It’s a place where new culture is born from the tradition and the present.
You can stay and experience in here.
Kokinen is a guest house in Kyoto.
Kokinen’ is Kyo machiya (traditional Kyoto style wooden house) that you can rent the whole house and stay there for a day. It located at the bottom of Funaoka-yama (small mountain) near Daitoku-ji (temple), which has a deep connection with Sen no Rikyu, who is well known as a master of tea ceremony.
This house is 25 mat-room sizes in total of ground and the second floor. It was built by an artisan of Nishijin-brocade (traditional Japanese kimono textile which is mainly made in Kyoto). There are special designs everywhere in the house such as a narrow door which imitate Nijiriguchi (the small entrance to the tea ceremony room), giving you the impression of tea-ceremony room, an embed chinaware on the wall, the embroidered Fusuma（the sliding paper screens that are used to divide up interior space in traditional Japanese building architecture）and precious wood pillars. You can see great views of Daimonji-yama from the first floor and also, enjoy breeze from the mountain when you open the window.
This place is also aimed to introduce all ages of artisans and artists with different culture background who are mainly from Kansai area. Staying in here, you can enjoy the artwork such as a painting on Fusuma, facilities made by related artists and the gallery in the basement.
ABOUT THE AREA
Kokienen is located on Murasakino area with easy access to the famous spots in North West side of Kyoto city. You can walk to Daitoku-ji, Kinkaku-ji, Imamiya-jinja etc. It takes approximately 30 minutes by Keifuku train to Ryoan-ji, which is well-known by Zen garden and Kurumazaki-jinja which is famous for the god of entertainment, Sagano, Uzumasa and Arashiyama.
Of course, you can easily go to almost anywhere in Kyoto city if you take a bus or cycle.
In addition, Murasakino is an area where new culture is born little by little. Around that area, many shops have been opened one after another. ‘Nishijin Sarasa’ is a cafe which was renovated from the famous public bath. ‘Karaimo books’ is a select bookstore with a cafe and lecture event space.
Besides the new stuff, there is a local Tofu store that was in the film ‘Mother water’.
Also, three old shopping streets are with in walking distance. You can experience old tradition and new culture in this area.
•Kitchen (Small fridge, electric cooker, rice cooker, electric kettle, knife, cutting board, and dishes)
•Internet connection (wireless LAN)
•Bedding (Futon and Linen)
•Heater (Kotatsu, oil heater and Yutanpo: Winter only)
•Air conditioner (Electric fan and mosquito net: Summer only)
Please bring these items if you need them.
•Toiletries (Toothbrush etc.)
TAKING A BATH
It only takes a minute by walking to get to the public bath, ‘Funaoka Onsen’ (National important Registered culture property) which is used to be a Japanese restaurant. Please use this place to take a bath. It opens from 8:00am in the morning on Sunday. Taking a bath before you go out in the morning would be nice.
Opening hours: 15:00pm〜1:00am（Sunday and Bank holiday 8:00am〜）No holiday
They have towels to rent and sell shampoos and soaps.
Japanese cypress bath, an open-air bath and a sauna are free.
There are many famous places in walking distance around Kokinen.
•Warabimochi (One of the most popular sweet in Kansai area. It’s translucent, cool, summer sweet as jelly) ‘Charaku’…Customer always queues to buy this Warabimochi and it usually sold out in the morning. Warabimochi is very soft like melting in the mouse.
•Cafe ‘Shizuka’ …Former Geiko opened this long-establish cafe. The interior design of the cafe is fantastic.
•Printed paper (for Fusuma)… The pattern of Fusuma glisten by mica is beautiful. They also sell postcards and envelopes.
•Supermarket ‘Mercado Funaoka’ …It is an cooperative store for local people. You can easily buy local vegetables from local people in here.
There are much more interesting places in this area. Please write down in ‘Kokinen map’ if you discover new interesting things.
Kyoto-shi Kita-ku Murasakino Kitafunaokayama-cho 27-84
There's 2 recomended way to go to Kokinen from Kyoto Station.
1) taxi (about 2500yen, 20min).
taxi keywords are: "Senbon-Kurama-Guchi Higashi Hairu" and "Funaoka Onsen mae"
2) train, bus and walk (470yen/person, 40min)
Kyoto--(Subway)-->Kitaoji--(bus:204 or 205 or 206 or north8)-->Kenkunjinja-->5 minutes walk
How to use the key.
1) There is the keybox by the door. Open the cover of keybox and push the number.
Your number is "258"
2) Press down the silver bar then you can open the keybox and get the door key. Press the number again to close the key box.
3) To unlock the door, put the key into the keyhole, turn right and pull, then the door will be unlocked. Turn left to pull out the key.
4) To lock the door, put the key into the keyhole, turn right, push, turn left, and pull out the key. Please lock the door and put the key into keybox when you leave Kokinen.
Other Things to Note
When you sleep, please use FUTON(Japanese floor bed). FUTON is in OSHIIRE(Japanese closet) at upstairs and also seats and covers will be prepared at upstairs.
When you use hot water at bath, please press red button at kitchen. But going to FUNAOKA ONSEN(public bath) near Kokinen is much more recomended!
Please say hello to neighbors when you see them.
*There's no toiletries like towels or toothbrushes so please bring them yourself.
*Please be quiet at night (after 9pm) because Kokinen is in quiet residential area.
*Please don't use any fire at Kokinen. There are electric kettle and electric pan.
For the guests
For the guest who want to make a reservation
Kokinen is a house that you rent as a whole. The 18-mat-room size basement under the floor is a gallery space, showing artworks and craft work in every season. It’s a pleasantly cool space, so it’s suitable for reading books and meditation. You can read a book in there, but please do not cause damage to the artwork.
