I recently checked out an incredible place to stay in Kyoto: the Ayanokoji-bashi house offered by Aoi Kyoto Stay, a company that specializes in renting refurbished Kyoto houses.
The house is in a lovely restored kura (storehouse) right in downtown Kyoto on the quiet Takasebune Canal. It’s just five minutes’ walk south of Shijo, but it feels like worlds away. It would make the perfect base for exploring Kyoto.
Here’s the living room, with a view of the canal:
There’s a record player and a collection of great records (as well as, of course, an iPod dock):
Here’s the simple kitchen:
For a location map and more details about these Kyoto vacation rental properties, please see our Aoi Kyoto Stay page.
You can also see their website Kyoto Stay for more details.
Kyoto Vacation Checklist
- For all the essentials in a brief overview, see my First Time In Kyoto guide
- Check Kyoto accommodation availability on Booking.com - usually you can reserve a room with no upfront payment. Pay when you check out. Free cancellations too.
- Need tips on where to stay? See my one page guide Where To Stay In Kyoto
- See my comprehensive Packing List For Japan
- Buy a data-only SIM card online for collection when you arrive at Kansai International Airport (for Osaka and Kyoto) or Tokyo's Narita Airport. Or rent an unlimited data pocket wifi router.
- Compare Japan flight prices and timings to find the best deals
- If you're visiting more than one city, save a ton of money with a Japan Rail Pass - here's my explanation of why it's worth it
- Get travel insurance for Japan - we recommend World Nomads (and here's why)