Maana Kiyomizu’s exterior is every inch the traditional Japanese townhouse, but the hotel’s interiors wholeheartedly embrace contemporary design and craft.
The hotel is Maana Homes’ third location in Kyoto, set in the Higashiyama district and located inside a century-old machiya. There are just three suites on offer, as well as a cafe and a craft store, POJ Studio, which sells many of the smaller pieces on display around the hotel.
Maana Kiyomizu is decked out in sandy tones and shades, with textured plaster contrasting dark wooden beams that serve as a reminder of the home’s long history. The interiors bring together a mix of classic Japanese craftsmanship and western design, with paper lanterns, woven bamboo screens and washi paper contrasting geometric sofas, rustic stools and sleek bedside tables.
The overall effect is one of supreme calm, with guests cocooned in the Kyoto hotel’s minimalism, clean lines and muted palette. It’s part of Maana Homes’ wider philosophy, with founders Irene Chang and Hana Tsukamoto saying their ambition is to create ‘cozy and tranquil spaces, made for slow living and contemplation’. Suites will be available to book later this year.
427-18, Myohoin Maekawacho, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, 605-0932, Japan