Why not try staying at the Higashiyama-An, ?your home in Kyoto??
The Higashiyama-An is the ground floor of a condominium located in a district filled with temples and cultural facilities, right next to the Higashiyama mountain range. All rooms are very quiet corner rooms with good natural lighting.
There is a Western-style room furnished with two beds and a Japanese-style tatami room in which futons enough for two people can be placed. In addition there is a Western-style room facing the garden and furnished with a semi-double sofa bed, which can be used as a sofa in the day and a bed at night. In this room, there is enough space to lay out a futon for another person. Computers and the Internet (both LAN and Wi-fi) also are available.
These three rooms are each fully independent to maintain your privacy.
Please enjoy dining or friendly conversation in the dining room, which has a comfortable table setting. The dining room is fully equipped with a television and a blue-ray disc playe
The kitchen is also perfect. All the necessary tableware and cooking utensils are assembled. Please enjoy cooking with ingredients from Kyoto or cooking dishes from your own country as occasion dictates.
The bathroom is furnished with a washing machine equipped with a drier. All everyday essentials are assembled and are at your disposal, so life during your stay will be comfortable and convenient. Towels are available.
While being a wonderful living environment in which you can fully enjoy the four seasons of Kyoto, Higashiyama-An also has convenient access. The vividly scarlet Ootorii (gate) of Heian Jingu Shrine stands towering over the surroundings just a five minute walk to the north and the spacious park near the shrine where you can enjoy seasonal flowers is also famous.
The area surrounding Heian Jingu Shrine is a cultural zone known as Okazaki Park and dotted with national and municipal art galleries, libraries, Miyako Messe, Kyoto Kanze Kaikan, Kyoto Municipal Zoo and Kyoto Kaikan Hall in which plays and concerts are held.
Walking five minutes to the east, you can find Keage Incline (an inclined railroad for carrying boats) that made water transport from Lake Biwa to Kyoto possible. Flat cars and traditional boats from the period are placed on the preserved site of the rails. Following the Lake Biwa Canal along the mountains brings you to the exotic brick arches, parts of which are often used for scenes on TV or in movies. Unusually, the water current in this canal flows from the south to the north, against the prevailing geographical trend of the area.
The canal connects with Nanzenji Temple, Eikando, the Philosopher's Path, and Ginkaku-ji Temple.
Shorenin Temple gates. In the cherry blossom and autumn colour seasons, a wonderful silhouette of the large camphor tree is described in a blue light during the night-time illuminations. It is a temple that is popular with Kyoto local residents also.
Neighboring the temple is Chionin Temple, which in turn connects to Maruyama Park, famous for weeping cherry blossoms, Yasaka Shrine, known for Gion festival which is one of the three biggest festivals in Japan, and finally to Gion itsself, the entertainment district of apprentice Geisha. The walking course that winds on past the pagodas of Yasaka, along Kodaiji, Ichinen-zaka, Ninen-zaka and Sannen-zaka and finally to Kiyomizudera Temple allows you to fully enjoy the refinement of Kyoto.
The closest bus stop is a three minute walk to the west and the subway is also just five minutes on foot. Convenient transportation facilities allow you to easily access Osaka, Kobe or Shiga prefecture.
I've just opened this vacation rental, Higashiyama-An along with my first property, Ginkaku-An which was opened in 2007. I have had good experiences since the start of Ginkaku-An welcoming many guests, families and friend, from all over the world and many of them come back and even let their friends know about the property.
HIgashiyama-An is located in Higashiyama/Okazaki area and it's the best place to enjoy old temples and cultural facilities.
I'm looking forward to welcoming you here at Higashiyama-An!
Fumiko Asada purchased this condo in 2010