Searching for an affordable accommodation during the peak season in Japan especially Kyoto such as the Cherry Blossom week (between third week of March and first week of April) could be a tough and challenging task. A group of travelling members would exacerbate the searching. Single travellers could easily book a hostel whereas a couple could just book either hostels or a room in a budget standard hotel. Yes, our group consist of five people. Our travelling month was in the first week of April and we started planning our trip from the month of January which was 3 months ahead!. That was insufficient. I still remembered that it took me 3 hours to flip through hotel bookings website such as hostel world, agoda and bookings.com, however all I could find was either 1 room, 1 bunker bed etc. or standard premium hotel will cost you a ‘bomb’.
Fortunately, with the assistance of my great Japanese friend, finally we have managed to book a perfect yet strategic place to stay in Kyoto during the cherry blossom season. The place we found is called the Chikayoshi Kyoto Guesthouse.
The current house was designed and constructed by in the 14th century by the great great grandparents of the current host, Mr. Tanaka. The design maintained as the same with replacement of wooden materials due to termite infestation in the earlier years.
There are three types of available rooms to be ‘rented’. There are two Japanese style rooms (2- person and 3-person room) and one western style room (3 person). The western style room is just the normal room with 3 beds whereas the Japanese style rooms consist of tatami mats and futon.
The common area includes reading table on the tatami mat, free usage of kitchen, books and guides, as well as free wifi connection. There are two shared toilets/bathrooms in the house for the maximum daily guests of 8 person.
Japanese Style Room for two person = 9000 yen/room (incl. tax)
Japanese Style/Western Style Room for three person = 9900 yen/room (incl. tax)
The guesthouse is located at a strategic location with 15 minutes walk from the Kyoto Station or 1 minute walk from Gojo station (Subway).
To make a reservation, please visit the official website of Chikayoshi-Kyoto. The website is only in Japanese, you will need to know how to read to perform a reservation. The alternative method is to open the website via google chrome with auto translation. This guesthouse is not available on agoda, bookings.com or any other third-party website.
As Chikayoshi-Kyoto Guesthouse only performs traditional business transaction, only cash will be accepted and payment to be made on the first day of arrival. Non-Japanese/Foreign tourists who wish to make a reservation must abide by this business ethics and must not cancel the reservation in the very last minute since no credit card information is required to make the reservation
Our group was the very first from Malaysia for the host, Mr. Tanaka. I would like to recommend this place for my readers. I had a very good experience staying in this guesthouse hosted by friendly Mr. Tanaka. During the stay, we talked and discussed about Japanese drama, major historical events in Kyoto, Japan such as the Warring Era (Sengoku Jidai) and the Bakumatsu Era (the end of the Edo Period/ Tokugawa Shogunate). As Kyoto has been the place of many historical events, Mr. Tanaka, a Kyoto-ite himself is very knowledgable. He even showed me the real remains of the Honnouji Temple (the place where Oda Nobunaga was assassinated by Akechi Mitsuhide). The real original remains was located at a school ground instead of current Honnouji Temple to cater tourists. Mr. Tanaka even guided us to famous historical places for hanami as well as general sightseeing. Definitely for my case, I will return to stay in this guesthouse on my next return to Kyoto.