Iori Sanbo Nishinotoin-cho





For the last five years, the Iori company has been turning classic townhouses into luxury rental apartments. One of their latest is the former home of a local painter, tucked behind green-tea salon Marukyu Koyamaen on the edge of the Downtown district. The renovations include nods to classic Kyoto with a gold kimono sash across the futons, an old storehouse door now employed as a table, and some oversized calligraphy from author Alex Kerr, one of the founders of Iori. The modern amenities include underfloor heating, wireless internet and a sci-fi toilet, though curiously no toothbrush. Other Iori branches are located in Karasuma Oike and Gion, and there are several properties just south of Shijo Dori. Visit their website for details.

Kyoto Shortlist

Review updated October 2009


Nishinotoin Dori, Oike-sagaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto

Transport Karasuma Oike station (Karasuma and Tozai lines).

Telephone 075 352 0211

Admission ¥¥¥¥.

Please note: All information is correct at the time of writing but is subject to change without notice.


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