Reikaku Yasaka was a building in ruins with floor on the left and right hand side of the building tilted by at least 30cm when we discovered this hidden jewel. Prior to the formal restoration of Reikaku in 2017, there was number of large scale renovation of the property carried out by the previous owner in the 80s when this Machiya was extended all the way to the street to allow for construction of modern squared shape house that maximized the indoor space. Restoration was particularly difficult due to the state it was in but our craftsman’s determination to bring this Machiya back to its formal glory paid off for Reikaku Yasaka.
Reikaku Yasaka is located in one of the best residential locations in Kyoto. It is named as such because it is only few steps to Yasaka Dori where one of the most famous Pagodas in Kyoto (commonly known as Yasaka Tower) from Hokanji Temple is clearly visible. In the vicinity, there are number of high-end restaurants that have been awarded Michelin Stars with atmosphere that is one and only in Kyoto. In addition, a casual walk around the area will get you to the world heritage Kiyomizu temple, Kodaiji Temple, Kenninji, Gion, modern department stores and traditional boutique stores.
Reikaku Yasaka is a Machiya that has been built for nearly 100 years. Our carefully crafted design is able to maintain the authenticity of the building with the comfort of modernity. When entering the entrance of Reikaku Yasaka, the tall ceiling, open space and woodwork will be sure to impress. After entering into the main part of the building, there is modern living room and kitchen with natural wooden flooring with a Japanese tatami room towards the back of the building. Although both rooms have a clear view of our Japanese garden, we specifically located the tatami room towards the back side next to the spectacular Japanese Garden designed by a Kyoto based professional gardener to give you a level of serenity you deserve.
On the second floor, you can clearly see the wooden frame of the original structure still remain firmly intact above two separate bedrooms, this is the essence of what Kyoto’s craftsman were trying to preserve. Rather than creating two separate tatami rooms, we have decided to craft one of the rooms in tatami and the other in natural wood to clearly expose the contrasting beauty of both. Looking outside of the window from the tatami room, you will also see the garden of one of the oldest temple in Japan.
Reikaku Yasaka is not short of modern facilities despite the fact that it is over 100 years old. With a washroom on both floors and a bathroom with direct access to the Japanese garden, this premium accommodation will fulfil your need to relax after a busy day of sightseeing in Kyoto across all seasons.