Located on a quiet lane leading up to the Chawan-zaka approach to Kiyomizu Temple (an UNESCO World Heritage site) and just minutes from the hustle and bustle of the busy souvenir shops and restaurants lining Ninnen-zaka and Sannen-zaka below the temple’s main gates, this modern machiya-style house was completely reformed and refurbished in 2007 and is maintained and managed by the proprietors of the Kaguraya Bed and Breakfast (recommended in the Lonely Planet Japan Guide).
The interior offers a harmonious combination of Japanese design and beautiful antiques with modern features such as hardwood floors and Iranian gabeh carpets. Downstairs, there is a full modern kitchen adjacent to a dining area with a traditional Japanese mizuya cupboard. The dining area opens out on to a deck beneath which flows a small stream from the temple. There is a western-style toilet and a full Japanese-style bathroom (complete with the book “How to Take a Japanese Bath”) downstairs. The two bedrooms are upstairs. The large, high ceiling-ed Japanese-style tatami mat bedroom sleeps up to 3 people in single or double futons. This room has a 32' flat screen TV and DVD player. Across the hall, the Western bedroom has a queen-sized futon bed.
The neighborhood in the Higashiyama district in which the house is located has been catering to tourists and pilgrims for centuries. Kiyomizu Temple is an especially popular destination for viewing the cherry blossoms and the autumn colors. Visit the numerous shops selling traditional Kiyomizu-yaki pottery as you wander the steep and ancient back lanes paved with stone north to Yasaka Shrine (10 minutes), or Hanamikoji Street (15 minutes), the center of the Gion, where the geisha ply their trade. From Kyoto Station, it’s 15 minutes by bus to the Gojo-zaka bus stop, a short walk from the house. There are also 2 bicycles available for guest use. Our modern machiya-style house in Gion-Kiyomizu is perfectly located for enjoying the best the ancient city of Kyoto has to offer.
My passions are food and wine, fabrics, pottery, essential oils, Japanese temples, shrines and gardens, being in the nature, exploring Japanese aesthetics, Japanese authors Yukio Mishima and Junichiro Tanizaki, meditation, traveling, and connecting with people.
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"Our visit to Kyoto was very successful in every sense, we enjoyed it so much. Much of it was due to your nice house in which we lived for two weeks and felt there like home. We loved the neighborhood and on our last Friday in Kyoto had a long walk through the little alleys of the area. We just loved it and decided that this was the most beautiful area in Kyoto...."
We rented the house for 2 weeks June 2016. 2 adults and 2 youths (18Y and 19Y).Everythings were perfect. You can trust all the positive reviews, We agree with all the reviewers. One point that, we could add, is the exhaustive documentation (books,,,) about Japan and Kyoto in the house. We consulted it a lot it was very useful. We cooked a lot and the kitchen is perfect with a big fridge. There is a grocery store Fresco at 10 min walk. We want to thank our host: Acco for the warm welcome, reference for tea ceremony and her disponibility. Unforgettable stay in Kyoto.
My wife, nephew and myself rented this home for 2 nights, and found the location to be ideal. The home is very clean and neat and certainly gives you a real Japanese experience. Acco the owner speaks English fluently, and is very helpful. I do recommend this rental for couples, or families with teenage children.
Acco was great giving us the points of interests in the neighborhood and the house is a nice change of pace from hotels. Tucked away off the main streets, it offered quiet and peaceful nights rest.
There was a good sushi/soba restaurant right down the street with great prices too.
So much to do and so little time..... we will be back to Kyoto.
Acco even accommodated us being a little late to check out so we could spend some extra time at the temple flea market the morning we left.
Thanks for the great stay.
We couldn't have been more pleased with our choice. All the other reviews and the photos were completely accurate. Actually, the western style bedroom has been updated and looks even better now, than in the pictures. All parts of the home were extremely clean, pretty, comfortable and functional. And the owner was wonderful to work with -- very accommodating. Loved the small garden and the nature sounds right outside the window - yet just blocks from busy tourist area. One very minor point, if I had to find something - it was a bit chilly sometimes (but this was November, and we are from Los Angeles and anything below 70 degrees F is chilly to us!). However there were excellent heaters in every room that worked very quickly when we turned them on, I just didn't want to cause a huge electric bill so was sparing in use. Also had to turn on hot water heater before use - but I think this is the norm in Japan. Also, the staircase was super steep but was fine for us and we are in our sixties. I would 100% recommend this house to anyone, and wish I could go back again soon!
(Tip- we discovered this hole in the wall restaurant, that we enjoyed very much: Okonomiyaki Kiraku. Also, we were amazed to discover that 7/11 had good takeout food!! Not like in US at all!)
Excellent, spacious and good value accommodation in Kyoto. The highlights are the the attention to detail throughout the house. The kitchen is very well equipped with some lovely traditional dinnerware etc. We used the western bed which was very comfortable but futons are also available in a beautiful traditional room. The furnishings are generally traditional and tasteful and the propery is very private in a terrific location. The owner Acca is delightful and was very generous of her time when we met. I will be recommending this property to my family and friends. Thank you Acca.
This house is a perfect place to stay for your Kyoto's holiday. First for the location: it's a quiet but not isolated or boring disctrict - one step from main turistic attraction - far away from stressing trafic but very well connected with everywhere. Second for the house itself: simply perfect - evething you need is there - extremly clean - very traditional japanise house. Last but not Least the Owner Acco: very nice, cooperative and helpful! She satisfied every our request in the better and prompt way. Thank's a lot for making our staying smooth and easy. We definitely counsel this location for your vacation in Kyoto.
Entrance to Kiyomizu Temple is 5 minutes on foot.