Located at the foot of Kiyomizu Temple, my house "Kiyomizu Shukuba" is over 90 year-old building. It's on a quiet street in the historic districts, near some of Kyoto's most famous temples and landmarks ;Kodaiji-Temple, Gion,Yasaka-shrine and others.
The building follows the original, traditional Kyoto-style residence architecture, with a living area on the second floor (Kiyomizu Shukuba), and a small restaurant on the first floor (Kiyomizu Tateba).
Shukuba is an Edo-period word the Japanese used to refer to places to spend the night along the Gokaido roads, which once connected Edo (now called Tokyo) to the outer provinces. It relays our desire to have our guests relax and enjoy the culture, history and craftsmanship of traditional Japan.
The building was renovated to honor the following two points: 1.Introducing the new while preserving the old. / 2. Emphasizing craftsmanship. Kiyomizu Shukuba preserves as many old features as possible while carefully introducing new ones.
This is also true for fixtures. When possible, old original fixtures are kept and used. For new fixtures, only hand-crafted ones are used.
All of Kiyomizu Shukuba's walls are covered with Japanese traditional craft wallpaper, "Tosa Washi". Tosa Washi is hand-crafted, and has been produced for more than a thousand years using Japanese traditional style.
Tosa Washi is also known as “the breathing paper" due to its moisture regulating qualities, which keeps rooms warmer during winter, and cooler during summer.
You are welcome to touch and feel the elegance of the traditional Japanese residence and craftsmanship in every detail including fixtures and wallpaper.
Since the owner will be running the casual restaurant on the first floor, please drop by anytime during opening hours. The casual restaurant in the first floor is open until early evening, so guests can be guaranteed comfortable, quiet nights.
In case of emergency, the owner lives close by so she will reachable at hours when the dining area is closed.
If you have any questions, need help and want to advice, feel free to ask me !
We are a 10-minute walk from other beautiful temples and shrines including: Sannenzaka (gentle and narrow sloping roads with flagstones and stone steps),
Kiyomizu-Temple, Kennin-ji Temple, Yasaka Shrine, Kodai-ji Temple, Rokuharamitsu-ji Temple, Sanjusangendo Temple and Chion Temple. Gion, known for its tradition of geiko (as geisha are referred to in Kyoto), old style tea houses and cobblestone streets is also just a walk away.
The Kyoto National Museum is also nearby. The neighbourhood is perfect for wandering and relaxed strolls and provide unique opportunities for discovering special spots, such as senbei (Japanese crackers) and tofu making shops.
･2~3 hours by Airport Shuttle from Kansai Airport (3,500yen/person)(reservation required)
･10~20 mins by Taxi from Kyoto station ((PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)yen/car)
･20 mins by City Bus from Kyoto station (230yen/person)
･2 mins walk to Kiyomizu-michi Bus stop
･Supermarket stores/Convenience stores are very close.
･Please take off your shoes at at the bottom of stairs.
･Please put your baggages and suitcases on the brown mat to prevent Tatami mats from damage.
･Please don't make noise at night (after 9 PM) .
･Please don't take any amenities from the hotel.
I was born and raised in Kyoto.
After graduated university I worked at Nagoya for ten years.
I love traveling, reading, eating and drinking.
The concept behind my house is to provide you the experience of not just traveling, but “living” in Kyoto!