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Machiya townhouse - comfort and privacy in the heart of eastern Kyoto.


Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, Japanese
Bedrooms 2
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Machiya townhouse - comfort and privacy in the heart of eastern Kyoto.

Bedrooms 2
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


Kyoto Townhome Rental Photos and Description

Two bedrooms, full bath, kitchen, living, sleeps 4 (up to 6 with children)

Suisenkyo Shirakawa machiya is a beautifully remodeled townhouse in the heart of Kyoto. With access to Heian Jingu, Chio-in, Gion, and the amazing downtown shopping arcades only walking distance away, you couldn't be in a better position to explore Kyoto.

The Shirakawa house has a full kitchen and comfortable living areas, so you don't have to eat out every meal, and you can relax while still experiencing the culture that is all around you. Ideally located for making connections for those long day-trips to Nara, Himeji, Osaka, Kobe, Kurama, and even Hiroshima on the bullet train!

There is a laundry machine and small balcony, and no extra fees for cleaning or utilities.

Choose between the Western room with two beds or the Japanese room with tatami floors and futons. There is never a double booking so you are free to make the space your own during your stay. Free wireless internet.

What guests like about Suisenkyo: Most visitors to Suisenkyo Shirakawa comment on several things; the house itself, the area, and the feeling of being 'inside the real Kyoto'. We believe if you visit this beautiful city for a week, why stay at a big hotel when you can actually live in the heart of the town? The house is cozy and comfortable, walking distance to the 'must see' places, and close to shops, public baths, restaurants, and everything else you need to make the most of your time in the old capital.

Contact us or search our suisenkyo homepage for more information as well.

Getting there: Many guests choose to take a taxi from Kyoto station, which is convenient, affordable, and fast. Usually a trip to or from the main station is less than 18 US$. Suisenkyo is also located within easy walking distance of the Higashiyama subway station. The bus lines that crisscross Kyoto are also very easy to access. There are even tourist 'jin-rickshaws' that ply their trade between Heian Shrine, down the Shirakawa canal, and into the Gion district.

Getting back after a big day or night on the town is no problem either; the main dining/eating/drinking areas are within 15-20 minutes on foot.

Seasonal events:

There are many interesting seasonal events in the area, especially the 'light-up' evenings at the nearby Chion-in temple in fall and early winter.

More Details
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Mike (Property Manager)
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, Japanese
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 23, 2015

Guestbook comments from the manager

We enjoyed every moment of our week in Kyoto and leave wanting very much to return and experience more of this fascinating city. Your lovely house was just perfect for our family -- so well placed and so comfortable to return to after our long days out and about. The cozy quilts, super hot water and very efficient heaters were all much appreciated, as we arrived from the height of a Sydney summer to find Kyoto in the the grip of winter chill. It was wonderful to feel just a little of what it must be like to be a local -- we felt rather sorry for other visitors who had to return "home" to a hotel room at the end of their day.

We managed to cram a great deal into our short time here -- besides day trips to Himeji castle and Nara (the girls bowed to every deer in the park!) we enjoyed Arashiyama, the serene gardens, the bamboo forests, the monkey park, Yasaka, a carnival Sunday morning, and the list goes on and on.... we will certainly be back!!

Thank you so much for providing such special accommodation, and we wish you all the best,
Jan 2010
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Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights
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Machiya townhouse - comfort and privacy in the heart of eastern Kyoto.
average rating of 4.740741 based on 31 reviews

Could not wish for better place in Kyoto

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in Kyoto for 8 nights in Machiya townhouse and could not wish for a better place. First of all, we received very clear directions to the house and the directions on Japanese for the taxi driver were just what was needed. The house itself is located on very quiet street just off the beautiful canal. It is very close to the metro station, the Modern Art museum, the Philosopher path, and several beautiful temples. The district is full of nice restaurants and convenience stores.

It feels definitely Japanese but very comfortable and includes all modern amenities: : from fully equipped kitchen to washing machine and heater. Mike and Yuko provided us with valued advice on what to see, where to eat and we ready to help if any problem arise. We will definitely stay in Machiya again when we come to Kyoto.

