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How would you describe Nichinichi Townhouse in a nutshell?
Nichinichi townhouse is a minimalistic yet luxurious holiday retreat in the middle of Kyoto’s historic centre. It is build around an old warehouse. Usually these warehouses are build by thick clay walls, designed to protect the family’s treasures, such as seeds, family heirlooms, and so on, from a potential fire. They are a rare sight nowadays, which is why this one really stands out when approaching the estate from the street. The style of property is a combination of traditional Japanese with modern aesthetics.
What was your inspiration to create the townhouse and rent it out to guests?
For more than 20 years we have been running the art gallery ‘Nichinichi’, which is specialized in fine crafts. We always had the idea to create a space where people could not only see and buy, but also use and experience our special style and selection. Two years ago we found this great house, so we decided to realise our dream here.
Creating a small holiday rental is a wonderful way to bring the world to Kyoto. Staying in our townhouse you can enjoy the lifestyle our gallery is standing for. Since we like Japanese tea a lot and our gallery often shows Japanese tea ceramics, we opened a small tearoom, where people can taste fine organic Japanese green teas and selected chocolates.
What’s your philosophy?
Our philosophy is about meeting and forming relationships with the people we work with as well as our guests, and exposing them to these long-established customs and products. We believe that all good things need time to evolve. We are happy when people tell us that they feel a different flow of time, a calming energy in our place.
What type of guest is Nichinichi Townhouse the perfect place for?
Nichinichi Townhouse is the perfect holiday home for one person or a couple. We’ve had artists here, designers, writers and a lot of people who were just looking for a nice time in Kyoto. So far, each guest has kind of turned it into his or her home away from home. As you can tell, the house is for people who aren’t just looking for a place to sleep, but who want to immerse themselves into a kind of sophisticated Japanese atmosphere, as well as appreciate our unique style.