Rakuyado is a stylish and elegantly simple Kyoto townhouse, designed to ensure the ultimate comfort and flexibility and offer excellent access to the heart of the city and Kyoto’s major attractions. This two-story vacation rental is located just a six minute walk south of JR Kyoto Station, making it great for those who prioritize access to Kyoto and its neighboring attractions.
This two-story home can accommodate up to six guests, with two bedrooms – a western-style room with two generous double beds, and a Japanese-style room with tatami flooring, featuring two single futons which can be folded up to make space for the table and chairs where one can enjoy a warm cup of tea on cold Kyoto evenings. With a simple but fully equipped kitchen that opens up to the cozy living room, the house has been designed to suit laid back communal living and offers a sense of social flow as a great place to gather and plan the next day of your trip. The living room features a three-person sofa which, coupled with the large center table and chairs from the tatami room, can even make a great space for entertaining.
Being a modern style Kyoto townhouse, Rakuyado is easy to keep tidy and suits travelers of all styles, who, no matter the length of their stay, can turn this townhouse into their very own townhome.
Nestled just to the south of Kyoto Station, about six minutes away on foot, Rakuyado’s central and convenient location is just one of its many perks. Being located so close to Kyoto Station, the house is a great place to stay for those wanting to explore Kyoto Prefecture or the neighboring prefectures like Osaka, Nara, or Hyogo with ease. A 6-minute walk east from Rakuyado Higashikujo sits Kyoto’s most iconic waterway, the Kamo River. The area is populated by excellent dining establishments as well as wonderful city views. It’s one of the city’s ‘must visit’ destinations.
About a 15-minute walk north from the house is Shosei-en, a beautiful Japanese-style garden nestled in the heart of the city. With its proximity to Rakuyado Higashikujo, Shosei-en is a great place for a morning stroll to start your day off right.
Just north of Shosei-en is Walden Woods – one of Shiki’s favorite cafes in all of Kyoto. We strongly recommend stopping by for a coffee or tea after you leave Shosei-en.
A great place for enjoying Kyoto outdoors is Umekoji Park, a much-loved local park. It’s a bit far at a 27-minute walk, but with a bicycle that time can be cut in half. The park features a sprawling garden, a railway museum, and an eco-friendly aquarium.
The flow of Rakuyado Higashikujo’s interior is artfully considered and designed to be lived in with a layout flexible enough to suit a cross-section of traveling types. It could be perfect for families with children, couples, or a small group of traveling friends. With complete laundry facilities and ample storage space, those who are planning to stay in Kyoto for a while will also find the home extremely comfortable and easily adaptable to their needs.
With the living and entertaining space on the first floor, and the sleeping quarters on the second, there’s a clear divide between the spaces, allowing guests to utilize the space the way they wish without intruding on the wants of others.
The entrance of the house opens up to the genkan, which has plenty of storage space for shoes. Immediately to the right are the stairs to the second floor and the first floor restroom. Moving past the stairs, you will find the combination living and dining space complete with a kitchen. Beyond the living room is the washroom complete with a washing machine. The laundry facilities are free to use for guests, making Rakuyado feel even more like a real home away from home. Upon entering the washroom, on the left you will find the deep bath, great for soaking away your aches from a long day out on the town.
Making our way back to the stairs, we climb to the second floor to find the two bedrooms. The western-style room is complete with two double beds, perfect for a great night of rest to recharge to continue your travels. Across the hall from the western bedroom is the Japanese-style bedroom complete with traditional tatami flooring. Here you can experience classic Japanese life while sleeping on the plush futon. The Japanese room is complete with a second restroom so you can avoid going up and down the stairs.
Located just a few minutes from Kyoto Station, Rakuyado Higashikujo is in a great position to get around the rest of the city via public transportation. Rakuyado’s proximity to Kyoto station also makes it convenient for visiting surrounding prefectures like Osaka, Nara, Shiga, and Hyogo.
Rakuyado Higashikujo’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.
Rakuyado Higashikujo’s design blends traditional Japanese style with modern western comforts. One can appreciate traditional tatami flooring in one room or enjoy the sofa and television in the living room on the first floor.
Rakuyado Higashikujo offers ultimate comfort with a soft sofa and cosy beds and futons outfitted with plush sheets. You will have no trouble sleeping away your exhaustion from a long day out on the town.
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 Rakuyado Higashikujo
It is a 6 minute walk to Rakuyado Higashikujo.