|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
|Living space||44 square meters|
Suitable for childrenYes
Suitable for the elderlyYes
|Theme||Budget, Historic, Romantic, Downtown|
Description from the owner
Lovely Traditional Townhouse Located in Kyotos Historic Area
The house is a traditional Japanese Machiya (Townhouse) in an absolutely superb location. A little hideaway in a deep alleyway ensuring that that the house is completely quiet yet allowing immediate access to the middle of Kyoto's historical Higashiyama district. Guests can return to relax, shower, sleep, change clothes or have a cup of tea without leaving the historical area.
The house are composed by two house which are connected with each other by a door in between. It has two bedroom with 2 double beds, 2 lounges with 2 single sofa beds, 2 showers and a long narrow...Read more
Koke-An (Moss Garden Cottage) & Hei-An
Kyoto, Kinki, Japan
Additional Location Information
Koke-an really is in Kyoto's best location. On the corner of Sanjyo Dori (the old Tokaido Hwy Japan's main road) and Jingu Michi (Nenes' Path-Kyoto's main historical road) and with Higashiyama Subway stn 2 mins walk. There is a variety of restaurants within 15 metres of the entrance to Koke-an (15 metres not minutes). There are three 24hr convenience stores within 1 mins walk and Nene's Path, Philosophy Path, Gion Geisha district and many gardens, temples, antique shops and superb hiking all within a few minutes walk.
Location Type Downtown
Rates shown in $ USD (Rental listed originally in JPY) (change)
|Rate Summary||$236||$236||$1,414||$0||3 nights|
|All Dates||$236||$236||$1,414||-||3 nights|
|Can't find rates for your travel dates? Contact the owner|
Additional notes from owner
Normal Season- Yen 24,000JPY/night (for 4 guests); High Season-Yen 30,000JPY/night
Normal Season- Yen 26,000JPY/night (for 5 guests); High Season-Yen 32,000JPY/night
Normal Season- Yen 28,000JPY/night (for 6 guests); High Season-Yen 34,000JPY/night
High Season is as below.
Apr.1-13, Apr.27-May.5, Jul.13-16, Sep.14-15, Oct.12-13, Nov.15-30, Dec.31-Jan.3
Stay 7 nights, get 1 night Free!
AvailableUnavailable Last updated: May 20, 2013 ◀▶
What Past Guests Are Saying
Charming accommodations, great location
These two adjacent Machiya houses have been joined to make a comfortable two-bedroom rental located about midway between the Kamo River and the eastern hills. The location is perfect for exploring much of Kyoto on foot: Follow the canal southeast through Gion to the river and the central shopping district, or walk east to Nanzenji and the Path of Philosophy, or visit the the Heian Shrine, Municipal art Museum and Modern art Museum a few blocks to the north. Walk south through Murayama Park and in a few minutes you'll be in the network of narrow lanes leading up to the Kiyomizu-Dera temple complex. Heavy traffic can make bus/taxi transportation frustratingly slow in Kyoto, so being able to walk so many places is a huge benefit of staying at Koke-An & Hei-An.
The houses are located in a narrow lane near the Higashiyama subway station. They are old and a bit creaky, but very atmospheric and modernized just enough (two nice bathrooms, two small kitchens, washing machine, big Western-style beds). Together the two houses had more than enough space for our family of four -- just bear in mind that taller folks will have to stoop down when passing from room to room.
The neighborhood is lively in the daytime but very quiet at night. There are several convenience stores nearby, and an affordable casual restaurant called asuka around the corner on Sanjo-dori (home-style meals dished up by a jovial team of Japanese aunties).
Overall a big thumbs-up for this rental if it suits your budget.
A Great Little Place
We spent seven nights in Koke-An during November. This cute little cottage is perfect as it is located within walking distance of Kyoto centre. Handy for buses and the metro. Very quiet area.
I'd do it again in a heartbeat.
Our 4 night stay at Koke-An was the best choice my wife and I made during our two week trip to Japan. Avi greeted us when we arrived and helped us plan our itinerary right away. His tips were invaluable.
Before he left, Avi also made dinner reservations for us at a local establishment, and even phoned in an order for us-which meant that we experienced a wonderful dinner at a popular but tiny local place with our extraordinarily limited Japanese. Wendy's assistant Naomi also made reservations for us at a very nice restaurant on our request-they really went above and beyond for us.
