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Wendy Lee

Member since: 2008
Call Manager
Speaks english, french, mandarin

Koke-an (Moss Garden Cottage) & Hei-An (Cottage of Peace) - Connected house

36 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights


Photos and Description of this Higashiyama holiday townhome

2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6

Accommodations: House, 2 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 2 Bath (Sleeps 3-6)

Lovely Traditional Townhouse Located in Kyoto Historic Area

The house are two CONNECTED traditional Japanese Machiya (Townhouse) in an absolutely superb location. A little hideaway in a deep alleyway ensuring that that the house is completely quiet yet allowing immediate access to the middle of Kyoto's historical Higashiyama district. Guests can return to relax, shower, sleep, change clothes or have a cup of tea without leaving the historical area.

The house are composed by two house which are connected with each other by a door in between. It has two bedroom with 2 double beds, 2 lounges with 2 single sofa beds, 2 showers and a long narrow 'eel bed' kitchen which looks through to a stunning Japanese moss garden. The kitchen has a refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker,kettle, toaster and is perfect for preparing breakfast. Lunch and dinner are best eaten in local cafes and restaurants.

The houses are furnished with Japanese antiques but also with modern features like a western toilet, shower, air-conditioning, hairdryer and iron. There is a selection of Japan related DVDs. Internet access and WIFI are available.

Kyoto's Best Location: Koke great location near the corner of Nene'sPath (the main historical walk) and Sanyjo Dori (Japan's ancient main road the Tokaido Highway) is what really makes it such a great place to stay. It really is perfect for a one or two week stay in Kyoto.

The highlights of Kyoto; Chion -in Temple Maruyama Park, Philosophers Walk, Heian Shrine, and Nanzen-ji Temple are all an easy 10 minute stroll from the house. There are many interesting cafes, antique shops and specialty shops that make sweets, incense and bags from old kimonos. Ten minutes away are the Higashiyama mountains that have superb hiking.

There is free WIFI in the house.

Koke-An & Hei-An are NON-SMOKING houses. No daily cleaning is offered.

Koke-An & Hei-An are suitable for a family up to 6 people or two couples of friends. Pl note that if your request is for 2-3 people, the rate would still start from 24,000JPY (as for 4 people).

Inside the house you will also find 'Kyoto guide' with lots of maps and information on sights and things to do. In Kyoto and we are more than happy to help guests plan their itineraries while in Kyoto. Please refer to our planned tours.

Reservation MUST start from 3 people above. Reservation of under 3 people can be accepted only under the condition of paying as 3 people.

Rates are as below.

Regular Season Rate:22,000JPY for 3-4 people

Jan.4-Mar.27, May.6-Jul.11, Dec.7-Dec.30

Middle Season Rate: 24,000JPY for 3-4 people

Apr.14-May.1, Jul.17-Aug.12, Aug.17-Oct.31

High Season Rate: 26,000JPY for 3-4 people


Festival Season Rate: 28,000JPY for 3-4 pax

Mar.28-Apr.13, May.2-5, Jul.12-16, Aug.13-16, Dec.31-Jan.3

*Every extra 1 person, add 2,000JPY per night

*Every 7 nights, get 1 night fee. Pl note this policy is not applicable for festival season.

*Under 3 nights stay, require a cleaning fee of 4,000JPY.

*Pl consult with us for special rate for long stay above 3 weeks.

More Details
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Wendy Lee (Property Manager)
Member since: 2008
Call Manager
Speaks english, french, mandarin

About Wendy Lee

We, your hosts at Windows to Japan (a tour operator agency based in Japan which creates and organizes tours in Japan) can offer much more to help you optimize your Japanese experience, by planning and arranging parts of, or your entire tour in Japan by introducing unique windows through which you can unveil more layers of Japan’s enigmatic culture.

We offer special tours with reduced rates to guests staying in our houses. For more information, please contact us.

Wendy Lee purchased this townhome in 2010

Guestbook comments from the manager

The little house in Kyoto (Translated from French by computer)

I found a "Machiya" for rent in Kyoto and I did not know what to expect. I knew it was only a small traditional wooden house, and I received over the Internet all the necessary instructions to locate

On a broad avenue of Higashimaya district, a narrow lane, difficult to identify in which it undertakes. It runs at right angles and here we are at home.

