“I thought of it as an undiscovered temple, old-style sliding doors, traditional rice-paper partitions and wooden beams…”

Ebisu’s Kyoto International Guesthouse has been welcoming guests for more than 10 years. Set in a lovely hillside location overlooking Kyoto, it offers a tranquil neighbourhood experience during stays of one month or more. We aim to make your stay as comfortable as possible and hope that you come to consider Ebisu’s Kyoto as your home away from home in Japan.

Ebisu’s Kyoto is in a big old house on the Yoshida hillside. All guest rooms have tatami floors. All communal rooms have wooden flooring. Upstairs guest rooms have views over Kyoto or traditional Kyoto neighbourhoods. Downstairs guest rooms face the small garden area. Each guest has the use of a tatami mat guest room, and there are a maximum of eight residents at any time. Guest rooms have locks, as does the front door of the house. The bathrooms have been renovated to a western style for your convenience.

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“I could have my privacy, or also comradeship.”

Guest rooms feature:

  • Tatami (traditional straw mats) in all guest rooms.
  • Futon and a sheet set are available upon request (Please wash and hang sheets to dry before you leave).
  • An electric fan for the summer
  • A hot carpet and an electric heater for the winter

Shared facilities:

  • Showers and toilets
  • Coin-operated washing machine
  • Computer room with cable net access & Apple Computers (OSX), printer, Wi-Fi throughout the house
  • TV room
  • Kitchen
  • Small garden


  • “Quiet time” is from midnight until 8am
  • Guests agree to completing a rostered 10-minute job daily (aka The Flylady system)

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“… a home for us all, a welcome home away from home…”

Rates and availability

The high seasons in Kyoto are spring (April–July) and autumn (September–December). Rooms fill quickly at these times, so contact us now to make a reservation!

  • 6-mat room: JPY43,000 + room electricity
Security deposit (fully-refundable, due upon arrival): JPY50,000


N.B.: As of January 1st, 2017, the rates will increase to JPY45,000 per month for a 6-mat room.

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