05.17.2018

A Week-End At A Kyoto Machi-ya

Machi-ya are the traditional townhouses of Kyoto, a beautiful example of the city’s exquisite culture and way of life, and a perfect destination for a weekend getaway

  • A Week-End At A Kyoto Machi-ya
  • A Week-End At A Kyoto Machi-ya
  • A Week-End At A Kyoto Machi-ya
  • A Week-End At A Kyoto Machi-ya
  • A Week-End At A Kyoto Machi-ya

Operated by Kyoto-based lingerie-maker Wacoal, Kyō no Ondokoro is a lodging facility obtained from the renovation of a machi-yaa traditional wooden townhouse, not very far from Nijō Castle and Nishijin, Kyoto’s famed weaving district. There could hardly be a better place to stay to truly experience the culture of the town.
 
Akira Minagawa, the founder and designer of the brand Minä Perhonen, took over the renovation process, from naming to concept, all through logo design, and turned the 90-year-old machi-yainto something more than just an accommodation. Kyō no Ondokoro offers an experience at the heart of the Kyoto community.
 
Located near Heian Shrine, Kyō no Ondokoro is the first in a row of five townhouses that will open during 2018, at a short distance from museums and other places of interest.
 
Besides the lovely kitchen, with beautifully-designed tableware and the charming floral furniture, the townhouse will not provide you the perks of a luxury hotel or ryokan. However, you will be offered the opportunity to spend your holiday your own way, at your own pace.
 
You can make a reservation online and then check in at the front desk of Kyō no Ondokoro, on the ground floor of Wacoal Shin-Kyoto Building, just opposite Kyoto Station’s Hachijō.
 
Whether it is your first time in Kyoto or your nth, a stay in a machi-yawill provide you with an unforgettable experience.
 
 

Author : The Slowear Journal

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