Co-Living in Japan
Hotel Anteroom, Kyoto
Hotel Anteroom in Kyoto is a hybrid space – a very Japanese experiment of bringing together co-living residents, hotel guests and in-residence artists.
Photography courtesy of  Hotel Anteroom

yoto is a magical place with enchanting gardens, historical neighborhoods, canal walks and sensitivity to inspire any creative mind or design lover. Yet, there is a young and creative street scene in town that is making an interesting mark in some areas of this renowned traditional city. Just south of the Kyoto Station – the main arrival hub in town – Hotel Anteroom is a hybrid serviced apartments and suites for visitors and residents, creating a hybrid co-living vibe.


With art-galleries, studios and co-working spaces – the building is an industrial contrast to the the more traditional wooden houses of this quintessential Japanese city.

  • Street Style
  • 7Aketacho Higashi-Kujo Minami-Ku Kyoto
  • Japan
  • +81 075 681 5656

    The accommodation spaces are divided into apartments for long residencies and conceptual rooms for visitors – each conceptual room imagined by a local Kyoto artist – creating spaces that range from the minimalist ambience to the full-blown Japanese creative craziness. The interior design created by Japanese studios UMA & Design Farm are also cleverly thoughtful – using geometric forms and bold colors – and showcases an ingenuous way of making everything so practical; the metal doors of the rooms for instance are turned into notice boards with the use of fridge-like magnets not only to inform the guest – times, weather, tips about town or rules – but also to communicate with the concierge: DO NOT DISTURB. The rooms are regularly redesigned so a stay is never the same.


    The open spaces and gardens have also a very unique touch – no regular moss garden here. The hotel also counts with designed vending machines throughout the property, rental bicycles – actually a very charming way of exploring the city – and of course bespoke see-thorough umbrellas for those rainy Kyoto days or that visit to the humid bamboo forest.


    With a vibrant scene happening at the hotel, with live conceptual performances and regular exhibitions of up and coming local artists – with some foreign art residences, Hotel Anteroom is certainly a fun place. Just check out the busy list of events happening at the bar, that keep the crowds coming for more, and mingle with some very chatty locals. A stay here is sure to keep the guest updated with what is happening in Kyoto – blessing the visitor with the rare immersive experience of artsy-youthful local life beyond all the formality and tradition of Japan’s formal imperial capital.


    "The comfortable atmosphere of staying at an artist friends’ house."
    By Published on Sep 28 2017