We have the pleasure of confirming what previous guests have already written about Salon Haraguchi Tenseian: It’s truly an amazing experience!
First, about our most comfortable accommodations: Located above our host's pottery studio, the unit has 2 bedrooms, a small study/living room, a small kitchenette with a small sitting/dinette area, and one bathroom. It was much too big for us 2 adults but would be very comfortable for a small family or a small group of close friends. We chose the Japanese-style bedroom for our stay in December and found the room to be warm, cozy, and just perfect; we especially respected and appreciated the fact that each room has its own super-fast and responsive heating unit so that there was no wasted energy in any space that was not actively occupied (e.g., no need to heat the study/living room while we slept!). Everything was spotlessly clean; all of the appliances including the shower functioned flawlessly with plenty of hot water; the decoration was simple but tasteful and belied how well-supplied and efficient everything was, with a small fridge, a microwave, a small armoire with a large mirror, hair dryer, i.e., everything!
Second, the location could not have been any better for us first-time visitors: within walking distances to the Gion neighborhood as well as to the Kiyomizu and Kodaiji Temples, and such lovely strolls too to take in the sights of the old homes and shops of Higashiyama! BTW, do take advantage of the location and try to arrive at the Kiyomizu Temple early in the morning to experience the tranquility of the park-like complex before the crowds arrive! Despite its proximity to these touristic sites and some major thoroughfares, the apartment itself is in a quiet and very well-kept residential area, allowing us a feel for the rhythm of daily life in the neighborhood. (BTW, our hosts told us that they live just around the corner, in case we could possibly need anything above the abundance they already provided …)
And last but not least, as everyone has said, what made Salon Tenseian truly amazing and unique were our hosts, who were unbelievably gracious and kind: Our email correspondences throughout very warm and prompt; restaurant recommendations were not just a list of names but included our hosts’ thoughtful comments on the various types of cuisine and their price categories (we had a lovely kaiseki dinner at Gion Maruyama); and to our complete surprise and absolute delight, our host offered us the special treat of an afternoon visit to the stunning Fushimi Inari shrine, just in time to see the sunset, in the company of our host who kindly and patiently guided us through the history of this Shinto shrine! When we arrived, our hosts did not just draw for us a map of where to go to see things, but he actually accompanied us part of the way, to be sure that we could take in additional sights along the way. And though we didn’t expect it, our hosts even provided us with our breakfast provisions, in addition to the tea & coffee & Bernardaud china (!) already supplied. At Tenseian Kiyomizu, we were not just provided with very comfortable accommodations, we were warmly and graciously hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Haraguchi who genuinely wanted their guests to see and experience Kyoto to the fullest!
We initially had chosen to stay here because with just one day to spend in Kyoto before our work-related meeting in Kobe, we did not want to spend upwards of USD $500 to $700+ for just one night at a ryokan or other comparable lodgings. Salon Haraguchi Tenseian turned out to give us so, so much more: The amazingly personable interactions with our warm and gracious hosts; the comfortable and private accommodations; the warm feel of a residential neighborhood; the lovely and quiet walks in the area early in the morning when we felt that we had the ancient and picturesque neighborhood all to ourselves; ...
We sometimes write about how we want to keep “secret” a certain small and special hotel or B&B for fear that it would become too popular and then unavailable to us for future visits. With Salon Tenseian Haraguchi, we would gladly schedule our visit around the availability of the Salon: a stay there, hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Haraguchi, is a worthwhile experience in itself! Because of this amazing stay at Salon Tenseian, we are now planning a return visit to Kyoto either later this year or earlier next year, depending on the availability at this gem!
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- Salon Haraguchi Tenseian Hotel Kyoto