Kyoto is famous for having been the ancient capital of Japan, dating back over 1200 years. The sheer beauty of the temples, shrines, gardens and culture imbued within its boundaries makes Kyoto one of the most revered places in the world.
Shofu-an is one of Kyo Machiya Miyabi, a big Kyoto traditional house, and was designed and divided in three Machiya (Bairin-an, Shofu-an, Momiji-an) by renowed Kyoto based architect Geoffrey P. Moussas*. Shofu-an is being meticulously preserved with the traditional techniques that have been handed down for centuries. While sticking to tradition is important for the architect, updating the facilities, such as modern bath-shower room, high-tech toilet, kitchen, heating floor, are just as important to meet the present day needs of our selective clientele. The delicate balance between 'old and new' is what sets this apart.
Shofu-an is at the foot of Kiyomizu Temple, which is been designated a World Culture Heritage, and is very convenient for visiting by walking distance many others famous temples, shrines, downtown, and Gion, the most famous Geisha district!
Enjoy Kyoto and the distinctive features of local townhomes by staying in a real Machiya, feeling the natural way of living and the change of seasons which distinguishes Kyoto' s culture and its people.
*Geoffrey P.Moussas first became fascinated by traditional Japanese houses in Kyoto while studying for his master of architecture at MIT. Soon after graduation, he moved to Tokyo to work for some world’s best architects, such as Fumihiko Maki ( WTC tower 4, NY –present) and Yoshio Tanniguchi ( MoMA renovation NY, 2004.)He later moved to Kyoto to work for Nakamura Sotoji and gradually get involved in machiya restoration. As you can see from his past employment experience, he has experience not just in traditional Japanese architecture, but also works on modern projects throughout Japan and other countries.
City buses or rental bikes can take you to most famous sites in Kyoto within 30 minutes.
Please see our other 2 listings – VRBO # 438158 & # 438160 in this location.
Kyoto, the cultural heart of Japan is awaiting for you!
Message from the owner: Welcome to Kyoto! Our wooden houses were built in 1920'. Recently we renovated these houses by utilizing the original material as much as possible.
Please enjoy the feeling of traditional Kyoto House!
In this Kyoto typical house we could see a glitter of traditional atmosphere on the roof, wooden pillars, sliding doors or small garden inside the house.
The Kyoto townhouse is called Machiya and this house strongly stimulated us to restore for living. Machiya used to be townhouses or shops for the merchants in the 17th century.
Not only temples and shrines, but machiya stay is an attractive experience for all who want to know more about Kyoto' life style and its culture.
A 15 minutes walk will take you to the riverside of the Kamogawa. You can take a pleasent stroll along the river, or do shopping in the nearby Kawaramachi area, convenient during rainy days as the shopping streets are covered, like Nishiki food market street.
A night life spot is Pontocho, a narrow lane with no cars, full of elegant restaurants, bars, and where you can have a glimpse of a Geisha or Maiko on the way or from an appointment. In the next street west side of Pontocho there is Kiyamachi, a very lively night zone where you can find many kinds of restaurants, bars, pubs and more...
Enjoy Kyoto just walking from Shofu-an!
Kiyomizu Temple, a World Cultural Heritage -
Gion, the Geisha district -
Zen Temple Kenninnji -
Yasaka Pagoda -
Kodaiji Temple -
Yasaka Shrine -
Maruyama Park -
Nishiki food market -
Sanjusangendo, the temple of 1001 wooden statues of Buddhist goddess...
There are nearly 808 temples and shirines in this small town!
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