|Minimum Stay||5 nights|
|Living space||50 square meters|
Suitable for childrenYes
Suitable for the elderlyYes
|Theme||Budget, Historic, Roughing it, City, Mountain, River|
Description from the owner
The Arashiyama House and Hanare were registered as a ''Important Cultural Properties of Kyoto''. The Arashiyama Hanare was built on before 1935, and was completely restored in November 2008-2011. The restoration was a labor of love, requiring the participation of artisans specializing in traditional carpentry techniques, and using natural materials in all areas both inside and out. Great efforts were made to recreate an atmosphere which will allow guests to experience the traditional way of living. An added modern touch for comfort is the luxurious bathing area and bathroom...where you can soak in the oversized tub while gazing at the Zen ga...Read more
Stay Important Cultural Propertie ArashiyamaHanare
Kyoto, Kinki, Japan
Additional Location Information
The Arashiyama Hanare is a traditional Japanese "machiya" is located in scenic Arashiyama, on the west side of Kyoto. The train station (JR Saga Arashiyama Station) is from there it's 10-15 minutes to Kyoto Station. Arashiyama is a popular tourist destination in Kyoto, with it's beautiful scenery, the Hozu and Katsura Rivers with it's romantic "Moon-Crossing Bridge" (8 minute walk),the bamboo grove and the Monkey Park.
The UNESCO World Heritage listed Tenryuji Temple is an 8 minute walk away. Other temples are such as Daikakuji temple(It was the villeage for the emperor), Seiryoji temple, Adashino Nenbutsuji temple, Jojakkoji temple, Nisonin temple and Rokuoin temple etc, which are possible to visit from the Arashiyama Hanare by walk.
Other sights are very easily reached by the Randen line train, such as Ninnaji Temple, Ryoanji Temple, Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion) and Saihoji (Moss Temple.) Other nearby tourist attractions include the Saga "Romantic Train" old-fashioned diesel train which winds through the hills, as well as boat rental and white-water rafting, not to mention hiking, all located nearby.
Out side of Kyoto, it is very easy to access other popular tourist spots such as Nara, Uji, Osaka, Himeji, Hiroshima etc by JR train since the JR train station (JR Saga Arashiyama Station) is five minutes walk away. A natural "onsen" hot spring (entrance fee just ¥1000) is just a 15 minute walk away.
Location Type City, Mountain, River
Rates shown in $ USD (Rental listed originally in JPY) (change)
|Rate Summary||$136||$136||$954||$||5 nights|
|All Dates||$136||$136||$954||$||5 nights|
|Can't find rates for your travel dates? Contact the owner|
- Damage deposit - $0 / stay - Security Deposit
Additional notes from owner
¥14,000/nt. low season (December to February)
¥15,000/nt. high season (March, May to October)
¥18,000/nt. peak season (April, November)
¥18,000/nt (During X'mas & New Years Holidays with Special Ikebana for this period.)
The rate is for two persons.
Charge for third person is an additional ¥3,000/ night.
Rates include tax and cleaning charge. Minimum stay 5 nights.
Credit Cards Accepted via Paypal or International Wire Transfer.
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What Past Guests Are Saying
Minneapolis, MN, USA
My husband and I stayed here for a few days after our stay in Tokyo and we very much enjoyed the serenity of the location and the authenticity of the guesthouse. Easy walking distance to many sights, temples, restaurants, river. The host was extremely gracious and welcoming. Fantastic place!
Wellington, New Zealand
traditional Japanese living experience
We've stayed in many western types of accommodation around the world and this was our first traditional Japanese one. There are so many nice aspects of staying at Tanaka-san beatiful house:
- location is perfectly tucked away from the busy tourist area, making you feel like living in a normal Japanese suburb, a very quiet one
- location is close enough to walk to some amazing temples and souvenir shops, where my wife had fun buying a kimono
- Transport to other interesting sites and the CBD is easy in the tram train.