The door opens onto a narrow hallway, where we put bags and shoes. Separated from the entrance by a small curtain (a "Noren"), cooking, and deep down, a tiny garden of mosses

Left row, slightly elevated on three tatami rooms separated by sliding panels.

The set is small and, despite some concessions to Western comforts, perfectly traditional.

We are used without difficulty to our small Machiya. Too happy to return the night after a hard day. Adjust the space by moving the partitions according to our activities, but also by time and light soon became obvious. Little or nothing to clutter the space, no tables, no ornaments, just a calligraphic panel. Neutral colors ...

So the focus is on materials and eye lingers at leisure on the watermarked paper windows, the tracery of bamboo, the pattern of the main panel carved in wood.

Living for a week, as we have done, a wooden house is an interesting (somewhat less expensive than the hotel) that can discover a different way of living. A first step to Japan .... yesterday. For I find it hard to combine this type of habitat, relatively stripped with the glut of goods and consumption binge that seems to characterize today's Japan.

The owner of the house is an Australian, came to Japan for a period of pottery and visibly seduced stayed. He bought and lovingly restored this Machiya for rent to curious travelers.
Jan 2010
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Koke-an (Moss Garden Cottage) & Hei-An (Cottage of Peace) - Connected house
average rating of 4.888889 based on 37 reviews
Scottsdale, Arizona

Family Reunion

  • 5 of 5

The house was perfect for our family. We have 3 grown children. Our 26 year old son is married to a Japanese citizen and currently lives in Japan. We cooked breakfast in the morning and had dinner at a restaurant 2 doors down. The location is an easy walk to the museums, the subway and bus.

Very quaint and clean. We enjoyed our stay very much.

  • Review Submitted: May 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perth, Western Australia

Moss Garden Cottage & Cottage of Peace

  • 5 of 5

The names of these two cottages say it all. It was such a peaceful place to spend our evenings and early mornings. This worked very well for us. We were two couples (all approx 55yolds) and had one of the cottages each with an adjoining door. We were all very comfortable. We believe 6 adults would be a bit of a squeeze but not impossible. If you are lacking stability/mobility/confidence on your feet we would suggest the Peace Cottage rather than the Moss Cottage as once you are inside everything is on the one level except the initial entry.

All the information provided by the agent about the cottages is accurate. We stayed for 7 nights from January 7 2014 during cold conditions and were very comfortable with the heating provided. The agents were prompt and efficient in dealing with us throughout the booking process and very helpful with information and assistance with other aspects of our stay.

Please note that only the Moss Cottage has a microwave and only the Peace Cottage has a laundry. This worked ok for us as we were sharing with people we knew. If only booking one cottage I would first check with the agent regarding if the other is booked as the walls between cottages are very thin and this may affect your stay.

Location is excellent. If you wish to get to Kyoto Rail Station we suggest a 10 min taxi ride for approx 1400 yen as opposed to 4 subway tickets at approx same price. This saves time (if 2 people then more cost effective on subway). There are many interesting sites within walking distance. The Japanese people on the street are very helpful and we never had any problems getting around or finding the sites. Most nights we were walking the streets until 10pm or later and felt very safe.

It was a wonderful experience staying in these cottages.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 2, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful, charming house in excellent position

  • 5 of 5

We loved this property. First of all it is a great position with easy access walking, bus or underground to everywhere. We mostly walked as it was very central. The house has everything you need and is beautifully decorated in typical Japanese fashion. The owners were great, easy check in great instructions and service. We loved it would happily return

  • Review Submitted: Dec 11, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Los Angeles

Great location

  • 5 of 5

Jizo-An was terrific. Great location, fun to be in a traditional setting, and a wonderful shower and deep tub. Only shortfall for some would be steep stairs to the bedroom.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 28, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Santa Monica

Adorable classical little machiya

  • 5 of 5

This review is for both Kokean and Heian, the connected two little houses that together have 3 bedrooms and 2 baths.

