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Machiya near Gion, authentic 'KYOTO' Atmosphere

Bedrooms 1
Property type townhome


About the property

1 bedrooms, 1 full bathrooms, 3 to 4 Sleeps

This is a small machiya located in one of the most picturesque parts of Kyoto, Gion district which is kyoto's most famous traditional area is in walking distance. If you are looking for the very KYOTO experience, this is a perfect location.

This house is completely renovated in 2010, Very comfortable and cozy space for a small group after a long day of sightseeing!

Location: Very close to Kiyomizu Temple, Yasaka Shrine, Kyoto’s most famous cherry blossom viewing site Maruyama Park, and etc. The location, Sanjyo area is perfect spot for everyone. It is very convenient location, the kyoto's biggest street SHIJYO street is just around the corner, and yet still very quiet at night. You can find everything in a walking distance. Ancient temples, museums, restaurants, bars, cute cafes, shops, department stores - it's all here! Also the bus stop and train station are very close to the house, (literally 30 sec by walking to the bus stop and 2 minutes to the train station.) so it's very easy access to all other areas in Kyoto!

There is a famous Kamo river close to the house, you can have a day or night picnic by the river if the weather in nice out.

House: The house is very modern sophisticated Machiya , yet has a very old Japanese feel to it. Inside of the house was renewed in the late 2010, but we reused some of the materials that was used in the old house from more than 100 years ago, it gives very unique antique taste! The house has a small basic kitchen with a little fridge and microwave, Full bathroom with bath tub, and even a small garden! One bedroom is in upstairs and has 1 single bed and 1 double bed, the other one is Japanese Tatami room in downstairs that also can be used as a living room.

More Details

Misaki Sano
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 30, 2017

About Misaki Sano

I grew up in Japan (Hyogo) and spend almost half of my life outside the country, and every time I came home, I would go visit Kyoto dreaming about living there. I love everything related to art, design, and traveling.

Misaki Sano purchased this townhome in 2010

Why Misaki Sano chose Higashiyama

This property was a very old traditional Machiya located in a very convenient location where you can feel and experience a real Kyoto life. I thought it would be a perfect location for people who travels to kyoto and want to experience Kyoto.


Higashiyama Townhome Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • townhome
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • paddle boating
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking


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Machiya near Gion, authentic 'KYOTO' Atmosphere
average rating of 4.875 based on 24 reviews

Good location

  • 4 of 5

If you are looking for a place with good proximity to public transportation, this would be a great rental for you. The Higashiyama and Sanjo stations are both just a 3-5 minutes walk from the machiya. You are also within walking distance to the Gion district, as well as many restaurants and shops. We loved grabbing breakfast each day at Le Bac a Sable (French bakery) because it was delicious, but also because it opened at 7 a.m. We like to get an early start, and didn't want to hit the McDonald's on the corner if we could avoid it.

The machiya itself seemed to be a traditional Japanese townhouse, complete with a tatami mat, a short legged chabudai table, and paper screened sliding doors. The beds are western style, and very comfortable. The furnishings really added to the ambience of our visit to the beautiful town of Kyoto. The only two reservations I had about our rental were:

1) The wi-fi was spotty. Sometimes it worked fine, otherwise not so much. Wi-fi was important to us, since we needed it to plan the next day's adventures.

2) Although there was one toilet inside the townhouse, the main bathroom was out back through the sliding doors. It was just steps away, but it felt strange to have to go back there to shower or use a sink. In addition, there is a window in the bathroom that was not covered by a curtain or blinds. It felt like anyone could look in on you as you showered or used the facilities. I would suggest a window covering for that, as well as some hooks to hang up wet towels.

Other than that, we really enjoyed our stay, and Misaki was nice to deal with. I definitely recommend that you explore the fantastic city of Kyoto.

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely machiya in a great location.

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at Misaki’s lovely traditional townhome down a little lane in a very convenient neighborhood. It’s very close to bus stops and a subway station. We enjoyed some beautiful walks from the machiya to nearby gardens and temples.

It is beautifully decorated, clean and spacious.

The beds were comfortable. It is on a quiet little lane but very near to a busy street which occasionally was noisy at night.

Overall, a great experience staying there. I would happily stay there again and recommend it to others.

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Real Japanese Experience

  • 5 of 5

The stay in Machiya near Gion was one of the highlights of our trip to Japan. We got a taste of living Japanese style with tatami furniture though the beds were western style, which is a good thing for those who don't find futons comfortable. The little garden was very pleasant. The location was perfect (few steps from the animated Gion.) The house was very well maintained, super clean and quiet. I would definitely recommand it to those who are looking for a real Japanese exeprience.

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing experience in a beautiful Machiya in a perfect location.

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at this beautiful machiya for about 6 days and we did NOT want to leave. Misaki was so communicative, answering all of my many many questions (including helping me make a restaurant reservation which I then had to cancel) patiently, kindly and so friendly. It was a seamless and pleasant process from booking to the day we left. The property itself is beautiful. It was an authentic Japanese home, and so comfortable. The beds were very comfortable, so much so that we slept over 14 hours one night! The shower room, oh the shower room, the pressure was perfect and I could lounge in that soaking tubs for hours, which I did. I loved the sitting room with the small garden right there, it was so peaceful. The location couldn't be better, away from the hustle and bustle tourist'y noise, but close enough to walk to the Gion district, which we did almost every morning for a walk through the small streets and the temples. Maruyama Park is a lovely early morning walk for those with jetlag. Te French Cafe across the street and around the corner was a sweet place to get coffee and a pastry before our daily adventures, we were there almost every day. Some reviewers said that the property was hard to find, but we didn't have a problem at all thanks to Misaki's directions. We have already sent the property to a couple of our friends for their upcoming stay in Kyoto and we plan on coming back to stay there again. It was really a magical experience!

  • Submitted: May 22, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Authentic Machiya Experience

  • 5 of 5

I had such a wonderful stay, but realized I never shared my experience.

My husband and I stayed here for 5 nights in May 2016. The townhouse is EXACTLY as described and pictured. Incredibly authentic, yet modern at the same time. We found the location to be fantastic. It is tucked away in a quiet side street. But walk out and you will find major roads and restaurants. Very convenient walking to the trains stations. What we loved most was the authenticity of the house...small den area, traditional sliding doors and decor, ect. Very interesting walking outside to the bathroom. I highly recommend this townhouse to anyone looking for an authentic experience in Kyoto.

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great location, very charming guest house and wonderful hosts

  • 5 of 5

Having been to Kyoto many times and was showing a life long friend around Japan I wanted more than a hotel and this property delivers. Very close to many temples and Kyoto's bus system. It only takes one bus from Kyoto station to the property. Misaki was a great host and excellent prompt communication. When we come back to Kyoto we'll certainly stay here again!

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
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