Modern Kyoto Machiya With A Tsuboniwa

Modern Kyoto Machiya With A Tsuboniwa

Japan is top of many people’s travel wish list and we think that Kyoto is a great place to start. Once the capital of Japan, the woven streets of Kyoto are lined with extravagant temples and small hidden residential shrines. Slated wooden houses allow glimpses into the traditional way of life and behind every corner, you may discover a peaceful Tsuboniwa, a Japanese garden. The many sides of Kyoto offer a unique experience for every traveler.

Wander the Gion area as dusk rolls in and you can expect to see Geishas going between the buildings. Visit the Kiyomizu-dera, gaze in awe at the breathtaking bamboo forest of Arashiyama and treck through the impressive 10,000 gates of Fushimi Inari-taisha. Kyoto is one of our favorite destinations because of the contrast between modern and old.

Also fascinated with this joint culture, Ango Hotels have created the unique ENSO ANGO hotel, featuring 5 properties in Kyoto, each featuring a unique Japanese culture and design element. ENSO ANGO FUYA I is among the network of 5 ENSO ANGO properties (ENSO ANGOs) that offers a new way for guests to stay. Let’s take a closer look at the stunning FUYA I.

ENSO ANGO FUYA I, first-class hotel in Kyoto

Created with exploration at its heart, you’ll love this traditional style Kyoto machiya which interweaves traditional structure with modern artistic expression. Part hotel and part art gallery, this unique property is inspired by the designer’s pottery.

Although appearing traditional on the outside, as you step into this wonderland you’ll see that it infuses traditional Japanese features with modern art and color. Walking through the hotel feels as if you are going on a journey deeper and deeper as an art gallery starts to emerge in the areas of light in the corridors. One-of-a-kind ceramic pottery by ceramic artist, Masanobu Ando, are displayed in the wall alcoves so that guests can enjoy perusing the art at their own leisure.

The classical five-storey architecture takes guests away from the busy tourist-filled streets into the true life of Kyoto. Nestled on a quiet residential street, and designed by Uchida Design Inc. in collaboration with Masanobu Ando, you’ll discover that this peaceful art sanctuary is an ideal base for your holiday or trip to Kyoto.

ENSO ANGO FUYA I guest lounge and Tsuboniwa

FUYA I offers 16 queen-size rooms, a relaxing lounge area and peaceful tsuboniwa. What we love most about FUYA I is its connection to the other ENSO ANGOs which are each within walking distance. By choosing to stay at FUYA I, you can take advantage of all the amenities on offer at your hotel and also enjoy the facilities of the four other ENSO ANGOs all on your doorstep.

Never before has fluidity, connection and community played such an important role in the hotel world.


Address: 298 Tawarayacho, Ayanokoji-sagaru, Fuyacho-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8042 Japan

Traditional Japanese-style Machiya

ENSO ANGO FUYA I: Queen room

These spacious and relaxing rooms are designed to help guests feel completely at ease, and it works. The neutral colors are calming and the 100% cotton bedding with Slumberland mattress ensures that you get a quality night sleep. Each queen sized room has ample hanging and storage space and a shower booth with modern rain shower.

There are many fantastic eateries right on your doorstep, but for those of you who want to be somewhat self-catering, you’ll be grateful for the refrigerator in which you can store your groceries. Despite not having a guest kitchen in FUYA I, there is in FUYA II, just a three-minute walk away. Or, if you’d rather not have to cook at all, be sure to test the mouth-watering cuisine at the restaurant in TOMI II, also a few short minutes away and both a part of the ENSO ANGO hotel network.


The queen rooms each have multiple easy-to-reach USB ports, and offers exceptional sound quality thanks to the waterproof JBL Bluetooth speaker. There is also 24-hour free high-speed Internet access, so for those days when you want to stay in bed watching movies, you can do just that! Each room also features an all-in-one 15.6" tablet which offers full television channels, Internet surfing and alarms.

