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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.
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.
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"Our visit to Kyoto was very successful in every sense, we enjoyed it so much. Much of it was due to your nice house in which we lived for two weeks and felt there like home. We loved the neighborhood and on our last Friday in Kyoto had a long walk through the little alleys of the area. We just loved it and decided that this was the most beautiful area in Kyoto...."
I loved my time in this Machiya! I loved walking out the door and into the back streets of Kyoto. The location is very quiet and convenient. I arrived after dark and had no problem finding the house and getting settled. All of the directions to the house are very clear. I had everything I needed in the house, I was very comfortable. Acco was so great at responding to e mails prior to my arrival. She was also very responsive during my stay. I was so nice to meet her and talk about Kyoto. I would stay in this house again and again if I had the chance!
The house is very cosy (2 rooms, one standard and one Japanese room), clean and very well located near to Gion. The location is quiet. Acco was available before and during our stay. The file provided regarding the house was well detailed and our stay was very pleasant. We highly recommend this place during your stay at Kyoto.
We rented the house for 2 weeks June 2016. 2 adults and 2 youths (18Y and 19Y).Everythings were perfect. You can trust all the positive reviews, We agree with all the reviewers. One point that, we could add, is the exhaustive documentation (books,,,) about Japan and Kyoto in the house. We consulted it a lot it was very useful. We cooked a lot and the kitchen is perfect with a big fridge. There is a grocery store Fresco at 10 min walk. We want to thank our host: Acco for the warm welcome, reference for tea ceremony and her disponibility. Unforgettable stay in Kyoto.
My wife, nephew and myself rented this home for 2 nights, and found the location to be ideal. The home is very clean and neat and certainly gives you a real Japanese experience. Acco the owner speaks English fluently, and is very helpful. I do recommend this rental for couples, or families with teenage children.
Acco was great giving us the points of interests in the neighborhood and the house is a nice change of pace from hotels. Tucked away off the main streets, it offered quiet and peaceful nights rest.
There was a good sushi/soba restaurant right down the street with great prices too.
So much to do and so little time..... we will be back to Kyoto.
Acco even accommodated us being a little late to check out so we could spend some extra time at the temple flea market the morning we left.
Thanks for the great stay.
We couldn't have been more pleased with our choice. All the other reviews and the photos were completely accurate. Actually, the western style bedroom has been updated and looks even better now, than in the pictures. All parts of the home were extremely clean, pretty, comfortable and functional. And the owner was wonderful to work with -- very accommodating. Loved the small garden and the nature sounds right outside the window - yet just blocks from busy tourist area. One very minor point, if I had to find something - it was a bit chilly sometimes (but this was November, and we are from Los Angeles and anything below 70 degrees F is chilly to us!). However there were excellent heaters in every room that worked very quickly when we turned them on, I just didn't want to cause a huge electric bill so was sparing in use. Also had to turn on hot water heater before use - but I think this is the norm in Japan. Also, the staircase was super steep but was fine for us and we are in our sixties. I would 100% recommend this house to anyone, and wish I could go back again soon!
(Tip- we discovered this hole in the wall restaurant, that we enjoyed very much: Okonomiyaki Kiraku. Also, we were amazed to discover that 7/11 had good takeout food!! Not like in US at all!)
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest|
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.