So many other things we like: the quilts, the superb bathtub, the friendly tips from Tanaka-san, the stove
The best thing tough about this Japanese style house is the quality and attention to detail that Tanaka-san put on reconstructing the original building, taking you back in time and making you experience the traditional Japanese living, it's amazing.
only few minor things to keep in mind:
- if you come in winter, it could feel a bit cold in the kitchen area, maybe an extra aircon could help
- the wifi signal was not very strong, enough to send emails but not for video skype. it could be fix by moving access Point or addind another one
apart from that, we loved it.
A magical retreat
My husband and I stayed here for four nights in early November 2012. It was an excellent time to visit with the beautiful autumn colours and fine weather we experienced. The arashiyama district has a diversity of attractions within walking distance of the Hanare - including temples, bamboo groves, river activities, a scenic train and many shopping opportunities. Just walking around the streets was fascinating in itself, there is so much to see and experience. Getting further afield to other sites was easy as well with the Randen (electric tram) and JR train stations close by.
Coming home each evening to the Hanare was like a magical retreat. We cooked each evening in the kitchen, which had a particular charm of its own. Being able to experience the light and shadows of the rice paper doors and walls, as well as the comfort of a hot bath, heated toilet seat and heat pump was a great combination!
The quality of the materials and craftsmanship used in the restoration of the Hanare were both excellent. The information provided by Tanaka-san (both verbally and in the information pack) was very useful and he was happy to answer any questions we had. Our stay at the Hanare was an experience we will cherish and one that made our trip to Japan very special.
A Little Treasure and an Excellent Base Camp
What a great discovery! This is a special place that truly enhances the Japan experience. We stayed there with two boys - 2 and 4 - for 8 days and they had a blast in their Totoro house, enjoying the deep bathtub, their view into the garden, the setup and removal of the sleeping futons each day, and the removal of all footwear. It is more delicate than a concrete hotel room and with small children you have to watch the shoji screens, and the walls, and the tatami floors, and also the noise they can generate in this very quiet residential neighborhood.
Tanaka-san provides for everything needed, including the laundry, a small fridge and cooking area, wifi access, keyless entry, and a detailed folder with all kinds of travel schedules, and free maps for exploring both Kyoto and arashiyama, and he's very understanding of your cluelessness of being in such a foreign place. And having no TV, no phone, and basically no furniture, is also an asset and part of the experience.
The location was perfect for us. Coming from a very quiet countryside, staying near downtown Kyoto would have been overwhelming for the kids, but arashiyama is a perfect base for exploring. 5 min walk and 15 min on the train gets you into Kyoto station. Meanwhile you stay in a quiet town with all the essentials (bakeries, supermarket, Lawson), as well as beautiful scenery, river and bamboo grove walks, a monkey park. You also get a great view into "normal" Japanese lives: schoolkids, plain shops, landscapers, neighbors, and cars and bicycles driving just outside the door on narrow roads. There are also quite a few Japanese tourists. You could probably stay a week here without heading into Kyoto.
If you're looking for a great little treasure away from the hustle and bustle yet conveniently located that provides a great experience of "living" in Japan, then the arashiyama Hanare House can be highly recommended. We'll be back.
Newcastle upon Tyne
Peaceful Escape, Beautiful, I want to go back.
We stayed here (young couple from England) and it was such a lovely break from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo and Kyoto.
Location was great, lots of food places,train stations, sights to see surrounding it.
We would definitely go back.
The place itself was so different from what we were used to, it was a bit shocking at first. It was wonderfully clean, the bed on the floor were comfy and spacious. The place was romantic and peaceful.
Tanaka-San (owner) was great, he greeted us and explained everything we needed to know and answered any questions we had via text when we were out and about.
The place had lots of facilities such as a traditional Japanese bath room type thing, washing machine,iron, etc
The shower was good and the whole place and its location are great value for money. Within walking distance of loads of transport, restaurants (good ones!).
We are thinking of going there for part of our honeymoon.
Choose this place, its lovely, especially if you want a break from the flashing lights of the cities.
