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Shimoza-An is the lower level of almost 100 years old Kyoto machiya, traditional Kyoto townhouse.
Our New York architect based in Kyoto Geoffrey P. Moussas renovated it to make this old house a special place where to stay with your family and friends during your vacation in this beautiful historical city of Japan.
You can have a look at other 3 my properties in Kiyomizu area: #438156 Shofu-an; #4338158 Momiji-an; #438160 Bairin-an.
You can experience the old days Japanese life style while having modern amenities.
There are one tatami mats rooms where to sleep with futons, one bedroom with 2 single beds and 1 extra bed, a western style living room with table, chairs, sofa, modern kitchen, antique furniture, nice tub bath and shower, high-tech toilet, air conditioner, floor heating.
It is located in quiet Kamanza street that in few meters ends in Sanjo street, one of the most old and main streets in Kyoto crossing the city from East to West. This street has been very important in the Kyoto history for many events happened here, and today you can enjoy the craft shops, the old houses, its museums and numerous art galleries, local temples and shrines or cafes, restaurants and the very exciting Shopping District, one of the oldest in Kyoto with also the most modern goods and latest fashion, and elegant department stores.
Nearby, in the other side of Horikawa street there is a more calm and 60's-70' s years atmosphere Sanjo shopping arcade, where you can find fresh vegetables sold in the street, different kinds of shops, bakeries, supermarkets, good places where to eat... You can relax doing your supper shopping after a day visiting so many beautiful places in Kyoto and feeling as a local!
Shimoza-An is the perfect place in the mid of cultural, traditional, innovative Kyoto heart!
RATES ARE IN JAPANESE YEN.
US$ rates for reference only. Tax included.
August and September Discount: Yen 30.000 instead of Yen 33.000 for two guests per night;
plus Yen 3.000 for each extra guest over 15 years old per night;
plus Yen 2.000 for each extra guest between 5-15 years old per night;
No charge under 5 years old.
30% of the total amount for booking and the balance of 70% three weeks before the stay.
A minimum of 4 nights stay is required, but please feel free to ask to us for anything.
Contact us directly for weekly rates.
I am very happy to announce that other two machiya of Kyo Machiya Miyabi - (Kiyomizu area 3 properties: Bairin-an, Shofu-an, Momiji-an) are opened in Sanjo-Kamanza near Nijo Castle and central position; they are almost 100 years old Kyoto townhouse: KAMIZA-AN on the upper level, and SHIMOZA-AN on the lower level of the house.
I really like Kyoto and to be owner of Machiya, Kyoto traditional townhouse, give me a chance to share the beauty of this city ' s culture with guests from all the world. I think if you stay in a traditional house, the approach to a different culture is more real and interesting, and the experience is deeper.
Also making the machiya a place where to stay means to preserve the townhouse and its traditional craft sides: the tatami, the sliding doors, the wood parts, etc. and to be spread to others to keep somehow the traditions alive.
I liked the typical 'eel' shape as called in Kyoto (the front side is not so wide and the house extends in length). I thought it could be so nice to preserve this townhouse and make our guests even for few days to live as Kyoto people lived for centuries with traditions plus a more today comfort in the daily house use.
The benefits of this townhouse is keeping the traditional sides and add some modern touch to satisfy our international guests needs, and also the location: in central Kyoto but in a quiet street. At five minutes walking distance there is Nijo Castle, where the Shogun lived, old more than 400 hundreds years. Many other places to visit are at a walking distance, like Rokkakudo Temple called the navel of Kyoto connected with the famous ikebana school Ikenobo, the Imperial Park, or colourfull Nishiki food market. Bus stops are very close as banks, post office, museums, art galleries, every kind of restaurants, cafes, bars...and more and more!
Thank you so much for your wonderful accommodation. Our family was really enjoy our time in Kyoto.
This is our first family trip to Japan. With two young children, this property was perfect for our needs. It is in a very quiet and safe neighborhood with no busy tourism stuff going on. Yet it is very convenient by being close to subway stations and major streets. There is also a small market just several minutes of walking from the rental property, which has milk, bread, eggs etc in case we need anything.
The house has the traditional charms and modern amenities. We enjoyed the shower particularly. The washer/dryer was definitely helpful when you have young kids traveling. It was very comfortable for the four of us with floor heating and air conditioning during a November stay.
Mariko is very responsive, friendly and helpful. She speaks fluent English which is a great help for our stay. Prior to our arrival, she gave us tips on how to travel to Kyoto etc. During our stay, she recommended restaurants and even helped to make reservations for us.
We have already recommended this property to several friends for their future consideration. We wish we had a longer stay to fully explore Kyoto and enjoy Shimoza-an.
Our first visit to Japan and to the beautiful city of Kyoto has given my wife and me enormous pleasure and its was an experience of a lifetime. A great part of the success of this incredible vacation was due to the quality and the location of the vacation house Shimoza-an and even more to our lovely host Mariko.
