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Family Welcome Shofu-an in Historical Kiyomizu-Gion Area

(40 Reviews)

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Last updated: 02/14/2017

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  • Minimum stay:3-4 nights
  • Sleeps:5
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Townhome
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Townhome, 2 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 1 Bath (Sleeps 5-6)

PLEASE, look below for our rates!

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.

Shofu-an (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

Kyoto, the cultural heart of Japan is awaiting for you!

Payments are charged in Japanese Yen.
US$ rates for reference only.
Rates includes tax.

Yen 30.000 for two guests per night;
plus Yen 3.000 for each extra guest per night,
no charge under 5 years old.
When the stay is shorter than four nights as requested Yen 5.000 is added on the total amount for extra fees.

Please feel free to ask to us for any questions.

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Member since: 2012

Speaks: english, Italian, Japanese
Response time: Within 2 days
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 02/14/2017

Property Type

  • Townhome
  • 70 m²

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 5
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 5

  • Other (See Description)


  • Bedroom 1: 2 twin/ single

    Flooring bedroom with two single beds...moreless

  • Bedroom 2 (tatami mat room): 3 sleep sofa /futon

    Tatami mat room with three futons...moreless

  • Single Bed (2), Futons (3)

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • a bath with private garden, espresso coffee maker, floor heating system in the kitchen and bathroom area...moreless


  • Television


  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 5 people


  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    air conditioner and floor heating...moreless

  • Internet:


  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided


  • Coffee Maker:

    espresso and coffee maker...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    glasses,cups,dishes, pan, pot...moreless

  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove




Write a review 5
from 40 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spring Season
Mar 15 - May 6, 2017
4 night min stay
Late summer discount
Sep 1 - Sep 30, 2017
3 night min stay
Autumn Season
Oct 1 - Dec 3, 2017
4 night min stay
Winter Vacation
Dec 20 - Jan 7, 2018
3 night min stay
Second New Year Vacation
Feb 16 - Feb 28, 2018
3 night min stay
My Standard Rate
4 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Extra guest $25


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.

A deposit of 30% will be charged at the time of booking, and a balance no earlier than three weeks before your arrival.

Manager's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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116 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Kansai International Airport
0.1 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
Wine bar
1 Kilometres
Nearest Train
Keihan Kiyomizu Gojyo Station
8 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
Meishin Highway Kyoto Higashi Inter
0.1 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant

Car: Not Necessary

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!


Manager info

Year Purchased: 2012

About: Message from the owner: Welcome to Kyoto! Our wooden houses were built in 1920'. Recently we renovated these houses by utilizing the original material as much as possible. Please enjoy the feeling of traditional Kyoto House!

Why Higashiyama (Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan):
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.

The Unique Benefits at this Townhome:
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!

Contact us

Speaks: english, Italian, Japanese
Response time: Within 2 days
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 02/14/2017

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  • Shofu-an entrance

    Shofu-an entrance

  • Tatami room

    Tatami room

  • Bath tub and shower room facing the garden

    Bath tub and shower room facing the garden

  • HighTech ToTo Toilet

    HighTech ToTo Toilet

  • Antique stone lantern

    Antique stone lantern

  • Tokonoma, alcove

    Tokonoma, alcove

  • 'Engawa', roofed balcony and outside deck

    'Engawa', roofed balcony and outside deck

  • Local Festival in front of Shofu-an and Bairin-an

    Local Festival in front of Shofu-an and Bairin-an

  • Gion Festival - one of the most famous festival in Japan

    Gion Festival - one of the most famous festival in Japan

  • Yasaka Pagoda and girls with Maiko 's kimono

    Yasaka Pagoda and girls with Maiko 's kimono

  • The living room space

    The living room space

  • Tatami room with futons

    Tatami room with futons

  • Wash & dryer machine

    Wash & dryer machine

  • Wood stairs

    Wood stairs

  • Roof deck

    Roof deck

  • Dining kitchen

    Dining kitchen

  • Kiyomizu Temple in automn

    Kiyomizu Temple in automn

  • Kodaiji Temple, Zen garden

    Kodaiji Temple, Zen garden

VRBO #438156

This listing was first published here in 2012.

Date last modified - Friday, April 28, 2017

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