This delightful bed-and-breakfast is in a quiet residential neighborhood just north of downtown's hustle and bustle. The house itself is lovely and inviting, and the atmosphere is refreshingly informal, but it's really the hospitable innkeepers, a couple with more than two decades of experience, who create the inn's relaxing and enjoyable environment. You can trust them for thoroughly knowledgeable sightseeing advice, as one is the longtime editor of the indispensable Kyoto Visitor's Guide. To get here from Kyoto Station, take Bus 17 to Kitashirakawa, the fourth stop after crossing the river. Reserve via e-mail.