Check in : 3pm〜10pm
Check out : 11am
Optional menu: Kokinen researcher tour guide
People who live in Kyoto who are working on various activities will show you their recommended place around. Researchers (tour guides) including designers, writers, artists, students, architects, bag makers etc. Even though it is the same place, everyone has different views of Kyoto. Taking a tour and walking around with them, you can discover the various worlds in Kyoto.
One day tour: A researcher will show you around Kyoto for approximately 8 hours.
Half of the day tour: A researcher will show you around Kyoto for approximately 4 hours.
The lecture with taking a meal together: Having a meal together with a researcher, he or she will tell you his/her recommended places.
Sometimes it’s difficult to arrange the schedule with a researcher in a short time, as all the researchers are part-time. Please inquire us for further information.
•A caretaker is not staying in Kokinen. Please use this house as a vacation house.
•Keep fire away and no smoking in Kokinen in order to culture asserts.
•Please inquire us if you would like to stay as the artist in residence program. (We make an examination of applicant.)
Number of people: From 2 up to 5 (Please inquire us if you want to make a reservation with more than 6 people.
Management and a representative of Kokinen Hiroshi Ito
Hiroshi's tea ceremony house is very authentic, and was comfortable for our family of 5. The neighborhood is very nice and the onsen experience right next door is wonderful.
Beware if you go in the winter, the house can get very cold (plenty of blankets are provided though).
A very traditional experience and Hiroshi is a super guest.
Great value place for 5 of us to have an authentic tatami experience. In late December it was very cold, but there were plenty of duvets and blankets to keep you warm. Be prepared to wear layers though! It is situated in a lovely residential area, with the onsen and great bakery just down the street. The golden temple (Kinkakuji) is close by, but the house is a bit far from the rest of town. All in all a great and good value experience.
Great place, although not quite what we expected. The area the house is in is amazing! Very quiet, with lots of cool shops. Definitely try Tom Sawyer bakery: I haven't had pastries that good in Montreal. Also, the onsen across the street is fantastic. The house itself is old and has a ton of cool character. The sleeping area upstairs is enormous and completely open. Checkin was easy, and the instructions to tell the cab driver for where to take us were magic words that got us there without any problems. The kitchen area looked functional, so it was too bad we weren't there longer. The bathroom is small, and unfortunately, we never figured out how to get hot water working for the shower. Also, there were no towels so we ended up having to use clean shirts to dry off. The onsen at least has towels for rent. All in all a cool place, though you may need more than a couple people to make it worth the price.
Hiroshi's house called Kokinen House was very wonderful to stay in. We slept well on the comfortable tatami mats, futons, plush down comforters, fluffy pillows, and clean linens. The upstairs room was large enough for maybe 5 people to sleep comfortably. We were two adults and 6 year old child. The steps to the upstairs are steep so be aware if you have hip or climbing problems. The downstairs rooms incl. the living room (more persons can sleep), the small dining table (sitting on floor pillows, not chairs), the office area with large desk for working, and the kitchen, toilet and shower. The shower room is new and modern but the rest of the house is wooden, drafty, and traditional. It is beautiful for those looking to stay in a place with more space and character than a white/sterile hotel room. The kitchen only has small fridge, rice cooker, toaster oven, and electric pan and there are not large plates or cups but we got along for 8 weeks here ok. The grocery store is 3 mins walk so you buy food every day or two. The doors and windows are all old glass with traditional wood frame which is lovely but a bit rattly in the windy or storms. The wifi worked great. The house is at the base of the Funaoka Park hill with stairs right out the alley from the house. Great to walk/run around, kids playground, and the Kenkun Shrine is 3 minute walk--lovely in the early morning to stroll around. Also, the public bathhouse, Funaoka, is 3 mins from the house and is wonderful to experience. We went many times. Hot baths, medium temps, sauna, outside baths, electric baths! and many counters and stools for serious scrubbing. Its an old tradition in Kyoto. The house is situated only 10 mins walk from Daitokuji temple-complex across Kitaoji which is very big, wonderful, and a must see. Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion) is also only 15 mins walk. The neighborhood is quiet to walk around and there are buses that come all nearby on Kitaoji, Horikawa, and Senbon to reach any destination in the city. We bought bikes to get around which I would highly recommend! Hiroshi was far away, we never met him, but he replied to our requests for information and needs promptly. Highly recommended!
Our family of three (my wife, my 11 year old daughter, and myself) spent 3 days and 2 nights at this lovely house. The house is a timeless piece of hand craft work. It is simple and old fashioned, but this is exactly what makes it special. It was comfortable sleeping during the nights. No TVs but who needs TVs in such a place. The host very considerate enough to provide wifi though.
The location just couldn't be better for us. It is right at the foot of the Funaokayama Park, literally steps away from the beautiful Kenkun Shrine on top of the Funaokayama hill. It is also walking distance from stunning Daitoku-ji Temple, which to us represents the finest of the Kyoto culture. Koto-in and Zuiho-in are our favorite by far, peaceful, timeless, and soul cleansing; we sat in there for hours.
In terms of the neighborhood, we really appreciated the public bath (Funaoku Onsen) every night during our stay - what an authentic community experience. Tom Sawyer bakery is excellent. The small streets around the house are cute and clean. We enjoyed walked around just to check out the area and cute little shops.
Everyone may have their own preferences. But I would definitely come back again if I ever find myself in Kyoto. And would not hesitate to recommend this place to anyone I know.
Hi, I'm Hiroshi. I am an art curator, writer, farmer, various jobs. I manage tea ceremony house in Kyoto.
I publication is "To make my own jobs" (website hidden) .