Seuin-An is a house were the essence of Japanese tradition was thought. Dance, music, tea ceremony, flower arrangement and more, were handed down here from teacher to the young ladies who chose the world of Geisha as their way of life.
The house is centrally located in Gion walking distance to major sights and the city center entertainment area as well is in one of Kyoto's famous antique shops streets.
It has been renovated to provide luxury-level comfort to its guests, yet has been designed to retain a cozy Japanese feeling with the spirit, esthetic's, and beauty of the traditional Japanese town house.
Local Culture and Location
Seuin-An- is within easy walking distance from the city center as well some of Kyoto's major sightseeing spots in the Higashiyama district ,the Eastern Mountains, including of course the Gion the famous Geisha district, Kiyomizu with Ninen zaka and sanen Zaka, Yasaka shrine, as well Chion in temple, Heian Shrine and more.
Seuin-An- is also a few minutes away from the Kamo river (Kyoto's main river which runs through the city) and a great local park, where you can do as the Kyoto-ites do- take an early morning jog, stroll along the river side, or relax on a park bench and watch the world go by. Another option would be, a an early morning walk in Gion district itself to get a glimpse into the Geisha world before the tourist fills the streets.
The Heart of the City
While it is easy to get to the city center by walking Seuin-An also benefits from good transport links. It has about 20min ride bus connection to Kyoto station and only a 5- 10 minutes walk to Keihan railway Shijo or Sanjo stations on the Keihan railway line. In 3-5 minutes you can also reach a bus station and access the many bus lines including the comfortable 100 Raku Bus- a special bus line which runs through the main sightseeing spots of Kyoto. After experiencing the heart of the city, travel back to the heart of the home and back into local life.
Inside the House
The first floor boasts a fully equipped kitchen, living room (convertible to a bedroom with traditional Japanese futons for up to 2), en suite western-style toilet, shower & cast iron bath, it has a laundry machine which is also a drier. Second floor accommodation (sleeps up to 4) has two bedrooms which are separated by Japanese paper sliding door( Not a proper wall). One with a western-style double bed, the second with traditional Japanese futons. As well a computer space with a computer broad band connection.
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.
There is free WIFI in the house.
Seuin-An is a NON SMOKING property. No daily Cleaning is offered.
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
Amazing experience in a traditional japanese house
Left on 12/06/2013 for a stay in November 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
A beautiful traditional japanese machiya located conveniently near gion. My boyfriend and I had a great time staying here. Gion is 5 mins away the station is 5 mins away. Good value for money for the size of the rooms. I also would like to thank the staff helping me to find the my iphone by contacting the bus terminal!
Left on 11/13/2013 for a stay in November 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
We stayed there for four nights in November this year with my family of 5 ( with three teens).
The location is amazing, you can walk to all the shops, restaurants, and major stations, yet the area is quiet and beautiful.
I would recommended to anyone , we were very happy there. We would love to comeback again.
Left on 11/02/2013 for a stay in October 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
Seiun-an is located right in the middle of an area of traditional style houses and shops and an easy walk to the heart of Gion, restaurants, downtown, temples and shrines. The location was even better than we had expected when booking. It was good to have a peaceful, comfortable and roomy home base for our 5 night stay. If you are tall, just remember to duck when going through doors. The clothes dryer gets very hot so take care if you have delicates.
Left on 05/29/2013 for a stay in April 2013 | Helen
I studied Japanese domestic architecture many years ago so it was great to get an experience of 'living' it at Seiun-An. We loved the feeling of the place and the location - easy walking to many sites and close to trains and buses. Our friends joined us for a week. We thought we would be cramped but it was fine and it was great being able to share breakfast and our daily plans then meet again at night to compare the day's adventure. Booking & payment was easy, instructions clear, the house had everything we needed & the owners were very helpful when we needed some advice about sending luggage on. Would return in a flash!
Outstanding little hideaway in Gion district of Kyoto
Left on 01/25/2013 for a stay in January 2013 | Alisha
Wonderful service (easy contract agreement and payment options) up front that includes detailed information on how to get to the house and access it. Once inside, everything you need to know about the house and Kyoto sightseeing is included. Very comfortable for 4-5 people (one bed, futons for others). Everything in the house was in great condition and the shower room had an authentic cast iron tub for soaking.
Left on 01/24/2013 for a stay in January 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
This is a great place to stay and exactly as described on the website. It is a fabulous location with the underground being a 5 minute walk and a shopping complex about a 10 minute walk. We had 3 adults and 2 children in our party. This was manageable in Seiun-an, but not much space to spare with suitcases etc. I think 4 people is much better space wise, although maybe that's more to do with what I'm used to living in Sydney.
The recommend sights information left in the house is excellent. The arashimaya tour is a must (bamboo forest etc), and especially if you hire bicycles to get around. Definitely a highlight for all of us. The kids loved it.
We cooked a couple of basic meals, which was fine, although a little more crockery would help.
Wendy and her team at Windows to Japan were excellent to deal with. Will definitely use them again.
Having said all that, I would definitely stay at the house again.
Authentic home away from home in the heart of Kyoto.
Left on 06/26/2012 for a stay in May 2012 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
We both loved our week long stay in Seiun-an in Kyoto. Even before we arrived, Wendy was so helpful with information and prompt with her communication - the service we recieved was exceptional and we always felt if we needed anything she would be able to help. The house was easy enough to find with her directions and tucked away in a quiet and convenient street in Gion. We were able to walk everywhere and found the local streets especially beautiful by night, particularly along the nearby streams heading towards the Kamogawa River.