We got to the place without much trouble; it's very close to the Higashiyama metro stop. Upon arrival, it was probably the same 97 degrees inside as outside. A few hours later and the air conditioners turned on, and it was comfortable. The basic entry floors are stone/tile and the main room floors are all tatami mats. This gives the house great character but may be tough for westerners not used to being on the mats. That indeed would be my only hesitation. For instance, I am 5'11, hardly that tall, but much have banged my head 20 times on the ceiling beams because it was not really made with me in mind.

The kitchenette in Koke-an is really nothing more than a microwave and microfridge. The heian kitchen is much more substantial. Three burners. Have to turn on the gas first to get them to work but then they were great.

Aside from how quaint and traditional and lovely the rooms themselves are, the neighborhood is also brilliant. Perfectly quiet at night but quite close to Gion and all the temples. You can walk to Philosophers path in the morning, hit a museum in the afternoon, and go to dinner in Gion at night. A car would be difficult as I saw no obvious place to park but there are lots around (and if you read/speak Japanese you might even be able to figure out how they work).

In sum this is a great place. It's a fair rate. It's got everything you need. It's not a fancy hotel; it's a traditional little old townhouse. But it's in a great location and nicely done and unless you are 6'4 and can't learn to take your shoes off, you can't go wrong here.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 30, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Crawcrook GB

Home from home

  • 5 of 5

iso-An was an amazing place to stay in Japan.

Located within easy walking distance of the center of Kyoto and the local subway system this was aperfect location for you to explore

You are living in a residential area and really feel like you are immersed in what it is like to live in Japan.

There are excellent local amenities with super markets and atm machine just round the corner.

The local restaurants in the area are great especially the one opposite the house which was ideal for those lazy days.

The house is located down a side alley and is out of the way it is a great retreat after spending the day exploring kyoto. Very quiet and secluded

The house is compact ( as are most place in japan!) but very comfortable and the iron bath is great! The bed room is beutiful with the paper screens and tatami mats.

The guys at windows to Japan were very helpful and friendly.

They helped us arange travel to and from the airports on our arrival and departure and were always available if we needed them.

They even popped over to say hi once we arrived.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 30, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
100 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Pig and Whistle or many Japanese bars closer
Nearest Train
50 Metres
Higashiyama stn
Nearest Restaurant
20 Metres
Many to choose
Nearest Beach
50 Kilometres
Car: not necessary

Other Activities: Shopping. Gardens, Temples, Antique Shops and Superb Hiking all within a few minutes walk.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday townhome in Higashiyama, Japan

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Middle Season(Summer-Fall)
17 Aug 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add A$35 per night, per additional guest
High Season(Fall)
1 Nov 2016 - 19 Nov 2016
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add A$35 per night, per additional guest
Festival Season(Fall-Winter)
20 Nov 2016 - 5 Dec 2016
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add A$35 per night, per additional guest
Festival Season(*NewYears)
31 Dec 2016 - 3 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add A$35 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add A$35 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Regular season rate: 20,000JPY for 3 people


Middle season rate: 25,000JPY for 3 people


High season rate: 31,000JPY for 3 people


Festival season rate: 39,000JPY for 3 people


*every extra 1 person, add 3,000JPY per night
*Reservations under 3 nights require a 4,000JPY cleaning fee
*For Regular season only, every 7 nights get 1 night free
**Reservations over the New Year's(12.31-1/3) has a special rate, please ask us for further details.

Please also note that we accept 1 night reservations ONLY if the reservation falls within the next 2 months.

We ask for one night non-refundable deposit of one night's stay through credit card when the booking is confirmed. The rest of the balance payment can be paid by cash upon arrival(no additional fee) or by credit card (2% additional service fee) 3 weeks before arrival date.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday townhome rental in Higashiyama, Japan

Property Type:
  • townhome
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 40 m²
Location Type:
  • City Centre
  • River
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • soap
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • local restaurant guide
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Full 1 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double bed , 1 single bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double bed , 1 single bed
  • Western style double bed with single sofa beds.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Video Library
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
Video Library: Selection of Japanese movies in English or with subtitles.