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Ichiyo-An: Newly Open Beatiful Big house in GIon

Bedrooms 4
Space 70 m²
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights


About the property

Ichiyo-An – literally the hut of one piece of leaf, has a Buddhist meaning that from one leaf, you can feel the nature of the world. We hope from Ichiyo-An, you can feel the beauty of Kyoto.

The house is located in a neighborhood where secular and religious are interweaving into a fascinating puzzle. Its right behind Kenninji temple, 5mins walk to Hanami Koji (heart of Gion), 2 mins walk to Konpira Shrine (one of the most unique shrines in Kyoto). And its adjacent to another unique museum of old Japanese Armors.

The neighborhood around the house offers a great deal of insight into the every day life of the people in an area less known to visitors. This ensures a very local experience “out of the beaten tracks”, yet in the middle of town. It is a great base for experiencing local daily life which yet living the tradition and heritage of the area through many temples shrines and local spots.

There is railway stn & 24hr convenience stores, big local supermarket within 10 mins walk and variety of restaurants, cafes around, while the house remains perfectly quite and secluded!

The structure of the house allowed us to create 3 completely separate bed rooms for complete privacy in case you come with other friends..

The house has 2 floors, and is 82 square meters.

Floor 1 with entrance space, dining room, tv(only japanese program) and relaxation space, fully equipped kitchen, western style toilet and iron cast bathroom, washing space and washing laundry space as well as a Western style bedroom with twin beds

Floor 2

3 Japanese style (tatami) bedrooms and one western twin bedroom, balcony

Each floor has its own toilet.

The house is furnished with japanese antiques but also with brand new modern features like a western toilet, shower, air-conditioning, and microwave. We also provide a hairdryer and iron. 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.

There is free wifi in the house.

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.

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.

Ichiyo-An is a NON Smoking property. No daily cleaning is offered.

Keywords: Big House with 4 bedrooms

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.

(Please note that our base rates are in Japanese Yen, and US$ rates shown are approximate conversions for reference only.)


Regular Season Rate:25,000JPY for 3 persons

Jan.4-Mar.26, May.8-Jul.13, Dec.6-Dec.30

Middle Season Rate: 30,000JPY for 3 persons

Apr.26-29, Jul.17-Aug.12, Aug.17-Oct.31

High Season Rate: 36,000JPY for 3 persons

Apr.19-25, Jul.14-16, Nov.1-Nov.19

Festival Season Rate: 44,000JPY for 3 persons

Mar.27-Apr.18,Apr.30-May.7, Aug.13-16, Nov.20-Dec.5

*Every extra 1 person, add 3,000JPY per night

*Only for Regular season, Every 7 nights, get 1 night fee.

*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

Yuji Yamaguchi
Member since: 2008
Speaks english
Response time
Within a day
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
19 June, 2017

About Yuji Yamaguchi

As guests at Ichiyo-An, you can benefit not only from the great setting of the house, but also from your hosts’ extensive knowledge and experience of tourism and travel in Japan – Avi and Wendy also own and run “Windows to Japan”, a specialist tour agency which opens authentic, soul stirring windows to Japan for independent travelers. From planning to operating and guiding tours in Japan to hosting guests at Ichiyo-An, Avi and Wendy take great pleasure in introducing visitors to the real Japan and focusing on the individual requirements and wishes of all their guests.

Yuji Yamaguchi purchased this house in 2015


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

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 70 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • City Centre
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 9 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower
  • There is toilet on each floor.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 single bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 single bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 sofa bed/futon
    Bedroom 4 - 3 sofa bed/futon
  • Television
  • long term rentals available
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • museums
  • restaurants
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital


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(6 traveller reviews)

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Ichiyo-An: Newly Open Beatiful Big house in GIon
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews

Wonderful House Near Gion

  • 5 of 5

We just finished a 1 week stay at Ichiyo-An, and we had a superb time there.

The description and photos on the Homeaway site accurately depict the house. It's located slightly off the street in quiet area, even though you're within a few minutes walk from two major roads (Shijo and Higashi-Oji). You use a keypad for entry, so you don't have to worry about keys - a great advantage when you have lots of people in your party.