  • Submitted: May 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your thoughtful and helpful comments. We designed the house and paid attention to the amenities specifically for travellers like yourselves. We are so happy when people enjoy their time in Kyoto, and our team is dedicated to providing you with a comfortable place to stay. -mgmt.

Character, convenience, great for our family of 5

  • 5 of 5

This was a great choice for our 5 night stay in Kyoto. Families of 5 have a challenge finding accommodation that is reasonable and this suited us perfectly. The photos Mike has put on genuinely reflect the place, and there was enough space for us to spend evenings reflecting on what we had done each day. Our 3 kids (15,14 and 10) slept on the futons in one bedroom, and ourselves in the comfy double bed in the other. The Japanese style bath/shower was great, plenty hot water and obligatory heated toilet seat!

The location was great as easy walking distance to the subway, or 10-15 mins walk to the bigger train stations via really attractive canals, especially during Sakura season. Our kids always get frustrated with us making them walk distances but they never once complained about the walks from the machiya to public transport, as they really weren't far. It was also easy to get to most of the Eastern Kyoto hotspots. There were several local options for quick food options.

It was quite wet and cool when we were there, and you could see that a Machiya is not a naturally warm place, but the aircon/heating unit worked well when needed.

Mike's communication from enquiry to us finally leaving was fantastic with very clear directions and advice - thank you.

Kyoto is a fantastic city to visit, more like a big town than a city. Easy to get around, friendly people and lots to see and do. Hiring bikes and touring around is easy and definitely worthwhile too.

I would have no qualms at all in recommending this place to anyone I know.

  • Submitted: May 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much, we really appreciate the kind comments and the helpful advice to future guests! It would be lovely to meet you or your family and friends again any time. -M

Location is very convenient !!

  • 4 of 5

The house is nice, cleaning and feel comfortable.

Location is perfect and also in district Gion, just 10 minutes walking to the temple and just few minutes walk to the subway station.

There have a supermarket and some restaurant near the house.

We can buy some food from supermarket and cooking at house.

Its great, I will visit again if I'll come kyoto one more time.

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: HomeAway

Wonderful Location in Kyoto

  • 5 of 5

This is the fourth time my husband and I have visited Kyoto, each time staying at a different vacation rental. From Suisenkyo, we walked, we biked and we took the subway with ease to everywhere we wanted to see.

The machiya, a traditional wooden townhouse, is located just off the Shirakawa River. The river is more like a canal—beautiful with weeping willows, snowy white egrets and lantern-like street lamps dotting its stone-walled banks

We had everything needed for a pleasant base for our adventures. Daily we purchased groceries and made almost all our meals at home. One day there were snow flurries and the heaters keep us cosy and comfortable.

The toilet seat is heated and the bathtub is really deep. We had no complaints about hot water. It was available whenever we wanted it.

Although we didn't use the big tatami room upstairs, it would be a great place for kids to sleep and play.

We really enjoyed this neighborhood in eastern Kyoto. Two blocks toward the Kamo-gawa River is a covered market where we bought fresh produce, fish and meat. At the top of the block on Sanjo dori is Lawson, the corner store for milk and such. We checked out the local coffee shops, tried out the beef shop called That's Beef (way too expensive for what we got), and bought presents at some of the nearby stores.

Within easy walking distance is the Gion district and Chion-in Temple, as well as many more temples and shrines. (In Kyoto, they are found on almost every corner.) We really enjoyed walking into the Gion in the evenings for a late day coffee at Starbucks.

We biked to Nijojo Castle one day and the Nishijin textile district another. We made it out to Arashimyama on the electric train and took a different train to Fushima—the mountain shrine with a thousand torii gates.

Our hosts were very accommodating. We had two requests and both were responded to within hours. Our 8-night stay at Suisenkyo was great.

