Nearby “Nijyo Castle”, and 10 minutes walk to “Shinsen-En” which is a famous garden of emperor. Also, 15 minutes walk to “Seimei-Shrine” which is famous for Onmyouji (a professional practitioner of Japanese occultism in Heian Era). 15 minutes walk to “Imperial Palace”.
Walking distance to the World Heritage “Nijyo Castle”, a traditional and scarcity valued machiya house in the middle of historical area of merchant houses of Kyoto. This house used to be a wholesale store of rice for sake brewer in old times. After that, even the house’s owner has changed, this house was popular with local people as a historical house. And now, we renovated this house as a comfortable stay place for you.
The World Heritage “Nijyo Castle” is one of the famous sightseeing place in Kyoto, and it welcomes a lot of people from all over the world. You can go there by walk, and the distance will make you feel you are at the hometown of “Nijyo Castle”. Also, there is moat around the castle, and a narrow street beside of the moat is popular for a running course of local people. One lap of around the castle is about 1.8 kilometers, so it is good for light training. And, “Shinsen-En” which told as a drinking place of dragon is also walking distance from the house.
The house is not only a hometown of “Nijyo Castle”, but also the location is a center of the city by Hideyoshi Toyotomi who conquered the whole Japan in the Sengoku Era. During that period, the house’s location was used to be a residence house of Kagekatsu Uesugi and Kanetsugu Naoe, both are popular commanders of samurai. You can see a small stone monument just in front of the house to show the history.
When you walk around the house, you can see many stores and restaurants, so you do not need to worry about your meals.
A house located just a few steps from St. Horikawa. “Shouki-San” is on the roof top. “Shouki-San” was believed as a god of avoid disasters from the house, and thought as stronger than a devil. “Shouki-San” was used to standing on the roof of many houses in old times, however in nowadays, you can see only on the roof of traditional houses of Kyoto.
When you go inside of the house, you will surprise about how the house has a high ceiling and how the corridor is long to the depth. The corridor to the depth’s ceiling is a well, and you can see a lot of thick beams from the old times. This well was called as “Hibukuro”. It was made to save a life from fire.
On second floor, there is a high roof with a skylight. The sunlight is coming in through the skylight, that makes you very relaxing.
The original family of this house was a teacher of tea ceremony and ikebana (flower arrangement of Japanese style). She taught ikebana on the ground floor, and tea ceremony on upstairs. Because of this, there are a lot of relics of those activities and memorable things. For example, you can see small hooks on the ceiling in Japanese room. That are “Kamahiru-Kugi” which were used for hanging iron pots for hot water to use tea ceremony. And just under the hook has a sunken hearth for boiling tea in the floor, and it is now covered by tatami mattress.
We prepared bathroom made of umbrella pines which is the highest class of wooden bath. Umbrella pines are special because the white-yellow color with luster, noble scent of cypress, and minute grains. Soft material, the highest class of umbrella pines, has a smooth touch, and it makes you feel very relaxing.
Beside of bathroom is a Japanese inner garden, you can see it from the small window when you taking bath. The Japanese inner garden has a famous stones such as “Kibune-stone” and “Kurama-stone”. And there are many trees from Kyoto, such as Wabisuke, Camellia, Quercus phillyraeoides Japanese maple tree and others. Those trees bloom different colored flowers in different seasons, so you can feel Japanese four seasons from this garden.
※No spice for cooking are prepared because of allergy and religious reasons.
※We don't have laundry detergent. Please prepare for it by yourself.
※Keep out in the garden. Please enjoy the views. We have smoking area at the house.