About the property
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- Minimum Stay2 nights
House, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)
Located on a quiet lane leading up to the Chawan-zaka approach to Kiyomizu Temple (an UNESCO World Heritage site), just minutes from the hustle and bustle of the busy souvenir shops and restaurants lining Ninnen-zaka and Sannen-zaka below the temple’s main gates, this modern machiya-style house was completely reformed and refurbished in 2007.
The interior offers a harmonious combination of Japanese design and beautiful antiques with modern features such as hardwood floors and Iranian gabeh carpets. Downstairs, there is a full kitchen and a dining area with a traditional Japanese "mizuya" cupboard. The dining area opens out on to a deck with a small Japanese garden beneath which flows a small stream from the temple. You can hear the stream, birds and the temple bells ringing.
There is a western-style toilet and a full Japanese-style bath downstairs. The two bedrooms are upstairs and get plenty of light. The large, high ceiling-ed Japanese-style tatami mat bedroom sleeps up to 3 people in single or double futons. Across the hall, the Western bedroom has a queen-sized futon bed.
The neighborhood in the Higashiyama district in which the house is located has been catering to tourists and pilgrims for centuries. Kiyomizu Temple is an especially popular destination for viewing the cherry blossoms and the autumn colors. Visit the numerous shops selling traditional Kiyomizu-yaki pottery as you wander the steep and ancient back lanes paved with stone north to Yasaka Shrine (10 minutes), or Hanamikoji Street (15 minutes), the center of the Gion, where the geisha ply their trade. From Kyoto Station, it’s 15 minutes by bus to the Gojo-zaka bus stop, a short walk from the house. Our modern machiya-style house in Gion-Kiyomizu is perfectly located for enjoying the best the ancient city of Kyoto has to offer.
Keywords: Kyoto, machiya, traditional townhouse.
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- within one hour
- english, Japanese
- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 23, 2018
My passions are food and wine, fabrics, pottery, essential oils, Japanese temples, shrines and gardens, being in the nature, exploring Japanese aesthetics, Japanese authors Yukio Mishima and Junichiro Tanizaki, meditation, traveling, and connecting with people.
What makes this House unique
bright, warm and cozy
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Beautiful, great location and Acco was amazing.
We wish we had more time to spend here! Of all the places we stayed in in Japan this was the cleanest, most beautiful, peaceful place, but still wonderful location. Acco was also a wo deeful and gracious host.
Great location, great host. Easy access to several locations with public transportation or taxi.
Great location, great host. Easy access to several locations with public transportation or quick taxi ride. Local food was very good as well. Right by Kiyomizu Temple (5-7 min walk)
Excellent location and awesome Japanese living experience for a full immersion during your visit!
This property is perfectly located in the south eastern traditional Kyoto district, very close to the Kiyomizu-dera temple and all the little streets of the old city, that are filled with shops and places to check out, making it very easy to just go out for a stroll and come back hours later tired and happy!
The house has two levels and is quite small, but perfect for up to 5 people. We were three. The bottom floor has the living room and kitchen, the one toilet room and then the larger bathroom where you have a Japanese traditional bath configuration, an area to change that also includes a small washer-dryer and a sink. There is a steep stairway to go to the upper floor where the two bedrooms are located; the smaller one has what is called a western-style bed, but it's really a raised platform with tatami on top, where there is a large futon and bedding. It's probably a bit smaller than queen-size, but two thin people will fit well. The larger bedroom is traditional, meaning it's all covered in tatami and you can roll-out up to three futons which would cover the whole floor. Sleeping on the futon on the tatami makes a hard bed, and it took us two nights to get fully used to the experience coming from our much softer mattresses at home. The only potential challenge if you are physically challenged is the steep (typical) stairway. Especially coming down. You learn to go down very quickly, but you always have to pay attention when doing so. It was part of the fun and the experience.
Akiko is the host, and she met us at the taxi stand near the house and explained all the details and how everything works very well. She's awesome and is available for any questions or help you may need during your stay.
The biggest draw to come here, is for the experience of living in a traditional Japanese townhouse when you are visiting Kyoto. That was an awesome experience and we highly recommend it. The location is also perfect and when we next decide to come to Kyoto, we'll come back to stay here.
Absolutely amazing! Fantasic location and quaint neighborhood!
Acco is a terrific hostess! She had lots of books on Kyoto and a map and sat down with us to highlight where all the great places were in relation to the home. The home is very comfortable and clean. It’s located on a quiet street but only minutes from everything at your fingertips. You couldn’t get a more convenient location. So much to do in the area and using the buses and subway is super easy if you use an app (we used Apple maps and had a Pasmo reloadable card). We were traveling a lot so we really appreciated having the washing machine and hanging our clothes on the back patio. Our girls loved the comfort of the tatami room and my husband and I enjoyed the Western room. The stairs up to the bedrooms are very steep so hold onto the railing and take your time climbing them and you won’t have any problems. The bath/shower water gets very hot and there are very nice heaters if it’s cold, like when we were there. If you’re a Starbucks addict, ask Acco to tell you how to get to the very unique and cool one in the nearby walk ways. Great craft beer and sake tasting stand located on next street over. Go into Kyoto and eat at Ramen Sen No Kaze Kyoto for amazing ramen. Try Mochi in all different flavors, our favorites were chocolate and Asuki red bean. If you need a break from the temples and shrines, Movix in town offers movies in English and it’s a great experience, try the sweet popcorn. Acco, thanks for an amazing Japanese home to relax at during our very busy and wonderful time in Kyoto.
Home away from home!
This place is truly delightful and it was perfect for a three night visit to Kyoto. It was great to have some extra space to spread out and the house is very sweet with all we needed. It's close enough to walk to many tourist spots, including Gion. Anywhere else, and it's easy to catch the bus around the corner. Taxi to station is about 800 yen, if you have bags. The convenience store to send on our luggage is only a few hundred meters away. Acco, the host, is very helpful. She met us at the taxi rank when we arrived and showed us all the features of her home. She also went to the store and filled the luggage form in for us to use when we left! A beautiful host!
Perfect In Every Way
Loved this cozy machiya located on a quiet lane near Kiyomizu-dera. Enjoyed coming home after a long day of sightseeing to relax and rejuvenate. We liked having the kitchen and being able to have some of our meals at home. Would definitely stay here again. Thank you Acco for allowing us to stay in your beautiful house.
Entrance to Kiyomizu Temple is 5 minutes by foot. To Gion Geisha District is 10 minutes. To the nearest bus stop is 5 minutes and to the nearest train station is 10 minutes.