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LOVINGLY RESTORED TOWNHOUSE IN CENTRAL KYOTO KIYOMIZU/GION

Andy

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Speaks english, Japanese
Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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LOVINGLY RESTORED TOWNHOUSE IN CENTRAL KYOTO KIYOMIZU/GION

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

Overview

Kyoto Townhome Rental Photos and Description

Blending Traditional Design With Modern Convenience For A Unique Experience

Machiya Momiji has a certified history stretching back to the late 1800s and underwent a complete renovation in 2013 by local craftsmen. Officially recognized by Kyoto local government as an authentic Kyoto machiya, this property offers visitors to the city a unique opportunity to enjoy a combination of Japanese design and modern convenience during their stay.

The house itself is situated on two floors and access is gained through a stunning ‘genkan’ or entrance hall that has a wealth of historical features including flagstones and a traditional cabinet. This leads into the kitchen and dining area which features a full kitchen (twin electric hob, sink, fridge-freezer, dining service and cooking utensils), wooden dining table and chairs for 4, recessed washing machine and sofa.

Immediately beyond this is the ‘washitsu’/ tatami room which features a ‘horigotatsu’/sunken seating area, sliding paper screens and a view of the ‘tsuboniwa’/courtyard garden. This was designed and laid out by a local expert from a local family of gardeners. The garden features a Japanese maple tree, moss and a striking stone water feature – perfect to contemplate over a cup of tea after a busy day visiting Kyoto’s attractions such as the nearby Kennin-ji Zen temple! The downstairs WC and luxurious bathroom, which itself has a private view of the garden, completes the first floor.

On the second floor, both western and Japanese bedrooms are connected by a mezzanine floor that overlooks the dining area. The western bedroom has a double bed, closet and en-suite WC while the Japanese room provides flexible futon sleeping arrangements. The intricate roof beams, which are an important aspect of machiyas, have been exposed on the second floor giving a sense of space and light throughout.

Machiya Momiji is located right on the doorstep of some of Kyoto’s key attractions including the UNESCO World Heritage designated Kiyomizu-dera, the Gion entertainment district renowned for ‘Geisha’ and Kabuki and the Kamogawa river, famous for summer dining platforms. With a huge range of restaurants, bars, supermarkets, traditional craft shops and excellent transport links to the rest of the city and beyond (including direct trains to Nara and Osaka), Momiji is superbly located.

Yet Momiji also offers an opportunity for clam, rest and relaxation as it is located in a quiet neighborhood just off the bustling streets. In summary, this Machiya will not disappoint the discerning visitor to the beautiful and enchanting cultural capital of Japan.

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Andy (Owner)
Advertiser since 2014
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Speaks english, Japanese

About Andy

Restoring a Kyoto machiya (which translates as ‘town house’) was a long standing dream which we finally realized in 2013. As a professor at a local university, I originally purchased this property to be our family home but a new position has led to relocation away from Kyoto meaning that we can now offer our home as a vacation rental.

Andy purchased this townhome in 2013

Why Andy chose Kyoto

We searched long and hard for the right sized property in the right place, and this it. Machiya Momiji (momiji translates as ‘Japanese Maple’ and we have one in our garden!) is located in the heart of a traditional neighborhood on the doorstep of some of Kyoto’s most famous and stunning cultural treasures such as Kiyomizu-dera which is just a ten minute walk away. A short walk along the Kamogawa river brings you to the bustling heart of Kyoto around Shijo Kawaramachi and the Gion entertainment district, famed for Geisha and Kabuki. On purchase, the property needed complete renovation and we worked with a local company, Hachise, that specializes in the renovation of traditional Kyoto machiya. They are also renowned for their high standards of craftsmanship which comes from working exclusively with local specialists.

What makes this townhome unique

Kyoto machiya offer an excellent alternative to hotels and a chance to experience the Japanese lifestyle. We have combined traditional Japanese design, such as the main tatami room complete with horikotatsu (sunken seating area) and shoji (sliding paper screens) with contemporary comforts such as luxury bathroom, heated floors, the latest in Japanese toilet technology and a fully fitted kitchen. Externally, the house reflects traditional machiya design and the greatest of compliments have come from our neighbours who are delighted with how the place looks. Calm and quiet, Machiya Momiji presents an opportunity to relax and enjoy the design and space of your own house during a stay in beautiful Kyoto.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Stayed for 3 nights during Cherry blossom season. The size of the machiya was very comfortable for our family of 5 (2 adults and 3 children). The machiya had just been renovated so everything was new and in perfect order. Very close to a market for snacks and 5 mins from the subway station which made getting around easier. Its about a 15-20 min walk to the main Gion area with all the restaurants/shops. Naoko and Andy were very responsive and made booking easy. In all had a great time and would definitely go back.
Mar 2014
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Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 3 nights
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Reviews

Reviews

5
based on 6 traveler reviews

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Lovingly Restored Townhouse In Central Kyoto Kiyomizu/Gion
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews
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Lovingly Restored Townhouse In Central Kyoto Kiyomizu/Gion
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p3678359
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Kyoto Japan
5

Excellent stay for 4 adults

  • 5 of 5
We had a wonderful stay at Machiya Momiji! It was exactly as described. The restoration was done with high quality materials throughout. Every room was air conditioned and the beams and ceilings were high enough that our tall 6'3 son did not feel claustrophobic. We used the kitchen every day and it was well stocked with both appliances and dishes. Our group included 4 adults and We really loved having a toilet room on the second floor as well as the first. The shower room worked great and we loved the soaking tub. We really liked being on such a quiet street but It was easy to get everywhere by either walking, subway or bus. We would highly recommend staying here to anyone.
  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovingly Restored Townhouse In Central Kyoto Kiyomizu/Gion
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p3678359
-+81 455133968
Kyoto Japan
5

Beautiful Machiya close to the river Kamogawa

  • 5 of 5
Our family of 5, including children aged 22,20 and 16, recently stayed in the beautifully restored Machiya Momiji. The house is very comfortable and included lovely traditional aspects of Japanese accommodation as well as convenient modern facilities. My favourite room was the tatami sitting room that overlooked a delicate traditional Japanese garden - a perfect place to sip tea after a busy day out. The central location of the house was perfect for walking to many Kyoto sights and public transport is located very close by. This was ideal for our family, with older children being able to come and go as they pleased. Naoko was extremely helpful while we were organising our stay, and we appreciated the list of recommendations for places to visit as well as the directions to the charming supermarket a couple of minutes away. This was our family's third visit to Kyoto and we were delighted to be able to have the use of Machiya Momiji as our temporary Kyoto home! We look forward to the opportunity to visit again soon.
Belinda, Bill, Jack, Zara and Alex.
Melbourne, Australia
  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Belinda,
Thank you very much for your feedback. I am delighted to hear that you have a wonderful time in Kyoto and at Machiya Momiji. I am happy to know that you like our garden. This is specially designed by the local gardener. Andy always wanted to have a little Japanese garden to look at when enjoying a nice cup of sake! We look forward to welcoming you soon.
From Naoko
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Lovingly Restored Townhouse In Central Kyoto Kiyomizu/Gion
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p3678359
-+81 455133968
Kyoto Japan
Toronto , Ontario , Canada
5

Authentic Kyoto

  • 5 of 5
If you wish to experience truly authentic and historic Kyoto , then the " Machiya Momiji " is the accommodation for you . Beautifully restored , with outstanding details, this house combines the history of the neighbourhood and enough modern amenities to make your vacation a pleasure . The listing is exactly what it promises and Naoko and Andy give enough information to help navigate the neighbourhood ; including maps and directions. The small grocery store is just a 5 minute walk and the local restaurants provide a great dining experience .Having travelled to 5 different continents , this house best characterizes the culture and lifestyle you are about to experience . Any of our travel companions and friends will certainly get a glowing recommendation from us , and we hope that they will get to enjoy a vacation as enjoyable as we did .
John and Mickie
Toronto , Canada
  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear John an Mickie, Thank you for taking the time to write this review about our Machiya. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay and that you would recommend our Machiya! We look forward to welcoming you again. Best regards from Naoko
business
Lovingly Restored Townhouse In Central Kyoto Kiyomizu/Gion
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p3678359
-+81 455133968
Kyoto Japan
5

Beautiful machiya, near gion and kiyomizu.

