Welcome to Kokinse! Our building is a machiya, a Kyoto townhouse built nearly 100 years ago. The space has undergone a renovation/restoration, with a modern living/kitchen area on the first floor and traditional Japanese architecture in the second floor bedrooms. Before booking, please read our entire description carefully to see if the space is a good fit for your needs. Our building is suited best to travelers who appreciate its quirks and care about preserving it for future generations.
The machiya townhouse includes:
-Bedroom no. 1 : sleeps 2 people
-Bedroom no. 2 : sleeps 2 people
-There is also a very small extra room that can sleep one additional guest (for a total of 5 guests)
-Traditional futons for sleeping (set up according to number of guests)
-AC units in each room for heating/cooling
-Open floorplan living/dining/kitchen
-Large bath/shower room with soaking tub
-2 Western style toilets (upstairs/downstairs)
-Induction cooktop, fridge, microwave, hot water kettle, and basic kitchen utensils
-Small combination lock safe
-Inner garden (shared with back unit)
We love hosting and helping our guests make the most of their time in Kyoto. As a general rule, we meet guests personally at check-in to help them get oriented in the city and make the most of their stay in Kyoto. We're always glad to provide recommendations, directions, help with reservations, etc. Just ask! Guests are welcome to join us in our cafe/bar space one block away (a 1 minute walk) during business hours of 3~10pm. We don't serve meals but have coffee, tea, light snacks, and a selection of Japanese whisky and other alcohol.
We are in a quiet neighborhood, which was historically a geisha district but is now a residential area. It is off the beaten tourist track, but exploring the local restaurants and neighborhood can be very rewarding! From our neighborhood, there are several options to go to the main tourist sights. A five minute walk will bring you to the nearest JR train station, Tanbaguchi Station, one stop away from Kyoto Station. Tanbaguchi Station is also very convenient to ride out to the Arashiyama bamboo groves (15 min). Access to downtown Kyoto (shijo street, gion, etc.) takes about 20 minutes by bus, 10~15 minutes by taxi, 15 minutes by bicycle.
--Nishihonganji Temple, 10 min walk. Named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this is a working temple where you can experience buddhist services early in the morning. Impressive wooden temple structure dating to 1591. In the neighborhood to the east of the temple you can find shops selling incense, rosary beads, altars, singing bowls, and other Buddhist items.
--Sumiya Museum, 2 min walk: Learn more about the geisha district heritage of the neighborhood with a visit to this historic building and garden. --Central Market, 5 min: Kyoto's version of the Tsukiji Market in Tokyo. Walk around in the morning to see seafood, meat, and produce for sale. Look for ceramics and other Japanese kitchenware in the covered market area. Try a traditional Japanese breakfast at one of the local eateries. If you plan to go here, be sure to ask us for directions!
--Japanese-style baths, 2 min: After a day of temple viewing, soak and sauna your aches away at a nearby bathhouse. Your pick between the "super sento" style place (multiple soaking pools and a rooftop bath) and a smaller neighborhood bathhouse.
Nearest train station: JR Tanbaguchi 丹波口駅 5 minute walk from the house Nearest bus stations: Kyoto City bus stations are about a 10 minute walk from the house
Other things to note
Please respect the quiet atmosphere of the neighborhood and thank you for helping us keep a great relationship with the neighbors. All bedding is traditional Japanese futons. Bedroom no. 1 is the best for light sleepers: there are curtains on the window and it's relatively insulated from outside noise. Bedrooms no. 2 and 3 have traditional shoji paper windows, so it can be bright in the morning.