Accommodations: House, 2 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 2 Bath (Sleeps 3-6)
Lovely Traditional Townhouse Located in Kyoto Historic Area
The house are two connected 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 'eel bed' kitchen which looks through to a stunning Japanese moss garden. The kitchen has a refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker,kettle, toaster and is perfect for preparing breakfast. Lunch and dinner are best eaten in local cafes and restaurants.
The houses are furnished with Japanese antiques but also with modern features like a western toilet, shower, air-conditioning, hairdryer and iron. There is a selection of Japan related DVDs. Internet access and WIFI are available.
Kyoto's Best Location: Koke great location near the corner of Nene'sPath (the main historical walk) and Sanyjo Dori (Japan's ancient main road the Tokaido Highway) is what really makes it such a great place to stay. It really is perfect for a one or two week stay in Kyoto.
The highlights of Kyoto; Chion -in Temple Maruyama Park, Philosophers Walk, Heian Shrine, and Nanzen-ji Temple are all an easy 10 minute stroll from the house. There are many interesting cafes, antique shops and specialty shops that make sweets, incense and bags from old kimonos. Ten minutes away are the Higashiyama mountains that have superb hiking.
There is free WIFI in the house.
Koke-An & Hei-An are NON-SMOKING houses. No daily cleaning is offered.
Koke-An & Hei-An are suitable for a family up to 6 people or two couples of friends. Pl note that if your request is for 2-3 people, the rate would still start from 24,000JPY (as for 4 people).
Inside the house you will also find 'Kyoto guide' with lots of maps and information on sights and things to do. In Kyoto and we are more than happy to help guests plan their itineraries while in Kyoto. Please refer to our planned tours.
We, your hosts at Windows to Japan (a tour operator agency based in Japan which creates and organizes tours in Japan) can offer much more to help you optimize your Japanese experience, by planning and arranging parts of, or your entire tour in Japan by introducing unique windows through which you can unveil more layers of Japan's enigmatic culture.
We offer special tours with reduced rates to guests staying in our houses. For more information, please contact us.
Reservation MUST start from 3 people above. Reservation of under 3 people can be accepted only under the condition of paying as 3 people.
Rates are as below.
Regular Season Rate:18,000JPY for 3 persons
Jan.4-Mar.26, May.6-Jul.13, Dec.6-Dec.30
Middle Season Rate: 22,000JPY for 2 persons
Apr.26-30, Jul.17-Aug.12, Aug.17-Oct.31
High Season Rate: 24,000JPY for 3 persons
Apr.19-25, May.1-5, Jul.14-16, Nov.1-Nov.19
Festival Season Rate: 30,000JPY for 2 persons
Mar.27-Apr.18, Aug.13-16, Nov.20-Dec.5
*Every extra 1 person, add 2,000JPY per night
*Every 7 nights, get 1 night fee. Pl note this policy is not applicable for festival season.
*Under 3 nights stay, require a cleaning fee of 4,000JPY.
*Pl consult with us for special rate for long stay above 3 weeks....Read more
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.
Left on 02/02/2014 for a stay in January 2014 | AshesReviewed Feb 2, 2014Stayed Jan 2014
The names of these two cottages say it all. It was such a peaceful place to spend our evenings and early mornings. This worked very well for us. We were two couples (all approx 55yolds) and had one of the cottages each with an adjoining door. We were all very comfortable. We believe 6 adults would be a bit of a squeeze but not impossible. If you are lacking stability/mobility/confidence on your feet we would suggest the Peace Cottage rather than the Moss Cottage as once you are inside everything is on the one level except the initial entry.
All the information provided by the agent about the cottages is accurate. We stayed for 7 nights from January 7 2014 during cold conditions and were very comfortable with the heating provided. The agents were prompt and efficient in dealing with us throughout the booking process and very helpful with information and assistance with other aspects of our stay.
Please note that only the Moss Cottage has a microwave and only the Peace Cottage has a laundry. This worked ok for us as we were sharing with people we knew. If only booking one cottage I would first check with the agent regarding if the other is booked as the walls between cottages are very thin and this may affect your stay.
Location is excellent. If you wish to get to Kyoto Rail Station we suggest a 10 min taxi ride for approx 1400 yen as opposed to 4 subway tickets at approx same price. This saves time (if 2 people then more cost effective on subway). There are many interesting sites within walking distance. The Japanese people on the street are very helpful and we never had any problems getting around or finding the sites. Most nights we were walking the streets until 10pm or later and felt very safe.
It was a wonderful experience staying in these cottages.
Left on 12/11/2013 for a stay in December 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Dec 11, 2013Stayed Dec 2013
We loved our stay . The houses are small ,quaint and very Japanese. They were equipped with everything you need and more. They were easy to find and the owners gave great instructions and it was totally private. It took us a day to walk around and realise we were in a fantastic position. After day 1 we walked everywhere which as a family of 5 saved us lots of money on subways and was a great way to discover lots of interesting places, beautiful gardens and temples and great restaurants. The houses were well maintained and made our stay in Kyoto an absolute joy. I would stay there again anytime
“I had to bow low for the traditional accommodation”
Left on 06/14/2013 for a stay in June 2013 | MichaelReviewed Jun 14, 2013Stayed Jun 2013
Everything was great or taken care of, when we asked for it.
The one thing, it is not so easy for a tall man.
The other thing, washing hands after the toilet has to be
done in the shower.
Location great, fun to stay in the heart of a domestic neighbourhood.
Left on 06/14/2013 for a stay in June 2013 | SandoraReviewed Jun 14, 2013Stayed Jun 2013
Koke-An is an old japanese house with original japanese atmosphere. It feels more like actually living in Japan than visiting Japan.
The house consists of two separate apartments connected by a door. Each apartment is fully equipped. The tiny garden belongs to one apartment, the other has a larger bathroom section and a washing machine. The house is perfect for two couples travelling together. The only drawback (for tall people) are the low door frames.
The householders were very friendly and helpful.
A subway station and several convenience markets are close by. Also some nice restaurants can be found in close proximity.
Left on 04/16/2013 for a stay in March 2013 | M. DyeReviewed Apr 16, 2013Stayed Mar 2013
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.
Left on 10/01/2012 for a stay in September 2012 | MikeReviewed Oct 1, 2012Stayed Sep 2012
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.
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
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