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Ensure a memorable experience with a stay at Zen Fuyacho which provides an insight into high class Kyoto living. It is fitted with quality modern luxuries and comforts to provide an unforgettable stay in one of the world’s foremost destinations. Zen Fuyacho is a 76m² traditional Kyoto house (newly renovated Kyomachiya) located in a peaceful residential neighborhood 20 minutes walk north of Kyoto Station and 10 minutes walk from the city centre.
Step off the streets and into a world of traditional Japanese-style charm. Yuki is a beautiful old Kyo-machiya (Kyoto townhouse) with plenty of impressive features and all the modern amenities you need to make the most of your stay. This lovingly renovated home was delightfully remodeled by a well-known local carpenter and is located in a quiet setting just to the west of the Kyoto Imperial Palace, offering tranquility and ease of access in equal balance and measure.
Bare wooden beams, warm wooden floors, tatami mat rooms, and shoji sliding paper doors, Yuki is a home that embraces the simple, elegant ideologies of Japanese design in a comfortable and contemporary way. The two-story house features the living room, kitchen and dining space on the first floor, while the second floor is dedicated to the sleeping quarters, there are toilets located on both floors for convenience.
Each room is graced with a soft, diffused light, emitting an ambiance of lightness, the perfect environment in which to be immersed after a long day exploring the delights of the city. Yuki also features a cute, almost hidden Japanese rock garden that joins onto the living room, while the well-maintained feature garden is located out the back. This five-person, two-bedroom, 81-square-meter home is an exercise in adaptable accommodation and thoughtful design.
Yuki is ideally positioned in the heart of Kyoto. It’s located within walking distance of the city’s many attractions but also is nestled in a quiet backstreet, ensuring complete tranquility. Less than a 10-minute walk east from Yuki sits Kyoto Imperial Palace and the stunning surrounding Kyoto Gyoen National Garden, which season in, season out offers spectacular natural views and is the perfect location for a late-morning stroll.
Situated in an excellent position for those who want to explore the city by bicycle – which is highly recommended – from Yuki it’s about a 10-minute ride to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Nijo Castle and a 20-minute ride north to Kinkakuji, Kyoto’s iconic golden temple. Pedal 10 minutes to the east, and you’ll also reach the more northern end of Kyoto’s iconic Kamo River, the main waterway of the city, and an area home to plenty of excellent dining establishments.
The neighborhood in which Yuki is located, Nishijin, is a beautiful corner of Kyoto, home to traditional architecture and quaint streets. It’s an area known for its textile production. The Nishijin weaving technique is famous for its highly decorative and finely woven designs and is well-regarded for the quality and craftsmanship of the resulting fabrics, commonly used for high-quality obi and kimono.
The home is also surrounded by other similar Shiki-run properties, Aki, Hikari, and Haru. Booked together, these homes could be perfect for larger traveling groups of up to 20, like tours or research groups.
Yuki, like its neighboring Shiki Complex properties, Aki, Haru, and Hikari is also proudly owned by a local with deep ties to the city and to the Kamigyo-Ku neighborhood in which the house is located. Yuki was previously owned by Raku-san, the current owner of the other Shiki Complex homes and operator of the nearby Raku Museum, but current ownership was transferred to a neighboring local with long-term connections to Kyoto. You can trust when you stay at a Shiki Complex home your money is going to help support local businesses.
With a charming traditional exterior and an interior that blends old and new designs, Yuki is a perfect mix of all the elements. This home exudes classic Kyoto elegance, which you’ll notice as soon as you step foot in the entrance.
The entrance leads to the generously sized living room, complete with an L-shaped couch, large TV with Netflix, and relaxing garden views. Open the sliding doors between the living room and the garden, and you’ll find the engawa, a traditional piece of Japanese design; this indoor-outdoor space blurs the line between the interior and the garden, giving the home a sense of openness and freedom. This space is also perfect for an impromptu yoga session or an afternoon spent reading in the sun.
On the opposite side of the living room are the kitchen and dining areas. Complete with a fully equipped kitchen and large dining table, as well as access to a second garden, it’s a perfect second communal space. With its light wood ceiling and sliding shoji-inspired doors offering access to the bathroom, the design feels sleek and modern in its minimalism but also embraces the traditional interior motifs of Japan.
With ample sleeping space, generously sized beds, a sofa that can become an additional bed, and a living-dining space perfect for gathering a small crowd, Yuki has plenty of flexibility and can suit almost every traveling group. The house is great for small families, couples, or even a group of close friends. If booked with the other neighboring Shiki Complex homes, these could be excellent for groups of up to 20 people.
On the second floor sits the home’s two bedrooms, and a second toilet. One room features dark, wooden flooring and the other tatami, giving the space a sense of balance with its hybrid-style design. The rooms are separated by a fusuma (Japanese sliding door), which can turn the rooms into a single spacious communal area or offer total privacy. Carefully considered and effortlessly stylish design, Yuki is a dream home just waiting to be enjoyed.
Zen Fuyacho House Features
Zen Fuyacho is only a short walk from Pontocho Street and the Kamo River, two of the most vibrant places in Kyoto, making it a great base of operations for your trip to Kyoto. For everything else, Zen Fuyacho is only a few minutes from Gojo Station giving you access to the subway and about 20 minutes from Kyoto Station giving you access to the rest of the city as well as surrounding prefectures like Osaka, Nara, Shiga, and Hyogo.
Zen Fuyacho’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.
One of Zen Fuyacho’s unique design pieces is the wooden bath. This traditional Japanese-style bath harkens back to the classical Japan of times past.
Japanese Style Bedroom
The bedrooms come complete with comfy and cozy carpet to keep your feet warm during the colder times of year. Coupled with the dark exposed wooden beams of the celing and walls, these bedrooms uniquely blend Japanese and western styles for the ultimate experience.
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 Zen Fuyacho
Take the Subway Karasuma Line from Kyoto Station to Gojo Station (1st stop; 2 mins). From there it is 10 mins walk to the property.