Poem Box

In the heart of the Gion district, this house was renovated by architect-designer Fumiko Kaneko and named "Poem Box".
This serene and cozy refuge, very well located, is ideal for enjoying the mix of modernity and tradition that characterizes Japan.

Description of the house

The house is in a single block (21m2): downstairs equipped kitchen, shower room and small dining area overlooking the adjoining garden.
A Japanese black tatami lounge, usually used for famous temples, completes the ground floor. A washing machine is then located under the shed outside.

At the other end of the house is a comfortable living room equipped with a table and chairs overlooking the neighboring garden.

A mezzanine completes the house. It has a comfortable double futon
Access to the mezzanine is via a ladder, and this can be difficult for elderly and/or tall people. However, it is possible that someone sleeps on the ground floor. The ceiling height of the mezzanine is approximately one meter. Air conditioning is located on the mezzanine level.

The neighborhood

The house is very quiet, in the heart of a residential area and very close to all the tourist sites of the Gion district (Higashiyama district), famous for its geishas and its picturesque streets. The house is a 15-minute walk from the famous Kiyomizu-dera Temple, a UNESCO heritage site.


  • Supermarket: 5 minutes walk

  • Convenient store 7 eleven or Family Mart: 4 minutes walk

  • Restaurants: around twenty restaurants within 10 minutes on foot

  • Kiyomizu Gojo train station (direct to Osaka or Fushimi-Inari from 5 a.m. to midnight, every 10 minutes): 6 minutes on foot

  • Gojozaka bus stop (bus 202-206-207-80-86-58): 5 min walk

  • Kyoto Station: 30 minutes on foot or 15 minutes by bus

  • Kennin-ji Temple: 4 minutes on foot

  • Geisha Street Miyagawa-cho: 3 minutes on foot

  • Geisha Street Hanami koji: 8 minutes on foot

  • Yasaka Shrine: 15 minutes on foot

  • Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Ninnenzaka and Sannenzaka Street: 15 minutes on foot

  • Fushimi-Inari Temple: 45 minutes on foot or 19 minutes by train

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    Plans and equipments


    • Bathtub
    • Shower
    • Kitchen
    • Fridge
    • Washing Machine
    • Coffee Machine
    • Toaster
    • Table Ware
    • Kitchen Ustensil
    • Microwave
    • Electric Kettle

    Floor plan

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    Location of the house


    This several centuries old district is famous for its entertainment reserved for Kyoto's intellectual and artistic elite. Find yourself immersed in a maze of small streets lined with beautiful Japanese architecture, in a sophisticated timeless universe where small shopkeepers, craftsmen, monks, rich clients and of course maïko and geïko all rub shoulders with each other.

    • Pluses: A unique ambience. Pass maïkos and geïkos everyday at any time of the day. Near the city centre and the main historical sites of East Kyoto.
    • Minuses: This very lively district is not conducive to lazy holidays.
    • Shops : Fresco supermarket open 24 hours a day - Many Konbini - Post offices - Bicycle rental
    • Transports: Bus service to easily connect to the city's other tourist areas. - Keihan train line to Osaka and Hankyu train line to Arashiyama and Katsura
    • Restaurants: Jojo, cuisine is centred on vegetables from Kyoto - Izuju, sushi - Kezako, Modern good quality French cuisine - Oku Café
    • Attractions: The Gion Corner, a theatre in the heart of Gion, gives a taste of the variety of arts (dances, floral arrangement, tea ceremony…). - Kennin-ji temple - Yasaka sanctuary - Kiyomizu-dera temple

    In the area

    License number : M260011687

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