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Description

Ensô-an is the former house of a traditional doll manufacturer, located a stone’s throw from the Gion district and from ninenzaka, the most working-class area of Kyoto. In the heart of the peaceful potters’ district of Higashiyama, it nestles in the pedestrianised alleys beneath Kiyomizu-dera, the famous temple with Unesco world heritage status.

The house was fully restored in 2017 by an architect and a designer who are both specialists in Japanese architecture. It combines modern comfort with the charms of a traditional dwelling: cob walls, shoji and fusuma (sliding doors made of rice paper or wood), rooms with tatamis, bamboo and soft lighting.

Its owner, a conductor living in Kyoto, has named it Ensô-an. In Japanese, "Ensô" means musical performance but also refers to the circle, one of the great symbols of Zen Buddhism. "An" signifies hermitage.

- Ground floor
Through the low windows of the entrance we can see a stone garden. On the left is an kitchen/dining room which opens onto a tatami room which is rather like a chashitsu, a room used for the tea ceremony.
This room can be used both as a living room or as an extension of the double bedroom. A bed can be set up in this room if needed.
On the other side of the hallway is a comfortable bathroom, the WC and the laundry room (washing machine).

- First floor
You will find two large bedrooms, one twin room and a tatami bedroom (4 futons) as well as a small shower room and a WC.  

House rules

This house cannot accept check-in after 8pm. (Contact us for further information)
This is a non-smoking house. Please do not smoke in the house or garden. When smoking outdoors, we ask that you do not smoke directly in front of any houses in the neighborhood.
We ask that you take the utmost care to follow the garbage rules outlined by your Travel Angel during check-in.
Please be eco-friendly: conserve energy by turning off lights and air-conditioning/heating units when not in use and when leaving for the day.
Keep the house tidy. If you have moved any furniture during your stay, please be sure it is moved back to its original location when you leave.

ATTENTION

Starting on October 1st 2018, Kyoto City will impose a municipal accommodation tax on all guests staying within the city, in order to increase the attractiveness of the City as an international tourism destination.
- The tax rate is set at 200 yen per night and per guest who pays a room charge of less than 20.000 yen per night.
- The levy rises to 500 yen for those paying between 20.000 yen to 50.000 yen and to 1.000 yen for those paying 50.000 yen or more.

The accommodation tax will be collected by your Travel Angel during the check-in. 

Floor Plan & Amenities

House plans Ensô-an
  • Refrigerator
  • Gas stove
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Rice cooker
  • Hairdryer
  • Washing-machine
  • Iron
  • Futon (4)
  • Double bed (1)
  • Single bed (2)
  • Air-conditioning
  • Vacuum-cleaner
  • Wifi
  • This house is not equipped with a TV set
  • 9 chairs (including 3 folding chairs)

Address

Access

Ensô-an is a 15-minute taxi journey from Kyoto’s central station.

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Fred
Aug 2019

(FR)
L’accueil a été formidable. Merci mille fois Daisuke de vos conseils qui nous ont permis d’optimiser nos visites à Kyoto. 

(EN)
The reception was great. Thank you Daisuke a thousand times for your advice that allowed us to optimize our visits to Kyoto.

Mangot
Aug 2019

(FR)
L’accueil lors de notre arrivée par daisuke a été de qualité. Enso-an est une maison très agréable et bien équipée, qui se situe à proximité de tous commerces et centre-ville. Kyoto est une ville riche en culture et en gastronomie. Maison à conseiller !!
(EN)
The welcome upon arrival by daisuke was quality. Enso-an is a very nice and well equipped house, which is located close to all shops and downtown. Kyoto is a city rich in culture and gastronomy. House to recommend !!

Lena
Jul 2019

“This house is simply amazing! It's so beautiful and we love the Japanese style and the beautiful lighting around the house. The kitchen is well equipped, it's great the house has a washing machine so we could do laundry (really easy to use), and it was very nice to have two showers and two toilets since we were 7 people staying here. The tatami room was really beautiful, and the mattresses to sleep on were comfortable (much better than some I've slept on before). The location of the house is just perfect - within walking minutes of everything in the Gion district (Kyoto old town) and even downtown if you don't mind walking a bit. There's a bus stop near the house which is convenient for travelling around town. There's a convenient store right nearby and a supermarket a few minutes down the street. Our host met us at checkin and was super nice - showed us around the house, how everything worked, and gave us great tips for sightseeing, restaurants etc. All in all our stay here was perfect and we'd love to stay here again!”

Roxy
Jul 2019

Great pick for a family of 5 in Kyoto! Charming and beautiful residence with a convenient keypad entry and two full bathrooms & showers on both floors (hard to find in Japan). Neighborhood is very safe and feels local. Not too far on foot from many of the most popular sights of Kyoto and close to a convenient bus stop. Easy access from the train station as well (just hop on a bus)! Depending on how big your crew is, some of you will be sleeping in western beds and some on the tatami mats. Both are fairly comfortable for a few nights. Note the early check out time if you’re a late riser like me :P I would stay here again.

Brysen
Jun 2019

Great home! The lighting at night throughout the house is amazing!

From
$241
per night

house Ensô-an

Price for up to 4 people

(Additional guest $19 per night)

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