LAST MINUTE SPECIAL! BEAUTIFULLY RESTORED KYO-MACHIYA IN GION/KIYOMIZU AREA!!

Thomas N.

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Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type townhome
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LAST MINUTE SPECIAL! BEAUTIFULLY RESTORED KYO-MACHIYA IN GION/KIYOMIZU AREA!!

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2 bedrooms, sleeps 6

Gion Kyuraku, nearly a century old Kyo-Machiya, that was once a tea-masters residence, located in the historical district of Kyoto, Gion/Kiyomizu. It has been restored to its original splendor, in conjunction with modern amenities, contemporary comforts, consideration of the environment, along with state-of-the-art entertainment, and communication infrastructure.

The three ‘L’s’ in rental property are “Location, Location, Location”.

Firstly, Gion Kyuraku is in the heart of Gion, where Maiko-sans, and Geiko-sans (Geisha in English) can be seen nightly.

Secondly, historical temples, shrines, and world heritage sites are within a few minutes walking distance, Kenninji Temple (2 minute walk), Kyomizu Temple (10 minute walk), Hokan-ji Temple known as Yasaka Pagoda (5 minute walk), Rokuhara Mitsuji Temple (1 minute walk), and countless other historical sites.

Thirdly, one of the most historical streets in Japan Hanamikoji Dori is only a 3 minute walk from Gion Kyuraku. Additionally, there are a number of grocery stores, one is only a minute away, the other is a 24HR supermarket, bakeries, and countless restaurants are in the neighborhood, from family run diners, pubs to Michelin rated restaurants, and famous Ryoriya (Kyoto cuisine restaurants) are our neighbors.

A Kyo-Machiya is required to have certain elements: it must be located in one of the historical districts of Kyoto, features, such as a Tsuboniwa (Japanese Garden), Tsuchikabe (earth and straw walls), Koshi Kabe (wooden lattice), and Inuyarai (low bamboo fence).

Gion Kyuraku has all of these traditional elements, combined with distinctive feature of this period, which include, Ajiro ceiling (weaved wooden ceiling), Hari ceiling (structural wooden beams exposed), Shirakabe (white walls), antique light fixtures form the Taisho/ Showa period that have been masterfully restored, and ceramic pieces from the Shigaraki district of Japan.

One, fascinating structural feature of Gion Kyuraku is one of the main wooden support beans measures 4”x15”x16 feet; this one solid Japanese cedar beam spans the entire front of the Kyo-machiya. This is a must see, we have left it exposed.

Along with these period elements, Gion Kyuraku has been completely modernized with the assistance of many traditional trades people which comprise of Kyo-daiku, (traditional carpenters), plasterers, Japanese Gardener, designers, and countless other traditional craftsmen.

The result is a Kyo-Machiya that is functional for the sophisticated world traveler, the family that wants to experience a traditional machiya stay, and the traveler that does not want the usual hotel type accommodations. We invite you to experience the uniqueness of a Kyo-machiya, along with the comforts of modern living at Gion Kyuraku.

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Suitability:
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Thomas N.

This advertiser has been with HomeAway.com since 2011
Speaks english, Japanese
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Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay nights
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Reviews

4.9
based on 15 traveler reviews

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Last Minute Special! Beautifully Restored Kyo-Machiya in Gion/Kiyomizu Area!!
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 15 reviews
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Last Minute Special! Beautifully Restored Kyo-Machiya in Gion/Kiyomizu Area!!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p996332
+1 2132835556
Kyoto Japan
Evanston, IL USA
5

EVERY COMFORT IN A TRADITIONAL JAPANESE HOME

  • 5 of 5
This is an incredible place to stay in the heart of historic Kyoto and is within walking distance to many important sites as well as a grocery store. It was a treat for our family to stay in this beautiful, traditional, comfortable, spotless machiya with every modern convenience and even its own small rock garden and water feature. It was a pleasure to work with Reiko by email before our trip and she patiently answered every question. Thomas came to meet us and give us a tour of the house when we first arrived and made us feel right at home. I would whole-heartedly recommend this machiya to anyone and hope that we will be able to stay here again someday. Staying here made our time in Kyoto absolutely prefect! Thank you!
  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for an incredible review. The three L’s in rental property are LOCATION, LOCATION, and LOCATION. Gion-Kyuraku has all three, and is truly in the heart of historic Kyoto. The Tsuboniwa (Japanese garden) was designed by Tomoatsu Sano of Teiyu Design. He selected every stone, perfected the water flow so that it was not to loud or too fast. Every detail was created to be in harmony with each other. Thank you again for an incredible review, and recommending Gion-Kyuraku to our future guests.
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Last Minute Special! Beautifully Restored Kyo-Machiya in Gion/Kiyomizu Area!!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p996332
+1 2132835556
Kyoto Japan
Evanston, IL
5

