Kyoto ZEN Residence


Historic Property


Michiko Okano


private house


1 - 5 pers.


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A Private Zen Residence Stay in the Heart of Kyoto

– The last Meiji Period Villa of downtown Kyoto –

The Kyoto ZEN Residence enables guests to experience both the modern lifestyle of Japanese Kyoto citizens, within the modern Private Zen Residence, along with the former lifestyle design and atmosphere of the incredibly well preserved Edo / Meiji period samurai’s villa premises, dating back to the end of 19th century and registered as cultural property of the city of Kyoto.

The Kyoto ZEN Residence property includes three assets in one place :

・ The historical samurai’s villa, registered as cultural property of the city of Kyoto
・ A brand-new Zen residence available for short / medium stay in Kyoto
・ An intimate counter-style restaurant located in front of the scenic garden

The private residence features beautiful Zen influenced design, in terms of its simplicity and natural materials, while at the same time providing all the modern comforts and amenities to ensure a relaxing and enjoyable stay. The spacious house allows guests to soak up the special atmosphere of this former Meiji period domain while still having the privacy and comfort of a modern residence.

This is perfect accommodation for family or couples of friends who want to explore Kyoto and its surroundings by themselves in full independence, while enjoying a very convenient and peaceful location in the center of Kyoto.

Here time slows down and one can escape modernity, reflect and return renewed and refreshed. A wonderful hidden haven in the heart of Kyoto, full of Japanese sensibility.


– A Historical & Cultural Property –

This property was originally a villa and the private residence of a successful industrial entrepreneur of the Meiji era who bought the land in 1892 and carefully selected all of the material from which the current property is constructed.

Utilizing Sukiya-zukuri, a Japanese residential architectural style derived from the Tea Ceremony aesthetic, the property’s design is beautifully refined and orderly while still featuring the very personal taste of the former Japanese owner. Nowadays the property is also registered as a Zen Rinzai temple.

The entire property has been lovingly preserved and its gardens features a stunning landscape that brings back to the days of old Japan. The Kyoto ZEN Residence premises and the garden have both been designated cultural properties by the city of Kyoto.


– Surroundings –

Located between two narrow streets, Marutamachi-dori and Oshikoji-dori, The Kyoto ZEN Residence is located right in the heart of Kyoto and just behind Kyoto City Hall. Guests in residence will be able to enjoy the walking path of the Takasegawa canal, that leads to the Kamogawa river, the historical Pontocho Geiko’s quarters and the famous restaurants and bars district of Kiyamachi.

Shopping streets of Kawaramachi, Shinkyogoku and Teramachi are also accessible by foot, as well as the prestigious Geiko’s quarters of Gion district.


– Guest Experience –

・ A spacious (100 sqm) and 100% private residence
・ 3 assets to enjoy in one place : a cultural property, a zen residence, a gastronomic restaurant
・ Enjoy an independent stay without sacrificing the comforts of a quality hotel room
・ Concierge assistance
・ Housekeeping service (long stay)
・ Fully equipped kitchen with free service of tea, coffee, juices and food amenities


– Guests Exclusive Privileges * –

・ Private access to the last remaining Meiji Period Villa of downtown Kyoto and its registered scenic garden
・ Exclusive cultural activities arrangement (Private Zen Session, Tea Ceremony, The Way of Incense…) within the historical building, registered as a cultural property of Kyoto
・ Special meal arrangement within the counter-style restaurant, that features Kyoto-native Kohei Nawa’s artistic painting and a stunning view on the Japanese garden
・ Special access to some of the most talented Kyoto’s craftsmen workshops, for a private inside within Japanese craftsmen tradition of excellence

* on prior request. Extra fee may occur according to the nature of the provided service.


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Kyoto ZEN Residence - Cultural Experiences


This is an exclusive, 100% private accommodation within a historical and cultural property of great legacy. For this reason, we kindly ask you to fill out the contact form below to inquiry about availability, room price or special cultural experience arrangements. We look forward to welcoming you soon.