Why not try staying at the Higashiyama-An, ?your home in Kyoto??
The Higashiyama-An is the ground floor of a condominium located in a district filled with temples and cultural facilities, right next to the Higashiyama mountain range. All rooms are very quiet corner rooms with good natural lighting.
There is a Western-style room furnished with two beds and a Japanese-style tatami room in which futons enough for two people can be placed. In addition there is a Western-style room facing the garden and furnished with a semi-double sofa bed, which can be used as a sofa in the day and a bed at night. In this room, there is enough space to lay out a futon for another person. Computers and the Internet (both LAN and Wi-fi) also are available.
These three rooms are each fully independent to maintain your privacy.
Please enjoy dining or friendly conversation in the dining room, which has a comfortable table setting. The dining room is fully equipped with a television and a blue-ray disc playe
The kitchen is also perfect. All the necessary tableware and cooking utensils are assembled. Please enjoy cooking with ingredients from Kyoto or cooking dishes from your own country as occasion dictates.
The bathroom is furnished with a washing machine equipped with a drier. All everyday essentials are assembled and are at your disposal, so life during your stay will be comfortable and convenient. Towels are available.
While being a wonderful living environment in which you can fully enjoy the four seasons of Kyoto, Higashiyama-An also has convenient access. The vividly scarlet Ootorii (gate) of Heian Jingu Shrine stands towering over the surroundings just a five minute walk to the north and the spacious park near the shrine where you can enjoy seasonal flowers is also famous.
The area surrounding Heian Jingu Shrine is a cultural zone known as Okazaki Park and dotted with national and municipal art galleries, libraries, Miyako Messe, Kyoto Kanze Kaikan, Kyoto Municipal Zoo and Kyoto Kaikan Hall in which plays and concerts are held.
Walking five minutes to the east, you can find Keage Incline (an inclined railroad for carrying boats) that made water transport from Lake Biwa to Kyoto possible. Flat cars and traditional boats from the period are placed on the preserved site of the rails. Following the Lake Biwa Canal along the mountains brings you to the exotic brick arches, parts of which are often used for scenes on TV or in movies. Unusually, the water current in this canal flows from the south to the north, against the prevailing geographical trend of the area.
The canal connects with Nanzenji Temple, Eikando, the Philosopher's Path, and Ginkaku-ji Temple.
Shorenin Temple gates. In the cherry blossom and autumn colour seasons, a wonderful silhouette of the large camphor tree is described in a blue light during the night-time illuminations. It is a temple that is popular with Kyoto local residents also.
Neighboring the temple is Chionin Temple, which in turn connects to Maruyama Park, famous for weeping cherry blossoms, Yasaka Shrine, known for Gion festival which is one of the three biggest festivals in Japan, and finally to Gion itsself, the entertainment district of apprentice Geisha. The walking course that winds on past the pagodas of Yasaka, along Kodaiji, Ichinen-zaka, Ninen-zaka and Sannen-zaka and finally to Kiyomizudera Temple allows you to fully enjoy the refinement of Kyoto.
The closest bus stop is a three minute walk to the west and the subway is also just five minutes on foot. Convenient transportation facilities allow you to easily access Osaka, Kobe or Shiga prefecture.
I've just opened this vacation rental, Higashiyama-An along with my first property, Ginkaku-An which was opened in 2007. I have had good experiences since the start of Ginkaku-An welcoming many guests, families and friend, from all over the world and many of them come back and even let their friends know about the property.
HIgashiyama-An is located in Higashiyama/Okazaki area and it's the best place to enjoy old temples and cultural facilities.
I'm looking forward to welcoming you here at Higashiyama-An!
Fumiko Asada purchased this condo in 2010
This property was in a perfect location to explore the Eastern side of Kyoto. We are a couple 57 year old and we spent one day walking from Higashiyama North through all of the temples and shrines and along the philosopher's walk ending at the Silver Temple. The second day we walked south through shrines, temples and parks to Kiyomizu-dera. We greatly appreciated the private, no street noise, convenient location of the property. We used the Western style beds which were extremely comfortable. The kitchen was well set up for meals and the dining room table with the heated floor mat was useful for eating and planning excursions. The property is quite close to both subway stations making Nara and Himeji castle easily accessible by subway and train. The property was much bigger than was needed for just the two of us (in addition to the Western beds, there was a room with a comfortable looking Futon and a Japanese Tatami room) so I am sure we will return someday with either our kids or friends! Communication by email with the owner worked well in English. The check in with a tour of how everything worked was very helpful with limited English. The check out was very quick with virtually no English but it worked fine.
Excellent location to see historical parts of Kyoto. Well equipped with all necessary information provided in English. The owner went extra mile trying to be helpful. Really pleasant stay.
Stayed here with my daughter, this is a great accommodation in the Higashiyama district of Kyoto, walking distance to some of the best sights in the city. The accommodation is really comfortable and well equipped with instructions written everywhere in English. The owner is extremely helpful, kind and very polite. The owner went above and beyond to make sure our visit to Kyoto was a great experience and that included helping us planning the trips to securing the permission to visit the famous Saiho-ji (Koke-dera) temple.
Five adults in our family stayed very comfortably for 9 nights. Everything is exactly as described or better -- immaculate, fully-equipped and extremely close to many beautiful sites. The washer-dryer was very welcome, also the tiny but well-planted garden. Fumiko provides bilingual laminated instructions for every appliance, plus maps to shopping and cultural sites. All our communications with her were prompt, straight-forward, and honest to the penny. To help taxi drivers, print out Fumiko's Japanese language pages with the building address and photo. (Drivers all also know the 'Westin Hotel' which is just up the hill.)
Our group of 4 stayed five nights in April 2013 in the middle of our trip across Japan. Our group was looking for something more affordable than two hotel rooms. Overall, Higashiyama-an is a very good value for the price. The key things we were looking for were two sleeping rooms, and a washer/dryer. We did not spend much time there during the day because we were usually out doing things all day.
The owner was flexible with the check in time, and accommodated a last minute time change (1 hour later than originally scheduled). At check in, the owner greeted us warmly and prepared tea. Although we did not speak much Japanese, we were able to understand all the essential details. She provided some helpful information brochures on current events in Kyoto, such as a night cherry blossom viewing cruise which two of us went on.
There is a separate utility charge based on usage, ours came to 3020 JPY for 4 people for five days, which seemed reasonable.
The listing description was accurate and the property was clean and well maintained. We booked our stay about 5 months ahead of time.
I would recommend this property if you are staying in Kyoto for more than a few days and plan to spend at least two days sightseeing on the east side of the city. We also took two day trips from Kyoto to Osaka and Nara while we were staying here. The location is decent for sightseeing in Higashiyama.
Very quiet and well equipped apartment with everything you need for a comfortable stay. The apartment is in an excellent area with public transport close by and walking distance to sights, shopping and restaurants. We spent an enjoyable week here.