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Moss Garden Cottage Centrally Located

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms, lounge, 2 restrooms, 1 bath and shower (Sleeps 2-7)

Accommodations: House, 3 Bedrooms +sofa lounge space , 2 restrooms, 1 shower and bathtub. (Sleeps 3-7) 62.53 square meters

【We have 14 properties all centrally located.Please check our other listing, or inquire for details.】

Lovely Traditional Townhouse Located in Kyoto Historic Area

The house has a little hideaway in a deep alleyway ensuring that the house is completely quiet yet allowing immediate access to the middle of Kyoto's historical Higashiyama district. Guests can return to relax, shower, sleep, change clothes or have a cup of tea without leaving the historical area.

The house has three bedrooms; 2 with double beds, another with 2 Japanese futons. There is 1 lounge with a sofa(which converts to a sofa bed), 1 shower and bathtub, and a long kitchen with great natural light. The kitchen has a refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, kettle, toaster and is perfect for preparing breakfast. Lunch and dinner are best eaten in local cafes and restaurants.

The houses are furnished with Japanese antiques but also with modern features like a western toilet, shower and bath, air-conditioning, hairdryer and iron. There is a selection of Japan related DVDs. Internet access and WIFI are available.Kyoto's Best

Kyoto's Best Location: Koke great location near the corner of Nene'sPath (the main historical walk) and Sanyjo Dori (Japan's ancient main road the Tokaido Highway) is what really makes it such a great place to stay. It really is perfect for a one or two week stay in Kyoto.

The highlights of Kyoto; Chion -in Temple Maruyama Park, Philosophers Walk, Heian Shrine, and Nanzen-ji Temple are all an easy 10 minute stroll from the house. There are many interesting cafes, antique shops and specialty shops that make sweets, incense and bags from old kimonos. Ten minutes away are the Higashiyama mountains that have superb hiking.

There is free WIFI in the house.

Koke-An are NON-SMOKING houses. No daily cleaning is offered.

Koke-An are suitable for a family up to 7 people or three couples of friends. Please note that reservations start from 3 people or above. Reservation of under 3 people can be accepted only under the condition of paying as 3 people.

Inside the house you will also find 'Kyoto guide' with lots of maps and information on sights and things to do. In Kyoto and we are more than happy to help guests plan their itineraries while in Kyoto. Please refer to our planned tours.

We, your hosts at Windows to Japan (a tour operator agency based in Japan which creates and organizes tours in Japan) can offer much more to help you optimize your Japanese experience, by planning and arranging parts of, or your entire tour in Japan by introducing unique windows through which you can unveil more layers of Japan’s enigmatic culture.

We offer special tours with reduced rates to guests staying in our houses.

For more information, please contact us.

(Please note that our base rates are in Japanese Yen, and US$ rates shown are approximate conversions for reference only.)

Regular season rate: 25,000JPY for 3 people


Middle season rate: 30,000JPY for 3 people


High season rate: 36,000JPY for 3 people


Festival season rate: 44,000JPY for 3 people


*every extra 1 person, add 3,000JPY per night

*Reservations under 3 nights require a 4,000JPY cleaning fee

*For Regular season only, every 7 nights get 1 night free

**Reservations over the New Year's(12.31-1/3) has special circumstances and rate, please ask us for further details.

Please also note that we accept 1 night reservations ONLY if the reservation falls within the next 2 months.

More Details

Yuji Yamaguchi
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, Japanese
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
June 29, 2017

About Yuji Yamaguchi

As guests at Koke-An, you can benefit not only from the great setting of the house, but also from your hosts’ extensive knowledge and experience of tourism and travel in Japan – Avi and Wendy also own and run “Windows to Japan”, a specialist tour agency which opens authentic, soul stirring windows to Japan for independent travelers. From planning to operating and guiding tours in Japan to hosting guests at Koke-An, Avi and Wendy take great pleasure in introducing visitors to the real Japan and focusing on the individual requirements and wishes of all their guests.

Yuji Yamaguchi purchased this cottage in 2007

Guestbook comments from the owner

The little house in Kyoto (Translated from French by computer)

I found a "Machiya" for rent in Kyoto and I did not know what to expect. I knew it was only a small traditional wooden house, and I received over the Internet all the necessary instructions to locate

On a broad avenue of Higashimaya district, a narrow lane, difficult to identify in which it undertakes. It runs at right angles and here we are at home.

The door opens onto a narrow hallway, where we put bags and shoes. Separated from the entrance by a small curtain (a "Noren"), cooking, and deep down, a tiny garden of mosses

Left row, slightly elevated on three tatami rooms separated by sliding panels.

The set is small and, despite some concessions to Western comforts, perfectly traditional.

We are used without difficulty to our small Machiya. Too happy to return the night after a hard day. Adjust the space by moving the partitions according to our activities, but also by time and light soon became obvious. Little or nothing to clutter the space, no tables, no ornaments, just a calligraphic panel. Neutral colors ...

