Nazuna Kyoto Nijo jo

Nazuna Kyoto Nijo jo

What kind of Machiya House is Nazuna Kyoto Nijo jo?

When I walk around Kyoto, I often see machiya houses with red lattices and tiled roofs. It makes me want to take a peek at what life is like in Kyoto, and even though I was born in Tokyo, I admire it.

This is a Kyoto machiya house-style ryokan nestled in a quiet alley near Nijo Castle. There are only five guest rooms. Each room has an open-air bath. You can enjoy a relaxing time while savoring Japanese traditions. The building is a 70-year-old machiya house *traditional townhouse, and the beams and stairs have been preserved, while the bathrooms have been redesigned to create a comfortable space.

It is an eight-minute walk from Nijojo-mae Station, but it is so quiet and secluded that it is hard to tell where the entrance is. Once you enter through the noren curtain with a large family crest on it, you will find yourself in a spacious back room. There is a pestle and mortar, a stone lantern, and the sound of a shishiodoshi echoing comfortably. *A shishiodoshi is a traditional Japanese garden decoration in which a bamboo tube filled with water is struck against a stone to empty it.

Antique furniture and wallpaper, beautiful paintings on the ceiling, indirect lighting made of Japanese paper, and hanging scrolls made of silk all show the owner’s attention to detail.

Then when you are tired from walking around Kyoto, you will want to take a relaxing bath. A large ceramic bathtub made of Shigaraki ware goes well with the Hakoniwa garden. Let’s float a bag of tea leaves in a basket in the bathtub. The bath will be filled with the gentle fragrance of tea. Nazuna’s original tea leaves are said to have whitening and skin brightening effects. The casually placed mosquito coils also add a touch of elegance.

For those who want to experience more of Kyoto’s culture, I would recommend the early morning special viewing tour led by a priest of Kenninji Temple for an additional fee. The monks themselves will take you to areas that are not usually open to the public, and you will be able to experience not only the masterpieces of Kennin Temple but also Zen meditation and tea ceremony, which are not normally possible.

If I had to pick a drawback, it would be that this inn is located in the downtown area near Nijo Castle, so it may not have as much of a Kyoto feel as the Higashiyama area.

Nazuna Kyoto Nijo-jo is great for couples, business persons, or solo travelers, but not families with small children.  *A minimum age requirement of 13 applies

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Is the location easy to access?

Yes, the location is near Nijo Castle. It takes 5min on foot from Nijojo-Mae Station.  The location is definitely convenient to go sightseeing.

If you take a taxi, it takes 10min and costs around 1,500JPY.  Please note that most of the TAXI drivers wouldn’t know the machiya house, so show the address and TEL No. in the below Japanese as they can enter the phone number into the car navigation system to confirm the destination.

Nazuna 京都 二条城
〒604-0066 京都府京都市中京区薬屋町580
電話番号 075 253 6877

There is no parking lot. Please use a nearby coin parking lot. If you tell the staff in advance, they will help you find coin-operated parking space.

Rooms I would recommend?

Personally, I would recommend a room called Matcha with its user-friendly, traditional box garden and terrace. “Matcha” is a room where you can enjoy the box garden from the small terrace, and the bedroom with a hanging bamboo screen adds to the ambiance. It is a traditional Kyoto machiya house with a modern twist, and I loved it.

How about toiletries & in-room amenities?

All of the amenities are taken care of including enough toiletries, pajamas, and a Japanese tea set, etc.  A humidifier was placed in our room.  Beds made by Simmons, a long-established bedding company in Kyoto, are provided. The free Wifi reception was good.  There is a convenience store nearby.  Also, room service for drinks is available for 24H.  You can request for free, such as coffee, English tea, green tea, and hoji tea, etc.  That’s a great service.

How about In-house Facilities?

Nazuna Kyoto Nijo-jo is not a universal design.  If you bring someone with weak legs, you may want to book the room called “Matcha” on 1F which is located just next to the reception.  There are a few steps in the room.  There is no lift.   Then there is no communal bath, no lounge, and no cafe, etc.
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How about meals?

What amazes me is the breakfast. Here, you can enjoy the unique food of Kyoto. The staff prepares a hearty and sumptuous breakfast for you. It starts with traditional Kyoto-style obanzai, followed by seasonal vegetables, and your choice of meat or fish for the main course, which the staff will grill on the hearth. In the morning, you can enjoy a variety of colorful dishes that make the most of the flavors of Kyoto vegetables and other seasonal ingredients. The restaurant is also particular about its rice, cooking carefully selected varieties. It is said that many guests stay here for the breakfast. Don’t forget to bring your empty stomach. *Obanzai is traditional home cooking usually prepared with vegetables and seafood that have been produced in Kyoto.

Please note that inform the staff when you book a room with breakfast if you have any food allergies.  They probably wouldn’t be able to prepare alternative food if you request on that day.

Then dinner is not offered.  If you are looking for restaurants for meals nearby, you may want to ask the staff.  They are very informative.  Most of the restaurants in Kyoto city are open from 11:00 AM.

My impressions

Overall, the hospitality of the staff here is very nice. There is a tea house inside the building, and the staff in kimonos will make tea for the guests, which is a must experience. We then rented kimonos from the inn, had them dressed, and went to see Nijo Castle lit up at night. It was a very nice memory.

During my stay here, I was impressed by the staff’s willingness to provide as many opportunities as possible to experience “Japanese culture” such as tea ceremony, kimono, and food.

The best season to stay at Nazuna Kyoto Nijo-jo is in spring as Nijo Castle has the Sakura festival every year.  That’s truly amazing.  The castle is illuminated at night during the festival.  You may want to visit here between late March and mid-April if you want to view amazing cherry blossoms.

Have a nice trip!  Welcome to receive any questions about the property from the below space.  If you check-in after 22:00, you need to inform the staff in advance.  Check Availability and Pricing for the property on Booking.com or Agoda

Info about Nazuna Kyoto Nijo-jo

Style Machiya House
Check-in and out times
15:00/11:00
Estimated Price  57,401 JPY for 2 adults per room
Contact E-mail nazuna@daiti.co.jp
Internet Connection Free wifi in the ryokan
Facility Information Wheelchairs are not available
Pets are not allowed
The parking lot is not available 
Location Nazuna Kyoto Nijo-jo’s MAP
Access Close to Nijo Castle
15min by TAXI from JR Kyoto Station.
Address and TEL 580, Kusuriyacho, Nakagyo-Ku Kyoto-shi,
Kyoto 604-0066  Tel +81 75-253-6877
Official Homepage Nazuna Kyoto Nijo-jo’s HP

*All information above is as of the date that I posted on my blog.

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