I stayed at Kiyomizu Tenseian for 3 nights with my fiance, in January 2012. Frankly I would like to live there! What an amazing place.
From the off, the communication with Takushi Haraguchi, the owner of the apartment, was fantastic. He speaks excellent English, and it was very easy to make a reservation via e-mail for the apartment above his ceramic studio. Haraguchi-san was very helpful, advising me which bus to take from the station to the main road near the apartment, then when we reached there we called him and he was there within 3 minutes to greet us. The apartment is just a few minutes walk from Kiyomizu temple.
The apartment is in a perfect location, just a short walk from the Gion district. It is very spacious, and very traditional. Despite us vising in mid winder when it was very cold outside (and it snowed most days!), there were ample heaters in the apartment and it was easy to warm up. There was always hot water, too.
Haraguchi came to meet us at the apartment one afternoon and drove us to the Golden Pavilion (Kinkakuji) across the city. He also took us to Ryonaji, and for a drive to a beautiful lake nearby to those temples. It was fantastic to have a tour guide who knew the area better than anyone else, as he is from Kyoto!
We had such a wonderful stay here, completely topped off by Haraguchi's hospitality and help with recommending various restaurants and must-see sites. I really hope to return here one day. Just loved it.
- Also Known As:
- Salon Haraguchi Tenseian Hotel Kyoto