Following their success with Maana Kyoto and Maana Kamo, the Japanese hospitality company Maana Homes is opening a third property in their home city Kyoto this summer. Since their founding in 2018, the company has integrated traditional Japanese townhouses – machiya – into the modern world, preserving their rich history while repurposing them for modern living.
Maana Kiyomizu hosts three suites, a retail shop, and a café within a row of machiya houses in Kyoto, with the project made possible by a partnership between Maana, POJ Studio, and Kishin. Providing accommodation, crafts, and food respectively, these three studios have united to infuse Maana Kiyomizu with the essence of ancient Kyoto. With intimate, interactive moments at the heart of the project, the three collaborators emphasise that the traditional Japanese way of life can provide inspiration for today’s world.
The design of Maana Kiyomizu is seamless, light-filled, and open, focusing on light and airflow to infuse the building with a sense of peace. The first suite, a one-bedroom queen, features an oversized bathtub that overlooks Toyokuni Shrine and its surrounding greenery, providing the perfect atmosphere for relaxing among the artisanal interior décor by POJ Studio.
The building’s second suite doubles its capacity with one queen bedroom and a tatami room, where two more guests can sleep. With a handmade shigaraki tub, private garden, and a special nook room for relaxation, the second suite is perfect for a small group. The third and final suite in Maana Kiyomizu also sleeps four, featuring a freestanding kitchen island with a tea and coffee station and a cosy living room area.
Furnished with a variety of beautiful artisanal Japanese pieces by POJ Studio, Maana Kiyomizu is a peaceful residence steeped in Japanese history and tradition. With just a nine-minute drive from Kyoto Station and a thirteen-minute walk to the Kiyomizu Temple, this is the place to stay in Kyoto to experience Japan at its essence. Stay tuned for its opening this summer.