The location is perfect. There are some serious shrines and temples in the neighborhood, and it is only a 30 minute walk to a Unesco world heritage site (Kiyomizu-dera). For the longer trips-and you really must do longer trips if you hope to see Kyoto-we found it easy to get everywhere on the bus or train.
The size is nice for a couple, though the house is definitely small by american standards. I believe that they've expanded next door to accomodate more people, which would make it a good choice for a larger party.
This place has it all: excellent location and facilities
This place is a great choice for exploring Gion and Kyoto. If you plan on doing the worthwhile walking tours of the Higashiyama area, the house is located right between the Northern and Southern parts so you can easily go in either direction. In fact, it is literally on the Southern tour. It's about a 20 minute subway ride from Kyoto Station and then a 10 minute walk. You can walk to Pontocho dining street in about 15 minutes. There are several decent Japanese restaurants, convenience stores and even a McDonalds in the area.
In the house, your enter into a very small foyer with a bench to take off your shoes. They provide umbrellas, which was handy since a typhoon hit when we were there. There are two bedrooms on raised platforms with tatami mats. One room has a full size bed, and the other has a twin bed. The twin room has a small TV and dvd player. The larger room has a dresser and nightstand. There is a small dining area with a table that seats 4 tightly, and you access a toilet closet, and another closet with shower and sink. The shower pressure is very good. There is a kitchen with sink, refrigerator, microwave and dishes and glasses. There was even ice in the refrigerator. The listing pictures show what appears to be a small garden: this is a very small outdoor space - maybe 4 feet square - that leads to the combo clothes washer/dryer. They provide laundry detergent, soap, shampoo, dish soap and towels. Free wifi. The place is small, so there is not a lot of storage space if you plan on bringing a lot of luggage, and there is limited space for hanging clothes.
The house is nicely decorated and provides all that you need for a good stay. The location is perfect. Booking by email was easy, and they were very responsive.
Mendham, New Jersey
Loved our stay here!
it is a joy to write this review for Koko-An. in fact, our only real complaint is that we couldn't stay longer! We had lived in Japan many years ago and wanted to see if we could re-create a bit of that experience. Thanks to Wendy and avi we did (although we never had such a wonderful shower or excellent wireless connection in those days). The taxi driver had no trouble getting us to Koko-an -- I did enlarge the site map a bit before we came. Looking at the entrance to the alley, we were reminded of how often, in Japan, wonderful surprises are hidden behind ordinary, unpreposessing appearances. A casual passer-by would see only a dark space between some vending machines and stores. They would not seee what we did: that only a few steps in and a quick turn would bring us to a sunlit courtyard; a hidden, private part of Japan that was our own neighborhood for a few days. What fun! Koko-an was perfect for the two of us: very clean and organized perfectly for the small space. The ambiance was a charming blend of Japanese (especially the tatami) and Western (my husband was especially grateful for the comfortable sofa after busy days of sightseeing). Wendy was right there to explain the workings of "our" house and to assure us that she and avi were totally available to help, should we need it. We didn't -- everything worked perfectly, but it was nice to have such a security blanket! Kyoto is a fascinating city and for a brief time we felt as if we were truly living there. Thank you, Wendy and avi!
We loved our stay at Koke-An, Kyoto.
We loved our stay at Koke-An, Kyoto. It was close to the subway and easy travel to many sights but more importantly it was such a sanctuary after a busy day of sightseeing.
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Another magical Kyoto getaway
We recently returned to Kyoto to stay at the beautiful Koke-An cottage ago that we stayed in 18 months ago and were happy to discover that it is just as clean and comfortable now as it was with the previous owners. The communication with the owners was prompt and reliable. We highly recommend this cottage for anyone wanting to experience life living amongst the Japanese community. It is so much better than the cold atmosphere at a five star hotel.
It is within walking distance to many famous Kyoto tourist destinations and close to several types of public transport.
Thank you Wendy and avi. We hope to return again one day.
Charming, authentic and convenient, we loved Koke-An
Why stay in a hotel when you can enjoy your own fully-equipped, comfortable cottage and return after a day of touring temples, shrines and gardens to relax and refresh before a short walk to a delicious dinner? Highlight: the Japanese-style construction and decor. Loved the little skylit breakfast room overlooking the moss garden. Would have appreciated a little longer blanket--fine if you're 5'5", but not long enough for 6-footers. We will be back!