Inspired by the beauty and spirituality of Kyoto, Maana Kamo is designed to expand our minds and highlight the importance of silence within. Blurring the lines between art and architecture, the house is an expression of what austere harmony feels like to us. The juxtaposition between old and new is a delicate balance reflecting Kyoto’s unique culture today.
“Inspired by Kyoto’s beauty and spirituality, Maana Kamo is designed to expand minds and highlight the importance of silence within.
The house is an expression of what austere harmony feels like to us, blurring the lines between art and architecture. The juxtaposition between old and new is a delicate balance reflecting Kyoto’s unique culture today.” – Irene C. Mana Homes Co-Founder
The beauty and soul of a traditional Japanese townhome are in its structural elements. Its sturdy structure is built to last for generations, constructed a decade ago with simple quality materials like wood and clay.
This house was in a dilapidated condition, lined with vinyl wallcoverings, tile ceilings, and broken floorboards. They were removed to reveal its original wood beam and clay wall construction. Preserving and highlighting the house’s imperfectly aged beauty was the backbone of the owners’ design philosophy.
Muted and seamless, the house’s purpose is to silence the noise within ourselves—a tranquil place for contemplation, created by designing visually quiet spaces.
The seamless, open kitchen is fully equipped with appliances hidden in plain sight. The kitchen island is handcrafted with Urushi—a traditional Japanese wood lacquering technique that protects the wood from water.
A dramatically oversized indoor bathtub is the heart of the house, an ode to the importance of self-care and reflection.
Decorative elements are kept to a minimum. Rather, antiques and artisanal crafts that reflect a humble way of life are scattered around the house.
“to a mind that is still, the whole world surrenders.”
Maana Kamo House Features
Renovated by a well-known local architect, Maana Kamo blends classic Japanese design with modern amenities. With dark colors, moody lighting, and eye-catching decorations throughout, Maana Kamo is sure to impress.
Located just in front of the Kamo River and just across the river from Pontocho, Maana Kamo is the perfect base of operations for your trip to Kyoto. Heading the other direction, you can easily reach Ninenzaka, Sannenzaka, and Kiyomizu Temple, some of Kyoto’s most iconic sites.
The centerpoint of Maana Kamo is its unique bath. With a full-garden view and a paper lantern reminiscent of the moon, you are sure to enjoy soaking away your exhaustion after a long day out on the town.
Maana Kamo’s kitchen is fully equipped to handle all of your needs. Whether it’s whipping up a quick breakfast before heading out for a day of sightseeing or booking a personal chef to come and prepare a Japanese-style meal, you’ll find everything you need.
From Kansai International Airport
The easiest way to get to Kyoto Station from the airport is the JR Haruka Limited Express Haruka Line. It takes 1 hour and 18 minutes. Kyoto Station is the fourth stop.
From Kyoto Station to Maana Kamo
Take the JR Nara Line to Tofukuji Station (1st stop; 3 mins) and transfer to the Keihan Main Line. Get off at Shichijo Station (1st stop; 1 min). From there it is 5 mins walk to the house.
Take the 100 Bus from Kyoto Eki mae Bus Stop to Shichijo Keihan mae Bus Stop. From there it is 5 mins walk to the house.