10mins walk down the hill there are some shops and restaurants, including a big 24hr supermarket. The house is a newly renovated Japanese Style house with a really nice private Japanese garden infront of the tatami bedroom on the ground floor. It was so wonderful to see the decent garden when you open your eyes every morning. The hottub is the highlight of the house, it can keep the water temperature for 8hrs long. And you can open the French window to let the breeze in, it feels like a outdoor Onsen. My wife and daughter loves it very much. Especially my daughter. She didn't even want to leave the house. It is a really good choice if you travel with your family. Best of all, great host. Jinn welcome us with a sparkling wine and helped us to coordinate daily trips plan. He also drive us to the Westin Hotel to pick up my stuff left there. We had a really great time and we will definitely.choose Jinn's next time when we visit Kyoto!"

"I cannot begin to say enough great things about my stay at Jinn's house. It was the perfect place for my family's visit to Kyoto, and I would come back to the city again just to stay there because I loved it so much. You won't find a better host than Jinn anywhere. He is just simply a gracious and lovely person and really has a wonderful energy about him. He made everything so easy and comfortable for me and my family. No matter when I sent a message with questions, whether before our trip or after we arrived, his response was so quick. We always felt so comfortable knowing he was so readily available to answer questions. Where to start with the house? It's so clean, comfortable, and beautiful. You truly feel like you are home when you stay there. There are so many nice little touches such as a pre-heater in the shower, bath scrubbers, etc. We also cooked each night that we stayed, and the kitchen has everything you need. Even though it was January, it was quite easy to keep the house warm and comfortable. Also if you are traveling with small children, the house is well-equipped for their needs. Jinn had a pack n play, bedding, and highchair all available for my 14 month old son to use. Everything was immaculate and clean. It is also such a plus to have a washer/dryer to use if needed. The location was perfect for us, and we quite enjoyed being a bit away from all the super high traffic areas. It is an easy walk to Ginkaku-ji and other areas. Jinn's welcome book is super helpful also with bus/train directions to other locations. He also recommended the restaurant, Omen, which was excellent and a great dining experience. I'm sure it's pretty apparent at this point, but I could just keep going on and on about how amazing Jinn's house is! No matter what your needs or situation, you won't be disappointed if you stay here!"

5 Reasons you should Book this house

1: Even better than Machiya
Machiya is traditional in town area but This house is very spacious and super traditional with Japanese garden.
Plus It has Big Hinoki Bath now.

2: Super Quiet Neighborhood yet still convenient
You can hear birds singing. hardly no cars passes yet 24H convenient store and super market is 8 mins walk away.

3: There is Bus to everywhere.

Bus to Ginkakuji 5 mins
Bus to Kinkakuji 37mins
Bus to Downtown 20mins
Bus to Kiyomizu Temple
20mins to downtown and walk to GION
Bus to Kyoto Station 50 mins
Bus and train to Arashiyama 1 hour

4: Really nice Cafe is close
Prinz Cafe, Sougen Cafe

5: This area of Kyoto is very expensive area to own the house.
it is rare to have airbnb around this area with big Japanese Garden.
The house faces south so the sunshine is just really really nice.

4 Reasons you might not want to Book Yagi Shirakawa Tei

1: 20 minutes to Downtown.
If you want to go everywhere in one day, you should just book convenient hotel in downtown. It is either you want to stay in the spacious big house in peace with quiet neighborhood or small house that can be loud with no sunshine in downtown area. 20 mins to downtown is not that bad. The bus comes every 15-20 mins. 230 yen per ride.

2: Slope to the house is hard.
walking down to the main street is easy like 3 mins down but walking up to the house is breath taking.
so I recommend to take taxi the first day if you have many luggage.
But the view from the house is very nice and since it is remote from the city, its quiet and peaceful. I am sure the guests who chooses this place is more calm guests not in rush.

3. If you dislike nature in the summer,
The house is surrounded by nature
we live together on earth with animals (dear might show up) and bugs such natural creatures. If you don't like them, I recommend to book a hotel.