The bed was very comfortable (as were the futons) and the facilities perfect for our needs. After weeks in hotels it was lovely to have a home to ourselves and the ability to cook our own meals. This would be a perfect spot for a couple or small group/family, particularly if you stay in Kyoto for a week as we did.
We would definitely recommend Seiun-an to our family and friends and if we return to Kyoto, would love to stay here again.
an amazing experience staying in a machiya in the old part of k
Left on 06/11/2012 for a stay in June 2012 | suhaimi
me, my wife and 3 children made the right choice to stay in seiun-an. it was an amazing experience living in an old traditional japanese home - commendable experience. it was just like a home away from home.its very quiet at night though it is not far from the night life in the gion area.
seuin-an is also about location, location and location : within walking distance to the bus-stop, subway, restaurant and cafe, temples, river ways, and etc.
we have just a minor comment to make : maybe its time the bathroom sliding door need to be replaced as it can be quite difficult to open/close the door ( i did tell you about this when you came to the seiun-an )and also the toilet, even though we left the ventilator on, the smell was still musty.maybe a natural ventilation will help ( sorry wendy..a comment from my architect wife ).
wendy was great in responding to all my enquiries through the email before we arrived in kyoto.
Left on 01/30/2012 for a stay in January 2012 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
This is my first time living in a non-hotel room out of my country, and it impressed me a lot, travel can be another kind of experience. :) Stay in such a room, you will feel you are not a visitor to the city, but one living there. When you go back, you also feel you are back to home not hotel, it is really nice feeling when travel and can be quite different compare to normal hotel-airport route. The room is very comfort, everything clean and neat. You can cook there or you can try small restaurants nearby. Want to mention another choice is the public bathing experience. Just 2 minutes walk, you can visit a public bathing place, where you can enjoy the bathing very similar with hot spring, and you can really mix with local person, but not too close. The cost is very reasonable, and the experience is nothing can compare. By the way, try a bottle of iced local milk after the bath can be memorable and relax.
I will suggest you try such a place, which is convenient, the airport shuttle can give you door to door service. And within walking distance, you can see most traditional part of Kyoto, and also within walking distance, you can find delicious restaurants.
If you want to enjoy your travel not like a normal tourist, if you want to see how people live in kyoto and taste it yourself, try it!
Left on 07/25/2010 for a stay in June 2010 | Jenny K
The house was clean and the beds were all made up nicely for my 3 children including a small mattress for my baby. The street was very quiet and we've been advised to keep our voices low, and we understand why as it's a narrow lane . It's a interesting place to stay if you want to have some local flavour to your travel. It's easy excess to many interesting places. We basically just walked most of our way and explore the surrounding which are lots of things to do already.
Left on 07/13/2010 for a stay in July 2010 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
Our family of 5 (three children 12, 9 and 8) had three nights in Kyoto staying at Seiun-an. The location was really central, yet out of the noisy streets - we were able to walk everywhere easily.
The house was clean, well equipped and a "real Japanese experience". The children are not convinced of the comfort of a futon but it was great to try it out! Avi had left us brochures of activities and we tried out the tea ceremony he recommended (fantastic!). We would certainly stay there again.
Left on 07/10/2010 for a stay in June 2010 | Stephanie
A wonderful experience. Avi's wife came to let me in early and she even gave the cab driver directions in Japanese when I was at a total loss. She allowed me to pay her some before and after since I didn't have all the cash available and was just generally very accommodating. I really liked the location - we could walk to Gion in the blink of an eye. I loved the little thimble of a bathtub.
The only downfall is it smelt a bit like fish the whole time and there was nothing I could seem to do to kill it. Incense, spray, etc. But perhaps that was part of the authenticity.
Left on 06/26/2010 for a stay in May 2010 | First-time visitors to Japan
Seiun-an totally met our needs for a truly Japanese experience. At the end of our stay, everyone agreed that this was the perfect location for sightseeing, shopping, eating, and getting to subway and taxis. Big pluses were an internet connection and a washer/dryer. One should be sure to get detailed instructions on using the appliances if unable to read kanji. We were very comfortable living Japanese-style for 5 days. This rental was well worth it.
Left on 06/24/2010 for a stay in April 2010 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
A fabulous house in the best part of Gion, walking distance to all the sights in Gion. Avi was very helpful and gave us a lot of information on arrival, if we had the time we would have taken his walking tour as he was very knowledgeable in the history of Kyoto and the area. Would definately stay here again.
Left on 06/24/2010 for a stay in May 2010 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
We loved this house! The only thing that prevents me from giving it a 5 star rating was the fact that it was initially rather hard to find. But once we were settled in, everything was positive. The house is spotless, very comfortable, in a fantastic location and most importantly let us enjoy family time (which is hard to do from separate hotel rooms). Even used the public bath down the street. Cab fare from Kyoto Station to the house was under 1,500Y. The only thing that would have made our stay more convenient would be a map of the area highlighting a food/convenience store. We were fine but English instructions for the hot water would be a plus as well. Travelled with my mother, husband, 6yr old daughter. Hope to be back soon! Thanks avi for a wonderful stay.
Seiun-an, former Geisha house - Kyoto's experience
Fees for additional guests may apply.
Normal Season rate
2 Guests ....¥15,000/night 3 Guests .. 18,000/night
4 Guests . .¥20,000/night 5 Guests ... 22,000 p/p /night 6 Guests ... 24,000 p/p /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
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