TRADITIONAL JAPANESE HOUSE WITH ALL MODERN COMFORTS

  • 5 of 5
It was such an amazing treat to live in a traditional Japanese home with every modern convenience! It truly felt like "home" and was a spotless, convenient, and comfortable place for us to be with our adult children. The machiya is perfectly located in the center of historic Kyoto within walking distance of many important sites. A large grocery store a minute away provides delicious prepared foods as well as any item you might need. The owners are incredibly kind and accommodating. We had many emails back and forth before we arrived and the owner personally welcomed us at the beginning of our stay. This machiya made our time in Kyoto VERY special. We hope to stay here again!
  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you for an amazing review of your resent stay at Gion-Kyuraku. As you pointed out “it truly felt like home”, we worked tirelessly with the designers to faithfully have our guest experience an authentic Kyo-machiya stay, however, without sacrificing any modern conveniences that our world class travelers have come to expect. We believe that Gion-Kyuraku is a one-of-a-kind place in Kyoto that offers a unique historical stay in one of the most historical places in Kyoto, Gion.
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Last Minute Special! Beautifully Restored Kyo-Machiya in Gion/Kiyomizu Area!!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p996332
+1 2132835556
Kyoto Japan
5

EVERYTHING WAS SO WELL THOUGHT OUT

  • 5 of 5
The machiya was immaculate and spotless! Everything you need (aside of food) was provided. Hats off to Rieko and Thomas for planning the restoration so well and making the machiya a lovely place to stay. My mother commented how new the tatami floor smelled. It's because they change the tatami mats every year (that's unheard of because of the expense) and shows the extra mile the hosts go to maintain the quality of the home. The layout of the home worked well for our family of five. My husband, my two kids (14 and 11), and I slept upstairs while my mother had the downstairs room with its own toilet. My mother was happy not to have to travel the stairs every night. When you 're used to having at least two bathrooms in the states, the extra bathroom was very appreciated. A supermarket (where you can also buy freshly prepared food) was a half block away, and the beautiful Kiyomizu Temple is in walking distance. The machiya was roomier and more comfortable than any hotel with the added benefit of a kitchen and a combination washer/dryer. We had a wonderful stay and hope to be able to visit again!
  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for a great review on your resent stay at Gion-Kyuraku. We are delighted that all of you had a wonderful experience. It was only with a team of craftsman that we were able to restore Gion-Kyuraku to its former glory. We have determined that maintenance is a key part of maintaining the beauty of this kyo-machiya along with routine upkeep like changing the tatami mats. We have had the tsuboniwa (garden) redesigned and added a water feature. Thank you once again for your thoughtful review and hope to see all of you again in Kyoto.
business
Last Minute Special! Beautifully Restored Kyo-Machiya in Gion/Kiyomizu Area!!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p996332
+1 2132835556
Kyoto Japan
4

GREAT PLACE TO STAY

  • 4 of 5
Reiko and Thomas's Machiya in Kyoto was great for our family of 5. It is very well located and we were able to walk or easily take a bus or train to all the major attractions. It was good to return to the well laid out house and spend some time in the deep bath. Our 3 kids, all around teen years, appreciated the space upstairs but it did get a little squeezy in the dining room with 5 big people. They also appreciated access to Apple TV for a night just to watch something in English. I would come back if I had a chance, and I recommend it to anyone wanting to get a real flavour for living in Japan.
  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: As the review stats, a “real flavour for living in Japan”, Gion-Kyuraku located in the historical city of Kyoto delivers just that. A true Japanese experience! However, with modern amenities, such as the dining room which is provided more for the convenience than true authentic Japanese living. Japanese people use each room for multiple purposes, so in reality the living room doubles as the dining room in Kyo-machiya’s. Gion-Kyuraku actually has an occupancy license by the City of Kyoto for seven adults, however, to give our guest more room and living space we limit the number of guests to six. As an added extra we provide a computer with high speed Wi-Fi, AppleTV, and more to make every guest stay special, including the children. Thank you once again for your insightful review.
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Last Minute Special! Beautifully Restored Kyo-Machiya in Gion/Kiyomizu Area!!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p996332
+1 2132835556
Kyoto Japan
5

GREAT HOUSE, GREAT AREA

  • 5 of 5
Excellent house. highly recommended for anyone with children. everything has been updated and the location is excellent. Even a supermarket right down the road.

