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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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Jesica
Oct 2019

Enso-an is a great place to stay in Kyoto. We were a family of seven and the house worked perfectly. The location is just perfect. Away from Gion noise but still very close to all the attractions and transportations. I strongly recommend this place. 

Racheal
Oct 2019

Enso-An is a wonderful space to recharge and enjoy Kyoto. The space was perfect for our family, and the option of both tatami mats and beds helped everyone have something that they wanted. Our hosts were responsive and it was also very nice having a washer in the home for mid-trip laundry needs. The aesthetic was beautiful and really rounded out our experience. 

Danni
Oct 2019

We loved this house! It was so cute and comfortable. We enjoyed sleeping on the tatami with futons but if you have a bad back it might not be for you. The location is a little far from Gion/ downtown but the neighborhood is so cute we didn't mind the walk. Our host had excellent communication and check in was really easy. We stayed for 10 days and felt right at home! We would definitely want to stay here again next time we are in Kyoto. Thank you Daisuke!”

Adi
Oct 2019

One of my best Airbnb experiences ever. My only regret was that i didnt stay longer. If you are looking for a genuine japanese experience,with all the comforts of a modern home,dont hesitate to book this place. And the communication with the host was superb! Thank you Daisuke

Leon
Oct 2019

This house and host are superb We really enjoyed staying in this authentic Japanese style home Lots of space lots of equipment in the house and a great location. We were able to walk to most places we went to. I'd really recommend this house very well 

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$239
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house Ensô-an

Price for up to 4 people

(Additional guest $18 per night)

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