There are three bedrooms upstairs - two tatami, one Western-style with two single beds. On the first floor, there is one Western-style bedroom with two more single beds. The first floor bedroom was great for my 80 year-old mother who has a difficult time climbing stairs. There are two toilets, one on each floor. The bathtub/shower is in a separate room on the first floor, adjacent to the room with the washing machine. Let me just note that the shower here is awesome - incredible water pressure that was so incredibly relaxing after walking all day long. They provide body wash, shampoo and conditioner.

The kitchen is functional - gas stove, microwave, humongous sink, refrigerator/freezer, dishes, cups, silverware, a few pots and pans, cleaning supplies, etc. The house is located very close to a Fresco supermarket, a Family Mart and a 7-Eleven (a few minutes away walking), so you can bring down food costs by shopping for food instead of eating out. If that doesn't work for you, there are lots of restaurants very close by so you won't go hungry.

From Kyoto station, the fare ran around 1000 yen. For four people, we found it to be more convenient than using the bus. You can catch taxis pretty easily from the main streets - we never waited more than a few minutes.

As for general location, it's walking distance to some major tourist attractions

Gion - a few minutes

Pontocho - 10 minutes

Yasaka Shrine - 10 minutes

Chion-In - 15 minutes

Nishiki Market - 15-20 minutes

Teramachi shopping streets - 15-20 minutes

Takashimaya - 15-20 minutes

Kiyomizu Temple- 15-20 minutes (Shopping streets below it are much closer ~10 minutes)

Sanjusangendo - 30-35 minutes

Heian Jingu - 30-35 minutes

Nanzenji - 30-35 minutes

Others like Tofukuji and Fushimi-Inari shrine are easy to access via the Keihan Main Line from the Gion Shijo station.

Lastly, the communication with the people responsible for Ichiyo-An was excellent. They answered all my questions within 24 hours.

Overall, we highly recommend Ichiyo-An.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great House; Great Location

  • 5 of 5

This house had plenty of room for our family of five and could have held more people. Spacious by Japanese standards with a couch and large dining area. Two toilets and a separate shower room are nice amenities. Located on a quiet street near some of Kyoto's top attractions. Clean and very comfortable. Highly recommended for large families or groups. Owners very responsive during our stay.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 31, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Staying at Ichiyo-An

  • 5 of 5

Six of us from 3 families spent 4 days and 3 nights at Ichiyo-An in June this year. The house has three bedrooms and two restrooms. Fitted with kitchen appliances, it is ideal for sharing by group of people like us. Not expensive and is close to tourist attractions. Definitely a value for money choice.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Brisbane, Australia

Excellent base to explore beautiful Kyoto

  • 5 of 5

We spent 4 days at Ichiyo-An with our friends and their teenage son. The house was easy to find (thanks to maps and explanation provided), clean and comfortable, and it benefitted from having 2 toilets. The house is in an excellent, quiet location for exploring Kyoto. There is also an excellent café just around the corner. We would certainly recommend staying at Ichiyo-An.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect location for exploring Kyoto

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Ichiyo-An was a complete pleasure. Our host, Yuji, went out of his way to make our stay enjoyable - nothing was too much trouble. You would be hard pressed to find a better located house in all of Kyoto, nor one kept so clean and well-appointed. I recommend Ichiyo-An to couples and families looking for a great base from which to explore Kyoto.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic house in great location

  • 5 of 5

Clearly the best place we stayed in Japan and the best value - even as a family of four. Amazing location, beautifully renovated traditional house that is spotlessly clean. We recommend Ichiyo-An without hesitation.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
100 Kilometres
Kansai International Airport
Nearest Train
1.4 Kilometres
Kiyomizu Gojo Station
Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional
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Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee A$85.95
Additional Guest Fee A$37.92 per person per night

To confirm the reservation, we ask for one night NON refundable deposit of a 1 night rate through credit card upon booking.
As for the rest balance, we ask for a payment by credit card (2% additional service fee) to be completed 3 weeks before your arrival. *Pl note we can accept only VISA, MASTERCARD, AMEX, JCB and Diner club.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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