  • Submitted: Jan 31, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your informative review, Patricia. We are always happy when someone has a memorable and positive experience in our town! Also it is wonderful that you share some of your insights with other travelers. We appreciated your comments and helpful suggestions, and during our pre-spring maintenance we will be updating some of the amenities so that we can continue to provide the best holiday rental at the best price. We wish you all the best in your travels in the future, and please come see us again sometime! Mike

"Perfect location, perfect hosts"

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the townhouse for three nights in October/ November. It's a lovely, atmospheric Japanese townhouse which really makes you feel as if you are living in Kyoto (we even got to know the neighbours - and their dog). The location - minutes from the historic old town area and on a gorgeous leafy canal - can't be beat. We took out the free bikes and spent a brilliant day cycling around the temples. Stupidly we left some items at the house, but Mike posted them on to our next hotel so they were waiting when we arrived. It's things like that which make this place so special. And made our friends who'd paid to stay in a generic business hotel very jealous indeed.

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much, and we are happy that you enjoyed your time with us. This off-season we will be making some new improvements to the building, and we will continue to do our best to provide the best comfort and service to our guests. I hope you have a chance to come visit Kyoto again sometime.

Comfort and convenience in central Kyoto

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for nearly two weeks with our daughters, aged 10 and 9. After a long flight, we arrived at the Machiya exhausted and well before the check-in time. To our relief the fabulous Mike and Yuko had organised for the Machiya to be ready for us so we could go straight in and recover. This was just the beginning of our positive experience.

They met us later in the day for a "Kyoto 101"' with a helpful map and suggestions based on what we liked to do.

With a 5 minute walk to Geisha in Gion, 2 minute walk to Lawsons convenience store (with all the sushi packs, beer and funky chocolates you could ever need!) and 5 minute walk to the subway....this Machiya makes for a very easy home base to launch into wonderful day trips around this fascinating city and beyond.

The stairs to the second floor were a little steep but were equipped with a handrail and were aptly negotiated by our kids. Note that this is a traditional style Machiya, which did not have 6ft tall foreigners in mind when it was designed, so if you are tall, you will get used to ducking your head when you go through the doorways.

We appreciated the authenticity of the tatami / futon sleeping arrangement in bedroom 1. The western bed in bedroom 2 was also very comfortable.

The washing machine and drying options on the balcony meant we didn't have to bring many clothes (thus increased space for all that shopping). Although the kitchen was completely set up for those who prefer to cook in house, we preferred to eat from all the options at the above mentioned convenience store, nearby Fresco supermarket and Gion restaurants. So very easy!

We would unreservedly recommend this Japanese style home for families who want location, comfort and convenience at an affordable price.

Thanks again to Mike and Yuko for helping make our Japan experience so memorable.

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: HomeAway


Nearest Airport
100 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
50 Kilometres
Osaka, Maizuru
Nearest Train
50 Metres
Higashiyama subway station,
Car: not necessary

Other Activities: historic rickshaw rides


Rates & Availability

From $139 Per night

Kyoto Townhome Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Regular season
May 6 2015 - Oct 14 2015
2 night minimum stay
Fall peak season
Oct 15 2015 - Dec 5 2015
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Notes Rates are in YEN: above dollar rates are *approximate* based on **two guests** at the current exchange rate.

Contact us for more information on pricing in Japanese Yen
Weekly rate indicates seven nights.
No Extra Fees for Cleaning or Utilities.

Regular rates / Peak season
2 guests: 16,000 / 18,000
3 guests: 18,000 / 20,000
4 guests: 20,000 / 22,000
5 guests: 22,000 / 24,000
When reservation is confirmed we require a 20% deposit by credit card. Remainder may be paid in yen on arrival, or by credit card (with 3.4% service charge).
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Kyoto Townhome Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • townhome
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 50 m²
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • River
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 2 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
  • The toilet, a new western style one with heated seat, is just next to the living room, off the garden, Machiya style. The laundry machine is in the same area.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Western room - 1 double
    Japanese room - 3 sleep sofa /futon , can accommodate 3 futons
  • Both rooms have closets. The Japanese room accesses the veranda, while the Western room overlooks the street. Both rooms have fans, and there is an A/C unit in the Japanese room that can cool all of the second floor in the Summer. The rooms are separated by Japanese sliding doors; solid wood ones, not paper screens.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Terrace
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
The Shirakawa Machiya townhouse is strictly NON-SMOKING

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