So the focus is on materials and eye lingers at leisure on the watermarked paper windows, the tracery of bamboo, the pattern of the main panel carved in wood.

Living for a week, as we have done, a wooden house is an interesting (somewhat less expensive than the hotel) that can discover a different way of living. A first step to Japan .... yesterday. For I find it hard to combine this type of habitat, relatively stripped with the glut of goods and consumption binge that seems to characterize today's Japan.

The owner of the house is an Australian, came to Japan for a period of pottery and visibly seduced stayed. He bought and lovingly restored this Machiya for rent to curious travelers.
Jan 2010
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Higashiyama Ward Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • 3 Bedrooms, 2 bedrooms with a double bed each, another with 2 single Japanese futons, and lounge room with sofa which converts to sofa bed for 1 person
  • DVD Player
  • Video Library ...
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking


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Moss Garden Cottage Centrally Located
average rating of 4.868421 based on 39 reviews


  • 4 of 5


  • Submitted: May 5, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Moss Garden Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Amazing experience staying at this house. It was perfect for our family of 4 (two adults and two kids). It was clean and is a great condition. The location was great too. A very authentic feel to the house.

  • Submitted: Dec 3, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
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Scottsdale, Arizona

Family Reunion

  • 5 of 5

The house was perfect for our family. We have 3 grown children. Our 26 year old son is married to a Japanese citizen and currently lives in Japan. We cooked breakfast in the morning and had dinner at a restaurant 2 doors down. The location is an easy walk to the museums, the subway and bus.

Very quaint and clean. We enjoyed our stay very much.

  • Submitted: May 25, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perth, Western Australia

Moss Garden Cottage & Cottage of Peace

  • 5 of 5

The names of these two cottages say it all. It was such a peaceful place to spend our evenings and early mornings. This worked very well for us. We were two couples (all approx 55yolds) and had one of the cottages each with an adjoining door. We were all very comfortable. We believe 6 adults would be a bit of a squeeze but not impossible. If you are lacking stability/mobility/confidence on your feet we would suggest the Peace Cottage rather than the Moss Cottage as once you are inside everything is on the one level except the initial entry.

All the information provided by the agent about the cottages is accurate. We stayed for 7 nights from January 7 2014 during cold conditions and were very comfortable with the heating provided. The agents were prompt and efficient in dealing with us throughout the booking process and very helpful with information and assistance with other aspects of our stay.

Please note that only the Moss Cottage has a microwave and only the Peace Cottage has a laundry. This worked ok for us as we were sharing with people we knew. If only booking one cottage I would first check with the agent regarding if the other is booked as the walls between cottages are very thin and this may affect your stay.

Location is excellent. If you wish to get to Kyoto Rail Station we suggest a 10 min taxi ride for approx 1400 yen as opposed to 4 subway tickets at approx same price. This saves time (if 2 people then more cost effective on subway). There are many interesting sites within walking distance. The Japanese people on the street are very helpful and we never had any problems getting around or finding the sites. Most nights we were walking the streets until 10pm or later and felt very safe.

It was a wonderful experience staying in these cottages.

  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2014
  • Stayed: January 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful, charming house in excellent position

  • 5 of 5

We loved this property. First of all it is a great position with easy access walking, bus or underground to everywhere. We mostly walked as it was very central. The house has everything you need and is beautifully decorated in typical Japanese fashion. The owners were great, easy check in great instructions and service. We loved it would happily return

  • Submitted: Dec 11, 2013
  • Stayed: December 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Los Angeles

Great location

  • 5 of 5

Jizo-An was terrific. Great location, fun to be in a traditional setting, and a wonderful shower and deep tub. Only shortfall for some would be steep stairs to the bedroom.

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2013
  • Stayed: November 2013
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Nearest Point of Interest
Iho -an, our other house
Nearest Point of Interest
Shirakawa Cottage, another house
Nearest Point of Interest
Jizo-an our latest Machiya
Nearest Point of Interest
Gallery Coeur our cafe/gallery

Koke-an really is in Kyoto's best location. On the corner of Sanjyo Dori (the old Tokaido Hwy Japan's main road) and Jingu Michi (Nenes' Path-Kyoto's main historical road) and with Higashiyama Subway stn 2 mins walk. There is a variety of restaurants within 15 metres of the entrance to Koke-an (15 metres not minutes). There are three 24hr convenience stores within 1 mins walk and Nene's Path, Philosophy Path, Gion Geisha district and many gardens, temples, antique shops and superb hiking all within a few minutes walk.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional
This calendar has not been updated in over 2 months and the availability shown may not be accurate.

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $63

To confirm the reservation, we ask for one night NON refundable deposit of a 1 night rate through credit card upon booking.
As for the rest balance, we ask for a payment by credit card (2% additional service fee) to be completed 3 weeks before your arrival. *Pl note we can accept only VISA, MASTERCARD, AMEX, JCB and Diner club.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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