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Family Welcome Shofu-an in historical Kiyomizu-Gion area

Bedrooms 2
Space 753 sq. ft.
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 2 nights


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.

In Aneyakoji area other 2 listings: Kaede VRBO#1077968 & Satsuki VRBO#1077956

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.

More Details

Property Manager
Toshimitsu Negishi
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, Japanese
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 26, 2018

About Toshimitsu Negishi

Hello, everyone!

We are 4 girls who live in Kyoto and Osaka!

Shiho: I was a professional skier in Japan and Canada.

I love playing all kinds of sports and drinking with girls' friend.

We sometimes go to have dinner together.

On my day off, I travel and explore in Kyoto.

Jacky:I have been to Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii.

I stadied English in Australia, so my accennt is a little bit Aussie accent.

I love traveling, reading books, comics, watching animation of Ghibli,talking with my guests and sharing my life in Kyoto.

Kumiko: I have been to Canada, Hawaii, Guam, Australia and Taiwan.

I like watching movies, sweets, Disney.

I am looking forward to meeting people from all over the world.

Mia: I LOVE traveling, have been to over 10 countries and many places in Japan :)

I also like walking along the river and relaxing on my day off.

I'm looking forward to meeting you in Kyoto!

Please feel free to contact us anytime!

Toshimitsu Negishi purchased this townhome in 2012

Why Toshimitsu Negishi chose Higashiyama

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.

What makes this townhome unique

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!


Higashiyama Townhome Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • townhome
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 753 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 8:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 bathroom Toilet and bathroom are separated.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single , Flooring bedroom with two single beds
    Bedroom 2 (tatami mat room) - 3 sleep sofa /futon , Tatami mat room with three futons
  • Single Bed (2), Futons (3)
  • Television
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
a bath with private garden, espresso coffee maker, floor heating system in the kitchen and bathroom area ※Previously, we had a sundeck on the 2F. But there is no sundeck now.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(45 traveler reviews)

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Family Welcome Shofu-an in historical Kiyomizu-Gion area
average rating of 4.911111 based on 45 reviews

No living area to hang out

  • 3 of 5

Great location, easy check in and check out, mistly clean, really AUTHENTIC old Japanese traditional house. Nice size bedrooms, sufficient bathroom and shower facilities. The only problem for us was a complete absence of a living space to hang out in at night. There is a very small tatami area in between the kitchen table and the staircase to the bedrooms which is in front of the very small TV, but the area is too small to gather in. Additionally , it would be nice to have some other than just Japanese channels on TV. My husband was concerned with fire safety as we could see wiring near the ceiling. As expected there is practically no sound insulation so be prepared to hear everything that is going on outside and next door . A strange smell in the small area in between the front door and the door to the house where you take your shoes off. Walls and chairs in the kitchen need some freshening up as they appear somewhat worn, stained and scratched. We tried the authentic experience, but I don't think it was for us, unfortunately, which is not to say that it won't be a good fit for you.

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
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Beautiful comfortable warm house & great location

  • 5 of 5

Our second wonderful stay in one of these excellent holiday apartments in a beautifully renovated machiya - warm & comfortable even on the coldest night & kind helpful hosts.

  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quick cozy visit to Kyoto

  • 5 of 5

Shofu-an provided a perfect launching point for our very brief visit to Kyoto. Our group of 3 adults and 2 children fit perfectly in the Shofu-an. We were warmly welcomed upon our arrival and enjoyed the experience of sleeping in a real Japanese home complete with tatami mats, heated floors and futon bedding. The location is perfect for launching out for sight seeing during the day and exploring dining options at night. I hope to stay here again next time I get to visit Kyoto.

  • Submitted: Nov 25, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great accommodations.

  • 5 of 5

Surrounded by many great things to do and see. We were also picked up and dropped off from Kyoto station which helped a great deal. Many suggestions helped us pick great things to do and see.

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location and atmospher!

  • 5 of 5

Yumi and Mariko,

My husband and I were so pleased with our stay at our Saiho-ji Garden Machiya. It's always kind of scary booking something out of the country and so far in advance, but we couldn't have been more pleased. I used to live in Osaka and have visited Kyoto many times, but I have never been to the Kiyomizu neighborhood. What a great place to stay! It was so nice to come home to a real house at the end of a busy day. I gave the brochure of your five properties to friends visiting Kyoto next fall and insisted they book one of your places instead of a hotel.

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wow. Like stepping back in time.

  • 5 of 5

Great location. Fantastic house. Amazing service and friendliness. Could not recommend more highly.

  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
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Nearest Airport
116 Kilometres
Kansai International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Kilometres
Wine bar
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
Keihan Kiyomizu Gojyo Station
Nearest Motorway
8 Kilometres
Meishin Highway Kyoto Higashi Inter
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Kilometres
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!




Additional information about rental rates

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.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.