100-year old Kyoto townhouse
fully renovated (0ct 2015)

Perfect for:

The Space

Our vision for the Kitano House covers three main areas:


Firstly the idea is to preserve as many of these important machiya to maintain the special atmosphere and environment that is Kyoto.


Secondly we have curated an interesting and eclectic set of artisanal products, such as paintings/prints by local artists, lacquered glassware, ceramic art, etc. that are part of the Kitano House furnishings.

These craftspeople are all people that my wife and I have met during her time in Kyoto and should our guests wish to meet these artisans (please note - absolutely *no* sales/obligation to buy) to discuss their work, process and approach to their craft. it is something we can set up with pleasure.


There are two excellent multi-gear folding bicycles that are for the use of house guests.

We feel that Kitano House is ideal for:

A couple wanting something other than a hotel/ryokan experience in Kyoto

People wanting to self-cater with a fully equipped kitchen

The single traveller wanting their own space

People looking for an extended stay in Kyoto

Honeymoon couple

Parents with small kids

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Some sample reviews:

We had a wonderful time at Kitano House and it exceeded our expectations on every level. The house felt like a home away from home for us, it is clean, stylish and very conveniently located. The neighbourhood is calm and nice to walk around and everything you need is in a 5 min. walking distance. If we come back to Kyoto again, we are absolutely sure to stay there again!
Julia & Benyamin
March 2020
The stay as Duncan and Audrey's was absolutely lovely. They took care to add many thoughtful touches to the place, and it is a perfect retreat after a busy day of exploring Kyoto. As an added bonus, the plum blossoms at Kitano Tenmangu are just a one minute walk away!
February 2020
2020年8月、鞍馬寺と貴船神社訪問を主目的に利用させていただきました。施設は北野天満宮/最寄りバス停の北野天満宮前のほど近くにあります。1Fにダブルベッド、トイレ、洗面所にお風呂、2Fにキッチン併設のリビングダイニング(ソファベッド付)がある、完全プライベート空間です。 私が宿泊した時期はコロナの影響で外国人観光客が激減しており、そのせいかかなり割安で宿泊することができたように感じます。 100年以上の歴史ある町家/長屋の一部を改修した施設で、立派な木材をふんだんに使用した住居です。家に入ると木の香りに包まれます。手や裸足が触れるあらゆる場所に木を感じることができて、正直、そこが一番ポイント高かったです。家具も天然木材と思われるダイニングチェア3客でしたし、立派な皮張りのソファもあって、非常にオシャレな空間でした。 多くのレビュワーの方が書いているように、ホストのもてなし力がハンパなくて、フルーツや飲み物(ジュース、牛乳、ドリップコーヒー、紅茶パック)、お菓子を用意してくださっていました。 チェックイン・チェックアウトも素晴らしかったです。チェックインは、事前連絡をしておけば何時でもセルフチェックインが可能。
Augist 2020
Duncan and Audrey’s place in Kyoto is a must if you want to experience living like a local. Their home was beautifully furnished and the hospitality was five stars. We loved the little touches that they provided on our stay. They were also great with communication and check out was v easy. Location wise there is a bus stop nearby and with the bikes provided you can easily bike to a few places (the Golden Pavilion is close by). We loved our stay and would highly highly recommend. Thank you for having us.
November 2019