Situated in the heart of Kyoto, this is a stylish and innovative machiya accommodation located on a serene backstreet near the Takasegawa river, one of the most popular cherry blossom spots in Kyoto. The machiya is near Gion, where Geisha are frequently spotted on Hanamikoji Street, and the traditional cobbled streets of Pontocho, which are lined with bustling restaurants and bars are also within walking distance, as are the popular shopping centers on the corner of Kawaramachi and Shijo streets and the exciting Nishiki food market. Bus stops and train station are also within a 6 minute walking distance. This is the perfect place to feel the energy of both modern and traditional Kyoto.As the river flows through the center of the street, during the spring the cherry blossoms that line the river are lit up at night while in the winter white veils of snow create an enchanting sight.
Fully licensed property : This house obtains official hotel/inn business license and complies with the Building Standard Law and the Fire Services Act in Japan. You may securely stay in this house while enjoying your trip in Kyoto.
House description 1 : At the entrance the white wall is coated with 'shikkui' or stucco, which is used by craftsmen to coat walls for temples, shrines and traditional houses. In the living room the tatami room is reminiscent of the Japan of years ago when people used to sit around the 'iori' or hearth to spend time with their loved ones or close friends. Under the stairs there is a washing machine and clothes dryer. In the kitchen all tableware, cookware and kitchen necessities are on hand for your convenience. Complimentary English tea, Kyoto's instant coffee and Japanese green tea are also provided. The bathroom contains a sink, toilet and adjacent room with a shower and bathtub. Enjoy bathing in a 'Hinoki buro' or Japanese cypress bathtub. Next to the living room is a Japanese bedroom. This tatami room has a clear view of the 'tsuboniwa' or Japanese garden. One extra futon mattress can be prepared here. There is also a wire-less Internet access here as well as a toilet adjacent to this room here.
House description 2 : On the second floor the western style bedroom has a twin bed and a dressing table. The wooden floor is made of pine tree and was painted using the renowned 'fuki-urushi' technique. It involves painting on multiple layers of 'urushi' or Japanese lacquer to make the wood grain glossy. The purple lamp cover was made by a local craftsmen who specializes in crafting traditional umbrellas for Geisha. High quality mattresses from Kyoto's long established bedding company as well as camel pillows and soft blankets are provided to ensure a good night's sleep. Next to the western style bedroom is a Japanese lounge room. This room can also be converted into an extra bedroom by laying down one extra futon mattress. All of the tatami rooms use 'juraku kabe' or traditional mud walls showcasing another aspect of the 'washitsu' or Japanese-style room.
Perfect house for a family or 3-4 friends. Close to many Japanese restaurants – you can take just 2-5 minutes walk to get many of them. Just 5 minutes to Japanese fast-food if you need just a lunch or something before your sleep. Less than 3 minutes walk to two different 24 hours shops with all eatable (almost European) foods and Japanese drinks (including beers). Only 10-15 minutes walk to some important temples within the Gion district. 5 minutes – and you are at the bank of the river. Also 5 minutes to Electronic streets with computer and software shops. Just 3 minutes to stop buses, which take you everywhere you want within Kyoto. Very clear guidelines and very useful maps of public transportation and map of Kyoto are provided in the house. Extremely helpful staff – you have their mobile phone to communicate with them 24 hours. You have all needed kitchen facilities (including microwave oven, fridge and kettle) plus hairdryer and washing machine. Extremely clean place (two lavatories). TV with many Japanese channels – you can study this language!:) You can use also laptop with perfect WIFI within the whole house (Skype works). Very stylish Japanese-type house with beautiful smell of wood. Briefly – value for money. I can recommend this place to anyone, who wants to feel Japanese style.
We spent some nights in different hotels in Japan and that place is without any doubt the best!
We had a delightful 4 nights in this charming accommodation. As previously noted the western beds were surprisingly firm and the downstairs rooms are very small. But the western bedroom is the biggest we have had on our numerous visits to Japan.
There was plenty of hot water in the great shower and the light filtering through the little maple tree's leaves was very atmospheric in the downstairs rooms. Excellent location with an easy walk into town or across the river to all the tourist spots on the eastern suburbs.
Hiro the manager was delightful to deal with and always helpful. Highly recommended.
Love the place and atmosphere! Super convenient to most major shopping area. Highly recommended if you want to get a feel of Japanese housing! My only suggestion to the owner is to have some coat hangers / hooks at the front foyer and around the wall! We couldn't find places to hang our coat so it always end up on the front floor ...
This was a beautiful little house, in perfect condition, very comfortable and well appointed, and Machiya Residence Inn, the management company, was wonderfully helpful and great to deal with. The location is perfect -- it's near a million great restaurants, a short walk from the center of town, right near the Pontocho Canal, which is one of the loveliest walking streets in Kyoto, but on a very quiet stretch of a quiet block. It has a very comfortable television room with two chairs, and two comfortable single beds. The house is impeccable, and the whole experience was wonderful. I highly recommend this house, and this company.
We had a wonderful time in Kyoto and we enjoyed very much staying at the Machiya. It is a pretty house, well-furnished and clean.
The size is just perfect for a couple with a kid. The master bedroom is very comfortable (large space, connected with a salon, good quality of sleeping)
But for 4 adults it's rather small, especially the lower bedroom.
The location is ideal, close to Gion area but in a remote quiet street. We could relax well and experiment Kyoto's lifestyle day and night.
We strongly recommend this Machiya.
This was a fabulous place to stay during our vacation in Kyoto. Excellent alternative to a hotel or ryokan, both which are priced much higher than renting a small Japanese house. We saved money for housing, and were able to stay in a part of town just on the edge of Gion district. Tons of restaurants/bars/shops nearby. Very easy access to the subway (10 min walk).
The house was small by American standards, but big enough for us during our 6 day stay. Very clean, beautiful interior, and a small kitchen that was serviceable. Also had a washer/dryer that we used twice. This really helped us reduce the amount of clothes we had to bring from overseas.
No major complaints other than some very minor issues. Beds were harder by our standards. We missed our Tempurpedic mattress back home, but the beds were more comfortable than the futons in ryokans. No major issue.
The house had low overhangs and doorways since the house was a traditional Japanese home. I'm not tall by any means (5'11") but I smashed my head several times moving from room to room. Again, no major issues.
Thirdly, the window insulation was not the same as home. You could hear the noise from the alley outside. Since we weren't off the major street, this wasn't too big of a deal either. Just took some time getting used to.
All in all, I would rent this house again on my next trip to Kyoto. Loved every minute of it. Location could not be beat. The staff were very friendly and helpful also.
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1 night minimum stay
The rate for staying for 3 nights or more:
2 persons- From 23,000 yen per night
3 persons- From 26,000 yen per night
4 persons- From 29,000 yen per night
The rate for staying for 6 nights or more:
2 persons- From 20,000 yen per night
3 persons- From 23,000 yen per night
4 persons- From 26,000 yen per night
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