A new style of accommodation
harmonising history and modernity
CAMPTON offers ultimate levels of comfort through “machiya” (townhouses) located in the historicalcity of Kyoto that have been renovated and had new life breathed into them as accommodation establishments. Make your stay a stylish and relaxing one in the machiya sharing their history with the surrounding buildings and temples of the former capital city of Japan – Kyoto.
Words: Yuriko Ishii
Kyoto is not only known for its traditional, historic sites, but also for the old machiya lining the streets. Both local and international tourists come flocking to the city to see these beautiful buildings. The increase in restaurants utilising these machiya also comes as a welcome movement. Spearheading this machiya craze are the particularly popular buildings found in Kyoto.
RENOVATING THE MACHIYA AND PRESERVING THE TRADITIONAL TOWN FEEL
The vision of Masao Ono, CEO of CAMPTON, was to renovate and protect the machiya with his policy to preserve the Kyoto townscape. He has always loved old architecture, and his attention was drawn to the method of preserving old architectural structures in order to build modern establishments and maintain ageing buildings. CAMPTON is a modern example of preserving the charming township of the old capital through the renovation of traditional structures to create lodging facilities.
Within the walls of these historical buildings are establishments with new life breathed into themas parts of CAMPTON. This accommodation facility provides an atmosphere, facilities, service, and comfort at a price point to offer luxury. Machiya, while charming, tend to have a reputation of lacking comfort or functionality, with sometimes cold floors or draughty rooms. This is not the case at CAMPTON with all potential defects addressed to create a hotellike establishment at the peak of comfort. In fact, of the many machiya accommodation facilities found all over Kyoto, it would not be an exaggeration to say that CAMPTON has created the perfect combination of a machiya and hotel to suit all of the needs of potential guests. This establishment is also unique in that it offers a number of rooms on the premises, whereas many other machiya only offer the whole building to be booked for one or a number of guests.
EXPERIENCE THE CHARMS OF KYOTO IN THIS LUXURIOUS AND CALMING SPACE
CAMPTON is spread out amongst the popular locations in Kyoto with a total of 11 rooms in and around Kiyomizu, Kyoto station, and Nishijin for guests to choose according to where they wish to visit. One of the many drawcards of this establishment is the spacious rooms constructed using high-quality solid wood selected from the best Japanese timber available. All suites have sitting rooms with tatami floors for guests to stretch their legs and relax, with baths made of umbrella pines to soak in and soothe the tired and weary. Rooms are also fitted with kitchens stocked with not only dining ware, but also a fridge, microwave, coffee machine, kettle, and other utensils for those who wish to cook. The addition of a washing machine also makes longer stays a breeze. A TV, air conditioner, heated floors, and Wi-Fi also comes standard so that guests with families or friends can feel at home all throughout the year.
Meals are not generally included, but breakfast or dinner services or restaurant bookings can be arranged for. A number of restaurants utilising seasonal produce can also be found in the surrounds with a wide variety to suit all cravings and add to the joy of travelling. CAMPTON also works in collaboration with various specialist facilities to provide guests with Japanese cultural experiences such as tea ceremonies, flower arrangement, kimono fitting, Zen meditation, origami, and cooking classes.
Many large-scale hotels and hot spring inns provide guests with rooms topped with facilities such as restaurants, gift shops, and other places to undertake activities. While this provides guests with comfort and convenience, it also adds to the growing number of travellers spending less time exploring the streets and more time indoors. CAMPTON’s policy is to focus on providing comfortable accommodation, whilst also helping to spur on the revitalisation of the city through collaborating with other businesses and encouraging guests to visit local restaurants and shops, and participate in cultural activities.
The number of international visitors flocking to Japan continues to increase over the years, as do the number of returning visitors to Kyoto and other locations across the country. For returning guests, there is nothing more comforting or freeing than staying at an establishment that combines the best aspects of longter accommodation options and hotels. CAMPTON gives returning visitors the opportunity to take a step further into the charms Japan has to offer, and provides first-time visitors and their families a space with superior comfort.