For starters, the entire neighborhood is populated by a great number of “machiya” houses. That is, traditional old town houses that have been kept alive through the years.
The main popularity of Nishijin comes from the “Nishijin-ori”, or the Nishijin style of weaving, which made it the place to be if you want to buy an authentic kimono.
The whole neighborhood is kept alive by a great number of shops and restaurants, many of which have continued to be in service for many years. Such richness is only increased by being the home of one of Japan’s most important shrines, the Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, which is especially popular with students looking to pass a difficult exam. This shrine also carries out many events throughout the year and is only about a 15 minute walk from Sakura House Kyoto Imadegawa.
As if this weren’t enough, just a 15 minute walk in the opposite direction shall leave you at the Kyoto Imperial Palace and the Imperial Garden. A little further ahead is Kyoto’s landmark, the Kamo River, perfect for a nice morning stroll, picnic or bike ride while taking in all it’s natural beauty.
In the area surrounding our traditional “machiya” house, 11 different bus lines give you access to all the wonderful places the city has to offer. 5 of those bus lines run right behind the house. In addition, Imadegawa Station (right in front of the Kyoto Imperial Palace) gives excellent access to and from Kyoto Station. Towards Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, Kitano Hakubaicho Station offers a beautiful ride towards Arashiyama (home to the bamboo forest).
Nishijin is certainly the place to be if you plan on seeing all the marvels of Kyoto. It’s strategic location can only be described as “the heart of Kyoto”, since not only does it hold a big part of it’s tradition, but directly connects with many of the city’s popular areas. What can be better than to share the experiences of this area’s wonders with family or friends? Sakura House Kyoto Imadegawa allows you to do just that, offering an entire traditional house modernized for you comfort.
We are always eager to show you what it is like to live in Japan, and we are very happy to be able to offer Kyoto to you as well. Don’t hesitate on contacting us with questions or availability inquiries.