About the property
- Townhome753 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 nights
Townhome, 2 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 1 Bath (Sleeps 5-6)
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.
The property is 2 storied town house.
1 bedroom and 1 Tatami room are on the 2nd floor.
Bath room, washroom, washing machine(wash/dry),small kitchen are on the ground floor.
Hair dryer and towels shampoo and body soap are provided.
Shofu-an (means 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.
In Aneyakoji area other 2 listings: Kaede VRBO#1077968 & Satsuki VRBO#1077956
Kyoto, the cultural heart of Japan is awaiting for you!
Payments are charged in Japanese Yen.
US$ rates for reference only.
Rates includes tax.
plus Yen 3.000 for each extra guest per night,
no charge under 5 years old.
※Please let us know the number of people correctly.
If the number of people is different from the number you actually book with, we will charge you extra.
Person not registrated for accommodation must refrain from staying overnight in the room.
Please feel free to ask us for any questions.
- Response rate:
- Response time:
- within a few hours
- english, Japanese
- Calendar last updated:
- Mar 26, 2018
About Toshimitsu Negishi
Hello, everyone! We are 4 girls who live in Kyoto and Osaka! Shiho: I was a professional skier in Japan and Canada. I love playing all kinds of sports and drinking with girls' friend. We sometimes go to have dinner together. On my day off, I travel and explore in Kyoto. Jacky:I have been to Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii. I stadied English in Australia, so my accennt is a little bit Aussie accent. I love traveling, reading books, comics, watching animation of Ghibli,talking with my guests and sharing my life in Kyoto. Kumiko: I have been to Canada, Hawaii, Guam, Australia and Taiwan. I like watching movies, sweets, Disney. I am looking forward to meeting people from all over the world. Mia: I LOVE traveling, have been to over 10 countries and many places in Japan :) I also like walking along the river and relaxing on my day off. I'm looking forward to meeting you in Kyoto! Please feel free to contact us anytime!
Toshimitsu Negishi purchased this Townhome in 2012
Why Toshimitsu Negishi chose Higashiyama
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!
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 8:00 PM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
The apartment is in a fabulous part of Kyoto. Great restaurants, shops & shrines are close by.
The apartment was very historical but with all modern amenities. Communication was excellent and any questions we had were answered right away. The location is the best. We could walk to so many great restaurants and shops, yet where the apartment is located is a quiet residential street.
No living area to hang out
Great location, easy check in and check out, mistly clean, really AUTHENTIC old Japanese traditional house. Nice size bedrooms, sufficient bathroom and shower facilities. The only problem for us was a complete absence of a living space to hang out in at night. There is a very small tatami area in between the kitchen table and the staircase to the bedrooms which is in front of the very small TV, but the area is too small to gather in. Additionally , it would be nice to have some other than just Japanese channels on TV. My husband was concerned with fire safety as we could see wiring near the ceiling. As expected there is practically no sound insulation so be prepared to hear everything that is going on outside and next door . A strange smell in the small area in between the front door and the door to the house where you take your shoes off. Walls and chairs in the kitchen need some freshening up as they appear somewhat worn, stained and scratched. We tried the authentic experience, but I don't think it was for us, unfortunately, which is not to say that it won't be a good fit for you.
Beautiful comfortable warm house & great location
Our second wonderful stay in one of these excellent holiday apartments in a beautifully renovated machiya - warm & comfortable even on the coldest night & kind helpful hosts.
Quick cozy visit to Kyoto
Shofu-an provided a perfect launching point for our very brief visit to Kyoto. Our group of 3 adults and 2 children fit perfectly in the Shofu-an. We were warmly welcomed upon our arrival and enjoyed the experience of sleeping in a real Japanese home complete with tatami mats, heated floors and futon bedding. The location is perfect for launching out for sight seeing during the day and exploring dining options at night. I hope to stay here again next time I get to visit Kyoto.
Surrounded by many great things to do and see. We were also picked up and dropped off from Kyoto station which helped a great deal. Many suggestions helped us pick great things to do and see.
Great location and atmospher!
Yumi and Mariko,
My husband and I were so pleased with our stay at our Saiho-ji Garden Machiya. It's always kind of scary booking something out of the country and so far in advance, but we couldn't have been more pleased. I used to live in Osaka and have visited Kyoto many times, but I have never been to the Kiyomizu neighborhood. What a great place to stay! It was so nice to come home to a real house at the end of a busy day. I gave the brochure of your five properties to friends visiting Kyoto next fall and insisted they book one of your places instead of a hotel.
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
Additional information about rental rates
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.