Koto Inn is a classically beautiful Machiya town-house in the perfect location for anyone visiting the Ancient Capital, Kyoto. A recently and lovingly restored traditional Machiya house, Koto Inn is located on a quiet narrow cobblestone lane just 20 meters from the Sakura tree lined Shirakawa canal in the historic Higashiyama area. It is a truly classic, old style Japanese neighborhood of old wooden houses, family run restaurants and shops, temples, shrines and historic sites. It retains its traditional flavor and is blessed with proximity to the green hills and peaceful waterways which grace the eastern sector of Kyoto. Women in Kimono and monks from nearby temples chanting for alms are still common sights in the narrow lanes of Higashiyama. This special area retains a 'village' feel though only a ten minute walk from downtown. Strolling up the canal will bring you to the Museum district and Heian Shrine in just three minutes.
A quiet and lovely ten minute walk down the canal finds you in Gion, the historic entertainment quarter where Geisha and Maiko pass in the evenings. The hiking trails of the eastern mountains begin and end just minutes from Koto Inn's door and a full array of fine dining and drinking establishments are within easy walking distance. The Higashiyama subway station is just four minutes away and conveniently connects you to further sights as well as Kyoto train station and Kansai Airport.
Many of Kyoto's most famous temples, shrines and historic sites are also nearby. There is also a convenience store and several supermarkets, including one of Kyoto's oldest 'shopping streets' a short walk from the house. For those interested in learning more about Japanese food, there are a few half day courses in Japanese cooking in Kyoto and Koto Inn's kitchen is fully equipped with what you need to practice what you've learned.
The restoration of Koto Inn was completed in February of 2010. The house retains its original traditional beauty while being discreetly fitted with modern western amenities in the kitchen, toilet and bath. Guests sleep on double thickness futons and all linens and towels are provided. Koto Inn is furnished with period antiques and textiles and a lovely Japanese garden in the back of the house. This combined with its beauty and location make it the ideal site for your stay in Kyoto.
Start and finish your days of sightseeing within the quiet refined charm of this classic period Japanese home. A stay at Koto Inn will add greatly to your appreciation of this amazing city.
We look forward to greeting you at Koto Inn.
Keywords: Vacation Rental House, Guest House, Traditional Japanese House, Machiya, Japanese Merchant house, Japanese town house.
David is an over 20 year resident of Kyoto. He has worked on Cruise Ships, in Ski Resorts and for the Hyatt Regency and is now a professor of English at a Japanese University. Yoshiko has lived her entire life in Kyoto. She formerly worked in the Kimono industry and is an avid photographer.
David purchased this house in 2010
After more than 20 years living in a number of different parts of Kyoto, Yoshiko and I have found the Higashiyama area to be our home. It is a truly classic old style Japanese neighborhood of old wooden houses, family run restaurants and shops, temples, shrines and historic sites. It retains its traditional flavor and is blessed with proximity to the green hills and peaceful waterways which grace the eastern sector of Kyoto. Women in Kimono and monks from nearby temples chanting for alms are still common sights in the narrow lanes of Higashiyama. We have tried to make Koto Inn a part of this serene and traditional area and hope to share its unique beauty with our guests.
After many years living in the Higashiyama district, Yoshiko and I were very fortunate to find this beautiful house, just around the corner from us. The restoration was done by local traditional craftsmen and an architect experienced in seamlessly and discreetly blending traditional style with modern amenities. Yoshiko and I have decorated the house with the best from our over 20 years of collecting at Kyoto's temple markets. As we are living just one minute away, one or both of us is always available should you have any questions or requests. Koto Inn is our only rental property, so all our attention and care are reserved for the house and our guests. The unique and serene beauty of the house and its location, combined with personal attention when needed, make Koto Inn the ideal choice for your visit to this lovely city.
For Guests interested in learning more about Japanese food, there are a few half day courses teaching the basics or even more advanced skills in Japanese cooking nearby. Koto Inn has a fully equipped modern kitchen with everything you need to practice 'at home' what you learned in a cooking class.