10 minutes’ walk distance from “Kyoto Imperial Palace (Gosho)” and “Kamogawa River” which is one of the most relaxing place of local Kyoto people. 15 minutes’ walk distance from “Ponto-cho” where is famous for riverbed (Kawadoko).
Feel forest in the middle of Kyoto.
Beautiful inner garden are welcoming you at “Tawara An West”.
South of Kyoto Imperial Palace area used to be a most flourished place when there was a center of “Heiankyo”, which is the ancient name for the city of Kyoto as the capital of Japan. The north side of Kyoto Imperial Palace area is now very popular because of the center of shopping town named Shijyo Kawaramachi, so there are a lot of shops and restaurants are nearby.
Tawara An is located in such area, south of Kyoto Imperial Palace, on the street named Tominokoji.
Tawara An was built as atelier of craftsman and his family’s shelter. The machiya’s dignified atmosphere reminds us the old times when this area was a center of Japan. This machiya owned a scroll of Edo period.
Go through the main gate, then once again, pass through the wicket gate. The depths of the corridor, you will find Tawara An West’s entrance. When you enter the entrance gate, you will see open ceiling room with tile floor and luxurious sofa where you feel sense of liberation. Then, a wide Japanese inner garden are stretch outside of the large window in front of the sofa. There is one Japanese room and bedroom with Simon’s beds on the ground floor. And on the second floor, one large Japanese room is placed. The interesting and beautiful harmony of Western and Traditional Japanese cultures exist. You never forget the experience in one of the highest grade machiya.
Trees of Kyoto in the wide inner garden.
Tsuboniwa, inner garden, of Tawara An West is clearly different in width from others. Trees of Kyoto’s mountains were used in this garden such as maple tree, camellia, Japanese andromeda, vaccinium bracteatum, ilex pedunculosa, and others. These trees will show you many different faces according to the season. Also, a skilled gardener used some tiles from roof from remodeling of this machiya to express mountains of Kyoto inside the garden. You can enjoy this beautiful inner garden from inside the house, and also you can walk around at there.
Open ceiling room to feel sense of liberation.
Tile floor space was used to an atelier of craftsman. Rare point of this machiya is this space. Ceiling is 7 meters high, and skylight on the top is same with before remodeling. You can see sky from the skylight all the day, and in summer you will feel cool air inside of the window. Also in winter, even this space is wide and high, the room itself is warm because of floor heating. The details and design of this room made modern carpenters surprised and excited a lot.
Relaxing bath time in high class bathroom made of umbrella pines.
We prepared bathroom made of umbrella pines which is the highest class of wooden bath. Umbrella pines are special because the white-yellow color with luster, noble scent of cypress, and minute grains. Soft material, the highest class of umbrella pines, has a smooth touch, and it makes you feel very relaxing. For washbowl, we prepared “Shigaraki pottery”. Beside of bathrooms is a Japanese inner garden, you can see it from the small window when you taking bath.
Information of Tawara-an west
- Tawara-an west
- 190, Tawarayacho, Nakagyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 604-0952
- 2 - 9 people
Subway "Karasumaoike" 8 mins walk
※ Please bring your own pajamas for your good night sleep.