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Where To Stay In Kyoto: 101 Reasons To Check Into This Kyoto Machiya

Katie
Updated Nov 21, 2018

When you close your eyes and think of Kyoto, you might envision bustling city streets, oodles of noodles, and the Fushimi Inari. You wouldn’t be wrong. Kyoto is known for its unique tradition, history and culture, but there is much more to explore; and designer hotel chain, ENSO ANGO, is helping intrepid travelers discover it. At night, stroll the cobbled streets of the Gion area, and you’ll catch glimpses of modern-day Geishas. Be in awe at the golden temple of Kinkaku-ji, get lost in the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove and spot the intricate beauty and design features that span the city. After a busy day exploring, each of the five ENSO ANGO properties (ENSO ANGOs) welcomes guests home to a deeper understanding of the lifestyle and culture of this unique city. This is an opportunity not just to visit Kyoto but to actually experience life in Kyoto. Book today (until June 30th 2019), with 90 days in advance and you can save up to 15%, stay for longer than two nights and receive 10% off. Let’s take a closer look at what you expect from ENSO ANGO FUYA II.


Introducing ENSO ANGO FUYA II

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FUYA II has re-imagined the core elements of a Kyoto machiya (a traditional Kyoto townhouse) and created a space, designed in the art of Zen, for mindfulness and meditation. Typically, Kyoto machiyas have a non-imposing exterior which, upon entry, unfolds like a jasmine flower into an elaborate series of interconnected spaces. This traditional element can be seen in the blueprints of FUYA II, but also majestically blends modern design features into each area.

Featuring exquisite communal areas, FUYA II has a homely feeling with bright color pops and relaxing seating areas. Like your private space? Then withdraw from the communal zones to your own private oasis. There are a number of different room styles to choose from, including 69 twin rooms and 16 triple rooms.

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Superior Twin

Ideal for up to two or three people, these relaxing and comfortable rooms feature double beds and a shower booth with rain shower. The rooms are spacious and decorated in neutral colors with an all-in-one 15.6" tablet with television and Internet connection. There is also 24-hour high-speed Internet and a waterproof JBL Bluetooth speaker. You can also keep refreshments cool in the personal refrigerator.

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Enso Twin

The Enso Twin rooms are offered both with or without a kitchenette area and are ideal for up to three people. The Enso Twin rooms feature the same facilities as the Superior Twin, although they are slightly larger in size. If you opt for the kitchenette, you can expect to find an electric stove, sink, refrigerator, cooking tools and tableware in the room.

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Superior Queen

These Superior Queen rooms are a perfect place to come home and rest after a busy day exploring Kyoto. The rooms are spacious and feature a small table and chair area so that you can enjoy some light refreshments kept cold by the refrigerator. These queen rooms also boast the same technology, including the 15.6" tablet with television, Internet, telephone and alarm features. There is 24-hour high-speed Internet and a rain shower booth.

ENSO ANGO FUYA II

Address: 241-1 Nabeyacho, Takatsuji-agaru, Fuyacho-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8055 Japan

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Facilities and amenities in ENSO ANGO

A sense of community and belonging is core to the story of FUYA II, and as such, guests can take full advantage of facilities at four other properties of ENSO ANGO. Each is within walking distance from one another and this fluidity of movement is one of the reasons why FUYA II is so unique. You are bound to be surprised by who you will meet and what you will discover.

At FUYA II, the 24-hour lounge offers a number of different seating options, each lovingly designed to create space and interaction with other guests. You can also delve into the complimentary continental breakfast, served daily. In the evening, the lounge turns into a cocktail party where guests can enjoy sipping on delicious fruity cocktails and chatting about their day.

Other communal spaces include a traditional Japanese-style tea ceremony room, a modern gym in Kyoto with state of the art machines and a multi-purpose Tatami Salon. In the tea room, guests will be able to experience a traditional tea ceremony whilst sitting at a “Ryurei”, a low-rise table and chair combo.

These areas are often used for events and activities such as yoga and Zen meditation in the Tatami Salon.

Remember to explore the facilities of other ENSO ANGOs. We’d recommend the bars in TOMI II and YAMATO I, the a la carte menu offered at the restaurant in TOMI II and the guest kitchen in TOMI I where you can make your own meals together with family and friends.

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Experience authentic Japanese culture through local activities in Kyoto

ENSO ANGO values the authentic culture of Kyoto and aims to connect guests with the ancient traditions and craftsmen of the city through various tailored local activities. All ENSO ANGO guests can participate and register for these events and activities.

Focus within and expand your consciousness during a one-hour Zen meditation workshop under the guidance of experienced Zen masters who are priests from Kyoto’s oldest Zen temple, Kenninji Ryosokuin in Gion. It is also for the first time ever in history that the priests are teaching Zen meditation outside the confines of a temple.

For active runners, you will be thrilled to find out that night running around Kyoto is one of the activity highlights. Taking the route along the Kamogawa River, through quiet shopping arcades and passing by Shinto shrines, this night activity promises to be a great way to keep fit and explore the less-touristy side of Kyoto.

Other notable activities include authentic cooking classes and learning more about the craft of Tatami, which is an iconic characteristic of the Japanese culture and lifestyle.

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Designed from the heart

FUYA II was lovingly designed by Uchida Design Inc., an interior design studio founded by world-renowned designer Shigeru Uchida, featuring a variety of art works such as a scroll art by Gazanbo Higuchi.

With a number of common areas, at the heart of FUYA II, you’ll find a sense of community that represents both modern-day Kyoto and traditional Japan. Be sure to stroll around and take note of local artists work which is showcased throughout. The care and attention extend beyond the walls of the hotel into the Tsuboniwa, a traditional Japanese garden.

Before entering the hotel grounds, you’ll come across the sacred Japanese Chozu, where you can wash your hands. Then, upon entering, you’ll be swept up into a warm and welcoming atmosphere that instantly creates a relaxing environment.

This network of Japanese themed hotel in Kyoto came to exist under a collaboration of artist contributors with Uchida Design Inc.

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A 'slice of Kyoto life' experience

We may not have reached our 101 reasons to stay at FUYA II, but we’re sure that you can see how this new style of hoteling can be both life-changing and groundbreaking. It’s time to step away from internet connectivity and instead have some incredible human activity across the ENSO ANGOs. It may not be under one roof, but the facilities are state-of-the-art and by walking and exploring around each property, you’ll be able to discover a whole new level to Kyoto.

By choosing to visit Kyoto, we know that you’ll have a great time enjoying the sights. But, by staying in the traditional Kyoto hotel, FUYA II, we guarantee an amazing time. So, if you’re ready to spruce up your Instagram feed and make all of your friends jealous, then get ready to book today! Remember that if you book up to 90 days in advance, you’ll save up to 15% (Valid: Oct 15 2018 to Jun 30 2019).

ENSO ANGO FUYA II

Address: 241-1 Nabeyacho, Takatsuji-agaru, Fuyacho-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8055 Japan

This article was brought to you by ENSO ANGO.

This article was originally published on Oct 15, 2018

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