House, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)
- english, french, Japanese
David is an over 20 year resident of Kyoto. He has worked on Cruise Ships, in Ski Resorts and for the Hyatt Regency and is presently a professor of English at a Japanese University. Yoshiko has lived her entire life in Kyoto. She formerly worked in the Kimono industry and is an avid photographer.
David purchased this House in 2010
Why David chose Higashiyama Ward
After more than 20 years living in a number of different parts of Kyoto, Yoshiko and I have found the Higashiyama area to be our home. It is a truly classic old style Japanese neighborhood of old wooden houses, family run restaurants and shops, temples, shrines and historic sites. It retains its traditional flavor and is blessed with proximity to the green hills and peaceful waterways which grace the eastern sector of Kyoto. Women in Kimono and monks from nearby temples chanting for alms are still common sights in the narrow lanes of Higashiyama. We have tried to make the house a part of this serene and traditional area and hope to share its unique beauty with our guests.
What makes this House unique
After many years living in the Higashiyama district, Yoshiko and I were very fortunate to find this beautiful house, just around the corner from us. The restoration was done by local traditional craftsmen, temple carpenters and an architect experienced in seamlessly and discreetly blending traditional style with modern amenities. Yoshiko and I have decorated the house with the best from our over 20 years of collecting at Kyoto's temple antiques markets. As we are living just one minute away, one or both of us is always available should you have any questions or requests. A comprehensive and updated guide to restaurants in the area is provided in the house and we are happy to make reservations for you. This house is our only rental property, so all our attention and care are reserved for the house and our guests. The unique and serene beauty of the house and its location, combined with personal attention when requested, make this classic house, the ideal choice for your visit to this lovely city.
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Max guests:4 (sleeps up to 4 adults)
Koto Inn is located on a narrow quiet lane in an old traditional neighborhood. Guests are asked to be considerate of neighbors by keeping noise low.
Check in time is from 3 PM to 9 PM. Guests should book transport to Kyoto to arrive at the house before 9 PM.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Experience Kyoto like a native
First, there's location, location,. location. You are in a quiet neighborhood yet very close to markets, sushi parlors, museums, and transportation, within walking distance of many sights. The apartment is very well equipped for cooking and a delightful place to relax. David is very easy to reach and most helplful. If a soaking tub means more to you than a tv, this is the place!
Perfect place to stay
Koto Inn was ideal for a single traveller for an extended stay in Kyoto. Beautifully decorated, had everything I needed and more. Close to transport but the area is not too busy. I’d love to stay there again.
Beautiful property in an excellent location. Quiet street but close to subway and local sights and restaurants. Perfect for our family. We will definitely return as our stay in Kyoto was far too short!
Wonderful eight days in Kyoto
David and Yoshiko's machiya is charming, very clean, comfortable,
well located and convenient for all Kyoto sightseeing. It is also well equipped with kitchen and cooking equipment and the washing machine was an added benefit. David went over and beyond to respond to various questions and to make our stay special. Highly recommended.
A lovely and unique house
We had a wonderful peaceful few days in this traditional house. It was lovely waking up looking at the garden. We would love to visit again sometime!
Beautiful property in a scenic location, home away from home
Located in a private spot, amongst preserved historic machiyas, this place is beautifully decorated with traditional Japanese artwork and furniture.
It also has a nice small garden outside our bedroom. It has all the modern appliances, including washing machine and fully equipped kitchen. The host has thoughtfully provided everything we could possibly need, it really felt like a home away from home, Spacious and very clean; comfortable traditional futon bedding, air con available, good private shower and bath. Excellent wifi. Short walking distance to buses, subway station, convenience store. Host accessible and provided all information when required.
For Guests interested in learning more about Japanese food, there are a few half day courses teaching the basics or even more advanced skills in Japanese cooking nearby. Koto Inn has a fully equipped modern kitchen with everything you need to practice 'at home' what you learned in a cooking class.