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Historical Convenient Higashiyama Area Restored Traditional Kyo-Machiya-Koto Inn

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View Along the Shirakawa Canal Near Koto Inn, Kyoto.

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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Sleeps:4
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

Koto Inn is a classically beautiful Machiya town-house in the perfect location for anyone visiting the Ancient Capital, Kyoto. A recently and lovingly restored traditional Machiya Town House, Koto Inn is located on a quiet narrow cobblestone lane just 20 meters off the Sakura tree lined Shirakawa canal in the historic Higashiyama area. It is a truly classic, old style Japanese neighborhood of old wooden houses, family run restaurants and shops, temples, shrines and historic sites. It retains its traditional flavor and is blessed with proximity to the green hills and peaceful waterways which grace the eastern sector of Kyoto. Women in Kimono and monks from nearby temples chanting for alms are still common sights in the narrow lanes of Higashiyama. This special area still retains a 'village' feel though only a ten minute walk from downtown and on the edge of the historic district of Gion.
A five minute stroll up the canal will bring you to the Museum district and Heian Shrine. A quiet and lovely ten minute walk down the canal finds you in the center of Gion, the historic entertainment quarter where Geisha and Maiko pass in the evenings. The hiking trails of the eastern mountains begin and end just minutes from Koto Inn's door and a full array of fine dining and drinking establishments are within easy walking distance. The Higashiyama subway station is just four minutes away and conveniently and quickly connects you to further sights as well as Kyoto train station and Kansai Airport.
Many of Kyoto's most famous temples, shrines and historic sites are also nearby. There is also a convenience store and several supermarkets, including one of Kyoto's oldest 'shopping streets' a short walk from the house. For those interested in learning more about Japanese food, there are a few half day courses in Japanese cooking in Kyoto and Koto Inn's kitchen is fully equipped with what you need to practice what you've learned.

The restoration of Koto Inn was completed in February of 2010. The house retains its original traditional beauty while being discreetly fitted with modern western amenities in the kitchen, toilet and bath. Guests sleep on double thickness futons and all linens and towels are provided. Koto Inn is furnished with period antiques and textiles and a lovely Japanese garden in the back of the house. This combined with its beauty and location make it the ideal site for your stay in Kyoto.
Start and finish your days of sightseeing within the quiet refined charm of this classic period Japanese home. A stay at Koto Inn will add greatly to your appreciation of this amazing city.

We look forward to greeting you at Koto Inn.

Keywords: Kyoto Vacation Rental House, Guest House, Traditional Japanese House, Machiya, Japanese Merchant house, Japanese town house. Kyoto Machiya for rent, Kyoto traditional house for rent. Kyoto rental houses.
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Owner

Member since: 2010

Speaks: english, french, Japanese
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/21/2017

Property Type

  • House

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 4
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Concierge

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

  • Bedroom 1: 2 sleep sofa /futon

    Guests sleep on double thickness, Japanese Futons. ...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 2 sleep sofa /futon

    Guests sleep on double thickness Japanese Futons....moreless

  • Baby Cribs (1) Baby cot is available., Futons (4) All bedding is Japanese futons. Guests are provided with double thickness futons and all linens and towels. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1

    ...moreless

  • There is a modern and comfortable Japanese bath in addition to the shower. The toilet is a modern western style toilet....moreless

Entertainment

  • Books:

    Extensive collection of books and magazines covering tourist sites, restaurants and many aspects of Japanese culture and society. Also provided, a very extensive personal guide to local restaurants...moreless

Theme

  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Duty Free Shops
  • Festivals
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Photography
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Downtown:

    The downtown area of Kyoto is easily reached by foot in less than 15 minutes along a beautiful tree lined canal. ...moreless

  • Monument View:

    There are many of Kyoto's most famous and beautiful Temples, Shrines, Museums and other historical sites within a short walk of Koto Inn....moreless

  • Mountain View:

    The eastern mountains of Kyoto can be seen from the house and many hiking trails start and finish very near to Koto Inn....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Hiking

Dining

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    The house has a modern, strong air conditioning unit....moreless

  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer:

    Dryer provided in the house....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    There are three heating systems in the house and insulation was added during restoration....moreless

  • Internet:

    Wi-Fi...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    All sheets and blankets provided....moreless

  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided:

    Bath towels, hand towels and wash cloths provided....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Washer and dryer in the house....moreless

  • Wireless Internet

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker:

    Coffee and coffee maker provided....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    All the cooking utensils you need to prepare full meals....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    There is a full set of beautiful Japanese ceramic dishes and cups in addition to all other dishes and utensils you would need....moreless

  • Kitchen:

    The kitchen is modern and fully equipped with all the pots, pans and dishes you would need. ...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items:

    Salt, pepper, olive oil, coffee and sugar provided....moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove:

    There is a modern 3 burner stove....moreless

  • Toaster

Outside

  • Lawn / Garden:

    There is a beautiful, peaceful traditional Japanese garden at the back of the house off the main bedroom. The garden is well cared for and includes rare hundreds of years old Buddhist stone carvings....moreless

 

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My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$185

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $35 per night, per additional guest


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Location

97 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Kansai International Airport
200 Metres
Nearest Train
Higashiyama Subway Station

Car: Not Necessary

For Guests interested in learning more about Japanese food, there are a few half day courses teaching the basics or even more advanced skills in Japanese cooking nearby. Koto Inn has a fully equipped modern kitchen with everything you need to practice 'at home' what you learned in a cooking class.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2010

About the owner: David is an over 20 year resident of Kyoto. He has worked on Cruise Ships, in Ski Resorts and for the Hyatt Regency and is presently a professor of English at a Japanese University. Yoshiko has lived her entire life in Kyoto. She formerly worked in the Kimono industry and is an avid photographer.

