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“Kyo no Ondokoro Okazaki” Turns Traditional Townhouse Into Kyoto Lifestyle Experience for Travelers

2018.07.30

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Kyoto is a sightseer’s paradise. Shrines, temples, museums, cafes and restaurants... there’s so much to see and do that everyone finds their own way to enjoy the old capital, often by coming back again and again. Now Kyoto has a new accommodation option for those who prefer to “travel like a local”: Kyo no Ondokoro Okazaki, a renovated Kyo machiya (Kyoto townhouse). Without harming or undermining the unique character of the building, Kyo no Ondokoro Okazaki has been subtly redesigned within to make it even easier for visitors to enjoy their time there. The result: a place to stay in Kyoto that feels like your very own home.

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Kyo no Ondokoro Okazaki is located in a quiet residential area within walking distance of famous spots like Heian Shrine, Gion, and Chion-in Temple, making it a good home base for urban sightseers. Parties of one to six guests are welcome, with the entire two-story space offered as a unit. Amenities include a Japanese-style room with a sunken table heater (horigotatsu), a bedroom with quality mattress and linen, and a bathroom incorporating fragrant umbrella pine.

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Dining is key to “travelling like a local,” and Kyo no Ondokoro Okazaki has everything you need to cook your own meals. Kitchenware, a spacious table—all you have to do is go out shopping for local ingredients. A teapot and coffee dripper are also provided for lighter refreshments.

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Kyo no Ondokoro Okazaki is a collaboration with the Wacoal Art Center, part of the Wacoal Group. Other Kyo no Ondokoro facilities are already planned, and by the end of 2018 four locations in total are expected to open to guests, including the Nijo Castle and Nishijin areas.

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The unique appeal of Kyoto townhouse architecture is well known, but it is increasingly difficult for an individual to maintain a townhouse by themselves, and deterioration and vacancies are becoming a problem. Kyo no Ondokoro Okazaki breathes new life into these traditional residences, repurposing them into opportunities for visitors to enjoy living like a Kyoto local during their stay.

 

 

Kyo no Ondokoro Okazaki

Address: 91-85 Okazaki Enshojicho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
Website: http://www.kyo-ondokoro.kyoto/en/
Reservations: Via website
Inquiries: Wacoal Customer Center
Telephone: +81 (0)120-307-056 (9:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. weekdays)
E-mail: kyo-ondokoro@wacoal.co.jp