IHO-AN is a Traditional Kyoto Machiya (townhouse). IHO means Lingering Fragrance , AN means Cottage. The name came about from the lingering fragrance of incense that sometimes permeates the house from the adjacent temple. Iho-An is a traditional Kyoto Machiya located down a tiny quiet lane way in an enclave of 12 houses. It has been lovingly restored in the traditional style and furnished with antiques along with modern amenities like air-conditioning, western toilet and modern kitchen. It is fully equipped with a kettle, toaster, hairdryer, linen, towels, microwave, washing machine, dryer, everything you need to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable. There is a TV and DVDs and internet conection. Iho-An is NON-SMOKING. Iho –An has lots of maps and information on sights and things to do in Kyoto and we are more than happy to help guests plan their itineraries. Kyoto's famous gardens, temples, antique shops, restaurants and superb hiking all within a few minutes walk.
Nearby International Community House: The nearby International Community House (INCH) (9.00am-9.00pm) has internet, a huge TV with CNN, daily Japanese language classes and weekly calligraphy, ink painting, origami etc classes in English for ¥50 (fifty cents). It also has a large library with daily English edition Japanese newspapers as well as weekly American, English, Australian newspapers available. There is a coffee shop and a huge notice board as well as an information center. This whole area is flat and an easy walk and as with all Kyoto is quiet and perfectly safe. Iho An has lots of maps and information on sights and things to do in Kyoto and we are more than happy to help guests plan their itineraries.
As guests at Iho-An, you can benefit not only from the great setting of the house, but also from your hosts’ extensive knowledge and experience of tourism and travel in Japan – Avi and Wendy also own and run “Windows to Japan”, a specialist tour agency which opens authentic, soul stirring windows to Japan for independent travelers. From planning to operating and guiding tours in Japan to hosting guests at Iho-An, Avi and Wendy take great pleasure in introducing visitors to the real Japan and focusing on the individual requirements and wishes of all their guests.
Kyoto, Japan, Asia (Iho - An is located in a lovely alley off Niomon Dori Kyoto) - Iho-An is located in the temple district of Kyoto adjacent to Kyoto’s Higashiyama tourist area. The area around the house has many interesting shops and is steeped in Kyoto history. The highlights of Kyoto; Heian Jinju, Kyoto Museum, Nanzenji, Kodaiji and Chion-in Temples, Maruyama Park, Philosophers Path and many more are an easy stroll from Iho-An. There are many interesting cafes, antique shops and specialty shops that make sweets, incense and bags from old kimonos. Fifteen minutes away are the Higashiyama mountains that have superb hiking. Also the upmarket restaurant area of Pontocho along the banks of the Kamagawa River is an easy stroll. This whole area is flat and an easy walk and as with all Kyoto is quiet and perfectly safe.
Other Activities: Seeing highlights of Japan's old capital, Shopping
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