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house Uta Yomi Dori

A one-of-a-kind traditional Japanese residence


The name of this unique house is taken from the poetic bird of literature (The Bird That Recites Poetry), often called the Japanese nightingale, but more commonly known as the bush warbler. Frequently mentioned in Murasaki Shikibu’s 10th century masterpiece The Tale of Genji, set in Kyoto, and in Sei Shonagon’s Pillow Book, also set in the city, the bird is praised for its beautiful song, and it seems befitting that it is this bird that should epitomise the charm of this house.

A renovated “machiya” (traditional Japanese wooden townhouse), this residence is an aesthetic gem. Opening through specially designed front doors into an inner garden “genkan,” the visitor is immediately struck, through a second pair of “hinoki” cypress wooden doors, by a built-in couch, bordered by rolled kimono fabric pillows, set against a rich vermilion wall, where a commissioned painting in gold ink of the famous “one hundred poems by one hundred poets” hangs. This dramatic entrance is an indication of what is to come.

A single long dining/living room transverses the first floor that eventually overlooks a beautiful traditional Japanese garden. A large walnut table for family meals and gatherings is the centrepiece while a state-of–the art island kitchen with a “stepping stone” designed stainless steel top and bar stool area adds a tasteful balance to the traditional setting. The floor is of cypress wood with built-in under floor heating, and at night the whole area becomes magical by a series of lights within the wooden beams and the lit garden.
Relaxing after a long day there are two wonderful options – to sit in the tranquil tatami (rush matting) tearoom on traditional cushions, (off the main room) where a circular window reflects light onto the ceiling from the garden outside, or to take a bath in the deep Japanese-styled bath, with bathroom doors that slide open to view the garden while one soaks in the steaming hot water - a rare experience in itself.

The whole back façade of the house is a panel of double-glazed windows, overlooking the garden and the hills of Kyoto nearby.

Upstairs, there is a choice – a traditional “tatami” room that sleeps two on futons or a western bedroom with hardwood floors with single beds. Both are appointed aesthetically with Japanese motifs and furniture.

There is also a second bathroom, with a modern shower, toilet and washing facilities, and a computer desk area, made from a single piece of hinoki wood at the top of the stairs.
There is even a secret meditation room for those who would like to get away from it all for a while and find some inner and outer peace from the world.

Ground floor: Kitchen/Dinning/Living Room , Japanese Tea Room, Bathroom and Toilet, Japanese Garden.
1st floor: Japanese Bedroom with Japanese bedding (Futon), Western Bedroom (single Beds), Meditation room, Shower room and Toilet

The house itself is situated in Okazaki, one of the prized residential areas of Kyoto – quiet, traditional, with classic Kyoto charm - and perfectly located near a series of major temples (the famous Eikan-do temple is a five-minute walk away, as is the Nanzen-ji Temple complex. The Philosopher’s Walk and the Heian Shrine are also nearby).

Bus and subway connections are conveniently located.

Our opinion

Uta Yomi Dori is a songbird of a house, charming, traditional and yet with unique touches of modernity that blend together harmoniously. A Kyoto experience at its very best.

House rules

This house cannot accept check ins after 8 pm. (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 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.


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 Uta Yomi Dori
  • Double door tri-level refrigerator
  • Glass electric stovetop
  • Dishwasher
  • Oven
  • Microwave oven
  • Washing machine/dryer all in one
  • Toaster
  • Electric coffeemaker
  • Electric kettle
  • Hair dryer
  • Iron/ironing board
  • Reversible air conditioning/heating in the living room, tearoom and bedrooms
  • Extra gas heaters for upstairs and down (if needed in the coldest winters)
  • Heated flooring throughout the main living area
  • Two “tantsu” (traditional Japanese chest of drawers) for extra storage
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Wifi
  • Single beds (2)
  • Futons (2)
  • Semi-double futon (1) 



  • Taxi: approximately 2,200 yen from the station (a detailed access map is provided with the booking)
  • Bus: Bus number 5, Higashi Tenno-cho Stop


Latest review

May 2019

It’s uneasy to choose a proper word to describe this small house with 2 mini gardens. Maybe “fabulous” would be the right one. Very very comfortable place with a perfect location which is close to bus stops and supermarkets. Kyoto is a beautiful city and our experience has been doubled by the house. Aurore is pretty and warm to help us with check in and check out procedures with given us a lot useful suggestions. The house is well and fashion designed with a lot of special decorations which reflect the nice taste of the owner. All modern electrical tools are equipped in the wooden traditional fashioned house to make our stay practical and pleasant. Would definitely to come back again and strong recommend to all who wish to have a nice and cozy stay in Kyoto. :) Again, thanks very much to the owner and Aurore. Merci beaucoup.

Michel P.
May 2018

Merci à Romain GORNY à ses précieux conseils et a son professionnalisme

Thank you to Romain Gorny for your precious advice and professionalism

Jean Pascal P.
Apr 2017

Nous avons beaucoup aimé cette maison, dans un quartier très calme. Pas très facile à trouver pour les taxis et pas immédiatement proche des grands points d'attraction de la ville, elle était très agréable néanmoins.

We loved this house, in a very quiet area. Not very easy to find for taxis and not immediately close to the major attractions of the city, but it was very nice nonetheless.

marie-odile l.
Oct 2016

maison très agréable , proche des commerces et des stations de bus.

Very nice house, close to shops and bus stations.

Michel P.
Jun 2016

tres bien

Very nice

May 2016

Une maison à garder secrète dans un quartier calme, habité par les oiseaux. Une maison belle, lumineuse, comme un bijou.

A house to keep secret in a quiet area, inhabited by birds. A beautiful, bright house, like a jewel.

Apr 2016

The house was wonderful, it made our holiday experience all the more enjoyable. Daniel, our Travel Angel was professional and informative. He provided clear instructions regarding the house and provided useful travel and sight-seeing advice for our stay in Kyoto. Thank you!

F. Family
Apr 2016

We enjoyed Kyoto very much.
After long days we had very relaxing nights in this confortable house!

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house Uta Yomi Dori

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