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Beautifully Restored Machiya in Gion/Kiyomizu in Kyoto!

Thomas N.

Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english, Japanese
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Thomas N.

Member since: 2011
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Calendar last updated:
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Beautifully Restored Machiya in Gion/Kiyomizu in Kyoto!

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

Kyoto Townhome Rental Photos and Description

2 bedrooms, sleeps 6

We feel so fortunate to have met Mr. Sano, the landscape architect, to design our garden at Gion-Kyuraku. Mr. Sano was selected as one of the top 100 gardeners for the book called “Contemporary Japanese Gardens 100 Gardens by 100 Japanese Landscape Architects”, and the photo book was published in December 2014. We would like to express our gratitude to Mr. Sano for selecting our garden for the book.

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.

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Thomas N. (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Call Owner
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Speaks: english, Japanese
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
May 2, 2015

Why HomeAway

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 3 nights
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Reviews

4.9
based on 18 traveler reviews

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Beautifully Restored Machiya in Gion/Kiyomizu in Kyoto!
average rating of 4.9444447 based on 18 reviews
Bozeman, Mt
5

Wonderful Machiya Experience

  • 5 of 5

This vacation rental property exceeded our expectations in every way. The location is perfect and you could not find a more convenient base for exploring beautiful and historic Kyoto.

Locating and entering the Machiya was easy with the thorough directions we received from the owners via email several weeks before we arrived. An arrival letter awaited us outlining some useful information and telling us of special events occurring during our six-day stay. We were fortunate enough to be in Kyoto for a nighttime illumination festival with 2,500 beautiful lanterns in the lanes and many illuminated temples and pagodas in the hills just a short walk away. Getting to the other sites on our itinerary was easy from this Machiya. If we had questions, the owners were available to help us via email. They helped us with everything from suggesting soba noodle restaurants nearby to providing us with scheduling information for Kabuki Theater. They could not have been more accommodating and the excellent wi-fi connection at the Machiya helped us stay connected.

The Machiya is elegant and comfortable. The kitchen is sleek and modern, with a refrigerator, cooking surface, and microwave, toaster, and coffee pot. You have all you need for kitchenette cooking. We ate breakfast in everyday and kept the refrigerator well stocked with snacks and drinks from the excellent grocery store just down the lane. The washer/dryer in the kitchen was a nice bonus.

Because we were two adult couples -actually brother, sister and our spouses- traveling together, it was convenient to have two separate bedrooms, one on each floor. The tatami mats are beautiful and the futons were comfy enough. The downstairs futons were especially plush. The bathroom arrangement, with toilets and bathing room all in separate spaces, worked perfectly for us. We even found time to enjoy the soaking tub.

The Machiya has a beautiful small garden and a new deck on the second level. I hope other guests will have more time than we did to enjoy these special spaces. Our sightseeing schedule was full and when we returned to the Machiya it was either dark or raining. We certainly enjoyed our nights staying warm and cozy in this beautiful Machiya!

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for a wonderful and exceptional review of Gion Kyuraku. We at Kyoto Machiya Living know that it is all of the little things that makes staying at Gion Kyuraku that much more special. From the personalized arrive letter, to making sure all of the amenities are not just working, but in tip top shape. New Asian teak outdoor furniture has been ordered for the new Japanese deck. Also, we are in the research stage of acquiring a new Apple lightening connection - iPhone/iPad player charger for our future guests. A true Kyo-machiya experience is about the balance between old and new. The new adds the convenience and the old adds to the authentic experience, that is what staying at Gion Kyuraku is. Thank you again for an awesome review.
Chicago, Illinois
5

Beautiful Accommodations

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Thomas and Rieko's machiya with our two adult children during the Christmas week. This was our first visit to Japan. The machiya is as nice and beautiful as the pictures portray. I was concerned about the apartment being warm enough in December but we were very comfortable and warm with the heaters in each room. The den was made up into a third bedroom so that each of our children could have their own room which was very nice. Thomas and Rieko were very helpful and gave us great information including restaurant recommendations. We enjoyed our stay immensely and would happily return again.

  • Submitted: Jan 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for a helpful review for our future guests. We are glad the Gion-Kyuraku was warm enough for your family over the Christmas period. With the help of the designer and contractor, the machiya was heavily insulated and heating was added throughout Gion-Kyuraku. However, we still wanted to preserve the oldness and charm of a century old machiya. We hope that we have accomplished this. Thank you once again for your review.
New York , NY
5

Excellent Property - Highly Recommended

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this wonderful house for 3 weeks this fall. The house is clean, efficient and everything is in perfect working order. The location is very special. It is in a real Kyoto neighborhood with a terrific supermarket just 1 minute away and a 10 walk to the best of ancient Kyoto. The owners are the most accomodating vrbo owners that we encountered in over 20 rentals. Every request was dealt with quickly and competently within a few hours. It is a perfect opportunity to experience Kyoto at its best.

  • Submitted: Dec 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: “Having rented over 20 VRBO properties”; and finding Gion Kyuraku the most accommodating is wonderful news to us. One of our goals is to provide an authentic Kyoto stay in a Kyo-Machiya that will have lasting memories. We believe that location is everything, and Gion Kyuraku is in the best location second to none in the heart of old Kyoto, not just next to temples, but UNESCO world heritage sites, and local artisans. Thank you for your review, and we are so happy that you enjoyed your 3 week stay at Gion Kyuraku.
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.
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
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.
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.

Map

Nearest Airport
100 Kilometres
Kansai International Airport
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
Sagan
Nearest Train
350 Metres
Gion-Shijo
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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Rates & Availability

From $320 Per night

Kyoto Townhome Rental Rates

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Regular Season
Jan 1 2015 - Dec 31 2015
3 night minimum stay
$320
 

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 8.0%
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, Mid. August, October, November, December, End/Beginning of the Year).
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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:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • PC
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 2 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 4 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 2 - 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Den - 2 sleep sofa /futon
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling

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