Blissful little getaway
Me and my boyfriend has an excellent stay at Tanaka san's machiya. He is very easy to deal with, very helpful and organized and will help your stay very special. He recommend things to do and where to go eat. And I am telling you has lived in Japan for 10 years now and all the restaurants he recommend is great.
When we walk in to the Machiya, the house is private and very clean and have a chic modern touch (toilet and bath tub are modern). The futon is very comfortable and you have everything you ever need to make your stay comfortable. The house is located in very good location, romantic little town, close to local shrine and river. If you have any questions Tanaka san is so helpful and do more than asked for to help you.
I would love to come back again Thank you Tanaka san for making my stay so wonderful!!!
A very nice place to stay if you want a some peace and quite after a long day of sightseeing. Mr Tanaka was nice and helpful and also unobtrusive. I would highly recommend staying here as it is a very good base to see Kyoto, very comfortable and also a beautiful house.
Very good if you want quiet and are planning on staying in a lot
Very good if you want quiet and are planning on staying in a lot. Very clean... the machiya has everything you need. For us we liked to stay out late so staying a bit far from kyoto city center turned out not to be the best. After 8-9pm there are trains only every 30 minutes or so... I would definitely recommend to people who plan on coming home quite early evening.
Bob and Debra
Victoria, BC Canada
An oasis of calm to return to after a busy day sightseeing.
We stayed four days in mid May, and found this impeccably restored "Machiya" to be a welcome respite at the end of the day. It served as a quiet grounding in what are essential qualities at the root of Japanese culture. Every morning waking to the garden and its private world reminded us of what is truly important in the place we are to return to.
Thank you Tokuji for your work in making such and experience possible.
Absolutely loved it!
We stayed 12 days in May with our 2 year old daughter and really enjoyed our stay. As previous reviewers have said the house is beautifully restored with all mod-cons and Tokuji-san has thought of everything to make the experience just right. We loved the neighbourhood; with so much to see and do within walking distance and easy access to the rest of Kyoto via trains.
I would recommend eating at the restaurants recommended on Tokuji-san's map. We had several fantastic dinners - just ask the chef to recommend and give them a budget. We had possibly the best grilled eel ever on the last day and wished we had discovered it earlier. We went at lunch time and had to wait for a bit so worth reserving a table.
Definitely would love to come back.
Silver Spring, MD USA
The best of my trip to Japan
The experience of staying in such a beautiful traditional home is one of the highlights of my trip to Japan. I will definitely return to this house on my next trip to Japan.
The home offers a lot of privacy and it's located in a quiet neighborhood near some good restaurants and I was able to walk to some nearby temples and shrines.
Mr Tanaka was very helpful in providing me with maps and directions around town.
If only we could have stayed longer!
An amazing amount of care went into the restoration of this Machiya, its a rare experience. My Japanese co-workers were surprised when I described it and said it was uncommon to experience such. I stayed with my family (1 toddler, 1 baby) in December 2011 for only 3 nights. The rooms were warm and the futons very comfortable. My daughter wanted to snuggle in her's all day. The location was ideal for activities in Western Kyoto: hiking, boat rides, the Torokko train. We ate at a wonderful Yakitori restaurant nearby and got great treatment, and a small discount as we were guests at Hanare. It's this small neighborhood experience that makes Tanaka-san's house so wonderful. It's the Kyoto we wanted, quite and refined, and the privacy for our family. The neighborhood grandmas were far too kind to our kids (candy wise), not that they complained. I personally loved cooking in the Douma, while it was hard to get my wife to leave the modern Ofuro. Reservations were exceedingly easy and Tanaka-san was extremely helpful.
A home away from home
A wonderful place to return to at the end of an eventful day. Without our realising it, towards the end of our 8-day stay, the Hanare has become our home away from home. A welcoming place which invites the guests to transform The Hanare to their comfort levels. The service offered by Tanaka-san is friendly and almost intuitive. Thank you.
