Nichinichi Townhouse

  • Location: City
    Kyoto Imperial Palace: In walking distance
    Shops and restaurants: In walking distance
  • Osaka-Itami Airport (ITM): 1h 20 mins with public transport
    Kansai Airport (KIX): 2h with public transport
    Good public transport
    Paid parking
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An introduction to Nichinichi Townhouse

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.

Courtyard in the evening
Dining area
Bedroom and downstairs seating
Facade details

Nichinichi Townhouse rooms & rates

The holiday rental is located next to our gallery in a 100-year-old house, which shows the refined taste and high level of traditional craftsmanship. It has its own private entrance. Once inside, you first come to a lounge, which faces a calm moss garden. It is a lovely place to have a cup of tea and relax. This area is modern, with wooden flooring and ceiling. The colours are sophisticated with mainly reds, purples, and touches of browns. On the first floor of the house you find a working space with a desk and couch. On the second floor, you'll find the bedroom, which is just big enough for two people. Surrounded by clay walls you will sleep on tatami and futon. If guests find the futons too hard, softer mattresses are available as well.

We put a lot of effort into small details, even if they don’t necessarily stand out. Most of our furniture is authentic vintage and very fitting for the townhouse. The house has an organic atmosphere without being highly decorative. It’s much more minimalistic, a kind of natural living space that gives you a feeling of calmness and freedom – and all this in the middle of the city.

  • Nichinichi Townhouse for 2 people / 50 m²
    33000 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Kitchen
    • 1 Other rooms
    • Air conditioning
Included in the rates
Rate include taxes and two bicycles are provided free of charge.
Children & Extra beds
Nichinichi townhouse is basically designed and equipped for two persons. It is possible (for some additional costs) to create one more sleeping place for a child in the guest-residence, but the space will get a little bit narrow, and it will be not as comfortable and relaxed as with two persons.
Minimum stay
1 nights
Check in time
after 15:00
Check out time
before 11:00
Discounts/Special offers
10% off for bookings of more than 7 nights
Please inquire about our special offers for stays of 14 nights or longer.

Facilities & services

  • Children welcome
  • WiFi
  • Air conditioning
  • Concierge service
  • Central heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry service
  • Bicycles
  • Hair dryer

There is a small, fully stocked kitchen, which during daytime will also be used by our staff. The bathroom is equipped with a spacious rain shower and everything you need to refresh yourself after a long day exploring Kyoto. Floor heating and air conditioning make Nichinichi Townhouse a convenient place in summer and in winter. Overall, the townhouse is a quiet, luxurious space with a focus on the essentials and no clutter.

Nichinichi Townhouse is a self-catering holiday home. However, our staff at the gallery acts as a concierge and can help with any kind of questions, reservations or recommendations based on our guest’s personal preferences. We can recommend a lot of good places to eat and also have bicycles available, as Kyoto is a perfect town for cycling around.

Things to do in Kyoto

  • Art / Culture
  • Shopping / Markets

Kyoto’s biggest river is only two mins from the house and it is perfect to walk, cycle or just hang out and enjoy the view on the surrounding hills. There are more than one thousand temples in Kyoto. If you are interested in places apart from the most famous spots, we are always happy to recommend some of our preferred remote temples and gardens. Depending on your interest there are a lot of small private museums mostly featuring traditional Japanese art.

It is very easy to get around without speaking Japanese. Even though most Japanese people don’t speak English well and are often shy, they are always really nice, polite, and helpful. In addition to that, almost all of the main signs in the centre are written in Japanese, Korean, Chinese, and English. As Kyoto has become increasingly famous as a tourist centre, there has been a lot of effort put into making it visitor-friendly.

Nichinichi Townhouse reviews

5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
We were told that staying in a townhouse was preferable to a hotel in a city like Kyoto and the Nichinichi Townhouse did not disappoint. Our hosts were hospitable and friendly and went out of their way to make sure all our questions were answered and our needs met. (They made dinner reservations for us, called us a taxi when we needed to get to the train station, even let us keep our bags there after we checked out.) The house itself is stylish and comfortable -- modern, warm -- perfect for a couple. We walked everywhere and wished we had more time to simply enjoy the lovely view to the interior garden. Truly can't recommend this place more enthusiastically.
Ben K.
stayed at Nichinichi Townhouse in December 2019

The location of Nichinichi Townhouse

Nichinichi Townhouse is located on the east side of the imperial palace in an area formerly inhabited by the aristocracy. Today it is mainly a quiet residential area and within a short walk there are two organic food shops and also a lot of small restaurants. A 100-year-old Japanese public bath (sento) is close as well. So, if guests want more of a traditional experience, jumping into a hot bath is only a four-minute walk away. The palace and its surrounding park is the biggest green space in Kyoto city. There are a lot of old trees and it is wonderful to walk around there. On the north side of the estate is the historical research centre of the city of Kyoto. The area is quiet, and it is good base to explore the different parts of Kyoto.

Kyoto is ca. 1200 years old and is surrounded by green hills. Many consider it to be one of the nicest towns in Asia. Unlike most old towns in Japan, Kyoto wasn’t destroyed during the Pacific war, so many historical structures still remain. After 1886, when the emperor moved from Kyoto to Tokyo, Tokyo became the political and economic centre. But until today most Japanese consider Kyoto as the true centre of traditional Japanese culture. Temples, gardens, traditional crafts and arts, food and restaurants. For many artists and creatives Kyoto has become a ‘must go’ destination.

Cruising through town you get a real feeling of how Kyoto has evolved over the centuries. And it’s not only the famous and touristic places. You can go almost anywhere by foot or bicycle. And small details really set Kyoto apart, like the way the nameplates on the buildings are designed, the sophistication of the streetlights. It’s truly rewarding to notice these little details on a daily basis.

When is the best time to visit Kyoto?

It’s nice throughout the year, but our winters in January and February are quite fresh. If you aren’t concerned about cold temperatures, the nice thing about that time of year is that there aren’t many tourists.

The end of March and beginning of April marks the cherry blossom season, so it tends to get very crowded. Many Japanese who can afford to, come to Kyoto during that season, not to mention lots of tourists. During that time it is very difficult to find a place to stay.

May and June is our favorite season. The fresh green makes the town splendid. The rainy season starts at the end of June and goes until mid-July, when we have many clouded days. Summer gets very hot with over 30 degrees and 90% humidity. But from August up to December, the climate is quite nice.

We’ve always preferred staying longer in one place and therefore recommend staying in Kyoto for at least a week, as there is a lot to see and experience.