We loved our stay at Gagakuan. Such a beautiful Machiya, we were thrilled to stay in a traditional style Japanese home and this one was the perfect combination of modern convenience and old world architecture. Everything about it was perfect. The home was comfortable and immaculate, and it seems the owners have thought of everything a visitor might need. We stayed with our two young adult children and had plenty of room. The kitchen was very modern and well equipped and bathrooms had a lovely shower, large tub and yes, modern Japanese toilets. The beds, a queen and two singles were wonderfully comfortable, and the large upstairs bedroom with bathroom was open and roomy.
Our host Saki was super informative and helpful. She met us at the house at our arrival providing us maps and directions to many of Kyoto's sights that we wanted to visit, along with recommendations for local restaurants and stores. Communication prior to our trip was excellent and during our stay she took great care in making sure we had everything we needed. There was even a bicycle provided and we rented a few more to bike around the city, it was so much fun. The house is very conveniently located not to far from Kyoto station and close enough for a quick taxi, bus or train ride to Kyoto's temples and parks.
Gagakuan was such a wonderful place to stay, and made our trip to Kyoto even more memorable. We will be back!