Located on a quiet lane leading up to the Chawan-zaka approach to Kiyomizu Temple (an UNESCO World Heritage site) and just minutes from the hustle and bustle of the busy souvenir shops and restaurants lining Ninnen-zaka and Sannen-zaka below the temple’s main gates, this modern machiya-style house was completely reformed and refurbished in 2007 and is maintained and managed by the proprietors of the Kaguraya Bed and Breakfast (recommended in the Lonely Planet Japan Guide).
The interior offers a harmonious combination of Japanese design and beautiful antiques with modern features such as hardwood floors and Iranian gabeh carpets. Downstairs, there is a full modern kitchen adjacent to a dining area with a traditional Japanese mizuya cupboard. The dining area opens out on to a deck beneath which flows a small stream from the temple. There is a western-style toilet and a full Japanese-style bathroom (complete with the book “How to Take a Japanese Bath”) downstairs. The two bedrooms are upstairs. The large, high ceiling-ed Japanese-style tatami mat bedroom sleeps up to 3 people in single or double futons. This room has a 32' flat screen TV and DVD player. Across the hall, the Western bedroom has a queen-sized futon bed.
The neighborhood in the Higashiyama district in which the house is located has been catering to tourists and pilgrims for centuries. Kiyomizu Temple is an especially popular destination for viewing the cherry blossoms and the autumn colors. Visit the numerous shops selling traditional Kiyomizu-yaki pottery as you wander the steep and ancient back lanes paved with stone north to Yasaka Shrine (10 minutes), or Hanamikoji Street (15 minutes), the center of the Gion, where the geisha ply their trade. From Kyoto Station, it’s 15 minutes by bus to the Gojo-zaka bus stop, a short walk from the house. There are also 2 bicycles available for guest use. Our modern machiya-style house in Gion-Kiyomizu is perfectly located for enjoying the best the ancient city of Kyoto has to offer.
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"Our visit to Kyoto was very successful in every sense, we enjoyed it so much. Much of it was due to your nice house in which we lived for two weeks and felt there like home. We loved the neighborhood and on our last Friday in Kyoto had a long walk through the little alleys of the area. We just loved it and decided that this was the most beautiful area in Kyoto...."
With 48 fantastic reviews already on this property, we were confident it was going to be good. We were not disappointed in any way, it really was as good as the previous reviewers said. The location is fabulous - tucked away in a quiet lane just below our favourite part of Kyoto. The area around Kiyomizu Dera was packed with tourists and school groups, but the house was a peaceful refuge a short walk away. Also a short walk from the taxi stand (for a family of 4 it was almost as cheap to use taxis as buses) and bus stop, so really easy to get to other parts of a Kyoto. The house is beautiful Japanese style with all modern comforts and really well equipped. The queen bed is firm by western standards (futon on tatami base) but we found it to be really comfortable. The kids loved their tatami room with futons on the floor. Great to have a Japanese style bathroom with a deep tub for a soak and a washing machine/dryer (there is a great little outdoor area where you can dry your clothes easily, so we didn't need the dryer). We had a couple of really wet days and the 4 umbrellas provided were much appreciated. This is a great property but the best thing of all is Acco's hospitality. Acco speaks perfect English and it was lovely to be able to have a real conversation with a Japanese person. She met us at the taxi stand and walked with us to the house, then spent considerable time explaining everything in the house and giving us lots of tips on the best places to visit. At the end of our stay she walked back to the taxi stand with us and arranged a taxi at would fit our ever expanding bags! This was a superb home for us and our teenage kids in Kyoto - the only complaint is that 5 nights was not long enough. Would love to return and would definitely stay in Acco's house again.
My family of four (2 adults, 2 kids) staying here in early January. The place is perfect down a quaint ally. Acco has thought of everything and everything is beautiful and perfect. Even though there was snow when we were there we were kept nice and toasty, unlike at other traditional homes we stayed in during our vacation. Acco was the ultimate host-she helped us make a dinner reservations, gave us directions and met us near the taxi stand. Her English is perfect and she is kind, helpful and knowledgable. We hated to leave. Thanks!!
This place was perfect! Me and my husband (Dutch) stayed a few days after busy Tokyo. Cute typical Japanese house. Choice between western style bed or futon. Cute living space and perfect area. Acco is super friendly and she speaks the best english so we got all information we wished. Great breakfast and lunch places just around the corner. Highly recommended. Thanks Acco! X Caroline
Such a nice cozy property, close to all public transport, sights, shopping, grocery, restaurants and everything else most tourists need. The house is traditional, yet renovated to provide modern amenities. It is quiet and in a back street but 2 minutes walk away from the noise and continuous bustle of busy traffic. Pictures describe the house accurately.
Acco, our host is most considerate and helpful. Our family had a most memorable time in this ancient city thanks to this website and great host.
Thank you and cannot wait to be back again.
Staying at the Kiyomizu house was a wonderful experience for us. Acco was very helpful and a great resource of local information. The location was very convenient to buses, groceries, shopping, the Gion district, temples, yet so very quiet. The house was air-conditioned which was great to return to after a day of sighseeing in the humid summer heat. The house was small but quite adequate for the four adults in our party. We We really loved the tatami room, the large table and chairs, and the kitchen had all that we needed for cooking, though we ate out mostly. We highly recommend the house and would gladly return if the opportunity arises in the future!
We found this property on-line and the photos and descriptions were very accurate. The Machiya met all of our needs. It was clean and comfortable and had everything we needed to feel at home, even fresh flowers! The kitchen was well-stocked with cookware and dishes, there were plenty of towels and bedding and even a washer/dryer. We especially appreciated the quiet location that was easily accessible to the taxi, bus, train station, grocery stores, restaurants and shops. It was the perfect home base for our sightseeing without needing a car. Acco-san was the perfect hostess. She even provided us with some delicious cookies for our train ride back to Tokyo. Thank you Acco-san for a most memorable time in Japan. We will definitely be back and have already recommended you to friends.