We're a guesthouse staffed by familiar faces.
We want our guests who visit Japan from overseas to have a chance to engage in friendly conversation with the people of Kyoto
—and we want the experience to be so enjoyable that they even reach out with an email from time to time after they return home.
Everything we do is designed to make the Aya Inn more convenient and keep it pristine for our guests.
The amenities have all been personally selected by the owner or our staff members to reflect what they would want if it was their own home.
The house has been fully remodeled with convenience and safety in mind, all while retaining its distinctive machiya character. Everything guests will lay their hands on has been completely replaced, with an interior palette of soothing neutrals that is both deeply authentic and devoid of any garish, overdone attempts to be "too Japanese".
We've taken an old machiya and stripped it down to its skeleton, replacing the foundations in the floor and the upper structure, then laying down 3-cm wood flooring. The interior walls are traditional Japanese-style plaster, but have been freshly renovated throughout. Despite these extensive updates, however, core traditional elements like the ceiling beams have been preserved in their original forms.
The people of Kyoto value convenience like everyone else, but they also treasure their priceless traditions.
StaffMeet the staff
Naonori was born and raised in a Kyoto temple. He studied social services at Ryukoku University, continuing his studies abroad for two years after graduation, primarily in Australia and the Philippines. He experienced all kinds of guesthouses during his travels through Southeast Asia as a backpacker, and it was the joy of having fun and talking with fellow travelers from all over the world that led him to his current role of managing the Aya Inn Karasuma Gojo guesthouse. Knowing what it's like to be a traveler himself, he is committed to offering an exceptional level of hospitality day after day to ensure that every guest leaves with wonderful memories of their time in Kyoto. Whether you want to find a great restaurant, plan the perfect sightseeing route through the city, get involved in a fun activity, or add an optional experiential package to your trip, Naonori is at your service. All you have to do is ask! You're sure to be delighted with what he has to offer.
President, Aya-L Co., Ltd.
Partner bank: Kansai Urban Banking Corporation, Ashiya Branch
President, Aya-L Co., Ltd.
Fumiko was born in Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture and grew up in Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture. She worked in the human resources department at Daifuku Co., Ltd., and has lived in Kobe since she got married in 1977. After working in the apparel business for more than thirty years, she turned over her work to the next generation and used her newfound free time to start working towards her dream of owning a guesthouse in Kyoto. It took a whole year, but she eventually succeeded in opening the small Aya Inn Karasuma Gojo with the help of numerous Kyoto friends and acquaintances. She is eternally grateful for their support.