Jo Len and Kate
beautiful traditional house
My partner and niece stayed in this delightful house for three days in December 2011. If you are looking for traditional Japanese accommodation this is certainly it. The trip to the kitchen and bathroom were a bit cold in mod winter, but the bedrooms were lovely and warm. The accommodation is immaculate even the outside areas were perfectly tidy and arranged beautifully. Tokuji Tanaka was a fabulous host and gave us lots of tips about the area. The suburb has lots to see and do with the Monkey Park, temples, the romantic train, bamboo grove, river trips and great restaurants all within easy (walking) reach. It is also very close to the train and the street car. Most other sites can be visited using these two forms of transport. this was a very tranquil and immaculate apartment and very private. The suburb is interesting and safe. Highly recommended!
Daytona Beach, Florida
What a find!
I spent 21 days at this beautiful Michaya which has been lovingly and perfectly restored by the owner and is in pristine condition.
It is in a beautiful, very safe neighborhood in western Kyoto, just 15 minutes by train to the Central train station in Kyoto.
There are dozens of historic sites, temples, a beautiful river with a famous wooden bridge and quaint little shops and restaurants all within walking distance.
The people in this little town are very friendly and helpful.
The owners are just fantastic people who will do anything to make your stay a happy and rewarding one.
This is an authentic slice of traditional Japanese culture and should not be missed!!!
I can't wait to go back!!
We stayed for 6 days in this wonderful house. It has been lovingly restored, but has all mod cons in terms of the bathroom. Kitchen is basic (traditional), but functional. The owner and his wife and family are extremely helpful - available when you need them, but leaving you to enjoy the house when you don't need them. Lots of useful infomration is provided. If you want to stay in a traditional Japanese house, in a quiet neighbourhood this is the perfect place. It was great to come back after a days sightseeing and relax in peace. And a big thanks for the fireworks on the last night!
Tomas and Zuzana Budinsky
Like our home
We travelled from Europe, this was our first visit of Japan, and we felt like home here! Arashiyama is quiet part of Kyoto, but we could reach centre of the city very quickly via JR. The owner is helpful and kind. We would like to recommend this accommodation. It has its own spirit, you will see!
Beautiful House and Surroundings
Simply amazing. Unfortunately we didn't get to stay longer! Practically right next to the river, and in view of the mountains to the west, this was a perfect getaway. A short walk from Saga-Arashiyama station, Tenryuji, Iwatayama, and the Sagano bamboo groves.
If you want to stay in a traditional "washitsu" then this is it! There were lots of information and maps to help us get around Kyoto.
Kyoto can get quite cold in March and the weather can change quickly, so be prepared!
Tenryuji and Sagano were beautiful, with the snow falling on the new plum blossoms. The kids loved the nearby Iwatayama Monkey Park! (Wear your hiking boots!)
The World Explorers
A Japanese home away from home!
A very big 'thank you' to Tokuji for his lovely Hanare. We enjoyed every moment of our stay in this beautiful accommodation. It was fantastic to be located in a 'regular' suburb with excellent local conveniences (supermarket in particular). The Hanare also has easy (walkable) access to many interesting sites in arashiyama, as well as excellent proximity to bus and rail networks that make exploring Kyoto and beyond easy. And it was lovely knowing we had a comfortable home to come back to after our long days out and about! It was a wonderful way to experience a little bit of life in Japan.
Specifically, we were very impressed with:
- the prompt and professional way that Tokuji manages the accommodation (including great information on how to find the house and access it), and his willingness to assist guests any way he can.
- the facilities in the house are excellent, including a good cook top, little fridge, washing machine/dryer, heating/cooling, comfortable bedding and the luxuries of a 'fancy' toilet and private bath tub.
- all the little things that make the stay that little bit easier, such as umbrellas, enough towels, a few toiletries, washing powder and so on.
- the house is very clean and well cared for, but also very traditional feeling which is exactly what we were looking for.
- the privacy given to guests in the Hanare is very generous and much appreciated - waking up to see the beautiful courtyard every morning certainly added to the magic of the place.
The Hanare is really best suited to singles or couples, although it can accommodate a third person if required. We would certainly recommend this house to others and hope that we get an opportunity to stay there again.