PRECIOUS, MODERN AND CONVENIENT MACHIYA, YOU WILL NEVER FIND ELSEWHERE.

Mako

Advertiser since 2012
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Speaks english, italian
Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Mako

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PRECIOUS, MODERN AND CONVENIENT MACHIYA, YOU WILL NEVER FIND ELSEWHERE.

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

Overview

Kyoto Townhome Rental Photos and Description

2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, sleeps 4

The inside of this Machiya has been renovated with modern materials such as Italian piastrella and wooden flooring. We have also tried to keep it in its original style as much as possible, preserving antique fixtures and furniture.

Here is designed for people to stay as a resident. There is a good supermarket in the neighborhood if you get tired of eating out and would rather prepare your favorite dish in the villa. There is a Japanese style public bath nearby where the locals meet. The longer you stay, the more you can experience..

Some clients repeat visiting here at different seasons.

No TV is your chance to become a bookworm, fall deep in meditation,

or you could simply gaze at the Tsubo-niwa, a small garden.

We offers you an ordinary daily life without the complications.

This Machiya is consisted of minimum walls and doors.

Even the staircase is made of glass which grants an open atmosphere

throughout.

Here lies the philosophy of this Machiya. It has been designed to

create a space where the occupants may be doing separate things

but still sharing the same air.

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
Mako (Owner)
Advertiser since 2012
Call Owner
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Speaks english, italian

Why HomeAway

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Travel with confidence
Travel with confidence
Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
Add vacation protection services to your booking
Three services to protect your trip:
Protect your payments in case you need to cancel.
Guarantee the rental meets your expectations
Ensure you're prepared in case of accidental damage.

Reviews

Reviews

5
based on 7 traveler reviews

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Precious, modern and convenient Machiya, you will never find elsewhere.
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews
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Precious, modern and convenient Machiya, you will never find elsewhere.
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Kyoto Japan
5

Excellent property, great location

  • 5 of 5
The property is centrally located, easy to get to from Kyoto station with easy access to buses etc. It was superbly equipped, very comfortable and relaxing. Best of all the owner was very helpful prior to our travel and then was on hand to help with advice on where to visit, where to eat, and making things as easy as possible. Definitely one of the best places to stay if you are visiting Kyoto.
  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
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Precious, modern and convenient Machiya, you will never find elsewhere.
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Kyoto Japan
5

We'll be back soon!

We'll be back soon!
  • 5 of 5
My wife and I have been to Kyoto many times before, starting in our student days and on a number of occasions since. We have also stayed in machiya before; I once lived for a year in one that was still pretty much in its original state (quite an adventure). But we had never stayed in this part of the city, so when my work took us to Kyoto for a month this spring and we found the listing for what looked like an attractive and convenient place to stay we jumped on it. It proved an excellent choice. The location is much handier than other parts of the city we’ve stayed in: all sorts of shopping, dining and cultural experiences are in walking distance, the subway stop is 3 minutes on foot, likewise for lots of city buses, and Kyoto Station (transportation hub for the area) is a 15 minute walk. While the house is near several major commercial streets, it is located off a small side street in a quiet residential neighborhood with the mix, typical of Kyoto neighborhoods, of traditional and modern buildings, predominantly low-rise. But the real star is the house itself. The owner, Mako, has done an extraordinary job of modernizing with integrity. The fittings, furnishings and rearranged layout all adhere to a unifying design scheme that respects the soul of the building while fostering the comfort of the guests. The upstairs sleeping quarters in the traditional machiya were always a problem—cut up into small spaces with little light and accessed by steps that are more like a ladder. Mako chose to remove all the partitions, baring the structural skeleton and creating an open and airy space, and then installed a dramatic (and easily navigable) glass staircase. A great place in which to wake up in the morning. We will second all the glowing things said by other guests about Saki’s helpfulness. And Mako went out of her way to ascertain our interests and helped us make lots of new discoveries.. We’re glad to have chosen Gagakuan for our stay, and hope to return in the future.
Mark
  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Precious, modern and convenient Machiya, you will never find elsewhere.
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p982740
+81 -8012358184
Kyoto Japan
5

Sweet stay with a wonderful host.

  • 5 of 5
We enjoyed our stay very much. One of the highlights was the incredibly attentive and helpful communications with Saki. She offered us help at every turn, even before arriving in Japan with trip and travel planning. Once there, she gave us excellent assistance with day plans and showed us a wonderful local restaurant, translating our order to the Japanese speaking chef. We went back a total of three times to experience the authentic, relaxing and incredibly delicious meals, just three minutes walking from our home. The kitchen was stocked with treats and staples, and Saki even surprised us with a beautiful and tasty dinner snack as we arrived too late to find food.
We stayed with our 10 month old baby, which was both perfect and imperfect. He was thrilled to climb into everything, and up the stairs, so some hasty baby-proofing was needed. On the other hand, he could make all the noise he wanted without disturbing any neighbors.
Overall, this was a very positive experience and a true enhancement of our trip to stay in a real Kyoto neighborhood, with such a magnificent host.
  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Precious, modern and convenient Machiya, you will never find elsewhere.
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p982740
+81 -8012358184
Kyoto Japan
5

Wonderful time

  • 5 of 5
Our stay at Saki's home was one of the highlights of our week long trip to Kyoto and Tokyo. Her house is clean, modern and filled with small touches that make the house a true home away from home.