4. The House is located in the local residential area. Very local but nice. So There are not many english speaker and there are no english menus in restaurants available accept Tourism area. So Beware for this. If you are not sure, take a picture and send it to me, I will let you know when I can what is written or you can use app to translate ;)

Q How to get a key?
A I will be at the house and explain about the house and give you the keys code at the spot ;) I am working as Photographer and CEO of my company so I am working a lot and I often ask you when you are arriving to the house which is because I am making my schedule to welcome you :)

Q Can I leave the luggage?
Yes and No. You can leave your luggage until maybe 2 pm but Usually next guests are coming from 3pm so you have to come back before then. Guests are usually leave their luggage in Kyoto Station because it is a bit far to get your luggages once you left to site seeing into the city.

Q How convenient to Downtown?
A The Bus comes every 10-20 minutes to Downtown and takes about 20 minutes. Shijo Kawaramachi bus stop.

Q What is closest bus stop?
A Kitashirakawa Bettocho or Kitashirakawa Shibusecho

Q How do we get to your house from Kyoto Station?
A I recommend to take a Taxi from the Kyoto Station for first time. You can check foreigner friendly taxi

Q Can I use the whole house?
A Yes. 1day = 1 family or group
You will have as much privacy as possible.

Q Can I cook in the Kitchen?
A Yes! there is enough equipment to cook and little selection of seasonings

Q Is the house yours or your parents?
A Yes it is mine! I bought the house 2015 and I reformed myself.
I would like to live here in future.

Q Is the house safe?
A yes it is. you will realize that when you wake up in the morning. it is quite expensive area to own the house in kyoto. Everyone around is nice.

Q What is the best way to get to your house?
1: Take Haruka Train to Kyoto from Kansai airport and then Taxi to my house.
2: Take MK SHUTTLE BUS (please search on Internet)
The shuttle bus will take you to my house directly door to door service. It is cheaper than Train + taxi and it goes directly to my house. It is 4200yen per person and they can carry the luggage as well. It takes about 2:45-3 hours. I recommend to reserve one month before for this service.

Q is it ok if we arrive late ?
A if you would like to check in late
I might be able to welcome you but it depends on my schedule.. It takes 30 mins to explain about the house so It will get late

Q Can we check in from 11 am? or early check in?
Usually No. I am sorry
We need to clean the house from 10 am and finish at 3 pm
You can maybe leave stuff and go to site seeing while we clean though but can not stay during cleaning.

Q is the bathtub and beddings are sanitized?
Yes it is Sterilized with cleaner + detergents every time by special cleaning ladies
The bathtub is been waxed so it has water proof too.

Q. is there any super market / grocery store near by?
A/ Yes there is 24h Super market 5mins down the street. there are several local restaurants too. There is also bakery store and sweets cake etc.

What this place offers

Free parking on premises
Hot tub
Pets allowed
TV with standard cable/satellite
Air conditioning
Patio or balcony
Security cameras on property

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5.0 out of 5 stars from 226 reviews


Where you’ll be

Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu, Japan

Ginkakuji, is close walking distance.
Lots of Cafe, restaurant, Izakaya, 24H super market.

Hosted by Jinn

Joined in September 2015
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Hello world! My name is Jinn. (pronounce like "Gin" tonic) And this is my family. I live in Kyoto , working as a photographer and managing a photo studio, and clothing select shop. I love art and design, photos, fashion! and I love Ramen! I started to do hosting for air bnb at where I bought a very traditional Japanese House with great garden. I hope you will love it as much as I do. the house is so calm and the garden is just amazing.
Hello world! My name is Jinn. (pronounce like "Gin" tonic) And this is my family. I live in Kyoto , working as a photographer and managing a photo studio, and clothing select shop.…

During your stay

I can take photo of you and your family when you check out or in the morning as a photographer!

Jinn is a Superhost

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Things to know

House rules

Check-in: 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Check out: 10:00 am
Self check-in with lockbox
No smoking
No parties or events
Pets are allowed

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Pool/hot tub without a gate or lock
Carbon monoxide alarm

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