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house Tsukinowacho

A former workshop in the heart of Gion district


Located in the heart of a lively and charming neighborhood, and just a short walk from the Yasaka pagoda and the street of the same name, Tsukinowacho House underwent an important renovation in the first half of 2017 that transformed an old workshop into a new residence while seismically retrofitting the structure. The renovation was carried out in the “Wa Modern” style (wa = Japanese) characterized by rigor and austerity as well as the use of wood and indirect lighting, both natural and artificial. But you’ll also find some classic elements of traditional Kyoto architecture. On the façade, the roof and eaves observe the rules of alignment with the street, the vertical wood lattices (koshi) let light enter but prevent those outside from seeing in, and one of the upstairs windows evokes the “insect-cage windows” (mushiko mado) - all typical elements of the traditional machiya-style house. Nor should we forget the small Shouki statue that benevolently offers you its protection. On the inside as well, the wood beams of the framework have been restored to increase volume, small skylights reminiscent of the “windows on the sky” (tenmado) stud the dining room ceiling, and a miniature garden (tsubo niwa) composed of stones and dragon’s beard (ryu no hige) extends an invitation to tranquility. 


Located on a quiet lane, it’s walking distance from the famous Kiyomizu temple and the shopping streets of Ninen zaka and Sannen zaka to the east. To the west, you only have to cross Higashi Oji and you’ll be just minutes away from Gion. Buses will whisk you quickly and easily to the great boulevards of Sanjo, Shijo, or Kawaramachi, as well as to Kyoto’s major cultural sites.

House rules

Guests may check in at the house until 8:00 p.m. (contact us for more information)
The house is completely non-smoking, inside and out (the balcony and garden are non-smoking as well). If you wish to smoke on the street, please do not do so in front of this or any other house in the neighborhood.
We ask you to carefully follow the garbage instructions you will receive from your Travel Angel when you arrive.
Be sustainable by turning off lights and heaters/air conditioning when you leave the house.
Please keep the house in order: if you move a piece of furniture during your stay, we ask you to put it back where you found it before departing.


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 Tsukinowacho
  • reversible air-conditioning
  • floor heating 
  • refrigerator/freezer
  • microwave oven
  • toaster
  • induction hotplates 
  • cooker hood
  • electric coffee maker
  • kettle
  • rice cooker
  • washing machine
  • dryer
  • bathtub
  • vacuum cleaner
  • iron
  • Washlet-type toilets
  • Wi-Fi
  • 1 double bed
  • 2 futons



The house is closed to "Kiyomizu-michi" bus stop. From Kyoto station, you can take the bus 100 or 206.


Latest review

Eveline B.
Apr 2019

Valentine a été exceptionnellement disponible et efficace dans ses conseils. Son enthousiasme est communicatif.

Apr 2019

Nous avons été très satisfait de la préparation, de l'organisation et de l'ensemble de notre séjour.

Famille C.
Jan 2019

Bonne année 2019 ! 
Nous avons passés une belle fon 2018 en ce lieu... La maison est très soignée, bien dessinée et parfaitement réalisée. Beaucoup de détails séduisant, notamment les tuiles en verre sur le toit qui diffuse une lumière douce. 
Kyoto est une ville formidable d'inspiration et de contemplation surtout en trouvant les chemins perdus pour fuir les touristes (Que nous somme!). Nous reviendrons, c'est trop beau et ce fût trop court. 
Encore merci pour ce lieu et le travail accompli.

Famille D.
Dec 2018

Tsukinowacho, ce nom a-t-il une signification ? Pas assez de progrès en Japonais pour le savoir mais nous le traduirons par "adorable maison, restaurée avec goût et idéalmenent située ! ".
Idéal pour ces quelques jours aà la découvert de Kyoto. 
Nous recommanderons à nos bon amis ! Mille mercis. 

David F.
Nov 2018

Activité route du thé : guide très efficace et compétent. Visite des cultures ok et visite du vendeur de thé avec explication et degustation ok. Il manque des explications détaillés sur la récolte avec les différentes étapes entre le recueil des feuilles la mise en sachet prêt à la consommation,et démonstration ou film ( cueillette, flétrissement, fixation, roulage, séchage ). Il aurait été intéressant de rencontrer un petit producteur à Uji même. Cordialement David Fischelis

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