|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
|Living space||38 square meters|
Suitable for childrenNo
Suitable for the elderlyNo
|Theme||Budget, Historic, Romantic, City, Downtown|
Description from the owner
IHO-AN is a Traditional Kyoto Machiya (townhouse)
IHO means Lingering Fragrance, AN means Cottage. The name came about from the lingering fragrance of incense that sometimes permeates the house from the adjacent temple.
Iho-An is a traditional Kyoto Machiya located down a tiny quiet laneway in an enclave of 12 houses. It has been lovingly restored in the traditional style and furnished with antiques along with modern amenities like air-conditioning, western toilet and modern kitchen. It is fully equipped with a kettle, toaster, hairdryer, linen, towels, microwave, washing machine, dryer, everything you need to make your stay comfo...Read more
Iho-an (Cottage of Lingering Fragrance)-Machiya
Kyoto, Kinki, Japan
Additional Location Information
Iho-An is located in the temple district of Kyoto adjacent to Kyotoâ€™s Higashiyama tourist area. The area around the house has many interesting shops and is steeped in Kyoto history. The highlights of Kyoto; Heian Jinju, Kyoto Museum, Nanzenji, Kodaiji and Chion-in Temples, Maruyama Park, Philosophers Path and many more are an easy stroll from Iho-An. There are many interesting cafes, antique shops and specialty shops that make sweets, incense and bags from old kimonos. Fifteen minutes away are the Higashiyama mountains that have superb hiking. Also the upmarket restaurant area of Pontocho along the banks of the Kamagawa River is an easy stroll. This whole area is flat and an easy walk and as with all Kyoto is quiet and perfectly safe.
The nearby International Community House (INCH) (9.00am-9.00pm) has internet, a huge TV with CNN, daily Japanese language classes and weekly calligraphy, ink painting, origami etc classes in English for Â¥50 (fifty cents). It also has a large library with daily English edition Japanese newspapers as well as weekly American, English, Australian newspapers available. There is a coffee shop and a huge notice board as well as an information centre.
Location Type City, Downtown
Rates shown in $ USD (Rental listed originally in JPY) (change)
|Rate Summary||$153||$153||$916||$0||3 nights|
|All Dates||$153||$153||$916||-||3 nights|
|Can't find rates for your travel dates? Contact the owner|
Additional notes from owner
Normal Season rate
2 Guests ....Â¥15,000/night 3 Guests .. 17,000/night
4 Guests . .Â¥19,000/night
High Season rate ... Add 2,000JPY / night on above rates
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
3 night minimum
Payment only in JAPANESE YEN.
Credit card acceptable.
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What Past Guests Are Saying
Lynn and Peter
A Magical Time at Iho-an
We stayed in this wonderful machiya in March, April, and May of 2013 and loved every minute of it. Walking through the entrance way from the street to the small alley where the house is located is like stepping back 100 years in time - absolutely magical! The location in Higashiyama couldn't be better and is close to temples, museums, restaurants, supermarkets (two within a five-minute walk) and the subway and busses. The area is quiet with plenty of atmosphere and interesting discoveries are found around every corner - we counted 9 small temples on our daily walk to the supermarket. The apartment itself was perfect for the two of us with an excellent well-equipped kitchen, living and dining areas downstairs (with two sofa beds) and a bedroom (with a very comfortable bed) and another sitting room upstairs (via a very steep stairway - definitely not for toddlers or anyone with mobility issues). The machiya is the perfect blend of traditional and modern and was very well maintained and spotlessly clean when we arrived. Kyoto was very cold in March but we were snug and comfortable with two heaters downstairs and one upstairs. The owner, Wendy, and her staff could not have been more helpful, courteous, and accommodating and no request seemed too difficult for them. I would not hesitate to recommend this machiya and we look forward to staying at Iho-an again when we return to Kyoto.
Lovely house for real japanese experience
Iho-An is a lovely old house for 2 persons maximum. It is however not suitable if you have mobility issue as t he stairs to the bedroom are very very steep. Also there is no a lot of storage room, so don't bring too much. The owners were lovely and helpful. The kitchen was full size and really allowed good cooking with local fresh vegetables. It is conveniently located, close to a supermarket and walking distance from Gion. We loved the peace and quiet, We will definitively come back
a small improvement but that would made a world of difference would be to have had the house pre-heated, especially as we took the trouble to confirm our arrival time. the house was freezing cold in February when we arrived - 2 degrees celsius inside - this was a very very bad surprise, and the heater wasn't working. In addition there was no and clearly this has not been checked before we arrive. There is no way we could know how to plug the gas heater on, as the gas system is very different in Japan!
Glasshouse Mountains, Queensland, Australia
Iho-an: we highly recommend it!
We loved our stay here. Here's why -
The machiya is in an excellent position for sight seeing in Kyoto. On a previous visit to Kyoto, we stayed in a hotel close to the main train station and found it complicated to get around. Iho-an, on the other hand, is in a great position for sight seeing - within easy walking distance of Gion, Pontocho, Higashiyama temples etc, fantastic. We also preferred it for a more "Japanese experience", rather than staying in a hotel. We caught a taxi to the property after arriving on the shinkansen and it was not expensive, around 1200 yen from memory. The streets are a grid design and, once we had our bearings, we found it really easy to walk around.
The machiya itself is gorgeous, carefully renovated so that it's comfortable and pleasing but hasn't lost its character. It also has the modern conveniences of a washing machine (with dryer function) and a great kitchen. The bed upstairs is very comfy and we were really cosy up there in the midst of winter! Even with the heating on however, the downstairs area was a little chilly (remember, midst of winter!) Having said that, the kids were cosy when tucked up in bed under the doonas. And, blissfully, the toilet seat is heated!
The area has the conveniences of a supermarket close by, taxis, buses and subway easily accessed, loads and loads of restaurants and (for the kids tired of eating unfamiliar food and adults looking for a nice latte!) MacDonalds is a block away.
For an affordable, comfortable, convenient, "full of character" place to stay, you can't go past Iho-an. Before I booked this accommodation, I read a review of Iho-an that said "Just do it". So I did and am so glad. We loved it. :-)
Clara and Tahiche
Beautiful traditional house very well located for Kyoto sightsee
We found the house to be very clean and well maintained. It had all we need for our stay and if there was something extra that we requested, the owners provided from one day to the next. The location is very good in a quiet neighborhood. You can walk to Gion, Kawaramachi and all the Eastern temples, but there is also a good subway and bus connection. We had a beautiful stay in Kyoto.
Unique, authentic experience
We had a wonderful time at Iho-An while we stayed in Kyoto. The house is incredible; like stepping back in time, but at the same time it is updated with modern amenities such as a kitchen, washing machine, air conditioner, and television. Everything was clean and well cared for, and there was more than enough space for the two of us. After spending the previous week in a small hotel room in Tokyo, this was a breath of fresh air. It was as if we had our own house in Kyoto.
The house is in a quiet alley off of a side street. There is a relatively short walk to the subway, but we rented bikes anyway and it was great. Even if you are taking public transportation, the house is still in a good location. It's just a quiet area, which was fine for us.
There was also plenty of information on Kyoto, and guide books which helped us find our way around the city.
I would definitely recommend Iho-An for anyone looking for a unique, authentic accommodation in Kyoto
A Lovely abode with an Delightful Location
The apartment is lovely. It has been well designed by people who clearly cared about its appearance as well as comfort.
The location was great with easy access into Kyoto as well as to many gardens and temples on the west side of the city.