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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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Matthew
Jan 2019

Met all of my expectations and then some. Very happy with our stay in Kyoto.

De Lapeyriere G.
Jan 2019

C’est la seconde fois que nous utilisons vos services de location de maison. Très satisfait de la qualité des maisons des prestations et équipements très utiles à chaque fois tout dans le détail. La personne d’accueil est aussi très serviable et aide beaucoup dans la planification des journées et de la compréhension de la vie de quartier (supermarchés, restaurants etc.). Votre différence avec les autres préstataires est avant tout dans l’attention aux détails: d’équipements des maisons, le design, la qualité des lits, Agencements, possibilité de lits et chaises bébé. Descriptifs détaillés d’utilisation des équipements éléctroménagés japonais, trie des déchets etc. On ne perd pas de temps à se familiariser avec un environnement completement différents du notre et de rapidement se fondre dans la vie locale. Continuer dans ce sens là, c’est la bonne voie.

THI LAN P.
Aug 2018

Excellent séjour dans cette belle maison typique bien située par rapport aux transports, supérettes, restaurants et lieux de visite. Un grand merci à William pour son accueil, ses bons conseils et aide pour l'envoi de nos bagages.

Roseline, Joël, Anne-Sophie
May 2018

Nous avons séjourné 7 nuits dans la maison Enso-An
Maison très confortable et située dans un quartier très calme.
Commerces, restaurants et transports à proximité.
Merci à William pour son accueil et ses précieux conseils.
A recommander vivement
 

Thierry D.
Apr 2018

Très belle maison, confortable et bien située. A recommander absolument. Sur un autre plan, l'un d'entre nous a eu un pb de santé: chute ayant entaîné une fracture de l'humérus. Cela n'a pas été si simple d'aller sur le site du consulat, contacter un docteur japonais francophone qui nous a aiguillé vers une clinique auprès de laquelle il a fallu beaucoup insister pour obtenir un RDV en urgence. En fait, se faire soigner, même en payant cash, n'est vraiment pas aisé au Japon. Je pense que cela serait utile d'avoir une procédure "d'urgence santé" pour les clients de vivrele japon. Ceci étant dit, William a fait ce qu'il a pu de son côté, très gentiment.

Joey
Mar 2018

Thanks William for all the help when we first arrived. William is so helpful and caring. We are 8 people total. It's such a pleasure to stay there. We had a wonderful time and definitely want to come back again. Definitely recommend to stay here while in Kyoto. 

Jane N.
Jan 2018

We loved the house and it was perfect for two couples, with excellent privacy and space, and modern conveniences. When there was glitch with a house repair (not the fault of Japan Experience), the Team did everything they could to make it right and we were impressed with their oversight. The only comment I would add, regarding finding the house initially, is to mention that the house is in Umamachi (neighborhood) and that one must arrive on the main street and walk in from there. It is a short walk, but not navigable by car. I would definitely stay there again.

Naratip
Nov 2017

One of our best thing in Japan is stay at this house. Very clean, great combination between old and modern style. 100% recommend.

Benjamin L
Nov 2017

Great Location, very new construction. Smells and feels very clean and new. Very comfortable and very accommodating staff.

R.Meniane
Oct 2017

Nous voilà , de retour d un magnifique voyage que vous nous avez aide à construire ; c etait tres court , mais parfait ;
toute la logistique TOKYO , avec les Citadines , et Kyoto avec ENSO an HOUSE a ete une veritable réussite grace à vous ; William sur place nous a aussi bien aide .
La petite maison , super , et on envisage vraiment d y retourner ;
Les enfants etaient fatigués mais heureux ;  

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house Ensô-an

Price for up to 4 people

(Additional guest $18 per night)

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