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BenTen East - 3-Bedroom Restored Kyoto Townhouse

Located in a quiet lane just minutes away from temples, old-world townscapes and Michelin-starred restaurants, BenTen East makes for an ideal Kyoto base whether your stay lasts for a few days or a few months.

 This 2-storey machiya has been restored to showcase the beauty of the traditional wooden townhouse. But it also offers convenience and comfort to a modern traveller through such features as heated flooring, wi-fi, a washing machine and dryer, and a fully-equipped kitchenette. (Convenience stores and a supermarket can be found just a short walk from the residence.)

 The 3 bedrooms – 1 Japanese and 1 Western on the second floor – give guests a choice between futons and beds. When not in use as a bedroom, the tatami room on the first floor serves as an extra living room.

 The main living area opens onto a small garden with a Japanese maple that can also be viewed from the bathroom on the first floor. For the convenience of larger groups, there is a shower and another toilet on the second floor.

 Also on the second floor is a bench area for reading or reflection. The atmosphere here changes throughout the day depending on how sunlight filters in from the mushiko-mado, so named because the bars of this traditional window resemble an insect cage.

 With a capacity of up to 6 adults, BenTen East is popular with families and travellers interested in design. It has also been chosen as a backdrop for product shoots and photography workshops. To find out about our special rates for photography rentals or longer-term stays, drop us a note via the Contact Us page or at


Photos by Takano Tomomi


Air conditioned
2nd bathroom
Cots Available
Fridge - Fullsize
High Chair Available
King / 2 single beds
Iron/Ironing board
Linen and Towels Provided
Room Safe
Shower - Separate
Wireless Internet
Stove top
Heated Flooring
Daily Housekeeping
Nespresso Machine
Kitchen Utensils
Washing Machine + Dryer