ENSO ANGO, creating a new way to 'hotel stay'

 ENSO ANGO Hotel Network

ENSO ANGO has worked with world-renowned designers to create five-custom built properties in an excellent location in Kyoto. Each property supports and compliments one another so that guests can freely move and circulate between the five properties.

By choosing to stay in FUYA I, or any of the four other ENSO ANGOs, guests have immediate access and freedom to use any of the resources and facilities across the locations. The properties are within walking distance and are designed to act as one.

All ENSO ANGOs are designed by Uchida Design Inc., interior design studio founded by world-renowned designer Shigeru Uchida, with some properties featuring a master artist’s work. FUYA I features ceramic pottery interior elements and artwork by leading ceramic artist Masanobu Ando, while FUYA II features a variety of art works such as scroll art by Gazanbo Higuchi. TOMI I is decorated with a variety of cardboard box art works by Katsuhiko Hibino who believes that art should live and breathe in society, and TOMI II showcases furniture, lighting and interior elements by Swiss design group, atelier oi, a trio of artists who share a “po-ethic ” vision of creativity which brings guests closer to the elements, to nature, to the material and to emotions. Finally, YAMATO I is accentuated by the signature miniature paper model figures by renowned Japanese architect and designer, Naoki Terada

The inspiration for this unique hotel network came from the ‘Ango’ zen practice which sees monks live and train together before returning to their daily tasks. Guests staying at FUYA I and other ENSO ANGOs can come together within any of the communal spaces, chat about their day’s exploration, make food together, meet new friends and then return to their own private room.

Facilities across the 5 ENSO ANGO properties

There are a whole host of fantastic eateries in the local community but if you fancy a night in cooking then feel free to use the guest kitchen in TOMI I. You never know, someone might be cooking a communal meal! Just a short walk away in TOMI II, be sure to discover the full a la carte menu which uses mainly local produce from Kyoto in the restaurant. For an after-dinner drink head to YAMATO I to see what they have on offer at the bar.

After all that delicious food and wine, you might need to pay a visit to the state-of-the-art gym or register for morning yoga in the Tatami Salon, both in FUYA II.

Discover the traditional Japanese culture through workshops and activities

 ENSO ANGO FUYA II: Tatami Salon

At FUYA II, relax and unwind in the 24-hour lounge, take part in tea ceremonies held in the tea room or experience a workshop in the tatami mat salon. The Tatami Salon is a traditional Japanese-style room with mats made of straw and rush to sit on.

We love that the Tatami Salon is used on a regular basis for multi-purpose activities. These events bring together guests to learn, discover and play. From yoga, workshops and detailed talks with local artists and designers, the Tatami Salon is the ideal space for mixing with others. The workshops and sessions can each be registered for at the hotel reception and may have an additional cost.

One of our favourite workshops is conducted by Instructor Yoshihisa Fujii, the 6th-generation owner of local Fujii Tatami Shop, who teaches guests to create their own tatami mat. You get to learn something new and have your own personalized souvenir!

All events and activities can be seen online.

Workshops, events and activities

Activities Schedule: Learn More

Five-in-one hotel experiences at ENSO ANGO

The hotel network, ENSO ANGO, has created five properties which give guests the chance to explore Kyoto on foot. Each are within walking distance and offers special amenities across all ENSO ANGOs.

By choosing to stay at FUYA I, you are granted instant access to each of the five ENSO ANGOs and their facilities. You can meet new people, enjoy top of the range facilities, eat some of the freshest food, unwind in the Japanese gardens and enjoy an evening tipple before bed. You can find connectivity which goes beyond internet connectivity and instead opens you up to meaningful human connection.

If you are looking for a new way to travel and explore Kyoto then this experience will definitely be one to write home about. Simply book today, at least 90 days in advance and save up to 15%. Book for longer than two nights and receive 10% discount (valid: Oct 15 2018 to Jun 30 2019).


Address: 298 Tawarayacho, Ayanokoji-sagaru, Fuyacho-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8042 Japan

This article was brought to you by ENSO ANGO.

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