we had a great experience here and the house made it easy for our family (vs. a hotel).
  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Sightseeing, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Thank you for an excellent and to-the- point review. We worked tirelessly with the contractor and designer to keep the original elements of a true Kyo-Machiya with the updated features, and infrastructure that modern families require: for example, Internet with Wi-Fi, a fully equipped modern kitchen, and high capacity washer/dryer. Recently, we have added an APPLE TV unit to the assortment of entertainment equipment already available at Gion Kyuraku that was suggested by many of our guests.
business
Last Minute Special! Beautifully Restored Kyo-Machiya in Gion/Kiyomizu Area!!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p996332
+1 2132835556
Kyoto Japan
5

AUTHENTIC KYOTO EXPERIENCE

  • 5 of 5
This property is everything the description says and more. I am always wary of presentation pitches and photographs being presented in a over flattering light but this machiya is exactly as described, clean, beautiful, authentic and surprisingly spacious. My husband and I with an adult son and teenage daughter didn't fell cramped at all. It's not in the description, but there are 2 toilets, which I think is a Japanese luxury in this size property. The doorways and stairway head clearance is low, but that's part of the experience - if you're over 5'10" or so, you'll be ducking a lot everywhere in Japan.

What a perfect combination of modern conveniences and traditional living. We landed in Kyoto in a major heat spell (over 90F every day) but the machiya was an oasis with super quiet, efficient air conditioner in every room, washer/dryer, fast wifi, etc.
The location is excellent just as described, so I won't go into that. Suffice it to say everything in the description is accurate. It's also located in a small side street so it's very quiet. The grocery store around the corner was great, but be aware that they don't open until 9:30am so get your breakfast fare the night before if you want to have breakfast in the machiya. (Kitchen is very well equipped and the grocery has lots of prepared foods if you don't want to cook from scratch).

The machiya was more than enough to make the visit fantastic, but it was topped by Rieko-san, one of the owners. I've stayed in the best hotels around the world and she can beat any of the concierges I've worked with! She patiently helped me with every little question I had prior to our arrival (had an appropriate solution to everything) and she even anticipated my needs before I even realized - like the sleeping set up after realizing I had 2 grown children who would take up more space and the departure arrangements working around a local festival traffic. Her attention to details is very evident in the machiya as well. She was always there when we needed anything but never in our way.
I almost don't want to rave about this place too much - it will get too popular and I won't be able to get availability to stay again! Our family is already talking about the next time we stay here!
  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you for an honest and pleasing review of Gion Kyuraku. It is very much a Japanese trait to understate almost all elements that are being present to guests: especially, in a historical city like Kyoto, where the residence hold to time honored traditions. We did not want to overstate, promote, or exaggerate what our guest will experience at Gion Kyuraku. Instead it was a concise decision to build up the guest list, repeat customer base form the ground up, and let our guests experience the true beauty of what Gion Kyuraku and Kyoto have to offer.

We do have to apologize that we have not listed everything that is available in the machiya, only for the reason that the list would be too long. Also, many of the art pieces are changed seasonally, and we are constantly upgrading items for future guest.

To let you in on a family secret about Rieko’s concierges’ skills, she got lots of training, watching, listening, and doing chores around a traditional Ryokan that her parents and brother run; which just happens to be in the Michelin Guide. She believes it is all of the little things that truly, really, and honestly makes her guest stay at Gion Kyuraku that much more special.
It is our wish and hope that we will get many repeat guests. Again, thank you for a fantastic review, and we will definitely keep a spot open for you on your return visit to Kyoto and Gion Kyuraku.

Thomas and Rieko

Map

Nearest Airport
100 Kilometres
Kansai International Airport
Nearest Train
350 Metres
Gion-Shijo
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
Sagan
Nearest Restaurant
30 Metres
Many restaurants are near-by. The nearest one is
Car: not necessary

Many historical sites such as Kiyomizu Temple, Kenninji Temple, etc.. are located within a short walking distance.

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Kyoto Townhome Rental Rates

Notes

  • Payment in Yen. Please note that the rates are for the entire property, not per person.

    *** Staying 3 nights or more

    1 guest : 32,000 yen
    2 guests: 32,000 yen
    3 guests: 36,000 yen
    4 guests: 40,000 yen
    5 guests: 44,000 yen
    6 guests: 48,000 yen
  • Please contact us for the high season rates (March, April, May, July, October, November, End/Beginning of the Year).

    Rates are subject to change without notice.

Amenities

Kyoto Townhome Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • townhome
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 754 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Mountain
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Local Maps
  • Shampoo
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Computer Available
  • Broadband Access
  • PC
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Telephone
  • Air Conditioning
  • Linens Provided
Kitchen:
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • 2 Ring Stove
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet
    Bathroom 1 - tub , shower , toilet
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
Entertainment:
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Books
Outside:
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Balcony
Suitability:
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
  • antiquing
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • hospital
  • medical services
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling