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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
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.
We meant to review this last year and then I didn't get to it. We stayed November 2013. We loved this eco house. The location is perfect with great restaurants and a grocer, and importantly the subway, within walking distance. Zingaro was a perfect host and we have been recommending this to all our friends. A gem.
We loved our stay at Gagakuan. Such a beautiful Machiya, we were thrilled to stay in a traditional style Japanese home and this one was the perfect combination of modern convenience and old world architecture. Everything about it was perfect. The home was comfortable and immaculate, and it seems the owners have thought of everything a visitor might need. We stayed with our two young adult children and had plenty of room. The kitchen was very modern and well equipped and bathrooms had a lovely shower, large tub and yes, modern Japanese toilets. The beds, a queen and two singles were wonderfully comfortable, and the large upstairs bedroom with bathroom was open and roomy.
Our host Saki was super informative and helpful. She met us at the house at our arrival providing us maps and directions to many of Kyoto's sights that we wanted to visit, along with recommendations for local restaurants and stores. Communication prior to our trip was excellent and during our stay she took great care in making sure we had everything we needed. There was even a bicycle provided and we rented a few more to bike around the city, it was so much fun. The house is very conveniently located not to far from Kyoto station and close enough for a quick taxi, bus or train ride to Kyoto's temples and parks.
Gagakuan was such a wonderful place to stay, and made our trip to Kyoto even more memorable. We will be back!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest|
*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
*Cleaning fee 5,000yen will be need for more than 3people group
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