First things first: Mariko's presence was a joy on its own, she is to us the personification of 'das Land des Lächelns', Japan as 'the country of smiles'. Her omnipresent assistance, the abundant fountain of information, her accompanying us on an introductory walk in the neighbourhood, Mariko as help desk at the phone when we needed her during our Kyoto walks, her tips for interesting addresses and people (on our request she even took us to a carpenter in Arashiyama for a talk about wood carving and Japanese chisels and whetting stones), her visiting the vacation house to check if we needed something: Mariko has been our ever smiling personal guide, private shopping assistant and interpreter. Arigatissimo, Mariko. You are a jewel in Kyoto's crown!
We were lucky to stay in Shimoza-an for two weeks. And even after a brief Ryokan experience at the more than superb Shiraume Ryokan, we were glad to return to Shimoza-an, a large and comfortable renovated machiya close to Sanjo-dori. This is smack in the cosiest part of Kyoto city center and yet in an extremely quiet location in Kamanza-dori. No loud taxis during the night like in Gion, no drunk tourists, no unrealistic touristic surroundings like Gion, no crowds of school children shopping in souvenir and snack shops. This neighbourhood is real, with real Kyoto people, buying fruit at a local fruit stand, riding a bicycle to work or having a coffee at nearby Starbuck's. But also, the big shopping district is just a short walk away.
Do not hesitate: Shimoza-an is the ideal place for a vacation in this miraculous, fantastic, beautiful, easy going city of Kyoto.
My family recently spent a unforgettable fortnight at Shimoza-An and loved every minute of our stay. The property was conveniently located in a quiet, friendly neighbourhood with great restaurants and little cafes and bars yet it was only a short walk to the busy main streets and the subway/train station which made it so easy to get around. The house itself was a delight, so clean, comfortable and equipped with everything you could want, from the efficient, well stocked, modern kitchen to the luxurious bathtub looking out onto the tranquil garden. The decor was a pleasing mix of old and new, tatami mats, beautiful old chests and carved cabinet doors and then modern appliances, air conditioning, an impressive hi-tech toilet and a great Wi-Fi connection. I loved the sliding wooden doors and screens that allowed cooling breeze and dappled sunlight into the house.
The bedrooms were comfy and restful and had plenty of storage space and I loved the little welcoming touches of arranged flowers, ice in the freezer and a jug of green tea cooling in the refrigerator. Our charming hostess Mariko greeted us warmly on arrival and explained the features of the house and how to use all the appliances. She also provided interesting brochures on local sights, events etc, maps where she pointed out handy shops like supermarkets and convenience stores, and contact details should we need any help or advice. Her warm assurances that she was happy to deal with any query was very comforting to the travel weary and she kindly and unobtrusively checked in with us later in our stay, to ensure we were enjoying our holiday and had everything we needed.
We would highly recommend staying at Shimoza-An as it was not only a wonderfully relaxing house but it was lovely to feel part of the neighbourhood. Getting to know people in the local shops and exchanging greetings with the neighbours gave us a more personal experience of Kyoto and it's lovely people that will be treasured memories.
We stayed in Shimoza-an for 4 days, and it was absolutely lovely! Mariko was extremely helpful, providing us with great directions, maps, and suggestions for local restaurants. This property is incredibly charming, clean, convenient, and well-maintained. It's in a great location - near to many small boutique eateries, grocery stores, and convenience stores; surrounded by plenty of public transportation options; and within walking distance of a number of bike rental shops (I would highly recommend renting bikes! Our favorite times were riding through this very bike-friendly city, on the banks of the Kamo River or amongst the many other cyclist, pedestrians, and drivers on the way to the many gorgeous, but crowded, temples and shrines). I would recommend this machiya to anyone and everyone -we definitely want to come back and stay at Shimoza-an again! Staying in this townhouse is the perfect way to enjoy and feel a part of this magical city.
We had the great fortune of being able to book Shimoza-an during cherry blossom season, and had a wonderful stay here! I cannot say enough good things about this place. I spent six weeks traveling through Asia with my family, and this was, without a doubt, our favorite place that we stayed at. The house is beautiful, the beds are comfortable, and I still dream about the bathroom... I don't know if it was just because the weather was a bit chilly during our stay, but the shower at the end of the day, followed by a nice soak in the deep tub... It was something to look forward to! We found food, transportation, and attractions easily accessible from here. I have zero complaints, and already know where I want to stay next time I am lucky enough to find myself back in Kyoto.
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My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
Basic rate is for two guests, each extra guest is charged Yen 3.000 per night, no charge under five.
Rent includes all utilities, rates,tax, charges associated with the use, the occupancy of the property.
Rates are in Japanese Yen.
30% of the total amount for booking and the balance of 70% three weeks before the stay