With the intention to create an inspiring retreat that feels like home, a unique space that awaken the senses, Maana Kyoto is a Japanese traditional house that has been fully renovated into a comfortable home equipped with modern luxuries for the modern generation. Away from the swarms of tourists but close enough to easily explore the city.
“The streetscapes and landscapes of Kyoto first caught our attention, but it is the city’s never-ending layers of surprises that had us completely in love. Something about this city awakens your senses that leads you to a journey within.
Kyoto’s dedication to beauty and perfection open our foreign eyes to a simple yet meaningful way of life. We wanted to create a retreat that feels like home, a unique experience that inspires a lifestyle and mindset.” – Irene C. Mana Homes Co-Founder
The first floor features a large dining area with high quality designer furniture, 55 inch TV with Netflix, fully functional kitchen, and private tatami room with 2 futons overlooking a Japanese rock garden. Moving upstairs you will find 2 separate bedrooms with western style custom beds (1 double and 2 singles), wrapped in comfy 100% cotton sheets. Tucked away in a secluded corner of the home is a private office space with large window allowing sunlight to flow in.
Maana Homes worked with Kyoto architect Uoya Shigenori, an expert in restoring machiya homes.
They aimed to capture the house’s original character and not change for the sake of change. Spaces are repurposed only for functional needs, evolving the house into a comfortable home with modern luxuries.
The original wood beams and part of the clay wall construction are exposed to showcase these homes’ traditional craft. A skylight and open staircase were installed to flood the house with natural light.
This lovely home is located just 600 meters west of the famous Kamo Gawa River, walking distance to endless shopping and dining options, not to mention countless World Heritage sites. A short distance from jaw-dropping sightseeing spots such as world famous Kiyomizu Temple (2 km) and Nijo Castle (2.5 km), Bisho House is optimally located to get the most out of your visit to Kyoto.
“When asked what our design style is, we usually say that we don’t want to be defined by any particular style. Design for us is not about being edgy or loud; we want our homes to feel cozy and timeless.
A departure from the typical hotel concept, this home evokes a sense of warm hospitality that pays homage to its architectural heritage – cultivating a deep connection with the guest. A beauty so profound, it doesn’t need embellishments to shine.” – Irene C. Mana Homes Co-Founder
To me, there is nothing more delightful than this timeless space element (Tokonoma) that serves as the heart of the house and where an object or a flower which is loved and admired is placed as a symbol that man does not live by bread alone.
Guests can mingle, work, cook, and enjoy a cup of tea at this sleek, sun-bathed kitchen island. A Japanese wood-screen separates the entry for a more open flow into the house.
This kitchen island counter is made with Fuki-urushi, a 9,000-year-old Japanese lacquering technique that brings out the natural beauty of wood grain and protects it from moisture. Fuki-urushi is one of the most durable natural lacquers in the world.
The old gallery kitchen is repurposed into a luxurious bathroom that looks out into the garden’s maple tree. Natural textures create unique integrity to this minimalistic relaxation space.
The bathtub is Shigaraki-yaki handcrafted by ceramic artisans in Shigaraki area of Shiga prefecture, well known for their raw and earthy potteries.
Maana Kyoto House Features
Renovated by a well-known local architect, Maana Kyoto blends classic Japanese design with modern amenities. After renovation was completed, Maana Kyoto was tastefully furnished and artfully decorated in classic Japanese style so that guests can get the most out of their trip to Kyoto.
Enjoy Maana Kyoto’s unique bath design while taking in the garden view. Relax and soak away your exhaustion after a long day out on the town.
Maana Kyoto’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.
Maana Kyoto has a classic Japanese-style garden, viewable from the living room of the house. Spend some time meditating in front of the garden to calm your resltess mind after a day out in the bustling city.
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 Kyoto
Take the JR San-In Line to Tambaguchi Station (2 stops; 4 mins). From there it is 6 mins walk to the house.