IHO-AN (COTTAGE OF LINGERING FRAGRANCE) KYOTO MACHIYA

Wendy Lee

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Sleeps3
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type townhome
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IHO-AN (COTTAGE OF LINGERING FRAGRANCE) KYOTO MACHIYA

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House, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed, 1 Bath (Sleeps 2-3)

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.

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Suitability:
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for children
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Wendy Lee

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Speaks english, french, mandarin
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Sleeps3
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay nights
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Reviews

Reviews

4.9
based on 17 traveler reviews

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Iho-an (Cottage of Lingering Fragrance) Kyoto Machiya
average rating of 4.9411764 based on 17 reviews
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Iho-an (Cottage of Lingering Fragrance) Kyoto Machiya
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p333394
+81 7112527
Kyoto Japan
Vancouver, B.C.
5

A Magical Time at Iho-an

  • 5 of 5
We stayed in this wonderful machiya in March, April, and May of 2013 and loved every minute of it. Walking through the entrance way from the street to the small alley where the house is located is like stepping back 100 years in time – absolutely magical! The location in Higashiyama couldn’t be better and is close to temples, museums, restaurants, supermarkets (two within a five-minute walk), and the subway and busses. The area is quiet with plenty of atmosphere and interesting discoveries are found around every corner – we counted 9 small temples on our daily walk to the supermarket. The apartment itself was perfect for the two of us with an excellent well-equipped kitchen, living and dining areas downstairs (with two sofa beds) and a bedroom (with a very comfortable bed) and another sitting room upstairs (via a very steep stairway – definitely not for toddlers or anyone with mobility issues). The machiya is the perfect blend of traditional and modern and has been very well maintained and was spotlessly clean when we arrived. The owner Wendy and her staff could not have been more helpful, courteous, and accommodating and no request seemed too difficult for them. I would not hesitate to recommend this machiya and we look forward to staying at Iho-an again when we return to Kyoto.
  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
business
Iho-an (Cottage of Lingering Fragrance) Kyoto Machiya
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p333394
+81 7112527
Kyoto Japan
Alberta, Canada
4

Excellent location, character accomodation

  • 4 of 5
Iho-an is in an excellent location, very convenient to the train system, it was quite and comfortable and gave a feeling for what old Kyoto would have been like . Wendy and Naoko went out of their way to make our stay as pleasant as possible, we thank them for making the reservation at the Rikichi; we had a wonderful evening at an excellent restaurant.
The only catch is if you are a little tall watch out for your head the beams and doorways are low, this is not meant as a negative all of the old machiyas are the same.
  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Iho-an (Cottage of Lingering Fragrance) Kyoto Machiya
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p333394
+81 7112527
Kyoto Japan
Glasshouse Mountains, Queensland, Australia
5

Iho-an - We highly recommend it!

  • 5 of 5
We loved our stay here. Here's why -

The machiya is in an excellent position for sight seeing in Kyoto. On a previous visit to Kyoto, we stayed in a hotel close to the main train station and found it complicated to get around. Iho-an, on the other hand, is in a great position for sight seeing - within easy walking distance of Gion, Pontocho, Higashiyama temples etc, fantastic. We also preferred it for a more "Japanese experience", rather than staying in a hotel. We caught a taxi to the property after arriving on the shinkansen and it was not expensive, around 1200 yen from memory. The streets are a grid design and, once we had our bearings, we found it really easy to walk around.

The machiya itself is gorgeous, carefully renovated so that it's comfortable and pleasing but hasn't lost its character. It also has the modern conveniences of a washing machine (with dryer function) and a great kitchen. The bed upstairs is very comfy and we were really cosy up there in the midst of winter! Even with the heating on however, the downstairs area was a little chilly (remember, midst of winter!) Having said that, the kids were cosy when tucked up in bed under the doonas. And, blissfully, the toilet seat is heated!

The area has the conveniences of a supermarket close by, taxis, buses and subway easily accessed, loads and loads of restaurants and (for the kids tired of eating unfamiliar food and adults looking for a nice latte!) MacDonalds is a block away.

