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TSUBARA - a restored 90 year old Machiya in Kyoto - Elegant.Calm.Lovely

Bedrooms 2
Space 60 m²
Property type townhome
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hot Tub
  • children welcome


About the property

2 bedroom, 1 outdoor bath, traditional Machiya close to Kiyomizu temple.

Machiya Tubara is in the Higashiyama area in Kyoto.

There are so many sightseeing spots, famous historical places, temples and shrines in this area. And are many shops of Kiyomizu pottery and neighbours are very friendly.

Also there are many wonderful restaurants, easy eating places(izakaya,ramen noodle restaurant, yakitori restaurant...), bars, local shops, convenience stores, grocerry and public baths near here!

you can go to many places like that from Tsubara on foot.

The house is convenient for transportation(bus,train, taxi).

Tsubara was 90 year old Machiya called 'Shimotaya' once, we lovely restored all possible to original style using antique fittings & materials by traditional craftsmanship.

Tsubara has many Machiya's features ~'Doma' long Japanese corridor from the entrance to the garden, 'Hibukuro' open ceiling in the kitchen, old hand made window glasses, window lattices...etc.

And we prepared new comfortable equipments in it - air conditioning ,internet, microwave, washing machine, IHcooker, clean comfortable Futon ....more.

Especially, we set up 'Roten-buro' out door bath tub(Shigaraki pottery made) and 'Suikinkutsu' in the Tsuboniwa garden(small Kyoto garden)!!

'Suikinkutsu' is a decoration device in a Japanese garden that generates a sound like the Koto-Japanese harp~with drops of water. You could have relaxed bath time hearing its sound!

'Tsubara' is a very old Japanese word from 'Manyousyu' (the oldest Waka poet collection over 1200years ago!).

It means 'enough' or 'detail'or 'calmly'.

I thought it perfectly matches the house!

Experience a fascinating, peaceful, amazing your Kyoto stay in Tsubara !

More Details

Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, Japanese / English
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
February 17, 2017

About Koji

Hi, my name is Koji, I'm Japanese. My family and I were born and grew up here in Kyoto.

I like car, motorbike, eating, drinking, etc.

My wife Eri likes eating Kyoto cuisine, seeing Kabuki, music(singing & listening soul music, Stones, Clapton...),Kimono, seeing Maiko-san&Geiko-San dance....of course we like, no, love Kyoto and traditional culture so much!!!

We hope our guests will have a fantastic days in my house in Kyoto.

Koji purchased this townhome in 2013

Why Koji chose Kyoto

Although this machiya has gone by such a long time, it was been remained keeping quite original Machiya style.

I thought I'll give it a new life as a guest house.

What makes this townhome unique

Outdoor bath, beautiful Japanese garden, Suikinkutsu, long Japanese corridor......


Higashiyama Townhome Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • townhome
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 60 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 4
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet , Out door bath tub in the garden & shower room
  • Out door bath tub(Shigaraki pottery made) in the tsuboniwa garden, functional shower room & clean toilet room(off course most-advanced high tech toilet with warm seat). Small electric heater in dressing room.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 1 - 2 sleep sofa /futon
  • You can choose a favorite pillow from differnt types of pillows!
  • Books
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • autumn foliage
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(11 traveler reviews)

TSUBARA - a restored 90 year old Machiya in Kyoto - Elegant.Calm.Lovely
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews

Beauty, serenity, history and more

  • 5 of 5

What a beautiful place in the heart of the ceramics hub of Kyoto. There were so many beautiful things in this place...from the lights to the water harp. Koji and Eri were so thoughtful and definitely took pride in their Tsubara and it showed.

Also a great location for transportation, bakeries, cafes, market and wonderful shops specializing in Bamboo implements, to Bonito. So convenient. We looked forward to the bath at the end of the day shopping and visiting temples.

My husband and I would definitely come back to Tsubara in a heartbeat!

  • Submitted: Dec 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Cathy, Thank you very much for your staying. And thank you for your wonderful comments. You were great travelers because you were planning perfect schedules in Japan & Kyoto! So we're also so happy to help you. Our most guests love Tsubara's outdoor bath. Especially on Winter! We're looking forward to meeting you again. Kind regards, Koji and Eri
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A relaxing oasis

  • 5 of 5

Staying at Tsubara was the highlight of our two-week trip to Japan. We spent five nights at Tsubara and loved every minute. Eri and Koji were incredibly thoughtful hosts and insured we got the most out of our stay. They were kind enough to make a reservation for us to see a Maiko, made recommendations for dining, what to see during the pre-Gion Matsuri festival preparations, and even told us about a short-cut in walking to Gion. They were available to answer any questions we had and really went above and beyond to make sure we were having fun sight-seeing. Their love for Kyoto is evident and they want to make sure visitors experience what makes the city so amazing.

