Written by Ramona Taranu
Kyoto Guest Inn Nagaokakyo: Stay At A Bamboo-Themed Hotel In Kyoto
Kyoto Guest Inn Nagaokakyo is a family-owned hotel near Nishiyama Tennozan Station with great access to central Kyoto. The guestrooms have a stylish interior decorated with items made of bamboo, the famous local produce of Nagaokakyo.
A Stylish Bamboo-Themed Hotel in Kyoto
Kyoto Guest Inn Nagaokakyo is a cozy, family-owned hotel located in Nagaokakyo, Kyoto, about three minutes on foot from Nishiyama Tennozan Station.
Nagaokakyo is well-known as a place where bamboo has been cultivated since ancient times. The Take-no-Michi Bamboo Road in the neighboring Muko City is an expansive area where bamboo is cultivated by local farmers. The grove is open to the public and can be visited free of charge at any time of the year. Bamboo is grown for its sprouts, a treasured ingredient in Japanese cuisine. It is also an important material for artisanal crafts; Japanese interior design makes extensive use of bamboo in items such as lanterns, flower containers, and kitchenware.
The stylish room design at Kyoto Guest Inn Nagaokakyo makes full use of bamboo, showing how versatile this material is. Staying here is a chance to enjoy the comfort of Japanese interior design.
Welcoming Rooms with Bamboo Motifs
Kyoto Guest Inn Nagaokakyo has four comfortable rooms: one that is ideal for solo travelers, and three that can accommodate couples or families. Each room is cozy and quiet, offering the perfect environment to relax after a day of sightseeing or to work remotely.
Pictured above is the room "Bamboo," which can accommodate two persons. This room, located on the first floor, is decorated in a way that makes you feel at home.
The other three rooms are located on the second floor and are each named after a particular type of bamboo: Kikkochiku (bamboo with a turtle-shell pattern on its stalk), Wakatake (young bamboo), and Kurotake (black bamboo).
Each room is equipped with comfortable beds, a bathroom, and amenities. They all have a Japanese space at the window where guests can enjoy sitting on tatami mats at the table. This space is decorated with beautiful artwork made of bamboo.
Homemade Breakfast Brought to Your Room
The guests at Kyoto Guest Inn Nagaokakyo can choose between a Japanese breakfast of miso soup, ongiri rice balls, and a side dish, or a Western breakfast with croissants and bread.
The breakfast is made by the proprietress of the hotel herself using local ingredients and is brought to your room the evening before. You can heat your breakfast and make coffee or tea in the room. In other words, there's no need to wake up early in the morning, as you can enjoy it whenever you want.
Common Areas and Cultural Activities
The lobby of the hotel includes a dining space that can be used freely by the lodgers for social interaction or work.
One of the unique features of the hotel is the stylish bar that is located in a renovated kura (traditional storehouse). Here guests can enjoy various types of liquor, from high-quality wine to whisky and Japanese sake. The bar is open to the public and is often visited by locals. This gives guests a chance to interact with Nagaokakyo residents and learn firsthand about everyday life in this part of Japan, not to mention recommendations of great places to visit that are only known to the locals.
The hotel also has a tea ceremony room where guests can learn the basics of tea ceremony. If you express you wish to take part in a tea ceremony, your hosts can arrange it. They can also arrange for you to wear a kimono for this activity.
The tea ceremony room has a corner by the window where guests can enjoy a game of Go while gazing at the garden outside. The tools used in both Go and tea ceremony are usually made of bamboo, so these cultural activities are another chance to feel how connected this material is to the traditional Japanese lifestyle.
The bathing room on the first floor can be used by all guests in turns. Beautifully decorated with images of the four seasons, this cozy bathing room offers a chance to enjoy the Japanese bath culture in private.
In the reception area, you can find a wide variety of bamboo-themed goods or items that are actually made of bamboo by local artisans such as hair accessories, interior decorations, or kitchenware. These items will surely make great souvenirs of your visit to the western side of Kyoto, which is known for its expansive bamboo groves.
A Charming Hotel to Stay at in Kyoto
Kyoto Guest Inn Nagaokakyo was born out of the owners' wish to introduce authentic Japanese culture to their guests. The chances to experience traditional Japanese culture that makes use of natural materials such as bamboo are decreasing nowadays. Seen from this perspective, businesses like Kyoto Guest Inn Nagaokakyo that promote the stylish use of natural materials in contemporary room design also fulfill the very important role of preserving local artisanal traditions.
When visiting Kyoto, do consider staying at Kyoto Guest Inn Nagaokakyo and experiencing the charm of Japanese traditional lifestyles in a comfortable, new lodging. Nishiyama Tennozan Station is just a 15-minute train ride away from Karasuma Station in central Kyoto. From here, it's very easy to reach the Shijo area or Pontocho, the famous street with dining places and izakaya in Kyoto.
Apply for a stay at Kyoto Guest Inn Nagaokakyo by the end of January 2021, and you can benefit from a considerable discount with the Go To Travel campaign!
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