We arrived at her house at 9 p.m. after a 7 hour flight and 2 hour train ride from Singapore. We had our 16 month old daughter with us, so we don't have to explain how tired we were. Saki greeted us with a nice warm meal (oishii) and spent over an hour going over the house amenities and logistics that goes with familiarizing yourself in a new city.

The house is a modern refresh of a century old Japanese house. We appreciated how comfortable and clean it was, especially since it was 36 C and humid.

Saki was also quick and helpful in getting us a taxi to the train station upon our departure. We can't recommend her place enough to anyone!

Arigato, Saki for making our stay in Kyoto such a pleasant and memorable part of our trip!
  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
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Precious, modern and convenient Machiya, you will never find elsewhere.
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p982740
+81 -8012358184
Kyoto Japan
Brüssel
5

A Haven of Peace in the Middle of a Big City

  • 5 of 5
Squeezed in between modern buildings, there are a few memories of the past, the traditional "machiyas" in Kyoto. Gagakuan is one of them, it has been beautifully restored with wooden furniture, has western beds and is a perfect combination of the old and romantic with the modern and convenient. Kitchen and bathrooms have the most modern facilties. The rate is a bit high, but it is worth to splash in a luxury for a few days. Event though the machiya is not located in the middle of the traditional Gion district, but further south, closer to the station, you can reach most sites easily by metro or taxi and this machiya is larger than most of the ones in the Gion district.
Saki was a perfect host, she explained everything about the house, the neighborhood, the city, she made a reservation in a fanstastic restaurant for, we could even improvise and stay a day longer than we had originally planned. In a nutshell: the nicest place we stayed in Japan.
  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Precious, modern and convenient Machiya, you will never find elsewhere.
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p982740
+81 -8012358184
Kyoto Japan
5

Great place, great people!

  • 5 of 5
I loved my stay at Gagakuan! There were four of us (3 women, 1 man) for our stay, and we all agree that the place and manager, Mako, raised the bar for rental homes.

First of all, i enjoyed the combination of old, atmospheric building with modern style and conveniences. You walk from the busy modern streets, turn a corner, and suddenly you are in a lovely, quiet alley of wood-trimmed old row houses. With 2 floors, the place has plenty of room to spread out. 1 full bathroom and 2 half bathrooms were much appreciated, and I have to admit the heated seats and auto flush and lighting at nights were addictive. Admittedly, there are no sound barriers between rooms, which is a reality of shoji screens and Japanese building construction.

The machiya is located near/walking distance to useful bus lines, plus some good restaurants (ask Mako), and a grocery store, pharmacy, and even a UNESCO world heritage site (don't miss Higashi (East) Hongwanji Temple and Nishi (West) Hongwanji Temple)! Take time to enjoy walking around the neighborhood, and meet locals on their morning walk and street tidy-up.

Almost as important is the care Mako and Saki took care of us. From daily emailed weather updates and local happenings, to checking in that we had enough coffee supplies, they were wonderful. They responded promptly to emails. But Mako's kindness and helpfulness more than exceeded all our hopes when one of my group started developing a chest infection, inquired about antibiotics, and Mako responded by going to 3 hospitals and calling her medical friends for advice! Mako volunteered to go with my friend to the hospital and provide translation services - this while Mako was in the middle of renovating another building! Luckily, my friend recovered on her own, but we were so grateful to know that we had an ally in a foreign land.

Thank you, Mako and Saki!
  • Submitted: May 16, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Alpa team

You wrote too nicely! Many thanks.
We were also very happy to have you here, and your comment gave us `Genki'= means power to go further!
As you know, we have been working on new house, it made us so tired, but knowing that guests who stayed here were happy and had a great time in foreign country makes us really happy.
Thnaks again and hope to see you in future. Mako Gagakuan
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Map

Map

Just a 3 minutes walk to nearest train station (1 stop from Kyoto station) and you can walk for 15 minutes from Kyoto station. There are 24hours supermarket/convenience store, medical store and ATM close by.

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Rates & Availability

Rates & Availability

From $210 Per night

Kyoto Townhome Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
Per person
Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Winter sale
Dec 15 2014 - Jan 31 2015
3 night minimum stay
$210
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$360
 
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Notes *The rate is for 2 persons, the additional charge of 3,000 yen per night will apply for extra person
During July-September, Autumn rate, Winter sale, it is charged 5,000yen per night
We kindly request you to make your payment in advance by Paypal. Please note that your reservation will remain tentative until the payment is confirmed. Once the reservation is fixed, we will send you a confirmation with further details.
Cancellation Policy
After booking till 14 days prior to your date of arrival 30%   
24 hours prior to your arrival 50%
On the date of your arrival/ No show
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Amenities

Amenities

Kyoto Townhome Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • townhome
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Town
Theme:
  • Family
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Computer Available
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • PC
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
  • We have a Rain shower and a towel warmer in a Bathroom1.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 2 sleep sofa /futon
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Radio
Outside:
  • Bicycles
  • Lawn / Garden
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
Attractions:
  • restaurants
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Notes:
The house is a great concept. It makes you feel at home in the big city... comfortable, practical, modern but feel traditional Japan.
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