Tsubara is nothing short of fantastic. The home is just beautiful and incredibly comfortable. The futons and pillows were quite comfortable (they had every sort of pillow you could imagine so you can find just the right one), the sitting area was ample, the kitchen easy to use and came complete with a coffee machine and electric tea pot, and the garden-side soaking tub a welcome way to relax tired toes after a long day of walking around the city. We were also grateful for the washer/dryer! Staying at such a beautiful restored home allowed us an authentic Kyoto experience. It just wouldn't have been the same to have stayed in a hotel. We would definitely recommend Tsubara to anyone!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear JoAnna, Thank you very much for staying our house Tsubara. And we're soooo happy to hear your wonderful comments! July is an exciting Gionmatsuri festival month, you were lucky at your days. Koji & I love Japan, Kyoto and Tsubara so much, so we always want all our guests have a great trip in Kyoto. But Kyoto has so many historical sights(17 world heritages and other many temples & shrines!), many kind of delicious restaurants, many interesting places(Geisha & Maiko town, Manga museum, monkey park, food market, etc.) and many events as festivals. So we recommend the guests the better way for spending efficiently as we can...(but sorry, sometimes it might be Eri's personal favorite point!?!) Because it's our pleasure foreign people would love Kyoto..... In fact, meeting Maiko girl regularly is very expensive, but we know some places where you can see it a little reasonably. Did you take photos with Maiko girl? Tsubara is very old house, so it might be not so convenient. But it's really old good days style! ( Kitchen, bath and toilet are new style, comfortable, we think.) It makes us calm & relax, even Japan native! Also we're always thinking about Tsubara's display or arranging flower (changing as season...). Thanks again, JoAnna & Your family. We're looking forward to coming back to Tsubara again. Next time we recommend Cherry blossom season! Best regards, Koji & Eri
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A very magical place.

  • 5 of 5

The stay at this house was the highlight of our vacation. The owners provide a unique experience with the comforts of home. We will return to Japan just too stay here again. It really gave us a central place to see all that the city had to offer. Thank you !

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Dave & your family, Thank you very much for staying our place "Tsubara". And thanks for your hearty reviews. We're so glad to hear that. When we found this antique house, we thought about offering it the same as long ago (90y old Kyoto style house!). It's interesting for our guests We're looking forward to coming back Tsubara again. Many thanks, Koji & Eri
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Lovely machiya in convenient location

  • 5 of 5

My husband, mother, and I stayed in Tsubara for two nights and it was our favorite accommodation during our two week trip to Japan; we just wish that we had stayed there longer! The machiya is located in a convenient neighborhood- just a short walk to Kiyomizu-dera, the Gion district, and the subway. It was also easy to hail a cab on the day that we needed to go to Kyoto Station.

Koji and Eri did a wonderful job restoring and renovating the machiya, it felt both authentic and comfortable. We thoroughly enjoyed soaking in the tub and listening to the rain fall in the beautiful garden. It was the perfect way to unwind after a long day of sight-seeing. The futons were very comfortable as well, which we can't say for every place we stayed in on our trip. We also appreciated that there was a washer/dryer available to use, with easy to understand instructions provided by Koji and Eri. The only challenge we had with the house was with the steep staircase- my mother (who is in her mid-60s) did not feel comfortable safely going up and down at night to get to the bathroom, so she slept in the living room both nights. It worked out fine for us, but worth mentioning to older folks who might have similar issues.

Overall, we would definitely stay at Tsubara again- Koji and Eri are lovely people, very friendly and very easy to communicate with during the booking process as well as while we were there. Next time we will just stay longer, Kyoto is unlike any other city in the world!!