  • 5 of 5
We had wonderful stay at machiya mamiji. The house is nice and clean. It is easy to go to train station or take taxi from the house. Gion and kiyomizu are within walking distance.
Naoko is very helpful and responsive to our enquiries.
  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear guest, Thank you very much for your nice feedback after your stay in Machiya Momiji. We are delighted to read your positive reply and hope to welcome you soon again. Best regards, from Naoko
business
Lovingly Restored Townhouse In Central Kyoto Kiyomizu/Gion
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p3678359
-+81 455133968
Kyoto Japan
5

Great location beautiful house!

  • 5 of 5
I am Japanese and currently living in England. When i was planning the trip to Kyoto i was originally going to book a hotel. But, I was so pleased to find this newly renovated beautiful Japanese traditional house!

I stayed in Machiya Momiji along with my English husband and two other friends from UK. We stayed three nights at beginning of April.

The owner was easy to communicate with via e-mail. Well organised contract and accommodation instructions etc. Everything was smooth and painless.

The accommodation is beautifully renovated, very modern and clean. We thoroughly enjoyed the stay. It was great to cook our breakfast in the small but cute kitchen.

The house was located in the residential area and it was easy distance to local shops and great temples!

Kennin-ji was the closest and we thought it was one of the most impressive temples. The very popular Kiyomizu- temple is also so close, we walked to the temple one early morning, and it was so quiet and beautiful. We recommend go there very early in the morning.

I personally recommend Kanjiro Kawai museum which is not far from the house. He is a great artist/potter. The museum use to be Kanjiro's house and work shop. There is an impressive huge kiln in the garden. It is a calm, peaceful and beautiful old Japanese house.

Also the house is not far from Kamogawa-river. We wondered around in the evening and found lovely Japanese antique shops, cafe and restaurants.

Overall, we loved the stay at Machiya-Momiji and I already recommended the accommodation to some of my friends in UK and in Japan as well! I will definitely go back and stay when I go to Kyoto again in the future.

Thank you so much for the lovely stay and our memories.

Takae
  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your kind comments! We are delighted to hear that you had a wonderful stay at our Machiya and that you could have a great time in Kyoto. You were right to visit the temples in the calm of the early morning! Thank you for recommending us to your friends and we very much hope to see you again.
With best wishes,
Andy
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Lovingly Restored Townhouse In Central Kyoto Kiyomizu/Gion
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p3678359
-+81 455133968
Kyoto Japan
5

Taste of Old Kyoto

  • 5 of 5
This Beautifully restored and well-maintained machiya was our home for 3 nights. Enjoyed having a chance to stay in an area close to temples and restaurants while being able to spread out a bit. Naoko was a pleasure to work with and provided help in arranging taxis for our arrival and departure.
  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for the kind comments! We look forward to welcoming you back at some point.

Map

Map

Nearest Airport
95 Kilometres
Kansai International Airport
Nearest Train
200 Metres
Gojo station on the Keihan line
Nearest Ski
50 Kilometres
Biwako Valley
Car: not necessary

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Rates & Availability

Rates & Availability

From $320 Per night

Kyoto Townhome Rental Rates

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3 night minimum stay
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Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 8.0%
Notes Please note that payments are per night for the whole property and not per guest. Minimum three night stay.

Up to 2 guests: 32,000 yen
3 guests: 36,000 yen
4 guests: 40,000 yen
5 guests: 44,000 yen

Please contact us for high season rates (March-April, July, October-November, Christmas/New Year)
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Amenities

Amenities

Kyoto Townhome Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • townhome
  • floor 2
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 78 m²
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet , A key feature of the house.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , bidet , En-suite in bedroom 1
  • The bathroom is a key feature of the house. The walls are fully tiled apart from a section around the bath which features hinoki (a fragrant wood traditionally used in Japanese bathtubs). The deep tub and subdued lighting is designed for relaxation while a secluded window offers private views of the traditional garden. Hand wash, body wash, shampoo and conditioners included.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 2 - 3 sleep sofa /futon , Tatami room
    Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single , twin bed with WC ensuite
  • Machiya Momiji has two bedrooms. Bedroom 1 has a wooden floor, closet, twin/double bed and en-suite WC while Bedroom 2 is in the Japanese style with traditional futon sleeping arrangements for up to 3 guests.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Television
Outside:
  • Lawn / Garden ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking

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