Welcome to Higoya, a delightful blend of modern design and traditional Japanese touches, nestled in the heart of Kyoto near Saiin Station. This two-storey, 61.62 square meter machiya-inspired vacation rental is perfect for travelers who desire a comfortable and stylish stay while exploring the ancient capital of Japan.
As you enter Higoya, you’ll be greeted by a contemporary living space adorned with tasteful Japanese decorations that evoke a sense of tranquility. Unwind in the spacious living room of this traditional Japanese house, where floor-to-ceiling windows offer serene views of the Japanese-style rock garden, creating a peaceful atmosphere for relaxation after a long day of sightseeing.
Higoya’s bedrooms cater to a variety of preferences. The modern bedroom boasts a cozy double bed, while the traditional bedroom features tatami mat flooring for a more authentic Japanese experience. The fully equipped kitchen, complete with state-of-the-art appliances, makes home-cooked meals a breeze, and the luxurious tiled bath and shower room offers a rejuvenating spa-like atmosphere.
Strategically located just a short walk from Saiin Station, Higoya provides easy access to the bustling Kawaramachi area, Kyoto’s premier shopping and entertainment district. Here, you can explore a myriad of shops, restaurants, and bars, as well as the historic Nishiki Market, known as Kyoto’s kitchen. Don’t miss out on Pontocho, a charming narrow alley packed with diverse eateries and nightlife, or a leisurely stroll along the picturesque Kamogawa River, where you can take in the beauty of Kyoto’s natural surroundings.
For those looking to explore Kyoto at their own pace, we highly recommend renting bicycles during your stay at Higoya. Kyoto is a bike-friendly city with numerous rental shops and designated cycling lanes, making it an enjoyable and convenient way to discover its charm. With a bicycle, you can effortlessly access famous attractions such as the magnificent Nijo Castle and the historic Kyoto Imperial Palace.
Nijo Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site, was built in 1603 as the residence of the first shogun of the Edo period, Tokugawa Ieyasu. The castle grounds showcase stunning Japanese architecture, beautiful gardens, and the renowned Ninomaru Palace, which features the famous “nightingale floors” that chirp like birds when walked upon – an ancient security measure against intruders.
The Kyoto Imperial Palace, once the residence of Japan’s Imperial Family, is a sprawling complex boasting exquisite traditional Japanese architecture and serene gardens. As you wander through the palace grounds, you’ll find several important structures such as the Shishinden (the main ceremonial hall), the Seiryoden (the Emperor’s living quarters), and the Otsunegoten (the residence of the Empress). A visit to the Kyoto Imperial Palace offers a fascinating glimpse into Japan’s regal history.
For the more adventurous among you, Higoya’s central location allows you to experience the entire city via bicycle. Kyoto’s most iconic sites, such as Kiyomizudera in the Higashiyama district, Kinkaku-ji, and Arashiyama, are all accessible by bicycle, being between 4-6 km away in different directions.
Additionally, the Hankyu line from Saiin Station offers a convenient way to visit nearby Osaka, Japan’s vibrant and dynamic city famous for its delicious street food and lively atmosphere. Just a short train ride away, you can enjoy the best of both worlds as you explore the wonders of Kyoto and the excitement of Osaka during your stay.
As you enter Higoya, you’ll find yourself in the genkan, the traditional Japanese entryway. To your left, you’ll discover a conveniently located first-floor restroom. Proceeding straight ahead from the genkan, you’ll step into the open-concept living, dining, and kitchen area. The fully equipped kitchen in this Kyoto vacation rental is perfect for whipping up a quick breakfast before venturing out or even inviting a professional chef to prepare a delightful meal for your enjoyment.
From the living room, admire the serene view of the Japanese-style rock garden. Savor a cup of tea in the morning while gazing into the garden and indulging in moments of meditation. Adjacent to the kitchen, you’ll find the entrance to the washroom, which houses a combination washer-dryer. Beyond the washroom lies the entrance to the modern bath and shower, where you can unwind after a day of exploring Kyoto’s treasures.
Retrace your steps to the entry of this traditional Japanese house, where you’ll find the staircase leading to the second floor and the bedrooms. To your right, a Japanese-style tatami room awaits, with space for up to three futons. At the front of the room, overlooking the street, a cozy lounging area with two sofa chairs and a small table provides an ideal spot for relaxing with a book on a rainy day. Opposite the tatami room, you’ll discover the Western-style bedroom, complete with a plush double bed. Attached to this bedroom is a private balcony, furnished with a table and chairs—perfect for savoring a crisp autumn evening in Kyoto.
From Kansai International Airport
Approximately 1 hour and 18 minutes.
The easiest way to get to Kyoto Station from the airport is the JR Haruka Limited Express Haruka Line. Kyoto Station is the fourth stop.
From Kyoto Station to Higoya
Take the Karasuma Subway Line to Shijo Station (2 stops; 4 minutes). Transfer to the Hankyu Line (local or semi-express ONLY) and get off at Saiin Station (2 stops; 3 mins).