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Shimogamo Tei

〈From JPY 270,000 / month〉

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Discover Shimogamo Tei, a hidden gem in the heart of Kyoto where traditional Japanese architecture gracefully melds with modern luxury. This enchanting, fully furnished, two-story machiya has been thoughtfully renovated to serve as a sanctuary of comfort and style. Upon entering, guests are welcomed into a seamless blend of the classic and the contemporary. The residence retains the detailed charm of a traditional machiya, harmoniously accompanied by modern conveniences.

Located just a 10-minute walk to the east of Kitaoji Station, Shimogamo Tei boasts an enviable location. The walk to the house is a delightful journey in itself, taking guests past a charming street lined with quaint shops, cafes, and restaurants. The station is easily accessible from Kyoto Station via the Karasuma subway line, making this property highly convenient for travelers. Adding to its accessibility, Kitaoji Station is situated next to Aeon Mall, providing guests with an easy shopping experience during their stay.

Whether you’re considering a month-long visit or a longer stay, Shimogamo Tei offers an unparalleled opportunity to experience the harmonious blend of traditional Kyoto living and modern luxury. Book your unforgettable stay today and immerse yourself in the unique charm and comfort that this remarkable property has to offer.


Just an 8-minute walk to the north from Shimogamo Tei, the Kyoto Botanical Gardens await you as a sprawling oasis of natural beauty. Home to thousands of species of plants, this expansive garden is more than just a collection of flora. It’s a sanctuary for the senses where meticulously designed landscapes, serene ponds, and themed gardens come together to create an idyllic escape. Whether you’re an avid botanist or simply someone looking to unwind amid nature, the Kyoto Botanical Gardens offer a tranquil retreat from the urban hustle. Seasonal flower displays and a conservatory featuring exotic plants make each visit a unique experience.

A quick 15-minute bicycle ride to the south, or a 20-minute journey via the Karasuma subway line, will transport you to the historical heart of Kyoto—the Imperial Palace. This stunning architectural marvel serves as a window into Japan’s regal past. Featuring intricate wooden structures, traditional Japanese gardens, and the sheer aura of historical significance, the Imperial Palace is more than just a site; it’s an experience that transports you through time. Whether you’re walking through the grand gates or standing in awe of the ancient ceremonies recreated by actors in period attire, you’ll leave with a profound sense of the rich history that defines this mesmerizing city.

If you’re looking to combine spirituality and relaxation, a 15-minute bicycle ride to the west of Shimogamo Tei brings you to Takeisao (Kenkun) Shrine and the neighboring Funaoka Onsen. The shrine, dedicated to the God of War, offers a peaceful, mountainous setting for reflection and spiritual connection. Visitors are captivated by its ancient stone steps, mystical ambiance, and panoramic views of Kyoto. After paying your respects, head over to Funaoka Onsen, one of the oldest public bathhouses in Kyoto. With a variety of baths, including wooden and rock baths, and even a sauna, this is where you can unwind like a local. Soaking in the naturally heated mineral water while pondering the shrine visit earlier makes for an authentically Kyoto experience that’s both soul-enriching and immensely relaxing.

Shimogamo Tei also enjoys a coveted location just a few minutes’ walk from the northern reaches of the iconic Kamo River. This particular stretch offers a more tranquil experience, far removed from the tourist crowds that often populate the river’s southern portions. It serves as an idyllic backdrop for leisurely strolls or invigorating bicycle rides, allowing you to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Kyoto while enjoying a sense of peaceful solitude.


To your immediate left, a staircase invites you to explore the upstairs quarters. Continue straight ahead, and you’ll discover a fully-equipped, modern kitchen complete with full laundry facilities, seamlessly blending luxury and convenience for your culinary endeavors. Should you veer right from the entryway, you’re greeted by the warm ambiance of the Japanese-style living room—a harmonious blend of tradition and comfort. Beyond this lies an inviting dining area, spacious enough to comfortably seat up to six people, making it ideal for intimate gatherings or family meals.

As you progress past the dining room, you encounter the first-floor bedroom steeped in traditional Japanese aesthetics, complete with tatami flooring. This serene space offers two single futons, designed to provide you with a restful night’s sleep. Beyond this room, you’ll find the engawa—a unique architectural feature in Japanese homes that functions as a corridor or veranda, traditionally wooden, that wraps around the perimeter of the house and overlooks the garden. It serves as a transitional space between the interior and the beautifully manicured private garden. Continue along the engawa, and you’ll come upon a restroom, a washroom, and finally, a luxuriously spacious bathroom complete with both a shower and a bath that boasts a full garden view, adding a touch of nature’s serenity to your relaxation rituals.

Ascending the stairs from the genkan and making your way up to the second floor, you’re immediately greeted by one of the property’s standout features—an area with a vaulted ceiling that includes a window, allowing natural light to flood in while highlighting a decorative rock feature on the first floor. Turn right, and you’ll find a western-style bedroom outfitted with one semi-double bed and one single bed. The room also offers a large closet and ample storage space, effortlessly meeting your modern lifestyle needs. Continuing along, straight ahead lies the second Japanese-style bedroom, replete with tatami flooring and offering two single futons for additional sleeping options. Just before entering this room, you’ll find a separate, well-appointed restroom, as well as a compact washroom and shower room, ensuring convenience during your stay.


The shortest rental period is one month (30 days).

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House Features


Shimogamo Tei elegantly combines the intricate beauty of traditional Japanese machiya architecture with the sophistication of modern amenities. Guests can enjoy the timeless appeal of woodwork and tatami floors alongside contemporary comforts such as a fully equipped kitchen and luxurious bath facilities, creating a stay that’s both authentically Kyoto and comfortably modern.


Nestled just minutes from the expansive Kyoto Botanical Gardens and the peaceful stretches of the Kamo River, Shimogamo Tei is an ideal retreat for nature lovers. Guests can easily immerse themselves in the gardens’ diverse flora, offering a tranquil escape and a moment of serenity amid meticulously designed landscapes. This location not only connects you with Kyoto’s natural beauty but also provides a serene backdrop for leisurely strolls or reflective moments along the iconic river, far from the tourist crowds.

Fully Equipped Kitchen

Catering to guests who appreciate the art of cooking, Shimogamo Tei features a modern kitchen equipped with luxury appliances and full laundry facilities. This setup not only allows for the preparation of delicious home-cooked meals but also offers the convenience of home living, blending seamlessly into the machiya’s traditional aesthetic.

Japanese Garden

At Shimogamo Tei, the private garden is a centerpiece of tranquility and natural beauty. Meticulously manicured and thoughtfully designed, this space provides a serene oasis where guests can unwind, meditate, or simply enjoy a quiet moment. The garden’s aesthetic complements the machiya’s traditional charm, enhancing the overall experience of peace and solitude amidst the city’s bustle.

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 Shimogamo Tei

Take the Karasuma Line from Kyoto Station to Kitaoji Station (7 stops; 13 mins). From there it is a 10 minute walk to Shimogamo Tei.

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