I came to Japan to study in 2004 and spent 10 years in Kyoto.
During this period, I became a big fan of Kyoto and served as its honorary ambassador in 2011.
After leaving school and entering society, I had a deeper understanding of the charm of Kyoto, and I am proud to believe that today’s career is a bridge between Kyoto and the world.

Kyoto is undoubtedly the top international tourist city in the world.
At the same time of international and functional, the perfect preservation of the traditional town landscape and industry, not only in Japan but also abroad is highly praised.

According to the survey, Kyoto had 52.75 million visitors in 2018, more than 50 million for six consecutive years (of which foreign visitors accounted for about 15.3 percent, or 8.05 million).
The ratio of overnight accommodations to one-day trips was as follows: 25.3 percent of Japanese tourists, or 11.32 million people, were lodgings.
Among the foreign tourists, lodging tourists accounted for about 55.9 percent or 4.5 million people.
(Credit: Kyoto Tourism Survey 2018)

Many foreign tourists have a special feeling for Kyoto. More and more people visit Kyoto more than once a year. Besides enjoying the famous sightseeing and shopping, in-depth trips to Kyoto are becoming more and more popular.
For example, look for local specialty restaurants that are rarely found in the guide, or take a walk down the quaint alleyways.

Kyoto, with its rich tourism resources, rich culture and historical heritage, unique natural scenery, developed urban facilities, and meticulous service concept, you will feel a variety of charm in Kyoto.
For me, Kyoto tourism, Kyoto accommodation, there is a tremendous potential market and unlimited possibilities.

And now in Kyoto, the problem of vacant townhouses has been brought into focus.
Currently, there are about 40,000 of them left in Kyoto, and about 800 are demolished each year.
I am personally very concerned about the demolition of this historic Kyo-machi house.

I was fascinated by the infinite value of the house. Therefore, I focused on the “Experience of the House” and transformed the houses into guesthouses suitable for accommodation. The characteristics of the Kyomachiya houses were retained, and the most advanced indoor facilities and interior decoration were combined to reflect the sense of advance like a luxury hotel.

Based in Kyoto, our company also develops real estate business, architectural design, and construction business and hotel operation business.

Based on the professional knowledge and resources accumulated in the real estate business, we strive to create a comfortable accommodation environment in terms of the geographical location of the house and hardware aspects such as the design and construction of decoration projects.
We have established a stable partnership with local architects and engineering teams, and are committed to the building itself and the rooms’ various furnishings and interiors to deliver the glory of Kyoto to the world at large.
For example, in terms of furniture, we actively used hand-made lanterns and bedding from old Kyoto shops to create an opportunity to experience the traditions of Kyoto.

In terms of software, to continuously improve our service and provide a more advanced accommodation experience, we proposed a “harmony, Kyoto, non-daily” experience.
We will make full use of our unique resources, not only for the accommodation experience but also actively expand the service content such as catering and cultural experience. Regarding catering, we are planning and launching a variety of services unique to Kyoto, we have selected authentic Japanese breakfast, and offer sukiyaki recipes using Kyoto ingredients.

At present, we operate more than 10 whole house lease Kyo-Machi guesthouses in The city, and we plan to increase the number to 50 by 2025.
We hope to continue to contribute to the comfort of our customers in Japan and around the world.

Tosei Corporation

CEO & President

David Chou