House, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)
- english, french, Japanese
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.
David purchased this House in 2010
Why David chose Higashiyama Ward
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 the house a part of this serene and traditional area and hope to share its unique beauty with our guests.
What makes this House unique
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. This house 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 this classic house, the ideal choice for your visit to this lovely city.
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Max guests:4 (sleeps up to 4 adults)
Koto Inn is located on a narrow quiet lane in an old traditional neighborhood. Guests are asked to be considerate of neighbors by keeping noise low.
Check in time is from 3 PM to 9 PM. Guests should book transport to Kyoto to arrive at the house before 9 PM.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Beautiful property in a scenic location, home away from home
Located in a private spot, amongst preserved historic machiyas, this place is beautifully decorated with traditional Japanese artwork and furniture.
It also has a nice small garden outside our bedroom. It has all the modern appliances, including washing machine and fully equipped kitchen. The host has thoughtfully provided everything we could possibly need, it really felt like a home away from home, Spacious and very clean; comfortable traditional futon bedding, air con available, good private shower and bath. Excellent wifi. Short walking distance to buses, subway station, convenience store. Host accessible and provided all information when required.
Authentic Experience in Ideal Kyoto Location
We really enjoyed our stay at Koto Inn. David was a fine host, the machiya was charming, and the neighborhood was quiet without feeling remote (the subway, a convenience store with an ATM, and a handful of decent restaurants are only a short walk away). With Gion just south and Downtown just west, we found Koto Inn to be the perfect base from which to explore Kyoto.
Beautiful, warm place. My son felt very much at home and we were relaxed. Enjoyed eating in one night as well. A few good restaurants in the area to meet your needs and more action in Gion or west of the river. Beds were very comfortable and all appliances in home very modern. A/c is available. Beautiful mix of old and new in this restoration.
Most gracious, helpful and responsive hosts
Our stay at Koto Inn began in a panic because I left my phone on the train. David and Yoshiko were reassuring and most helpful in calling JR Rail to inquire about my phone and in ultimately making sure I received it before I left Kyoto. Every time I had a question, they answered right away. When doing laundry, I failed to close the door all the way and kept getting an error message. Our hosts immediately sent a friend over to figure out the problem. Even though it was my fault, they were gracious and kind. We loved the neighborhood restaurants they recommended. Loved the beauty of the Inn as well as the modern conveniences of a/c, showers, laundry, etc. Overall, a wonderful, restful, interesting stay.
Koto Inn-A Sanctuary of Kyoto History, Culture, Comfort & Zen
From the moment we stepped through the doorway we felt surrounded by a calm & peaceful harmony that innkeepers David & Yoshiko have so lovingly created. Their generosity of spirit in sharing this masterfully restored Kyoto merchant’s home, Yoshiko’s tranquil Zen garden and beautifully organized & abundant information about anything & everything you may want to do, see, eat or experience in the surrounding area was amazing. Nestled among this quiet Higashiyama neighborhood along a cobblestone pathway that was once the Old Tokaido Road, we truly felt we had stepped back in time. From enjoying study of the inn’s architecture, admiring the pieces of beautiful artwork & period furniture to enjoying a restful night’s sleep on futon (very comfy duvet & pillows too) in the tatami room, our weekend stay was the ultimate Japanese cultural experience. But it was also super to enjoy great water pressure & temp in the shower the next morning, sink into a relaxing bath with auto heated water after a long day’s trek & be pleasantly surprised when the toilet did its polite little auto flush. David & Yoshiko have provided all the comforts, amenities of home and modernity with updates designed to carefully preserve the antiquity and structural integrity of this historic gem. You’ll also find everything you need in the well fitted kitchen should you decide to eat-in during your stay. Ours was too short not to try a couple of their recommended restaurants-CHOICE was totally worth the visit-and we stumbled across a couple of new ones as well among the plethora of nearby dining options.
For these two middle age recently arrived expats, Koto Inn was a most welcome & relaxing reprieve from the hustle-bustle of Tokyo. Perfect place for us to begin our days of meandering along the nearby canals, through the markets, temples, shrines and neighborhoods and end our evenings enjoying the solace, stillness & tranquility it provides. We’re already looking forward many more visits to Koto Inn during our time in Tokyo thanks to our wonderful experience & generous hospitality of David & Yoshiko!
Authentic machiya with modern facilities.
A wonderful renovation in a great location that made our stay in Kyoto special. It was great to have both the traditional bedroom and living space as well as modern kitchen and bathroom facilities. After long days of sightseeing it was lovely to relax back in the calm of the Machiya.
David left many useful suggestions of places to visit and places to eat and was always quick to answer any questions we had. Recommended
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.