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Sen House is a fully licensed, traditional Japanese house, beautifully renovated and modernised in 2017 in traditional Japanese style to provide you with a genuine Kyoto experience.

The house is located in a peaceful setting, just a nine-minute walk south-east from JR Hanazono Station (11 mins from JR Kyoto Station). The main living area has tatami mat living space, and there is a full modernised kitchen area and a separate toilet and bathroom. The house is equipped with a washing machine and complimentary washing powder.


Located in northwest Kyoto, Sen offers peace and quiet not easily found in Kyoto’s more central areas. However, making use of public transport, one can be to Kyoto station in just under 20 minutes and to Sanjo Station to enjoy the Kamo River area in just over 30 minutes, making Sen your ideal base of operations during your stay in Kyoto.

Sen also offers easy access to the Arashiyama area via Saga Arashiyama Station. Arashiyama is one of Kyoto’s most famous sites featuring the stunning bamboo forest and the always-entertaining monkey park as well as some beautiful temples, the most notable of which is Tenryu-ji.

For fans of otaku culture, the nearby Toei Kyoto Studio Park is a must see and can be reached in under 20 minutes on foot or roughly half that by bicycle or bus.

If hiking is more your thing, head to the Narabigaoka Tumuli Cluster via the Third Mound Trailhead and make your way to the top for a great view of the city. The Third Mound Trail Head is a 14-minute walk from Sen or less than 10 minutes on bicycle.


Modern comfort with traditional charm would be the best way to describe the ambiance of this cozy traditional Kyoto townhouse.

Sen House is a cute traditional Japanese home, with classic Japanese colors, tatami flooring and a lovely zen garden. Experience genuine Japanese traditional and minimalist architecture that will ensure a relaxed stay as you build a memorable experience in one of the world’s classic cities.

Upon entering Sen you will find yourself in the genkan, stylized by modern accent lighting blended with traditional Japanese charm. On the left-hand side you’ll find the separate toilet. Moving further into the house is the spacious, dual-purpose traditional tatami room. This room includes three plush futons where guests can get a great night of sleep to recharge for another day of adventure. Folding the futons up, this room can also be enjoyed as a living space. Making use of the floor table and the zabuton while enjoying a warm cup of tea on a chilly Kyoto evening, you will truly come to appreciate the traditional Japanese lifestyle.

Connected to the traditional tatami room, you will find the combination kitchen and dining area. The kitchen is complete with all the modern amenities necessary to whip up a quick meal before going out for the day or to make a nice dinner after coming back for the night. From the dining area, you have access to the washroom where the washing machine is located. The laundry facilities are free to use for guests, making Sen feel even more like a real home away from home. Past the washing machine is where you’ll find the combination bath shower. Spend some time relaxing in the deep Japanese-style bath tub to soak away your aches from a day out on the town.

The pièce de résistance of Sen is the Japanese style garden complete with a traditional Japanese stone lantern. Experience zen while meditating in front of the garden while sitting on a traditional zabuton atop the tatami.

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Sen Floor Map

Sen House Features

Modern Kitchen

Sen’s kitchen is fully equipped to handle all of your needs. Whether it’s whipping up a quick breakfast before heading out for a day of sightseeing or booking a personal chef to come and prepare a Japanese-style meal, you’ll find everything you need.


Sen has a classic Japanese-style garden, viewable from the tatami room. Spend some time meditating in front of the garden to calm your resltess mind after a day out in the bustling city.


Sen’s design mixes classic Japanese design with modern accents to create a stunning style. The tatami flooring and shoji paper doors harken back to traditional Japan, but the tasteful accent lighting brings Sen into the 21st century.


Sen is comfort at its finest. Recharge your batteries after a long day out on the town in the plush futons or while enjoying a cup of tea on the zabuton and looking out at the garden.

Access Information

From Kansai International Airport

Approximately 1 hour and 18 minutes.
The easiest way to get to Kyoto Station from the airport is the JR Haruka Limited Express Haruka Line. Kyoto Station is the fourth stop.

From Kyoto Station to SEN

Take the JR San-In Line to Hanazono Station (5 stops; 13 mins) and walk 10 minutes from there.

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