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Family Welcome Shofu-an in historical Kiyomizu-Gion area

39 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


Minimum Stay
3 - 4 nights


Higashiyama Townhome Rental Photos and Description

Townhome, 2 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 1 Bath (Sleeps 5-6)

PLEASE, look below for our rates!

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 (Pine Breeze) is one unit of Kyo Machiya Miyabi in Kiyomizu area, 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 guests. 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.

City buses or rental bikes can take you to most famous sites in Kyoto within 30 minutes.

Please see our other 2 listings in the same place:Shofu-an VRBO#438156 & Momiji-an VRBO#438158.

In Sanjo-Kamanza area other 2 listings: Shimoza-an VRBO#514790 & Kamiza-an VRBO#514588

Kyoto, the cultural heart of Japan is awaiting for you!


Payments are charged in Japanese Yen.

US$ rates for reference only.

Rates includes tax.

Yen 30.000 for two guests per night;

plus Yen 3.000 for each extra guest per night,

no charge under 5 years old.

When the stay is shorter than four nights as requested Yen 5.000 is added on the total amount for extra fees.

Please feel free to ask to us for any questions.

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Property Manager
Toshimitsu Negishi
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, Italian, Japanese
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 21, 2016
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About Toshimitsu Negishi

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!

Toshimitsu Negishi purchased this townhome in 2012

Why Toshimitsu Negishi chose Kyoto

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.

What makes this townhome unique

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!


based on 39 traveler reviews

Family Welcome Shofu-an in historical Kiyomizu-Gion area
average rating of 4.948718 based on 39 reviews

Wow. Like stepping back in time.

  • 5 of 5

Great location. Fantastic house. Amazing service and friendliness. Could not recommend more highly.

  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great House

  • 5 of 5

We were 5 in this house and it was perfect.

The house was clean and big enought.

We all enjoyed this location.

  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing house

  • 5 of 5

Very nice and beautiful ryokan in a quiet and central neighborhood of Kyoto.

All comfort.

Great experience!

  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
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Amazing time.

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time!

When we arrived at house Marika was there to greet us and was so friendly. She showed us around the house and how to operate everything like the washing machine. There were also laminates there with instructions in case you forgot.

The house was spotlessly clean. Beds were comfy. Me and my husband were allocated the futons by our teenage children and we found them great.

We loved the Nespresso machine which came with lots of capsules, we enjoyed our morning coffee on the little deck upstairs.

Was very hot when we visited and the air-con worked great.

although checked out on google maps I was still surprised how easy we were able to walk to Gion Festival in town, refered to Kiyomizu-dera as 'our temple' as it was so close.There were plenty of convenience stores and a supermarket near for stocking up on supplies.

As I had already seen in previous reviews the walls were quite thin and could hear some noise from outside and occasionally neighbours. Doors were quite rattly in high wind ( was storm when we were there ) this if anything added to the charm of staying in an old Kyoto building for us so certainly not a negative in my book but I know from other review websites some people like to cut themselves off from world so probably not for them.

I would stay here again in a heartbeat!!! Thank you!

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Beautiful house, excellent location

  • 5 of 5

This being my fifth visit to Kyoto, I wanted to book something special and unique for my partner and his family who were visiting from Australia over the New Year period. Shofu-an was perfect for what we were after. The house is well-equipped and was comfortably able to host five adults for a week. Whilst the living space was a bit tight with five people, the bedrooms are very spacious and the bathroom with separate bath, toilet and laundry worked really well for our group. It even snowed whilst we were in Kyoto and the house remained warm and cozy inside. Most importantly however, Shofu-an is in a brilliant location, close to Kyoto's most popular shrines and temples, as well as shopping and restaurants. We mostly walked everywhere however, the house is serviced by a number of buses and train stations. I would definitely stay here again and recommend Shofu-an to anyone looking for a more memorable and unique accommodation experience.

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
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Great location & unique experience

  • 4 of 5

We are a family of 4, 2 adults n 2 teenagers. The space is right for our family n we enjoyed the veranda. In fact, we enjoyed a late lunch there n it was great way to get away fr the crowd, as we were there during a long weekend holiday. The Machiya experience is unique as it gives us a feel of living like the Japanese. It's located at the foot of Kiyomizu Temple and we could reach many important and famous places at a walking distance: Yasaka pagoda, Kodaiji temple, Maruyama Park. There is also 24 hr supermarket nearby for us to stock up on breakfast as kyoto generally starts "waking up" around 11.

  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
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Nearest Airport
116 Kilometres
Kansai International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Kilometres
Wine bar
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
Keihan Kiyomizu Gojyo Station
Nearest Motorway
8 Kilometres
Meishin Highway Kyoto Higashi Inter
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Kilometres
Car: not necessary

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!


Rates & Availability

Higashiyama Townhome Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Autumn Season
Oct 1 2016 - Dec 5 2016
3 night minimum stay
Winter Vacation
Dec 20 2016 - Jan 7 2017
4 night minimum stay
Second New Year Vacation
Jan 28 2017 - Feb 2 2017
3 night minimum stay
Spring Season
Mar 15 2017 - May 6 2017
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Extra guest $25

Basic rate is for two guests, each extra guest is charged Yen 3.000 per night, no charge under five.
Rent includes all utilities, rates,tax, charges associated with the use, the occupancy of the property.
Rates are in Japanese Yen.

A deposit of 30% will be charged at the time of booking, and a balance no earlier than three weeks before your arrival.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Higashiyama Townhome Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • townhome
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 70 m²
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single , Flooring bedroom with two single beds
    Bedroom 2 (tatami mat room) - 3 sleep sofa /futon , Tatami mat room with three futons
  • Single Bed (2), Futons (3)
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
a bath with private garden, espresso coffee maker, floor heating system in the kitchen and bathroom area

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