Why the Owner Chose Higashiyama (Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan):
After more than 20 years living in a number of different parts of Kyoto, Yoshiko and I have found the Higashiyama area to be our home. It is a truly classic old style Japanese neighborhood of old wooden houses, family run restaurants and shops, temples, shrines and historic sites. It retains its traditional flavor and is blessed with proximity to the green hills and peaceful waterways which grace the eastern sector of Kyoto. Women in Kimono and monks from nearby temples chanting for alms are still common sights in the narrow lanes of Higashiyama. We have tried to make Koto Inn a part of this serene and traditional area and hope to share its unique beauty with our guests.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
After many years living in the Higashiyama district, Yoshiko and I were very fortunate to find this beautiful house, just around the corner from us. The restoration was done by local traditional craftsmen, temple carpenters and an architect experienced in seamlessly and discreetly blending traditional style with modern amenities. Yoshiko and I have decorated the house with the best from our over 20 years of collecting at Kyoto's temple antiques markets. As we are living just one minute away, one or both of us is always available should you have any questions or requests. A comprehensive and updated guide to restaurants in the area is provided in the house and we are happy to make reservations for you. Koto Inn is our only rental property, so all our attention and care are reserved for the house and our guests. The unique and serene beauty of the house and its location, combined with personal attention when requested, make Koto Inn the ideal choice for your visit to this lovely city.


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Speaks: english, french, Japanese
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/21/2017

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Photos

  • View Along the Shirakawa Canal Near Koto Inn, Kyoto.

    View Along the Shirakawa Canal Near Koto Inn, Kyoto.

  • View into the entry room from second bedroom of Koto Inn, Kyoto

    View into the entry room from second bedroom of Koto Inn, Kyoto

  • Main bedroom

    Main bedroom

  • Garden of Koto Inn, Kyoto

    Garden of Koto Inn, Kyoto

  • View from Main bedroom Towards Second Bedroom of Koto Inn, Kyoto

    View from Main bedroom Towards Second Bedroom of Koto Inn, Kyoto

  • Modern fully-equipped kitchen.

    Modern fully-equipped kitchen.

  • Modern western style toilet.

    Modern western style toilet.

  • Neighbors fishing in the canal just by Koto Inn, Kyoto.

    Neighbors fishing in the canal just by Koto Inn, Kyoto.

  • Local transportation along the canal near Koto Inn, Kyoto.

    Local transportation along the canal near Koto Inn, Kyoto.

  • Performance in neighborhood Autumn festival just by Koto Inn, Kyoto

    Performance in neighborhood Autumn festival just by Koto Inn, Kyoto

  • View Along the Shirakawa Canal Just by Koto Inn, Kyoto.

    View Along the Shirakawa Canal Just by Koto Inn, Kyoto.

  • Front and entrance of Koto Inn, Kyoto.

    Front and entrance of Koto Inn, Kyoto.

  • The central room of Koto Inn, Kyoto.

    The central room of Koto Inn, Kyoto.

  • View from main bedroom to garden of Koto Inn, Kyoto

    View from main bedroom to garden of Koto Inn, Kyoto

  • Main bedroom of Koto Inn, Kyoto

    Main bedroom of Koto Inn, Kyoto

  • Second Bedroom of Koto Inn, Kyoto

    Second Bedroom of Koto Inn, Kyoto

  • Modern shower and Japanese bath.

    Modern shower and Japanese bath.

  • Fresh Spring Green over Shirakawa canal near Koto Inn, Kyoto.

    Fresh Spring Green over Shirakawa canal near Koto Inn, Kyoto.

  • Kyoto Maiko along Shirakawa canal just by Koto Inn, Kyoto.

    Kyoto Maiko along Shirakawa canal just by Koto Inn, Kyoto.

  • Hear the monks of Nanzenji, chanting for alms as they pass by Koto Inn.

    Hear the monks of Nanzenji, chanting for alms as they pass by Koto Inn.

  • Jidai Matsuri parade passes by just by Koto Inn towards Heian-Jingu, Kyoto

    Jidai Matsuri parade passes by just by Koto Inn towards Heian-Jingu, Kyoto

  • Autumn leaves over canal near Koto Inn, Kyoto

    Autumn leaves over canal near Koto Inn, Kyoto

  • View of Giant Torii of Heian-Jingu Shrine from the canal just by Koto Inn, Kyoto

    View of Giant Torii of Heian-Jingu Shrine from the canal just by Koto Inn, Kyoto

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This listing was first published here in 2010.

Date last modified - Tuesday, March 21, 2017

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