A travel to the extraordinary world.
Text & photo by Kenta Baba
For all the travelers who needs to save up some money for their accommodation expense, this guest house, which you can stay around 3,000 yen, can be really appreciated.
There are so many wonderful guesthouses in Kyoto, but Pan and Circus located in Kawaramachi Gojo is something different from others.
It used to be a pawnshop and they refurbished a 100 year-old house into a guesthouse which has mainly french antiques from New York on the first floor. This is a bar and salon for everyone, and you don’t have to stay here to use this place.
This place is located within 10 minutes waking distance to downtown and all the main sightseeing places in Kyoto, and it’s mixed with New York, French and Japanese culture all together and makes a harmony somehow.
From the second to the third floor, it is a dormitory space for man with a Japanese traditional atmosphere that you can see a thick beam out of the ceiling.
At a public space for the second floor, guests can spend any ways they want. Reading a book, searching for something on a computer, exchanging an information of their trips and therefore staying at a guesthouse is very enjoyable. All the pictures on the wall are purchased by the owner in New York.
At the second floor, there is a public rest room. A showerroom and kitchen are at the first floor.
Going down to the first floor again.
There is the biggest clock on the wall in this house and it seems it is really old back in the era a king of France Louis something. (The owner doesn’t know which Louis’s era.)
Not only a mirror is old, but also there are so many antiques everywhere around and it might be a precious time to see all those with some drinks together.
I visit this place often and I see moments of meeting not only guests who stay here, but also locals drinking and laughing together quite often.
These are the staffs at Pan and Circus.
(From Left to right : Mr.Toshi ; guesthouse manager, Ms.Jessica ; bar manager, Ms.Hikari, who just came back from New York recently)
When I listened to Jessica’s talk, she convinced me of what she said.
“Let’s say, for example, we talk something seriously about life here, but somebodies can talk something very stupid over there. No matter what we do and talk, everything can make full of harmony somehow and it is very interesting actually.”
This place is not only for travelers, but also people who live in Kyoto can feel themselves as a traveler somehow. It’s like a machine that can take you to somewhere that everything is unusual. Everyone equally enjoys its atmosphere.
Luckily, it was Christmas eve so everyone was preparing a party.
I muttered to myself and said, “this is like a perfect place for a Christmas party huh?”
and the guesthouse manager, Mr.Toshi laughed at me and said, “it’s like we have a christmas party everyday though.”
When you travel, you talk something that you usually don’t, and you get impressed by something very small that you don’t see usually. A part of something you get used to is a chance to be truly who you are. Pan and Circus is a special and mysterious place to release all the complexities in our daily life. Doesn’t matter if you travel or not, I would like you to stop by here for any reasons.
※They have closed business on June 25th, 2016.
ADDRESS : 616 Azuchi-cho, Gojo-Agaru, Kawramachi Dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto city (MAP)
CHECK IN : 3:00 p.m. ~ 9:00 p.m.
CHECK OUT : 11:00 a.m.
HOURS (BAR) : Monday ~ Saturday / 8:00 p.m. ~ midnight
EXPENSE : Dormitory separated by gender / 3,000 yen per night
WEB SITE : http://panandcircus.com/