For an affordable, comfortable, convenient, "full of character" place to stay, you can't go past Iho-an. Before I booked this accommodation, I read a review of Iho-an that said "Just do it". So I did and am so glad. We loved it. :-)
  • Submitted: Jan 24, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Tourists without a Car, Families with Teenagers
business
Iho-an (Cottage of Lingering Fragrance) Kyoto Machiya
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p333394
+81 7112527
Kyoto Japan
5

Very well located machiya with all you need for a beautiful stay

  • 5 of 5
We found the house to be very clean and well maintained. It had all we need for our stay and if there was something extra that we requested, the owners provided from one day to the next. The location is very good in a quiet neighborhood. You can walk to Gion, Kawaramachi and all the Eastern temples, but there is also a good subway and bus connection. We had a beautiful stay in Kyoto.
  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2012
  • Stayed: Nov 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
business
Iho-an (Cottage of Lingering Fragrance) Kyoto Machiya
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p333394
+81 7112527
Kyoto Japan
Honolulu
5

Perfect Location - Kyoto!

  • 5 of 5
My husband and I recently traveled to Japan for our honeymoon. We spent 5 nights in Kyoto at the Iho-An Kyoto Machiya. The "machiya" was beautiful and had everything we needed. The location was also perfect. We were able to walk to and from dinner each night and were also very near a station for our day trips. Wendy and Avi were wonderful and extremely welcoming and responsive. I absolutely recommend!
  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2012
  • Stayed: Oct 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
business
Iho-an (Cottage of Lingering Fragrance) Kyoto Machiya
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p333394
+81 7112527
Kyoto Japan
Chapel Hill, NC
5

Great experience!

  • 5 of 5
The apartment is centrally located to the main shopping district and the Gion district. There's a grocery store conveniently located just a few blocks walking from the apartment, and the bus station is also only a short walk from the apartment. Very easy to get around Kyoto from this point. We easily caught trains, the subway, or buses as needed from this place. The apartment is lovely! They even had a few movies in the apartment to watch while I got my body acclimated to the time zone. The landlady is very nice and gracious as well. The one thing that you need is the Japanese version of a map to the apartment, which she provides. It's nearly impossible for a taxi to find without it. I highly recommend this apartment as a vacation spot for a jumping off point to sightseeing, as a place to stay while at a meeting, or just as a quiet getaway in central Kyoto.
  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway

Map

Map

Nearest Airport
100 Kilometres
Kansai
Nearest Train
200 Metres
Sanjyo Keihan subway
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Pig and Whistle
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
Many in number and variety to choose from
Car: not necessary

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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Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates

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Kyoto Townhome Rental Rates

Notes

  • $180-$225/nt US Dollars (payment in Yen please)
  • Normal season Rate
    Yen 15,000/night for 2 people (3 night minimum); Weekly Yen 90,000
    Yen 18,000/night for 3 people (3 night minimum); Weekly Yen 108,000

    High season Rate
    Yen 18,000/night for 2 people (3 night minimum); Weekly Yen 108,000
    Yen 21,000/night for 3 people (3 night minimum); Weekly Yen 126,000

    High season is as below
    Jul.13-17, Aug.13-18, Nov.17-Dec.8, Dec.29-Jan.3, Mar.30-Apr.7
  • Dates Available: Year Round
    Rates in $US approximate only as exchange rates vary.

Amenities

Amenities

Kyoto Townhome Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • townhome
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • River
Theme:
  • Romantic
  • Historic
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Laundry Soap
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Shampoo
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Sofa Bed
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Air Conditioning
  • Linens Provided
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Dishwasher
  • Stove
  • Freezer
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Cooking Utensils
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Oven
Dining:
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Full 1 - toilet , tub , shower
  • The cast iron bath is traditional Japanese and guests have said its great to fall asleep in after a days walking.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Downstairs - 1 sleep sofa /futon , 1 Single Sofa Bed
  • Upstairs in the bedroom the double bed can accommodate 2 people. Downstairs there is a single sofa bed .
Entertainment:
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • DVD Player
  • Books
Suitability:
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for children
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • zoo
  • library
  • pond
  • theme parks
  • live theater
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
  • antiquing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
Notes:
Not Suitable for Children. Minimum Age Limit for Renters. Iho-an has 2 stories, upstairs is a large bedroom with adjacent lounge room overlooking Kyoto’s beautiful old tile rooftops. Be aware that the steps are very steep. Downstairs is a dining room with adjacent lounge room with fold down sofa. Through the sliding doors is a fully equipped modern kitchen. Also down stairs is the modern toilet and traditional round cast iron Japanese bath set in stonework but with a modern hot water system. There is a large screen TV, DVD player and a selection of Japan related DVDs. There is Internet access available.

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