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Michy & your family, Thank you very much for staying Tsubara. And we're so happy you had a nice time in our place. Also thank you for your hearty comments! Our house Tsubara is not so gorgeous, but we created it as 90years ago Kyoto living, collected real goods & fittings as we could. As a result, it feel something calm, healing.....We love this small house. Especially most guest enjoys outdoor bath and Suikinkutsu(water harp system) so much. we're glad you loved it! And we're sorry about the old steps. We apreciate for your apt measures... But this steps is original 90y old too. We usually say guests being careful. Kyoto has infinite sites and charms. Even Kyoto native we have many attractive place we want to go to see yet. We highly recommend you'll come cherry blossom season next time! And for longer days. We're looking forward to meeting you in near future. Thanks again. Please take care of your health. Best regards, Koji & Eri
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Beautiful Machiya in evocative Kyoto neighbourhood

  • 5 of 5

The listing description is accurate and the property was clean and well maintained.The 2 tatami bedrooms with very comfortable futons are divided by beautiful rice paper screens at the top of a classical steep Japanese staircase.The set up suits a family or couple .The owners met us at the house and made us feel so welcomed and were happy to answer all our texts with suggestions and advise on Kyoto.

A beautiful house ,everything about it was perfect. The location was wonderful for wandering around Kyoto close to temples,great eating streets and transport but tucked away in a quite local street.The house was so thoughtfully arranged with the owners family treasures,small vases of flowers ,beautiful Japanese furniture and a modern kitchen full of everything we needed.The garden has a bathing hot tub which was blissful in the evenings. I would highly recommend this property for a stay in Kyoto .

Thanks again to Eri and Koji for sharing their beautiful house with us

  • Submitted: Nov 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Joanne, Thank you very much for staying our house and hearty comments. We're so happy to hear that and you had a nice days in Kyoto & Tsubara! Helping our guest is our delight. Haven't you felt like you were Kyoto native at Tsubara? We found this small traditional house before last year and restored to its original feeling as much as possible with our heart last year. Even Japanese guests are impressd and reminisce by our house. And most of the guests love outdoor bath like you! You seem to buy many favorite Japanese goods close the house, and next time please try making pottery and go some freamarket! Thanks again. We're looking forward to your coming back to our house. Best regards, Koji & Eri
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Beautiful home in a great location.

  • 5 of 5

We were greeted by Koji and Eri at the house who gave us a brief tour of the house as well as providing us with some information about the area and recommending some good spots for cherry blossom viewing. The house is a mix of old and new with the beauty and charm of a traditional Japanese house with some great modern comforts (I highly recommend relaxing in the outdoor bath after a long day of exploring). The location is perfect, very central and then there's a subway close by if you feel like going somewhere further out of town. This was my first time using homaway thank you Koji and Eri for making it so easy and thank you for a wonderful stay!

  • Submitted: May 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear our guests, thank you very much for your wonderful comments. we're so happy to hear you had a nice days at our property Machiya Tsubara in Kyoto! Helping guest is our pleasure. Yes, we've renovated the house as guests could feel 90y old Kyoto living atmosphere although we could change it as more modern.(But we made comfortable bath room, clean kitchen...) Fortunately, our past guests loved Tsubara like you! Tsubara is in very convenient place for sightseeing, eating,shopping...etc. Also we could see Maiko & Geisha san at near Miyagawa-cho street sometimes! We hope you'll come to Kyoto and Tsubara again in other season please. Best regards, Koji & Eri
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Rates & Availability

Higashiyama Townhome Rental Rates

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1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

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・minimum stay 1 night.

1 person / 28,000yen
2 person / 28,000yen
3 person / 33,000yen
4 person / 38,000yen (If you hope for 5 person, please contact me.)

・All prices are in Japanese Yen.

・Rates are subject to change untill reservation is confirmed.

・Please contact us for the high season rates (March, April, May, July, October, Novenber, End/Biginning of the Year).

・Payments must be made in Yen.

10% discount for 7 or more nights
15% discount for 14 or more nights
20% discount for 21 or more nights
25% discount for 30 or more nights

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Nearest Airport
95 Kilometres
Kansai International Airport
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Many bars near by
Nearest Train
400 Metres
Kiyomizu-Gojo station on the Keihan line
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
Many variety of restaurants near by
Car: not necessary

Machiya Tsubara is located in the Higashiyama area. And the house is close to Kyoto station.

About 10mins by taxi. Or about 20mins by bus & 5mins walk from Kyoto station.

(Bus/ No.206 higashiya-dori line at D2 zone, or Exp.bus No.100 at D1zone, get down'Gojozaka'.)

Also there are so many famous & histrical places (Kiyomizu temple, Yasaka shrine, Gion district.....)close by. Of course you can go to there from Tsubara on foot !


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